Written answers

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Political Party Finance

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) if he will bring forward legislative proposals to impose a statutory cap on (a) individual, (b) corporate and (c) trade union donations to political...

    • Sir Hayden Phillips

      To ask the Leader of the House what meetings he has had with Sir Hayden Phillips in the last 12 months.

  • Transport

    • Bicycle Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bicycles were reported stolen from railway stations in each year since 1997.

    • Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on the Channel Tunnel rail link in each of the last five years; and what his estimate is of the likely expenditure in each of the...

      Local Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 132-3WS, on the Local Transport Capital Settlement 2007-08,...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contractors have claimed success fees in bid competitions since the establishment of public private partnerships and private finance...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of c2c's performance in managing the rail network in southern Essex.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage train operating companies to install automatic ticket machines in their stations that are of universal...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage train operating companies to adopt a consistent nationwide policy on the issuing of penalty fares to...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what agency has responsibility for ensuring that train operating companies comply with the terms of the National Rail Conditions of Carriage.

      Street Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require local authorities to publish a statement annually setting out their policies on street lighting with details...

      Trade Union Funding

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

  • International Development

    • Actis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the outcomes of each investment made by Actis since February 2004.

    • Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid and assistance has been given by the Government to developing countries attempting to implement the Extractive Industries...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government plans to make a contribution to the UN High Commission for Refugees' emergency appeal for refugees fleeing...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session were answered with a reply that it had not been...

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many school partnerships have been established between UK schools and schools in developing countries in each of the last 12 months.

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on what date the partnership programme linking UK schools with those in developing countries began.

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the £7.5 million allocated over three years for the Global Schools Partnerships programme will be spent in (a)...

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many schools in the UK have received (a) reciprocal visit grants, (b) Global Curriculum Project grants and (c) travel grants...

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value is of grants given to date under the Global Schools Partnerships programme.

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which schools in the UK have received more than £2,000 under his global schools partnerships programme.

      School Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with which countries schools in the UK have so far been linked under his Global Schools Partnerships programme.

      World Classroom Publication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was for the (a) production and design, including payments to Cog Design, and (b) distribution to schools of the The...

      World Classroom Publication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many World Classroom publications have been delivered to schools in the UK to date.

      World Classroom Publication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in his Department worked to produce the World Classroom publication, broken down by pay band.

      World Classroom Publication

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when preparation for his Department's the World Classroom publication commenced.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to reduce the number of abandoned cars; and if he will make a statement.

    • Agricultural Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of land in (a) England and (b) each EU member state is devoted to agricultural use.

      Agricultural Waste Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that farmers are aware of their obligations under the Agricultural...

      Animal Welfare Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce a timetable for secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006; and if he will make a...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tests for TB have been carried out on badgers in the last 12 months.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total carbon emissions of the UK were for (a) domestic and (b) international aviation in the most recent year for...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to review the legislation on the control of dangerous dogs.

      Devolved Administration Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of his Department's budget re-allocations in 2006-07 will impact on funding streams which cover the devolved...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the percentage of households that use energy saving light bulbs; and what plans he has to...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to introduce the fisheries quota management rules for 2007.

      Freshwater Fish Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the net change in the use of energy likely to result from the Freshwater Fish Directive; and...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in tackling fuel poverty in households in the UK.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 212W, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the British Greyhound Racing Board guidance on transport cage sizes for greyhounds; and if...

      Illegal Timber Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take in 2007 to reduce the import of illegal timber into the UK.

      Livestock Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on electronic identification of sheep.

      Livestock Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost is of implementing EU Regulation 21/2004, on electronic identification, for an average-sized (a)...

      Livestock Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to apply for a derogation from EU Regulation 21/2004 on electronic identification.

      Livestock Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost is of implementing EU Regulation 21/2004 on electronic identification on an average-sized flock of sheep.

      Livestock Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average size of a flock of sheep is in each European Union member state.

      Nappy Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings officials of his Department have had with representatives from (a) the disposable nappy industry and (b) the...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) homes and (b) gardens were flooded with sewage in each of the last five years.

      Producer Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to extend existing producer responsibility schemes to producers of single use products.

      Rabies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence he will present to support the extension of the UK derogations from the EU Rabies Directive; and if he will...

      Rat Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the rat population in England and Wales.

