Written answers

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Departmental Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) all environmental campaigns, (b) the Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge (TCTC)...

    • Departmental Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual (a) resource costs, (b) capital expenditure costs and (c) staffing costs were of each environment campaign...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of local authority compliance with provisions in the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, with...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has commissioned into the methodology of including avoided deforestation in the Kyoto Protocol carbon...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proportion of Government funding for flood defences planned to be dedicated to (a)...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the main headings are in the budget for flood defence spending; what budget has been allocated for each of the next...

      Flood Control: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the decision making process is for the allocation of funding to flood defence scheme projects in North Yorkshire...

      Institute for Public Policy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the Energy Saving Trust provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Trading Ltd. in each year since its creation;...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his most recent estimate is of the weight of (a) glass, (b) paper, (c) aluminium, (d) steel, (e) plastics and...

  • Treasury

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he was informed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that contingent liabilities for provisions for disallowance arising...

    • Allowances: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider making the advisory fuel rates for the private use of petrol hybrid company cars the same as those for the company use of those cars.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1131W, on the census, what the most recent date was when the Office for National...

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effectiveness of Gift Aid tax relief in promoting charitable giving.

      Children's Centres: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on children's centres funding.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to stop vulture funds from profiting from the debts of developing nations.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of vulture funds on the effectiveness of international aid to assist debt relief.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the defence budget in 2006-07 is as a proportion of the gross domestic product (a) inclusive and (b) exclusive of the cost of current conflicts.

      Departments: Air Pollution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate has been made of the carbon footprint of his Department.

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's involvement was in the Department for International Development's publication 'The World Classroom'.

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the duty on bio-diesel for leisure boat use; and if he will make a statement.

      HMRC: Boat Interceptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will direct HM Revenue and Customs to record interceptions of yachts and pleasure craft entering UK waters for collation by his Department.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he interpreted the requirements set out in Article 16(1)(a) and (b) of the Third Money Laundering Directive to apply to (a) institutions and...

      Research and Development Tax Credit: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many projects in the London borough of Bexley received research and development tax credits in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how HM Revenue and Customs assesses the value for money of its expenditure on marketing and advertising to promote self-assessment online; and how it...

      Tax Credit: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress towards issuing annual statements to those in receipt of child tax credit.

      Tax Credit: North East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many projects in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency received research and development tax credits in each of the last four years.

      Taxation: International Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the (a) amount of taxation on levels of remittance aid, (b) amount of tax paid on remittances from the UK to developing...

      VAT: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed by his Department to check the accuracy of VAT returns, broken down by grade.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which the tax credits system has met its objectives; and what assessment he has made of the effect of problems...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments have been (a) caused and (b) written off due to the original problems being caused by technical problems on the Tax Credit Office...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances a person living in the UK working as an au pair from (a) an EU and (b) a non-EU state may qualify for Working Tax Credit (WTC); for...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been committed to Afghanistan for reconstruction and development in each year since the invasion; what proportion of...

    • Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department's publication The World Classroom was co-financed by the Treasury.

      Nicaragua: Bomb Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the danger posed by landmines in Nicaragua; and what aid the UK (a) has allocated and (b)...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many television channels showed his Department's video St. Helena, as referred to in his answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report,...

      Thailand: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the potential impact on access to HIV treatment of the Government of Thailand's issuance of compulsory...

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent aid has been sent by the UK to Zimbabwe; and what precautions were taken to ensure that this aid was delivered directly to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Poultry Meat

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what percentage of the poultry supplied to the House was born and raised on British farms in each of the last...

  • Leader of the House

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007 to Question 124296, on House of Lords reform, on what basis he plans to divide the UK into electoral units for the election...

    • Member's Constituency Work

      To ask the Leader of the House what (a) advice, (b) practical support and (c) software and hardware is provided to hon. Members for the electronic collection and management of constituents'...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Algeria: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1125W, on Algeria: deportation, what the most recent...

    • Conference on Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken within the Conference on Disarmament to achieve consensus on commencing negotiations...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what strategy she has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in her Department's...

      Departments: Redundancy

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

      Iraq: Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many women are represented on the Constitutional Review committee for the Iraqi constitution; and whether this fills the...

      Iraq: Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the constitutional review process for the Iraqi constitution; and what progress has been made.

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with Iraqi officials on the rights of Christians to worship freely in Iraq; and if she will make a...

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of claims made by General Georges Sada in respect of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which states have made representations to the UK Government on compliance with obligations under the 1970 Nuclear...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will seek legal opinion on whether the proposals to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system is compatible with article...

      Timor-Leste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 21W, on Timor-Leste, when she expects the Commission for...

