Written answers

Thursday, 18 January 2007

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to question 113431, tabled on 19 December 2006, by the hon. Member for Romford, what criteria are taken into account in...

    • Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the process is for deciding the date of publication of statistics prepared by or relating to the Department; and who is involved...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Visitors Entrance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the visitors entrance to the Palace of Westminster is expected to be completed; what the reasons are for...

  • Leader of the House

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one month old, (b) two...

    • Engagements

      To ask the Leader of the House on what dates Ministers in his Office made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham Forest in each year since 1997.

      Engagements

      To ask the Leader of the House on what dates the Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Trade Balance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the UK trade balance was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

    • Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase the business opportunities for the Post Office.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to prevent employers paying below the minimum wage.

      Marine Renewables Deployment Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund.

      Corus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with Corus and steel trade unions on the take-over of Corus.

      York: Science City

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance the Government have provided to York as a science city.

      Bank Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase the number of bank holidays.

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he had with (a) management in the UK steel industry, (b) trade unions and (c) the European Commission on the impact of...

      Radio Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the Office of Communications consultation on the allocation of the radio spectrum; and if he will make...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Travel Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of annual departmental emissions from air travel, broken down by Department.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the result was of his Department's consultation on proposed guidance for the transport of greyhounds; and whether his...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2006 , Official Report, columns 1242-3W, on animal welfare, whether the British...

      Bovine Animal Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister authorised the decision to attempt to seize bovine animal UK OX0564 00177 on 10 January 2007; and on what date...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the total carbon emissions of the UK were for road transport in the most recent year for which information is...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's targets are for the reduction in total carbon emissions of the UK for (a) road transport, (b) power...

      Climate Change Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter of 11 October 2006 from the right hon. Member for Warley on the Climate Change Bill.

      Compensation Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason for the payment was in each case.

      Countryside Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy is of his Department on encouraging equestrian access to the countryside.

      Departmental Budget Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the likely effect will be of the conclusions of his Department's summer budget review on funds available to the...

      Departmental Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 271W, on departmental energy efficiency, what steps he is...

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to make his Department carbon-neutral.

      Eastern Region Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons are for the reductions in the budget of the Eastern Region Flood Defences from 2006-07 to 2007-08.

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of how much public money was lost through financial mis-management at the Environment Agency in...

      Flooding: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government have contingency plans in place to ensure that coastal communities at risk from rising sea levels and...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty fines for litter offences were issued by each local authority in England in each of the last three...

      London Waste and Recycling Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to establish the proposed London Waste and Recycling Forum and Fund; and whether (a) the Fund and (b) the...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume and value of beef imported from Brazil was in each of the last five years, broken down by state.

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which states in Brazil have (a) reported outbreaks of foot and mouth in the last 12 months and (b) been subject to EU bans...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the implications of changes to Natural England's budget are for the educational elements of the Higher Level Scheme.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will provide substantive responses to the parliamentary questions raised with his Department's Permanent Secretary in...

      Rat Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information he collects on the money spent by sewerage undertakers on control of rat populations; and what recent...

      Rat Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken as a result of his Department's review of liaison arrangements between water companies and local...

      Rat Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the work of the Rats in Sewers Working Group.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the value for money of funding provided to the Waste and Resources Action Programme for the...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the accessibility of rights of way routes to disabled people.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single payment scheme claimants have been written to by the Rural Payments Agency (a) advising them that their...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the process is for deciding the date of publication of statistics prepared by or relating to the Department; and who is...

      Tail Docking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of illegal tail docking have been notified to the Department in the last two years.

      Thames Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times the Thames Barrier has been raised in each year since its construction.

      Veterinary Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Department plays in the regulation of veterinary surgeons, including in suspension and removal.

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many quotations for boiler replacements under the Warm Front initiative exceeded the individual grant available in (a)...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on increasing the five- year periodic review cycle in respect of setting price...

  • Transport

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, and on advertorials and advertising features, in the...

    • Air Navigation Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will investigate why the consultation co-ordinator for the Department for Transport's proposed amendment of the Air Navigation Order 2005...

      Air Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of flights per day was between London airports and (a) Manchester, (b) Glasgow, (c) Edinburgh, (d) Aberdeen, (e) Cardiff...

