Written answers

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

  • House of Commons Commission

    • St. George Flag

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2007, Official Report, column 584W, to the hon. Member for Romford...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Advocacy Services

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much purchasing advocacy services from (a) self-employed barristers and (b) in-house services cost in 2005-06.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission paid recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in...

  • Wales

    • British Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of food served in buildings occupied by his Department was of British origin in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

    • Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department has paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • A50

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of providing a quieter road surface on the A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter.

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age is of buses in service in the public transport system in England.

      Buses: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what level of Government funding was provided to Bedfordshire county council to support the provision of rural bus services in each year since...

      Buses: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many bus routes were cancelled in Essex in each of the last five years; (2) how many new bus routes were started in Essex in each of the...

      Lifebelts: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responsibility his Department has for the renewal and maintenance of lifebelts along the River Thames.

      Overseas Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the number of lorries with overseas licence plates which used UK roads in each of the last two years and (b) the...

      Parton-Lilyhall Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the A595 Parton-Lillyhall bypass will cost; when the scheme will be completed; and what assessment he has made of the effects of the bypass on...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Safety Camera Partnerships accounts for 2005-06 will be published on his Department's website.

      Vehicle Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for access to data from the UK vehicle register have been made by private companies since 1 November 2006; and how many of these...

      Vehicle Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations have been given approved conditional access to data from the UK vehicle register.

  • Scotland

    • Correspondence

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

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution matters the Advocate-General has considered.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what criteria he uses to determine which responses to freedom of information requests are made available on his Department's website.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of homes in Morecambe and Lunesdale which have digital television.

    • Historic Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from the Historic Churches Preservation Trust on funding to protect historic churches; when...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been distributed to the heritage sector from the National Lottery in each year since 1997; and through which bodies it has...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been distributed to the arts from the National Lottery in each year since 1997; and through which bodies it has been...

      Pigeon Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on granting pigeon racing official recognition as a sport; and if she will make a statement.

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money was paid by her Department to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that TV Licensing behaves in a proportionate manner when dealing with households which do not have a...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government provide TV Licensing with data to aid in the detection and prosecution of licence evaders.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discuss with the BBC free television licences for citizens aged over 70.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners in Livingston constituency have received a free television licence in the last 12 months.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether TV Licensing keeps up-to-date records of the legal occupiers of a property as well as whether a valid licence is held for...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make ex-gratia payments to the families of those Afghan civilians shot in Kandahar in early December 2003.

    • Boarding School Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the information on boarding school allowances paid to members of the armed forces, broken down by rank, which could not be made available to the hon....

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risks he expects to be transferred to the private sector as part of the Defence Training Review.

      EU and NATO Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops were engaged in (a) European Security and Defence Policy and (b) NATO missions in each year between 2003 and 2006; and how many are...

      EU and NATO Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of staff in the Ministry of Defence work on EU defence co-operation.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many information technology projects within the responsibility of his Department, its agencies and their predecessors have been cancelled since 1997;...

      Japanese Internment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for compensation by British civilians interned by the Japanese have been paid under the 20 year attachment to the UK rule; how many...

      Japanese Internment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with his proposal to establish a hardship fund for British civilian prisoners of the Japanese who could not be paid...

      Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many front-line personnel have been issued with flame retardant camouflage clothing.

      Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual strength of the (i) Territorial Army, (ii) Royal Naval Reserve, (iii) Royal Marines Reserve and (iv) Royal...

      Separation Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to question 98165, tabled by the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes, on the time taken to reply to question 94388 tabled by the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Executive Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which of the executive agencies of her Department have regional offices outside London.

    • Executive Agencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which executive agencies are the responsibility of her Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the budget was...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact on the poorest people requiring legal assistance of the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations her Department has received since November 2006 on the level of fees set for civil legal aid solicitors...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which non-departmental public bodies are sponsored by her Department; what the function is of each body; and what the budget...

      Postal Ballots

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what advice her Department has given to post offices on employment of local and national election candidates working in its...

  • International Development

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist displaced persons in Iraq.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.

      International Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on combating corruption in developing countries.

