Written answers

Monday, 22 January 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Leader of the House when the Privy Council Office began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures are available; when...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Scott Inquiry

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on the progress of the inquiry by Peter Scott QC into criticisms made of the Northern Ireland Office by Mr. Justice Girvan; and what the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Photocopying Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to improve the photocopying facilities in the Library.

  • Wales

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Office began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures are available; when his...

    • Departmental Fixed Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which fixed assets his Department sold for more than £10,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii)...

  • International Development

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter of 4 December 2006, from the hon. Member for South-West Surrey about the Global Fund.

    • Displaced Karen People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department has put in place to provide support for the displaced Karen people on the border between Burma and Thailand.

      Legal Advice

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

      Overseas Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the UK's Overseas Development Assistance is projected to come from departments other than his Department in (a)...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries are engaged in negotiating a voluntary partnership agreement on timber trade with the EU; and which countries have...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the (a) number and (b) value of arms sales by China to African countries in the last 12 months.

    • Asean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Association of South East Asian States (ASEAN) members on a charter for the...

      Bangladesh

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

      Bermuda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) reports she has commissioned and (b) representations she has received from (i) the Defence Board of Bermuda and (ii)...

      British Citizens: Convictions Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many referrals the Consular Department has made to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency of British prisoners (a) released...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with the Government of Chad on (a) demobilising child soldiers and (b) ending the...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if she will press the Government of Chad to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in attacks on civilians; (2)...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if she will press her counterparts at the UN to provide support and funding for humanitarian activities to support...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has made any recent representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on security...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the case for MONUC peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the presidential...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage the international donor community to increase their commitment to the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the security situation in Ituri, Kivus and Katanga provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Dr. Andrew Lutakome Kayiira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action she has taken since the report by Scotland Yard into the murder of Dr. Andrew Lutakome Kayiira in Uganda; and if she...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with European Union partners about Ethiopian political development.

      EU Neighbourhood Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what activities she plans under the auspices of the EU Neighbourhood Policy; and if she will make a statement.

      Export Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by UK Trade and Investment on export support in each of the last three years; and how much has been allocated...

      Government Response Mechanisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a mechanism exists to enable the Government to respond formally to recommendations of the (a) Assembly of Western...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with members of the Indian Government regarding the human rights of Dalit people on her recent...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) political, (b) legal, (c) technical and (d) procedural options her Department plans to present at the May 2007...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) name and (b) location is of each official residence of which she has use.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has held with her Pakistani counterparts on counter terrorism.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of reports that a Sri Lankan Government Minister was involved in disrupting a political...

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts on the United Nations Security Council on the deployment of an international...

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by her Department to engage with Sudanese rebel movements to press upon them the importance (a) of...

      Sudan and Chad

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

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if she will press her counterparts at the UN to provide funding for an office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a)...

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between internet gambling and problem gambling.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the (a) availability and (b) quality of problem gambling services targeted at (i) children, (ii)...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of gambling on an individual's (i) health, (ii) family, (iii)...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on gambling addiction of the implementation of (a) the Gambling Act 2005 and (b) the...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will increase the financial contribution paid by gambling operators and service providers towards funding research into problem...

      Government Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool,...

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was allocated to the Heritage Lottery Fund from the National Lottery Distribution Fund in each of the last three years; and how...

      Highland 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to ensure that awareness of Highland 2007, the Year of Highland Culture, is raised throughout the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has...

      Sporting and Recreational Grounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures are in place for liaison between her Department and the Department for Communities and Local Government to protect...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what services provided by her Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.

  • Education and Skills

    • Absent Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of recent changes in the way schools provide cover for absent teachers on (a) supply teachers,...

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were adopted in (a) Aylesbury Vale and (b) England in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06.

      A-level Further Maths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils took further maths A-level in Camden in 2005-06, broken down by school.

      A-level Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils in maintained schools in England gained grade A at A-level in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d)...

      Black History Month

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost to the Department was of celebrating Black History Month.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many new school buildings are scheduled to open in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 under the Building Schools for the Future programme;...

      Business Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of schools in England are directly partnered with local companies.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of schools with class sizes at key stage four of more than (a) 30, (b) 40 and (c) 50 pupils.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has commissioned into the effect of class size on attainment since 1997.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools regularly conduct lessons in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) humanities in class sizes that exceed 60 pupils.

      Connexions Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many awarded Connexions Card points remain unspent.

