Written answers

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering Services: House of Commons

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much and what proportion of (a) fruit and (b) vegetables purchased by the Refreshment Department in the...

    • Catering Services: House of Commons

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much fish was purchased by the Refreshment Department in each of the last three years, broken down by species.

      Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the last occasion was when the Commission decided not to proceed with a hitherto agreed item of...

      Early-day Motions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost to the House was of printing and publishing early-day motions in each of the last three years.

      Food: Waste Disposal

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the policy of the Refreshment Department is on the disposal of food waste by composting.

      Official Report

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many paper copies of the (a) Official Report and (b) Order Paper are (i) produced, (ii) distributed to...

      Organic Food

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent by the Refreshment Department on organic produce in each of the last five years; and what...

      Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many bottles of water for consumption (a) in restaurants and cafeterias and (b) elsewhere on the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Social Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which (a) schools and (b) local authorities she has identified as having adopted best practice in engaging young people in social enterprises.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to implement the gender equality duty due to come into force on 6 April 2007.

    • Gender: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has conducted into the extent of goods and services discrimination (a) on the grounds of gender...

      Home Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the number of trained home inspectors needed each year to produce the expected volume of...

      Housing Data Warehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what property information attributes are held in the Housing Data Warehouse.

      Housing Data Warehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the budget is of the Housing Data Warehouse project; (2) what consultants have been contracted to advise on the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local government pension schemes implemented contribution holidays for employers in each year since 1979.

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans (a) the Government and (b) the Standards Board have to revise the (i) Code of Conduct and (ii) other guidance to...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances PPS3 may be a material consideration in planning applications prior to 1 April.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public money has been spent on heritage, excluding museums and galleries, in each year since 1997, broken down into...

    • Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff worked in dedicated complaints units in her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c)...

      Departments: Race Equality Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to implement the Race Equality Duty since 2000.

      Ofcom: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints were made to Ofcom on Big Brother by (a) email, (b) telephone and (c) letter; and what the estimated cost was of...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 104W, on Olympics 2012, if she will provide indicative figures for...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Greater London Assembly on the Olympic levy.

      Text Messages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the use of unsolicited mobile telephone text messages for which people are charged; and if she...

      UK Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what total Government spending was on the UK Film Council in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Leader of the House

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Leader of the House whether (a) he and (b) officials from his office have been consulted by hon. Members on the drafting of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill.

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members claimed over £10,000 in motor mileage allowance in the last year for which figures are available; what the total amount claimed by all...

  • Transport

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1148W, on the British Transport Police, whether the Department collected this...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners in Coventry are eligible for the free local bus travel scheme.

      Departments: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many items of furniture were (a) lost and (b) stolen from his Department in each year since 1997; and what the value was of those items in each year.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents involving death or injury have involved drivers who have no tax or insurance in each of the last five years.

      EU Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles registered in states that joined the EU in the last five years which are in the United Kingdom.

      Exhaust Emissions: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the UK automotive industry of the proposed EU targets on (a) fuel efficiency and (b) carbon...

      Exhaust Emissions: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential environmental impact of the proposed EU targets for (a) fuel efficiency and (b) carbon dioxide emissions...

      Galileo Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the EU public private partnership concessionaire is of the Galileo operational phase; how much the contract is worth; who has final operational...

      Motor Vehicles: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents were attributed to faults in vehicles sufficient to fail an MOT test in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of running the MOT system was in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of the MOT was in each year since 1997.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the contribution to road safety of the present MOT system; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken by an MOT tester was to carry out an MOT in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many MOT testing stations there are in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the road safety consequences of changing the frequency of the MOT test; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy that the MOT test should principally assess levels of wear on a vehicle rather than its reliability.

      Tolls: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the introduction of a road charging scheme in Manchester; and if he will make statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2007, Official Report, column 1793W, on advertising, how much of the spending on...

    • Agriculture: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many farmers in Chorley constituency have not received any single farm payment for (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; (2)...