      International Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his role as ministerial champion for addressing international corruption.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of bed nets to prevent malaria in developing countries.

      South America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the potential role for the formation of a community of South American nations in the economic...

      German G8 Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how he plans to promote the importance of international development during the German presidency of the G8.

      Drinking Water: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to increase access to clean drinking water in Africa.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid his Department provided to Burma in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures...

      Congo Brazzaville

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Congo Brazzaville on (a) good governance and (b) corruption; (2)...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that aid is available to those affected by the conflict in Darfur; and what representations he plans...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many humanitarian workers and teams have withdrawn from Darfur; and what impact such withdrawal is having on his Department's...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department plans to give to Egypt in 2006-07.

      World Food Programme: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government are providing to the World Food Programme in Somalia.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what dates Ministers in his Department made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham...

    • EU-Mercosur Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of trade is between the EU and Mercosur; and what the main sectors for growth are between the EU and Mercosur.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) workers were assisted by the National Minimum Wage helpline in recouping money underpaid by their employer and (b) employers...

      New Zealand Butter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much in import tax was levied on New Zealand butter in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and how much of the total was (i) retained by...

      New Zealand Butter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of import tax per kilo was on New Zealand butter in 2006; and for what reasons the tax was levied.

      North West Regional Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed by the Learning and Skills Council in Lancashire.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, column 1034W, on post office funding, (1) when he expects to publish a...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to make a decision on the proposal from Royal Mail's management for a share ownership scheme for the Royal Mail.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antrim Area Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the patient to nurse ratio is in general wards at Antrim Area hospital.

    • CCTV: Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions there have been between the police in Londonderry and the Northern Ireland Office since August 2005 on resources for the...

      Child Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average (a) sentence and (b) time served by convicted child sex offenders in Northern Ireland was in each of the last 10 years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve the Department's performance in replying to correspondence from the general public.

      Hoax Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hoax calls were made to 999 in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Mid-Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the patient to nurse ratio cover is in general wards at Mid-Ulster Hospital.

      Ministerial Interview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the opinions on international affairs which he expressed in his interview published in the current issue of the New Statesman represent...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of MRSA were recorded in each hospital in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper including online, advertorials and advertising...

    • Carbon Neutral Woodchip Burners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many departmental buildings use carbon neutral woodchip burners to provide heating.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost per head of population in the last year of (a) the Common Agricultural Policy and (b)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters were received by his Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1777W, on Departmental Expenditure (107707), whether he...

      Environment Agency and English Nature Expenditure

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

      Environment Agency and English Nature Expenditure

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

      Environment Agency and English Nature Expenditure

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

      Environment Agency and English Nature Expenditure

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

      Environment Agency and English Nature Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) the Environment Agency and (b) English Nature spent in Faversham and Mid Kent constituency in the last year...

      Food Surpluses: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what food surpluses exist within the European Union; what the costs were of storing and handling UK intervention products in...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by British firms in each year since 2000.

      Orangutans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has held with EU colleagues on preventing the importation for food production of palm oil whose...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which public appointments have been made by his Department to former Ministers who served in the Government since May 1997.

      Public Finance Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) public private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department;...

      Rain Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he has put in place to develop (a) national and (b) international policies to protect rain forests; and what...

      Rain Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where deforestation of rain forests is continuing; where policies have been introduced to prevent further depletion of the...

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of compelling water companies to introduce sewer baiting to reduce the rat population.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.

      Rural Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support tourism in rural areas; and what assessment he has made of the effect of cuts...

      Set-aside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much is spent in the EU on paying for set-aside; and for what reasons.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payment (SFP) claimants in England have been fined for errors found within their completed (a) 2005 and...

      Sugar Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much per kilo is levied on the import of sugar from developing countries; for what reasons levies are imposed; and what...

      Tobacco Production: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what subsidies are available at (a) EU and (b) national level to producers of tobacco in the European Union.

      Tobacco Production: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of EU tobacco production is exported to non-EU nations.

      Tobacco Production: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what subsidies are provided for EU tobacco exports to non-EU countries.