  • Wales

    • Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what investigations are taking place into Monsanto and its alleged illegal dumping of toxic waste; and which organisations are undertaking those investigations.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of people prevented from voting...

    • Absent Voting: Personation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission collects information from local authority returning officers...

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what databases are controlled by the Electoral Commission; and what percentage of the data in...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the Electoral Commission's definition is of election fraud.

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 792W, on political party...

      Party Political Broadcasts

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 792W, on political party...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of expenditure by political parties through...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission has spent on focus groups on public attitudes to political...

      UKIP: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Electoral Commission will conduct an investigation into reports of missing donations in...

  • Transport

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding on the railways.

    • Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the targets for railway punctuality and reliability (a) between Holyhead and Euston and (b) across the UK have been met.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to encourage improvements in railway timetabling to improve access to connecting services.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions Ministers have had since Christmas 2006 with the British Airports Authority on passenger congestion at London's airports.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent measures he has taken to improve airport security.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards meeting the 2010 road safety targets.

      A45: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward plans to improve the section of the A45 that passes through Wellingborough constituency.

      Airports: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with other government departments on the impact on the RSPB bird reserve at Dungeness of an extension of Lydd Airport in Kent.

      Aviation: Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards the development of a hydrogen fuelled aircraft; and what the Government's role is in the development of such an...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many garages and petrol stations provide (a) bio-fuels, (b) liquefied petroleum gas and (c) compressed natural gas; and what steps he is taking...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation he has undertaken of the Kickstart transport scheme; and what plans he has to extend the scheme.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners in Chorley constituency (a) are eligible for and (b) have used the free local bus travel scheme.

      Civil Aviation Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the provisions of section 4 of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 to be brought into force; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on official visits within the UK in each year since 2003.

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress his Department has made in achieving gender equality in public appointments to bodies which fall within his Department's responsibility...

      Departments: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure is planned to be carried out in Pendle by his Department in each year up to 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies are being carried out for his Department by external organisations.

      Departments: Theft

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

      Inland Waterways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on recent reductions in the budget for British...

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many delays of more than (a) five minutes, (b) 10 minutes and (c) 15 minutes there were on the London Underground (LU) in each year since 1990...

      Motorcycles: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of (a) the minimum number of riding licence test sites which will be required to meet demand for riding tests under the new...

      Railways: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of the proposal to redouble the line between Kemble and Swindon currently with Network Rail; and if he will make a statement.

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of light rail schemes in reducing urban congestion.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities in England and Wales were sued in 2006 for compensation for failure to properly maintain roads and highways by (a)...

      Rolling Stock: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rolling stock leasing charges were in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 for high speed trains in (i) Class 180 Adelante, (ii) Class 166, (iii)...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues to police authorities on the running of local casualty reduction partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he expects police authorities to take to support local casualty reduction partnerships; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received regarding changes in staffing levels within the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership;...

      Speed Limits: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue speed cameras raised in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of applying to other areas the lessons learned from the London congestion charge.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress his Department has made in achieving gender equality in public appointments to bodies which fall within his Department's...

    • Departments: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all agency workers receive the statutory sick pay to which they are entitled; and which...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of the Age Discrimination Regulations among (a) employers and (b) employees.

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of employer redundancy schemes that could be unlawful under the age discrimination regulations.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the policy reasons were for limiting the payment of the development rate minimum wage to 18 to 22-year-olds.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which post code districts will be exempt from the proposed access criterion that 95 per cent. of the population should live within six miles...

      Satellite Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the potential threat to UK industry from viruses on 3G mobile telephones.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what total amount has been distributed by the Big Lottery Fund since its creation on projects in (a) health, (b) education and (c)...

    • Cultural Heritage: Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to support the efforts being made to preserve the Ross Sea Antarctic huts; and, following her answer of 9 October...

      Departments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b)...

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints were received by her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what strategy she has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in her Department's buildings;...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage public service broadcasters to make their services available in high definition format.

      Olympic Games: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the likely effect on Lottery funding awarded to recipients in (a) Torridge and West Devon constituency and (b)...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what spectrum will be available for programme making and special events during the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the Digital Dividend Review on the use of radio microphones and radio cameras during the...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which locations in the UK have (a) been granted World Heritage site status, (b) been nominated for such status and (c) indicated to...

      World Heritage Sites: Albania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to support the application by the Region of Berati (Albania) to UNESCO for World Heritage site status;...

  • Prime Minister

    • Treaty of Rome: Anniversaries

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make oral statements in the House following the meeting of (a) the European Council on 8th to 9th March and (b) Heads of State and Government of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of overpayment of benefits by his Department was in each of the last eight years.