      Aviation Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what definition he uses of attributable to the UK in the context of carbon emissions from aircraft; what other definitions he has considered; and if he...

      Baa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will write to the Chairman of BAA plc requesting him to reply to the letter of 10 October 2006 from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) cost and (b) purpose is of the pump-priming support to which he refers on page 21 of his Department's 2006 annual report.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the source is of the income provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency referred to in figure 2b of his Department's 2006 annual report.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many names and addresses of drivers were sold by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to third parties in (a) December 2005 and (b) December 2006.

      East Coast Mainline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many companies have submitted expressions of interest in bidding for the East Coast Mainline rail franchise; and when he expects to announce the...

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated annual average cost to the public purse is of providing a diesel Jaguar XJ ministerial car, including associated staff and running costs.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what categories of individuals are permitted to use vehicles from the Government Car Service.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) people were employed and (b) vehicles were owned by the Government Car Service in (i) 2001 and (ii) 2006.

      Helicopter Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 230W, on helicopter noise, what the conclusions were of the meeting held with...

      Light Dues System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the value of the Irish subsidy component of the light dues system in (a) 2006-07 and (b) future financial years.

      Motor Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what limits he imposes on emissions from motor scooters; and if he will take action to remove from public roads the most polluting motor scooters.

      Oyster Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1068-69W, on the Oyster Card, when he expects to receive a report on the work...

      Public Finance Contracts

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

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role his Department played in the recent major reconfiguration of the timetable introduced by First Great Western.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to mitigate the effect of the cost of road pricing on low-income families; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Mail

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

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras there were in Plymouth on (a) 31 December 2000 and (b) 31 December 2006.

      Traffic Management Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to bring regulations under the Traffic Management Act 2004 into force.

  • Defence

    • Aerial Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what rules govern aerial exercises over urban conurbations in the UK by (a) the Royal Air Force and (b) the United States Air Force; and if he will...

    • Airspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU proposal to treat all airspace above 25,000 feet as European airspace on military aviation...

      Annual Personnel Weapons Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average pass rate was of the annual personnel weapons test among part-time service personnel in each of the last three years; and if he will...

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the first batch of (a) uparmoured FV430s and (b) Vector armoured vehicles to be fully operational in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan; and...

      Defence Expenditure: Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of British involvement in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since the start of the campaigns.

      Energy Security Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution his Department makes to the (a) formulation and (b) implementation of the Government's energy security policy.

      Government Security Service Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Aegis Security Services has been invited by his Department to tender for Government security service contracts in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers in each of the Services have rented out their family home and moved into local married quarters in each of the last five years.

      Infantry Manning Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent (a) current, (b) establishment and (c) requirement infantry manning levels are, broken down by (i) division and (ii) battalion.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the standard period of operational duty is for UK troops serving in Iraq.

      Israeli Air Force: Gibraltar Refuelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Israeli air force pilots have (a) trained and (b) refuelled in Gibraltar in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health: Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research and modelling his Department is undertaking of future mental health outcomes for personnel deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq; what...

      Military Aircraft: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the prospects for the use of biofuels for military aircraft.

      Naval Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of running each of the naval bases in the UK was in each of the last three years.

      Naval Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what job losses are planned at each naval base in the UK.

      Naval Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for (a) the publication of the naval bases review and (b) the implementation of any recommendations; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK would be prepared to use nuclear weapons against a (a) nuclear and (b) non-nuclear adversary; under what circumstances the UK would use...

      Number 1 Independent Infantry Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what records have been kept by his Department in relation to the Number 1 Independent Infantry Company based in Malaya during the second world war.

      Royal Marine Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow was of the Royal Marines Reserves in each year since 1997.

      Royal Navy: Reduced Readiness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Royal Navy ships will be placed into reduced readiness; and when this is expected to take place.

      Royal Navy Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected spending by his Department is on the Royal Navy in each of the next five years; what assessment he has made of such spending on (a)...

      Royal Navy Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Type 22 and (b) Type 42 frigates are in operation with the Royal Navy; and how many will be in operation in 2009-10.

      Royal Navy Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy personnel are currently serving aboard ship away from home; and what proportion of total naval personnel this represents.

