Written answers

Thursday, 15 March 2007

  • Solicitor-General

    • Trafficked Women

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance he has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on the provision of witness protection for women trafficked into the UK for the purpose of sexual...

    • Law Officers

      To ask the Solicitor-General what measures are in place to assess the Law Officers' maintenance of the public interest in dispensing legal advice to the Government.

      Soldier Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General on which occasions since 1997 he received correspondence from the Secretary of State for Defence on prosecution of soldiers for war crimes or serious offences while...

      Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proposals he has for the prevention and prosecution of fraud.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departments: Databases

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what databases are controlled by the House authorities; and what percentage of the data in each database is...

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what progress has been made on improving signage in Portcullis House.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members' Constituency Work

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to bring hon. Members' correspondence relating to constituency case work under the ambit of Parliamentary proceedings for the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of likely appeals resulting from changes in the heritage designation system.

    • English Heritage: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the resources required by English Heritage to carry out its responsibilities as proposed in the...

      Historic Buildings: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties represented by the Historic Houses Association (a) she, (b) the Minister for Sport, (c) the Minister for Culture...

      Historic Buildings: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties (a) owned and (b) managed by the National Trust (i) she, (ii) the Minister for Sport, (iii) the Minister for...

      Historic Buildings: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many properties (a) owned and (b) managed by English Heritage (i) she, (ii) the Minister for Sport, (iii) the Minister for Culture...

      Osborne House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will make a statement on the future of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight; (2) what steps she is taking to seek to repeal...

      Sportsmatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what level of funding will be available to Sportsmatch over the next three years.

      Sportsmatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the staff employed by Sportsmatch will continue to be employed under the new structure.

      Sportsmatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of Sportsmatch.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 1070-1W, on Afghanistan, how many undelivered urgent operational requirements since...

    • Afghanistan: Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of retention rates among the Afghan national army.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1161W, on armed forces: children, which internal welfare agencies are available to...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason a security pass was issued to BAE Systems executive Julian Scopes by his Department; when the security pass was originally issued; and to...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cluster bombs have been stockpiled by the UK, broken down by type.

      Bowman Combat Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what increments are planned for the Bowman communications system once initial conversion is completed.

      Correspondence: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Minister of State for the armed forces to reply to the letter of 31 January from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on his...

      Defence Export Services Organisation: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 960W, on the Defence Export Services Organisation: freedom of information, what the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many formal complaints on the condition of military housing were made by residents in each of the last 10 years.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all Mastiffs delivered to the Iraqi theatre of operations will be fitted with slatted armour.

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Mark 3 and (b) Mark 8 Lynx helicopters are (i) in service, (ii) under repair and (iii) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a...

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warships are fully operational in the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the safety of Nimrod aircraft.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the Nimrod fleet has been grounded since September 2006.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which air shows and other events the Red Arrows appeared in each of the last five years.

      Satellites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the potential cost of UK armed forces taking part in the Blue Force Tracker programme; (2) what funding...

  • Transport

    • A21: Pembury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities have occurred at the A21 junction with Henwood Green Road, Pembury in each year since 1997.

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received evidence of aircraft engine testing which has confirmed the presence of organophosphates in the engine bleed air.

      Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what procedures pilots should report any contaminated air events on a UK registered commercial aircraft.

      Aviation: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the carbon emissions produced by international air traffic movements using UK airspace without landing in the UK.

      East Coast Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what performance targets he has set for GNER for the East Coast Main Line franchise; and what assessment he has made of performance against those...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what point after entering the UK vehicles being driven in the UK but registered abroad are required to have vehicle excise duty paid on their behalf.

      Railways: Pennines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work has been undertaken to enhance capacity on Trans-Pennine rail routes since 1997.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accident blackspots he has identified in (a) Taunton constituency and (b) Somerset; and what steps his Department has undertaken to reduce...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in Taunton constituency in each year since 1996, broken down by the day of the week on which the accident occurred.

      Roads: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) total number of accidents, (b) average daily traffic flow and (c) accident rate per million vehicle kilometres was for the stretch of...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many kilometres of HGV lanes have been built or designated since 1997.

