Written answers

Thursday, 8 March 2007

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus staff were involved in administering the Jobcentre Plus website in each of the last 24 months.

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target he has set for Jobcentre Plus website user visits for 2006-07.

      Deprived Areas Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what Deprived Areas Fund allocation his Department has made to Wandsworth, Southwark and Lambeth district in 2007-08, broken down by...

      Disabled People: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of disabled people were living in (a) relative and (b) absolute poverty in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on external consultants in each year since 1996-97, broken down by project; what the purpose of each such...

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many families living in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland receive more than half of their gross...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which areas the 0800 number to contact Jobcentre Plus is available to claimants of working age benefit.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to advise members of the public of the changes to the Jobcentre Plus dialling code.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he expects the Government's Building on the New Deal policy to be included in the documents to be produced at the time of the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what systems are in place in his Department for classifying written parliamentary questions when they are tabled; and if he will make a statement.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many public contracts have been awarded in England to supported employers to (a) Remploy and (b) other similar organisations since...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total workforce is of Remploy; what proportion of the Remploy budget in 2006-07 is being spent on supporting those jobs; and what his...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil...

      Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Edinburgh, North and Leith have received the In Work credit; (2) how many people in Edinburgh, North and Leith have...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reconstruction and development objectives his Department set for (a) education, (b) water and sanitation, (c) healthcare, (d)...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) proposals and (b) strategies his Department had in place prior to the invasion of Afghanistan for the reconstruction and...

      Disaster Relief: Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the US about the impact of a new definition of orphans and vulnerable children on...

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what total funding for education his Department allocated in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to celebrate St. George's Day.

    • Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1404W, on gaming clubs, for what reasons the research paper...

      Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1403W, on gaming clubs, which members of the Casino Advisory Panel...

      Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1404W, on gaming clubs, on what date the Casino Advisory Panel...

      Olympic Games: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the implications for the Big Five Lottery distributors of changes in funding levels resulting from...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her most recent estimate is of the cost of the London 2012 Olympic Games, broken down by main cost area.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration the Government has given to the exclusion of Zimbabwe from participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Zimbabwe meets the criteria for participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement.

      Radio: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on commercial radio serving local communities of changes in advertising revenue over the last...

      Sport England: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff are employed by Sport England (a) centrally and (b) in each of the regional offices; and what the salary...

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the Olympic (a) summer and (b) winter sports that are not compliant with the requirements of UK Sport's drug testing...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of flights from Heathrow Airport which were to UK destinations in the last three years for which...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of performance against the Government's targets for increasing the use of biofuels.

      Excise Duty (Reduced Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Excise Duty (Reduced Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps First Great Western is taking to reduce emissions from their locomotives; what its published commitments to the Government are for reducing...

      Highways Agency: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Highways Agency traffic officer patrol cars (a) entered and (b) left service in each of the last three years.

      Lorries: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving heavy goods vehicles were reported to the police in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which vehicle models are used by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and how many of each type of vehicle are owned by the agency.

      Ports: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1065-66W, on ports: planning permission, which of the projects (a) have received...

      Public Transport: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Cambridge Capacity Study.

      Public Transport: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for a decision on the Cambridge Capacity Study.

      Public Transport: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes to the rail timetable are proposed in the Cambridge Capacity Study.

      Public Transport: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to consult on rail timetable changes proposed in the Cambridge Capacity Study.

      Public Transport: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Cambridge Capacity Study includes estimates of the likely changes to journey times for commuters in North East Hertfordshire; and if he...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment of maximum passenger capacity was made prior to finalising Service Level Commitment 2 for the Greater Western Franchise.

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last discussed the future of the printed version of the National Rail Timetable with (a) Network Rail and (b) the train operating companies;...

      Road Works: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in controlling and regulating road works by utilities.

      Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department allocated in each of the last five years to means of raising awareness of the dangers of travelling by car without using a...

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the compliance with the UK's treaty obligations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea of...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Transport: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off cost and (b) ongoing costs of implementing the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Emission of Gaseous and...

