Written answers

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • House of Lords: Powers

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to define the (a) powers and (b) functions of the House of Lords in future legislation.

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will estimate the annual cost of a fully elected upper house.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many cattle were compulsorily slaughtered owing to bovine tuberculosis in each year since 1997, broken down by (a)...

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) creating natural wetlands, (b) the restoration of natural...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was allocated to the National Energy Efficiency scheme in each year since 1997.

      Pollution Control: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the average percentage of (a) net profits and (b) turnover for (i) small farms and (ii) large farms...

      Radioactive Materials: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government has made of the potential (a) environmental and (b) public health consequences of (i)...

  • Solicitor-General

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Courts: Salisbury

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects (a) construction to start on the new courthouses in Salisbury and (b) the new courts to come into service.

    • Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will assess the merits of providing judges with an accommodation allowance per night to be spent either on lodgings or...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what (a) estimate she has made of the cost and (b) assessment she has made of the merits of providing judges with hotel...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will discontinue judges' lodgings where they are occupied by judges for less than 50 nights in the year; and if she will...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what changes to the (a) arrangements for and (b) availability of judges' lodgings have been made since 1997; and if she will...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which five judges' lodgings had (a) the lowest occupancy in judge nights and (b) the highest cost per judge night in the last...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which judges' lodgings are held (a) freehold, (b) leasehold and (c) by other arrangements; what other such arrangements...

      Judges: Housing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has held with the judiciary on the (a) cost and (b) future of judges' lodgings; and if she will make a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government funding local artists in Lancashire received in each of the last five years.

    • Art: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on arts projects in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Culture: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) museums and (b) theatres (i) opened and (ii) closed in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many work permits were applied for by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of the hon. Member for North East Cambridgeshire of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1403W, on gaming...

      Gaming Clubs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a more detailed record is available of the meetings of the Casino Advisory Panel of 8 and 15 November 2006 in respect of which...

      Gaming Clubs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what basis the Casino Advisory Panel made its assessment of willingness to license in respect of applicants in the regional casino...

      Lotteries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of a licence for (a) remote and (b) non-remote lottery in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07; and if she...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (John Hemming) of 24 April 2006, Official Report, column 898W, on...

      Museums and Galleries: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people visited museums in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Museums and Galleries: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much museums in Lancashire received in Government funding in each of the last five years.

      Public Buildings: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued on the exterior lighting of public buildings of cultural significance.

      Theatre: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government funding theatres in Lancashire received in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in making the range of drugs relevant to HIV/AIDS available to people in the poorest countries; and if he...

    • Disaster Relief: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that education provision is included within the first phase in all humanitarian responses.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has contributed to the Global Fund to help poor countries fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

      Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to improve lives in Latin America.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) humanitarian, (b) economic and (c) military assistance the UK is providing to Nepal.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of AIDS in Nepal.

      Overseas Aid: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on AIDS-related work in 2005-06; and how much has been spent in 2006-07.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the importance of long-term security in attracting investment to develop biofuel production capacity.

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time was for calls to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency local office helplines to be answered in the latest period for which figures...

      Driving Offences: Cellular Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the risks of driving while using a hands-free mobile telephone; what research his Department has conducted on the...

      Level Crossings: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the locations are of half barrier level crossings in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Level Crossings: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps either to remove or to upgrade the half barrier level crossings in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) cost and (b) profit components are contained in the convenience charge of £2.50 that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency levies on...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered cars there were in 1997; and how many there are in 2007.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what work has been undertaken to upgrade the East Coast Mainline since 1997; (2) what work has been undertaken to upgrade the Great Western...

      Ports: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the Olive Mount Chord project at the port of Liverpool to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new railway line he plans to be constructed in each of the next five years.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail freight routes to major ports have been upgraded since 1997.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new railway lines into and in London for which his Department has responsibility have been built since 1997.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rates of overcrowding on (a) South West trains and (b) national network trains were in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new bypasses on trunk roads and local roads have been built since 1997.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road fatalities were caused by defective vehicles in each year from 1997 to 2006.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many kilometres of new road lanes, including widening projects, have been built since 1997.

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lane kilometres of the motorway and trunk road network have been resurfaced with a lower noise surface since 1997.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road safety cameras there are in each London borough.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the timetable for the introduction of a national road user pricing scheme.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress made towards a national system of road pricing.