      Service Personnel: Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many minutes of free telephone calls service men and women are allowed each week whilst serving on operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      Special Air Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what systems are in place to investigate possible cases of fraud and corruption in the special air service; (2) how many investigations into...

      Thermal Imaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 5 January 2007, Official Report, column 110W, on thermal imaging, what his timetable is for the delivery of additional sights...

      Tour Intervals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals were for each unit deployed in (a) Kosovo and (b) Bosnia.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of the six Type 45 destroyers to be procured by his Department; and what the estimated cost was of the eight which were...

      Weaponry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1502W, on weaponry, which of the weapons listed are capable of being physically...

  • Health

    • Bio Products Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Bio Products Laboratory spent on the purchase of 24 plasma collection centres belonging to Life Resources Incorporated in the United States...

    • Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reducing (a) total cholesterol and (b) low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels among patients at high risk of...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will consider adopting the recommendations of the Joint British Societies guidelines on the prevention of cardiovascular disease in clinical...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) organisations and (b) members of the public on the draft National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Data Disaggregation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued to the NHS on disaggregating data by gender.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Equality Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance she has issued to primary care trusts on meeting the obligations of the Equality Act 2006 on gender equality duty; (2) what support...

      Equality Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to primary care trusts on ensuring services provided for the NHS by independent contractors comply with the requirements of...

      Equality Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has sent to providers of NHS sexual health services about meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2006 gender duties.

      Equality Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has sent to providers of NHS mental health services about meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2006 gender duties.

      Expatriate Medical Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was transferred to other European Union governments to cover the cost of medical care for British expatriates in each year since 2001.

      Human Papilloma Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1031-2W, on the Human Papilloma Virus vaccination, what the Joint Committee on...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by the NHS on interpreters in the last year for which figures are available; (2) what recent estimate she has made of the amount...

      LINks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the establishment of LINks; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's strategic priorities are for the mental health services; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS budget was spent on the promotion of improved dental/oral hygiene in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that dentists are paid a fee for each filling they undertake on the NHS dental tariff; and if she will make a statement.

      Psychological Therapies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing waiting time measures for psychological therapies in the national health service.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Craigantlet Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings there have been between Water Service and Tarmac Ltd. to discuss further development of the company's quarry at Craigantlet in the...

    • Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland where each of his official residences is located; and what the annual running cost is of each residence.

      Rushmere House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed developing of Rushmere House, Cadogan Park, on the preservation of the Malone...

      Translink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the public purse was of the salary, pension, redundancy terms and other associated payments to the former chief executive...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • European Year of Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what activities her Department has organised to celebrate the European Year of Equal Opportunities.

    • Food Advertising: Children's Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the banning of cheese advertisements during children's television programmes; what discussions...

      Ibsley Control Tower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons the listing application for Ibsley Control Tower has been referred to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,...

      Ibsley Control Tower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when a decision will be made on the listing application for Ibsley Control Tower; and if she will make a statement.

      Television Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many letters Television Licensing has issued in each of the last five years threatening legal proceedings; in how many of these...

      Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of revenue funding for theatre has been in each financial year since 1996-97 in England.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what documents her Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such...

  • Minister for Women

    • Job Share Registers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions the Government have had with employers on providing job share registers to employees.

    • Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government have for encouraging women entrepreneurs.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government have to extend flexible working requests to parents of children up to the age of 18 years.

      Boardroom Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make an assessment of the progress of women in securing boardroom appointments in the last five years.

      Gypsy and Traveller Communities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office on policing Gypsy and Traveller communities.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has made to the Home Office on the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Trafficking in respect of women trafficked into the...

  • Home Department

    • ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued to people (a) aged under 19 and (b) 19 years or over in each local authority in the...

    • ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have given rise to action by the police in Lancashire.

      Banks: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to make banks responsible for fraudulent transactions online.

      Brothels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of introducing licensed and regulated brothels in certain areas.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in London were prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year from 1992 to 2006.

      Departmental Common Policy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether officials in his Department and Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff at posts abroad work to a common policy programme.

      DNA Samples

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures should be followed when DNA samples are taken from people by the police in terms of advice on legal rights in respect of the...

      Drivers' Vision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police officers have to check motorists are driving with vision of the required standard; and what recent assessment he has made...