      Transport: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional funding will be made available for Wales from the Local Transport Capital Settlement for 2007-08.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departments: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many items of electrical equipment were discarded by his Department in each year since 2001; and what percentage of those were recycled.

    • Departments: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance his Department has issued to other departments on the disposal of electrical equipment.

      Departments: Redundancy

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

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have given to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary...

      Insolvency: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were declared insolvent in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many members of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme are receiving a pension of less than £10 a week.

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage increase in payments has been made to (a) the chairman and trustees and (b) the members of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme...

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government will contribute to the £68 million set aside for deferred members by the Mineworkers Pension Scheme in 2006.

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been received by the Government from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme and the Bristol Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme since 1994;...

      Mining: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is still the intention that the investment reserve within the miners' pension schemes will be repaid to the Government in 2019; and...

      Natural Gas: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had on the Felindre to Tirley pipeline.

      Petrol: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average price of petrol was in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post office card accounts (a) were closed and (b) expired in each of the last three years.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache helicopters in Afghanistan have been taken out of operation due to problems with the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night...

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the delivery of the M270 tracked multiple launch rocket system to British forces in Afghanistan.

      Aircraft Carriers: Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier aircraft are currently deployed on each Royal Navy carrier.

      Aircraft Carriers: Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier pilots are certificated for night take-off from, and landings onto, Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether facilities are being made available for treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan military casualties in addition to those at Selly Oak Hospital.

      Armed Forces: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical, therapeutic or support provision has been made for members of the armed forces who have had to undergo amputation of one or more of their limbs.

      Army: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual pay is of (a) a British soldier and (b) a soldier from Gibraltar serving in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on the Golden Hello programme in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Golden Hello programme has been (a) suspended and (b) partially suspended at any time.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates Ministers in his Department made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham Forest in each...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to operationally resting a number of C130 airframes.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in Welsh regiments have been killed in Iraq, broken down by cause of death.

      Navy: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ships were represented by the survey of Royal Navy personnel at sea on 9 January.

      Prisoners of War: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason some information provided in the 1945 General Questionnaire for British/American Ex-Prisoners of War has not been released into the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will update the committed and contingent figures in table 7 of Annexe B to Supporting Essay 6 of the Strategic Defence Review 1998; (2) what...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will identify the four warships of destroyer or frigate size and above at (a) low and (b) very low readiness due to their being in refit referred...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the future programme of activities is for (a) HMS Albion, (b) HMS Bulwark and (c) HMS Ocean.

      Warships: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the number of warships based at Portsmouth has been reduced since 2004.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been allocated for political advisers for the Prime Minister for 2007-08.

    • Petitions: Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to respond to each person who signs up to support each petition on the Number 10 website.

      Petitions: Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether the email addresses of individuals who sign an e-petition on the Downing street website are kept after the deadline for signing has passed; (2) how many...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will assess the merits of arranging for the publication in the Official Report of all letters written to hon. Members by Ministers and from chief executives...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Committees: Ministerial Attendance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what occasions (a) she and (b) departmental Ministers have been requested to appear before committees of (i) devolved...

    • Lord Chancellor: Functions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2007, Official Report, column 881W, on the Lord Chancellor: functions, what the (a)...

      Magistrates Courts: Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations she has received on access to legal aid in cases before magistrates courts.

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) uninhabited and (b) other overseas island territories are UK possessions.

    • Brunei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when her Department last engaged in formal discussions with the government of Brunei Darussalam; and what was discussed at that...

      Brunei

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) she and (b) representatives from her Department have any plans to visit Brunei Darussalam in 2007 to build...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the United Nations on resolving the conflict in the Democratic Republic of...

      Eastern Europe: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcomes were of the Minister of State for Europe's recent visit to the Ukraine and Moldovia; and if she will make a...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the United Nations on the refusal by Iran to meet the deadline imposed by the...

      Iraq: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account she has taken of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 in formulating UK foreign policy in Iraq.