      Tolls: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to introduce a pilot scheme for road charging in Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Calendars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of creating the 2007 Royal Air Force desktop calendar.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court has received in each year since 2001; and from which top level budget holder...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from each country of the Commonwealth are employed in the Forces, broken down by (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent changes have been made to the procedure by which members of the armed forces stationed overseas receive parcels free of charge; and if he...

      Armed Forces: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the latest Continuous Attitudes Survey from each of the services.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many different application forms a potential officer recruit to the Army must complete before entering Sandhurst; and what estimate he has made of...

      Atomic Weapons Establishment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the defence budget was spent on the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the last 10 years; and what the planned figures are for...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many current security passes to enter his Department's premises have been issued to employees of BAE Systems; and if he will list the BAE Systems'...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 601W, what the well-established technical co-operation programmes are through which...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the work of the UK Missile Defence Centre.

      Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he expects (a) the project to safeguard a number of files which had been stored in the Old War Office Building and were affected by...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned programme budget was for his Department in each of the last 10 years (a) in real terms and (b) as a percentage of gross domestic product.

      Departments: Redundancy

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

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the effect on (a) serviceability and (b) availability of C130s has been of the introduction of the Hercules Integrated Operational Support...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, columns 625-26W, on mental health, what the assessed establishment requirement is for each...

      Military Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Defence Police College opened at Southwick Park; and what the cost was of establishing this facility.

      Navy: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Commanders, (b) Captains, (c) Commodores and (d) Rear Admirals are on the (i) active and (ii) reserve lists; and how many were on the...

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of decommissioning (a) nuclear submarine hulls, reactor compartments and propulsion reactors, (b) warhead design...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Devon of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1877W, on nuclear weapons, what estimate he has made...

      Proof of Identity: Ministry of Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many current security passes there are for the Ministry of Defence main building.

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Television and Play Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) television sets and (b) Sony Playstations for the use of service personnel in each of the last three financial...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the change in the cost of nuclear decommissioning liabilities which would arise from the replacement of the Vanguard class...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definitions his Department uses of the terms (a) reduced readiness, (b) extended readiness and (c) low readiness; how many ships are in each...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the pilot project to provide complementary and alternative medicine-CAM-within the NHS in Northern Ireland will be administered.

    • Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether members of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners will have to apply to be recognised as a Get Well UK...

      Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what experience of (a) delivering complementary and alternative medicine and (b) operating in Northern Ireland, Get Well UK has.

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ambulance service vehicles were in operation in each ambulance district in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down...

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) gross and (b) net revenue from domestic rates in Northern Ireland was in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06; and what the estimated...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firearms certificate applications were made in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of the past...

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to reduce housing waiting lists in Northern Ireland; and what targets have been put in place relating to the reduction...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to maternity services in each health board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rates of pay are for each grade of nurse Northern Ireland; and what the percentage change was to the rate at each grade in each of the...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety physiotherapy taskforce are; and for what reason they were...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many physiotherapists were employed by each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years, broken down by grade; and...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety physiotherapy taskforce has met since its formation; and if he...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many physiotherapy graduates were working as volunteers in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and how...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland took a career break in each of the last five years, broken down by grade; how many of...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were waiting for respite care in each health trust area in Northern Ireland as of 1 March; and how many of those have been...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are taken to ensure that fines imposed for benefit fraud in Northern Ireland are paid.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) special educational needs tribunal cases and (b) special educational needs judicial review cases there were in each education and...

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public sports facilities in Northern Ireland offer sunbeds for public use.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Balkans: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many import licences were granted for arms from (a) Bosnia and Herzegovina, (b) Croatia and (c) Serbia and Montenegro in the latest...

    • Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the directive on the restriction of the use...

      Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer...

      Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the British economy of corruption.

      Departments: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many pages of regulations his Department laid before Parliament in 2006.

      Departments: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1167W, which fixed assets his Department sold for less than £10,000...

      Departments: St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to celebrate St. George's Day.

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether funds have been transferred from his Department's science budget to the budget for work associated with the collapse of MG Rover; and...

      National Income: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which sub-regions in Europe have a gross value added rate under 75 per cent.

      Post Office: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in rural areas who use post offices regularly; and what research he has evaluated on...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on achieving the European Union target of three per cent. of GDP being allocated to research and development...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made by his Department of the possible effect on international competitiveness in (a) biosciences, (b) engineering...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to assess the impact on scientific research of the planned reduction in funding to UK Research Councils in 2007-08; and if he...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consideration the House authorities have given to providing filtered tap water as an alternative to...

