Written answers

Friday, 19 January 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • 2012 Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers she has to limit the increase in the Greater London Authority council tax precept in relation to the Olympic Games...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what procedures her Department has in place to monitor the extent to which local authorities are meeting targets for...

      Community Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria the Government will adopt for approving proposals for effective community governance; and what mechanisms are in...

      Comprehensive Performance Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planned difference is between comprehensive performance assessments and comprehensive area assessments.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter of 23 October 2006 from the hon. Member for Kettering on planning guidance for affordable and...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much council tax has not been collected because of erroneous addressing in the last two years.

      Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many councillors there were in each local authority in England since 1990, excluding parish councillors and town councillors.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons were for the movement of £274,000 of her Department's funding from voted to non-voted provision in...

      Departmental Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Department for Communities and Local Government's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in 1996-97.

      Departmental Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities sent representatives to the meeting at her Department on 31 October 2006 on data sharing; and what the...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 172W, on departmental travel, what the (a) destination and...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets have been set for the number of high-security safe rooms to be built in the homes of victims of domestic violence...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the estimated average total cost including VAT is of a home information pack (a) without a home condition report and...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 745W, on hotels, which organisations have made written...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the allocation to social housing in the Chelmsford local authority area was given to families and individuals...

      Housing Data Warehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data the Valuation Office Agency is providing for the Housing Data Warehouse.

      Local Authority Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government have plans to allow local authorities to charge local residents for (a) pest control, (b) hedge...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistical measures or attributes have a role in the determination of the distribution and allocation of revenue support...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the average council tax bill in England is (a) property-based and (b) service-based.

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether small district councils will be able to keep the committee system under the Government's proposals for further local...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations the Audit Commission has made to (a) her Department and (b) Sir Michael Lyons' review on reform of local...

      Mapping Data and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) purpose and (b) main areas of expenditure were of (i) the £100,000 payment to the East of England...

      ODPM Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down expenditure on hospitality by the Private Office of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2005-06 by...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Director General of Ordnance Survey takes to separate her responsibility as a vendor of services to government...

      Parish and Town Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) parish and (b) town councils there are in England.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many development plan documents under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 have been refused by the Planning...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the plan documents which local planning authorities must produce as a result of the Planning and Compulsory...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the long-term costs and liabilities arising from private finance initiative credits are to fire and rescue authorities.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any of the special advisers employed by her Department have registered external employment.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 904W, on special advisers, what the difference is between a...

      Sustainable Communities Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether (a) she and (b) her Ministers intend to attend any of the forthcoming public meetings on the Sustainable...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use the Valuation Office Agency is making of its automated valuation model in its current valuation exercise; and whether...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Adoption

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what average time was taken to obtain a court date from the time of application for an adoption placement order in (a) London...

    • Islamic Shariah Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether Ministers and civil servants in her Department have held meetings with the Islamic Shariah Council; and if she will...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 812W, on departmental studies, if she will place in the Library a...

    • Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money was allocated to (a) theatre, (b) ballet and (c) opera in each year since 1997.

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the public subsidy for the performing arts was in each year since 1997.

      West Jesmond School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has received the recommendations from English Heritage on the spot-listing of West Jesmond school, Newcastle; and if she...

  • Defence

    • Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Astute class submarines will be built; and at what unit cost.

    • Bearskins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Guards' Regiment bearskin caps have been refurbished and (b) bear pelts were purchased in each of the last five years; what the total cost...

      Comfire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the efficacy of Comfire as a fire-resistant material; and in which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to report to the House on the outcome of the discussion with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the proposed...

      Defence Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much the defence budget reduced as a consequence of the 1998 strategic defence review.

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 computers...

      HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long (a) HMS Ark Royal and (b) HMS Illustrious are scheduled to remain in commission.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has (a) to increase the number and (b) to modernise the housing for service personnel in Hampshire in each of the next three years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of housing are provided for (a) married and (b) single persons for each armed service in Hampshire; how many units are not deferred rent;...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the appropriate amount and quality of housing units for service personnel in Hampshire.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals were (a) detained and (b) arrested in the UK armed forces' recent raid on the Iraqi police premises in Basra; how those detained...

      Nuclear Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's nuclear liabilities have been quantified; and how they are funded.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 101W, on official engagements, what factors he took into account when deciding not to...

      Royal Auxiliary Air Force

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

      Royal Naval Reserve

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

      Senior Officers: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations cover the personal use of (a) land, (b) sea and (c) air transport by senior officers.

      Statistics

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

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential vulnerability of submarines at sea to detection by future space-based technology.

      Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in single living accommodation have (a) a television set and (b) access to Sky TV in their rooms; how many sets have been...

      Territorial Army

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what changes in the Territorial Army (TA) structure in Scotland are planned as a result of TA rebalancing; which (a) headquarters and (b) centres...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effect on operational capability of the reduction in the order for the new Type 45 destroyer from eight to six.

      UK Troops: Rest Periods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the target period of rest is between operational tours for UK troops.

      Works of Art

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many works of art were stolen from his Department in each of the last 10 years; what value of art was stolen; and what measures were taken to recover it.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Central Office of Information: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the projected expenditure of the Central Office of Information spending on public relations, marketing and advertising is in 2006-07.

    • Information Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on information technology by those parts of the public sector represented on the Chief Information Officer Council as referred...

      National School of Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will list the individual training courses that (a) have been and (b) are provided to Ministers by the National School of Government.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average Exchequer contribution towards a civil service final salary pension is, as a percentage of pensionable salary.

      Policy Review Working Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how delegates will be selected for the deliberative forums announced on 2 January 2007 as part of the policy review working Groups.

  • Education and Skills

    • "DFES Children's Services, The Childcare Market""

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what response he has made to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report 'DFES Children's Services, The Childcare Market' commissioned by his Department.

    • Value Added

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what qualifications are taken into account when calculating the contextual value added score.

      CAFCASS Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what training is provided to Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service officers; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Children's Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which organisations are responsible for maintaining each children's centre in England; (2) how many children's centres in England are...

      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 (a) competitions and (b)...

      Drug Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary schools teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programme; what guidance is given to schools on the age of pupils to whom...

      Education Supervision Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education supervision orders were put in place for children with special educational need in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in...

      Education: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the teacher to pupil ratio was in infant school classes in (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) South Tyneside in each year since 1997;...

      Education: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in (i) Jarrow constituency and (ii) South Tyneside in each year...

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been included in each local authority's proposed rate support grant to pay for the training of educational psychologists.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of candidates achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics in each (a) selective, (b)...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools, including independent schools, where 0 per cent. of pupils are recorded as having achieved five or more GCSEs...

      History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils sat GCSE history in 2006 in (a) each region and (b) each local education authority; and what percentage of all GCSE...

      History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils sat AS level history in 2006 in each (a) region and (b) local education authority; and what percentage of all AS...

      History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many history graduates entered teacher training in order to qualify as secondary school history teachers in each of the last 10 years.

      Independent Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that more accommodation options are available to young people making the transition from local authority...

      Key Stage Three

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the pass mark was for Level Five in Key Stage Three tests in (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) science in each year since...

      Languages: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in England have English as an additional language.

      Languages: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the prevalence of bilingual classes in maintained schools.

      Languages: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many lessons inspected by Ofsted, excluding lessons in foreign languages, were taught in a language other than English in each year...

      Languages: Schools

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

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on the current commissioning arrangements for looked after children; and what level of funding for...

      Online National Qualifications Records System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice he has (a) sought and (b) received on an online national qualifications records system.

      Online National Qualifications Records System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of an online national qualifications records system.

      Pupil Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average funding per pupil for (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in (i) England and (ii) Somerset was in each of the...

      Physical Education: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage sporting activity among young disabled people in schools.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were excluded in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of schools in East Sussex likely to be (a) built and (b) refurbished using the capital spending...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children with special educational needs have been educated at special schools in each year since 2003.

      St. Peter's College, Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of recent changes in educational standards at St. Peter's College, Chelmsford.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representations he has received relating to the National Audit Office's report on Sure Start Children's Centres; (2) what...

      Teaching Staff: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff were employed in Coventry local education authority schools in each...

      Truancy: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the rate of truancy in each London borough was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have (a) expressed an interest in, (b) made an application for and (c) been granted trust status.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations have (a) expressed an interest in becoming, (b) made an application to become and (c) been approved as trustees of a...

      Unauthorised Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of children with (a) statements and (b) non-statemented special educational needs in mainstream (i)...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on repairing damage to schools caused by vandalism in each local education authority in each year from 2000 to 2006.

      Young Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued relating to local authority support for young carers which requires input from children's services and from...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the review of the Electoral Commission by the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government projects the total carbon emissions of the UK will be for (a) domestic consumption, (b) (i) domestic...

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factor within the range of estimates for radiative forcing from aircraft carbon emissions the Government applies; and if...

      Energy Services Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on the implementation of the Energy Services Directive.

      English Nature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much English Nature spent on programme expenditure in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which...