      Agriculture: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on subsidies paid by the Government to British milk producers.

      Agriculture: Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he expects the regulations to give effect in UK law to the EU Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations to be enacted...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many outstanding single farm payments were due to farmers in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Chorley...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many representations he has received from individuals in Chorley constituency on incorrect farm payments in the last 12...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the risk of (a) poultry imports, (b) egg imports and (c) other relevant imports...

      British Food

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

      Carbon Dioxide: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what method of calculation his Department uses to relate its 60 per cent. cut in UK carbon emissions target by 2050 to its...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the dairy industry; and with what groups such discussions were held.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's plans are for the next five years to provide help to the dairy industry.

      Dairy Products: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote exports of UK dairy products.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 271W, on departmental property, if his Department will...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 271W, on departmental property, what (a) environmental...

      Departments: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many EU regulations were gold-plated by his Department in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that it and related bodies are in compliance with...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions special advisers have been consulted in replying to freedom of information requests to his Department;...

      Floods: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Heugh Breakwater to coastal sea defences for Hartlepool and the North...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have visited inland waterways since their appointment.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he has made an assessment of the potential impact on environmental awareness and activity of the proposed...

      Pet Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the EU review of the movement of pet animals; and what steps he has taken to ensure...

      Rabies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the use of vaccinations to contain rabies.

      Retail Trade: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on encouraging the retail industry to...

      Retail Trade: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage retail outlets to reduce energy use, particularly on lighting outside...

      Tyndall Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have provided to the Tyndall Centre for research projects in each of...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research (a) his Department, (b) its executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies which it sponsors have...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment (a) his Department and (b) Ofwat are made of the merits of reviewing the rateable values used to assess...

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports his Department has commissioned into dormant bank accounts; and if he will make a statement.

    • Banks: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals requiring shared bank branchings in local communities.

      Census: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements the Office for National Statistics plans to bring into operation to deal with the disapplication of exemptions 41 and 44 of the Freedom of...

      Child Benefit: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child benefit claims were found to be fraudulent in the last year for which records are available.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 529W, on council tax, what steps (a) his Department, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and...

      Departments: Electronic Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of cost savings resulting from services supplied by SCC Technology to his Department and its agencies since 2005.

      Departments: Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the dates of meetings involving the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Home Office Ministers since 21 July 2006.

      HMRC: Flights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by HM Revenue and Customs on flights to (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what receipts were paid to HM Revenue and Customs in respect of (a) interest and (b) penalties imposed on income tax payers in each of the last three...

      Income Tax: Tax Thresholds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the income tax threshold for (a) single and (b) married couples would be if it had been increased in line with (a) the Consumer Price Index and (b)...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average life expectancy was in (a) the UK, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Tax Credit Office to reply to the fax from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 7 November 2006 with regard to his constituent Ms...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Tax Credit Office to respond to the faxes from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of (a) 9 August 2006 and (b) 19 September 2006, with...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fiscal impact of people choosing to take alternatively secured pensions rather than traditional annuities.

      SCC Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on services from SCC Technology since 2005.

      Self-employed: Eastbourne

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Eastbourne were registered as self-employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of all forms of tax relief on pension contributions for each year since 1996-97; what forecast he has made of such...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which private sector suppliers were used to deliver contact centre services for tax credit claimants in each year since December 2002; how many calls...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayment cases were referred to the Parliamentary Ombudsman in each month since 1 April 2003.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings the Valuation Office Agency has had with (a) the Valuation and Lands Agency, (b) the Scottish Assessors' Association and (c) the Republic...