      Tobacco Production: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons tobacco production in the EU is subsidised.

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which services provided by his Department and its related agencies translation services are provided.

      Wild Birds: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what grounds the EU has passed a permanent ban on the import of wild birds into the European Community.

  • Education and Skills

    • A-Levels: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students within the constituency of Romford left further education having completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications to enter...

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised child care in each London borough; and...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families in Coventry (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised child care.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families in Eastbourne (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised child care.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families in Chorley (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up (i) free and (ii) subsidised child care.

      Church Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision exists in the national curriculum for teaching about the role of church music in English culture; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid in the education maintenance allowance scheme in each year since the programme's inception.

      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 needs in (a) Ribble Valley and (b)...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adults participated in further education in (a) Lincolnshire, (b) Nottinghamshire, (c) Derbyshire, (d) Leicestershire, (e)...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what right he intends (a) parents, (b) parent associations and (c) staff to have to appeal to the Learning and Skills Council on the...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons he plans to transfer decision-making authority on the (a) establishment and (b) closure of Further Education Colleges...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which members of the governing bodies of Further Education Colleges were removed from their posts by order of the Secretary of State in each...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Further Education Colleges were closed down in each year since May 1997; in how many instances his Office was not the final arbiter of...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Further Education Colleges were established in each year since May 1997; in how many instances his Office was not the final arbiter of...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reductions in administration he expects to make as a result of the implementation of the Framework for Excellence for further...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 15-year-olds and (b) pupils at the end of the fourth key stage achieved A* to C at GCSE in (i) five or...

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's budget was spent on the provision of higher education in further...

      Higher Education: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in the London borough of Havering left further education to attend higher education at a university based in (a)...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes (a) have been made and (b) are planned for the membership of the Learning and Skills Council in preparation for the new...

      Legal Advice

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

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools have been built in each (a) local education authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in England since 1 May...

      Place 2Be

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis of the (a) effectiveness, (b) value for money and (c) future role of Place 2Be has been conducted by his Department; and if...

      Polytechnics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the quality of provision of education in the former polytechnics.

      Teenage Pregnancy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the annual budget of the teenage pregnancy unit has been since it was set up; (2) if he will break down by main budget heading...

      Youth Opportunity Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex have participated in projects funded by youth opportunity funds and youth...

  • Home Department

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which airports are using Backscatter X-ray machines; and whether his Department has published guidance on their use.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps have been taken to regulate the effect of the implementation of the Animals Scientific Procedures Better Regulation Action...

      Ashfield Young Offender Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been subjected to disciplinary proceedings at Ashfield Young Offender Institution since 2004; and what the outcome was in...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was to the public purse of the (a) overheads, (b) salaries, (c) expenses and (d) other associated costs of the Assets...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future handling of (a) prosecutions and (b) investigations now being carried out at the Assets Recovery...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on future arrangements for liaison and co-operation between the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Republic...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff from the Serious Organised Crime Agency will be based in Northern Ireland following the abolition of the Assets Recovery Agency.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions over the last two years his officers were carrying out dawn raids on asylum seekers accompanied by the police;...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether officials able to use the language of the asylum seekers concerned are required to be present when dawn raids on failed asylum...

      Bokhari Family Raid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) police officers and (b) immigration officers were used in the raid on the Bokhari family in Grimsby on 9 January 2007;...

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (a) he and (b) his predecessors have used the power to revoke British citizenship in each of the last 10 years.

      Citizenship Applications: Armed Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for UK citizenship are expected from members of Commonwealth countries serving in the UK armed forces in the next three...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Minister for Policing, Security and Community Society Security received the letter from the hon. Member for St. Albans, ref....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of 10 October 2006 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many defendants in courts in England and Wales have been sentenced to (a) a disposal under Section 190 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 relating to the abolition of committal for trial and the extension of Section 51 of the...

      Development Plus Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) cost and (b) performance of the Development Plus Programme was in 2005-06.

      Driving Without Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered the merits of the use of windscreen insurance discs to combat uninsured driving; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Importations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many drug importation detections by HM Revenue and Customs were referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) for further...

