Written answers

Thursday, 22 February 2007

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China: Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Chinese authorities on the persecution of the Falun Gong community; and if she...

    • South Africa: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the Republic of South Africa on nuclear weapons proliferation.

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has made to the Government of the People's Republic of China on human rights in Tibet.

      Treaties: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's interpretation is of the phrase "at an early date" in Article 6 of the Treaty on the non-Proliferation of...

  • Treasury

    • Customs and Revenue: Logos

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on developing the HM Revenue and Customs brand since 2005.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 719W, on Departmental Expenditure, what the costs of travel and subsistence were for...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on speech-writing consultancy services in each of the last 12 months, broken down by supplier.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times his Department's website has been redesigned since 1997; and what the cost was of each such redesign.

      Departments: Mass Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's evaluations of media coverage since May 2005.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance, in addition to the code of conduct, has been issued to special advisers in his Department in relation to party political activities in the...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has disciplined special advisers in his Department in the last three years.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's staff handbook.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the titles were of each training course offered to (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Welfare Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions regarding the Welfare Review being conducted by David Freud.

      Departments:Exhibitions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) seminars, (b) workshops and (c) exhibitions which were sponsored by his Department and which took place on non-departmental...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total number of electors was in (a) December 2005 and (b) December 2006 in each constituency in the UK, ranked in descending order by region...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of foreign direct investment into the UK in each year since 2000 was as a result of foreign takeovers of UK companies.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people took up the maximum £7,000 individual savings account for the three years up to and including 2005-06.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the 10 (a) local authorities and (b) local authority wards with the (i) highest and (ii) lowest life expectancies in the United Kingdom...

      Official Visits: Kuwait

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the visit by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury to Kuwait in February 2007.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount paid in remittances from the UK to developing countries in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Public Expenditure: Pendle

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure is planned to be carried out in Pendle by his Department in the years up to 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Accrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that no staff at Accrington HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) office are moved to any other HMRC office prior to the completion...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the projections for staff numbers in each HM Revenue and Customs office up until 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Religion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there were to HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Secondments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) paid and (b) unpaid persons who have been seconded to HM Treasury from outside the Civil Service in the last 12 months; from which...

      Shari'a Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with financial institutions on the provision of Shari'a bank accounts, savings accounts and mortgages.

      Shari'a-compliant Financial Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the organisations (a) ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met in their development of policy and regulations...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 209W, on special advisers, what the titles were of each of the DVDs; and what the name...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter of appointment of his unpaid special adviser, Sue Nye.

      Stairway Consultancy

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

      Tax Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of tax paid by each income decile group in each year since 1997-98.

      Unemployment: Stafford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent (a) employment and (b) unemployment rates are in Stafford constituency; and what assessment he has made of the prospects for the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many manual payments of tax credits were made in each of the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of abolishing the tax credit system £25,000 disregard for income increases; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recoveries for the overpayment of tax credits made in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 were initiated in 2006.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Committee of Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse of the Committee of Standards in Public Life was in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Data Protection: Email

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she is taking to ensure that the Data Protection Act 1998 is complied with in respect of the dissemination of electronic mail addresses...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many public inquiries were directed to her Department in each year since 1997.

      Experience Corps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much Government funding has been provided to the Experience Corps in each year since its formation; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many primary care trusts the decision unit has visited in the last 12 months; and what factors the unit took into account when deciding which...

  • Minister for Women

    • Equality Act

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has received on regulations applying the Equality Act 2006 to adoption; and if she will make a statement.

    • European Year of Equal Opportunities for All

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government have to mark the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All; and if she will make a statement.

      Minority Ethnic Communities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage those in minority ethnic communities to integrate into wider community life.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect he expects the transfer of leadership of the NATO campaign in Helmand province to the US to have on (a) poppy eradication activities, (b)...

    • Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many boards of inquiry have been conducted relating to the death of Private Jason Smith; (2) whether all results from the boards of inquiry...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of the long service advance of pay was in April of each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are taken to ensure that British service personnel are trained in (a) language and (b) culture of an area prior to operational deployment...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people leaving the armed forces in each of the last two years were (a) entitled to the full resettlement programme, (b) entitled to the...