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) Departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies have had access to Valuation Office Agency dwellinghouse coding data...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the Valuation Office Agency has had with (a) Government Departments and (b) their agencies on reviewing the rateable values used to...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the HM Revenue and Customs tax credit system allows a risk assessment of the claim to be made; what the average time taken was from claim to first...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what arrangements are in place to resolve the technical difficulties affecting tax credit payments; and how long he expects it to take; (2) if he...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to HM Revenue and Customs was of dealing with inquiries relating to overpayment of tax credits in 2005-06.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on tax credit payments of the release of the most recent IT updates.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have received correspondence from HM Revenue and Customs threatening court action over the repayment of tax credit overpayments; and how...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax credit was overpaid in each of the last three financial years; what percentage of the value of total payments made this represented; how many...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Coroners: Post-mortems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs under what circumstances the brain of a deceased person may be retained by a coroner; for how long body parts may be retained;...

    • Religion: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer to question 119001, what restrictions are not related to accession to the throne.

      Witnesses: Young People

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what support is provided for young witnesses in the criminal justice system; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to public funds was of the telephone use of the right hon. Member for Ashfield from his official ministerial residence in Admiralty House...

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many extra (a) helicopters, (b) armoured vehicles and (c) artillery guns will be deployed to Afghanistan as part of the April roulement.

      Agency Personnel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Queen Victoria School; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are expected to be...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether former service personnel who receive a payment under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will be treated in an analogous manner to...

      Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department received from the US Administration the CD recording of the attack which resulted in the death of Lance Corporal of Horse Matthew...

      Armed Forces: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been made by personnel serving in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq about the (i) SA-80 rifle, (ii) light machine gun, (iii)...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the housing needs of serving and former members of the armed...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has received from Annington Homes under the profit-sharing scheme from the proceeds of sales of former Ministry of Defence...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) percentage and (b) number of occasions was where the time taken for transfer of student records between UK schools and service children's...

      Armed Forces: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are (a) to order and (b) to lease additional Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the feedback from (a) ground commanders, (b) vehicle operators and (c) senior officers on the deployment of the Bulldog...

      Defence Critical Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the recommendations of the joint US Defence Science Board and the Defence Scientific Advisory Council report on defence critical...

      Departmental Fixed Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 27W, on departmental fixed assets, what information his Department holds centrally on...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to implement the Race Equality Duty since 2000.

      Departments: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department intends to allocate to the mental health charity Combat Stress in each of the next five years.

      Departments: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department provided to (a) the mental health charity Combat Stress and (b) Hollybush House in each year between 2001 and 2006.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total sum of bonuses paid to civil servants in his Department was in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were seconded from his Department to (a) private and (b) public sector organisations in each year since 2002.

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which organisations his Department has reciprocal secondment arrangements.

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlay the decision to commit £1 billion to buying 72 Super Lynxes in 2012.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what feasibility studies have been undertaken by his Department on acquiring a replacement for the Vanguard class ship submersible ballistic nuclear...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many parliamentary written questions his Department received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a)...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, columns 446-48W, on the private finance initiative, whether public private partnership...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the trained (a) requirement and (b) actual strength was for personnel in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) UK and (b) other submarines have been assigned to EUFOR activities; where they have been assigned; and for what reasons.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of skilled jobs which will be involved in the (a) design, (b) construction and (c) maintenance work required...

      Veterans Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget has been allocated to fund the rebranding of the Veterans Agency and Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency as the Service Personnel...

      Veterans Badge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the UK armed forces are entitled to the Veterans Badge; how many such badges have been (a) issued and (b) claimed; and if he...

      Warrior Armoured Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing the air-conditioning systems inside the Warrior fighting vehicles; (2) what the average daytime...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising

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

    • Cemeteries: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has issued to local authorities on headstones in cemeteries.

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely impact of removing the requirement that all parents with care claiming benefits be treated as...

      Child Support: IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the IT requirements for the new system of child support; what discussions his Department and officials have had...

      Compensation Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in compensation payments was paid by his Department in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.

      Child Support Agency: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department has spent on referring Child Support Agency cases with outstanding arrears to debt collection agencies since...