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid by the Government Car and Despatch Agency in London congestion charges in each year since the scheme's inception; and if he will make...

      Wheelchairs: Pedestrian Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies have been carried out on the risks associated with (a) motorised wheelchairs and (b) other pavement vehicles; what results were shown...

      Wrexham-Bidston Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been carried out into the extent of the potential for modal shift away from cars of the electrification of the Wrexham-Bidston...

  • Trade and Industry

    • EC Energy Policy: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made to ongoing energy discussions between the European Union and Canada; what matters of energy policy the...

    • Financial Services: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many independent financial advice practices went into administration in each year since 1997.

      Post Office: Magazine Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost to the Post Office was of producing the Keeping You Posted magazine in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

      Project Al Yamamah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been received by his Department about the Al Yamamah military contract following the announcement that the Serious...

      Thames Water: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received regarding Thames Water's policies in respect of non-paying customers.

  • Treasury

    • Arms Trade: Balkans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) assault rifles and (b) machine guns were imported from (i) Bosnia and Herzegovina, (ii) Croatia and (iii) Serbia and Montenegro in each year...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what activities were recently undertaken as part of Child Trust Fund week; and what the cost was of each.

      Departments: Knowledge Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many knowledge managers are employed by his Department; what their total remuneration is; how many vacancies for knowledge manager positions there...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 1907W, on special advisers, to which film and television company his answer referred.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage wage increase will be for each grade of civil servant in his Department in the 2007-08 pay round.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask (1) the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to date has been of maintaining the Treasury Euro Resource website, www.euro.gov.uk; (2) what the cost to the public purse was of the...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been of the euro information centres in (a) Southampton, (b) Inverness, (c) Kent and (d) Birmingham since their establishment.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which projects on energy efficiency in the public sector and increased access to the arts and culture have received funding under the Invest to...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce fiscal incentives to encourage households to introduce renewable energy and energy efficiency methods in their homes.

      Financial Services: EC Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the markets in financial instruments directive to be implemented in full in the United Kingdom by the deadline of November 2007.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure on external advice and consultancy was incurred by HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; how much has been incurred in...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Flights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total expenditure on flights by HM Revenue and Customs managers was with (a) British Airways and (b) BMI in each of the last two years.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Public Information Notice produced following the International Monetary Fund's Article IV consultation with the United...

      Leeds Castle Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost has been since 2006 of attendance at the meetings of the Leeds Castle Group.

      Marginal Tax Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a table on the lines of Table 4.2 of the Pre-Budget Report showing the number of households facing Marginal Deduction Rates of (a) 68...

      Michael Ellam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role Michael Ellam plays on the Treasury Board; and what day-to-day responsibilities he has.

      National Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the Director-General of the National Trust; and what was discussed.

      Personal Equity Plans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he intends to undertake a regulatory impact assessment prior to the merger of Personal Equity Plans (PEPs) and Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) in...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets his Department has set in relation to tobacco smuggling.

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) smuggled tobacco produce and (b) counterfeit tobacco produce was seized in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of Schedule E tax which was overpaid in each financial year since April 2000.

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of unpaid (a) Schedule D tax and (b) Capital Gains tax in each year since April 2000.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have moved into work from each New Deal programme and claimed tax credit; and what the average annual tax credit payment is to a person in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer question 119123, on the National Trust, tabled by the hon. Member for Salisbury on 1 February 2007.

  • International Development

    • Africa: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on sexual abuse of child refugees in the Great Lakes region of Africa; and if he will make...

    • European Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions the European Development Fund places on donor recipients; and what conditions his Department places on the same...

      European Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects the UK to ratify the 10th European Development Fund; and by when he expects all member states to have ratified the Fund.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Department has made of the number of abandoned vehicles in each month of the last five years, broken down...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote the development of (a) synthetic diesel and (b) other biofuel production...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will have regard to the growing of bio-fuel crops that (a) require deforestation and (b) inhibit sustainable food...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to implement the recommendation of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee that, before any...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average (a) dairy and (b) beef herd size is in (i) Great Britain, (ii) England, (iii) Wales and (iv) each county.

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to implement the Race Equality Duty since 2000.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants are working on policy on anaerobic digestion, broken down by grade; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Animal By-Products...