      Connexions Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people have spent reward points on their Connexions Cards; and how many points they spent in total.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of expenditure by his Department in each of the Government office regions in the most recent year for which...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much programme expenditure sponsored by his Department was spent via each of the Government offices for the regions in the most recent...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value of (a) private finance initiative credits allocated to his Department and (b) related capital expenditure was in each year...

      Direct Instruction Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has funded into the Direct Instruction method of teaching since 1997.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents involving the (a) sale and (b) use of illegal drugs on school property have been reported in each local education...

      Education Funding: Ashford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much central Government allocated for education in Ashford local authority areas in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Educational Psychologist Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) East Sussex and (b) England were assessed by an educational psychologist in each of the last 10 years.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by each of his Department's executive agencies in each Government office region in the most recent year for which figures...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which of the executive agencies of his Department have regional offices outside London.

      Foundation 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 foundation status in each year since...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foundation schools were in operation in each year since 1997.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in England gained five A*-C grades at GCSE, excluding equivalents and Applied GCSE Double Awards, in each of the...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of hours per week of the timetable schools are recommended to allocate to the new GCSE science and GCSE...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England are advertising for a head teacher.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in London have taken up the International Baccalaureate in each of the last five years, broken down by borough.

      Investors in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual budget is of Investors in People; and how many people are employed there.

      Investors in People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether Investors in People UK has been awarded the Investors in People award.

      National Skills Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the national skills academies which have been established.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which non-departmental public bodies are sponsored by his Department; what the function is of each body; and what the annual budget of each...

      Partnerships for Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget of Partnerships for Schools is in 2006-07; how many consultants it employed in 2006; and how many people it employs.

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the physical assaults in London schools in the last year for which figures are available resulted in (a) injury, (b) a...

      Random Drug Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will introduce random and compulsory drug tests for all school children over 11 years of age.

      Random Drug Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the results were of random drug testing in schools for each year since 2004, broken down by borough and classification of drugs...

      Reading Recovery Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when he expects reading recovery to be rolled out to the city of Nottingham following the Chancellor's recent funding announcement;...

      School Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the new rules for competitive tendering for new schools on the incentive for local...

      School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school places were take up by children from EU-8 accession countries in each local education authority in the school year starting...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment is made by Ofsted during its regular inspections of state secondary schools on the provision of sport.

      Schools: Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) urban and (b) rural (i) secondary and (ii) primary schools have access to broadband-enabled internet.

      Schools Absence Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is of the schools absence strategy; and what assessment he has made of its effectiveness.

      Science Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools were entered for individual science GCSEs in (a) biology, (b) chemistry and...

      Secondary Schools North Copeland

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to his special advisers concerning alterations to their duties during the campaign for the deputy leadership of...

      Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children with a special educational need were referred to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal in (a)...

      Teacher Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teacher exchanges with developing countries have been arranged in the last 12 months.

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether any exemptions or exceptions to teachers' pay and conditions as set out in the school teachers' pay and conditions document apply in...

      Teachers' TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is of Teachers' TV for 2006-07; how many consultants it employed in 2006; what its role is; and how many people it employs.

      Trespassing: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many cases of trespassing were reported by schools in (a) England and (b) each local education authority in the last five years...

      Visually Impaired Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many books have been made available for visually impaired pupils in (a) Braille, (b) audio and (c) large print format in each...

      Wood Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is being provided by (a) the Learning and Skills Council, (b) the London Development Agency and (c) the sector skills...

  • Transport

    • Blue Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1052, on blue badges, what estimate has been made of the number of children aged up...

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with cycling campaign groups on the draft highway code and on the use of cycling facilities.

      EU Directive: Driving Licences

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

      Heysham M6 Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether all the rejected options to the preferred Heysham M6 Link (northern route) have been documented in the major scheme business case; and if he...

      Light Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance has been produced for (a) local authorities and (b) the Highways Agency on tackling light pollution from street lighting.

      Motorway Service Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many service stations there are on the motorway network.

      Parton-Lillyhall Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when work will begin on the A595 Parton-Lillyhall bypass.

      Rail Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons fares for rail journeys in north Kent from zone four to zone three are the same as those from zone four to zone two; and for what...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials are employed by his Department on project teams to investigate and design proposals to provide extra capacity on the rail network.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed by Network Rail to investigate and design proposals to expand capacity on the rail network.