      Child Support Agency: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much has been spent by his Department on referring Child Support Agency cases with outstanding arrears to debt collection agencies...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on administering the imageofdisability.gov.uk website in the last five months.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the launch of the imageofdisability.gov.uk website.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many user visits were recorded on the imageofdisability.gov.uk website in each of the last five months.

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions special advisers have been consulted in replying to Freedom of Information requests to his Department; and what his...

      Departments: Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to implement the gender equality duty due to come into force on 6 April.

      Departments: Handbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's staff handbook.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what notices of external employment have been given by special advisers in his Department in the last two years.

      Disability Premiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total amount in disability premiums underpaid to income support claimants in each of the last five years.

      Disabled People: Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to promote improved internet access for disabled people.

      Disabled: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents with children with disabilities there are in each income decile.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether any Health and Safety Executive posts are planned to be lost in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Health, Work and Wellbeing Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action the Government have taken to take forward the Health, Work and Wellbeing strategy.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to reduce the (a) time spent and (b) cost of making a personal capability assessment to determine continuing...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment his Department has made of the efficiency of process for conducting a personal capability assessment to determine...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Suffolk were charged with offences under health and safety legislation enforced by the Health and Safety Executive in each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the resident working-age population in each ward in Bristol East constituency is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of national insurance numbers which were used for fraudulent purposes in each of the last five years.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received in respect of reductions in occupational pensions.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer by the Leader of the House on 16 November 2006, Official Report, column 134, on parliamentary questions, what...

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners with an income of less than £115 per week; what proportion of these are (a) women,...

      Procurement: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006 on the ability of public authorities to meet their...

      Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list by date all statistical releases and reports due for publication by his Department and its agencies in 2007.

      Social Security Benefits: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit recipients requested that his Department refund bank penalty charges which have arisen as a result of benefit payments being...

      UN Convention on Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend on each scheme to promote the UN Convention on disability; (2) what steps...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) incapacity benefit were involved in voluntary work in each of the last 24 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Syria

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

    • Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Zimbabwean Government on the treatment of white farmers.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Sri Lanka on armed conflict within the country.

      Sri Lanka

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to promote an end to the conflict in Sri Lanka.

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date her Department received a copy of the letter from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Prime Minister seeking...

      Middle East

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

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of progress with the middle east peace process.

      Middle East

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

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the status of Kosovo; and if she will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of religious persecution in Burma.

      Prospects for the European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her German counterpart on the future of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what examination has been undertaken since 2003 of (a) surviving and (b) deceased political prisoners imprisoned under the...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter to the Prime Minister from the Chancellor of the Exchequer which sought...

      West Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Israeli prime minister on his approval of the proposal to move the separation...

  • Home Department

    • Burglary: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department is still funding the lock, stop, chain and check programme to beat bogus callers.

    • Female Genital Mutilation Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many social service interventions have taken place relating to female genital mutilation since the introduction of the Female Genital...

      Neighbourhood Watch Schemes: Bristol, East

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Neighbourhood Watch schemes are in operation in Bristol, East constituency.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were assaulted whilst on duty in each of the last three years.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence length for (a) foreign national and (b) UK prisoners was in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2004-05; and what the average...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in the Prison Service London Area Office received bonus payments between April 2005 and March 2006; and if he will make a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners have absconded in each of the past five years; and for how long they absconded.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners absconded from Ford Prison in each month since 1 January 2006; what category of offences had been committed by each of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prison places were classed as crowded accommodation in each year since 1997; (2) pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to help women prostitutes who are victims of crime.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps were taken to ensure that seconded UK Serious Organised Crime Agency personnel did not work with members of the Colombian...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, columns 524-5W, on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, why the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public may submit comments on the draft guidelines on termination of pregnancy in Northern...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials were responsible for drafting the draft guidelines on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland;...

      Bloody Sunday Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the public inquiry led by Lord Saville into the events in Londonderry in January 1972 to announce its findings.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles by (i) each Department in Northern Ireland and (ii) his Department in...

      Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the recommendations of the Patten Report in 1999 have been implemented.

      Londonderry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the public purse was of the legal action undertaken by the city council in Londonderry regarding the name of the city.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to enhance the range of services and treatments available for people with depression in the Province.

      Muckamore Abbey Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the child safety implications of housing children with learning disabilities in close proximity to convicted sex...

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many autopsies were conducted in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether funding was provided by his Department for the McCord investigation and other similar investigations.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's plans are with regard to "on the runs"; and whether he has given assurances to any political party about "on the runs".

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many photographs of domestic properties in Northern Ireland the Valuation and Lands Agency holds on its Photoviewer database.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Alternative Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Government money was spent on researching re-usable energy sources in (a) the last year for which figures are available and (b) 1997.

    • Banks: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to discourage lending by banks and other financial institutions to vulnerable people and those unable to make repayments.

      Business: EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value was of grants provided under the EU Frameworks Programme to UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in (a) 2004,...

      Business: EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value was of grants provided under the EU Frameworks Programme to UK companies which are not small and medium-sized enterprises...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to reduce the carbon emissions associated with the generation of grid electricity.

      EC Law: Exceptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the UK is seeking an extension of the exceptions to EU Council Directive 80/181 beyond 2009 (a) in respect of (i) road traffic signs,...

      Exports: Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage increased UK exports to the Philippines.

      Higher Education: EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value was of grants provided under the EU Frameworks Programme to UK universities in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Business Development Service and (b) Advantage West Midlands; and what plans his...

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of fluctuating revenues for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on (a) the supply chain in nuclear...

      Oil: Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's policy is on the peak oil concept; and what planning his Department has undertaken on the basis of estimates of oil...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people use the Post Office Card Account for receipt of (a) child benefit and (b) basic state pension in Hemel Hempstead...

      Regional Development Agencies: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by each regional development agency in England.

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which banks are participating in the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme; how many applications for a loan each has received; and how many...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many loans were issued by each of the banks participating in the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many loans have been issued by each of the participating banks in the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme since the scheme came into existence.

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which sites the South West Regional Development Agency (a) owns and (b) rents.

  • Health

    • Abortions: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in 2005-06.

    • Acute Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how her Department defines an acute hospital; (2) whether hospitals must have (a) major operating theatres, (b) accident and emergency...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conditions primary care trusts are permitted to attach to contracts with ambulance trusts in respect of the (a) operation and (b) funding of (i)...

      Bournemouth Hospital: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many casualties were admitted to Bournemouth Hospital due to drink-related injuries in 2006.

      Carbon Emissions

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

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent in each Government office region on raising awareness of carbon monoxide amongst home owners in 2005-06.

      Christmas Tree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why there was no official Christmas tree at Richmond House for the 2006 Christmastide.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Clostridium difficile infections there have been in England in each year since 1997.

      Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for (a) in-patient, (b) day cases and (c) out-patient appointments in Darlington Memorial hospital in each year since...

      Diagnostics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2007, Official Report, column 1163W, on diagnostic tests, where the sites are which strategic health authorities and...

      Health Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what response she has made to the recommendation made by Sir Derek Wanless in his report of March 2006, "Securing Good Care for Older People", that...

      Hearing Impaired: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of people over the age of (a) 65, (b) 75 and (c) 85 have a dual sensory impairment; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

      Homeopathy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of funding of homeopathic treatment on the NHS.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to tackle hospital-acquired infections since May 2006.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure the Government have made available in each year since 1997 to combat healthcare associated infections in NHS hospitals; and if she will...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was raised from parking fees by each health authority in Chorley constituency in each of the last five years.

      Ministerial Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions in each year since 1997 her Department's accounting officer has indicated that a course of action being considered would breach the...

      Modernising Hearing Aid Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding has been provided for the Modernising Hearing Aid Service for the digital switchover in each year; and what funding she provided for...

      Netcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the provision by Netcare to cover claims for clinical negligence; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for her Department's statement that (a) NHS foundation trusts are more likely to demonstrate innovative thinking than other...

      NHS Partners Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which individuals are members of the NHS Partners Network; (2) how many complaints she has received from members of the NHS Partners Network on...

      Nuisance Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how she defines nuisance behaviour as it is used in her Department's consultation entitled 'Tackling nuisance and disturbance behaviour on NHS...

      Out-patients: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on outpatient waiting lists were seen within 13 weeks in each year since 1990, as recorded by (a) the Korner waiting time...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Patient Feedback

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of each scheme to register feedback from patients was in 2005-06.

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much energy consumed by her Department is acquired from renewable sources; (2) when she will answer question 106143, tabled by the hon. Member...

      Surgery: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many visiting surgeons from Sweden carried out knee operations in NHS hospitals in Somerset in each of the last five years; how much they were paid;...

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to implement the agreements reached at the Barcelona European Council in 2002; and what percentage of children (a)...

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will commission comparative research into the cost of child care in the UK and other European Union member states; and if he will make...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of steps taken by his Department in the last five years to assist families in meeting the...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress the Government have made towards the targets within their 10-year child care strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places were (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 2004.

      Civil Servants: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which (a) senior personnel and (b) special advisers have left his Department to work in (i) education-related businesses and (ii) lobbying...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size was for each age group in each local education authority in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to reply to question 115962, tabled on 17 January 2007.

      Curriculum: History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to reform the national curriculum in history; and if he will make a statement.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in (a) England and (b) Wansbeck are in receipt of the education maintenance allowance.

      English for Speakers of Other Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of those students enrolled on programmes of study leading to English for speakers of other languages skills for life are...

      European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the work programme is of the management board of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training; and if he will make a...

      European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is of the management board of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training; and what share is met by the UK.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) HNDs and (b) foundation degrees were awarded in England in each year between 1998 and 2006.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 72W, on GCSEs, how many maintained mainstream schools did not enter any...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many UK domiciled students at British universities studying for an (a) full-time and (b) part-time undergraduate honours degree there...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students entered higher education in each academic year between 1996-97 and 2006-07, broken down...

      Higher Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many higher education students of (a) biological sciences and (b) physical sciences there were in each year between 1996-97 and...

      Language Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools there were where no pupils studied a language at Key Stage 4 in each of the last five years; (2) how many schools...

      Leonardo da Vinci Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes are to be implemented to the Leonardo da Vinci programme in the UK to improve efficiency for the second phase; what the...

      Midwives: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to transpose into draft legislation the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive, with particular...

      Nurseries: Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many neighbourhood nurseries joined the Sure Start programme in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Primary Education: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free part-time early education places were taken up by three and four year olds in Hendon in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 1996-97; and if...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he plans to have with local education authorities in sustainable communities plan areas on the future provision of school...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given on the installation of sprinkler systems in Building Schools for the Future projects; what guidance is given on steps...

      Schools: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many primary schools in each constituency have a teacher with a formal music qualification; (2) how many staff were responsible...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, columns 455 and 1376W, on competition managers, what the age groups were of the...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 998W, on new competitions, how many new participants were produced by...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will provide an executive summary of the proposals outlined in the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority secondary curriculum review.

      Special Educational Needs: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of funding for the establishment of regional centres of expertise for low incidence special educational needs and children...

      Students: Per-capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average marginal cost was of (a) part-time and (b) full-time students of higher education programmes for (i) HEFCE and (ii) the...

      Sure Start Programme: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) Sure Start and (b) under fives child care places are available in Hendon; and if he will make a statement.

      Unauthorised Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unauthorised absences were recorded at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in each year from...

      Unauthorised Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unauthorised absences there were from schools in each London borough in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Chinese Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they are having with the Government of China on co-operation in countering poverty, inequality, unemployment and conflict in Africa; and what...