      Somalia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Minister for Africa had with the President of the Transitional Federal government of Somalia on the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran to Sudan; whether she has made...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the general elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands on 9 February 2007; and whether they met...

      UK Membership of EC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will (a) make and (b) place in the Library an assessment of the effects on the UK of membership of the EU since 1973.

      UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any UN Resolutions requiring action by the UK Government have not been complied with; and if she will make a statement.

      USA: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many United States citizens are employed by British embassies.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1374W, to the hon. Member for Milton Keynes, South-West...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the property performance indicators which are collected from local authorities.

    • Fire Safety: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Fire Precautions (Workplace)...

      Housing: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made with the cross-cutting review of infrastructure requirements for housing as part of the...

      Local Authorities: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what measures her Department has taken to ensure consistency in the fees charged for securing public sector information...

      Local Authorities: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans her Department has to ensure that local authorities implement the recommendations of the Office of Fair...

      Local Authorities: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued on whether local authorities should invite local hon. Members to (a) area forums and (b)...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria she used in the allocation of capitalisation permissions to local authorities.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average value was of grants awarded to (a) unitary and (b) county councils in England in addition to their local...

      Local Government Finance: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which grants were awarded to councils in (a) Poole, (b) Bournemouth and (c) Dorset in addition to their local government...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to each London borough for the purposes of increasing local government efficiency since 2005.

      Olympic Games: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the potential role of Leicester in...

      Parents: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to provide local authorities with additional support for parents with learning difficulties to care for their...

      Social Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that the funding formula for adult social services takes account of (a) trends in the level of demand for...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for making decisions on bids that have been submitted by local authorities for unitary government status.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-discrimination Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forms were introduced to counter discrimination by law enforcement agents at work since 1997; what the length of each form is; and how...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps he plans to take to monitor the application of the updated guidance from his Department on antisocial behaviour orders in...

      Biometrics: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs of rolling out biometric readers for identity cards across the public services.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1501-02W, on burglaries, what initiatives are being taken (a) to encourage...

      Community Policing: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of Safer Neighbourhood teams in Rotherham; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Support Officers: Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers within Cleveland police are funded by (a) his Department's resources, (b) neighbourhood renewal...

      Crime: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets were put in place on the rate of convictions to criminal offences in Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Crime: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink-driving offences were committed within Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions his Department has been represented at a meeting of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group since May 2004; and...

      Deportation: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sanctions are available upon conviction for breach of (a) a deportation order and (b) an exclusion order.

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic worker visas were issued by his Department in each year since 1987, broken down by country of origin.

      Entry Clearances: Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for entry clearance for the purpose of marriage were made by women under the age of 21 years in the calendar year 2006...

      Escape Histories

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether escapes, attempted escapes or absconds from prison are added to an individual's criminal record.

      Georgi Markov

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information (a) his Department and (b) the police have concerning the whereabouts of Francesco Gullino, the alleged assassin of...

      Honours Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost has been of the investigation by the Metropolitan Police into alleged breaches of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which companies he has held meetings in relation to identity cards.

      Informants: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on informants: prisons, how many and what proportion of system...

      Informants: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on informants: prisons, whether awareness sessions qualify managers...

      Channel 4 Dispatches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the content of the Channel 4 Dispatches programme on extremism in some mosques, broadcast on 15...

      Kennet Prison: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Prison Officers Association on the announcement to open the new prison HMP Kennet in Merseyside.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the roles and responsibilities of the Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety are; and what areas he is...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) setup and (b) running costs of the National Identity Register will not be offset by fee revenue.

      Offenders: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of state educated people with learning difficulties served prison sentences in each of the last 10 years; (2) what...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife-related offences were committed in England and Wales in each of the last three years.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the knife amnesty held in 2006.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the agendas for meetings of his Round Table on Guns, Knives and Gangs.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new prisoners have spent their first night in police cells since Operation Safeguard was first implemented on 12 October 2006.

      Police: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age of police recruits was in each of the last five years.

      Police: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Cumbria Constabulary in each year since 1997; and what the projected figures are for 2007 and 2008.

