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Written answers

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House whether the Members Estimate Committee has drawn up a detailed proposal for a communications allowance for hon. Members to assist in the work of communicating with...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the number of internally-displaced people in Afghanistan; and what assessment he has made of recent...

    • Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which postal companies handle mail dispatched by his Department and its agencies.

      Developing Countries: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy to raise the matter of the impact of indoor air pollution in the developing world at the UN Commission on...

      Developing Countries: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to tackle deaths in the developing world caused by indoor air pollution.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of reed-bed technology as a means of tackling water problems in the developing...

      Mozambique: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he is making available to the survivors of the recent flooding and cyclone in Mozambique.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps his Department is taking to assist those who have been affected by economic collapse in Zimbabwe; (2) what recent...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment was made of the oral health of recruits to each of the armed services in each year for which records are available.

    • Armed Forces: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure was on each of the armed services in each of the last 15 years.

      Armed Forces: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Department's charging regime is for events organised by charities when the main beneficiary is a services charity; (2) on which occasions...

      Army: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the running costs were of the housing provided by his Department to the (a) Adjutant General, (b) Chief of the General Staff and (c)...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the armed forces are assigned to the household of the (a) Adjutant General and (b) Chief of the General Staff; (2) how many...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) general service soldiers, (b) full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service, (c) part-time members of the Royal Irish...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) general service soldiers, (b) full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service, (c) part-time members of the Royal Irish...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what benefits have been provided since 1977 by the Armed Forces Pension Scheme to (a) general service soldiers, (b) full-time members of the Royal...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcomes of the Oslo conference on cluster munitions were; how his Department plans to implement the agreement reached at the conference; and if...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects the effects of the outcome of the Oslo conference on cluster munitions to be on the Government's maintenance of stockpiles of (a) dumb...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 960W, on bombs, what he expects the effects of the outcome of the Oslo conference on...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      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 (DESO), which individuals were...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many copies of the 2005 edition of the Defence Export Services Organisation staff directory were distributed to individuals outside his Department;...

      Departments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by his Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c)...

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) 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 many have...

      Departments: Hilsea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what basis his Department has asked for a compliant bid from potential developers for the redundant Ministry of Defence site at Matapan Road, Hilsea;...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a veterans' card will be available; what the attributes of the proposed veterans' card are; why there has been a delay in producing a veterans'...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provides to ensure that skills and qualifications obtained by personnel during their period in the armed forces can be...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many sorties British personnel have participated in flying in (a) SAMA CH2000 and (b) SB7L Seeker aircraft flown by Iraqi pilots; (2) how...

      Living Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procedures are for assessing the cleanliness and habitability of armed forces personnel housing before a new tenant moves in; and how many...

      Marines: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Marines were allowed to return to the service in 2006 having served a prison sentence.

      Puma Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce his decision on the proposal to acquire eight Puma AS 330 SI helicopters from Eurocopter; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what names have been selected by the Ships' Names and Badges Committee for the future (a) seventh and eighth Type 45 destroyers and (b) the fourth...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Smoking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the Commission has decided where smoking will be permitted on the House of Commons part of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to retain the Agricultural Wages Board.

    • Departments: Orders and Regulations

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

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) manufacturing and (b) disposing of (i) an energy friendly light bulb and (ii)...

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to implement his plans to transfer responsibility for private sewers to sewerage companies; and if he will make...

  • Transport

    • East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what priority has been given to the redevelopment of existing station facilities in the advice given to bidders for the East Coast Mainline franchise.

    • Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which countries have put in bids for the Galileo satellite navigation project; (2) what progress has been made at a European level on the...

      Lighthouses: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the basis is in international law for the UK's contribution to the Irish lights fund.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chorley (Mr. Hoyle) of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 381W, on official cars, how many...

      Official Cars: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving offences were committed by drivers while working for the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each year since 1997.

      Ports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost, including harbour dues and pilotage costs, of access for ships to (a) British ports and (b) continental ports.

      Ports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the date was of each safety inspection carried out on a ship or an aircraft using a port or airport in Northern Ireland in the last three years...

      Ports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the countries of registration were of ships and aircraft using Northern Ireland's ports and airports in the last three years for which information...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of train services permit rail-users to take bicycles on board trains.

