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Written answers

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the (a) reporting and (b) publication of the Board of Inquiry report into the destruction of the Hercules Aircraft on a...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which officials in his Department are involved in reviewing the need for further research using live goats, as part of the contract renewal process.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many months the (a) 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welsh Fusiliers), (b) 1st Battalion The Scots Guards, (c) 19th Regiment Royal...

      Armed Forces: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people his Department employs for liaison with the families of armed forces personnel; and what aspects of service life and issues these...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many properties his Department leases from Annington Homes; where they are located; and how much his Department spent on (a) leasing and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers who attended the Higher Command Staff Course in each year between 1997 and 2006 remained in the armed services 12 months later; and how...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the first Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles to be accepted into service; how many such vehicles he expects to be in service; and...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions two or more (a) Challenger 2, (b) Warrior, (c) FV430, (d) Sabre, (e) Samaritan, (f) Samson, (g) Scimitar, (h) Spartan and...

      Army: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what conditions a British Army recruit is eligible for a Golden Hello pay bonus.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for a decision on whether to order Astute class SSN boat 4.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of Astute class SSN (a) boat 1, (b) boat 2 and (c) boat 3 is; and what the original expected costs were.

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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) value was...

      EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what facilities are available to the EU in the Operations Centre for European Security and Defence Policy; what the budgeted cost is of those facilities...

      HMS Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the Government's policy is on the wreckage of the 'Sussex' lying off the coast of Gibraltar since 1694; (2) what progress has been made in...

      Identification Friend or Foe Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Successor Identification Friend or Foe System is suitable for individual vehicle identification in land combat operations; (2) whether...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) he and (b) his Ministerial colleagues met TNI Commander Marshall Djoko Suyanto of Indonesia during his visit to the UK; and if he will make...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 625W, on mental health, how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c)...

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date Serco Denholm Ltd submitted its final bid for the future provision of marine services contract.

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 218W, what estimate was made in November 2003 of the date when the contract would be...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the outflow of volunteers from the Royal Navy Reserve.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the suitability and costs involved in using the existing RAF Nimrod MR2 R1 fleet over the new Nimrod MRD4...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 98W to my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey) on nuclear disarmament,...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey) of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 98W, on nuclear...

      Oil: Flax Bourton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what refined hydrocarbon liquids were received at Flax Bourton oil storage depot in the 12 months to December 2006.

      Selly Oak Hospital: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel have contracted Acinetobactor baumannii at Selly Oak NHS hospital having returned from (a) Afghanistan, (b) the Balkans, (c)...

      Service Personnel: Medical Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many servicemen who returned from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan after active duty injured in each year since 2003 are now registered blind or...

      Trident: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the first contracts were placed with US contractors on behalf of his Department, under the Polaris Sales Agreement, for work related to the Trident...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of electricity is sourced from good quality combined heat and power; and what his target is for 2010.

    • Conditions of Employment: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures his Department has in place to allow working parents to take paid leave in order to look after their children when they are ill.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of households in each region and nation of the UK which do not have mains access to...

      Energy: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on (a) electricity and (b) gas by the average household in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Energy: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps (a) his Department and (b) Ofgem have taken to improve the level of protection for small business consumers in the energy market.

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research the Government are undertaking on the effect on (a) energy efficiency and (b) carbon emissions of using microgeneration...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice he has given on probate matters to claimants for deceased mineworkers.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners' compensation cases are in dispute because of probate issues.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many deceased miners' claims have been accepted as valid but not paid because of probate proceedings.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners' compensation cases were accepted by his Department as valid claims but subsequently dropped because of probate disputes.

      Migrant Workers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the extent of differences in (a) pay and (b) terms and conditions between established and migrant and...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the possible effect on the science research base of the recent decision to reduce the Science Research...

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what method he used to determine the proportion of the recent overall reduction in the Science Research Council's budget which would be borne...

      Rivers: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how he applies the Renewable Obligations scheme to river microhydro projects; and whether any changes are planned.

      Rivers: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential for the contribution of river micro hydro technology to community energy supplies.

      Science: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the science budget was spent in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that the terms of the convention on landscape agreed by the Council of Europe in 2000 are taken into account...