      Police: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dog handlers there were in each police force in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to the Metropolitan Police of policing football matches in each of the last five years; and how much was received by...

      Police: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent public roads in North Wales are used by (a) North Wales Police and (b) other police forces for the training of police...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much overtime was paid to (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) civilian police staff in the last year...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Prison Service takes to enable remand prisoners to vote by post or proxy in (a) local elections and (b) general elections.

      Prison Service: Cost-Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Carter report into waste and inefficiency within HM Prison Service to be (a) completed and (b) published; and if he...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures his Department is taking to increase (a) the number of prison officers in the prison service and (b) the retention rate...

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) starting salary and (b) average salary is of prison officers in (i) public sector prisons and (ii) private sector prisons.

      Prison Service: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average time was spent training a prison officer by the Prison Service in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of the prison population are from Eastern Europe; for what types of crime such inmates were convicted; and in...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what targets have been set for reclassification and transfer of prisoners in Category B and Category C prisons; and how many (a)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to consult victims about the reclassification and transfer of the prisoner who committed the offence against them.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost is per prisoner place in HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison places for women prisoners have been re-roled for men since October 2006.

      Prisons: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has issued guidelines on the employment of suspects held in prisons on terrorist charges as prison chaplains or imams; and if he...

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to (i) businesses and...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious Organised Crime Agency officers have been trained in powers of arrest since 1 April 2006.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations have been referred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency by HM Revenue and Customs officials since 1 April 2006.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders were released from prison to no fixed abode in each of the last 10 years.

      Surveillance: Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the use of intercept evidence in trials on the effectiveness of the security services.

      Traffic Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent police officers whose main responsibility is traffic there are in each police force area ; and how many there...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues responsible for food labelling on the amount of imported food...

    • Speciality Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department gives for promoting the wider availability of speciality foods.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has issued on the contribution that individual behaviour can make to the reduction of carbon...

      Dairy Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the farm income of dairy farmers.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the marine environment.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on climate change impact mitigation for...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will revise upwards his target of a 60 per cent. reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.

      Biofuel Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support his Department gives British farmers to diversify into biofuel crops.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the disallowance arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes,...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when the estimate for disallowance arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes, notably the single farm payment,...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on bovine tuberculosis in each year since 1997, broken down by budget heading.

      Carbon Dioxide: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the percentage change in UK emissions was of (a) carbon dioxide and (b) the Kyoto basket of six greenhouse gases...

      Carbon Dioxide: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department is proposing to publish on the offsetting of carbon emissions.

      Chewing Gum: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efforts are being made to encourage local authorities to take action against chewing gum litter.

      Commercial Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to maintain a majority in the International Whaling Commission for ensuring that the moratorium on...

      Departments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by his Department and its executive agencies in (a)...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to private finance...

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he...

      Departments: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) decisions, (b) notifications, (c) communications, (d) directives, (e) ECJ court rulings and (f) other EU...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there was in (a) value and (b) percentage in the capital budgets of each of his Department's executive agencies...

      Departments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what correspondence his Department has received on the budget reallocation for each of its executive agencies referred...

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what projects the IT cash losses referred to on page 87 of his Department's Resource Accounts 2005-06 related.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what (a) purposes and (b) projects the fruitless payments referred to on page 87 of his Department's Resource Accounts...

      Departments: Theft

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

      Environmental Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of environmental campaigns funded by his Department; and if he will...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) number, (b) area and (c) value is of new (i) entry-level and (ii) higher-level environmental stewardship...

      Tenants Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tenant farmers will be affected by the closure of the adjudication scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Tenants Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether tenant farmers who took up the adjudication scheme in 2006 will be able to continue to receive money from it; whether...

      Tenants Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department expects to save by closing the adjudication scheme; how those savings will be used; and if he will...

      Floods: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many properties his Department purchased in high-risk flood plains in each of the last three years for which records are...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has amended its communications (a) strategy and (b) budget in response to the recommendations of the...

      Pesticides: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels...

