Written answers

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Leader of the House how many work permits were applied for by his Department in each of the last five years.

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Leader of the House what options he has considered for the determination of salaries to elected numbers of a reformed House of Lords.

      Legislation: Reviews

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) if he will make it Government policy for the proposed departmental reviews of legislation to be published; (2) if he will bring forward proposals to...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many work permits were applied for by his Department in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the names of those invited to her Department's film summit on 12 March.

    • Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what independent evidence on social impact was requested by the Casino Advisory Panel.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which sites other than Woolwich have been considered as the potential venue for shooting events for the London Olympics; and if she will...

      Tote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the sale of the Tote; and if she will make a statement.

      TV Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a person who owns a black and white television set and a digital set-top box needs to purchase a colour television licence.

      VisitBritain: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of developing Eviivo, the online booking system used by the VisitBritain website; and how many bookings were taken...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Bicycles: Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 627W, on bicycle parking, which outside...

    • Energy Usage

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 147W, what percentage of energy used on...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many hectares of poppy crop in Afghanistan have been eradicated since January 2006; how many hectares have been sprayed; what aid...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK gives to the purchase of seed and fertiliser for Afghan farmers; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian aid was successfully delivered to Afghanistan in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Appeals

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

      Departments: Complaints

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

      Developing Countries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of displaced children in developing countries.

      Iraq: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the Iraqi population that has access to (a) safe and stable drinking...

      Mauritania: Food Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of reports from the United Nations World Food Programme on the supply of food to children in Mauritania;...

      North Korea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the announcement by the North Korean Government of its decision to abandon its nuclear weapons programme has had an effect on...

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced persons in Sudan.

      Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate his Department has made of the numbers of internally-displaced people in Darfur.

      USA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of the United States on tackling corruption.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the profit-sharing scheme between HM Treasury and Annington Homes for sales of former Ministry of Defence housing and land includes provisions to...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to change the future rapid effect system programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Ballistic Missile Defence: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed that (a) the US planned to use its Satellite Based Infra Red System (SBIRS) at Fylingdales to provide critical data for...

      Ballistic Missile Defence: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sites in the UK are being considered for the possible deployment of US missiles for the US Missile Defense system.

      Clyde Submarine Base: Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the reasons are for the change in the extent of ambulance cover at HM Naval Base Clyde; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects on...

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) correspondence and (b) instructions he issued to (i) the army prosecuting authority and (ii) unit commanders following receipt of the...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the change in defence spending in (a) real and (b) actual terms was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which fixed assets his Department sold for more than £50,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii)...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people (a) are eligible for and (b) have applied for the UK armed forces veterans lapel badge in (i) the UK and (ii) Cheadle constituency.

      Hyper-sonic Mass Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of hyper-sonic mass technology in the Defence Industrial Strategy.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the design advantages of (a) a flat bottomed vehicle and (b) positioning the driver over a front wheel when considering...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British troops will be protected from vertically impacting indirect fire when all are accommodated at Basra air base.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests from Iraqi authorities have been received by British forces to re-intervene in (a) Muthanna and (b) Dhi Qar since the handover of...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions have been given by Defence Estates to his Department's agents Drivers Jonas on the disposal of contaminated sites and interpretation of...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average age is of Nimrod aircraft in the UK fleet.

      Peace Keeping Operations: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current establishment level is working with UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what the future establishment is likely to be.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) recruitment to and (b) morale of the RAF of maintaining the Red Arrows.

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the 28 new ships referred to by the Minister for the armed forces on 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 660, as having joined the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza: Halton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who paid the catchers of the H5N1 infected turkeys at Halton; and what (a) briefing and (b) instructions they were given...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timescale is for the development of a new strategy on bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what change there has been in the incidence of TB in the badger population in the last 12 months; (2) what assessment...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the impact of bovine tuberculosis testing on small scale sales of livestock,...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to improve the management of private vets in their undertaking of state-funded tuberculosis testing...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of allowances under the UK national allocation plan of the EU Emissions Trading scheme he plans to be (a)...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls are imposed on imported food from countries where foot and mouth disease has existed in the last five years.