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has to increase the amount of recycled paper used in his Department; (2) what percentage of the paper...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to encourage local planning authorities to enforce higher standards for the energy efficiency...

      Environment Protection: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the environmental liability directive; and what is required for it to have...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, column 1723W, on executive agencies, what the net change was in...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2006, Official Report, column 1723W, on executive agencies, what subsequent changes to...

      Falcons: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take on the status of the saker falcon following the meeting of...

      Floods: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who decides on the allocation of funding to flood defence projects in North Yorkshire.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Hunting Act 2004 in achieving its objectives.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had on the Quinquennial Review of British Waterways of 2004; (2) what progress has been...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in making single farm payments.

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to change the amount of water abstraction for the purposes of public water supply.

      Water: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of UK water use is by (a) agriculture, (b) business excluding agriculture, (c) domestic consumers and (d)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Youth Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the administration of the Youth Opportunities Fund by local authorities.

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) places and (b) courses there are in the adult education sector; how many there were on 15 March 2006; and if he will make a...

      Skills Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how he plans to develop skills to make the UK a more competitive economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Leitch Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the progress to date in implementing conclusions and recommendations of the report of the Leitch review of skills.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the Sure Start programme on the early education, childcare, health and family support of...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals he has to strengthen support for children and young people who are excluded from school.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what basis funding for children's centres has been allocated for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Denominational Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of transport for pupils attending denominational schools was in (a) Leicestershire, (b) the East Midlands and (c) England...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of applications for university places were from mature students in the last 12 months.

      Creative Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the creative partnership programme on children's learning; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of apprenticeship frameworks do not require a technical certificate.

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consideration was given to the issue of bullying when the policy of extended hours for schools was developed.

      Schools: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that schools are aware of the proposed new guidelines on the collection of biometric data in schools.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local authorities have a control mechanism for surplus school balances; and how much was recycled using these mechanisms in the...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities have reported a contribution from their centrally retained schools budget to a combined services budget.

      Schools: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children from outside the UK are registered in schools in England, broken down by their country of origin.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library copies of guidance in place on charging to use sports facilities at private finance initiative schools.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of lifting the cap on top up fees in 2009 on application rates to university.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in delivering the Government's strategy to combat teenage pregnancy; and if he will make a statement.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what documents his Department and its agencies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English; into which languages such documents...

  • Health

    • Bedford Hospital NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she had to write off the historic debt of Bedford hospital NHS trust.

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is made available to (a) patients and (b) patient groups on their rights to complain to strategic health authorities about the...

      Efficiency Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will break down the efficiency savings in each workstream referred to in the answer of 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2087W, on the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on training for general practitioners to become GPs with a specialist interest in each year since 1997, broken down by primary care...

      General Practitioners: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there are in the (a) Greater London area and (b) London borough of Havering.

      Health Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will commission research into public participation in healthcare regulation, including (a) selection and recruitment processes, (b) the framework...

      Hospital Emergency Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency readmissions there have been to hospitals for those aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over in each quarter of...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on the Birthrate Plus work force planning tool.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives there were in the NHS in England in each year since 1997, expressed in terms of (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent, broken...

      Midwives: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwife training places were commissioned in each academic year since 1997; how many student midwives (a) entered training, (b) were in...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) hospitals, (b) care trusts and (c) foundation trusts in London are in budget deficit.

      NHS: Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Department's policy is on primary care trusts planning for maternity leave staffing cover; (2) if she will place in the Library her...

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department offers guidance to primary care trusts on maximum acceptable staff vacancy rates (a) across a trust as a whole and (b) for...

      Tomography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to include diagnostic ultrasound as a listed service for the purposes of regulation and inspection by the Healthcare Commission; and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets the Child Support Agency has for processing and reducing the volume of cases processed clerically; and if he will make a statement.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many additional new scheme Child Support Agency cases were being processed clerically in each month since January 2005; and if he...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days training were provided to Child Support Agency staff in the last 12 months.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency staff received training in each month since commencement of the Operational Improvement Plan; and if he will make...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) total and (b) full-time equivalent Child Support Agency staff were engaged in processing (i) old scheme and (ii) new scheme...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed in each of the six Child Support Agency call centres.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many users registered their details to receive e-mail updates from the Pensions Reform website in each of the last six months; and how many...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Pensions Reform blog has cost to administer since it was established.