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many user visits were recorded on the Jobcentre Plus website in each week of the last five years.

      Departments: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the conferences which were funded in whole or part by his Department in the last 12 months; how many people attended each; and...

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 (ii)...

      Jobcentre Plus: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were notified to Jobcentre Plus in Darlington in each of the last 12 months.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) Hornsey and Wood Green constituency and (b) each London borough in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001...

      Labour Market: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department is conducting into the impact on the UK labour market of migration from central and eastern Europe.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average benefit income is for a working lone parent in a private sector flat in West Ham constituency; (2) what the average...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leased (a) a car and (b) a powered wheelchair through Motability in each of the last five years.

      Pension Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Scotland he estimates are eligible for pension credit, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Poverty: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress there has been in implementing the Harker Report's recommendations regarding child poverty in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to Question 104707, on wheels to work, tabled by the hon. Member for Daventry for answer on 4 December 2006.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 105425, tabled on 5 December 2006 by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer questions 113803 and 101303, on public sector pensions, tabled on 16 November 2006 by the hon. Member for Yeovil.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical conditions are not compatible with service in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what physical rehabilitation is available to reservists injured on operations.

      Armed Forces: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the tender for the service personnel life insurance programme.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what system of accountability is in place to monitor the decisions made by service personnel who have children in private education funded by his...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what targets his Department sets for the skills mix of new recruits to the armed forces; (2) pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2007, Official...

      Army: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited to the Army from Zimbabwe in each of the last three years.

      Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to recruit and train paramedics to serve with the front lines in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Meat Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 688W, on meat supplies, which countries provided the poultry, gammon and bacon...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent employees are employed by contractors at (a) HM Naval Base, Clyde, (b) AWE Aldermaston and (c) AWE Burghfield.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision was made for the operating cost of conventional forces protecting the nuclear deterrent within the current and projected in-service costs...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the work detailed in the breakdown of nuclear liabilities outlined in the answer to the hon. Member for Newport, West (Paul Flynn) of...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the role of the British nuclear deterrent in countering terrorism from abroad; whether he plans to revise the new chapter...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects the annual expenditure on renewing the UK's nuclear deterrent capability to be in each of the next 20 years.

      Territorial Army: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in which month annual bounties were paid to serving members of the Territorial Army in respect of service in each year between 1997 and 2006; (2)...

      Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the (a) average and (b) total annual cost of the (i) maintenance, (ii) storage and (iii) transportation of bearskin headpieces.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Blind and Partially Sighted Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that blind and partially sighted pupils in Northern Ireland have adequate access to suitable school text books.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many parents in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency defaulted on their child support payments in each of the last 18 months for...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the Decent Homes Scheme to Northern Ireland; what research has been undertaken by his Department to ascertain how...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Home Office in relation to the operation of the national identity card scheme in Northern Ireland; and what...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which dates in the last month he (a) attended his Department's offices (i) in London and (ii) in Belfast, (b) dealt with departmental...

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland on her definition of collusion.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students attended a maintained primary school in Northern Ireland in (a) 1995-96 and (b) 2005-06.

      Rivers Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were (a) employed and (b) recruited by the Rivers Agency in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the Bain report on future school building projects in Northern Ireland.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 1009W, on 10 Downing street: repairs and maintenance, what the schedule is for...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the primary care trusts visited by the Prime Minister's delivery unit have accident and emergency departments earmarked for closure.

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what databases are controlled by her Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database she estimates is inaccurate or...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will amend planning regulations to require Network Rail telecommunications masts to receive planning permission.

    • Audit Commission: Accessible Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Audit Commission on how it evaluates the provision of accessible housing in inspections.

      Bath Spa Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) original budget was and (b) current expected outturn is for the Bath Spa project; what proportion of the budget...

      Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration her Department gave to the application on behalf of the Cornish for inclusion in the European Framework...

      Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England impose council tax on second homes; at what rate each authority has set the council tax; and...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 529W, on council tax, what steps her Department and its...

      Councillors: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average age of councillors was in England in (a) 1986, (b) 1996 and (c) 2006.

      Disadvantaged: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2006, Official Report, columns 93-6W, on deprivation (Somerset), what the population is of each...

      European Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has (a) to complete and (b) to publish the second UK compliance report under the European Framework...

      Fire Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the business case for the Fire Control Project; if she will place copies of such...

      Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the likely income to local authorities from Section 106 agreements as a result of...

      Gender: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has a gender (a) strategy and (b) equality action plan in place.