      Drug Importations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many referrals of drug importation detections by HM Revenue and Customs were passed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to police drug...

      Drug Liaison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug liaison officers transferred from HM Revenue and Customs to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) on 2 April 2006; how many...

      EU Accession State Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the average earnings of workers in the UK from the 2004 EU accession states.

      Flu Jabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff under the age of 65 received an influenza vaccination as part of the Department's 2005-06 influenza campaign.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projections he has made of the number of staff to be employed at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Croydon in each year to 2010.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the red rating given by the independent Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) Complaints Audit...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) why the drivers of vehicles with overseas registration plates cannot be traced to enforce penalties and prosecutions after they are...

      Online Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders referred to in his statement of 10 January have been involved in online child abuse.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Livingston constituency received free passports (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the first year free passports were...

      PentiP System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the PentiP computer system is expected to be operational to process all fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder;...

      Police Officers and Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers were recruited to West Midlands police force in each year since 1997.

      Police Officers and Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers were employed by each police authority (i) on 11 September 2001 and (ii) in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have escaped from open prisons in each of the last six months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners that take drugs; what percentage of the prison population this represents; what the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there will be to the national probation budgets for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department has spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance indicators have been set for the Serious Organised Crime Agency; and when they will be made public.

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Government response to the National Audit Office report Helping victims and witnesses: the work of Victim Support (HC1212...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to comply with the recommendations of the National Audit Office report Helping victims and witnesses: the...

      Victims of Crime: Financial Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on support for the victims of crime in each year since 1997.

      Visa Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department follows when considering visa applications from individuals implicated in human rights abuses.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to her counterparts in (a) China, (b) Russia and (c) South Africa on (i) human rights, (ii)...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the results of discussions with the Colombian Foreign Secretary were following her recent visit to the UK, with particular...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make it her policy to seek the establishment of a truth and reconciliation process in Cyprus by the EU or the...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the Turkish Cypriot decision to open Ledra Street in central Nicosia; if she will call on the...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made in advance of the meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to (a) the United Nations and (b) the Sudanese government on the implementation of a no-fly...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on a pact between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Laurent Nkunda.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      EU Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department (a) has provided and (b) is planning to provide assistance to the EU Border Agency in its border...

      EU Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she had on the EU Border Agency at the recent meeting of European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council; and...

      EU Council Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals from the presidency of the European Union she expects to be placed before the expected meetings of the (a) Heads...

      EU Council Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the provisional dates for 2007 are of the Heads of Government Council Meetings of the European Union.

      European Direct Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many European Direct centres have been opened; where each is located; and how much in public funds has been committed to...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which executive agencies are the responsibility of her Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the budget was...

      Government Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a)...

      Illegal Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Ministry of Defence on the use of the Royal Navy in tackling people smuggling and...

      Mental Illness: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures she is taking to promote the employment within (a) her Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom she has...

      Moldova

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to invite (a) the President and (b) other Ministers from Moldova to visit the UK; and if she will make a...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which non-departmental public bodies are sponsored by her Department; what the function is of each body; and what the annual...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the removal from office of the Speaker of the Somali Parliament on the...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to (a) the African Union, (b) Ethiopia, (c) Tanzania and (d) Kenya on the deployment of...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) recent developments in the conflict in Sri Lanka and (b) the impact of the conflict on...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects of the Lord's Resistance Army taking part in forthcoming peace talks in Uganda;...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to (a) China, (b) France, (c) the Russian Federation, (d) the United States, (e) Belgium,...

  • Treasury

    • Airline Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultations were held with the travel industry before the announcement of the recent increase in air passenger duty; (2) what representations...

    • Airline Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue air passenger duty was raised in each of the last 10 years.

      Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many grandparents with primary responsibility for bringing up their grandchildren are in receipt of (a) child benefit and (b) child tax credits; and...

      Children and Young People Discussion Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department worked to produce the Policy Review on Children and Young People Discussion Paper he published...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were where clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate in each of the last five years, broken down by hospital trust.