      Environment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on programme expenditure in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for...

      Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the (a) fire and (b) environmental health services share common addresses for storage sites of hazardous waste.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of tonnes of plastic waste exported to China for recycling in each of the last five years.

      Smarter Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) officials in the Department for Trade and Industry and (b)...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on EU voluntary partnerships on the timber trade; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Citizens: Convictions Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether consulates abroad record the (a) offence and (b) sentence of British prisoners convicted abroad.

    • British Citizens: Convictions Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether consulates abroad record the (a) name, (b) fingerprints, (c) passport number and (d) DNA of British criminals...

      British Citizens: Convictions Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedure her Department has in place for the transfer of the records of British criminals convicted abroad from consulates...

      EU Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how many years the accounts of the European Union have been denied authorisation by the official auditors; for what reasons...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her written answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 788W, on the EU Constitution, what terms of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to prevent the persecution of Mandaeans in Iraq.

      Kazakhstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the meetings attended by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Kazakhstan during his visit to the country in...

      Kazakhstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the occasions on which the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Kazakhstan has visited the country since September...

      Overseas Convictions and Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of British citizens (a) arrested abroad and (b) convicted abroad have been reported by her Department to (i)...

      Overseas Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens are currently (a) under arrest, (b) awaiting trial and (c) serving a prison sentence outside the...

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she has taken to monitor the arms embargo established under UN Security Council resolutions 1556 and 1591 in...

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the movement of insurgent armed groups across the Sudan/Chad border.

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will press the United Nations Security Council to investigate and report publicly on cross border attacks on civilians...

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts at the UN Security Council on pressing the Government of Sudan (a) to accept...

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of Chad on (a) ceasing support for armed rebel groups in (i) Chad and (ii)...

      TB: UK Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries' citizens require a certificate to show that they are free from TB in order to gain a UK visa; and what...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) the human rights situation and (b) the rule of law in Uganda.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the government of Uganda on (a) the human rights situation, (b) the rule of law and (c) the...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the human rights situation in Uganda for the visit of the Queen to the 2007...

  • Health

    • Aerosols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned into the effect of butane in aerosols on health.

    • Cancer Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the letter from her Department's National Cancer Director on 19 December 2006, gateway reference 7605, on further details on the cancer reform...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out the timetable for review of the National Minimum Standards for Care Homes; when she expects to publish new standards; and if she will...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust has recovered the costs from the relevant third parties for treating the patients who suffered an...

      Community Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many service users of social services departments have been in receipt of direct payments in each year since 1997; and how many adults receiving...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from primary care trusts on the levels of patient charge income for NHS dental services in the 2006-07 financial...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to raise awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome.

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made by (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) the Better Regulation Executive in assessing the economic impact of the...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how she will ensure that the gender equality duty is built into the work of the (a) Healthcare Commission, (b) Mental Health Act Commission, (c)...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Department's priorities are for the implementation of the gender equality duty across the health sector; (2) how her Department plans to...

      Hepatitis A Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hepatitis A vaccinations were administered in sexual health clinics in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Hepatitis C Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visitors the hepatitis C information website, www.hepc.nhs.uk had in each month during 2006.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people receiving treatment following the illegal use of heroin are required to pay for their prescriptions; and if she will make a statement.

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when her Department's delivery plan for maternity services will be (a) completed and (b) published; and what consultation on the plan has taken...

      NHS: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the present position is concerning the redevelopment of Northwick Park hospital.

      NHS Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received from (a) the public and (b) medical professionals that entries on the NHS database are (i) inaccurate and (ii) false.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria her Department used to set the rate of interest charged to trusts on money used to fund deficits; and if she will make a statement;...

      Out-patient Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on training of NHS doctors and nurses of directing out-patient work towards independent treatment centres.

      Prescription Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether her Department plans to undertake a disability impact assessment as part of its current review of prescription charging policy; (2) whether...

      Residential Care: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the potential conflict of interest in the Food Standards Agency's report Food Served to Older People in...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that recommended standards for sexual health services are being implemented by primary care trusts.

      Social Services: Ashford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated by central Government to local government for social services in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) action he has taken following and (b) response he has made to the recommendation of the primate subcommittee of the Animal...

    • DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many profiles held on the DNA database relate to people under the age of 18 who have been (a) arrested but had no further action taken...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how non-EU trainee doctors may complete NHS training in the UK under the new immigration rules concerning work permits.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) passport applications and (b) passports were lost in the post in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total Government grant to the Metropolitan police was for (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he or Ministers from his Department last visited Bangladesh; and what steps his Department is taking to support the...

    • Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Victims Commissioner Appointment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will institute an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the appointment of Victims Commissioner Bertha McDougall.

    • Victims Commissioner Appointment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to appeal against the judgment of Mr. Justice Girvan in the case of the application for judicial review by Brenda Downes...

      Magilligan Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the public purse is expected to be of the work envisaged to be undertaken at Magilligan Prison as a result of the...

      Paint-balling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what age restrictions apply to the sport of paint-balling in Northern Ireland.

      Plastic Batons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people reported injuries from the police in Northern Ireland using plastic baton rounds in 2006.

      Psni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland who have moved from other EU countries to live in Northern Ireland are regarded in...

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up has been of the Warm Homes scheme in each Northern Ireland constituency for 2006; how many installations there have been; and...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet Committee Rules

      To ask the Prime Minister what rules apply to the attendance at Cabinet Committees by persons other than Ministers or officials.

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which companies were discussed with President Nazarbayev in their meeting on 21 November 2006; (2) on what dates he has had conversations with President...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he was first informed of allegations that excessive payments had been made or agreed in order to secure the British Aerospace contract for a military air traffic...

  • Scotland

    • Advertising

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

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether introducing (a) new council tax bands and (b) a council tax revaluation in Scotland, would be a reserved matter.

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Government Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Army Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will review the appropriateness of the six-month period of limitation in the light of the Army Prosecuting Authority's recent decision in a case involving...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions (a) he, (b) the Attorney-General and (c) officials from his Department have had with other Ministers on the recent decision by the Serious Fraud...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General what meetings (a) the Attorney-General and (b) the Director of the Serious Fraud Office had in 2006 with (i) representatives of BAE Systems and (ii) the UK...

      Bona Vacantia Division

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) income and (b) asset turnover of the bona vacantia division was in 2005-06.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many criminal cases were dropped by the prosecution in 2005-06 because of a lack of certainty that a conviction could be obtained; and what guidelines are given...

      Serious Fraud Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will undertake a review of the implications for national security of each serious fraud case at the earliest feasible stage.

      Victims' Compensation

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to secure compensation for victims.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Benefits in Kind

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what deduction for benefits in kind are permissible against the rates of national minimum wage; when they were last uprated; and by how much...

    • Business Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate he has made of the number of UK firms which have relocated to other EU states in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been made to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate under (a) regulation 7 of the Conduct of Employment...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has undertaken to assess the impact of the closure of rural post offices on rural communities.

      Third-party Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what conditions are placed on the sale of military equipment by (a) the United Kingdom and (b) European Union member states to prevent...

  • Transport

    • Amateur Photography: Rail Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on amateur photography at train stations in England.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to the letter of 4 December 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. N. Joyce.

      Departmental Hospitality

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

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances motorists will be required to retake their driving tests under the EU directive on driving licences; and when the directive will...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on programme expenditure in Gravesham local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on programme expenditure in Ashford's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Pay Bargaining Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the last full equal pay audit was conducted in each pay bargaining unit in his Department; at which grades there is a gender pay gap of more than...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains have arrived on time at London train stations from Bexhill and Brighton train stations in the last 10 years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expenditure on road safety advertising was in each year since 1991; and how many accidents there were in each year.

      Safety Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety campaigns his Department has run since May 1997; what the cost was of each; and what assessment he has made of the impact on the relevant...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether vehicle tax disc reminder notices have in some cases ceased to be sent.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of disabled people were living in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

    • State Pension: NI Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 906W, on state pension: NI contributions, for which other financial years...

  • Treasury

    • Autumn Performance Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance provided by his Department to Departments on what they should disclose in their 2006 autumn...

    • Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the budget is for his national debate on the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review; and how many events he has scheduled in 2007 as part of the...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the additional funds going directly to schools announced in the pre-Budget report 2006 will be classified as (a) current expenditure and...

      Efficiency Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects to publish the review of the Efficiency Programme.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government jobs (a) have been and (b) are planned to be re-located away from London and the South East to other parts of the country by the time...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government jobs (a) have been relocated under the Lyons review and (b) he expects to be re-located by the end of the review process to (i)...

      National Asset Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department will publish an updated version of the National Asset Register.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of average per capita public expenditure on each income decile group in each year since 1997-98.

      Social and Economic Regeneration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) progress has been made to date and (b) timetable has been set for completion of the cross cutting review of the future role of the third sector...

      VAT Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the target turnaround time is for new VAT registrations.

      Water and Sewerage Dividends

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was received by the Exchequer from the dividends from the water and sewerage industry in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales in each...

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