      Rat Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking to control the rat population.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives are provided by his Department to encourage manufacturing companies to switch from virgin pulp to recovered paper.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the increased export of UK recovered paper to China on the WRAP target...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of recovered paper was exported to China in each year since 2000.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made with the work of the Waste and Resources Action Programme on the collection and recycling of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to assess the relationship between increases in household recycling, reduced numbers of weekly refuse...

      Recycling and Reuse Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the willingness of local authorities to pay recycling and reuse credits to third parties...

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the water levels are in reservoirs in each of the water company areas.

      Shetland Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which elements of state aid in support of the Shetlands fisheries are being challenged in the European Court of Justice; and...

      South East Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action he is taking to ensure that the South East Plan will be consistent with the assessment of resources under the...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions in the last five years the publication date of statistics produced by his Department has been changed;...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pensioners in Hendon have participated in the Warm Front scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what target was set by the Waste Resources Action Programme for diverting nappy waste from landfill (a) through the 25...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that sales of energy-saving light bulbs are not reduced by the exemption from the Waste...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote the interests of British business abroad.

    • Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on child trafficking in Kashmir in the aftermath of the earthquake.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to support the development of an effective constitutional role for the Opposition and Parliament...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on negotiations regarding Turkey's possible accession to the EU.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to improve UK-Venezuelan relations following the recent election victory of Hugo Chavez.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent change there has been in UK relations with Syria; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs Trade: Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with governments of Latin American countries on drug trafficking.

      Horn of Africa

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

      Somalia

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

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects the Intergovernmental Authority on Development regional peace keeping force to Somalia to be deployed; and...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has received a report of the outcome of the meeting of the Somalia International Contact Group in Nairobi.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she has made to the United States military action in Somalia; and if she will make a statement.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the detention of British citizens following the recent fighting in Somalia; and what plans she...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on UK relations with Cuba.

      Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to promote further signatures to and ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the British Academy on the work of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq; and what assessment she has made...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government has made to the Iraqi government in relation to its policy on the death sentence.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group report in the context of the development of British...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has held discussions with (a) the Iraqi Government, (b) the United States Administration and (c)...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution she is making to efforts to prevent Iran and Syria from rearming Hezbollah with rockets in southern Lebanon.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with EU counterparts on the situation in the Middle East.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being made to seek the assistance of Arab governments in securing an end to the attacks on Israel.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Government of Azerbaijan on the imprisonment of Farhad Aliyev, with particular...

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) the independence of the judiciary and (b) the ability of the political opposition...

      Bangladesh

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

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women serve in the Royal Bermuda Regiment, in each rank.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken towards an equipment replacement programme for the Royal Bermuda Regiment; and if she will make a...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of the Bermuda Regiment are in detention; and for how long in each case.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the establishment strength of the Bermuda Regiment is, broken down by (a) full-time officers and soldiers, indicating...

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women serve in the Bermuda Regiment; and how many of those were conscripted.

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of conscripts to the Bermuda Regiment did not respond to their conscription call-up in each year since 2000.

      EU Acquis Communautaire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's estimate is of the size of the 'acquis communautaire' of the European Union in (a) pages, (b) words and...

      EU Institutions and Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people are employed in each EU institution and agency.

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether preparatory work has been undertaken on the European External Action Service since 1 June 2005.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to persuade the Government of Gibraltar (a) to reform the age of consent for male...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the Iranian nuclear programme.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she has made to the decision by the Malawi High Court to refuse permission for Malawi's Vice-President Cassim...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals for action to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the declared nuclear weapons states her Department is preparing for...

      Overseas Convictions/Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of British citizens arrested abroad were dealt with by consular staff in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Orders in Council relating to the law in overseas territories she plans to bring forward during 2007; and if she will...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of Pakistan's proposals to fence and mine the Afghan-Pakistani border; and what assessment she has...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with Pakistan on the laying of landmines on the Afghan border; and if she will make a statement.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on Russia-EU relations.

      Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make an assessment of whether Scotland would automatically assume membership of the EU should it become an...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has received on violence against the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to press the UN for action against peace keeping troops stationed in southern Sudan who are alleged to have...

      Weapons of Mass Destruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission's report Weapons of Terror Freeing the World of...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many lieutenant commanders there are in the Royal Navy; how many there were in 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces: Special Dietary Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to cater for special dietary requirements of armed forces personnel on the grounds of their (a) religious belief and...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department offers a child care voucher scheme to (a) the Department's staff and (b) those serving in the armed forces.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many security passes were issued by his Department for external consultants in each year since 1997.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place to facilitate the electoral registration of servicemen and women serving overseas; and what steps are being taken to...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 May 2006, Official Report, column 92WS, on Gurkhas, what progress his Department has made on the...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the factors enabling United States Ohio-class Trident submarines to have longer in-service lives than United Kingdom...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects the projected in-service dates to be for each of the proposed new Trident submarines.