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Defence and (b) Prime Minister on additional allocations of funds for defence.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the (a) net and (b) gross contributions which each member state of the EU will make to the EU during the next budget cycle (i) in...

      Irrecoverable VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his estimate is of the annual cost to the voluntary sector of irrecoverable VAT; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Mosaic Data

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs use mosaic data.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) workers were assisted by the national minimum wage helpline in recouping money underpaid by their employer and (b) employers (i) were...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007 (113799), Official Report, column 838-9W, on the Office for National Statistics, what the status is of each of...

      Savings Gateway Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what agreement was reached between his Department and Halifax Bank of Scotland when setting up the Savings Gateway Scheme on the distribution to users of...

      Savings Gateway Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the size of the bonus paid into accounts through the Savings Gateway Scheme varies according to area.

      Savings Gateway Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place between his Department and Halifax Bank of Scotland on the type of account that money is transferred to on completion of...

      Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people are employed to process self-assessment tax returns; and at what cost in each of the last three years; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of first-time house buyers were exempted from stamp duty land tax in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in Livingston constituency (a) are in receipt of working tax credit and (b) received working tax credit in the first year the scheme...

      Unemployment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many, and what percentage of, young people in Chorley were unemployed in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of young people in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford were unemployed in each year since 1997.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research projects have been (a) initiated and (b) commissioned by the Valuation Office Agency in the last five years.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits representatives from the Valuation Office Agency have made to Hong Kong in the last five years; and for what purpose.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether it is HM Revenue and Customs' policy to apply (a) extended verification and (b) other supplementary VAT procedures in respect of (i) certain...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which member of the Government will represent the UK at the World Economic Forum in Davos in July.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate the number of children that will be lifted out of poverty by increasing the benefit disregard with regard to child...

    • Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated cost is to the Exchequer in each year from 2008-09 to 2013-14 of extending the £10 benefit disregard to cases on the...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are planned to be used to identify those described on page 25 of the White Paper, A new system of child maintenance, as those...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus staff he expects to work full time on manual processing of the £10 benefit disregard to cases on the original...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child maintenance applications were received by Jobcentre Plus in each year since 2001.

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how he plans to assess families on the current child support system in order to focus transitional arrangements on the poorest families...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the funding which will be made available to support the Child Support Operational Improvement Plan discussed on page 54 of...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the possibility of extending the proposal to use the latest available tax year information as the basis for...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on pension contributions of the decision to use gross rather than net weekly income as the basis for...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the proposal to explore the scope for legislation to enable the Child Maintenance and...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were in poverty whose parents were (a) in work and (b) receiving benefits in each of the last five years.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what background data supports the estimate that child maintenance payments lift 100,000 children out of poverty made on page 17 of the White...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on the role to be played by the Child and Family Court...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each region and (c) each London borough did not receive the full child support payments to...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the existing chief executive of the Child Support Agency (CSA) will also be chief executive of the new body set up to replace the CSA;...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in each Child Support Agency call centre were assigned to the legacy child support computer system at the end of each month...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the sanctions available to the Child Support Agency to apply against non-compliant non-resident parents.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deduction from earnings orders were applied through the Child Support Agency in each year for which figures are available.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what definition his Department uses of (a) uncollectable and (b) collectable Child Support Agency arrears; and if he will make a...

      Definitions of Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition of poverty for older people is used by (a) his Department and (b) the EU.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to the jobcentre in Peterborough constituency in each month since May 1997.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) new national insurance numbers were registered and (b) new workers there were in the UK in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many, and what proportion of, individuals participating in the New Deal for Young People are participating in the programme for the (a)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each local authority ward in Peterborough constituency receive pension credit; and what the total cost was of these payments...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in St. Albans constituency are claiming pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for pension credit in the London borough of Bexley were (a) granted and (b) refused in each of the last three years for...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claim pension credit in Chorley constituency.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to protect pensioners from cost of living increases in excess of earnings growth.

      Pensioners Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of (a) a public sector pension and (b) a state pension live abroad, broken down by country of habitation.