      Employment Schemes: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per unsubsidised job sustained for at least six months was of the (a) new deal for young people, (b) new deal 25 plus,...

      Housing Benefit: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average deduction made per household from which a non-dependent deduction was made from their housing benefit entitlement was in...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been reported of (a) an individual using more than one national insurance number and (b) a national insurance number...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down the number of repeat participants by the number of times each repeated for each New Deal programme in each year since the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) men and (b) women leaving (i) the New Deal for Young People and (ii) New Deal 25 Plus (A) found a sustained job, (B)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on the New Deal since 2 May 1997; and how many jobs have been created by the scheme.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure on providing for participants to attend a certified vocational training course when taking part in the Employment...

      Pensions: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost of meeting the judgment of the Ombudsman's report on the matter of the employee pensions...

      Pensions: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received someone else's personal details with their recent pensions uprating notification; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by his Department since May 1997 were; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and...

      Stakeholder 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 Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations 2000 and 2005...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of retired persons reaching retirement age in the relevant year with a deficiency in National Insurance contributions...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress she has made in helping Jane-Louise Green, a constituent of the hon. Member for Stafford, to secure child support...

    • Divorce

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many decrees of judicial separation were granted in England and Wales in each year since 1979.

      Freedom of Information: Members' Constituency Work

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward measures to prevent correspondence between hon. Members and (a) health authorities and (b) hospital...

      Lords Lieutenant

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which Deputy Lords Lieutenant have been appointed since 1997; and how many of those are (a) female, (b) black and (c) Asian;

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departments: Silverfish Productions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contracts her Department awarded to Silverfish Productions Limited in each of the last three years; and at what cost.

    • Departments: Work Permits

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

      Fire Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been issued by her Department on the eligibility of multi-tier entrants for future membership of the...

      Housing: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the percentage of private homes in the borough of (a) Richmond-upon-Thames and (b)...

      Local Government: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the timetable is for ratifying the European Charter of Local Self-Government; (2) what discussions she has had with...

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish the Lyons Report.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer the letter of 8 May 2006 from the hon. Member for Chichester on behalf of his constituent Stephen Crossley.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions she has had with representatives of the banking industry on the effect of bank charges on levels of social exclusion.

    • Business: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Prime Minister's response to the hon. Member for North Essex following the statement on the European Council of 12 March 2007,...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much has been spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in his Department since its formation; how much is planned to be spent in...

    • Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his diary arrangements were during each period for which he has assumed the Prime Minister's responsibilities in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how often the (a) Prime Minister's Decision Unit and (b) Cabinet Office Impact Review Team visit each primary care trust; and whether the reports resulting from...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans the Government have drawn up to implement possible international intervention in Darfur.

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timetable the Government have set for progress on the implementation of phase 3 of the international force in Darfur; what...

      Darfur: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on the (a) humanitarian and (b) security situation in Darfur of the implementation...

      Darfur: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations the Government are making with NATO allies for the implementation of a no-fly-zone in Darfur.

      Departments: Work Permits

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

      Ippr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding her Department has provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since May 1997; and for what...

      Lebanon: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits the British Ambassador in Beirut has made to British-owned companies in Lebanon.

      Nepal: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries will send international observers to the forthcoming elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal.

      Nepal: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that the elections to the Constituent Assembly in Nepal are free and fair.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of recent conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and terrorists in the Batticaloa...

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what measures are part of the Plan B package of sanctions against the Government of Sudan; and if she will make a...

  • Home Department

    • Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle the (a) use and (b) sale on the internet of anabolic steroids.

    • Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps police forces are taking to tackle the availability of anabolic steroids.

      Angel Lodge, Wakefield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to make an announcement on whether the bid to site initial accommodation facilities at Angel Lodge in Wakefield has been...

      Animal Welfare: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of animal abuse occurred in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of antisocial behaviour co-ordinators in England and Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has held on introducing new measures to combat antisocial behaviour in England and Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of offenders receiving multiple penalty notices for disorder.