      RAF Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total number of aircraft in the RAF was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006, broken down by aircraft type.

      Royal Mail

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

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual (a) capital and (b) resource cost has been for the building and maintenance of (i) single living accommodation and (ii) service...

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision there is for (a) free and (b) subsidised access to (i) television, (ii) satellite television, (iii) internet and (iv) telephones for...

  • Treasury

    • Asset Recovery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to ensure that the Assets Recovery Agency recovers enough assets to cover its annual budget in 2006-07; and if he will make a...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost of ensuring that from April 2008 mothers-to-be will become eligible for child benefit from week 29 of their...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost in pence of each pound paid out from (a) the Child Trust Fund and (b) child benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of fraud and error in the delivery of (a) the child trust fund and (b) child benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the range of annual charges was for (a) stakeholder and (b) non-stakeholder approved child trust fund providers in 2005-06; and if he will make a...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of child trust fund accounts opened by the Government where the account may contravene the religious beliefs of the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of advertising civil servant positions in his Department was in each year since 1997.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many death certificates mentioning clostridium difficile as an (a) primary and (b) secondary cause of death there have been in each year since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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)...

      Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much debt is owed by (a) low and (b) lower middle income country Governments to the UK through (i) the Export Credits Guarantee Department, including...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support the two special advisers assigned to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury; and what the...

      Employee Share Ownership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on employee share ownership schemes; and what estimate he has made of how many companies operate such schemes.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployed, (ii) economically inactive and wanting work and (iii)...

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding trends in the cost of energy and fuel bills.

      Financial Services Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the timetable is for the Financial Services Authority's review of training and competence requirements within the financial services industry;...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that (a) equality and (b) gender equality is built into the 2007 comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of the post-Gershon Review savings were identified as non-cashable.

      Global Schools Partnership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional funding he has allocated to the Department for International Development's Global Schools Partnership programme for the 2006-07 financial year.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have left HM Revenue and Customs under (a) Compulsory Early Retirement, (b) Flexible Early Retirement and (c) Approved Early Retirement...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs and the Inland Revenue spent on outside business consultancy services in each of the last three years.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets he sets for the duration of telephone calls to HM Revenue and Customs contact centres; and how many redialled calls there were to each contact...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the implementation phase of the HM Revenue and Customs regional review programme to begin for the Outer London cluster; and if he will make...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of the headcount in the HM Revenue and Customs regional review programme for the Outer London cluster used are in each of the six areas which...

      Information Supplements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of (a) providing and (b) subsidising supplements giving information about the work of his Department in (i) trade journals and (ii)...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of foreign direct investment into the UK from (a) takeovers, (b) relocation of companies' head offices and...

      NI Surpluses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether surpluses in the national insurance fund may be used for general Government expenditure.

      Olympics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff in his Department attended meetings of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport steering group overseeing the Olympics cost...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the conclusions of Department for Work and Pensions Research Report 395: "Self-employment and retirement"...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office for National Statistics plans to classify Planning Gain Supplement as a tax.

      Pre-release Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who is given pre-release access to (a) market-sensitive and (b) non-market-sensitive final statistics.

      Prudential Borrowing Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been borrowed by each Department under his Prudential Borrowing Scheme; what the annual rate of interest is; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to restructure HM Revenue and Customs offices in Northern Ireland; and what he expects the effect of that restructuring to be on (a) job...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.

      Sports Club Subscriptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the provision of a tax rebate for children's subscriptions to sports clubs.

      The World Classroom

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much his Department spent on the World Classroom publication published on 4 January 2007; (2) how many civil servants from his Department worked...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) plays in Scotland; and what services the VOA provides to agencies in Scotland.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency publishes an autumn performance report.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many photographs are stored on the Valuation Office Agency's central database.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1731-2W, on departmental expenditure, what the reasons were for the change in the...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on tackling the problem of antisocial behaviour...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are available to deal with parents of children who display antisocial behaviour in their local communities.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on data-sharing within and across the public sector; and what safeguards are being considered to prevent misuse of data...