      EU Foreign Ministers Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Gwent police authority on the costs of providing security for the meeting of European Union Foreign...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Eastbourne constituency and (b) England and Wales reported being victims of identity fraud in each of the last five...

      Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by each police force on interpreters in the last year for which figures are available.

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2007, Official Report, column 538W, on leave to remain, what the other countries are from which...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets his Department sets for local authorities.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his written statement of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 82WS, on local policing, what representations were made by...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 14 December 2006, Official Report, column 1324W, on the police, which police forces in England and Wales have...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers there are in (a) England, (b) Staffordshire, (c) Stoke on Trent and (d) Trent Valley division; (2) how...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any restrictions apply to applications to join the police from those with coeliac disease.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in Essex in each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales have changed police injury pension payments so that payments are linked to national average earnings...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many black and minority ethnic Metropolitan Police officers applied for positions with the rank of Commander in the last two years; how...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were carried out by people who had absconded from prison in each of the last five years.

      Proscribed Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the UK-based organisations which are listed as proscribed terrorist organisations under international agreements to which the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported offences related to (a) pedal cycles and (b) motor vehicles have occurred at railway stations in each of the last five...

      Repeat Bail Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested over 2005-06 were on repeat bail.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cause is of the delay in publishing the report into the road death pilot projects which ended in March 2005; and when he expects it...

      Road Traffic Infringements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets he has set police forces in their tackling of road traffic infringements.

      Speeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of speeding offences in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) the Ribble Valley in each of the last five years.

      Trafficked Women: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places there are in emergency housing for women in custody of the authorities who have been trafficked to the UK to work in the sex...

      Woodhill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners serving custodial sentences of longer than six months at HMP Woodhill were included in the population numbers supplied to...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to question 114383, on the adequacy of written parliamentary answers, tabled by the hon. Member for...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships: Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether apprenticeships are available in (a) canal boat building and (b) canal and inland waterways maintenance.

    • Apprenticeships: Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to boost skills in industries and vocations associated with canals and inland waterways in each of the...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were registered under local authority care in England at the end of each (a) November and (b) January since 1997; and if...

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to make his Department carbon neutral.

      Education: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people from (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) south Tyneside have attended university in each year since 1997; and which English...

      Healthy Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health to educate pupils about the importance of a healthy diet and...

      Managing Information Across Partners Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on the procurement exercise conducted by the Learning and Skills Council for the Managing Information Across...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many special needs schools have been (a) opened and (b) closed in London in each of the last 10 years, broken down by borough; and if...

      Student Finance: HE Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of the new funding arrangements for higher education, with...

      Teenage Pregnancy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) who is responsible for maintaining the Teenage Pregnancy Unit website; and how often it is updated; (2) what research projects are...

      University Fees

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employers' Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the Association of British Insurers maintain records of all companies liable for employers' liability.

    • Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time taken by the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman to carry out an investigation from receipt of the request to...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from which private companies employees have been seconded to the Prime Minister's Office in the last 12 months.

    • Deputy Prime Minister's Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether a capability review will be produced for the Department of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.

      V

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much from public funds has been allocated to the v charity, broken down by (a) management and administration costs, (b) funding for...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Armed Forces Personnel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the most recent timescale since the changes announced by her Department is for inquests of members of the armed forces who...

    • Litigants in Person

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 1074W, on litigants in person, if she will assess the...

      Public Sector Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure that the aims of the Public Sector Information Regulations relating to maximising the...

      Public Sector Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action is taken against public sector information holders who breach the Information Fair Trader Scheme guidelines.

      Public Sector Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure public sector information holders offer the same terms and conditions to external licensees as...

      Public Sector Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps have been taken in response to the Office of Public Sector Information's proposal that public sector information...

      Public Sector Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will review the Office of Public Sector Information's powers and remit.

      Public Sector Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make more stringent the requirements on public sector information holders regarding the reasons which may be given...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Buncefield Oil Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the Buncefield oil disaster on local property values; and if she will...

    • Buncefield Oil Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures have been taken since the Buncefield disaster to ensure that local fire services are properly equipped to deal...