      Havering Borough Council: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the London Borough of Havering Council met the 2.5 per cent. efficiency target for 2006.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the laying and ratification of revised secondary legislation on Home Information Packs.

      Housing: Design for Manufacture Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what she expects the purchase price to be of the homes built under the Design for Manufacture competition at the Renny Lodge...

      Housing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) demographic data and (b) assumptions were used to inform her Department's estimate of the number of houses needed in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government why she was not able to answer question 112258, on the Design for Manufacture competition, substantively on the day named for answer.

      Race Relations Act 1976

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) Welsh and (b) Irish people meet the definition of racial groups under the Race Relations Act 1976; and what...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures her Department is taking to encourage the registration of electors.

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many eligible voters are estimated to be missing from the electoral register in Bolton, South-East constituency.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the funding of magistrates courts.

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the constitutional status of (a) the Duchy of Cornwall, (b) Cornwall and (c) the Isles of Scilly.

      Rape Victims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in her policy of providing legal advice to rape victims; and if she will make a statement.

      Coroners Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proposals she has to modernise the Coroners Service.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what further mechanisms she plans to put in place to prevent fraud in the electoral process.

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms are in place to verify the legitimacy of postal votes.

      Abu Qatada

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) full and (b) summary judgment of the Special Immigration Appeals...

      Department: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department has (a) a gender strategy and (b) a gender equality action plan in place.

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what databases are controlled by her Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database she...

      Domestic Violence Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of specialist domestic violence courts.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to revise the Explanatory Notes on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) published on 8 January 2001 to...

      Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on summoning people to do jury service who did not subsequently serve on a jury in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which advice agencies in London were in receipt of legal aid in the last two years; how much each received in each year; how...

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much legal aid was paid to advice agencies in London in each of the last three years; what the anticipated amount will be...

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many clients received legal advice from voluntary sector advice organisations paid for by legal aid in London in each of...

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely geographical distribution of the availability of legal advice in London from (a)...

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what effect she expects the planned legal aid changes to have on the availability in London of (a) advice agencies and (b)...

      Legal Aid: Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if she will make available copies of the representations she has received on her planned changes to the legal aid system;...

      Legal Aid: Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she carried out a race equality impact assessment of planned legal aid changes; and if she will make a statement.

      Legal Aid: Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what effect on costs to the public purse she expects to arise from the planned legal aid changes in (a) London and (b)...

      Polling Stations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what provisions there are for a parish council to challenge a returning officer's decision on the appropriate location of a...

      Public Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish in full all documentation referring to the Shrewsbury Two which is held in the Public Record Office,...

      Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether barristers questioning children and young people aged under 18 years are required to have formal child protection training.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which inspection regimes monitor local authorities' activities regarding adoption.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets have been set for local authorities by central Government regarding adoption; and when each target was introduced.

      Building for Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the design and printing of the pack Building for Skills.

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to local authorities on looked after children missing from care, specifying in each case the (a) document, (b)...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under the Freedom...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his written statement of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 22WS, on the winter supplementary estimate 2006-07, whether...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that those with limited English language skills who are claiming tax credit will be supported in making an...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what projections he has made of the percentage of students who will receive full fee remission for English for Speakers of Other Languages...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people aged 19 achieved (a) level 2 by (i) the age of 16 and (ii) the age of 19 and (b) level 3 by the age of 19 in...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is his policy that people in receipt of working tax credit do not qualify for free school meals for their children; and if he...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils gained (a) no GCSEs at grades A*-C, (b) one GCSE at grades A*-C, (c) two GCSEs at grades A*-C,...

      Higher Education: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will publish his Department's submission to the German EU Presidency on the creation of a compendium of good practice for higher...

      Higher Education: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children in (a) Houghton and Washington, East constituency and (b) Sunderland city council area progressed...

      Language Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the schools at which no pupils were taking a language course as referred to in paragraph 2.14 of the Languages Review...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 696W, on GCSEs, if he will list the maintained mainstream schools...

      Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions his Department and its predecessor department conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subjects of those leak...

      Public Appointments

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

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools who had school-provided lunches in...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what duties have been placed upon local authorities to provide a mid-day meal for all pupils in primary and secondary schools; and if he...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools served hot school meals in each year from 1990-91 to 2007-08; and if he will make...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grants for capital spending to improve kitchen facilities were made to schools in each year from 1990-91 to 2007-08; and if he will...

      Schools: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve help offered to children with eating disorders when at school.

      Schools: History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Ludlow constituency have a teacher with a formal qualification to teach history.

      Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many school playgrounds in Lancashire were sold in each of the last 10 years; (2) how much school land in Lancashire was sold in...