      Exhaust Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were prosecuted for (a) exhaust and (b) silencer systems that make excessive noise in the latest year for which figures...

      Injured Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of injury to young offenders were recorded in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) institution and (b) type...

      Interpreters: Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department is consulting (a) deaf people and (b) language service professionals for deaf people in the review by the Office of...

      Interpreters: Deaf People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaf detainees were bailed due to failure to find a suitably qualified British Sign Language/English interpreter or lipspeaker in...

      Mini-motorbikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mini-motorbikes have been (a) seized and (b) crushed by local authorities since 1 August 2006, broken down by police authority;...

      Operation Safeguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of Operation Safeguard was in 2006.

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session were answered with a reply that it had not been possible to...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what...

      Personal Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1949W, what the evidential basis is for believing national security...

      PNDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to extend the use of penalty notices for disorder amongst 10 to 15-year-olds in areas beyond the six pilot areas; (2)...

      PNDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people aged (a) 16 to 17, (b) 18 to 24 and (c) 25 years and above who have received a penalty notice for disorder...

      PNDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to identify (a) the recipients of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) and (b) repeat offenders in receipt of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the gross revenue expenditure was by Devon and Cornwall police authority in each year since 1992; and what the average expenditure was...

      Police Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department (a) collects and (b) publishes on police response times in each police force area.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations there are in Suffolk; and how many there were in 1997.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost to public funds was of the recently announced early retirement of the Prison Service London area manager; who...

      Probation Service Recidivism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reconviction rates for offenders placed under the supervison of the Probation Service were as measured over a period of two years...

      School Summit: New South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether representatives from his Department attended the recent school summit held by the Government of the State of New South Wales.

      Single Non-emergency Phone Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the single non-emergency telephone number to be introduced in London; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Astra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the financial losses to individuals resulting from the collapse of Astra.

    • Energy Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the UK's energy security position in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on progress on his Department's inquiry into the collapse of Farepak; and when he expects the inquiry to be completed.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which coal industry co-contractors have refused to agree settlements for coal health claims.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for miner's compensation have been registered by Avalon solicitors in the name of John Mann.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many coal health claims are outstanding because of delays by co-contractors; and how many such cases concern pension loss claims.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library copies of all papers relating to the industrial disease claim of Mr. Stephen Todd of Bassetlaw constituency.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the two meetings about the UDM/Vendside agreement between his Department and AMS Law...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers have been affected by employers not paying the minimum wage in Copeland; and what estimate he has made of (a) how much money...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate how many employers in (a) Cumbria, (b) West Cumbria and (c) Copeland have avoided paying the minimum wage since its...

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of personal insolvency were reported in the Greater London area in each year since 2000, broken down by London borough.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether following his December statement post offices have been identified for closure; and what strategy is in place for recommending post...

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how the £1.7 billion for the Post Office Network announced on 14 December 2006 will be spent, broken down by main budget heading.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of possible post office closures in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) Lancashire which are likely...

      Royal Mail: Delivery Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of first-class letters posted in the Peterborough city council unitary authority area met Royal Mail's delivery target in the...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made to the Competition Commission inquiry into supermarket procedures; and when the inquiry is expected to be...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings he has had on the possible accession to the World Trade Organisation of (a) Ukraine and (b) the Russian Federation.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Advertising

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the House spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year...

    • Private Dining Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on what date sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of the contract for hiring private dining facilities in the Commons...

      Private Dining Facilities

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether there are (a) exceptions and (b) exemptions to clauses 6.1 and 6.2 of the contract for hiring...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in...

    • Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures her Department has put in place (a) to identify and (b) to offer help under the targeted assistance scheme for digital...

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 255W, on flags, for what reasons the St. George's Cross is not flown...

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 263W, on Trooping the Colour, for what reasons the flags of Her...

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 263W, on the Union Flag, for what reasons the Union Flag is not flown...

      Heritage White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the Heritage White Paper.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has received the final report from the Licensing Fees Review Panel; and when the report will be published.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department received the final report of the Independent Fees Review Panel on the Licensing Act 2003 and related legislation;...

      Mallin Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which international basketball federations were consulted during the preparation of the Mallin Report.

      Mallin Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Mallin Report on basketball will be published; what the total cost of the Mallin Report has been; from which budget the funding...