      Registration Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances vehicles may drive on public roads with (a) registration plates hidden and (b) no registration plates.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road crashes involving drivers aged (a) 17 to 20 and (b) 21 to 25 years occurred in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether penalty charge notices for failure to renew vehicle tax discs have been sent out only in certain postcodes or regions.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many penalty charge notices have been automatically issued for failure to have an up-to-date vehicle tax disc to recipients in each (a)...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Armed Forces Personnel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquests remain to be heard in relation to members of the armed forces who lost their lives as a result of military...

    • Criminal Procedure Rules

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the criminal procedure rules will be amended to take account of the ruling regarding ECHR Article 8 in the case of R. (TB)...

      Designated Drugs Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to extend the operation of designated drugs courts.

      Judicial Pension Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total liability is of judicial pension schemes.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received on legal aid provision in cases before the Magistrates Courts; and if she will make a...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the Carter review on the provision of legal aid.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost per hour of running the magistrates courts system in England.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations her Department has received from mental health lawyers on the reform of legal aid.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of proposed legal aid reforms on lawyers specialising in mental health law; and if...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Department of Health on the effect of legal aid reforms on lawyers...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Board of Inter-trade Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the perceived religious background is of each member of the Board of Inter-trade Ireland.

    • Care Home Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average weekly cost of caring for a resident in (a) public sector and (b) publicly-funded private sector residential care in Northern...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the 10 most valuable (a) movable and (b) immovable assets owned by his Department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total...

      Down Lisburn Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time is to obtain an appointment for an interview and assessment with a clinical psychologist in the Down Lisburn Trust; what...

      Down Lisburn Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many clinical psychologists are employed by (a) Down Lisburn Trust and (b) other health and social services trusts in Northern Ireland.

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in 2005-06;...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over the age of 60 years enrolled in (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) vocational and (ii) non-vocational courses in each...

      Official Cars

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

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will increase the number of junior physiotherapy posts in hospitals in Northern Ireland.

      Private Finance Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) total capital value, (b) period over which repayments will take place and (c) total cost of repayment is of each private finance...

      Translink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the terms were of the financial settlement paid to the former chief executive of Translink following his resignation from that body in...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland he estimates were eligible for winter fuel payments in 2006.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Assistive Technology Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will appoint a representative from the assistive technology industry to the expert panel supporting the independent living review.

    • Benefit Payments: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of (a) housing benefit, (b) disability living allowance and (c) council tax benefit in the Eastbourne...

      Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) disability living allowance, (d) lone parent benefit...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategies he and his Department have devised to ensure that there are (a) appropriate sources of support, (b) flexible care options and...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the case for information packs being provided to new carers on their rights and entitlements; and if he will...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to increase the level of carer's allowance in line with that of (a) jobseekers' allowance, (b) income support and (c)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North dated 28...

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners live in the Bristol local authority area; how many are in receipt of council tax benefit; and what percentage this...

      Disability Disclosure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to encourage disclosure of disability by public sector employees; and what the cost of such steps was in...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many applications for disability living allowance were received in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and what percentage of applications was...

      Fire and Health and Safety Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Health and Safety Executive's targets for tackling backlogs of fire and health and safety repairs were in each year since 2001-02;...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what office space in his Department has been disposed of as part of the Gershon Review.

      HSE Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of the Health and Safety Executive enforcement communications strategy referred to on page 103 of his 2006 departmental...

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to the job centre in the West Chelmsford constituency in November 2006.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of levels of performance of Jobcentre Plus offices in (a) Wellingborough and (b) Rushden.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to facilitate easier training updates for British workers in the offshore industry in respect of health...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Poverty and Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to strengthen support in workplaces for individuals who, despite being in employment, suffer poverty and social exclusion;...

      Royal Mail

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

      Trade Union Funding

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

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.

      Unemployment: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies have been advertised in Stroud Job Centre in each of the last 24 months; and what the level of unemployment was in...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the additional cost would be of setting the deadline for eligibility to qualify for the winter fuel payment on (a) 31 October and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have been delivered (a) nationally and (b) in each region through section 106 agreements in each of...

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances the Audit Commission requests the bank details of spouses and partners of local authority employees; what...

      Buncefield Oil Disaster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures have been put in place since the Buncefield disaster to inform hon. Members about control of major accident hazard...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which councils in Essex (a) retain ownership and (b) are consulting on the disposal of ownership of council housing stock.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) disabled people and (b) people who receive disability allowance have benefited from the disabled band reduction...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding streams aimed at tackling homelessness were reduced as referred to on page 45 of her Department's annual report for...