      Railways: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been allocated for the Railways for All accessibility strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reliability of (a) all train services from Taunton to Paddington and (b) the 7.07am train service from Taunton to...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many major trunk road schemes there have been to improve safety and improve traffic flow at junctions since 1997.

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the report for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency by Mr. Geoff Adam on the re-launch of the UK Shipping Register.

      South West Trains: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research he has (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on (i) the level of overcrowding on key routes operated by South West Trains (main line)...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects the road pricing or congestion charging pilots funded by the Transport Innovation Fund (a) to involve the use of CCTV and (b) to...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that rural issues are taken into account when decisions are made on any new road charging system.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of £5 notes in circulation; and what plans he has to increase the supply.

    • Bank Notes: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) £5, (b) £10 and (c) £20 notes are being stored in London by the Bank of England.

      Birth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of fluctuations in birth rates on economic growth over the past 40 years and (b) the likely effect of such...

      Birth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection he has made of the number of births in England in each year until 2012.

      Child Tax Credit: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child tax credit claims are currently unpaid because of software problems.

      Child Tax Credit: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the software problem is which has prevented payment of child tax credit from April 2006 to Mr. and Mrs. Symons of Verwood; (2) when he expects...

      Construction Industry Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many temporary Construction Industry Scheme 4 cards were issued to migrant workers in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; (2) how many temporary...

      Departments: London Underground

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times he has travelled on the London underground on official business in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to ensure his Department's economical use of paper.

      Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many work permits were applied for by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years.

      History: Curriculum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister for Scotland on promoting British history in Scottish schools.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income tax was paid in the last year for which figures are available by individuals whose income did not exceed their tax free allowance; and what...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households paid inheritance tax in each year since 1996-7.

      Inheritance Tax: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Northern Ireland paid inheritance tax in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in pay band 3 worked on the preparations of the original budget for the 2012 Olympics.

      Radio Frequencies: Licensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of grant-in-aid has been agreed with Ofcom to undertake its spectrum management functions for 2007-08; and what spectrum auctions he expects...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs of (a) transferring 0845 codes for HM Revenue and Customs services to a freephone 0800 service and (b) using a...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what commitment his Department has made to funding for the Rural Development Programme.

      Schools: Cadets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 326W, on school cadet forces, whether Sir Ian Russell's replacement has taken over his...

      Taxation: EC Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) progress has been made with and (b) outcome has arisen in each group litigation order tax cases brought against the Government in the European...

      VAT: Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the legislative mechanisms are for making public bodies exempt from the payment of value added tax; and if he will make a statement; (2) which...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether cases of forged tax credits resulting in prosecution (a) are reported to local jobcentres and (b) affect the payment of benefits to the individual...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is provision for relaxation of the repayment rules for tax credit claimants who receive an overpayment as a single award and then enter a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her officials had with the Casino Advisory Panel on the consistency of the arrangements of the Examinations in Public.

    • Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Casino Advisory Panel took to ensure that bidding authorities for the regional casino licence were given equal periods of...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) meetings and (b) discussions the Casino Advisory Panel sought with members of the Joint Scrutiny Committee on the draft...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice she gave to Professor Crowe and the Casino Advisory Panel on their decision not to allow hon. Members to speak at the...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what evidence on the merits of doorstep and destination casinos the Casino Advisory Panel were offered; and what use of such evidence...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions were held between her Department and the Casino Advisory Panel on the panel's refusal to allow hon. Members to give...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions were held between officials in her Department and members of the Casino Advisory Panel on the definition of...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Casino Advisory Panel discussed the (a) definition and (b) merits of destination as opposed to doorstep casinos at its...

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will include sustainability criteria in her Department's Public Service Agreement targets in the forthcoming comprehensive...

      Gaming Clubs: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department and (i) officers and (ii) councillors of...

      Gaming Clubs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings took place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department and the Casino Advisory Panel immediately prior to...

      Gaming Clubs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential for issues of competition to arise in cases of the siting of (a) regional, (b) large and...

      Monuments: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of designated monuments that have been damaged by agricultural cultivation in the...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the budgeted cost is of advertising for posts for London 2012.

      Olympic Games: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will seek discussions with (a) the FA, (b) the Scottish FA, (c) the Welsh FA and (d) the Northern Irish FA on providing a...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed in the Government Olympic Executive; what the total salary bill was in the last month for which figures are...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will commission a cost benefit analysis of the Woolwich site for the standard shooting ranges for the 2012 Olympics compared with...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to move the site of the standard shooting ranges for the Olympics away from Woolwich.