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 1451W, on Freedom of Information, whether...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rates bill was in (a) England and (b) each government office region in England in each year since...

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish the conclusions of her inter-departmental taskforce on the improvement of energy performance in...

      Fire Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the rental cost of each regional fire control centre, over the full period of its lease, inclusive...

      Fire Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public body will pay the rental cost of each regional fire control centre from the date at which rent is payable until...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on (a) administration, (b) legal fees, (c) special advisers, (d) the website and (e)...

      Home Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the suspension of the two consultants employed by her Department in relation to the regulation...

      Lighting: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will consult on draft guidance on light pollution; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on introducing the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme; and what the cost of administering the...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken to process a Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme award has been since the Scheme's...

      Local Government Finance: Population Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department (a) has carried out and (b) intends to carry out on the implications of population mobility on...

      Local Government: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department issues to local authorities on the advertising of job vacancies.

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1800W, which planning authorities in Hampshire are not applying...

      Thames Gateway: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to make a decision on the Thames Gateway Bridge.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage NATO countries to send additional forces to Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 992W, on Afghanistan: peace keeping operations, what she...

      Africa: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the (a) Mauritanian and (b) Libyan Governments on port security and illegal immigration from...

      Albania: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has received requests from Albania for UK assistance in that country's efforts to meet the criteria for EU membership.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects the United Nations Envoy on Children and Armed Conflict to report following her mission to the Democratic...

      European Union: Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will provide for a referendum on any proposed EU constitution.

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of (a) the meeting of the foreign ministers of India, China and Russia in Delhi on 14 February...

      Guinea: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on recent protests and conflict in Guinea; and what representations she has made to the Government...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the progress of the six party talks on North Korea in Beijing.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her US counterparts on the amount of Voice of America broadcasting to the Democratic People's...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to her US counterpart on recent talks between the US and North Korea in New York.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make arrangements for a visit to the Philippines to promote British interests there.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to increase the number of ministerial visits to Russia to improve relations with that country.

      Sakhalin Island: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government is giving to British oil companies to negotiate with Russian authorities on the Sakhalin project.

      Somalia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) recent attacks on Mogadishu's airport and (b) the effect such attacks will have on the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the position of Tamil civilians who reside in areas where...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent arrests of Sri Lankan policeman and soldiers in connection with a series of...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received from the Norwegian-led Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission; and whether her Department has a standing...

      Sri Lanka: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the amount of arms entering Sri Lanka; and what assessment she has made of the effect of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the UK has made to the recent peace agreement in East Sudan.

      Sudan: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had on a potential oil embargo on Sudan with EU counterparts.

      Tajikistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support she is making available to promote legislation in Tajikistan that respects the freedoms of all religious...

      Timor-Leste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the situation in East Timor.

      Timor-Leste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste on progress with the peace process there.

      Uganda: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on Government action against High Court judges in Uganda; what assessment she has made of the...

      Uganda: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the freedom of the judiciary in Uganda.

      Ukraine: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on Ukraine joining the European Union.

  • Education and Skills

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service for 2006-07; and what the outturn spending is expected...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on his proposals for wraparound child care to be introduced; when such proposals will be published; what...

      City Academies: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice and guidance is given to academies which intend to contract for commercial services with their sponsor.

      Computing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policies his Department is implementing to ensure that there will be sufficient qualified graduates to meet the demands of the UK...

      Departments: Discrimination

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

      Departments: St. George's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to celebrate St. George's Day.

      Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000

      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 Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations...

      Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 14 year old (a) boys and (b) girls reached each level in the national curriculum tests in (i) English, (ii) mathematics...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications were made to (a) university and (b) Russell Group universities in each year from 1996 to 2007, broken down by (i)...

      Higher Education: Sunderland

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

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cars run by his Department were manufactured (a) in the UK and (b) abroad.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) with which partnership the School Food Trust is working on its plans for regional training kitchens for the school food workforce; how...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which baseline year he has selected by which to judge the School Food Trust's performance against its targets of increasing school meal...

      Schools: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much he estimates will be spent in the London Borough of Greenwich from the Building Schools for the Future budget on (a) primary...

      Science: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which properties of (a) light and (b) sound are expected to be studied under the proposed key stage 3 science programme of study.

      Special Educational Needs: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applicants there were per place for each special needs school in East Yorkshire in September of each year since 2000.