      Wind Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 318W, on Wind Microgenerators, what has been the total Government...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Culture: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to encourage councils to provide more cultural services.

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the free digital box for those who qualify for it has (a) a return path and (b) an IPTV slot.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of households which will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in (a)...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria are used when deciding the suitability of sponsors for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had about projects in the Leicester area linked to the Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what opportunities there are for businesses in (a) Leicester and (b) the East Midlands region to exploit the commercial opportunities...

  • International Development

    • African Union: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made on the effectiveness of the Africa standby force; and if he will make a statement.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the prospects for lasting peace and security in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid was given to the Democratic Republic of Congo in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what strategy he has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in his Department's buildings;...

      Developing Countries: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding and resources have been allocated to tackle Yaws disease in developing countries.

      Namibia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what technical assistance and training has been provided to Namibia as part of the country's land reform proposals.

      Namibia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance is given by his Department to support education programmes in Namibia; and whether any of those programmes are...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help other countries to control avian influenza.

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to re-introduce the culling of badgers.

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking in response to the recent change in incidence of TB among the badger population.

      Bernard Matthews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1320-1W on Bernard Matthews, if he will bring forward...

      Dog Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that local authorities introducing dog control orders adhere to his Department's...

      Energy: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost per kilowatt hour is of (a) tidal and wave power and (b) nuclear power; and if he will make a statement.

      Farms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many crimes were reported on farms in England and Wales in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of crime and...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much Government funding has been allocated for the low carbon buildings programme during the next five years.

      Pollution Control: Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will issue guidance on the application of the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) to the conversion of a proportion of...

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his plans are to amend the Blue Badge regulations to allow disabled children under the age of two years with mobility needs to have access to...

    • Bus Services: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the proposed Translink guided busway between Dunstable and Luton.

      Departments: Databases

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

      London Underground: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the letter of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, the hon. Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) of 8 February 2007,...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response he has made to the report by Steve Langdon on the misregistration of vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent action he has taken to tackle the misregistration of motor vehicles.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised through the sale of cars by the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in Eastbourne constituency in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) date and (b) location.

      West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on the transport infrastructure implications of the relocation of acute hospital services by West...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Oslo conference on cluster munitions; and how her Department plans to...

    • Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her (a) US, (b) Russian, (c) Chinese and (d) Israeli counterparts on the outcome of the...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Oslo conference on cluster munitions held on 22 and 23 February.

      Colombia: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions her Department had with the Colombian Defence Minister during his recent visit on (a) UK and (b) EU support...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her most recent assessment is of the observance of (a) human rights and (b) women's rights in the Democratic Republic of...

      Departments: St George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans her Department has to celebrate St. George's Day.

      Hissene Habre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Government of Senegal and (b) her EU counterparts on the trial of the former...

      Indonesia: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions concerning strategic exports Ministers in her Department had with Indonesian Ministers during their visit to...

      Iran: Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what her assessment is of the impact of recent efforts to enforce UNSCR 1559 and 1701 on the transfer of (a) funds and...

      Iraq: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Iraqi counterpart on the proposed referendum on the future of the Kirkuk; and if she will...

      Japan: Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what reports she has received on the recent slaughter and sale of dolphins off the Japanese coast; (2) what recent...

      Kamal Al-Labwani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions representatives of the UK Government have been present at legal proceedings in Syria concerning Dr. Kamal...

      Kamal Al-Labwani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representatives of the UK Government will attend future legal proceedings in Syria concerning Dr. Kamal al-Labwani; and...

      Lebanon: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1765-6W, on the international arms embargo, what progress...

      NATO: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who represented the United Kingdom at the informal translatlantic meeting of EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the extent of UK involvement in security-related projects in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the visit of the President of the Transitional Federal Republic of Somalia to the UK on 21 to 22...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Minister for Africa had on the independence of Somaliland from Somalia when she met the President of the...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1744, on Somalia; and what assessment...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1725, on Somalia; and if she will make a...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Minister for Africa had on efforts to establish an African Union peacekeeping force for Somalia with the...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation the Government have maintained at African Union discussions on establishing a peacekeeping force for...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the progress of efforts to secure an African Union peacekeeping force for Somalia; and what...