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on external media trainers in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many training days were delivered at divisional level by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in each of the last five years.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) work related and (b) fire related injuries were sustained by Lancashire fire fighters in each of the last five years.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average pay rise awarded to senior management at the Kent Fire Service was for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 1131W, on the green belt, how many hectares of green belt...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home information pack training courses have been subsidised from the public purse.

      Home Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has provided from the public purse towards the training of home inspectors.

      Homebuy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the Government support to be provided as part of the Open Market HomeBuy scheme in (a)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacant dwellings there were in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacant dwellings there were in (a) East Sussex and (b) Eastbourne in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) total cost of and (b) cost per house to (i) councils, (ii) housing associations and...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of bringing all local authority housing up to the decent homes standard by 2010; what...

      Islamic Sharia Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in her Department have held meetings with the Islamic Sharia Council; and if she...

      Light Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been produced for local authorities on the effective use of the planning process in reducing light pollution.

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has received from the Valuation Office Agency the information on which the local authority business growth incentive...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the performance of local authorities in matching central government funding for disabled...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much Government grant per head was received by each local authority in England, excluding education spending, in each...

      Muslim Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response she has made to the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body Consultation Findings and Conclusions.

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on housing rough sleepers since May 1997; and what reductions in rough sleeping have resulted.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the maintenance of social housing for rent in each year since 1995.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average waiting times were for persons seeking (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three and...

      Sustainable Communities Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1657W, on the sustainable communities plan, how much was...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.

  • Home Department

    • Ammunition Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce controls on the sale of ammunition (a) components, (b) tools and (c) blanks.

    • Animals: Scientific Procedures Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate last visited Nafovanny, in Vietnam; what their findings were; and if he will make a...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were for antisocial behaviour in Wirral, South in the last period for which figures are available.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were for antisocial behaviour in Chorley in the last period for which figures are available.

      Armed Robberies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many armed robberies took place in Essex in each of the past five years.

      ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been made by courts in Surrey in each of the last three years; and how many such orders have been...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received on the use of dawn raids on asylum seekers; (2) what consultations he has had with legal advisers...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were returned to Afghanistan in each of the last 12 months.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the recruitment of community support officers in Wirral, South.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many muggings (personal robberies) were committed in each of the four Humberside police divisions in the last 12 months; and how many...

      Data Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police raids were conducted on the wrong premises as a result of an address error in the last two years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to his Department of conferences relating to the UK's EU Presidency.

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 1045W, to the hon. Member for Castle Point on dispersal orders, what...

      Dog Fouling and Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued by each local authority in East Sussex for (i) dog...

      Driving Without Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were for driving without insurance in each of the last five years.

      Drug Intervention Programme: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug users are registered with the Eastbourne drug intervention programme.

      Gateway Protection Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by country of origin the number of refugees in the Gateway Protection Programme.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions Kent constabulary has not moved on illegally parked Gypsies and Travellers in each of the last two years.

      Hizb ut-Tahir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006 to the hon. Member for Newark (Patrick Mercer), Official Report, column 643W, on Hizb ut-Tahir,...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women who have been victims of human trafficking into the sex trade in the UK have been deported after being taken into custody by...

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to his answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1667W, to the hon. Member for Rayleigh on the Identity and...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2006, Official Report, columns 831-32W, on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, when he...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates the longest outstanding complaints made by hon. Members to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate were received; to which...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the recommendations of the Directorate of the Immigration and Nationality Complaints Audit Committee he plans to implement; and what...

      IND Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve the Immigration and Nationality Directorate website.

      Intelligence Services Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2005.

      Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered History Month

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Department spent on its activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered history month; and what relevant publications,...

      Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to curtail fundraising for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam in the UK.

      National Firearms Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the National Firearms Register to be fully operational.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 645W, to the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden on the National...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many companies had submitted tenders for the establishment of a new national identity database prior to the decision not to proceed with...

      Non-mandatory Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down the number of prisoners serving non-mandatory life sentences by offence committed.

      PCSD Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual budget is of the Police and Crime Standards Directorate; and how many members of staff it employs.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the gross revenue expenditure for police authorities per capita was in each year since 1992 in (a) Devon and Cornwall and (b) England...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forms have been made obsolete across forces in England and Wales; and what estimate he has made of (a) how many of each such...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total police officer strength was in (a) Sussex and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Police and Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends that section 47 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 will come into effect.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers are equipped with stab vests in each police authority area; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will respond to the request for police community support officers in Gwent by Gwent police authority.