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department has allocated to individual trade unions in the last three years.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 28 February 2006, reference 125275, on the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what aggregate reduction in outstanding debt to the Child Support Agency he expects to achieve by agreed write off and revaluation of...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was to progress clerical Child Support Agency cases to a stage where a first payment was made in each month since...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job searches the Jobcentre Plus website handled in each of the last 24 months.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much it has cost to administer the Jobcentre Plus website in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on works of art in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Complaints

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

      Freud Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to report the findings and recommendations of the Freud Report.

      Full Employment Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of the Information and Communication Technology systems for the new Full Employment Agency in Scotland.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were subject to each rate of non-dependant deduction in 2004-05; how many claimants at each rate lived in (a)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has commissioned into the operation of non-dependant deductions from housing benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of housing benefit that was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid due to the incorrect application of...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tenants are claiming local housing allowance in each of the 18 pathfinder areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment for a (a) single pensioner, (b) married pensioner, (c) single person under pensionable age, (d)...

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents had claimed income support for (a) up to three months, (b) between three and six months, (c) between six and 12...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of each stage of the roll out of the 0800 number for Jobcentre Plus.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in Chorley constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former farmers claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) Chorley constituency and (b) Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the resident working age population in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance.

      National Insurance: Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from (a) Aylesbury constituency, (b) Aylesbury Vale District and (c) Buckinghamshire have been interviewed by Jobcentre Plus...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances participants of the New Deal for Young People may extend their period on Gateway beyond 10 months.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Occupational Pension Schemes (Minimum Funding...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of workers aged 60 and over.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of recipients of incapacity benefit moving into work in the Pathways to Work pilot areas.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the costs of uprating the basic state pension on the basis of average earnings in each year from 2008-09 to...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to set up an independent review on public sector pensions.

      Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of (a) stationery, (b) postage and packaging and (c) staff hours associated with reissuing the pensions uprating...

      Poverty: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners and (b) children in Leicester have been lifted out of poverty since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken by the Benefits Agency to process claims was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Glenrothes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Glenrothes were in receipt of (a) attendance allowance and (b) income support in 1997; and how many were in receipt of...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK were entitled to a state pension in (a) 1992, (b) 1997 and (c) 2006.

      Unemployment: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of A2 and A8 migration on (a) unemployment and (b) measures to tackle unemployment in the UK.

      Unemployment: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if (a) he and (b) Jobcentre Plus will take steps to provide further benefit support and advice for A2 and A8 nationals who become unemployed.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the level of winter fuel payments in relation to the cost of energy; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (b) Sunderland City Council area received winter fuel payments in...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Deborah Mattinson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much Deborah Mattinson was paid for her presentation to the Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of the policy review seminar on 22 January 2007.

  • Treasury

    • Child Care Tax Credits: Eltham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Eltham have received child care credits since their introduction.

    • Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were in the UK in each year since 1995.

      Deborah Mattinson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his role was in selecting Deborah Mattinson to make a presentation as part of the policy review seminar on 22 January.

      Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list his official engagements from 1 January to 28 February 2007.

      Housing Occupancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) mean and (b) median number of (i) children and (ii) adults was in households where the household reference person was aged (A) 18 to...

      Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in (a) income tax and (b) national insurance contributions by (i) men and (ii) women aged (A) under 25, (B) 25 to 29, (C) 30 to 34, (D)...

      Minimum Wage: Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions took place between his Department and the Department for Work and Pensions on the carer's allowance earnings threshold prior to the...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the titles were of each of the policy papers prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers in the last six months.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his long-term plans are for the Council of Economic Advisers; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date his Council of Economic Advisers last met in full; and how many times it met in full in the last 12 months.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the additional income to the National Insurance Fund which would be raised by removing the upper earnings limit and levying a...

      National Insurance Contributions: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were sent letters from HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 inviting them to top up their national insurance (NI)...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) qualified for and (b) received the £250 credit for filing PAYE returns electronically in each year since its introduction.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will update the information provided in (a) Table 50 and (b) Table 51 of Report No. 1 (the Initial Report on the Standing Reference) of the Royal...

      Policy: Reviews

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Ministers attended his round table policy review seminar on 22 January 2007.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid to (a) male and (b) female recipients by HM Revenue and Customs aged (i) 18 to 25, (ii) 26 to 30, (iii) 31 to 40, (iv) 41 to 50, (v) 51...