      Schools: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills at how many (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools teachers receive police escorts to enter or leave school premises, broken down...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England have established links with an (a) football, (b) cricket, (c) Rugby Union, (d) Rugby League and (e) tennis...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1023W, on schools: uniforms, which organisations will be consulted on...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to produce (a) an initial public sector regulatory impact assessment and (b) to full regulatory impact assessment for the...

      Social Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to increase recruitment into the social care workforce.

      Special Educational Needs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children required special educational needs provision in each local education authority area in each of the last five years;...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information the Government have collected on the performance of pupils at specialist schools in their school's area of specialism...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the conception rate per 1,000 women (a) aged under 18 and (b) aged 16 to 18 years was in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Youth Work: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many youth workers there were in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley in each of the last 10 years.

      Youth Work: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many youth centres were (a) sold, (b) closed and (c) opened in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Youth Work: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what schemes funded by central Government have been instituted in Lancashire to keep young people occupied in the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Animals: Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce changes in EU regulation on the use of animals in experimentation into British legislation.

    • Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were assaulted while on duty in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Avon and Somerset Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to change funding of the Avon and Somerset constabulary following (a) the most recent figures on relative...

      Bokhari Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account he took of the (a) psychological and (b) educational effects of deportation to Pakistan on the children in the Bokhari family,...

      Community Support Officers: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers are working in Cheshire; and how many he expects to be recruited over the next three years.

      Crime: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police detection rates were for all recorded crimes in Bedfordshire, in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of (a) offences against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robbery, (d) burglary, (e) theft, (f) fraud, (g) drug...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of victims of crime were referred to Victim Support by police in each of the last five years.

      Dispersal Orders: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders were issued in Lancashire in each of the last three years.

      Driving Offences: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted (a) for the offence of failing to give particulars or to report an accident within 24 hours, (b) of...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had on the processes for assessing applications for student visas; and if he will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist to ensure that those who are in receipt of student visas attend the courses on which they are enrolled; and if he will...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether risk management of filming in custody environments is covered by the local security strategy at HM Young Offender Institution...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given to chief constables of police authorities on the (a) registration, (b) storage and (c) disposal of firearms...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rounds of ammunition collected during the 2003 gun amnesty have been successfully disposed of.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department following the case of Campbell, reference 2006 EWCA Crim 726, numbered 200505869/A1 in the Court of Appeal, 9 March 2006, in relation to a...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the knives seized in the knife amnesty held in 2006 have been successfully disposed of.

      Offensive Weapons: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives were handed in to police stations during 2006 in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency.

      Police Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of their time on average police officers spent (a) completing paperwork and (b) on patrol in each of the last five years.

      Police: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the establishment of combined police stations for civilian police,...

      Police: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed by Cheshire police in each year since 1997.

      Police: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of proposals to reduce the numbers of police officers in Cumbria.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each force in England and Wales as at December 2006, broken down by rank.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total wage bill for each police force in England and Wales is in 2006-07, broken down into (a) police officers by rank, (b) police...

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police motorway patrol cars (a) entered and (b) left service in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the average cost of a...

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison governors were managed moved within the Prison Service in 2006.

      Prison Service: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects to publish the report of the Tasker investigation into corruption and maltreatment of whistleblowers within HM Prison...

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether funds available for use as performance-related pay are allocated as part of a specific budget item for (a) HM Prison Service and...

      Prison Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacancies there are within the Prison Service.

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours per week HM Prison Service non-operational grade managers in receipt of required hours allowance payments are expected to...

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the time off in lieu hours accrued in HM Prison Service; what steps he is taking to ensure that such time...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many nominals are within the prison system, broken down by type; what the breakdown is of those nominals by (a) ethnicity and (b)...

      Prisoners: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on prisoners' access to copies of the Koran in Arabic.

      Prisons: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports into professional standards issues in HM Prison Service were produced in each of the last six years; what proportion of...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) central departmental and (b) central National Offender Management Service staff were responsible for the Probation Service in...

      Restraint Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to include provisions for extending restraining orders in circumstances where the original order is...

      Restraint Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend restraining orders to cover cases of (a) assault, (b) threats to kill and (c) witness intimidation.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty fines from Gatso speed cameras were not able to be issued in England and Wales in 2006 as a result of vehicles not...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he (a) received and (b) expects to publish Lord Carlile of Berriew's report on the definition of terrorism.

      Terrorism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with US-based internet services providers on the removal from the internet of websites that promote acts of...

      Terrorism: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with US law enforcement agencies on prosecuting individuals who promote acts of terrorism via US websites in...

      Theft: Northampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported cases of theft there were in Northampton North in each year from 1997 to 2007.