      Processed Animal Proteins (England) Regulations 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Processed Animal Proteins (England)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) will be taking to ensure that it is in compliance with the gender equality duty in the Equality Act 2006 by the...

    • Official Engagements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his (a) external and (b) internal diary appointments were for each week of January 2007.

      10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the estimated cost to the public purse was of the event held at 10 Downing street on 3 March involving 60 members of the public; (2) if...

      10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will invite 60 randomly selected members of the Labour Party into Downing street to discuss the issues raised in the Government's policy review.

      Project George

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1016W, on Project George, what estimate of costs has been budgeted for within...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Belfast Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding his Department has made available to the Belfast Festival at Queen's in each year since 1997; and what steps he is taking to...

    • Conservation Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public consultation the Department of Environment has undertaken on the plans for the Malone conservation area.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of gun-related crime there were in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years.

      Northern Ireland Policing Board: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on fees paid to (a) the Crown Solicitor and (b) counsel for the Northern Ireland Policing Board in defending two...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the occasions on which he has met the Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable in each of the past three years.

      Prisoners: Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were (a) arrested on suspicion of, (b) charged with, (c) prosecuted for and (d) convicted of escaping from lawful custody...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sexual assaults were recorded in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what...

  • Health

    • Accidents: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the accident rates for children in each socio-economic group.

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Copeland-based frontline paramedic staff went on stress-related sick leave in the 2005-06 financial year.

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to issue guidelines on (a) the monitoring of patient outcomes for patients referred to clinical assessment teams, particularly for...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department gave to National Breastfeeding Awareness Week in each year since its inception.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects her Department to publish the National Infant Feeding Survey 2005.

      British Fluoridation Society: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures of accountability she has imposed upon the British Fluoridation Society for the monies that her Department has granted to it.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of pensioners who sold their homes to pay for their stay in a care home in each year since 1997.

      Carers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the financial impact on carers over the age of 60 of the rule which precludes...

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) adults and (b) children eligible for NHS dental treatment in the area covered by the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust have...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions special advisers have been consulted in replying to freedom of information requests to her Department; and what her Department's...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the application of Freedom of Information regulations to private...

      Departments: Pendle

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

      Departments: Public bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which reports commissioned by her Department from professional health bodies in each of the last five years have not been published; (2) which...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact of schemes to reduce the number of GP referrals into secondary care by primary care trusts on...

      Fatalities During Birth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many fatalities occurred in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 following (i) a home birth with the assistance of a midwife, (ii) in a...

      Fluoride: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department is undertaking into the impact of fluoride intake upon infants.

      General Practitioners: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in Bedfordshire have applied to the Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust and its predecessors to seek funding to undertake...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transplant operations have been carried out since 2000 in people with haemophilia who had been informed they were at risk for public health...

      Health Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether any (a) services and (b) clinical procedures have been removed from the West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven, to be undertaken at the...

      Hearing Impaired: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients each audiology department in the south-east coast strategic health authority area has the capacity to treat annually.

      Hearing Impaired: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are waiting for hearing tests in (a) England, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) Hemsworth constituency and (d) Mid Yorkshire hospitals NHS...

      Heart Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce the number of late cancellations of heart operations on children; and if she will make a statement.

      Home Care Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what relevant representations she has received from the Independent Age charity on home care policy for pensioners.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for her statement of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1305, that local variation in the incidence of Clostridium...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what method the (a) Health Protection Agency and (b) Office of National Statistics use to collect statistics on hospital acquired infections; why the...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes have been made to the provision of urinary and faecal (a) appliances and (b) services on the NHS; for what purpose in each case;...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement that 2,500 live births a year at the Calderdale and Huddersfield maternity units were insufficient births...

      Maternity Services: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement on page 3 of Making it better: For mother and baby regarding the number of consultants needed in a maternity unit to work within...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on mental health in each primary care trust area in the last year for which figures are available; and how many mental health patients...

      Mental Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding from the public purse for treatment in the private mental health sector for patients referred via the national health service was...

      NHS: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the personal expenses allowance is calculated; what evidence is used in the calculation; and what the allowance is expected to cover.