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received pressing for the UK armed forces veterans lapel badge to be automatically sent to veterans who are qualified to...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what grants have been made available to groups to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War.

      Military Personnel: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of British military personnel is garrisoned in Northern Ireland.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to encourage public debate and feedback on the Government's conclusions on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer question (a) 101936, on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, and (b) 101935, on biological research, tabled by the hon. Member for...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many questions tabled in Session 2005-06 for written answer by his Department did not receive a substantive answer in that Session.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Department for answer on a named day in the last parliamentary session; how many received a holding...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by his Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many...

    • Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints were received by his Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many were received in 2006-07 to date.

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff worked in dedicated complaints units in his Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many have done so in...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2007, Official Report, columns 573-74W, on freedom of information (FOI), what the grounds were for each...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children in Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children in Ribble Valley constituency lived in workless households in each year since 1979-80.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when staff in Jobcentre Plus, Tothill street expect to reply to the letters dated (a) 13 July 2006 and (b) 19 September 2006 from the hon....

      Health and Safety Executive: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions were brought in each of the last five years by the Health and Safety Executive in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown...

      Income Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of (a) households and (b) individuals in each region and country received less than 40 per cent. of the UK...

      Industrial Injuries Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what entitlement the self-employed have to industrial injuries benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Visits: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which organisations and individuals he is due to meet on his forthcoming visit to Australia; (2) whether he will be accompanied on his...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the target audience for personal accounts who will be subject to means-testing in retirement in...

      Poverty Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were recorded as living in poverty in (i) the UK, (ii) the North East, (iii) South Tyneside and (iv)...

      State Retirement Pensions: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of the state retirement pension there are in Bristol, East.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents are...

      Welfare to Work Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the review of the Welfare to Work programmes being conducted by David Freud is intended to deliver specific recommendations for...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of winter fuel payments were calculated wrongly due to failures of the Data Matching System in the last year for which figures...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many winter fuel payments were incorrectly calculated during 2006; and how many had not been correctly paid within one month of the Pension...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquests are awaiting hearing in coroner's courts; and what the average time taken from death to the conclusion of an...

    • Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether (a) she, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials in her Department have been consulted by hon. Members over the...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under...

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many vehicles belonging to her Department were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 1997; and what the (i) make and...

      Departments: Pendle

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what expenditure is planned to be carried out in Pendle by her Department in the years up to 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Electoral Register: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what action the Government are taking to encourage more black and minority ethnic people to register to vote.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects to bring forward new fees regulations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects to publish the results of the current consultation on fees regulations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Maintenance: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the average time taken was (a) to assess and (b) to secure the first payment in child maintenance cases in the...

  • Wales

    • Hospitals: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Welsh Assembly Ministers on the cross-border provision of hospital care.

    • Tata Group: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to meet Tata Group managers to discuss their plans for their operations in Wales.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) applications and (b) outline proposals were made to the Reaching Communities programme in each of the last five...

    • Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which URLs her Department has registered in the 2006-07 financial year; at what cost; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what expenditure is planned to be carried out in Pendle by her Department in the years up to 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees from her Department were asked to retire upon reaching 65 years of age as a result of the Department's mandatory...

      Departments: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what items valued at above £100 were reported as stolen from her Department's buildings or premises in the last 12 months.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of the Executive agencies of her Department have regional offices outside London.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Executive agencies are the responsibility of her Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the annual budget was...

      National Lottery: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the purpose was of each lottery grant to organisations in Chorley constituency in each of the last three years.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which non-departmental public bodies are sponsored by her Department; what the function is of each body; and what the budget was of each...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the economic benefit which will be derived from providing spectator accommodation for the Olympic Games,...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the draft Transport Plan for the 2012 Olympic Games in relation to enhancing public transport...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new playing fields have been established since 2005-06; and how many existing playing fields were converted to other uses in...