      Coastal Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what action her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) is planning to undertake to improve the (i) economic competitiveness and...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which external consultants were used by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost is of exempting members of the armed services serving abroad on active duty and not living in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions her Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on the proposed exemption of members of the armed...

      County Council Chief Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines she has set for chief executives of county councils with respect to whether they can participate in lobbying the...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the amber and red annual review reports to which she refers on page 55 of her Department's annual report for 2006.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose of the regional policy budget referred to on Table B9 of her Department's annual report 2006, page 108 is; and...

      Departmental Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects were funded under her departmental budget line "Development of English Regions"; and what proportion of such...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to include within building regulations a requirement that all new public buildings should be designed to...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates Ministers in her Department and its predecessors made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower...

      Funding: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue for Tamworth borough council was in each of the last...

      House Price Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has estimated the average house price tax payment which would apply per property for people living in Altrincham and...

      Local Governance Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will conduct the independent review of the incentives and barriers to serving on councils.

      Local Governance Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the remit of the independent review into the incentives and barriers to serving on councils will include reviewing the...

      Local Governance Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether indirectly elected local authority leaders will be able to be removed from full council by a motion of no confidence...

      Local Governance Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what parliamentary procedure she expects the orders by which the Secretary of State may introduce local government...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what population figure is used to calculate the local government settlement grant for the London borough of Croydon.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Tamworth borough council received from central Government in cash terms in each of the last six years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will rank each English local authority by the proportion of total expenditure raised by council tax in the last 12 months.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in central Government funding provided to each local authority in England was in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Funding: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage increase in local government settlement (a) above and (b) below inflation was awarded to each local authority...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of Ordnance Survey's turnover in the year ending 31 March 2005, excluding the National Interest Mapping Services...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Ordnance Survey has spent on legal fees in the last two years.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many lawyers have been employed as permanent staff by Ordnance Survey in the past 12 months.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Ordnance Survey has spent on (a) creating and (b) maintaining addressing products in the last two years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer question 109786 on departmental energy use, tabled by the hon. Member for Wealden on 12 December 2006.

      Places Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose, (b) function and (c) budget of the new Places database is.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place a restriction on the number of times a planning application can be made to develop the same site.

      Poultry Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the...

      Second Homes and Holiday Lets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Somerset were classed as (a) second homes and (b) holiday lets in each year since 1997.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received about creating a new unitary authority in Nottinghamshire together with an extended...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the data provided to the Valuation Office Agency by Rightmove.co.uk includes the provision of photographs of properties.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what different property attributes are provided by local authorities to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to assist VOA listing...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what different types of property attributes the Valuation Office Agency is supplied with under its property data deal with Rightmove.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model uses computer mass assisted appraisal techniques or technology.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 906W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the total spend...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will take steps to eliminate discrimination in recruitment, training, promotion and other practices in the Royal Bermuda...

    • Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women in the Royal Bermuda Regiment have (a) received training in the UK, (b) been seconded to UK military units...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to build support for a new UN Security Council resolution on Burma among EU member states.

      Consular Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Home Office on improving links between consular casework staff and UK law...

      East Asia: Proliferation Security Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which nations in East Asia are contributing to the operations of the proliferation security initiative; and if she will make a...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many committees work for the EU institutions, broken down by (a) expert groups advising the European Commission on policy...

      Extremist Political Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how the Government are helping new EU member states to tackle far-right political extremism; (2) if she will make a...

      Foreign Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ministers have been awarded a foreign decoration since May 1997, broken down by country.

      Hambali: Riduan Isamuddin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the United States on returning Hambali (Riduan Isamuddin) from Guantanamo Bay to Indonesia...

      India and Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union have made to the Government of India concerning the sale...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for the UK of the European Court judgement of 12 December 2006 to annul the...

      Iraq Study Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK Government were invited to make a submission to the Iraq Study Group in the United States; what form of submission...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether discussions have been held with other European Governments on co-operation with Pakistan in the field of civilian...

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the right to freedom of speech and expression in Singapore.

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of Singapore on the application of freedom of speech, association and assembly...

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the detention of Dr. Chee Soon Juan and other Singapore Democrat Party members by the Government...

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the use of the death penalty in Singapore; and what representations she has made to the...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her European and US counterparts on the security situation in Somalia.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the (a) political and (b) security situation in Somalia.