      National Coastwatch Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department makes use of information gathered by the National Coastwatch Institute as part of its work assessing...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the marine environment; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to implement the gender equality duty due to come into force on 6 April 2007.

    • Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that it and related bodies are in compliance with the gender equality duty in...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: Redunancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many work permits were applied for by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the use of powers in the draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2007.

  • Education and Skills

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average cost is of child care for (a) school aged and (b) pre-school children in each region, including London.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places are provided by (a) children's centres, (b) daycare nurseries, (c) neighbourhood nurseries, (d) wraparound...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills from which private companies staff in his Department have been seconded.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the departmental publications printed since 1997 covering (a) gender, (b) disability and (c) minority personnel issues;...

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands have received an educational maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what modifications he plans to make to his announced changes to English for Speakers of Other Languages provision; and if he will make a...

      Language Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which benefits individuals must receive in order to receive English for Speakers of Other Languages courses free of charge.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the detection of learning difficulties in children at an early age.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of people in England who have undertaken tests for learning difficulties.

      Parents: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what support is available for families in which there are instances of violence towards parents by children; (2) what discussions he...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice he received from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in response to the recommendations of the Turning the Tables report produced by...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on (a) nutrition and (b) costs which might arise from use of...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will support a mandatory 10 per cent. minimum target for use of biofuels by 2020 at the EU Spring Summit.

    • Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the requirements are for the registration of Class 3 vehicles with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA); what factors were taken into...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of Class 3 vehicles have been registered.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual administration cost to his Department is of registering Class 3 vehicles, including the cost of issuing literature and advice.

      Railways: Swindon

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

      Roads: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost is of road schemes approved in (a) the Targeted Programme of Improvements, (b) local transport plans and (c) the Community...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Electricity, Safety, Quality and Continuing...

    • Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the planned timetable for grants for small community projects with micro-generation was; what the timetable for that programme is now;...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of energy was produced by (a) coal fired, (b) gas fired and (c) nuclear power stations in each of the last five years.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps Ofgem are taking to ensure consistent consumer protection is afforded to electricity token meter users; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps Ofgem have taken to ensure that the token prepayment meter users of all electricity suppliers receive equivalent protection from...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the proportion of goods subject to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations which are labelled...

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with Oftel on the introduction of charges for customers who do not pay their bills by direct debit; and if...

      Hazardous Substances: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies manufacturing optoelectronic components responded to the consultation on the exemption of substances from the Restriction...

      Hazardous Substances: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value is of optoelectronic equipment containing cadmium manufactured in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Hazardous Substances: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to exempting equipment used for live performances from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive; and...

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes in capacity for importing gas he expects to come onstream in 2007.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what meetings he and his Department's officials have had with the banking sector on a successor to the Post Office Card Account.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) proportion and (b) wattage of total electricity production in the UK was produced from (i) hydropower, (ii) wind, (iii) biomass,...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the benefits of allowing relatives of victims to make statements at criminal trials following...

    • Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of relatives of victims making statements at criminal trials on juries and their...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 25 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss V. Howell.

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions the Court of Protection intervened to suspend an individual's power of attorney over another in the most...

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs under what circumstances a Commonwealth citizen is eligible to vote in the UK.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Training: Treasury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which training courses her Department or its agencies have offered to Treasury Ministers in the last 12 months; and how many such training courses...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police: Community Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in ensuring that people from all communities in Northern Ireland support the police.

    • Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the vetting procedures for the new police community support officers.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards the restoration of the devolved Assembly in Northern Ireland.

      Autism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration has been given to introducing autism legislation applying to Northern Ireland.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is the Government's policy to distinguish between civic and political policing in Northern Ireland.

      Bain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Bain Review of education.

      Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will increase the funding and other resources available to the Historical Enquiries Team.

      Political Parties: Rule of Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in securing commitments from all political parties in Northern Ireland to supporting (a) the police, (b) the...

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what response he has made to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's recent report.

      Legal Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many legal firearms there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Computers: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2007, Official Report, columns 556-57W, on departmental computers, whether any of the computers and...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by the Department for Education on the teaching of English as an additional language in each of the last five years.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Department for Education's most recent estimate is of the number of (a) primary and (b) post-primary pupils in schools in Northern...

      Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's most recent estimate is of (a) the number of people from minority ethnic communities who live in Northern Ireland and...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nursing vacancies there were in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what the average length...

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland were (a) undersubscribed and (b) oversubscribed in each of the...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what average funding per pupil was allocated to each education and library board area in each of the last six years.

      Pupils: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress made by the Government since the publication of its Race Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland in...

      Schools: Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fires occurred in schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; how many were...

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland are equipped with sprinkler systems.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Occupational Pensions Schemes (Winding...

    • Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Occupational Pensions Schemes (Winding Up...

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to make carbon monoxide alarms available free of charge to pensioners.

      Child Support Agency: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days training on average were provided to each member of staff at the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to tackle child poverty in (a) Eltham, (b) the London borough of Greenwich and (c) London.

      Departments: Energy

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

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure on information technology systems, hardware and software was written off by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Housing Benefit: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in each year since 1990-91.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether UK airlines are required to abide by the Control of Substance Hazardous to Health Regulations when their aircraft are in flight.

      Industrial Injuries Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims were made for industrial injury benefit in each of the last 10 years; and of these how many were (a) paid with another benefit...

      Information Technology Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information technology projects have been (a) cancelled and (b) placed under review by his Department in each of the last five years;...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Jobcentre Plus offices have had their hours of opening to the public reduced in (a) the last (i) six months and (ii) 12 months and (b)...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether national insurance numbers will be issued to (a) non-working and (b) self-employed migrants to the UK from (i) Bulgaria and (ii)...

      Pathways Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he has plans to require private and voluntary sector Pathways contractors to reach targets in relation to certain disability...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been subject to mandatory work-focused interviews as part of the Pathways to Work pilots since their inception; and in how...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what improvement in employment outcomes has taken place in the Pathways to Work pilot areas for (a) all participants, (b) participants over...

      Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy reasons are for the different rules which apply to providing index-linked pensions to British pensioners living in Canada and...

      Pensions: Retail Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on the pension fund of an individual on median earnings saving in the proposed personal accounts aged...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Audit Commission on the Commission's recent report, Changing Lanes, targeting employers in order to...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to establish an online portal through which applications to the social fund could be made.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to improve access to existing benefits for disabled people by increasing the number of face-to-face assessments and home...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate, for each financial year since 1978-79, the number of women who were born in 1945 and who in the year in question were...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women reaching age 60 in 2005 are recorded as having at least one year of Home Responsibilities Protection which (a) did not coincide...

      Widowed Parents Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of widowed parents allowance.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Belarus: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking at the United Nations to encourage action against Belarus on human rights.

    • British Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of food served in buildings occupied by her Department was of British origin in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Embassies: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to close British embassies in 2007.

      European Tender Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost has been of the European Tenders Information System.

      European Union: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has been invited to attend the meeting organised by the German EU presidency on 27 February for those states yet...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the authorities in Saudi Arabia on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what she expects the effects to be of the latest set of European Union sanctions on Iran; and if she will make a statement.

      Iraq: Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her statement in the debate on 24 January 2007, Official Report, column 1428, on Iraq and the wider Middle East, if...

      Iraq: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will estimate (a) how many private military and security companies are operating in Iraq and (b) how many individuals...

      Lebanon: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government pledged at the Lebanon donors conference.

      Lebanon: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department will act as the sponsor department for the money donated to Lebanon.

      Paraguay: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the British Embassy in Paraguay was closed.

      Project Al Yamamah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations were received by her Department about the Al Yamamah military contract prior to the announcement that the...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the outcome of the Security Council discussions held in London on 26 February 2007 on Iran.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on discrimination in the provision of basic goods and services...

    • Best Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to issue further guidance to local authorities on best practice in drawing up statements of community involvement.

      Gender: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will direct the Women and Equality Unit to form an advisory group on men's health issues to support the implementation of...

      Homelessness: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of people sleeping rough in (a) Penrith and (b) Cumbria.

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Disability Discrimination (Providers...