      Swimming Pools: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions (a) she and (b) Sport England have had with Kent county council on the funding of 50 metre swimming pools at (i)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative plays in delivering the animal welfare dimensions of the Government's...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on buying, operating and supporting (a) all commercial software products and (b)...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to implement the gender equality duty due to come into force on 6 April.

      Departments: Incentives

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

      Departments: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations brought forward by his Department came into force in 2006.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government's consultation on the third phase of the Energy Efficiency Commitment covering 2008-11 will include a...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what research his Department plans to carry out on the impact of smart metering with two way communication systems on...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the application of Freedom of...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects copies of the individual responses to the consultation on proposals for managing the co-existence of GM...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on his plans for an underground nuclear waste repository.

      Recycling: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which of the collection and recycling strategies outlined in the Battery Waste Management Life Cycle Assessment report...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the above budget cost was of administering the single farm payment scheme during 2006; and from where the extra...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much private investment capital (a) Actis and (b) Aureos have attracted for private sector business in developing countries in...

    • Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 165W, on development aid, what spending by HM Treasury counted as...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 165W, on development aid, what spending by the Foreign and...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, columns 164-6W, on Development Aid; if he will break down by main budget...

      Globeleq: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any investments have been made by Globeleq in renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to whom the chief executive of Network Rail is accountable.

    • Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of miles travelled by cars in the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made on extending selective door opening on trains.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected increase in rail passenger numbers is in (a) London, (b) South West London and (c) Richmond Park constituency over the next (i)...

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the consequences to customers using (a) Portsmouth and Southsea and (b) Portsmouth Harbour railway stations of delays...

      Railways: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average delay was for the One operated rail service between Romford Station and Liverpool Street Station was in each year since 2004.

      South West Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many carriages operated by South West Trains were built before 1985.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many SPECS cameras were installed for evaluation purposes in each local authority area in each year since 2003; and at what cost in each case.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when a decision will be made on the future domestic use of the former Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station; and if he will make a statement.

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the separate costing process for the former Eurostar platforms at London Waterloo station is expected to finish; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering Services: House of Commons

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the Refreshment Department has held discussions with (a) Sustain and (b) other outside organisations...

    • Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent external audits the Commission has commissioned to determine whether spending decisions taken by...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on which minuted occasions the Commission has discussed (a) the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and hon....

      House of Commons Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether representatives from the Department of Constitutional Affairs have attended meetings of the House of...

      Pollution Control

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps he is taking to achieve a co-ordinated approach with the House of Lords to lessen the environmental...

      Refreshment Department

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps have been taken to oversee the implementation of the golden rules by the Refreshment Department;...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether he has had discussions with (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Director of Public Prosecutions and (c) the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on "On the...

    • Raymond McCord

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Director of Public Prosecutions has received recommendations from the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for criminal prosecutions under the Police...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General how he interprets his superintendency role in relation to the Director of the Serious Fraud Office; and whether relevant written protocols are in place.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance he has given to the Serious Fraud Office (a) orally and (b) writing on the conduct of bribery investigations.

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what account the Serious Fraud Office takes of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery in conducting relevant investigations.

      Stevens Report

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) whether he has had discussions with (a) the Director of Public Prosecutions and (b) the Prime Minister on the Stevens Report; (2) on what date he received a...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Flags

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates the Union flag was flown from 10 Downing street since 2005.

    • Departments: Theft

      To ask the Prime Minister what items valued at above £100 were reported as stolen from his Office's buildings or premises in the last 12 months.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Prime Minister when he signed the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost to the public purse of each of his special envoys has been since establishment of each such post; and if he will make a statement.

      Intelligence Services: Annual Reports

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the 2005 annual reports of (a) the Interception of Communications Commissioner and (b) the Intelligence Service Commissioners have been submitted to him; and...

  • Home Department

    • Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms he uses to monitor and evaluate the performance of safer neighbourhood teams in England and Wales.

    • Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what change there was in the maximum award available under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in each year since 1997.