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the conclusions of the Schito report into allegations of management failure and dysfunction at HM Prison...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which key performance areas of the service level agreement for HM Prison Wandsworth targets have been (a) reduced and (b) replaced; and...

      Young People: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents of each type of crime committed by youths between 16 and 21 years there were in Lancashire in each of the last...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how her Department defines binge drinking; what assessment she has made of the impact of binge drinking on the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

    • Ambulance Services: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances were in use in the Sunderland city council area in each of the last 10 years.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females diagnosed as autistic; (2) what steps her Department is taking...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged 50 to 70 years participated in a breast screening programme in the Peterborough and Stamford hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area in...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 538-9W, on breast cancer screening, whether the Department plans to issue guidance to...

      Breast Cancer: Waiting lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for breast cancer treatment at Maidstone oncology department.

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the main reasons were for hospitals cancelling heart operations in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Capture, Assess, Treat and Support Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2007, Official Report, column 1583W, on the Capture, Assess, Treat and Support Services, what steps her Department...

      Care Homes: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes did not comply with minimum infection control standards in each of the last three years in each region in England.

      Children: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to encourage authorities to work with families to ensure children adopt healthy lifestyles from an early age.

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what target has been set for strategic health authorities on Chlamydia screening for 15 to 24-year-olds as part of their local delivery plans; (2)...

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the National Chlamydia Screening Programme on the budget for phase three of the programme.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 403-4W, on community hospitals, if she will list the six bids to the capital...

      Community Hospitals: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of a (a) temporary and (b) permanent closure of 36 beds of a 68 bed community hospital on the level of...

      Community Nurses: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government is taking to enhance the skills and training of community matrons in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department plans to take to extend support offered to carers and relatives of people diagnosed with dementia.

      Departmental Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many information leaflets were produced by her Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to implement the Race Equality Duty since 2000.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total expenditure by the NHS on diabetes was in each year since 2000-01.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes in each year since 1997; how many finished episodes of care...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors are projected to qualify through Modernising Medical Careers in 2007.

      Doctors: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks are made of the (a) qualifications and (b) records of visiting surgeons performing operations in the NHS.

      Executive Agencies

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that primary care trusts support general practitioners in their review of (a) service redesign and (b)...

      Government Auctions

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

      Haemophilia: Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment was made of the likely effect on affected people with haemophilia of receipt of the information before the decision was taken to write to...

      Health Education: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures she has taken to promote the health benefits of good hydration to the general public; (2) what advice her Department has issued on...

      Health Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the staff vacancy rate at the new Suffolk Primary Care Trust is (a) as a percentage of all staff and (b) broken down by occupation.

      Healthy Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on the Healthy Start scheme, what arrangements she has made to monitor retail...

      Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the introduction of screening for abdominal aortic aneurisms; and if she will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many investigations into screening were conducted by the national screening committee in each of the last five years; how many days each investigation...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the Suffolk Primary Care Trust in relation to the recent temporary closure of six beds at Walnuttree hospital...

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds were available at (a) St. George's hospital, Tooting, (b) Queen Mary's hospital, Roehampton, (c) Kingston hospital, Kingston,...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts have (a) (i) permitted and (ii) endorsed the use of smart cards for the storage of patient records and (b) shared patient records with...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what penalties are in place for (a) hospitals and (b) NHS staff who breach smartcard rules regarding access to the Care Records database.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether accident and emergency staff will have access to (a) sealed envelopes and (b) sealed and locked envelopes in the patient record.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the basis is for the conclusion of the Care Record Development Board in its paper Sealed Envelopes Briefing Paper: Selective Alerting Approach that...

      National Blood Service: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the number of National Blood Service processing and testing centres are being reduced from 11 to three; and why Red Cell Reference...

      National Blood Service: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the effect on costs of blood transportation of moving to three blood processing and testing centres.

      NHS Homeopathic Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, columns 57-8W, whether the Government's commitment to patient choice will enable patients to...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether funding for existing hospitals will be adjusted to account for the (a) change in volume of work and (b) change in complexity of cases following...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) day beds and (b) overnight beds will be provided at the proposed independent sector treatment centre in Basildon, Essex; (2) how...

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have used NHS walk-in centres in the West Midlands since they first opened, broken down by centre.

      NHS Walk-in Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how she plans to ensure continued funding for NHS walk-in centres in the West Midlands.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to reduce the cost of drugs to the NHS.