      Mallin Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who is responsible for the accuracy of the information displayed on the Mallin Basketball Review website.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the Government's latest estimate is for the numbers of homes to be built on the Olympic Park; and how many will contribute to the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process is for deciding the date of publication of statistics prepared by or relating to the Department; and who is involved in...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions in the last five years the publication date of statistics produced by her Department has been changed; what the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the economic impact of the number of foreign tourists visiting the UK during the last 12 months; and if...

      UEFA Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department will make representations to the Football Association to support Gibraltar's request to enter a team in the UEFA Cup.

  • Education and Skills

    • "Making Good Progress" Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the future of the national curriculum assessments that take place at the end of key stages; (2)...

    • Academy School: (North Copeland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the proposals for a new Academy school in North Copeland.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the criteria are for schools' eligibility for Building Schools for the Future funding; (2) how many (a) community schools, (b)...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding Lancashire county council has been given as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations (a) have bid to operate Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs) in the Learning and Skills Sector from 2007...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on his decision not to conduct a regulatory impact assessment of children's centres.

      Children's Rights Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that as many children and young people as possible take part in his Department's online children's rights...

      Competition Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 1006W, on competition managers, what targets have been set for...

      Competition Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 1006W, on competition managers, how many competition managers and...

      Court Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's policy is on the provision to courts of information regarding the inclusion on list (a) 98 and (b) 99 of people...

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which secondary schools have practised random drug testing; over what periods of time such testing has been carried out in each case; and...

      Education Funding: North Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the capital budget for education in North Lincolnshire was in each of the last 10 years.

      English Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support his Department gives to schools to help immigrants' children to learn English.

      Excluded Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that children who are permanently excluded from schools in Northamptonshire receive alternative...

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have commenced and subsequently withdrawn schemes for fingerprinting children in the last three years.

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Castle Point (a) fingerprint and (b) have previously fingerprinted school children for administrative purposes.

      Foreign Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in the teaching of foreign languages in primary schools.

      Foreign Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will re-instate as compulsory the teaching of foreign languages in secondary schools.

      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 organisations which...

      French IGCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will approve the International General Certificate of Secondary Education in French for teaching in maintained schools.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for a GCSE in both history and geography in each year since 1996.

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by each local education authority on interpreters in the last year for which figures are available.

      Key Stage 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 14-year-olds achieved (a) level 5 and (b) level 6 at Key Stage 3 in teacher assessments for non-core subjects in each...

      Listed School Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the policy of his Department is on the demolition of listed school premises where a school is rebuilt under (a) Building Schools...

      National Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to make personal, social and health education a statutory part of the national curriculum; and if he will...

      Parents in Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local authorities in England have included references to children with a parent in prison in their current children and young...

      Renewable Energy: (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what incentives there are for schools to incorporate micro generation technology and solar thermal panels when spending the additional...

      Rural Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England are located in rural areas.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many school premises he estimates will be (a) rebuilt and (b) refurbished using funds from the primary capital programme in each...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding is available for (a) rebuilding and (b) refurbishing (i) primary and (ii) secondary school premises in each of the next...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which construction companies have been (a) considered and (b) selected as principal partners in the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria will be used for assessing the effectiveness of the new school food policies; against what benchmarking evidence progress will...

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why prospective school governors are required to provide details of their ethnic origin.

      School Places: (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places there are in primary and secondary schools in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency, broken down by school.

      School Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools share a site; and what estimate he has made of how many will share a site in each of the next five years.

      School Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local authority-based school travel advisers there were in post in each year since the scheme began.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2006, Official Report, column 209W, how much of the £5.5 billion his Department allocated for...

      Schools (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what approvals his Department has given for capital expenditure on (a) schools and nurseries and (b) secondary schools in Milton Keynes in...

      Sign Language Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will reclassify British Sign Language as a British language rather than as a learning for leisure course in further education colleges.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education supervision orders have been put in place in respect of children with a special educational need in each of the last five...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to promote the uptake of specialised diplomas (a) in (i) schools, (ii) higher education institutions and (iii)...

      Teach First Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to which cities he expects the Teach First scheme to expand by 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Government action to combat truancy since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary School Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution made by voluntary staff in schools; and if he will make a statement

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Cabinet Office: (Hospitality)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Cabinet Office's expenditure was on hospitality and entertainment in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total expenditure by her Office on external consultants was in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the estimated costs are for 2006-07.

      Duchy Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 520W, on the Duchy council, what guidance has been issued regarding...

      Ministerial Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many times the Ministerial Committee on Economic Affairs, Productivity and Competitiveness met in each month between September 2005 and...