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the first round of talks between the UK and the United Arab Emirates on regional security will take place; how often such...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government intend to hold talks on regional security with countries in the Gulf in addition to those to be held with...

      United States: Secret Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK Government were informed that the United States was operating a secret prison programme; and if she will make a...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will revise the regulations applying to the increase in air passenger duty from 1 February 2007 to exclude flights already booked.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether revenue from the increase in airline passenger duty will be spent on tackling climate change; and if he will make a statement.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what preparatory work his Department undertook to assess the effects of the increase in passenger duty announced in the pre-Budget report on (a) airlines...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who will refuse to pay additional amounts of air passenger duty at airports after 1 February if required...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who will pay the higher rates of air passenger duty announced in the pre-Budget report in the 12 months...

      BMRB International

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what services BMRB International was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the total value of payments to the company has been in 2006-07.

      Carousel Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what extra resources have been allocated to HM Revenue and Customs to deal exclusively with carousel fraud.

      Carousel Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are taken by HM Revenue and Customs to ensure innocent companies are not unduly affected by lengthy investigations into carousel fraud.

      Carousel Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many companies were subject to investigations into carousel fraud in the last 12 months; (2) how many prosecutions for carousel fraud were...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) administration, (b) consultancy and (c) IT costs were incurred in each year since 2002-03 in relation to the Child Trust Fund; and if he will...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid out by the Child Trust Fund through accounts opened by (a) individuals and (b) the Government in each three-month period since records...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to letters from the right hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 19 June, 31 August, 20 September and 13 December 2006 about...

      Employee Exit Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the findings of his Department's latest exit survey for employees.

      External Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff passes have been issued to external consultants to work in his Department in the last 12 months.

      FOI Requests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who is responsible for determining which Freedom of Information Act requests are selected for publication on his Department's website; and what criteria are...

      GDP Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of gross domestic product was recorded in the nomenclature of units for territorial statistics area most closely corresponding to (a)...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last discussed the reorganisation of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales with the Secretary of State for Wales.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department sets for quality of service at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Wales; and what recent assessment he has made of performance...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the progress to date and (b) the timetable for completion of the cross-cutting review of mental health and employment...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has visited (a) Israel and (b) Palestine in the last three years.

      Mission Testing Europe Ltd

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what services Mission Testing Europe Ltd. was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the total value has been of payments in 2006-07.

      PPP and PFI

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contractors have claimed success fees in bid competitions since the establishment of public private partnerships and private finance initiatives;...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public appointments his Department has made in the last three years; who was appointed in each case; on what date each appointment was made; and what...

      Public Sector Employees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1223-24W, on public sector employees, what the corresponding data were for the given...

      Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many members of staff in his Department worked in the Cooksey Review team as at 5 December 2006; and what the pay band was of each staff member;...

      Social Security Advisory Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) on monitoring and review of the memorandum of understanding...

      Staff Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) destination and (b) purpose was of each overseas visit outside the European Union undertaken by staff in his Department in the last three months.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of disadvantaged area relief for stamp duty on residential property was in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged over (a) 65 and (b) 75 years (i) have their income tax personal allowances reduced because of the income limit for the age-related...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007 to Question 112990, on tax credits, by what percentage the total amount of compensatory payments in respect of tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the director of the tax credit office, Preston, to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North, dated 27 November 2006, on a...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on tax (a) receipts and (b) payments were the UK to move to a full system of reverse charge VAT; and what...

      Vehicle and Road Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue his Department raised from vehicle and road taxes paid by motorists in the area covered by the Government Office of the North East in the most...

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When secondary legislation consequential on the Animal Welfare Act 2006 will be laid before Parliament.

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have had anti-social behaviour orders served on them in the past year.

      Benefits: Winter Fuel Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 19 December 2006 (WA 273), what savings to the Exchequer would result if the winter fuel payment to...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, having regard to the total prohibition on dual nationality in Nepal, which was communicated on 22 November 2006 to the Home Office and the Foreign and...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a person would not have been a British Dependent Territories citizen on 4 February and 30 June 1997, if (a) he was born in Hong Kong after...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a person would not have been a British Dependent Territories citizen on 4 February and 30 June 1997, if (a) he was born in Hong Kong after...