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of progress towards the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia; whether she has discussed this...

      South America: Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to tackle cocaine imported into the UK from South America.

      Sudan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) levels of internal conflict within the Central African Republic and (b) the impact of the...

      Sudan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number who have (a) died, (b) become internally displaced and (c) become refugees...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the UN on those cited for human rights abuses in Darfur as a result of the International...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has held with counterparts on the United Nations Security Council on a peacekeeping force for (a) the...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the Government of Sudan's position on an African Union/United Nations force in Darfur.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations mission in Sudan.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK Government have provided to bring together the Darfur rebel groups and the Government of Sudan.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan.

      UK Trade and Investment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many commercial officers and UK Trade and Investment staff were employed in each UK overseas mission in each of the last 10...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what overseas visits she plans over the next 12 months.

      Zimbabwe: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of political prisoners in Zimbabwe.

  • Scotland

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the use of carbon capture and storage technology in Scotland.

    • Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Freedom of Information

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

      Orkney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many visits were made by Ministers in his Department to (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland in each year since 1983.

      Smith Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children and young people between the ages of 12 and 20 years requiring hospital treatment for (a) alcohol and (b) substance misuse...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland patrol vehicles are in operation in each district command unit area in Northern Ireland, broken down...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether contributions under the Republic of Ireland's National Development Plan to public sector projects in Northern Ireland will be treated by...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the role of the Strategic Investment Board is in determining which projects in Northern Ireland should receive money from the National...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether planned expenditure on public sector projects in Northern Ireland under the National Development Plan of the Republic of Ireland will be...

      Young People: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent in each of the last three years by each of the Northern Ireland health boards on (a) support and travelling costs and (b)...

  • Treasury

    • Annuities: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Retirement Annuity Helpline 0845 366 7868 became operative; how many calls have been received; and what proportion of calls were unanswered...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1304W, on the Child Trust Fund, what his estimate is of the number of children who...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1304W, on the Child Trust Fund, how many parents of children whose Child Trust Fund...

      Debts: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on Zimbabwe's repayment of debt to (a) the International Monetary Fund and (b) the World Bank.

      Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the amount of (a) guarantee credit and (b) savings credit that will be paid in each year from 2006 to 2052 for people aged (i) 60...

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate is of the cost of means-tested benefits based upon the retirement ages proposed in the Pension White Paper for each from 2006...

      Takeovers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent to which companies based in other European countries have received (a) financial and (b) other assistance from...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with counterparts in other European states on climate change.

    • Slavery

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what events have been agreed to commemorate the 200(th) anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.

      China

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had on trade and investment with China in his capacity as chair of the China Task Force; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the minimum number of post offices necessary to fulfil the Government's new access criteria.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Policy Advisors: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what estimate has been made of the total cost of severance pay for his political advisers when he resigns as Prime Minister; (2) pursuant to section 14.E of the...

    • Peers: Location

      To ask the Prime Minister what the place of residence at the time of elevation was of each peer created since 24 March 2005, broken down by (a) nation within the UK and (b) region of England...

      Petitions: Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister how many individuals have signed Downing street e-petitions since the system went live.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Beacon Councils: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many councils in the West Midlands area are rated as beacon councils.

    • Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any young people over the age of 18 years are in residential care designed for those under 18 years.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2007, Official Report, column 1894W, on EU Directive 2002/91/EC, whether her Department...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to close the gap between the highest and lowest performing councils.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of councils in (a) London and (b) other areas of the country which are...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departments: Energy

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

    • Elections: Personation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were convicted of impersonations at an election in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register: Convictions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were convicted for being on the electoral register when not entitled to vote in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register: Databases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effect of individual electoral registration on the ability of the CORE keeper to...

      Lords Lieutenant

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) which Deputy Lords Lieutenant have been appointed since 1997; (2) why the right hon. Member for Leicester, East was...

      Magistrates Courts: East Sussex

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which magistrates courts in East Sussex (a) closed and (b) opened in each year since 1997.

      Wills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what arrangements her Department has in place for members of the public publicly to register the existence of a (a) will and...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Welfare: Protest

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken following the recent incidents of attacks on peoples' homes by animal terrorists.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is of obtaining an antisocial behaviour order.