      NHS: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to introduce a constitution for the NHS, as stated in the letter from the Minister of State for Delivery and Reform, published to her...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people are employed in running the NHS Bank; how many of those people are managers; and if she will make a statement; (2) what the cost...

      NHS: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sets of statistics relating to NHS services her Department stopped collecting in each of the last five years; and what the nature was of each set.

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1296-7W, on NHS waiting lists, which waiting times for episodes of NHS care measured...

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role dispensing appliance contractors play in supporting people with long-term conditions to self-care.

      Primary Care Trusts: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the financial position of the primary care trust in North Yorkshire.

      Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her speech on 16 November 2006, Official Report, column 152, on Health and Education, what methodology she used to calculate the stated...

      Revascularisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria her Department is using to decide which of the national projected revascularisation rate scenario models will be used within the NHS...

      Written Questions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer question 113817, on public sector pensions, tabled on 5 January 2007.

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations 2002

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Aggregates Levy (General) Regulations 2002 to (i) businesses and...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths in hospitals in Lancashire there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the proportion of the population who gave money to charity in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most...

      Company Finance

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the information obtained in the Annual Business Inquiry (Part 2) for 2006 Financial Questionnaire issued by the National Statistics is used for; and...

      Death Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue his Department received from death duties in each year since May 1997; how many estates were taxed in each year; and what average amount of tax...

      Departmental Overspend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 981W, how the Department of Health's resource budget has been reprofiled over the 2004...

      Departmental Overspend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, whether the Department of Health is required to make up from its near-cash...

      Departmental Overspend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, what his latest estimate is of the Department of Health's near-cash overspend in...

      Departmental Overspend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 980W, on departmental spending, whether the Department of Health's near-cash...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on flights (i) to Wales, (ii) to Scotland, (iii) to Northern Ireland and (iv) within England...

      Development Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for International Development of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 165W, on development aid, if he...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely income to his Department from the sale of spectrum resulting from the Digital Dividend; and in which financial year...

      Economics of Climate Change Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many copies of each report published to date as part of the Stern review of the economics of climate change were (a) printed and (b)...

      Electoral Register: EC and Commonwealth Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many citizens of other EU states were on the UK electoral register on 31 December 2006; (2) how many Commonwealth (non-UK) citizens were on the...

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Treasury raised from tax and duties on (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement.

      Inflation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) highest and (b) lowest estimates made by his Department have been of the likely level of construction inflation in London in each year from...

      Lewis Atkinson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) from which NHS trust Lewis Atkinson has been seconded to his Department's Health Team; (2) on what specific policy areas Lewis Atkinson works in his...

      Lone Parents: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of single parents in Lancashire who have children aged between 11 and 16 years are in employment.

      MRSA: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people died after contracting MRSA in Lancashire in each of the last five years; (2) how many people died after contracting clostridium...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many computer-generated letters were sent out by HM Revenue and Customs notifying a shortfall in National Insurance contributions for the 2004-05...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing National Insurance: Service Provision through Intermediaries (IR35)...

      Nitrous Oxide: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nitrous oxide related deaths there were in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department in each (a) pay band and (b) team worked on the preparation of the original budget for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what date his Department approved the Olympics budget as it appeared in the London 2012 Candidate File; (2) what involvement he had in drawing up...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he received from his officials before the submission of London 2012 Olympic bid on (a) VAT liability, (b) the establishment of a contingency...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials had on the cost to London of the games before the Olympics budget was submitted to the International...

      Opinion Polls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which opinion polling firms his Department employed in each of the last three years; and how much was paid to each company.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the expected revenue from the Planning Gain Supplement in each of the first five years of its introduction.

      Population Studies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library papers on social demographics produced by HM Revenue and Customs strategy group since 2005.

      Pre-Budget Report 2006

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the data in Table B21 of his 2006 pre-Budget report is expressed net of any sales on which a loss was made.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections his Department made of the prison population in England and Wales prior to his decision to freeze the Home Department budget.