      Asylum: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were granted asylum in the UK, based upon a well founded fear of persecution by (a) the Russian Federation and (b)...

      CCTV: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many publicly-funded CCTV cameras were in operation in Eastbourne in each of the last five years.

      Community Support Officers: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Crime: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many reported crimes committed on bus services in the Greater London area there were in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004; (2)...

      Crime: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in each hospital in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by type of crime.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many cases of (a) violent crime and (b) serious violent crime were reported in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside,...

      Departments: Equal Opportunities

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

      Departments: PFI

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

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the incidence of violence in the home inflicted on a parent by a dependent child.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment has been made of the effect of (a) drug misuse and (b) alcohol abuse on criminal behaviour; and if he will make a...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Iraqi, (b) Afghan and (c) Somali nationals have been waiting for determination of their application for indefinite leave to...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the Government's action plan against trafficking; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to question 124361, on human trafficking, tabled by the hon. Member for Totnes on 26 February 2007.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the likely rate of error of identity cards.

      Identity Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the likely fee for an individual to obtain a stand-alone identity card without a passport element.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will subject the (a) Identity Cards Act 2006 and (b) Terrorism Act 2006 to post-legislative scrutiny.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of (a) allowing disorderly conduct on licensed premises and (b) selling alcohol to people who are drunk in...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what biometric information will be required for an EEA national to acquire a registration certificate under the plans for a national identity...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is being made for the National Identity Register to be used as a population register.

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from (a) the chairman designate and (b) the chief executive designate of the National Policing...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the budget of the National Policing Improvement Agency to be agreed.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much compensation was paid to foreign prisoners detained beyond the expiry of their sentence in 2006; (2) how many foreign...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners had been detained for more than three months after the expiry of their sentence on 31 December 2006.

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parenting orders arising from criminal conduct or anti-social behaviour were issued in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Parliament Square: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with police about demonstrations associated with Comic Relief and Red Nose Day within the exclusion zone around...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of frontline duties he uses in reference to police work.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely change in service provision resulting from the recent changes in the level of resources made...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have acting chief constables; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the Police Information Technology Organisation biometrics technology roadmap.

      Police: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in compensation to (a) convicted criminals and (b) unconvicted police suspects by (i) each police constabulary, (ii) the...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) suspended from duty and (b) fired in the last year for which figures are available.

      Police: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Police: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) work part-time and (b) have secondary employment outside the police.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of the Minister for Policing, Security and Community Safety in the Westminster Hall debate of 28 February 2007,...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which police forces in England and Wales he has received budget projections for the financial years up to and including 2010-11.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Investigation Department officers are employed in (a) England and Wales and (b) the West Midlands police authority area.

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police forces conduct exit interviews for police officers leaving the force (a) at retirement and (b) before retirement.

      Police: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales do not have their own anti-terrorist unit.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners aged (a) 60 to 64 and (b) over 65 years are serving sentences of (i) one to five, (ii) six to 10 and (iii) over 10 years.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of inmates who, having absconded from custody, commit offences while they remain at large;...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of (a) sex and (b) other offenders who were released from prison before the end of the sentence...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were held at HMP Peterborough as at 31 January 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners in the prison estate have home addresses in Wales, broken down by (a) category of offence and (b) length of...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his predecessor's statement of 28 September 2004 on extra funding for drug treatment, what additional funding has been spent on...

      Respect Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total annual staffing costs are of his Department's Respect Task Force; (2) what the cost was of setting up his Department's...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to centralise data collected by CCTV at the national Auto Number Plate Recognition Data Centre; and how much he has...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many participants in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme there were in each of the last five years, broken down by country of origin.

      Staffordshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of Staffordshire police and its ability to tackle crime in Staffordshire.

      Stop and Search: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many searches of (a) individuals and (b) vehicles were conducted under the Terrorism Act 2000 by each police force in England and Wales...

      Terrorism: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people claimed compensation for injuries arising from the terrorist attack in London of 7 July 2005; how many such claims have now...