      NHS: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department plans to take to meet the gender equality duty in the Equality Act 2006; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure was on (a) the NHS, (b) NHS hospital and community health services and (c) NHS maternity services in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total overall funding allocation to primary care trusts was in each year since 2002-03; and what proportion of the total NHS budget this...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 537-38W, on NHS finance, on what basis the planned reconsideration of the future...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the future availability targets are for choose and book; what the March targets are; and whether choose and book is on track to achieve all those targets.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of doctors' surgeries and general practices in Bedfordshire have the Choose and Book IT system installed; and if she will...

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were in the NHS for (a) junior doctors, (b) consultants and (c) nurses in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; and how many there are...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

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

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish its Obesity Action Plan.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what response she has made to the representations sent to her by English NHS patients on the decision by the Welsh Assembly Government to fund free...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what strategy her Department has in place to deliver secondary care services in primary care (a) in Bedfordshire and (b) in England; and if she...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is available to ensure doctors' surgeries and general practices can access funds to invest in appropriate premises to undertake the shift in...

      Public Health Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what campaigns her Department has run to improve public health since May 1997; what the cost was of each; and what assessment she has made of the impact...

      Rapid Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which dates the Rapid Review Panel met since December 2003; how many product assessments the panel undertook since December 2003; how many assessed...

      Tarceva

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to report on the drug Tarceva.

      Translation Services

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

      Tuberculosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of tuberculosis there were in each London borough in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Turnaround Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northavon of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 930W, on the turnaround programme, how many strategic...

      University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Exceptional Income (SHA Bank Support), as stated in appendix C of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust's Financial Performance...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department maintains a three-month stock of routine use vaccines.

      Walnuttree Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the safety of staffing levels at Walnuttree Hospital, Sudbury.

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare: Moles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the European Union ban on the use of strychnine to control moles; and, if so, what more humane and effective alternatives they recommend.

    • Armed Forces: Nicosia Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date a government Minister last inspected the accommodation for United Kingdom servicemen in the Ledra Palace, Nicosia; and, if so, whether on that...

      Armed Forces: US Missile Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will discuss suggestions for a new United States anti-missile missile system with the United Kingdom's European Security and Defence Policy partners in...

      Aviation: Eurocontrol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will respond to suggestions by Eurocontrol, the air navigation safety agency, for eventual unification of national air control systems; and what practical...

      Aviation: Staff Rest Periods

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 February (WA 216), whether the Irish Aviation Authority is able to lay down safety standards,...

      Banks: Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the public campaign to secure lower bank charges to individual customers of United Kingdom banks.

      Bloody Sunday Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the £139.48 million spent by the Northern Ireland Office on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry has come out of the Northern Ireland Office block grant; and, if...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a person would have failed to become a British overseas citizen on 1 July 1997 if he (a) ceased to be a British Dependent Territories...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Home Office Nationality Policy Directorate's nationality instructions state that a person of Nepali ethnic origin, who is British by birth in Hong Kong and...

      Cameroon: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received about complaints by opposition parties concerning the registration of electors in Cameroon, about progress towards implementing...

      Cameroon: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom or the Commonwealth is providing any technical or financial assistance to support the creation of the electoral body, Elections...

      Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2 November 2006 (WA52), how much the Home Office has paid out in compensation to (a) current and...

      Construction Industry: Skills Shortages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will (a) add quantity surveyors and construction project managers to the United Kingdom skills shortage list; and (b) relax the rules on granting...

      Crime: Double Effect

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their understanding of the doctrine of "double effect" and its place in the common law relating to homicide.

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Filkin on 17 February 2003 (WA150-51) and the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29 November 2006 (WA56), why...

      Crime: Reoffending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of crimes in England and Wales they estimate to be committed by (a) released prisoners and (b) offenders who have received community sentences.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received on the Halle Orchestra's concerns in relation to the risks involved for children and vulnerable adults in the Criminal...

      Drivers: Working Hours Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions have been initiated by (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, and (b) the police against drivers found to be in breach of drivers'...

      Employment Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the law is applied, in the case of first offences, to university students from overseas who have sought paid employment and worked longer hours than permitted...

      EU: Anti-Fraud Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the United Kingdom's share of the annual cost of the European Union's Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF; how many prosecutions it has launched since 1997; how many...

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on 19 February (Official Report, col. 880), for which legal instruments Article 308 of the treaty establishing the European Community has...

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on 19 February (Official Report, col. 881), what are their criteria for accepting the use of Article 308 of the treaty establishing the...

      EU: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total annual budget of the European Union; how much of this is identified by the European Union's Court of Auditors as being properly spent; and what...

      EU: Fraud and Mismanagement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest estimate of the annual cost of fraud and mismanagement perpetrated in the United Kingdom against funds received from the European Union.