      Police Uniform

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a police officer wearing a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection suit will be classed as a constable in uniform.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violence against prison officers were recorded in prisons in England and Wales between December 2005 and December 2006.

      Shotgun Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to prevent transfer of licences for shotgun ammunition.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) first years cost and (b) cost in subsequent years is of training and equipping a special constable.

      Speed Limit Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were found guilty of a speed limit offence in each police force area in each of the last five years; and what the (a)...

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the individuals arrested and detained since 1 August 2006 under the Terrorism Act 2006 for a period of up to and including 28...

      Wounding Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims there were of (a) unlawful woundings and (b) wounding with intent in each of the last six years in London, broken down by...

  • Defence

    • Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the military capability of the Iranian armed forces.

    • Housing: Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of long-term investment in military accommodation over the last 25 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing: Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of housing for service personnel and their families.

      Military Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of military helmets in protecting service personnel from bomb blasts and motor vehicle accidents; and if...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the naval building programme since the Strategic Defence Review; and if he will make a statement.

      Senior Military Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Chiefs of Staff on public pronouncements by senior serving military officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Parachute Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what parachute training is undertaken by the Parachute Regiment.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on recent developments on the security situation in Iraq.

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what security measures are in place to protect ammunition being transported by rail within the United Kingdom.

      Ministry of Defence Police Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with the Ministry of Defence Police Federation about the strength of the force at Colchester.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which year he expects that the Trident nuclear capability would, if not upgraded, become obsolete.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what technical steps need to be taken by United States personnel prior to the UK being able to fire a Trident missile at an independently identified target.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with counterparts from other NATO countries on the numbers of combat personnel in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to (a) increase recruitment levels to and (b) reduce outflow from the UK's armed forces.

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the size of the Army has changed since 1982.

      Departmental Contracts: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the value was of his Department's new-build contracts placed with Scottish facilities in each year since 1995; (2) what the value was of his...

      Official Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will place in the Library the documents referred to in the answers of (a) 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1558W, on price indices,...

      Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of (a) Project SLAM and (b) Project Allenby/Connaught in each year of the contract.

      Security Threats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the specific security threats that will be facing the UK between 2020 and 2050; what form he expects them to take; from...

      Senior Officers: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Major General Tim Cross has used his Department's (a) road, (b) sea and (c) air transport on personal business over the last three years.

      Service Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Defence Estates allocated for improvements to service families' accommodation at Blandford Camp in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and how...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Advertising

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

    • Bioenergy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition his Department uses of (a) biomass, (b) biofuels and (c) bioenergy; and if he will make a statement.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which 10 consultancy fees charged to his Department since May 1997 were the most expensive.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of expenditure by his Department in each of the Government Office regions in the most recent year for which figures...

      Doha Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees of UK Trade and Investment work in Mercosur countries; and what the projected staffing level is (a) in six months and (b)...

      East of England Tourist Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the East of England Development Agency has provided additional funding to the East of England Tourist Board for (a) the latter half...

      Employee Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times the Department has been sued by employees since 2001; on how many occasions cases have been referred to ACAS in the same...

      Energy Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps (a) his Department and (b) Ofgem have taken to support small businesses in the energy market.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the merits of introducing a cooling-off period in small business energy contracts similar to that provided to domestic customers.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what requirement there is on energy suppliers to notify their small business customers prior to automatically renewing their supply contract.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has assessed the impact on small businesses of poor billing by energy suppliers.

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will discuss with Ofgem providing small businesses with a level of protection similar to that afforded to domestic customers in respect...

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the level of competition in the retail energy market for small business consumers; and if he will make a statement.

      Light Bulbs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support is available to companies manufacturing energy-efficient light bulbs in the United Kingdom.

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many declarations of corporate hospitality, including hotel meals from companies and others involved in coal health claims, have been made...

      Orangutan Habitat: Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what recent discussions he has had with other EU member states on the sources of palm oil imported into Europe, with particular...

      Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1610W, on the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2003, which...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new Post Office card accounts were opened in each of the last three years.

      Post Office Facilities: Bingley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of post office facilities in Bingley.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many responses his Department has received to the Post Office Network Consultation from each region; and how many of those responses were...