      Housing: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of new (a) housing and (b) commercial developments which are able to withstand...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much housing-related Supporting People funding was made available in each local authority in London in each year since its...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many arm's length management organisations have signed up to the Respect Standard for Housing Management; (2) how...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many arm's length management organisation (ALMO) managed residential properties have received a complete new set of windows...

      Travelling People: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of Travellers residing in Lancashire in each of the past five years.

      Travelling People: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what area of land in Lancashire is set aside for Travellers to reside on.

  • Home Department

    • Administration of Justice: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to respond to the recommendations in the Corston report on vulnerable women in the criminal justice system.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers were being required to report to a reporting centre in December 2006.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the UK in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi refugees there were in the UK in each year since 2000.

      Departments: Databases

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

      Departments: Energy

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

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he has considered the merits of merging the Respect, Together and Crime Reduction websites in order to improve the clarity of...

      Departments: Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations have been employed to provide external consultancy advice on departmental rebranding since December 2006; and what the...

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) financial and (b) practical assistance his Department gives to groups providing support to families affected by instances of...

      Downview Prison: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Aramark took over responsibility for provision of canteen services at HMP Downview; when the prison management was supplied with a draft...

      Holloway Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 108W, on Holloway Prison, if he will list the other further facilities...

      Immigration Controls: Fishguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspected illegal immigrants have been stopped by (a) Immigration and Nationality Directorate officials and (b) the police at the...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those required to report to an immigration detention centre while their applications were being processed missed at least...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners were deported in (a) October, (b) November and (c) December 2006.

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the new Contract Supplementary Hours Scheme payment represents as a percentage of basic pay for (a) prison officers on each pay scale...

      Prison Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Prison Service has plans in place to recruit sufficient prison officers to meet its current or projected operating staffing...

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new Contract Supplementary Hours Scheme was introduced to the Prison Service; what the reasons were for its introduction; when the...

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Prison Service has put in place to address the local recruitment and retention difficulties that caused the introduction...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were held in UK prisons on 30 December 2006, broken down by (a) nationality and (b) offence.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Serious and Organised Crime Agency's annual report for 2006-07 will be published.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal prosecutions have been brought by the Serious Organised Crime Agency since 1 April 2006.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff employed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency are undertaking work to prevent (a) drugs trafficking and (b) fraud.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the Serious Organised Crime Agency is taking to disrupt the smuggling of guns into the UK.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effects of incidence of sexual violence or abuse committed against...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of his special advisers have given notice of any other external employment they have undertaken in the past 12 months.

      Special Advisers

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

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reimburse to Bedford Primary Care Trust the costs of treating detainees at the Yarl's Wood asylum detention centre; and if he will...

      Young Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were screened positively for substance misuse in each year since 2002; how many accessed early intervention and...

  • Treasury

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1675W, on agriculture: subsidies, if he will break down the Department for Environment,...

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the pay gap between (a) women working full-time, (b) women working part-time, (c) women with dependent children, (d) ethnic...

      Business: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Money Laundering Regulations 2003 to (i) businesses...

      Departments: Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials accompanied him on each visit he made to an African country in January 2005; what the cost of hotels was for (a) him and (b) his...

      Departments: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 483W, on Members: correspondence, whether his Department will assist in the...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any members of the Council of Economic Advisers were involved in the formulation of his announcement on Citizenship and Immigration of 27 February 2007.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received representations on the number of special advisers he employs.

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the characteristics are of a Red RAG (Red, Amber and Green) score for a departmental programme.

      Disposable Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of disposable income was paid on average in (a) direct taxes, (b) indirect taxes by (i) working age households with dependent...

      EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made towards setting up a European growth fund.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer further to his announcement of 25 September 2006, when his Department expects to bring forward proposals on environmental technologies.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential additional revenue to his Department if the duty was payable on alcohol bought in other EU member states and...

      Population: Health Authorities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of each strategic health authority's resident population is aged (a) over state pension age, (b) 65 or over, (c) 75 or over, (d)...

      Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors led to HM Revenue and Customs being awarded a Red RAG score by the Office of Government Commerce in 2006.

      Small Businesses: EC Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small and medium-sized UK enterprises have used the STIMUTRAN-SME project.