      Public Expenditure: Department of Culture Media and Sport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates officials from his Department attended meetings of the Budget and Revenues Sub-Group at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

      Public Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to encourage public authorities to award contracts to supported employers under the public procurement regulations 2006.

      Revenue and Customs: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on marketing and advertising to promote self-assessment online in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d)...

      Revenue and Customs: Stroud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the HM Revenue and Customs office in Stroud.

      Sainsbury Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2007, Official Report, column 498W, on the Sainsbury Review, on what date Lord Sainsbury agreed to conduct the...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the contribution of family-run businesses to the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax (Electronic Submissions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) payments to Capgemini and (b) total costs were spent by HM Revenue and Customs on electronic filing of pay-as-you-earn end of year submissions...

      Tax Allowances: Widowed People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue was collected from persons to whom the widowed persons tax allowance was applicable in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Tax Credits Act 1999

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Tax Credits Act 1999 and Accompanying Regulations (Working...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the compatibility of HM Revenue and Customs' policy in relation to domicile and non-domicile tax status with the Race...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1314W, on teenage pregnancy; Greater London, when the chief statistician expects to...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years, broken down into (a) under 16-year-olds and (b) over 16-year-olds.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to publish HM Revenue and Customs' recommendations to his Department on anti-smuggling and counterfeiting measures in relation to tobacco;...

      Treasury Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) date, (b) cost, (c) location and (d) programme was of the Treasury Board's two most recent away days; (2) who is responsible for...

      VAT: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from duty and VAT on private passenger automobile fuel in the most recent year for which information is available.

      VAT: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was raised from duty and VAT on fuel and electricity supplied to (a) rail operators and (b) commercial bus operators in the most recent...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs has used its discretion not to recover tax credit overpayments from claimants.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the December 2006 report of the Learning and Skills Council on learner numbers in (a) further education,...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many families in Warrington, North (a) are eligible for and (b) have taken up free or subsidised childcare.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many part 8 reviews took place in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what conclusions his Department has...

      Children's Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's centres there are in each London borough.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many letters were received by his Department from hon. Members in each of the last 12 months; how many such letters were responded to...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many temporary employees were contracted to work for his Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in (a)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students living in Elmet constituency were in receipt of education maintenance allowance (EMA) in each year since its inception;...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the...

      Extended Schools: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex offer extended hours.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unsuccessful applications there were to faith schools in 2006.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his latest estimate is of the annual cost of free school lunches; what proportion of the English school population takes free school...

      Freedom of Information: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the application of Freedom of Information regulations...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 696W, on GCSEs, how many 15-year-olds attended the (a) special and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils at state schools in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex achieved five or more A* to C grades in GCSEs in each of...

      Higher Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19-year-olds from Lancashire joined university courses in each of the last 10 years.

      Higher Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Lancashire students left university with incomplete degrees as a result of their course being discontinued in each of the last 10 years.

      Higher Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many degree courses in Lancashire were discontinued in each of the last 10 years.

      Learning Disability: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent per capita on prisoners with learning difficulties in each of the last five years.

      Northfields Technology College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when a decision will be made on the Collaborative Restart proposal for the Northfields Technology College, Dunstable, in collaboration with...

      Nurseries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the difference between the amounts charged by nurseries and the amounts reimbursed by local authorities to...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the funding allocated to early years provision has been allocated to (a) Sure Start children's centres, (b) nursery provision,...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which public affairs firms were given contracts by (a) his Department and (b) public bodies sponsored by his Department in each of the...

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) unauthorised and (b) authorised absences were recorded at (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Lancashire in each year...

      Pupils: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's policy is on the provision of individual tuition to pupils who have absented themselves from schools following...

      Royal Mail

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

      Schools: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether any schools in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex have been (i) put into and (ii) taken out of special measures in the last 12 months.

      Schools: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his plans are for future capital expenditure on schools in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Schools: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Lancashire were scheduled to be refurbished over the last five years; and how many were refurbished over that period.