      Post Offices

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

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new post offices were opened in each of the last 10 years; and how many closed post offices were reopened.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the economic impact of the programme of post office closures on (a) the Scottish economy and (b) the economy...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the likely cost to small and medium-sized businesses of the programme of post office closures.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of his programme of post office closures.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the projected (a) total budget and (b) administration costs of each regional development agency is for 2007-08.

      Regional Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the South East England Development Agency spent in each local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Rubber Bands: Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Post Office has to recycle rubber bands; and what his estimate is of the number used each year.

      S-band Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how he plans to optimise the use of the S-band spectrum which is now available for public safety; (2) what steps he has taken to ensure...

      Smart Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to promote the installation of smart electricity meters in private homes.

      Smart Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with suppliers about the minimum level of functionality of smart metering systems.

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department has made available for the installation of solar panels in the West Country in the last three years; what provision...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants were made available by his Department for the installation of solar panels in each of the last three years; and how many solar...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage the installation of solar panels in the West Country.

      Spectrum Packages Auction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how radio microphone users in (a) schools, (b) education establishments and (c) places of worship and their analogue equipment will...

      Start-up Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many high-growth start-up businesses there were in each region and county in each year between 1994 and 2001; and what percentage of all...

      Start-up Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many high-growth start-up businesses there were in the Lancashire region in each year between 1994 and 2001; and what percentage they...

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to increase the business opportunities for sub post offices.

      Waste-to-Energy Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many waste-to-energy incinerators have been built in the UK; and where they are located.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made on the candidacy of Laos for membership of the World Trade Organisation.

  • Treasury

    • Births and Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) births and (b) deaths there were in Chorley constituency in each year since 1997.

    • Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland constituency were diagnosed with...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage survival rate was for people diagnosed with (a) lung, (b) breast, (c) prostate, (d) skin, (e) testicular, (f) cervical and (g)...

      Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the consultants identified on page 107 of his 2006 departmental report; what work they undertook; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 27 November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Stephen Hawthorn, to which a holding...

      EU: Imports and Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the UK (a) exported to and (b) imported from the European Union in (i) goods and (ii) services in the most recent 12 month period for which...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that all Departments receive guidance on how to implement the gender equality duty with the guidance issued to...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many flights were made by HM Revenue and Customs managers to (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Household Numbers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Office for National Statistics has made of the difference in the estimated number of households in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c)...

      KPMG

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid to KPMG (a) for work as internal auditors of the Office of Government Commerce and (b) for the full review of the Efficiency Programme.

      Lean Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid to Unipart for the Lean programme by his Department and its agencies.

      Population Statistics: Eastbourne

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) births and (b) deaths there were in Eastbourne constituency in each year since 1997.

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by his Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c)...

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Red Box Website

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Red Box hard copy teaching packs have been (a) produced and (b) distributed by (i) his Department and (ii) HM Revenue and Customs.

      Rockall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many oil and gas reserves previously under UK jurisdiction are outside UK territorial waters following the cessation of sovereignty of Rockall; and what...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 209W, on special advisers, on what date the donations for the (a) tickets and (b) DVDs...

      VAT Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Aardvark Traffic Management Services of Worksop will obtain VAT registration following their November 2006 application.

  • Health

    • "A Stronger Local Voice"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of submissions her Department received in response to the document "A Stronger Local Voice".

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long the average waiting time for an abortion was in each (a) primary care trust and (b) hospital trust in each year since 2000; and if she will...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions took place in each month since the year 2000, broken down by (a) primary care trust and (b) hospital trust; and if she will make a...

      Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the number of patients in the (a) early and (b) late stages of Alzheimer's disease who will be affected by the...

      Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidelines on Alzheimer's drugs treatment for patients...

      Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that primary care trusts provide funding to enable clinicians to prescribe the most effective drug treatments available...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines are issued by her Department to GPs on the presence or absence of claimants when writing disability living allowance and incapacity benefit.

      Burial Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to promote the provision of burial places in and around Greater London for use by Islamic communities; (2) what estimate...

      Capture, Assess, Treat and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected (a) set-up costs and (b) total first- year costs are of the capture, assess, treat and support service in the South Lancashire area.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £750 million she made available for capital spending on community hospitals has been drawn down; and by which organisations.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she makes the final decision on the closure of community hospitals and cottage hospitals; and what record is kept of such decisions.