      Special Advisers and Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether special advisers in her Department have made use of an official car in the last 12 months, excluding travel made when accompanying a Minister.

      Special Advisers and Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 347, on special advisers/consultants, how many mobile telephones are provided...

      Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on how many occasions in the last five years the publication date of statistics produced by her Department has been changed; what the (a) subject...

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Christmas Party

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will publish the invitation list for his Department's Christmas party; (2) what the budget is for his Department's Christmas party.

  • Work and Pensions

    • 16 to 25-year-olds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people between 16 and 25 years are not in work, training or education in each local authority area in England and Wales.

    • Basildon Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the backlog is for dealing with new cases at Basildon Jobcentre Plus; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims there have been for each benefit administered by his Department in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07; and if he will make a...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving carer's allowance in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England were in part-time employment in each year since 1997.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are classified as carers and are in receipt of benefits.

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to whom the Commissioner of the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission proposed in the White Paper. A new system of child maintenance will be...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the new rate of 15 per cent. of net income will be applied to old Child Support Agency cases which are reassessed.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what bonus pay awards he expects to be made to senior staff at the Child Support Agency this Christmas; and how much he expects his Department...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of calls to each crisis loan helpline (a) were answered, (b) were unanswered and (c) received an engaged tone in the last...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure has been made by his Department to conform with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people receive disability living allowance on grounds of blindness or visual impairment; (2) what estimate he has made of the...

      Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Ethnic Minority Employment Taskforce has made of forced labour in the UK.

      Henshaw Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the datasets, statistics, calculations and assumptions underlying Sir David Henshaw's review of the system of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many payments for jobseeker's allowance were terminated (a) as a result of employment and (b) for other reasons, broken down by reason in...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes there have been to the criteria applied by his officials to test whether an applicant for Jobseeker's Allowance has satisfied the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the research by outside consultants commissioned by his Department in connection with pension reform since January 2004.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at major (type 1) accident and emergency departments in each of the former 28 strategic health authority areas in each...

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations govern the prescription of drug treatments to people in (a) early and (b) late stages of Alzheimer's disease.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether provisions exist in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on drug treatments for (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b)...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances were in use in Essex in each of the past 10 years.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time of ambulances was in each of the past 10 years.

      Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) examined on the effectiveness of aspartame in helping with weight control.

      Awareness of Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what activity her Department has undertaken to promote the awareness of medicines use reviews; and if she will make a statement.

      Cold-related Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to reduce the number of cold-related deaths.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care Services will respond to the letter of 15 November 2006 on care homes from the hon. Member for...

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of emergency orders for domiciliary oxygen were delivered within the target time in the last period for which figures are available;...

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the value for money of the new home oxygen service; and if she will make a statement.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the new home oxygen service by each primary care trust since the introduction of the service.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is of each primary care trust for the new oxygen service.

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of drugs rehabilitation programmes in each of the last five years, broken down by drug type.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children born in England with foetal alcohol syndrome in each of the last 10 years.

      Furniture

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

      Healthcare-related Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile have been reported in each hospital located within the Greater London area in each year since 2000.

      Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated financial position is of Milton Keynes primary care trust in the 2006-07 financial year; and what she estimates it will be in each of...

      Multi-professional Education and Training Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with whom she discussed the multi-professional education and training budget before deciding to remove ring fencing.

      NHS: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated at Edgware Walk-in-Centre in each of the last five years; how many have been treated there in 2006-07; and if she will make...

      NHS: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Barnet residents (a) received (i) a cataract operation, (ii) a heart operation and (iii) a cancer operation in (A) 1996-97 and (B) 2005-06 and...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of the budget is for commissioning specialised services to be transferred from her Department to the national health service in the 2007-08...

      NHS Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to ensure accuracy and probity in the reporting of the performance of NHS organisations against targets; and what sanctions...

      Pharmaceutical Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely financial effect upon the NHS of changes to the distribution of pharmaceutical products by (a) AstraZeneca and...

      Productivity Top Tips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of Productivity Top Tips, referred to on page 123 of her Department's annual report 2006.

      Referral-to-treatment Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she intends to publish referral-to-treatment waiting times.

      Young People's Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for the funding of the Young People's Development Programme; if she will take steps to maintain funding for the Programme after March...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Adoption Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether local authority commissioned adoption agencies run by religious bodies will be subject to the Equality Act Regulations in Northern Ireland.