      Driving Offences: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act 1998 for failing to stop after an accident in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      EC Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 12WS, on the Justice and Home Affairs Informal...

      Local Child Curfew Schemes: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew orders were issued in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Oral Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which questions on the order paper for oral answer by him on 19 February 2007 were drafted wholly or in part by a (a) member of the...

      Passports: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British passports were reported lost or stolen (a) in the UK and (b) abroad in each year since 1997.

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 203W, what assessment he has made of the impact that targeted patrol of...

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, O fficial Report, column 194W, on police patrols, what definition he uses of doorstep contact in...

      Prison Service: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what questions are asked in the annual Prison Service Staff Survey.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment since May 1997 have been released.

      Prisons: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of independent monitoring boards at prison establishments were found to have been involved in the trafficking of...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to widen the availability and practice of restorative justice in the adult criminal justice system.

      Royal Mail

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

      Young Offenders: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) under 12-year-olds, (b) 13-year-olds, (c) 14-year-olds, (d) 15-year-olds, (e) 16-year-olds and (f) 17-year-olds who were...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of the low carbon buildings programme.

    • Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on noise limits for onshore wind farm developments.

      Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the commercial feasibility of carbon capture and storage.

      Doha Round

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had on the World Trade Organisation's Doha round; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what opportunities he plans to provide for scrutiny of the Post Office closure process.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2067W, on post offices, how many stakeholder groups have been sent copies...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department will (a) complete its analysis of responses to the Post Office network consultation and (b) publish its response to the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment he has made of additional Government services that could be made available at post offices.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many responses have been received to the current consultation on the future of the Post Office network from each region of the UK.

      Science Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of (a) performance of UK science centres and (b) the adequacy of funding for those centres.

      Ticket Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the level of competition in the ticket agents market.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on progress towards further trade agreements with India.

      Departments: Complaints

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

      Newspaper Press: Monopolies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received on monopoly ownership in the newspaper industry.

      Post Offices: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of rural post offices which will close in Devon in each of the next three years.

      Post Offices: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department paid in public subsidy for post offices in Devon in 2006-07.

      Post Offices: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what areas of the South-West Norfolk constituency are considered to be (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) remote under the access criteria for...

      Post Offices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current access standard is for post offices in (a) urban areas and (b) deprived urban areas; what proposals he has made to change...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1713W, on digital switchover, if he will take steps to ensure the take-up of...

    • Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the new capital value for local domestic taxation purposes is of the ministerial residences at (a) Hillsborough Castle and (b) Stormont;...

      Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to publicise the availability of electoral identity cards in Northern Ireland in the run up to the Assembly elections.

      Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Northern Ireland Assembly will be able to amend or revoke the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006...

      Ethnic Minority Achievement Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria were used to locate the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service in the North Eastern Education and Library Board.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there were to housing associations in Northern Ireland in each...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to enhance the provision of psychological therapies in the Province.

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will invite the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to monitor the forthcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election; and if...

      Shared Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of homes bought in Northern Ireland during 2006 were purchased through the co-ownership scheme.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many domestic properties in Northern Ireland not connected to the main water supply in January 2006 were connected by January 2007.

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in Hendon completed apprenticeships in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vehicles belonging to his Department were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each year since 1997; and what the (i) make and model and...

      Departments: Civil Servants

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

      Education: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools use teaching materials provided by the Saudi Education Ministry.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many English for Speakers of Other Languages courses were delivered at trade union learning centres in the last period for which figures...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the impact on workplace safety of the ending of fee remission for...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the effect on community cohesion of the ending of...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultations his Department is undertaking on the new 50-point scale for those working in higher education.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of 18-year-olds having successfully completed (a) at least two non-vocational A-levels, (b) at least two...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much his Department spent on music education through the Music Standards Fund in each year of its existence; and if he will make a...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much each local authority received from his Department for the purpose of providing music education in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Pre-School Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there has been a delay in the implementation of the 2006 Code of Practice for nursery provision.