      Schools: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Leicester (a) collect and (b) store biometric data on their students; and if he will make a statement.

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1024W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether it is the intention...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, what assessment the...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, on secondary education: curriculum, what the purpose is of the...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such...

      Specialist Schools: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many disabled children in England attended specialist colleges for their post-16 education in each of the last three years for which...

      Specialist Schools: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex that are designated as specialist (i) sports colleges, (ii) technology colleges, (iii)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many stop notices were issued by the Student Loans Company in relation to student loan repayments to HM Revenue and Customs in each of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many student loan overpayment refunds to customers were made by the Student Loans Company in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) English, (b) language, (c) science, (d) mathematics, (e) design and technology and (f) history teachers in (i)...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much is being provided to each local authority to fund training for teachers on how to search pupils and use techniques to calm pupils.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether the Government is still on target to achieve the aim of halving the number of teenage pregnancies by 2010; (2) what actions...

      Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board)...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire had at least one unauthorised absence in the last year for which figures are available.

      Young People: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people were not in education, employment or training in the Coventry local authority area in the last year for which figures...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are promoting United Kingdom support for reconstruction and development in Afghanistan among the Afghan population.

    • Agriculture: Meat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of United Kingdom fresh meat, poultry and dairy products has been procured for the public sector for each of the years 2000-06.

      Agriculture: Pig and Poultry Producers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the cost of the United Kingdom integrated pollution prevention and control charges for pig and poultry producers was established by the Environment...

      Alcohol: Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to calls by the president of the Royal College of Physicians and others for a total ban on alcohol advertising.

      Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much council tax a student living in a private rented property pays; and how much council tax the landlord pays on the same property.

      Horse Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to help horse-riding establishments encountering difficulty with insurance claims following accidents, and in obtaining insurance cover,...

      Housing: Freeholds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the latest figures for prices being charged as a percentage of ground rents paid, when tenants buy their freeholds under the Commonhold...

      Information Systems: DCMS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (a) on how many occasions in the past year malicious programs have compromised departmental computer...

      International Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amounts they intend to contribute to the World Bank's public-private infrastructure facility; and whether they will reconsider this expenditure in the light...

      Murder: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In consequence of the recent Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland report on the circumstances surrounding the death of Raymond McCord Junior and related matters,...

      Murder: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proportion of persons charged with terrorist murder in Northern Ireland set against the nature of the group responsible for those killings between 30...

      Railways: Virgin Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to reports that negotiations with Virgin Trains about providing extra carriages for the west coast railway line have collapsed; and, if they...

      Roads: Road Pricing Petition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the e-mail addresses on the Downing Street online road pricing petition are registered Department for Transport accounts or from any of its agencies;...

      Schools: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there will be sufficient places in Northern Ireland in integrated schools at secondary level, to meet the needs of pupils now attending integrated primary...

      Sport: Windsor Park Football Ground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to assist in the repair of Windsor Park Football Ground, Belfast, in preparation for Northern Ireland home international matches.

      Statutory Instruments: Defra

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs statutory instruments that were passed in 2006 were new; and how many were upgraded pieces of...

      Vehicles: End-of-Life Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the relevant trade associations will have an opportunity to study the wording of the Environment Agency's guidance on end-of-life vehicles before it is...

      Waste Management: Boreholes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What scientific studies have been conducted on the effects on human health, animal health and the environment of leaching of chemicals into land and water supplies...

      Waste Management: Toxic Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the intention of the Environment Agency to file a claim in the United States bankruptcy courts relating to prospective liability for land...

      Waste Management: Toxic Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Over what periods toxic chemical wastes were deposited in or at (a) Brofiscin; (b) Maendy; (c) Penrhos; (d) Ruabon; (e) Wrexham; (f) Dalton; (g) Rayleigh; and (h)...

      Waste Management: Toxic Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the area and depth of contamination of the land, ground water and surface water resulting from the deposits of toxic chemicals in or at (a) Brofiskin; (b)...

      World Bank: Corruption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made in the past 12 months to the World Bank in respect of the allegations of bribery and fraud within that institution; and whether...

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