      Revenue and Customs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions HM Revenue and Customs provided access to personal tax information to another Government Department or agency in 2005-06; to which...

      Stamp Duties: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average stamp duty paid on a house was in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of income tax revenue lost through tax evasion in the last year for which figures are available.

      Taxation: Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) under what circumstances his Department regards registration as a voter at a UK address as evidence of (a) residency and (b) domicile in the UK for...

      Unemployment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what change there was in unemployment rates for (a) white, (b) mixed Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) other Asian, (f) Black Caribbean,...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on VAT, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the letter of formal...

      VAT: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue to the Treasury from VAT carousel fraud in each of the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the flexibility of the tax credit IT system; (2) what assessment he has made of the risks associated with the tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to retrieve and transcribe telephone records in the event of a dispute between the tax credit office and its clients regarding...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a ban on all alcohol advertising on the incidence of alcohol-related crimes.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the availability of alcohol for sale in supermarkets on levels of criminal and antisocial...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related offences were committed in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from (a) Somalia, (b) Iraq and (c) Afghanistan had their application refused in 2006.

      Crimes of Violence: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) violent assaults and (b) arrests took place in hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many...

      Criminal Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made to the Criminal Casework Team in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget of the criminal casework team was in each of the last five years; and how it was allocated in each year.

      Criminal Records Bureau: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is for a Criminal Records Bureau check.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of Authentication by Interview officers to be employed by his Department in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Authentication by Interview officers have been recruited; and which company his Department has commissioned to recruit them.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent job advertisement for the position of Authentication by Interview officer.

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many miles staff in his private office travelled on official business in 2005-06.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted for failing to comply with (a) a stop sign and (b) traffic light signals in each of the last 10 years.

      Driving Under Influence: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving offences were committed in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of cases of abuse or mistreatment of elderly people; (2) what steps the...

      Entry Clearances: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many marriage visas were granted in each year since 1985.

      Entry Clearances: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people received marriage visas in (a) 2005, (b) 2000, (c) 1995, (d) 1990 and (e) 1985, broken down by nationality.

      Fingerprints: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what alternatives to a fingerprint database are being considered for children who turn 16 and already have a valid non-biometric passport;...

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many United States citizens are employed by the Identity and Passport Service.

      Identity and Passport Service: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will direct the Chief Executive of the Identity and Passport Service to provide (a) substantive replies to correspondence and (b) a...

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents involving the (a) sale and (b) use of illegal drugs on school property were reported in each (i) local education...

      Immigration Controls: EC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on the proposal for an enhanced role for the EU borders agency Frontex.

      Immigration: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of nationals that have moved to the UK following the accession of the most recent members of the EU,...

      Internet: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints of fraud in relation to online retail websites were made in each year since 1997; (2) what steps the Serious and...

      Mobile Phone Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) prosecutions were brought against and (b) fixed penalty notices were imposed on drivers in each police authority area...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to charge (a) accredited organisations and (b) other Government Departments for identity checking services via the...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners who have (a) reached the end of their sentence and (b) not reached the end of their sentence were...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases in which a foreign national was to be deported due to a conviction in the UK were delayed following completion of the...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals who have served a prison sentence in the UK and are awaiting deportation have made a complaint regarding the...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are awaiting deportation due to having committed a criminal offence in the UK and following completion of their...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average cost of transportation, including security and all other related costs, is for deporting a foreign national who is...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempted deportations of foreign nationals who have served prison sentences in the UK have had to be rescheduled in the last five years.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 10 causes of delay to deportation are the most frequent where a foreign national offender is to be deported following a conviction in...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per day is of detaining a foreign national awaiting deportation following a conviction in the UK.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of detaining foreign nationals awaiting deportation following a conviction in the UK was in each of the last five years...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities are being used to house the foreign nationals convicted of a crime in the UK prior to their deportation.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign nationals awaiting deportation have been held in prison in England and Wales for up to (a) one month, (b) six...

      Open Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were found to be in possession of narcotics in each open prison in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the likely lifespan of the information chip in the new passport.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether first-time passport applicants will be reimbursed for the cost of travelling to and from an Authentication by Interview centre.

      Police: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces use roads located in the North Wales police area for the purposes of police driver training.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on Criminal Investigation Department officers of the abolition of the plain clothes allowance in 2004.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 363-64W, on police force pensions, from which Government fund shortfalls...