  • Education and Skills

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children's centres provide childcare places.

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children's centres are based in schools.

      Children's Centres: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the criteria are for establishing children's centres in Kent; (2) which wards in Kent (a) have children's centres and (b) he...

      Day Care: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department makes available to assist parents with the cost of child care for children with physical disabilities.

      Nursery Schools: Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) three and (b) four-year-olds are attending (i) nursery schools and (ii) classes in Westminster; and how many were attending...

      Parents: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils whose parents were claiming incapacity benefit achieved (a) more than five A* to C passes including English and...

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parents received custodial sentences for failing to make their children attend school in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether under the school admissions code of practice local authorities can give precedence in the waiting list to pupils who have not been...

      Volunteering: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the steps being taken to meet the recommendations of the Russell Commission on Youth Volunteering.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued by courts in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) Hemel Hempstead constituency in each quarter since...

    • Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency in detecting drugs trafficking since 1 April 2006;...

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantities of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy and (d) cannabis were seized as a result of HM Revenue and Customs operations in...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1928W, on firearms, if he will place in the Library the advice provided by...

      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, which games and videos are available for use.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent timetable is for introducing compulsory identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) personal data and (b) biometric data he plans identity cards will hold.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to bring forward legislation to make identity cards compulsory.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2007, Official Report, column 519W, on identity cards, what estimate he has made of the number of...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether data held on the National Identity Register will be cross-checked with the electoral register.

      National Identity Register: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which data fields he plans to be held on each individual entered in the National Identity Register; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Round Table on guns, knives and gangs has met in the last two years; on what dates it met; and if he will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1515W, on passports, which fictional passports have been issued.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on passports, whether there is a separate service level agreement...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were held in police cells during the recent activation of Operation Safeguard; and how many were (a) remand prisoners,...

      Police Custody: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether recommendations were made by his Department to (a) any chief constable and (b) ACPO on prisoner-to-police officer ratio during the...

      Police: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has provided to police authorities in respect of police cadets in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in England and Wales are suspended by police authorities; and what the total value is of their annual salaries.

      Police: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of (a) racism, (b) gender discrimination and (c) discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation were made by (i)...

      Police: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many information communication technology systems are being used by police forces in England and Wales, broken down by force.

      Police: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to police chief constables on the (a) design, (b) maintenance and (c) availability of information held on their...

      Police: Sirens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance is given to police car drivers on the use of their sirens at night-time; and whether the guidance (a) is kept under...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers were employed (a) in total and (b) full-time (i) as at 31 March in each year since 1997 and (ii) on 31 January 2007.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in the prison population was in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department collects about civil claims made by (a) current and (b) former prisoners against the prison service.

      Prisoners: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners are aged (i) 60 to 64 and (ii) over 65 years.

      Prisons: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid from public funds to prison imams in each year since 2001.

      Prisons: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons (a) employed and (b) used an imam in each year since 2001.

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the use of penalty notices for disorder.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to publish the results of the poll commissioned by the board of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency of staff views.

      Theft: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were cautioned for shoplifting in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug rehabilitation requirement orders were (a) issued to and (b) breached by young offenders aged 18 years and under in each year...

      Young Offenders: Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community rehabilitation orders were (a) issued to and (b) breached by young offenders aged 18 years or under in each year since...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Businesses: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Energy Act 2004 to (i) businesses and...

    • Construction: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the construction industry of the introduction of road user charging.

      Natural Gas: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with representatives from the Welsh Assembly Government on the Felindre to Tirley pipeline.

      Telephone Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Services (ICSTIS) has (a) issued formal reprimands to...

      Telephone Services: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many service providers the Independent Committee for the Supervision of the Standards of Telephone Services has found in breach of its...

      Water Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for trials of (a) tidal, (b) pump storage schemes, (c) wave and (d) hydroelectric power generation.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Audience Community Safety Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what rights of audience community safety staff have to appear in court.

    • Landlord and Tenant: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance her Department has issued on the types of services incurring service charges on which freeholders will be obliged...

      Landlord and Tenant: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans for freeholders to have an obligation to consult residents or leaseholders on service charges for the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex are in receipt of (i) attendance allowance and (ii) carer's allowance.

    • Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time taken to process an application for a community care grant was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departments: Freedom of Information

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

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Disability Discrimination Act 2004 and 2005 to (i)...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department gives to low income households with disabled children.

      Jobcentre Plus: Chorlton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what average time staff at the Chorlton office of Jobcentre Plus took to process applications to the Social Fund in the last 12 months;...

      Jobcentre Plus: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many special payments have been made to customers of Jobcentre Plus in compensation for the poor performance of Jobcentre Plus in each of...

      Jobcentre Plus: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loan payments were made from (a) Swaffham and (b) Downham Market Jobcentre Plus branches in each of the last five years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how far residents of (a) Swaffham and (b) Downham Market will have to travel to their nearest Jobcentre Plus branch if existing branches are...

      Jobcentre Plus: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the profile of customers visiting each of the Jobcentre Plus branches earmarked for closure in Norfolk;...

      Jobcentre Plus: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed at the Jobcentre Plus branches in (a) Swaffham and (b) Downham Market.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for North Norfolk of 23 June 2006 on behalf of his constituent Barbara Randle,...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have graduated from the New Deal for Young People to the New Deal 25 plus without having left the New Deal for Young People or...

      Pension Credit: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in each electoral ward in Tamworth constituency receive pension credit.

      Personal Accounts Delivery Authority: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost has been of the human resources consultancy work being performed for his Department in the search for the (a) chairman and...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received income support on grounds of incapacity in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who receive incapacity benefit are also in receipt of (a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of severe disablement allowance in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who receive severe disablement allowance also receive (a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit.

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of lone parents were (a) in employment and (b) on out of work benefits in each quarter since 1992.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual cost of increasing the additional 25 pence paid to pensioners over 80 years of age to £5 per week.

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual cost is of uprating state pensions to pensioners over 80 years of age.

      Village Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current funding arrangement is for village agents; and what will happen when the present funding comes to an end.

      Vocational Training: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what checks are undertaken by jobcentres on firms conducting interviews in jobcentres for enrolment on training courses for which applicants...

      Welfare to Work: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the welfare system in the UK.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Adoption: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a faith-based adoption agency which is not in receipt of public funds would be eligible for the exemption under...

    • Audit Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) budget and (b) administrative costs were of the Audit Commission in each year since its creation.

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations her Department has received from black and minority ethnic groups on the involvement of the Race...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how long the appointed Transition Commissioners are expected to assist the Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights.

      Community Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Millennium communities have been constructed; in what locations; and how many homes have been completed in each.

      Council Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to increase rent for council house tenants; and if she will make a statement.

      European Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the merits of including Cornish people within the terms of the European Framework...

      Local Government: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a by-election would be held under her proposals for reform of local government if a member of a directly elected...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Northavon dated (a) 2 October 2006, (b) 14 November 2006 and...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department plans to conduct a regulatory impact assessment as part of its forthcoming consultation on...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) who maintains the National Register of Social Housing; (2) how many homes in England are on the National Register of...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure that letting agencies receive the information necessary to implement the tenancy...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many meetings (a) she and (b) her Department's Ministers held with trade union representatives in 2006.

    • National Youth Volunteering Organisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much funding has been provided for the vcashpoint scheme organised by the National Youth Volunteering Organisation; and how many community...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which members of the Government attended the policy review event on 3 March; (2) what the cost was to the public purse of hosting the policy...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate she has made of the total cost of the Government's policy review process to date; and how much of the sum is accounted for by (a)...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any (a) people and (b) organisations have been served with orders for disclosure under section 8(3) of the Charities Act 1993 and...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1633W, on the Smith Institute, what the title was of each publication purchased;...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Appeals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what independent body exists to hear appeals on decisions made by his Department.

    • Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since its inception; and what the cost of each campaign was, broken...

      Departments: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department undertakes employee exit surveys.

      Slavery: Anniversaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what legacy he expects the Government to leave at the end of the commemorations of the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

      Slavery: Anniversaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals for an annual remembrance day in relation to abolition of the slave trade.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • West Bank: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will table a motion under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter requiring Israel not to expand its settlements in the...

    • Palestine Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of prospects for a National Unity government in Palestine.

      Palestine Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of prospects for a National Unity government in Palestine.

      Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Chinese government on arms sales to Iran.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the European Union is taking to promote the tackling of climate change internationally.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her South African counterpart on the security situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to Portugal on the unacceptability of the presence of President Mugabe and other members of the...