      Community Service Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timescale for provision of the revised Memorandum of Understanding between the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and the Prison...

      Convictions: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the post-2000 EU accession states have been convicted of criminal offences in the UK.

      Crime: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gun-related crimes there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Crime: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the total cost of alcohol-influenced acts of vandalism in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to tackle gang-related violence since 1997.

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will place in the Library the transcripts of interviews held during the recently completed investigation into the cases leading...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the results of Criminal Records Bureau searches on individuals are not transferable between organisations with the...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is a waiting list for offenders sentenced by the courts with a condition of attendance at domestic abuse programmes.

      Domestic Violence: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of domestic abuse there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the cost of the crimes which have been committed by offenders wearing electronic tags; and if he will make a statement.

      European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Government will (a) sign and (b) ratify the Council of Europe convention on action against trafficking in human beings.

      European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK will sign the Council of Europe convention on action against trafficking in human beings.

      European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1946-7W, on human trafficking, if he will clarify on what date he...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegal firearms in England and Wales.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the firearms collected in the amnesty of 2003 were (a) registered, (b) stored and (c) disposed of by police authorities in England and...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to reduce the number of guns (a) in general circulation and (b) being sold in England; and what steps he is...

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to tackle gun-related crime.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 105W, on firearms crime, if he will publish the minutes of the meeting...

      Grendon Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost per prisoner place at HM Prison Grendon; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions he plans to impose on the purchase of identity card readers by (a) public and (b) private sector organisations.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will transpose into UK law the requirements of the third money laundering directive on (a) protecting people making suspicious...

      Neighbourhood Watch Schemes: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Neighbourhood Watch schemes are in operation in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill secure training centre, how many of the 80 places...

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill secure training centre, how many hours on average young...

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill secure training centre, what the annual sickness rate...

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on Oakhill secure training centre, how many staff were in post in...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) where he plans to situate his new passport application offices; and what the population is within 20 miles of each; (2) how far away,...

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on a public inquiry into the death of Paul Day in custody; whether he has plans for further study of the...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further measures the Government plan to take to protect children and young people from pornographic material made available through...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the recent appointments to the deputy governor posts at (a) HM Prison Whitemoor and (b) HM Prison...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors he took into account in appointing the former London Area Manager to a new role within HM Prison Service; from which...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners paid compensation to the victims of their crimes while in prison in each of the last three years for which records are...

      Prisons: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the information technology budget was for HM Prison Service in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio is of computer terminals to (a) uniformed staff and (b) all prison staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average annual cost of each computer terminal used in HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Locks and Keys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of keys having gone missing were recorded in prisons in England and Wales in 2006.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected outturn against planned expenditure is of (a) the National Probation budget for 2006-07 and (b) the budget of each...

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal safeguards are in place to prevent (a) the preaching of hatred and (b) incitement to commit criminal acts in religious communities.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police have powers to enter the premises of a person on the sex offenders register; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the re-offending rate was of sex offenders who (a) attended and (b) did not attend the sexual offender treatment programme in each of...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department produces on the circumstances in which a sex offender on licence should be recalled.

      Speed Limits: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue was received from fines related to speed cameras in Eastbourne in each of the last five years.

      Theft: Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in tackling theft of vehicle number plates.

      Wandsworth Prison: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been dismissed at HM Prison Wandsworth in each of the last 12 months; what the grounds were for each dismissal; and if he...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Data Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will make a statement on plans to increase data sharing across Government.

    • Fuel and Water Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the impact of recent trends in fuel and water prices on socially excluded groups.

      Social Exclusion Frameworks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she is taking to involve voluntary sector groups in building future social exclusion policy frameworks.

      Charities: Statutory Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether she has met the chief charity commissioner to discuss her recent report on the effect of statutory funding on charities; and if she will...

      Data Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will make a statement on plans to increase data sharing across Government.

      Social Exclusion: Health Interventions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of health interventions on social exclusion.

      Social Exclusion: Education and Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the correlation between educational qualifications and employment in developing proposals to tackle social exclusion.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment the Charity Commission has made of the effect of the extension of Gift Aid tax relief on levels of charitable giving.