      Small Businesses: EC Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been to the public purse of the STIMUTRAN-SME project; and how much has been provided by the European Commission to the project.

      Statistics: Constituencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has issued guidance to other Government departments on the production of statistics for new parliamentary constituencies.

      Statistics: Constituencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide the key statistics for the proposed parliamentary constituencies of (a) Ealing Central and Acton and (b) Hammersmith Borough from the...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the differences between the tax and duties which should have been paid and those which were paid in 2005-06.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of exempting charities from the requirement to pay air passenger duty.

      Tobacco: Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of lost revenue to his Department due to tobacco smuggling from other EU states.

  • Health

    • Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of women who breastfed their babies for the first six months in each year since 1995.

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to undertake an appraisal of the kidney cancer drugs (a) Sutent and (b)...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the financial impact on the NHS of positive National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisals for...

      Cancer: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding (a) Cumbria primary care trust and (b) each other primary care trust in the north of England has been allocated for cancer treatment in 2006-07.

      Care Homes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure was of each London borough on (a) residential care homes and (b) nursing homes for the elderly in each of the last five years.

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of care home residents have their care (a) partially and (b) fully funded by (i) local authorities and (ii) primary care trusts.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust (i) were called for and (ii) attended cervical...

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will direct the Joint Committee on Vaccinations to meet to consider recommendations from its sub-group on Gardasil to ensure that the vaccine is...

      Childbirth: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) underweight and (b) premature babies were born in (i) County Durham and (ii) the City of Durham in the last year for which figures are...

      Community Nurses: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district and (b) community nurses have been employed by Shropshire primary care trust in each year since 1997.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish the findings of the Contraceptive Services Audit; and if she will make a statement on the findings of the audit.

      Dementia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department recommends anti-cholinisterease inhibitors for the treatment of people with dementia displaying challenging behaviour symptoms.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients accessed primary care dental services in each quarter since the quarter ending June 2004 (a) in England and (b) broken down by primary...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total patient charge revenue income her Department expects each primary care trust to receive in 2006-07 through the delivery of primary dental services.

      Departments: Missing Persons

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

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which future projects her Department is considering a private finance initiative deal; what the estimated lifetime value of each potential contract...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of her Department's budget was taken up by private finance initiative commitments in each of the last 10 years for which information...

      Departments: Royal Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meeting on 24 February 2003 between HRH the Prince of Wales and...

      Departments: Smith Institute

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

      Emergent BioSolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments from the public purse were made to Emergent BioSolutions in each of the last three years.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by each of her Department's executive agencies in each Government Office region in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has received from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition regarding the compulsory fortification of flour with folic acid; and if...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effects of devolving budget responsibilities to GPs on the quality of patient care.

      Health Education: Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Services: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allowance is made in formula funding for the treatment of detainees in asylum detention centres.

      Hearing Aids: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times for digital hearing aid (a) assessment and (b) fitting are in London, broken down by primary care trust.

      Hearing Aids: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target her Department has set for the length of time a patient should wait for a digital hearing aid to be fitted.

      Home Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets the Government have set for home deliveries in (a) rural and (b) urban settings over the next five years; (2) what plans she has to...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum period of time is for which her Department permits primary care trusts to close beds on a temporary basis.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health after what period of time her Department deems the temporary closure and removal of beds a permanent closure.

      Hospitals: Acute Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospitals there are in England; how many beds there are in each; and which are (a) tertiary care centres, (b) specialist units and (c)...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts carried out public and patient consultation in accordance with section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act prior to...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what major hospital building projects were approved in each of the last five years, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and if she will make a...

      Hospitals: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deferred operations there were at hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was raised from parking fees by each health authority in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the waiting times milestones agreed with strategic health authorities referred to in the answer of 9 March 2006, Official Report, column 1777W,...

      Injuries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she plans to take in response to the Audit Commission report on preventing unintentional injury to children; and if she will make a...