    • Agriculture: Fallen Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 January (WA 88), whether they have considered the possibility that the collection of diseased sheep from farms...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to dismantle the regulations on the identification and traceability of sheep, in view of the fact that they have acknowledged that...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 January (WA 88), whether they have any specific evidence that the on-farm burial of sheep has caused water pollution.

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 January (WA 88), and in view of the fact that the European Union allows the burial of sheep in certain...

      Ambulance Service: Single-manned Paramedic Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many single-manned paramedic vehicles (rapid responders) were introduced in 2005—06; and how many will be introduced in 2006—07.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Barry Gardiner, on 24 January (HC Deb,...

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the avian flu outbreak in Suffolk, whether they will increase the number of tests carried out on wild fowl in Norfolk and Suffolk; and Whether wild bird...

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many visits by Bernard Mathews's employees have been made to (a) the company in Hungary, affected by an earlier outbreak of H5N1, or (b) to England from that...

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any lorries from the Hungarian farm which was infected with avian flu two weeks ago have entered the Bernard Matthews farm in Suffolk; and Whether the shed...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Transport will participate in research on cabin air quality by the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to introducing regulations on the installation of contaminated air detection systems in United Kingdom registered aircraft.

      Aviation: CAA Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to review the funding arrangements for the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Aviation: Pilots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) what guidelines have been issued; and (b) what training has been given to pilots to ensure compliance with Directive 2003/42/EC.

      Aviation: Pilots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the working arrangements for pilots employed by Ryanair using United Kingdom airports are compliant with safety standards.

      BBC: Overseas Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of government financial support for the BBC overseas service in the current year; how this compares in real terms in each of the previous five...

      British Library

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial provision they intend to make to ensure that services and standards at the British Library are maintained and that no new charges are levied upon...

      China: Arms Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of China in support of moves towards a United-Nations-sponsored arms trade treaty.

      China: Arms Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the role played by arms deals in securing access by China to present and future oil supplies and other minerals in Africa.

      China: Arms Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of China concerning the declaration of arms exports in the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms.

      China: Arms Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of China about arms transfers to conflict zones in Africa, support for Governments such as Zimbabwe and...

      China: Arms Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of China about its transfer and export of arms and the comparison with controls and standards established by...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will offer a special annual award, either directly or through outside organisations or charities, for environmental and climate change work by both...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give further support to the PRECIS programme for climate change impact studies in Brazil and neighbouring countries; and which other countries...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many categories of the sources of greenhouse gases they track in their estimate of world greenhouse gas emissions; and what are their current estimates for the...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many categories of carbon emissions from food production and preparation they track; and what are their current estimates for the emissions of each category.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the carbon emissions from uncultivated land, swamps and bogs as parts of world emissions levels.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in their discussions with the insurance industry to secure changes in policy content to encourage adaptations to buildings for both...

      Crime: Public Interest Immunity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Minister of State at the Home Office, Mr Michael, on 25 June 1998 (HoC Deb, cols. 589—90) on public interest immunity documents,...

      Defra: Virology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs funding was given to the work of virologists in agencies over each of the past five years; and what...

      Defra: Virology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 1 February (HL Deb, col 334), who are the virologists employed by the Department for Environment, Food...

      Energy: Electric Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have discontinued end-user grants through the Energy Savings Trust for electric vehicle technology.

      Environmental Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to make access to environmental justice affordable.

      EU: Overseas Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proportion of the United Kingdom's contribution to the total European Union expenditure on overseas aid.

      Government: Capital Assets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What capital assets they own or jointly own in the Republic of Ireland; and what is the approximate value of each item.

      Health: Physiotherapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether physiotherapy and other allied health professions are represented as core disciplines on the Department of Health 18-week clinical partnership working groups.

      HIV/AIDS: Angola

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution they have made in each of the past three years to combat HIV/AIDS in Angola.

      HIV/AIDS: Botswana

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution they have made in each of the past three years to combat HIV/AIDS in Botswana.