      Ministerial Policy Advisors: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what rules govern the payment of severance pay to political advisers who leave the civil service; (2) how much severance pay was paid to...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether her Department has held discussions with the Smith Institute concerning the recently announced Charity Commission inquiry.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption: Catholic Church

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the statement of 21 February 2007, Official Report, column 131WH, in which the Minister referred to negotiations taking place...

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to improve front-line services provided by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; (2) if...

      Class Sizes and Co-education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research his Department is undertaking into (a) class sizes and (b) co-education.

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of people of working age in (a) Eastbourne, (b) East Sussex and (c) England hold a qualification (i) at degree level,...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure that new large-scale computer systems (a) meet performance targets and (b) do not...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance initiatives in...

      EU Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policy developments there have been in his area of responsibility that responded to EU decisions recommendations and communications in...

      Departments: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make knowledge of a foreign language a condition for appointment to senior civil service grades in his Department.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex have received an educational maintenance allowance; (2) how many young people...

      Energy Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much energy consumed by his Department is acquired from renewable sources.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures his Department is taking to ensure that those least able to pay can access training in English for Speakers of Other Languages.

      Family Courts: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to recruit and retain an experienced workforce in children and family court advisory and support services.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many university applications there were in each of the past seven years by people living in (a) England, (b) the North East region and...

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what rates of student retention were in each academic year from 1996 to 2007, broken down by (a) social class, (b) ethnicity and (c) age.

      Literature: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policy considerations affected the decision to include the study of pre-20th century English literature on the Key Stage 3 English...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the Ofsted staff surveys for (a) 2004 and (b) 2006; (2) if he will publish Ofsted's...

      Out-of-School Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the provision of out-of-school child care for children aged 11 years or over in the context of the...

      Pupil Exclusions: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what obligations there are on local education authorities to provide education for excluded pupils; and what funding is available for...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures have been taken in the last five years to help teachers to tackle homophobic bullying of (a) pupils and (b) teachers in schools.

      Pupils: Sexual Orientation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1829-30W, on pupils: sexuality, what steps he is taking to combat...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many meetings have taken place between officials from (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and...

      Student Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the National Union of Students on the implications of the Charities Act 2006 for plans by universities to...

      Undergraduate Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students resident in (a) Suffolk, (b) the East of England and (c) England declared themselves bankrupt in each...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which targets are in place for the processing and clearing of Child Support Agency cases.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Child Support Agency staff have received guidance on the prioritisation of the Agency's caseload by age of case; and if he will make a...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional amount of unpaid maintenance debt has been recovered in each month since the introduction of the Operational Improvement Plan;...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on external consultancy in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07; and if he will make a...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 1200W, on departmental cost, how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b)...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of visits abroad by staff in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason application forms for disability living allowance are not available on line.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average rent is for shared accommodation in each local authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of incapacity benefit to median earnings in the UK was in each year from 1975-76 to 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has undertaken into the proportion of working age people in the UK on incapacity benefit in comparison with figures for other...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of recipients of incapacity-related benefit received such benefit for (a) mental illness and (b) back pain in each year since...

      Industrial Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many injuries were reported to enforcing authorities by industry in the North West in each year since 1997, broken down by region and local...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the Jobcentre Plus offices which (a) had their hours of opening to the public reduced and (b) closed in each of the past four...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed at each Jobcentre Plus in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Jobcentre Plus: Violence against Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many incidents of violence towards Job Centre Plus staff from clients receiving a decision on Social Fund Crisis funds were recorded...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the aggregate amount of payments made by employers as an inducement to members of defined benefit...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the Question tabled by the hon. Member for Twickenham on 17 November 2006, on bonus payments, reference 102054.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Pathways to Work programmes are registered (a) blind or partially sighted and (b) deaf; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much electricity used by his Department was generated from (a) renewable sources and (b) on-site microgeneration facilities in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of disability benefit fraud were committed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of gap year students who are included in the not in education, employment or training figures, broken down by region.

      Unemployed Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who are (a) blind or partially sighted and (b) deaf and are in a Pathways to Work pilot programme (i) have received and (ii)...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments, there were in England in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the latest period for which figures are available,...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the merits of raising the duty on alcohol sold by (a) supermarkets and (b)...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to introduce health warnings on alcoholic products.

      Anaesthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to promote awareness of the guidelines of the Royal College of Anaesthetists on the use of epidural injections, with particular...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tonnes of (a) raw and (b) processed meat passed into the food chain from the Bernard Matthews plant in Suffolk after the announcement of the...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the origin was of the (a) raw and (b) processed meat which passed into the food chain after the announcement of the outbreak of avian influenza at...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any of the staff employed in the processing of meat at the Bernard Matthews plant in Suffolk had contact with live birds during their duties.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remit and role is of scientists in the Food Standards Agency in providing advice on avian influenza; and if she will place in the Library copies...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women non-urgently referred by their GP with a suspected breast problem in the last period for which figures are available were...

      Breast Cancer: Maidstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that women whose treatment for breast cancer is delayed at Maidstone oncology department do not develop other cancers...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients urgently referred by their GP with suspected cancer in the last period for which figures were available were subsequently...

      Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients diagnosed with cancer in the last period for which figures are available were (a) urgently referred and (b) routinely...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress she is making towards meeting the commitment made in paragraph 5.55 of her Department's Primary Care White Paper "Our health, our care, our...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of women attending cervical screening.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the bowel cancer screening programme; in what areas screening is being carried out; when she expects preliminary...

      County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of waiting times in the County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospital Trust area.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there are in (a) England and (b) Somerset; how many accept new (i) NHS and (ii) private patients; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on nationally produced (a) consultation documents and (b) public information leaflets in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Pay

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in bonuses to staff in her Department in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99, (c) 1999-2000, (d) 2000-01 and (e) 2002-03; and how many staff...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were away on sick leave from her Department for more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months and (d) one year in each...

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the recently published consultation paper from the Government of Guernsey on the regulation of medicines; what...

      Health: Inequalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of changes in health inequality between people in each income decile since 1996-97; what targets she has set in...

      Health Professionals: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to support staff who are assaulted in the line of duty.

      Health Services: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what aspects of public health promotion are within the competency of the European Union.

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for the NHS taking on responsibility for medical services in prisons.

      Hepatitis: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist hepatitis C virus nurses worked in England in each of the last 10 years; how many such nurses are working in each strategic health...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expert advice was taken by her Department prior to its classification of incontinence products in the consultation document on Arrangements for the...

      Independent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, columns 1824-25W, on independent treatment centres, what the utilisation rate of independent...

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the average cost of treating an episode of infection by (a) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and (b) Clostridium...

      Maternity Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what projections her Department has made of the number of (a) midwives, (b) consultant obstetricians and (c) consultant gynaecologists required...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 944W, on mental health services, which mental health trusts were found not to have...

      Mentally Ill: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date she received from the researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry (a) the first draft and (b) the final version of the report which her...

      Mentally Ill: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which individuals participated in the peer review of the report which her Department commissioned to look at international experiences of implementing...

      MRSA: North-east Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA were recorded in (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Hartlepool University Hospital and (c) Durham University Hospital in (i)...

      National Blood Service: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on staff of the way in which changes to the National Blood Service estate were communicated to them.

      National Patient Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much salary the joint chief executives of the National Patient Safety Agency have received since they stopped work; how much salary has been paid in...

      National Patient Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has for the National Patient Safety Agency; and if she will make a statement; (2) what steps have been taken to address the concerns...

      NHS Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Bank (a) received, (b) loaned and (c) recovered in each year since it was established; and if she will make a statement on its operation.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authority agreed recovery plans have been breached in the last two years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration is given to the internal budgetary conditions of primary care trusts when setting the (a) amount and (b) proportion of the trust's...

      NHS: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people participated in the NHS low income scheme in each of the last five years; how the scheme is promoted; how many patients it is estimated...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the most recent reorganisation of primary care trusts in (a) Essex and (b) England.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the multi-professional education and training budget she estimates has been used by strategic health authorities to offset deficits...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist stoma nurses are working within the NHS; and how many are sponsored by Dispensing Appliance Contractors.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on nurses between (a) 1987 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2007.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay is of a qualified nurse; and if she will make a statement.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on the ability of patients with long-term conditions to self care of the proposed changes to the remuneration...