      London PCTs: Outstanding Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many London primary care trusts (PCTs) have outstanding loans from her Department; and how much each such PCT has repaid to her Department in (a)...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer centres in England participated in the recent national lung cancer audit; and what percentage of centres this represents.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration she has given to (a) mandating and (b) building into the commissioning process a requirement on NHS trusts to submit data to the...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has taken steps to support the midwifery model being developed by the Independent Midwives Association.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how patients will opt out of having (a) their detailed patient record and (b) their summary patient record uploaded to the spine.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the numbers of midwives needed by the NHS (a) now and (b) over the next five years.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which countries she visited on official business in 2006.

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she has consulted the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the evaluation of non-invasive ventilation treatment for...

      National Media Evaluations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of her Department's national media coverage evaluations in each month since January 2006.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was per call for dealing with calls to NHS Direct in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1086-7W, on NHS Finance, whether the full budget for commissioning specialised...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, columns 672-73W, on NHS foundation trusts, what proportion of residents in foundation trust...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospital trusts are applying for foundation trust status.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations her Department has received on the choose and book system; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on the choose and book IT system in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement; (2) how much IT consultants and...

      NHS: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the guidance being developed by NHS Employers on dress codes and religion or belief.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have registered to donate their organs in each year since figures were first available.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for people on the organ transplant list to receive a donation in each year since 1997.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for organ transplants; and how many people are registered to donate organs.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what provision has been made for the allocation of Government funding towards osteoporosis treatment to remain ring-fenced; (2) how much her...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress she has made towards meeting the commitment contained within the Labour party 2005 election manifesto to double spending on palliative care...

      Pregnant Women: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women in Lancashire were diagnosed with a mental illness (a) during pregnancy and (b) in the year after their pregnancy in each of the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts there were as at 1 January 2007.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings she has had with Novartis to discuss the use of the drug Ritalin.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ensure that the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on a human papilloma virus national immunisation...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential impact on NHS spending of a national human papilloma virus types 6, 11, 16 and 18 immunisation programme for...

      Smoking: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact of people smoking on television and in films on young people's decision on whether or...

      Waiting Lists: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex for treatment in (i) ear, nose and throat, (ii) general surgery, (iii) gynaecology,...

      Welfare Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that those administering the welfare food scheme healthy start take the necessary steps to confirm the registration of...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current concentration of British troops in Helmand province has diverted attention from reconstruction and development throughout the country; and, if...

    • Africa: G8 Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they intend to present to the G8 countries to bring about increased investment and development in African Union countries.

      Agriculture: Tractors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to require that agricultural tractors be subject to MoT testing.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 20 February (WA 213), which stated that the Government could not press for a ban on the importation of wild caught...

      Armed Forces: Friendly Fire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of the United States regarding necessary standards of military training in order to avoid further United...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received about the charges made against the chairman of the banned Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and Mr Hassan Mushaima, leader of Haq...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether children of British mothers born overseas before 1961 are excluded from British citizenship, whereas those born subsequently have rights of citizenship...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of how long it would take for a quality contract for bus services to go from proposal to implementation under the process set...

      Chevening Scholarships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have for the future allocation and funding of the Chevening scholarships.

      Children: Physical Restraint

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that uniform records are kept of the use of restraint, including the age, gender and ethnicity of each subject, at young...

      Children: UN Conventions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will withdraw their reservation under Article 37(c) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Consultants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which items of expenditure the consultancy fee of £400 million, announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 21 November 2006, will...

      Crime: EU Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 1 February (WA 72), how the Statements made by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to the...

      Crime: EU Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they collect details of the number and type of offences committed in England and Wales by individuals from other member states of the European Union.

      Director of Public Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those responsible for the appointment of Sir Ken Macdonald as Director of Public Prosecutions were aware, when the appointment was made, of his conviction...

      Drivers: Working Hours Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 6 March (WA 29), how are offences brought to the notice of the administration concerned if the Vehicle...

      Environmental Information Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether port authorities are obliged to disclose information under the Environmental Information Regulations.

      Environmental Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases involving the public interest in environmental law have had orders for no costs since the Aarhus Convention was ratified; and what has been the net...

      Environmental Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the last two years, what proportion of environmental law judicial review challenges received public funding.

      EU: Development Policy Funds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific measures they will take to help the European Union to increase its development policy funds in the period to 2015 so as to reach the United Nations...