      Tolls: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the London congestion charge cameras are connected to the National Automated Number Plate Recognition database.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1374W, on war crimes, what issues his Department is reviewing in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply substantively to questions (a) 109531, (b) 109533, (c) 109534 and (d) 109535, tabled on 12 December 2006 by the hon....

      Young Offender Institutions: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of prisoners (a) in the young offender institution (YOI) estate and (b) in Feltham...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of young offenders in young offender institutions who are held more than 50 miles from...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were working for youth offending teams at each June year-end since June 2001 in each youth offending team area; and if he...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) volunteers, (b) (i) full-time and (ii) part-time practitioners, (c) sessional staff, (d) administrative staff, (e)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been convicted of crimes in which alcohol has been a contributory factor in each of the last three years.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been convicted of assault in which the victim was (a) a female partner, (b) a male partner and (c) a...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were rendered homeless in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years as a result of domestic violence.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on translation services by each Northern Ireland Government Department, and its associated agencies, in each of the last six...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what revenue was generated by police speed camera operations in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to commission further research into the causes and treatment of the post traumatic stress disorder, post-abortion syndrome.

    • Agriculture: Wages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many complaints they have received from migrant workers about non-payment or delayed payment of wages; of these, how many referred to payments lower than the...

      Aviation: Engine Lubricants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of Lord Rooker's comments on 26 October 2006 (HL Deb, cols. 1283—84), they have commissioned research, independent of airlines and...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 18 January (WA 172) on discussions with Nepal on citizenship law, whether they will include in the list...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is a requirement that a person must hold a valid British National (Overseas) passport to register as a British citizen under the British Nationality...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information needs to be provided when requesting an appointment to register as a British citizen at the Ethnic Minorities Citizenship Unit of the British...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26 June 2006 (WA 120), whether passport officers at British consular posts abroad are issued...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why certain applicants for British citizenship at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong are being asked by officers at that unit to sign a declaration stating...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a person who became a British Overseas citizen on 1 July 1997 by virtue of Article 6(1) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 may lose that...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have conducted any investigation into the Miners and General Workers Compensation Recovery Unit which trades in miners' industrial disease claims.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent announcement by the chairman of the Solicitors Regulation Authority of a further investigation into solicitors involved in the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent statement by the chairman of the Solicitors Regulation Authority about the progress in the disciplinary cases being pursued...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the legal representation available to retired miners, their widows and families in pursuing complaints against their former...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make an assessment of the report by Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract into the British Coal vibration white finger litigation, British Coal...

      British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rights of those who live in British Overseas Territories can be taken away from them.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the accession chapters being negotiated between the European Union and Turkey include the issue of Turkish settlers in Northern Cyprus and their possible...

      Diplomatic Service List

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Diplomatic Service List publication has not been issued for 2007.

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the annual revenue loss of not taxing householders on income from energy generated through microgeneration and fed back into the grid.

      Energy: Renewables Obligation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total revenue received through the sale of renewable obligation certificates (ROCs) during each year of the operation of the...

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 6 March (WA 30), why they would incur disproportionate cost to reveal the legal instruments passed since 1997...

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 6 March (WA 30—1), whether, in assessing the legal base of proposals brought forward by the Commission...

      EU: Single Market

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the recent comments from the European Business School finance and banking team that a European Union single market cannot...

      Gambling: Betting Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licensed betting offices there are in the United Kingdom.

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many registered casinos there are in the United Kingdom.

      House of Lords: Membership of Public Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list Members of the House of Lords, by party affiliation, who have been appointed as paid chairs of non-departmental public bodies and government...

      Information Systems: DCLG

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

      Information Systems: FCO

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

      Iraq: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 22 June 2006 (WA 102) on military casualties in Iraq, whether they are now able to provide the requested information.

      Local Government: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the process for extending the current 25 per cent discount on council tax to other designated groups in a two-tier council area.

      New Deal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many participants there have been in the New Deal for Lone Parents in each month since 1998 in the city of Manchester; how many of those have successfully...

      Sudan: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are assisting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other humanitarian agencies with the return of refugees to southern Sudan from Egypt...

      Sudan: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of Egypt (a) to inquire into the deaths of Sudanese...

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they are conducting with other countries on missing trader and carousel fraud.

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