      Immigration: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many appeals to the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, resulted from appeals against decisions of immigration judges (formerly chairmen or vice-presidents) of...

      Immigration: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the work of the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, consisted of appeals from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal for each year from 2002 to 2006.

      Immigration: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of appeals to the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, concerning decisions of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal involve challenges to determinations...

      Immigration: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of Asylum and Immigration cases listed for hearing by the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, were conceded by the Home Office before the hearing took...

      Immigration: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the average cost to the taxpayer of (a) effective, and (b) abortive appeals to the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, relating to appeals against the...

      Immigration: Appeals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the reported increase in the burden of work in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, ascribed to appeals from the Asylum and Immigration...

      Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the estimated cost in the last financial year of legal aid for representation in alternative dispute resolution, ombudsman and adjudication schemes; and...

      National Lottery: Big Lottery Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of the grant moneys allocated each year by the Big Lottery Fund, how much was allocated in 2005 and 2006 to the following categories (a) education; (b) health; (c)...

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue they collect from facilitating meetings and arranging private drivers for visiting United Kingdom parliamentarians in overseas countries.

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue has been raised by the High Commission in Darfur from facilitating meetings and arranging private drivers for visiting United Kingdom parliamentarians.

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of their high commissions and embassies most frequently charge visiting United Kingdom parliamentarians for facilitating meetings and arranging private drivers.

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to enable the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide visiting United Kingdom parliamentarians with services to facilitate meetings...

      Olympic Games 2012: Relocation of Businesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they do not consider the expenses of relocating businesses to vacate the Olympic Park as part of the core costs of the Olympic Games; and for what purpose the...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce legislation to amend the Criminal Justice Act 1991 so as to permit prisoners liable for removal to have their cases reviewed by...

      Railways: Carriage of Cycles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are safety reasons for preventing the carriage of cycles in the power cars of Intercity 125 trains.

      Railways: Cross Country Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the shortage of accommodation on First Great Western trains, whether they will suspend the specification for bidders for the Cross Country franchise to...

      Railways: Electrification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have rejected any further significant extensions of railway electrification.

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the timetable specification for the bidders for the Great North Eastern Railway franchise will include the same train services as that in operation in May 2007.

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the specification issued for the Great North Eastern Railway franchise will cater for demand expected during the whole period of the franchise.

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those bidding for the new Great North Eastern Railway franchise will be required to include proposals to alleviate capacity problems at peak hours between...

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the operators of the new Great North Eastern Railway franchise will be committed to co-operate within Network Rail in evaluating the electrification of the...

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the operators of the new Great North Eastern Railway franchise will be committed to provide a similar level of on-board service as that provided at present.

      Railways: Great Western Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the specifications issued to builders for the start of the Great Western franchise meet the demand anticipated at the first timetable change; and, if so,...

      Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that the Discovering Lost Ways project delivers a joined-up network of routes which encourage walking and cycling and routes...

      Roads: M40 Service Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will authorise the building of a service station on the M40 within 40 miles of London.

      Secretary of State for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many days since 1 January the Secretary of State for Transport has spent solely in (a) England, and (b) Scotland.

      Secretary of State for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Transport was in England on 18 January.

      Shipping: MSC "Napoli"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the terms of reference of the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch into the "Napoli" cargo ship incident will include consideration of the merits of the...

      Shipping: MSC "Napoli"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch will hold hearings in public into the "Napoli" cargo ship incident.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the personal risks posed to United Kingdom humanitarian aid workers in Darfur; whether these risks have increased over the past...

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why HM Treasury takes the view that value added tax carousel fraud transactions have effectively ended.

      Transport: Fatalities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for producing statistics on accidents, deaths or injuries occurring on the rail networks.

      UN: International Covenant on Enforced Disappearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to sign the International Covenant for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance; whether they have any reservations about the...

      Voice Coaching: Treasury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much HM Treasury has spent on voice coaching and elocution lessons in each of the last five years.

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