      Queens Hospital Romford: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for accident and emergency services at the new Queen's hospital in Romford has been since its opening.

      Royal Preston Hospital: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for (a) inpatient, (b) day cases and (c) outpatient appointments in Royal Preston hospital in each year since 1992.

      Southampton General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Southampton General Hospital has signed an exclusivity agreement with a company to provide food from two outlets on the site; and if she will make...

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption: Same-sex Couples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statistics are available on the incidence of adoption by same-sex couples where blood line is a consideration; and What statistics are available on the...

    • Agriculture: Pig and Poultry Producers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission required pig and poultry producers in European Union member states to cover the cost of the integrated pollution prevention and...

      Animal Welfare: Rabies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether United Kingdom border controls to prevent the importation of rabies will be weakened by European Union animal movement regulations; and whether they intend...

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new European Union accession countries have as rigorous a wild bird population testing regime as the United Kingdom; and, if not, whether they will...

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in their continuing investigation on the transit of turkeys between Hungary and the United Kingdom, they have ensured that no contaminated meat was sent...

      Benefits: Income Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are in receipt of income support in London, broken down by category of claimant.

      Benefits: Jobseeker's Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in London are in receipt of income-related jobseeker's allowance.

      Benefits: Transport Fares

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the proportion of income which benefits claimants spend on public transport fares; and what research they have undertaken on...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 26 February (WA 284—85), why the stock letter states that an otherwise stateless British dependent...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 27 February (WA 299), whether, in the pack of resources on climate change linked to the national curriculum, there...

      Energy: Low Carbon Building Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of whether the framework agreement for phase 2 funding from the Low Carbon Building Programme is anti-competitive.

      Energy: Low Carbon Building Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of whether the decision to restrict to seven companies access to the phase 2 funding from the Low Carbon Building Programme will...

      Energy: Low Carbon Building Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the existence of the framework agreement for phase 2 funding from the Low Carbon Building Programme, with a view to opening phase 2...

      Environmental Noise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the likely impact of the environmental noise directive on effective co-ordination with local and regional development and...

      EU: Parliamentary Travel Expenses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the United Kingdom's share of the cost of any annual benefit which accrues to Members of the European Parliament who charge for travel at a higher rate...

      EU: Travel Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest estimate of the annual cost of travel against the European Union's budget; and what is the United Kingdom's share of that cost.

      Health: Bone Scanning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 30 January (WA 36), what action they have taken, or propose to take, to monitor the spending of the...

      Health: Food Supplements and Herbal Remedies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the size of the market share of suppliers based in the Channel Islands in the food supplements and herbal remedies mail order...

      Health: Food Supplements and Herbal Remedies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Governments of (a) Jersey, and (b) Guernsey to adopt European Union legislation governing the composition,...

      Health: Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances doctors, nurses and other health professionals can take away hearing aids from patients in National Health Service facilities.

      Health: Stress

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the annual cost to the National Health Service of treating stress-related illnesses.

      Health: Unlicensed Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the recently published consultation paper from the Government of Guernsey in relation to the regulation of medicines; whether...

      Iraq: Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Drayson on 20 February (Official Report, col. 1006), whether applications can be made to HM Treasury for the cost of replacement...

      Iraq: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How United Kingdom forces will co-ordinate the detention of individuals with similar efforts by the Iraqi Security Forces after the closure of the divisional...

      NHS: Legal Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total annual cost of legal services to the National Health Service for each year since 1997.

      NHS: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the average and median ages of death of female and male doctors receiving pensions from the National Health Service in each of the past five years for...

      Post Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have withdrawn services from post offices under European Union directive 2002/39/EC regarding the further opening to competition of community postal...

      Railways: Capacity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will underwrite the hiring of additional units to cater for the greater capacity needs on routes within the Northern Rail franchise.

      Railways: Passenger Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the projected growth in passenger numbers using InterCity rail services shown in the forthcoming high-level output statement for the next 10 years.

      Schools: GCSEs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pupils took GCSEs in state secondary schools in 2006 including city technology colleges and academies, but excluding specialist schools and pupil referral...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the contacts with Sky TV by Damien McBride on the question of discussions on the Autumn Statement were authorised in accordance with the guidance on...

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