      Primary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was per primary school pupil for each year from 1995-96 to 2006-07 in (a) England and (b) each English local authority area;...

      Pupils: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to meet ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health to discuss a schools-based national human papilloma virus...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected year-end financial position is for each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in each local authority area in England in...

      Schools: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of internet filtering programmes used by schools in the South West.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools failed Ofsted inspections in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start and Early Years Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Copeland have participated in the Sure Start and Early Years programmes since their introduction; what targets are used...

      Teachers: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the impact of the proposed changes to the funding of English for the speakers of other languages courses on the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many domestic properties have been photographed by the Valuation Office Agency as part of the revaluation of domestic...

    • Departments: Civil Servants

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

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to implement the Race Equality Duty since 2000.

      Departments: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what items valued at above £100 were reported as stolen from her Department's buildings or premises in the last 12 months.

      Equal Opportunities: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consult on proposals to introduce a ban on age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services.

      Equal Opportunities: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consult on proposals to introduce a positive duty on public authorities to promote age equality.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost is of each regional fire control centre; and what stage each regional project has reached.

      Local Authorities: Private Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance is available to local authorities to fund the costs associated with stewarding a private Bill through the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total Revenue Support Grant was in each local authority in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Minister for Housing and Planning expects to reply to the letters of 8 December 2005, 16 February 2006 and 10 January...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions via accident and emergency to NHS hospitals in England for alcohol-related conditions there were in each year since 1997; and if she...

    • Breast Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women were examined by a breast cancer specialist within two weeks of a referral from their general practitioner in the last 12 months...

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plans to introduce a national human papilloma virus immunisation programme in 2007-08.

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusion the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reached at its meeting on 14 February 2007 on the implementation of a national human...

      Child Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart operations on children in (a) Leicester Royal Infirmary, (b) Leicester General Hospital, (c) Glenfield Hospital and (d) England were...

      Chiropodists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chiropodists were employed in the NHS in England in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement.

      Clinical Academic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the new Walport clinical lectureship posts will be funded; and if she will ensure that they are not affected by NHS financial deficits.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the effect of the new dental contract on (a) numbers of people with access to NHS dentistry, (b) levels of NHS dental...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dentists and (b) whole-time equivalent dentists provided NHS services in each month since 1997.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the banding introduced by the new dental contract on the (a) cost and (b) complexity of treatments given.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) the Dental Laboratories Association and (b) other dental organisations on the effect of the new dental contract on...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have imposed restrictions on NHS dental activities as a result of budgetary pressures; and what restrictions have been imposed...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have served notice to terminate their NHS contracts in each of the last four months.

      Dental Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of children in Chorley constituency are registered with an NHS dentist.

      Dental Services: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists in Leeds did not take up the new dental contracts on 1 April 2006; and what percentage of those who were offered the contract that...

      Eastbourne Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations her Department has received about the possible reconfiguration of services at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

      Fertility: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fertility clinics in (a) London, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales were investigated by (i) regulators and (ii) police following allegations...

      Haemophilia: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many documents held in Government records which relate to the infection of haemophiliacs by contaminated blood products and which were thought...

      Haemophilia: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which dates her Department sought legal advice on the extent of its liability for the administration of contaminated blood products to people with...

      Haemophilia: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body in her Department (a) funded and (b) carried out research into haemophilia blood products prior to the introduction of viral inactivation...

      Haemophilia: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether blood taken from people with haemophilia has been used at any time since 1977 to measure the pathogenic potential of the UK blood supply; and if...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget is for education programmes on (a) drugs and (b) alcohol in each year since 2004.

      Health Professions: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants, (b) registrars, (c) junior doctors and (d) nurses were employed by Gloucestershire Acute Trust and its predecessor...

      Health Services: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on health care per capita in Eastbourne in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecast she has made of the financial positions of (a) Dartford and Gravesend primary care trust (PCT), (b) Medway PCT and (c) West Kent PCT at the...

      Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors health authorities take into account when deciding whether a particular heart operation is urgent.

      Home Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many home births there were in England in each of the last six years.