      Prisons: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason (a) television and (b) satellite television subscription services are provided to inmates in prison and detention...

      Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects measures in section 35 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 to come into force.

      Work Permits: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-European economic area national (a) junior doctors and (b) qualified doctors (i) were granted a work permit between July 2005...

  • Health

    • NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the level of access to NHS dentistry.

    • Children's National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving outcomes for disabled children in the ways described by standard 8 of the children's national service framework.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on NHS financial performance in the year 2006-07.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on NHS financial performance in 2006-07.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the outcome of the review of maternity services.

      GP Practices: Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the ability of GP practices in rural areas to dispense medication; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Involvement Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultation exercises she has undertaken to assess levels of public support for local involvement networks.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action her Department is taking to improve advice and support for those with caring responsibilities.

      Bank Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures she has considered to reduce the use of bank nurses in the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

      Organ Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people died while on waiting lists for organ transplants in each year since 2001.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to tackle obesity in adults and children.

      Work-based Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that NHS staff have opportunities for work-based learning.

      Acute Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on proposed changes to acute NHS services in England.

      Asthma: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to replace chlorofluorocarbon-based asthma inhalers with CFC-free version for patients over the age of 12.

      Audiology: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time was for each primary care trust in (a) East of England Strategic Health Authority and (b) South Hertfordshire...

      Blood: Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the 11 spearhead areas in London towards (a) better detection and (b) more treatment of (i) high blood pressure and (ii)...

      Blood: Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account was taken of NHS guidelines on blood cholesterol levels in Scotland when setting those for England.

      Carers: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Department's (a) plans and (b) projected budget are for the carer's grant in (i) 2008-09 and (ii) 2009-10; and if she will make a...

      Community Hospitals: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the process is for applying to her Department's community hospital and services programme to build a community hospital in Hartlepool constituency.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to promote awareness of long acting contraceptives; and if she will make a statement.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of people requiring access to NHS dentistry to whom it is unavailable.

      Dental Services: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many spare units of dental activity there were in East Yorkshire each month since the introduction of the new dental contract; and if she will make a...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has monitored the implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on depression; and if she will make a...

      Health Services: Mentally Incapacitated

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department will extend the protection afforded by the Protection of Vulnerable Adults Scheme to apply to vulnerable users of NHS facilities.

      Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the cost of violent and abusive patients to West Midlands strategic health authority in terms of extra security,...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that Glockhardt UK passes its technology to another manufacturer in order to guarantee continuity...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her letter of 28 November 2006 to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst, on the strategy of supply of animal insulin, whether the...

      Liver Diseases: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, columns 916-7W, on Lyme disease, what strategies her Department has in place to deal with...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected cost was of the Medical Training Application Service at the instigation of the service; and what the latest estimate is of the cost of...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of NHS deficits on local authority budgets.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department has received from NHS Supply Chain on the consideration that it gives to National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effect on patient access to new medical technologies of NHS supply chain's decision to designate preferred...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department has received from NHS supply chain about (a) how it chooses the products included on its preferred supplier lists and...

      NHS: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to publish further reports on the clinical case for change in the NHS along the lines of those published by (a) the National Directors...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to tackle childhood obesity.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to promote organ donation; and if she will make a statement.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the (a) budgets and (b) tariffs of the choose and book initiative were set; and what mechanisms are in place (i) to monitor, (ii) audit and...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what mechanisms are in place to assess the value for money achieved by (a) Choose and Book, (b) Choice and (c) whole direct enhanced service...

      Sunbeds: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have licensing policies covering sunbed use in salons.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will commission research into the optimum proportion of the daily recommended intake of fluids which should be taken as water; (2) what...

      Welfare Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what (a) representations and (b) other information she has received on the financial impact on nurseries and playgroups suffering from delayed...

      West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from West Hertfordshire NHS Trust on the relocation of acute services.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What efforts they are making to enhance the profile of British Armed Forces as peacekeepers in Afghanistan, especially in the southern and eastern regions.

    • Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide leaflets and posters for primary care trusts to distribute to hospital outpatient and general practitioner waiting rooms calling...

      Alcohol: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional measures they will take, in light of the survey published in the Independenton Sunday on 18 February, to prevent the sale of alcohol to children...

      Armed Forces: Individual Harmony Guidelines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made since October 2006 in addressing breaches of individual harmony guidelines across the services.

