Written answers

Friday, 2 March 2007

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what area of office space his Department and its agencies used in central London in (a) 2004 and (b) 2006; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Assisted Voluntary Return Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the assisted voluntary return scheme was in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizenship ceremonies have taken place in Northern Ireland since their introduction; and how many people who have become British...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which public affairs firms have been given contracts by (a) his Department and (b) public bodies sponsored by his Department in the last...

      Discretionary Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department pays insurance premiums to cover payments made from the discretionary compensation scheme.

      Identity Cards: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Irish nationals living in Northern Ireland will be required to carry a UK identity national card once they are introduced.

      Mark Ryder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations have been made to foreign police authorities to further the recapture of escaped prisoner Mark Ryder; (2) what...

      Migrant Workers: Bulgaria and Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what controls will be put in place to ensure that Bulgarian and Romanian self-employed workers seeking work in the UK (a) in the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were held in each prison in Wales on 23 November, broken down by nationality.

      Staff Redeployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in his Department were temporarily redeployed following the discovery of case files of criminals convicted abroad which had...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

    • Algeria: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (b) the World Food Programme and (c) the...

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much development aid was provided to China in 2005-06.

      Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding and resources (a) were allocated to the Global Conflict Prevention Pool in each of the last five financial years and (b)...

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is...

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the...

      Developing Countries: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has given to the Global Health Workforce Initiative; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the...

      Madagascar: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of statements by the Madagascan Foreign Minister that Madagascar needs more than $242 million to recover...

      Overseas Aid: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how money provided by his Department to fund health-related projects is split between improving overall health infrastructures and...

  • Transport

    • Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1673W, on air services, if he will break down into sub-categories the figures for...

    • Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1674W, on air services, if he will break down into sub-categories the figures for...

      Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1673W, on Air Services, if he will break down into sub-categories the figures for...

      Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2077W, on Air Services, if he will break down into sub-categories the figures for...

      Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1674W, on Air Services, if he will break down into sub-categories the figures for...

      Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2076W, on air services, if he will break down into sub-categories the figures for...

      Bridges: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review his assessment of the potential benefits of the Thames Gateway bridge following the publication of the Stern review report on the...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place.

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with the East of England Regional Assembly on the upgrade of the east coast mainline; and if he will...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets he has set for reducing vehicle excise duty evasion; and whether there are any proposals to change it.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency spent on the MOT system in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) cars and (b) other road vehicles that require an MOT each year.

      MSC Napoli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account the inquiry into the grounding of the MSC Napoli is taking of the implications of the different (a) languages spoken and (b) maritime...

      Railways: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to evaluate the new east-west rail routes across East Anglia from the east midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis his Department determined the level of train services required in Service Level Commitment 2 for the Greater Western Franchise relating...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) passenger groups, (b) user representatives and (c) other bodies were consulted on the content of Service Level Commitment 2 for the...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of passenger numbers using (a) individual train services and (b) individual stations on the services run by...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions were held between his Department and FGW following representations on the December 2006 timetable for services (a) to Maidenhead and...

      Railways: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase rail capacity in Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to what extent he expects the costs of a national road pricing scheme to be covered by the revenue generated.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will undertake research to estimate the number of voluntary workers who would be affected by the introduction of road pricing; (2) if he...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends the roll-out of (a) local road pricing schemes under the Transport Innovation Fund and (b) the national road pricing system to use...

      Tolls: Blackwall Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had on tolling (a) the A102 Blackwall Tunnel approach road and (b) the Blackwall Tunnel; and if he will make a statement.

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has invested in the West Coast Main Line upgrade.

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the economic effects of the electrification of the Wrexham-Bidston railway line; (2) if he will make a statement...

  • Health

    • Childbirth: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born in NHS maternity units in Leicestershire in each year since 1997.

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what estimate of the number of patients exempt from paying charges under the new dental contract system the new NHS dental contract was based;...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision was put in place to compensate primary care trusts which suffered a financial shortfall as a result of reduced patient care revenue (a)...

      General Practitioners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual income of a GP is; and what it was in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of healthcare she estimates takes place outside hospital; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Services: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the costs to the NHS of treating people injured in road accidents in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the projected population increases used to determine the revenue allocations to primary care trusts within the Thames Gateway for (a) 2006-07,...

      Home Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many home births there were in each region of England in each year since 1997; in which area in each year the (a) highest and (b) lowest percentage...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts (a) have introduced referral management schemes over the past 12 months and (b) plan to introduce referral management...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of the legal opinion provided to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in relation to animal/human...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of exempting not-for-profit charities which run multiple sclerosis therapy centres from inspection fees by the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have turnaround teams in place.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what contingencies the NHS Contingency Fund has been used in 2006-07.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the 2006-07 Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations has increased from previous plans; and if she will make a...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita funding for each primary care trust in England (a) is in 2006-07 and (b) will be in 2007-08.