    • Altnagelvin Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with the investigation being carried out by the Coroner at the request of Altnagelvin Hospital into the sudden...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the drug Reminyl is available on the NHS prescribed list of medicines for all patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Northern...

      Ambulance Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which ambulance stations in each of the health boards in Northern Ireland provide (a) 24-hour coverage and (b) less than 24-hour coverage.

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of arson there were in the (a) Lisburn Road and (b) University and Holyland areas in each of the last five years.

      Belfast Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure the sustainable future of Belfast Festival at Queens.

      Careers Guidance Diploma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of those who have completed the Diploma in Careers Guidance have since been promoted within the Northern Ireland civil service.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 16 from (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic community background were living in poverty in each of the...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants working in Belfast are normally domiciled in Foyle constituency; and what estimate he has made of the number of cars...

      Dangerous Dogs Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to amend dangerous dogs legislation in Northern Ireland; and how many successful prosecutions there have been under...

      EU Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to take to maximise the take up in Northern Ireland of the upcoming calls under the EU (a) Competitiveness and Innovation...

      Hillsborough Castle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to public funds was of the telephone use of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from his official ministerial residence in...

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what evidence he has assessed on the effect of road excavation in streets by utility companies on the lifespan of streets.

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether the Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order will require a full cost-benefit analysis to be carried out as part of...

      Traffic Violations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many traffic violations resulting in fixed penalties being issued there were in Northern Ireland in (a) November 2005 and (b) November 2006.

      Working Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether information on working tax credits is given to new recruits in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

      Working Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice the Northern Ireland Civil Service gives to its employees of their eligibility for working tax credits.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Caste Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to address caste discrimination in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many gay and lesbian couples have registered a civil partnership since their inception in (a) the North East, (b) Teesside...

      Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria local authorities should apply in (a) designating an area with Conservation Area status and (b) removing such...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit 2006-07

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written statement of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 23, on departmental expenditure limit 2006-07,...

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to implement the recommendations of the Civil Service capability review of her Department on equality...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are employed at the Fire Service College, broken down by category of employment.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) programme expenditure and (b) administration costs of the Government office for London were in each year since...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether financial incentives are being provided to estate agents to participate in the home information pack dry run in each of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition she uses of the term 'affordable housing'; how many affordable homes there are in the Chelmsford local authority...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social houses there are in the Chelmsford local authority area.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people (a) living within the Chelmsford local authority area and (b) living outside the Chelmsford local authority...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 to ban building of houses in back gardens; and if she will make a statement.

      Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to review Planning Policy Guidance 8, on masts.

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's latest estimate is of net migration (a) per year and (b) over the next 20 years into (i) each Government...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the evidence given before the Communities and Local Government Committee (HC 106-ii) on 4 December 2006, if she will...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many parliamentary questions were tabled to her Department in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day;...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities may opt out of the proposed national minimum density target of 30 dwellings per hectare outlined in...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has plans to issue revised planning guidance or a planning circular in respect of the public smoking ban.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what gifts have been declared as received by her Department's special advisers in the 2005-06 financial year; when each was...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to the number of new homes to be constructed in the Thames Gateway area (a) the Government, (b) its agencies and...

      Urban White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the (a) recommendations and (b) targets in the 2000 Urban White Paper have (i) yet to be met and (ii) are no...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Child Care Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the change in the cost of child care proceedings has been in each of the last 10 years.

    • Civil Cases Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the changes being made to the Very High Cost Civil Cases budget; and how such cases are...

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what complaints procedure is available in respect of the handling of coal health claims by claims handlers.

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her Department's policy as the regulator of claims handlers is on the right of an individual to access to his client...

      Compensation Payments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions in 2005-06 the Government paid compensation for an infringement of human rights.

      Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance...

      Departmental Claims Policy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to paragraph 7.8 of her Department's annual report 2006, what measures her Department is taking to discourage and...

      Electoral Systems Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) when the Review of Electoral Systems will be referenced on the Department's website; (2) what form the published version...

      Electoral Systems Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what details of the work of the Review of Electoral Systems have been publicly released since it began in February 2005; on...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of legal aid costs has been paid to (a) solicitors, (b) expert witnesses and (c) counsel in (i) criminal and...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the change in expenditure on (a) family and (b) criminal legal aid which will result from the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of (a) family and (b) criminal legal aid was in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the development of a standard form of legal aid application as set out in Commission Decision...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to conduct a rural impact assessment on the proposed reforms of legal aid.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the Lord Chancellor's Department's expenditure was on foreign travel, including accommodation, in 1996-97; (2) what...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what documents her Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.