      Children: Policy Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why their policy review of children and young people (January 2007) did not mention foster parents, stable placements or the training of staff in children's homes.

      Children: UN Conventions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will indicate the date when they will sign up in its entirety to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the response by the Confederation of British Industry and United Kingdom companies to their proposals on climate change controls.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their present policy of increasing wetlands environmental zones will counter the effects of pollution, incorrect waste disposal and global warming in and...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many lives were lost during the years 2002 to 2005 as a result of domestic violence.

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the proportion of successful convictions for rape in the last year for which statistics are available where guilt was established through (a) a guilty...

      Cyclists: Footpaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions there have been of cyclists riding on footpaths in the Metropolitan Police area in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available;...

      Cyprus: Green Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of Greek Cypriot proposals to establish checkpoints at the green line crossing points; and whether they will make...

      Demonstrations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur or other senior police officers about the policing of demonstrations, what...

      Diplomatic Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which categories of people they issue diplomatic passports; and on the basis of what criteria.

      Disabled People: Care Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Minister for Care Services has received from Nicole Penn-Symons, chief executive of the Disabled Living Foundation, regarding the...

      EU: Biodiversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to assist the European Commission to promote the growth in environmental goods, technologies and services.

      EU: Biodiversity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose measures to help the European Commission to increase its wetlands biodiversity conservation programme in both member states and nearby...

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislation covers the definition of the form, shape and design, and any rules about the permitted use, of (a) the union flag; (b) the English flag (cross of...

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek an urgent meeting with the Government of the United States to make representations for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison and the...

      Health: Prescriptions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken to encourage the medical profession to prescribe in line with patient pack sizes.

      Health: vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Secretary of State for Health has had from the chairman of the Haemophilia Society on the findings of Professor John Collinge in the...

      Immigration: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-British children have been taken into care by children's social services, on or soon after arrival in the United Kingdom, in each of the past three...

      Immigration: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the average and standard deviation of the ages, between 16 and 20, at which children develop particular dental...

      Immigration: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unaccompanied young persons made applications for asylum in 2006; and in how many of these cases, and in respect of what countries, there was a dispute...

      Immigration: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many young unaccompanied asylum seekers from countries to which non-suspensive appeals apply claimed to be under 18; and on what grounds were each deemed to be...

      Immigration: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will keep central records of persons detained under the immigration laws in the belief that they were foreign nationals liable to deportation, and who...

      Immigration: Harmondsworth Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why night staff at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre have only limited access to ligature cutters which can be used to save those who may try to hang...

      Immigration: Harmondsworth Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give a breakdown of the persons who were discharged from Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre during the third quarter of 2006, showing how...

      Immigration: Spot Checks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish figures showing the number of sudden spot checks carried out by security and immigration personnel on entrants through United Kingdom...

      Immigration: Unlimited Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the evidence of irreparable mental health damage to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers detained without time limit.

      Iraq: Execution of Saddam Hussein

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no immediate official comment was made by members of the Cabinet on the circumstances surrounding the execution of the former president of Iraq.

      Local Government: Unitary Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the invitation to local authorities to submit proposals for unitary status, published on 26 October, is according to the system and within the framework...

      Local Government: Unitary Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the timescale for the invitation to local authorities to submit proposals for unitary status, published on 26 October with a deadline of 25 January 2007,...

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on childhood obesity recommends surgical procedures; and, if so, which specific...

      Roads: Abnormal Loads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which accredited companies have been approved to escort abnormal loads on motorways.

      Schools: Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of 18 year-old students who attended a City of Manchester school and were resident in the city obtained a place at a higher education institution...

      Schools: Meals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of skill required for preparing adequate school meals; what training is provided for this purpose; and what is the relevant sector skills council.

      Schools: Meals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision is typically made in state schools for the storage of school meals brought in by pupils; and whether these arrangements are adequate.

      Schools: Multiverse Theory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Adonis on 18 December 2006, whether multiverse theory could be taught in schools, being one of a range of views on the...

      Security Industry: Private Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will stop using private security companies that have not been registered as approved in accordance with the compliance requirements of the Security...

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to publish the outstanding regulations following the enactment of the Traffic Management Bill.

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