      Corporate Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much each (a) NHS trust and (b) primary care trust spent on musical instruments in each year since 1997; (2) how much each (a) NHS trust and...

      Counselling Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the availability of counselling services as part of general practitioner services in the national health service; and what...

      Crisis Resolution Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the (a) role and (b) budget of each crisis resolution team.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the difference between the (a) originally anticipated level and (b) actual level of patient charge income under...

      Departmental Computer Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any corrupt data have been detected on her Department's computer systems.

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to make her Department carbon neutral.

      Diabetes: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of the introduction of pin-prick blood tests for diabetes for pregnant women.

      Diabetes: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of babies who died before birth as a result of undiagnosed maternal diabetes in each of the last five years.

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to receive a formal recommendation from the Food Standards Agency on the fortification of flour with vitamin folic acid; and if she will...

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the take- up of vitamin folic acid by women adjacent to the time of contraception in the (a) (i) C2 and (ii) DE...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what science-based studies underpinned the Food Standards Agency's food labelling traffic light scheme; and what plans she has to extend the scheme to the...

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will change the relevant rules to give members of Governors Councils of Foundation Trusts who are not members of committees of the Council the...

      Health Care Professionals: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 1029, on recruitment of health care professionals, how the Code of Practice for...

      Health Professionals: Confidentiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the review of confidentiality obligations placed on health professionals as they relate to criminal investigations...

      Healthy Living Social Marketing Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to launch the healthy living social marketing strategy.

      Healthy Start Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry have received vouchers to buy milk, fruit and vegetables under the Healthy Start scheme since...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the National Health Service spent on the purchase of heroin for medicinal purposes in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available;...

      Hospital Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department provides to strategic health authorities and NHS trusts considering reconfiguration of health services on the appropriate mix...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2006, Official Report, column 1358, on hospital infections, for what reason private hospitals and independent...

      Hygiene Posters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what cost the Wet, Soap, Wash, Rinse, Dry poster, gateway reference 7562, posted to her Department's website on 19 December 2006, was developed; how...

      Independent Treatment Centre: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultation exercise is being undertaken on the proposal for a new independent treatment centre in Preston; (2) which organisations will be...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 1037-38W, on seasonal influenza, what her latest estimate is of the proportion of...

      Influenza Pandemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had on the stockpiling of respirators for key workers in the event of an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.

      Influenza Pandemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been put in place to protect key workers in the event of an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the reports she received on mixed- sex wards from strategic health authorities on 11 December 2006.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male-only wards, (b) female-only wards, (c) mixed sex wards and (d) wards divided by partition into male and female areas there are in...

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male-only wards, (b) female-only wards, (c) mixed sex wards and (d) wards divided by partition into sexes there are in each hospital in...

      National Framework for Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to respond to the feedback from its consultation on the National Framework for Continuing Care.

      National School Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the National School Fruit Scheme since its launch in 2001.

      Neural Tube Defects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many infants were born live with neural tube defects in England and Wales in the last period for which statistics have been collated; and if she will...

      NHS: Non-EU Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many non-EU citizens used NHS services in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; (2) how many non-EU citizens who have used NHS services have unpaid...

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) child population of (i) Selby and York primary care trust area, (ii) North Yorkshire primary care trust area,...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total capital value is of each local improvement finance trust scheme overseen by her Department which has reached financial close, broken down...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position was of each (a) primary care trust and (b) hospital trust in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total estimated cost of backlog maintenance was in the NHS in each financial year since 1997-98.

      NHS Operating Framework Podcast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the podcast made by the NHS chief executive on the importance of the 'NHS Operating Framework 2007-08' published on the departmental...

      NHS Trust Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has on the (a) socio-economic profile, (b) ethnic origin and (c) gender of NHS trust ex-officio board directors in (i) 2005 and...

      NHS Trust Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) hospital and (b) primary care trust ex-officio directors are from a (i) business, (ii) accountancy and (iii) NHS...

      NHS Work Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to offer guarantees of employment in the NHS to students leaving healthcare-related training.

      NICE Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the savings to the NHS budget that are likely to be made following National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      North Yorkshire Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allocations the Government made to health authorities up to 2002-03 and primary care trusts since then in North Yorkshire in each year since 1996-97...

      Pacesetters Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to her Department was of the Pacesetters project; and what programmes operated over the last 12 months.

      PCT Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how her Department determines the level of funding to be allocated to each primary care trust.

      Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the long-term liabilities of the private finance initiative (PFI) investment referred to on page 44 of her Department's annual report 2006 are; what...

      Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the largest private finance initiative project to date has been; what the Department's buy-back option on the project is; what the annual cost to the...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for physiotherapists are expected in the NHS in each of the next three years.

      Political Party Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) chairmen and (b) chief executives of local primary care trusts have made declarations to her Department that they have made donations to the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly appointed chairpersons of merged primary care trusts established on 1 October 2006 (a) are members of the Labour Party and (b) have...

      Recruitment Advertising

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

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases there have been in the Lincolnshire Health Authority area in girls aged (a) under 16 and (b) under 18 in...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding her Department provided for (a) skin cancer services and (b) research into skin cancer in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to launch the communications campaign informing the public about the change to the law on smoking in public places; how much she expects to...

      Specialist Nursing Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will meet (a) NHS staff and (b) other interested parties to discuss the provision of specialist nursing services for delivering treatment...

      Statistics

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

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the work of turnaround teams within West Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under 18-year-olds were treated for alcohol-related health problems in Shropshire in each year since 1991.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been subject to medical deferral in each quarter of each of the last five years, broken down by acute hospital trust; and if she...

      Walk-in Health Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many walk-in health centres in each borough in the Greater London area closed in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Helmand Province

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets are set for the reform and reconstruction of the Helmand province of Afghanistan during the United Kingdom's three-year deployment; and what progress...

    • Airports: Wheelchairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which British airports impose charges on users of wheelchairs. Whether they will make representations to British airports to adopt the provisions of European Union...

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have undertaken any assessment of the likely impact of the merger of the Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation on current...

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made since 3 July 2006 in identifying the core and non-core functions of the Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics...

      Arms Trade: Al Yamamah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Ministers communicated with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), or on whose behalf communications were sent to the SFO, about the investigation of offences of...

      Arms Trade: Al Yamamah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what statutory authority the Prime Minister used his executive power to order the termination of investigations of possible corruption in dealings between...

      Arms Trade: South Africa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to instruct the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to stop investigations into arms sales to South Africa; and, if not, what are the...

      Aviation: Frequent Fliers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have given any consideration to enabling frequent fliers to obtain security clearance in advance in order to accelerate security procedures at airports.

      Benefits: Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why housing benefit payable to private landlords is not paid per calendar month instead of every four weeks.

      Community Interest Companies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many community interest companies have been registered in each of the years since the coming into force of the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community...

      Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many constitutional lawyers are employed in the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

      Court Martial: Sergeant Selman and Others

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the cases of Sergeant Selman and others acquitted at court martial, whether the defence had access to their own (or independent) translation and...

      Diplomatic Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which member countries of the European Union issue diplomatic passports to their parliamentarians.

      Elections: Voter Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers electoral registration officers and returning officers now possess in the case of suspicions arising about the validity of voter registrations; in what...

      Elections: Voter Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they are giving to returning officers about the steps they should take and the procedures they should follow in the event of suspicions or objections...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether paragraph 2.74 of the White Paper, Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, regarding the possible need for "more basic research" means that...

      House of Lords: Fair Trade Products

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 18 December 2006 (WA 248), whether bananas are among the fresh fruit being examined in relation to the provision of fair trade...

      Official Documents: Twelvetrees Crescent Warehouse

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any files relating to the Millennium Dome were destroyed in the fire at the paper records warehouse in Twelvetrees Crescent, London, in July 2006.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications the British embassy in Dublin has received for British passports in each of the past few years; and how many were successful.

      Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people shared (a) the £10 billion employment-related income increases in the past year at the bottom of the income distribution; and (b) the £10...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the likely size of the final pot in today's terms, including tax relief, with prudent assumptions about investment growth, for a woman on median...

      Railways: Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in developing their contribution to the European Commission communication Freight Logistics in Europe—Key to Sustainable Mobility, they will ensure...

      Royal Navy: Destroyers and Frigates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many destroyers and frigates have been put into mothballs; and what is the total number of fighting ships of different types in service.

      Shipping: Light Dues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the United Kingdom's contribution to the Republic of Ireland's light dues for each of the past five years; and what is the estimate for the contribution...

      Shipping: Light Dues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the estimated percentage reduction in light dues paid by ships entering United Kingdom ports if the United Kingdom made no contribution to the costs...

      Whistleblowers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidelines or regulations cover the treatment of whistleblowers in the National Health Service.

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