      Pensioners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who were living in Wales when receiving their state retirement pension subsequently moved to live abroad in each year between...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the Basic State Pension was as a percentage of national average earnings in (a) 1981, (b) 1991, (c) 1997 and (d) 2006; what...

      Personal Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to consult disability organisations during the evaluation stage of the revised personal capability assessments pilots.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people elected not to claim their state old age pension in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Unemployed: Background Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on (a) qualifications held by and (b) previous occupation of those registered as unemployed.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Leicester South are in receipt of the winter fuel payment.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Livingston constituency received the winter fuel allowance in the last 12 months.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to change the qualifying dates for winter fuel payments; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • A and E Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the future of accident and emergency facilities.

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were carried out in the Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust area on girls aged (a) under 16 and (b) between the ages of 16 and 18 in...

      Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many teenage abortions were recorded in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the figures were in each of the five...

      Civil Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the emergency healthcare needs of areas of national industrial and strategic importance.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of orthodontic service provision in Hampshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Event: Russell Hotel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the 2-day event sponsored by her Department at the Russell Hotel, London; and if she will list the (i) invitees...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over were treated for depression in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many disabled children aged up to two years require bulky medical equipment; and if she will make a statement.

      European Health Insurance Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data is stored on the European Health Insurance Card; and what the cost of the project is estimated to be in the UK.

      Health Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement is made in the appointment of members of health authorities and trusts to ensure that individuals are appointed who have (a) experience...

      Health Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) name, (b) postcode of residential address, (c) age, (d) gender, (e) ethnicity, (f) details of previous public service experience and (g)...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what factors were taken into consideration when deciding to bring forward proposals to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 with...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how she defines intermediate care.

      Mixed Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS wards do not currently have single-sex accommodation.

      Mosaic Project

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

      National Breast Working Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) role and (b) remit is of the Going further on cancer waits—National Breast Working Group; when the Group was established; how many...

      NHS Pay and Workforce Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to the public purse of the research conducted by Aberdeen university into the features of doctors' and nurses' labour markets, described...

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes her Department supports to encourage students to take jobs within the NHS.

      NHS Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many compulsory redundancies there were in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) trust and (b) region.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the total number of NHS staff working in the (a) acute and (b) community sectors in each year since 1997 by (i) headcount and (ii)...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of physiotherapy graduates in (a) Shropshire and (b) the West Midlands gained employment in the NHS in each year since 2001.

      PSA Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which statistics are used to determine whether her Department's public service agreement (PSA) targets have been met, broken down by PSA target; and which...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of central Government grant to local government was for social services in Tunbridge Wells local authority area in the most recent year for...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which statistics released by her Department and its agencies are classified as (a) national statistics and (b) official statistics; and if she will make...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire waited for more than six months from GP referral for elective operations in the last period for...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average waiting times are for (a) cardiac, (b) kidney transplant and (c) liver transplant operations in (i) the Barking, Havering and Redbridge...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what checks councils are required to make on the immigration status of temporary and agency staff employed via an agency.

    • Barker Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for (a) a white paper, (b) primary legislation and (c) secondary legislation on planning reform...

      Barker Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Government will publish its response to the Barker report on land use planning.

      Building Valuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the property attribute of area used in the Valuation Office Agency's Multiple Regional Analysis models relates to...

      Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's most recent estimate is of (a) the number of domestic dwellings located in conservation areas in England...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter to her dated 18 December 2006 from the hon. Member for Reigate on planning policy statement 3.

      Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes the Valuation Office Agency has made to the (a) number and (b) type of individual (i) value significant codes and...

      Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) titles and (b) dates of publication were of the council tax instructions and advice notes and associated...

      Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the valuation tribunal service made an estimate in England of the number of council tax valuation appeals that would...

      Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the anticipated cost was to the Valuation Tribunal Service of the council tax revaluation in England, prior to its postponement.

      Egan Review of Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the (a) recommendations and (b) targets in the Egan Review of Skills (i) have yet to be met and (ii) are no longer...

      English Regional Chambers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the latest accounts produced by the English regional chambers that were produced...