      Wider Markets Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs who has participated in the Wider Markets Initiative; and what payments have been received.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Bowland Dairies

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will take steps to ensure that rulings of the European Court of Justice in favour of UK businesses are not overridden by executive action of the European...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Scrapie

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of the National Scrapie Plan for each year since its inception; and what is the estimated cost for this year and 2007—08.

    • Armed Forces: Housing for Former Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have conducted any review over the past two years of the application of social housing policy for ex-service personnel; and, if so, what were the...

      Aviation: Gibraltar Flight Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 15 December 2006 (WA 227), what is their response to witness reports that there was a military Chinook...

      Buses: Cambridge Guided Busway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the proposed Cambridge guided busway (a) what signalling system is to be used to ensure safety at road, footpath and other crossings and between...

      Cheese

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For every year since January 2002, what has been the average consumption of cheese per person (a) daily; (b) weekly; and (c) annually.

      Corruption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for the continuing delay in introducing a Corruption Bill.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new initiatives are planned to deal with the serious effects of domestic violence, which it is estimated costs the United Kingdom economy in excess of...

      Crime: False Accusations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what means arrangements for extending the right of Appeal Court judges to remove anonymity from false accusers could be introduced, whether by primary...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide statistics on the number of (a) reported rape allegations; (b) persons subject to charge; (c) persons subject to prosecution; and (d)...

      Disabled People: Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Prime Minister on 25 March 2002 (HC Deb, col. 618—9W) reaffirming the Government's commitment to Rehabilitation...

      EU: Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek sanctions against the officials of the European Commission who were responsible for the failure to prosecute the French authorities within...

      Firearms: Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the average cost of administering the issue or renewal of a firearm certificate compares with the fees charged.

      Firearms: Certificates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures exist for an individual to appeal against conditions laid down by chief officers of police for the granting or holding of a firearm certificate.

      Food: Organic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to explain the official position on organic food following the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's most...

      Government Offices of the Regions: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff the Government Office for the East of England has employed in each year since its creation.

      Homelessness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the United Kingdom were recorded as being unintentionally homeless in 1995, 2000 and 2005.

      House of Lords: Water

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many bottles of water were purchased by the House of Lords during the past three years.

      Light Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 4 December (WA 103), what has been the cause of the delay in developing guidance on the avoidance of light...

      Local Government: Comprehensive Performance Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is (a) the population and (b) the electorate of each of the non-metropolitan unitary authorities in England, and of each London borough; and what was the...

      Micro-Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to develop the micro-credit lending programme, pioneered by Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, to alleviate...

      Nepal: Foreign and Home Office Visit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13 December (WA 210-11) regarding the visit by officials from the Home Office and the Foreign and...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names and qualifications of the members of the independent advisory group of the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre.

      Planning: Barker Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 19 December (WA 304), whether the proposals outlined in the Barker review of land use planning can be properly...

      Post Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Truscott on 21 November 2006 (WS 32), why £10 million of end-year flexibility (EYF) entitlement in respect of the...

      Prisoners: Resettlement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the concept and practice of community chaplaincy, as it has so far been developed, for resettling offenders after custodial sentences...

      Retirement Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the adoption by the Department for Communities and Local Government of the national default retirement age of 65 is compatible with its responsibility as...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made changes to the Rural Payments Agency payments system for farmers to allow for HM Treasury's accounting rule changes; and whether they have...

      Schools: PSHE

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether support to be given in schools to the institution of marriage will be confined to marriage between persons of the opposite sex, or whether it will be...

      Secure Children's Homes: Physical Restraint

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions physical restraint occurred at Sutton Place local authority secure children's home in relation to, respectively, male and female black and...

      Shipping: Irish Lights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the past year on transferring the responsibility for funding the Irish lights to the Government of the Irish Republic.

      Shipping: Liners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many liners operated from United Kingdom ports in the past three years; and under which countries' flags those liners operated.

      Shipping: Roll-on Roll-off Ferries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many roll-on roll-off ferries operate from English Channel ports.

      Pensions: Occupational Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether members of an occupational scheme that is in wind up may receive assistance from both the financial assistance scheme and the Pension Protection Fund.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many serious accidents involving heavy goods vehicles have taken place in conditions of poor visibility or darkness which might have been avoided through the...

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