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which non-executive members of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute Hospital Trust board reside in the catchment area of the trust; and which do not.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the 500 primary care centres which have been built since 1997, as stated on page three of her Department's National Director for Primary...

      Russells Hall Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the original cost was of the fixed price contract for redevelopment of Russells Hall hospital; and what the final cost was following completion...

      Sheppey Community Hospital: Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the most recent dermatology clinic was held at Sheppey Community Hospital.

  • Treasury

    • Death: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local...

    • Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since...

      EC Enlargement: Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have come to the UK to reside from (a) the Czech Republic, (b) Estonia, (c) Cyprus, (d) Latvia, (e) Lithuania, (f) Hungary, (g)...

      Life Expectancy

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

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many miles were travelled by his Department's (a) Ministers and (b) officials on Government business by (i) air, (ii) rail and (iii) road in 2006.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Ministerial Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) purpose and (b) expected cost is of the Minister for culture's forthcoming visit to Australia and New Zealand.

    • Cultural Heritage: Cotswolds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding she has provided to the Cotswold Academy to develop skills-based training for those wanting to work in the heritage...

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees her Department has on secondment to outside organisations, broken down by salary grade.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the expected cost to the public purse is of state support to people on benefits for digital switchover; (2) what the...

      Public Libraries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what guidance her Department issues to those local authorities which charge for internet access from People's Network computers in...

      Public Libraries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of local authorities which charge local residents for internet access from People's Network...

      Public Libraries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been provided from the public purse for the provision of the People's Network programme to (a) Bath and North East...

      Public Libraries: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of those local authorities which only allow full internet access from People's Network...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the possible effect of the centralising of Jobcentre Plus Benefit Delivery Centres on the time taken to...

    • Bonne Bouche: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action his Department is taking to assist the workers of Bonne Bouche Ltd in (a) receiving unpaid wages following the company's...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance claimants have had (a) their claims refused and (b) their entitlements reduced as a result of medical...

      Employment Schemes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a York city strategy along the lines of his Department's Dundee city strategy.

      Pathways to Work: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to be able to announce the roll out of the Pathways to Work programme in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2007, Official Report, column 1560W, on advertising, how much of the spending on advertising was spent...

    • Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place.

      Electricity Generation: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with stakeholders about the grid electricity carbon projections up to 2050.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will prohibit electricity token meter back-charging; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has been advised of when electricity suppliers' token meter programmes will be completed; what assessment Ofgem has...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he raised the issue of prepayment meter back charging during his meeting with Scottish Power on 6 October 2006.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received on the practice of electricity suppliers back-charging their token meter users; and if he will...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that the supply licence review being carried out by Ofgem includes proposals to eliminate the practice of...

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to prohibit the practice of electricity token meter back-charging; and if he will make a statement.

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation and discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Ministers on the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill; and if he will...

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many men with child care responsibilities have requested flexible working arrangements in his Department since 6 April 2006; and what...

      Minister for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) official visits, (b) meetings with (i) hon. Members, (ii) members of the public, (iii) Greater London Assembly members, (iv)...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to assess the level of profits made by gas companies which fail to adjust price downwards after a fall in energy prices...

      Office for Civil Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects arrangements to be completed for the transfer of the administrative location of the Office for Civil Nuclear Security to the...

      Post Offices: Chorley and Penrith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which areas of Chorley constituency are considered to be (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) remote under the access criteria for the post office...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effects on universities of the change in budgets of the research councils consequent on the Spring...

      Satellite Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will undertake research into the economic threat to UK companies who use commercial satellites for transacting business of increases in...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests for additional equipment for UK forces in Afghanistan have been made by (a) UK commanders in Afghanistan and (b) UK commanders in the UK...

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many operational allowance tax-free bonuses have been paid to those entitled having completed six-month tours in each month since the announcement by...

      Armed Forces: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will discuss with the Navy, Army and Air Force institutes the extension of the range of goods that are available for sale in theatre to UK armed...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on military training in each year since 1997.

      Armoured Vehicles: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to deliver the (a) Mastiff armoured vehicles to Iraq and (b) Vector armoured vehicles to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Challenger Tanks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department spent on the provision of spare parts for the Challenger 2 main battle tanks in February 2006; and how much it expects to...

      Future Large Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many A400M aircraft are to be procured for the British military; and at what cost.

      Hypersonic Mass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research (a) is being carried out and (b) has been commissioned by his Department into the kinetic energy of hypersonic mass and its potential as...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, columns 625-66W, on Mental Health, how many occupational psychologists his Department...

      Military Bases: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of Portsmouth Naval Base.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Cougar and (b) Vector vehicles have been delivered to frontline forces in Afghanistan.