      Hospital Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what major hospital building projects have been approved in the last 12 months, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued on hospital opening hours over holiday periods; and which community hospitals were open on Christmas day 2006 in...

      Medical Treatments: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the wound clinics to be re-opened at Sittingbourne Memorial and Sheppey community hospitals.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) early intervention services, (b) crisis resolution services and (c) community development services have been adversely affected by...

      Mental Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical psychologists for adult mental health services there are in East Lancashire.

      Mentally Ill: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average spending was (a) per head of the population and (b) per patient of each mental health trust in London in the latest period for which...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery vacancies there are in (a) Staffordshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in modernising the National Blood Service estate and facilities; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) managerial salaries, (b) nursing salaries, (c) maternity leave payments and (d) pension contributions in the NHS was in the last...

      NHS: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid by NHS trusts in England to authorised verification companies in relation to the Carbon Credits Scheme in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information is held centrally by her Department on the net financial balance as a whole for the National Health Service; (2) what information...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Payment by Results (PbR) guidance 2007-08 issued by her Department on 20 December 2006, Gateway reference 7539, which organisations whose...

      NHS: National Clinical Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 61W, on the National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke, for what reasons the...

      Out-patients: Gravesend Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which outpatient clinics have been (a) opened and (b) closed at Gravesend Community Hospital over the last 12 months; and whether there are proposals...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on funding for palliative care in (a) Upminster and (b) England.

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has made an assessment of the effect on cigarette sales of the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places in Scotland.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many bariatric surgical interventions were undertaken by the NHS in each year since 1997-98; (2) how many liposuction procedures were...

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: B-naphthylamine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have taken place with the Civil Aviation Authority concerning the presence of B-naphthylamine in synthetic jet oil; and what level of...

    • Children: Healthy Eating

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the Department of Health's food and drink advertising and promotion forum on developing restrictions on the non-broadcast...

      Committee on Toxicity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How future air sampling carried out as part of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment's research into contaminated...

      Committee on Toxicity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have had discussions with the chairman of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment concerning the...

      Government: Composition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13 December (WA 203), why the answer given related to the Civil Service and not to the Government to...

      Health: Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the same standards of blood monitoring of diabetics will be maintained following the outcome of their consultation on Part IX of the drug tariff.

      House of Lords: Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, for the purposes of achieving consensus on House of Lords reform as envisaged in the Queen's Speech, they define consensus.

      Immigration: English Language Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many refugees and asylum seekers have benefited from English for speakers of other languages courses.

      Immigration: English Language Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they gave to the effect on community cohesion and integration of the decision to cut the provision of English for speakers of other languages...

      Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the decline in the number of legal practitioners willing to take on asylum cases, due to the rates of legal aid in such cases.

      NHS: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By how much they propose to reduce the number of National Health Service staff over the next two years.

      Pensions: Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the average longevity of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme; and how this compares with the average longevity of (a)...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not answered the six Questions for Written Answer (HL1158 to HL1163) tabled by Lord James of Blackheath on 9 January, bearing in mind that the target...

      Railways: Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminal offences were committed in each of the past 10 years at (a) Liverpool Street Station; (b) Charing Cross Station; (c) Victoria Station; (d) King's...

      Railways: Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminal offences were committed on the (a) Stansted Express; (b) Heathrow Express; and (c) Gatwick Express in each of the last eight years, broken down...

      Railways: Pacer Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Pacer trains remain in service while more reliable alternative trains are placed in storage.

      Roads: Parking on Footpaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been charged with parking their cars on the footpath in Belfast in each year since 2003.

      Smoking: Cigarette Packets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce a ban on the sale of cigarettes in packets of fewer than 20 cigarettes, similar to the ban being introduced in the Republic of Ireland,...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what means, on what basis and in what circumstances is the commitment by the Government in their response to Recommendation 19 of the 9th Report of the...

      Transport: Seat Belts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take in response to the mid-term review of the European Road Safety Action Programme 2006/2112 (INI) in respect of the requirement to wear...

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