      Fishing: Drift Nets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have allowed drift-net fishing off Strathy Point to continue.

      Immigration: New Asylum Model

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the target percentages for the proportion of asylum cases to be dealt with within six months at specified future dates, under the Home Office's new asylum...

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish their evaluation of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 Section 9 pilot scheme.

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered alternatives to the provisions in Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004.

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families have been returned as a direct result of the implementation of Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004.

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families have disappeared in the areas covered by Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004.

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families have been denied any support in the pilot areas under Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004.

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 is compatible with the United Kingdom's child welfare legislation and the...

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the healthcare needs of children who are being returned under Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.)...

      Information Systems: DfID

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

      Information Systems: Treasury

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

      International Development: Azad Kashmir Earthquake

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they have provided to families whose homes were destroyed in the Azad Kashmir earthquake; and whether they have made an assessment of (a) what...

      Ira

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any assurances that the Irish Republican Army Council has ceased to exist.

      Iraq: Airbridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in providing a reliable airbridge to and from Iraq to prevent the disruption of leave for service personnel; and How the...

      Israel and Palestine: Abu Dis Boys School

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Israel following events at Abu Dis Boys School on 14 February when many pupils were assaulted.

      Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of cases in which legal aid is disbursed are non-criminal cases; how much money has been disbursed in legal aid in non-criminal cases since 2000;...

      Muslims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the proportions of Sunni and Shia Muslims respectively who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.

      Nepal: UN Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to reductions in the United States budget for assistance to the United Nations Mission in Nepal.

      NHS: Primary Care Trust Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much each primary care trust currently owes its respective local authority in the east of England region; and How many local authorities currently, or in the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the report published on 16 February in Building magazine on construction work for the 2012 Olympic Games and the...

      Parliament Square: Tents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what authority tents have been erected on the grass in Parliament Square; how many people they are intended to accommodate; what rental charge is being levied...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What secure delivery service is used for the issue of new passports; and how many of the 298,172 replacement passports issued during 2006 related to the failure of...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women about measures to prevent trafficking; and whether they will make the coalition's resource...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the investigatory powers of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman extend to matters of United Kingdom national security; and, if so, what are the...

      Police: Paddington Green

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Metropolitan Police will facilitate the request for a visit by the Joint Committee on Human Rights to Paddington Green police station.

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 February (WA 235), whether they will accept bids from new operators offering lower standards of...

      Railways: High-speed Train

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How fuel efficiency and emissions are factored into the procurement process for the replacement high-speed train, for which they are now responsible.

      Railways: Passenger Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 7 March (WA 58), whether they will alter their assessment of the annual passenger growth rate over the...

      Railways: Removal of Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the powers of Network Rail to remove trees or other potential obstructions to railway lines extend beyond the boundaries of the railway or whether it is...

      Secure Training Centres: Hassockfield

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the reasons were for the lapse of 18 months between the inspection by the Commission for Social Care Inspection of Hassockfield secure training centre and the...

      Security Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether members of the security services routinely monitor the movements of senior public officials.

      Sport: Football Hooligans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to bring the legislation in Northern Ireland on football hooligans inside football stadia in line with that for the rest of the...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What factors underlay the finding of the Home Office position paper, published in May 2006, that "ordinary non-Arab ethnic Darfuris are not at risk of persecution...

      Taxation: Immigrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether immigrants to the United Kingdom pay income tax and national insurance on earned income in their first full year; and, if not, under which Act they qualify...

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any missing trader and carousel fraud outside the mobile phone industry; and Whether HM Revenue and Customs have withheld VAT repayments...

      Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that the rule of law will be applied in all terrorist suspect cases and that detainees will not be held indefinitely without charge.

      Wales Office: Translation Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much it costs per word for the Wales Office to translate English into Welsh.

      Waterways: Royal Canal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the repairs to the Royal Canal Longford and Begnagh bridges have cost; who carried out the work; and after what selection process.

      Waterways: Royal Canal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the work on the Royal Canal bridges at Lyneen and Mosstown and Lock 45 and associated culverts has cost; who carried out the work; and after what...

      Young Offender Institutions: Personal Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure the role of personal officer in young offender institutions is effectively implemented.

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