      EU: Golden Shares

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the view expressed by Advocate-General Colomer in his advice to the European Court of Justice that golden shares held by Governments and...

      EU: Parliament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on 19 February (Official Report, col. 881), why Lord Davies of Oldham used the word "Parliament" to describe the European Parliament.

      Freedom of Information: Fee Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an estimate of (a) the change in the number of complaints likely to be made to the Information Commissioner as a result of the Freedom of...

      Health: Unlicensed Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers are available to HM Revenue and Customs to prevent the marketing to United Kingdom mainland consumers of unlicensed medicinal products by companies...

      Health: Unlicensed Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the revenues lost to HM Treasury as a result of (a) the VAT exemptions enjoyed by businesses based in the Channel Islands...

      Health: Unlicensed Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the constitutional position of the Channel Islands; and what plans they have to ensure that the special position of the Channel...

      Immigration: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 15 January (WA124), how they propose to alter the test for deportation of European Economic Area...

      Immigration: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the form summarising the reasons for the detention of asylum seekers was last revised; what changes were made; and when it is due for further revision to take...

      Immigration: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Home Office has for the strengthening of judicial oversight of the detention of asylum seekers.

      Immigration: European Database

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose to the European Union that a common database of information on source countries be established, so that asylum authorities in all member...

      India and Pakistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the agreement signed on 21 February between India and Pakistan to reduce the risks of nuclear accidents.

      Iraq: Removals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 11 January (WA63) on enforced removals to Iraq, on what dates charter flights to Iraq have been...

      Iraq: Smuggling of Explosives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress United Kingdom Armed Forces deployed in south-east Iraq have made in developing and supporting the capabilities of the Iraqi navy and border force to...

      Israel and Palestine: Movement Restrictions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the report by Mr John Dugard, the United Nations human rights investigator in the occupied Palestinian territories, on Israel's...

      Israel and Palestine: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they will make to the Government of Israel about the future of approximately 7,000 Palestinian detainees held without due process in Israeli...

      Local Government: Public Holidays

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allow individual local authorities to designate specific days as public holidays within their own areas of responsibility.

      Official Meetings: Mr Philip Anschutz

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport or any official within her office has had contact with Mr Philip Anschutz or any of his associates...

      Olympic Games 2012: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, as stated in the Times on 20 December 2006, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not consider the expense of relocating businesses in order to...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transportation of Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of construction materials for the Stratford Olympics site are planned to be brought to the site by rail or water; and with which organisations in...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12 October 2006 (Official Report, col. 360), how many of the 605 staff for passport interview offices have been...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a British consular post can refuse to accept an application for a passport where the applicant submits a properly completed application...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 6 February (WA129-30), what requirements were stipulated in the job specification for the post of Police Ombudsman...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA98-101), what assessment they have made of the work output and value for money of the Police...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 26 January (WA26) and 1 February (WA79) on the proposed police reorganisation, why the payment made to...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they arrived at the figure of £100,000 as the upper limit for compensation to police authorities for expenditure on merger plans; and what consultation...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Cumbria and Lancashire police authorities, which had undertaken a voluntary pilot merger, were compensated in full for the work carried out when an upper...

      Prisoners: Absconds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners absconded from open prisons in the east of England region in each of the last 10 years, broken down by each institution; how many absconded for...

      Prisoners: Life Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many life prisoners are currently held beyond the tariff set by the trial judge; and what are the principal reasons for this.

      Prisoners: Supervision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners are currently subject to supervision under the multi-agency public protection arrangements.

      Roads: School-related Traffic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information or statistics they hold about the percentage of car traffic in urban areas in England in the morning rush hour which is school-related.

      Sport: 2006 European Athletics Championships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total amount spent on the British team's participation in the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, including both the funding received...

      Sport: UK Athletics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the annual payroll costs of UK Athletics in 2006; and How many people are currently employed by UK Athletics; and whether there are any plans to change...

      Sport: UK Athletics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the comments made by Frank Dick, the former head of British Athletics, reported in the Evening Standard on 10 December 2006, on changes...

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of outstanding claims against HM Revenue and Customs for the repayment of VAT allegedly charged improperly from 1970 to the present day.

      Terrorism: Independent Reviewer's Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the second report of the independent reviewer pursuant to Section 14(3) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 by Lord Carlile of Berriew, dated November...

      Transport: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any assessment has been made of the comparative levels of spending on transport as a proportion of gross domestic product in the United Kingdom compared...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Turkey concerning the safety and welfare of the Kurdish human rights lawyer, Miss...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken by the Environment Agency in Wales against individuals and companies relating to contamination by toxic chemical wastes dumped in...

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