      Service Personnel: Medical Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen were assessed (a) in theatre and (b) on return from service in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan as having traumatic brain injury in...

      Territorial Army: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what criteria he uses to determine the level of funding for a Territorial Army unit; (2) what formula is used to determine the maximum number of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) Sure Start, (b) children's centres, (c) nursery provision and (d) childminder networks in Cumbria...

    • Class Sizes: Lancashire

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

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of students gained (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five GCSEs of each grade in each year...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the Assessing Pupils Progress projects in English and mathematics referred to in the Qualifications and...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will assess the effectiveness of the consultation on the secondary curriculum.

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether usability testing was conducted on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority secondary curriculum review website among (a)...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority took steps to ensure the materials on the curriculum review website were written in...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to monitor the use to which schools put the supporting materials to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority secondary...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are in place to ensure the impartiality of decision-makers in local authorities judging (a) whether a child should receive...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money generated from the Aggregates Levy Fund was spent on heritage projects in each year of its existence; and if...

    • Animal Welfare: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific assessment has been made of the capacity of the (a) pig and (b) broiler chicken standards in the Red...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the remit is of the inquiry by his Department into the recent events at Bernard Matthews at Holton in Suffolk; and how...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how avian influenza was spread from one shed to others at Bernard Matthews Holton plant; and what the time period was between...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department first learnt that Hungarian poultry meat was being transported to Bernard Matthews at Holton, Suffolk.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures his Department put in operation to effect a rapid cull of turkeys at Holton; and what alternative options...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what biosecurity methods are in operation at Holton; and what methods are in use at other poultry units in England.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the birds recently slaughtered having been infected with avian influenza were transported from Suffolk to...

      Carbon Dioxide: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government's target for cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent. by 2050 includes cuts in the UK's share...

      Disease Control: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there is an EU-wide agreement on the payment of compensation to workers who are laid off following an outbreak of...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will ensure that legally docked working dogs continue to be allowed to take part in agility, working trials and...

      Environment Agency: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the enforcement capability of the Environment Agency as new waste regulations come into force.

      Helicobacter Pullorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether helicobacter pullorum is classified as a poultry-human zoonose.

      Helicobacter Pullorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the subject of helicobacter pullorum.

      Helicobacter Pullorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence he has received regarding trends in the level of anti-microbial resistance among (a) existing zoonoses and...

      Helicobacter Pullorum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of Helicobacter pullorum among poultry in England.

      Waste Management: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which London boroughs have sold their trade waste portfolios to the private sector; and what the estimated annual tonnage is...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what databases are controlled by his Department; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate or out of date.

    • Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in his Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average per dwelling and (b) average Band D council tax was in (i) two-tier areas, (ii) London boroughs, (iii)...

    • Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to tackle Islamic extremism.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions the Government have had with (a) China and (b) Russia on the political and human rights situation in Burma.

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will bring pressure to bear on the military regime in Burma to (a) engage in dialogue with democratic and...

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints from the public were received by (a) the (i) corporate affairs, (ii) consular services, (iii) protocol,...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which 50 countries the most work permit visas were issued from an overseas mission in 2005-06.

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many man hours have been spent by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department in the discussions with the German EU...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Minister for Europe has made to the European Commission's review of the Single Market.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what airport customs procedures there are for pedestrians travelling from Gibraltar into Spain.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what status the tripartite agreement gives to British aircraft travelling to Gibraltar when in Spanish airspace.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what effect the tripartite agreement has had on claims by the Spanish Government over sovereign British territorial waters...

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the UK's claims to territorial water surrounding Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has plans to discuss claims to increase British territorial water surrounding Gibraltar with the Spanish Government.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what restrictions exist on vesssels travelling from Gibraltar to Spanish ports.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the customs procedures are for Gibraltarian citizens who cross the border from Spain to Gibraltar.

      Iran: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government policy is on the treatment of Iranian nationals captured while fighting as insurgents against British troops in...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representatives of the Iranian Government raised UK compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty during the...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions are in place against Iran in relation to nuclear proliferation.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqi civilians died in Iraq as a consequence of (a) military action by coalition forces, (b) sectarian violence and...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the future governance of Kosovo.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the governments of (a) Greece and (b) Albania on the future governance of Kosovo.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the UK Public Strategy Paper on Latin America; and if she will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) levels of Taliban activity in Pakistan and (b) the impact of such activity on...

      Paramjeet Singh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings she has had with the family of Paramjeet Singh; when the British high commissioner in India first contacted...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have given to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii)...

      Somalia: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK is providing support to the African Union stabilisation force for Somalia; and if she will make a statement.

      Venezuela: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report she has received on the proposal by the Venezuelan authorities to allow officials to take control of food distribution.

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