      EU Directive 2002/91/EC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, columns 463-64W, on EU Directive 2002/91/EC, whether the (a)...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total expected public expenditure is on payments to (a) PA Consulting Group and (b) Xansa UK Ltd in relation to home...

      Home Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria must be met for a potential home inspector to be classified as in training under her Department's definition.

      Housing Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to arms length management organisations in the last six months on meeting Decent Homes Standard targets.

      Language Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the amount of money spent on interpreters by local authorities; and if she will make a...

      Language Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the amount of money spent by local authorities on providing information in foreign...

      Language Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money her Department provided to local authorities to translate documents into languages other than English in each of...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which London local authorities do not participate in the notify scheme.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Sir Michael Lyons will receive additional remuneration following the decision to postpone his report's publication to...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on foreign travel by each Minister in her Department other than the Secretary of State in 2005-06; and what...

      ODPM Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's expenditure on hospitality and entertainment was in 2005-06.

      Parish and Town Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's estimate is of the revenue from (a) parish and (b) town council precepts on council tax in each year...

      Property Sales Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase the powers of the Valuation Office Agency to access property sales information produced since 2000.

      Recycled Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ensure the maximum recovery and recycling of grey water in (a) the development of new sustainable...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to introduce full planning procedures in respect of the installation of mobile masts and equipment.

      Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions have taken place between her Department and the Department for Transport on the funding shortfall in the...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data the Valuation Office Agency has (a) provided to and (b) received from Ordnance Survey in the last two years.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on products from Ordnance Survey in each year since 1997-98.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library the internal guidance used by the Valuation Office Agency on the measurement of floor space of...

      Variography and Pictometry Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration the Valuation Office Agency has made of using (a) variography and (b) pictometry techniques.

      Zero-carbon Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of zero-carbon homes in England.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Incomes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their efforts to persuade British farmers that their incomes will not be adversely affected by pro-environment farming practices and methods are proving...

    • Armed Forces: Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for purchasing food for consumption by United Kingdom-based personnel serving in (a) the Army; (b) the Royal Navy; and (c) the Royal Air Force.

      Bangladesh: Women and Ethnic Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the lessons which can be learned from experience in Bangladesh concerning the participation of women from ethnic minorities...

      Benefits: Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why housing benefit cannot be paid direct into a Post Office card account.

      British Library

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they have made to the British Library's statement on the consequences of the proposed cuts in the spending round 2007; and whether they will...

      Civil Service: National Retirement Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why different decisions have been reached by government departments about the adoption of the national default retirement age; and how they explain these differences.

      Civil Service: Performance Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the policies and practices for dealing with poor performance and incompetence among employed government officials.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers have outstanding queries on their single farm payments.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers faced financial penalties as a result of queries raised during discussions on their 2005 single farm payments; and how many of these were due to...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of the administration of the single farm payment for 2005 to date; how many people have been employed to administer the scheme; and of those...

      Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they define the constitution for the purposes of determining the responsibilities of 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 (a) the witness statement provided by Sergeant Selman and (b) the transcript...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the appropriateness of the appointment of Mr D Farrell QC as representing both the Crown in the Warren Blackwell appeal hearing and the...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether disciplinary action is to be taken in the case of prosecutors in the Warren Blackwell trial and appeal for failure to disclose evidence of importance to...

      EU: UK Net Contributing Cost

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 29 November 2006 (WA 58-59), whether, over the five-year period 1997 to 2005 inclusive, the cumulative...

      Healthcare Commission: Annual Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Yvette Cooper, on 2 October 2006 (HC Deb, 2542W), what are the reasons for (a) a fall in...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which local authorities in England there is a moratorium on giving new planning permissions for any additional housing by new building or conversions, other...

      Railways: Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the criteria against which bonus payments are made to the executives of Network Rail.

      Railways: North-west

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the cost of reinstatement of (a) the Todmorden railway curve, and (b) the passing loop at Nelson, together with any other...

      Railways: West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a decision will be reached on the provision of additional vehicles for the west coast main line Pendolino fleet.

      Railways: West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 9 January (WA 74), why they did not follow their stated policy of re-tendering franchises in the case of...

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