      Armed Forces: South African Servicemen

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many South African servicemen are serving in the British Armed Forces, broken down by service.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Trade and Industry and its solicitors, Nabarro Nathanson, have lodged any formal complaints with the Law Society against solicitors in...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the reason why the Solicitors Regulation Authority remains unable to state the number of cases in the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the reasons why neither the Solicitors Regulation Authority nor its predecessors have conducted an audit to establish the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the cases of those retired miners who successfully pursued industrial deafness claims against the former British Coal Corporation and...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will respond to requests made of the Department for Trade and Industry by the Board of the Legal Complaints Service seeking disclosure of contact...

      Care Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of home care places available in England in each of the last ten years.

      Care Services: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many representations they have received from (a) local authorities; (b) charities; (c) individuals; and (d) all other organisations in regard to the current...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in the United Kingdom contribution to the International Polar Year investigations, conducted by the Cambridge British Antarctic Survey;...

      Consultants: Defra

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many consultants the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs employed for each of the years 2001 to 2006.

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the proportion of renewable energy, measured in kilowatts per hour, that could be contributed over the next five years by...

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that there are consistent and high targets for microgeneration in the local development frameworks and regional spatial...

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the amount by which the rateable value of properties will rise following the installation of microgeneration technologies; and what...

      Environmental Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What circulars they have issued or have in preparation to ensure that magistrates and judges are well versed in emerging environmental law, especially in the light...

      Fishing: Drift Nets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are being made to ensure that, after the expenditure of the European Union fund of £25 million for compensation, the International Council...

      Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When plans to produce the series of National Health Service documents, Occupational Aspects of the Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): A National...

      Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the status of the series of National Health Service documents, Occupational Aspects of the Management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): A National...

      Health: Malnutrition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases of malnutrition were recorded for those aged (a) below 60, and (b) above 60 by each National Health Service trust in England in each of the last...

      Health: Mental Health Beds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the reduction in the number of secure mental health beds available in the East of England region since 1996.

      Health: Nursing and Allied Professions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken to ensure the restoration in 2007-08 of the financial cuts made in nursing and allied health professions in 2006-07 allocations to...

      Homelessness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact their decision to reduce the eligible rent levels for housing benefit by 14.5 per cent in London will have on councils' ability to provide housing for...

      Homelessness: Soup Runs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Baroness Andrews on 8 February (WA 160), whether in conjunction with Westminster City Council they have approached those...

      Immigration: English Language Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the financial savings they will make by cutting provision for English for speakers of other languages courses for refugees and asylum seekers.

      Information Systems: Cabinet Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Cabinet Office, (a) on how many occasions in the last year malicious programs have compromised departmental computer systems; and, for each...

      Information Systems: DCA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, (a) on how many occasions in the last year malicious programs have compromised departmental computer...

      Information Systems: Defra

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (a) on how many occasions in the last year malicious programs have compromised departmental...

      Information Systems: DoH

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Department of Health, (a) on how many occasions in the last year malicious programs have compromised departmental computer systems; and, for each...

      Information Systems: Ministry of Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Ministry of Defence, (a) on how many occasions in the last year malicious programs have compromised departmental computer systems; and, for each...

      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any member state of the European Union, other than the United Kingdom, has failed to accept the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on...

      Iraq: Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Drayson on 20 February (Official Report col. 1006), what aircraft, including helicopters, have been found by boards of inquiry to...

      Iraq: Ghost Employees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Government of Iraq have provided the Government with an update on attempts to remove "ghost" employees from police payrolls, and to dismiss those...

      Ministry of Defence: EU Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To whom the non-British European nationals holding executive or administrative posts in the Ministry of Defence owe their first duty of allegiance.

      Packaging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will convene a national conference on excess consumer packaging to secure a manufacturer-distributor agreement on early reductions in such packaging.

      Prisons: Mental Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How soon they will make good the £150,000 shortfall of funding for mental health in-reach to HMP Grendon that has arisen due to the suspension of agreed...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Question for Written Answer HL2003, tabled by Lord James of Blackheath on 8 February, was not answered by 22 February; and when an Answer can be expected.

      Secretary of State for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which towns, villages or cities within the United Kingdom the Secretary of State for Transport has visited since 1 October 2006; and when each visit took place.

      Trade: Food and Drink

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the trading gap between the value of food and drink imported and exported by the United Kingdom for each of the years 1997 to 2006.

      Water Supply: Meters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether householders in Northern Ireland may purchase water-metering equipment; and, if so, whether there are any limitations to the circumstances in which they...

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