      Iraq: Civil War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of whether Iraq is in a state of civil war.

      Bilateral Relations: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on bilateral relations with Russia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the recent release of kidnapped embassy officials in Ethiopia for the...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the political situation in Sri Lanka; and if she will make a statement.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Pakistan concerning the dismissal of the Chief Justice.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is advocating at the UN Security Council on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of Iran's compliance with Security Council resolutions; and if she will make a statement.

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Governments of India and Pakistan on the political situation in Kashmir.

      Convention on Bribery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the United Kingdom's obligations are under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development convention on...

      Afghanistan: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she expects functioning institutions of justice to be fully operational as set out in the London Compact of 2006 in (a)...

      Afghanistan: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the reforms to strengthen the professionalism, credibility and integrity of key institutions of the justice system in...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact of opium crop eradication efforts in Helmand in 2006 on the security...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the eradication of opium crop in 2005 on the overall opium crop...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what strategy is in place for opium crop eradication in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 2007 harvest.

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her estimate is of the volume of production of opium in Afghanistan in each of the past five years; and what her estimate...

      Afghanistan: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she expects Afghanistan and (a) its neighbours and (b) other countries in the region to reach agreements to enable...

      Afghanistan: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she expects prisons to have separate facilities for men, women and juveniles in Afghanistan by the end of 2010 in...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her European colleagues on the military dictatorship in Burma.

      Chad: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the situation in Chad; what action the...

      China: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on forced abortions in China; and if she will make a statement.

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her estimate is of the number of political prisoners being held by the Cuban Government.

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the Government of Cuba on the detention of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure her Department's economical use of paper.

      EC Action: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) terms of reference and (b) membership are of the European Union's clearing house in respect of the addition and...

      Embassies: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she keeps a record of which Ministers have stayed at each British embassy or residence.

      Equatorial Guinea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the human rights record of the government of Equatorial Guinea.

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the European Commission's conclusion on Iran's future acquisition of...

      Iraq: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings officials from her Department have held with international oil companies since January 2003 at which Iraq was...

      Marc Swanson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress her officials have made in their inquiries of the Ministry of Justice in Brazil on the disappearance of Marc...

      Marie Therese Nlandu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has received on the imprisonment of Marie Thèrese Nlandu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government Ministers visited Namibia in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Namibia: Land Redistribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Namibian government on land redistribution in Namibia.

      Namibia: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Foreign Minister of Namibia on Zimbabwe.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the access given to North Korean nuclear facilities for International Atomic Energy Agency...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role she expects the United Kingdom to play in ensuring North Korea dismantles its nuclear weapons programme; and if she...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she has made to the decision taken by North Korea to commence a nuclear disarmament programme; and if she will...

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff at HM High Commission, Islamabad, are employed to work full-time on immigration matters.

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what average time was taken between the receipt by HM high commission, Islamabad of a registered appeal against the refusal of...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to visit Poland.

      Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contracts were awarded by her Department to private military security companies for work in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking in relation to recent clashes between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has received on the conflict in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with EU counterparts on the conflict in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent clashes between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Government.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking in relation to recent reports of human rights abuses against Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Foreign Secretary of (a) Libya, (b) Egypt and (c) Chad on the Darfur Region of Sudan.

      Sudan: Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Governments of Sudan and Chad to try to reduce border tensions.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in introducing the new UN-AU hybrid force into Darfur.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Namibian counterpart on the progress of the African Union in dealing with the humanitarian...

      Timor-Leste: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the President of Indonesia to request that Indonesia's former Information Minister, Yunus...

      Timor-Leste: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the latest security situation in Timor-Leste and (b) the likelihood of (i) the...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to her counterparts in (a) Japan, (b) Norway and (c) Iceland on full-scale...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the detention of Morgan Tsvangirai and other figures from the Movement for Democratic Change by...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with counterparts within the United Nations Security Council of the implications of the situation...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Commonwealth Secretariat on measures to engage with (a) government and (b) civil society...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been received from South Africa on a joint strategy with the EU for resolving the situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will hold discussions with (a) the South African Development Community and (b) EU member states on (i) the use of...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will seek discussions with the South African Development Community on (a) a joint strategy on timelines and benchmarks...

  • Health

    • Alliance Medical: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnostic scans were performed through the contract with Alliance Medical in each region in each year since it began; and what proportion this...

    • Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department received on the establishment of a local improvement finance trust within the area of the Bedfordshire Primary Care...

      Blood: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make international normalised ratio blood testing a requirement under the GP contract; (2) what estimate she has made of the number of...

      Breast Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast cancer treatments have been recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence since its creation.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has (a) received and (b) considered the Report by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances into the value of breast cancer screening...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have been screened under the bowel cancer screening programme, broken down by centre; how many people within the target 60 to 69...

      Community Nurses: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district and (b) community nurses were employed by Cumbria Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997.

      Community Nurses: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred to (a) district and (b) community nurses in Cumbria in each year since 1997.

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government funding was provided for research into (a) prevention, (b) treatment and (c) cure of dementia in each of the last five years; and what...

      Dentists: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) Eastbourne and (b) England have exhausted their 2006-07 NHS budgets.

      Departments: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c)...

      Departments: Complaints

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

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under the Freedom of Information...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Department's total expenditure on centrally funded (a) initiatives, (b) services and (c) special allocations was in each year since...

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) names and (b) job titles are of the officials within her Department who have responsibility for overseeing the delivery of dermatology services.

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she issues to (a) GPs, (b) primary care trusts and (c) other health professionals on support for children and students with diabetes.

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will press the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) to extend the maximum permitted derogation period under the food supplement directive for...

      Drugs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent in Lancashire on anti-drug initiatives in each of the last 10 years.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate of the numbers of problematic drug users and those accessing treatment formed the basis of the drug pooled treatment budget allocation for...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people underwent drug detoxification within NHS (a) run and (b) funded facilities in each of the last five years.

      Eastbourne Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to Eastbourne district general hospital for burns care services in 2007-08.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take over the next two years to tackle eating disorders.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of closure of specialist family planning clinics on the availability to general practitioners of training in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which patient and public interest groups responded to the Good Doctors, Safer Patients public consultation.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has carried out a race equality impact assessment of the reductions in budgets for 2007-08 for (a) South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, (b)...

      Health Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff in Lancashire have received training in communication with children.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the amount the NHS will pay to private healthcare providers in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2012-13.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the applicability of European competition law to (a) the future configuration of clinical services provided by private sector...

      Heart Diseases: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many major accident and emergency departments in England offer primary angioplasty.

      Hospitals: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to prevent incidents of violence against staff in (a) Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull hospitals and (b) hospitals...

      Hospitals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has issued guidance to primary care trusts on how to estimate the carbon impact of changes in travel patterns arising from proposals for...

      Influenza: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1552W, on influenza, what the (a) site and (b) content is of the stockpile of antiviral...

      Influenza: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1552-53W, on influenza, if she will take steps to ensure that the preparedness of...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on childbirth and maternity care by her Department in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Maudsley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has carried out a race equality impact assessment of the decision to close the Maudsley Hospital 24 hour emergency clinic; and if...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) oral questions and (b) written questions to her in the last session of Parliament were about mental health issues.

      Mentally ill: Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will discuss with the Home Secretary the number of anti-social behaviour orders given to people with mental health conditions.

      Mid-Essex Hospital Trust: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many job losses are expected through (a) compulsory redundancies and (b) not filling vacancies at the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust in the period 2006 to...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the status is of her Department's six-point plan for the recruitment and retention of NHS midwives; what the total expenditure on the plan has been...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors are taken into account in estimating the average caseload of community midwives.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant midwives there are in the NHS in England, broken down by region; and whether her Department has a target for the number of NHS...

      National Patient Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the absence from work of the joint chief executives of the National Patient Safety Agency.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when there was last a national target for the level of administrative costs in the NHS; and what that level was.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of payment by results on hospitals in the NHS.

      NHS: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-UK nationals work for the NHS as (a) doctors and (b) nurses.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for delaying the publication of the NHS workforce census.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) employment of temporary staff and (b) local area weighting allowances by each hospital acute trust and foundation hospital...

      NHS: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS hospitals trust spent on public affairs support from private companies in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration primary care trusts are required to give to the possible effects of secondments of staff for training purposes on the provision of (a)...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that health authorities and trusts collect adequate data on the involvement of staff in work-based learning; (2)...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many school nurses were employed in each health region in England in each of the last three years; (2) how many school nurses there are in each...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to encourage the NHS to provide fitness regimes for obese children; and how this will be funded.

      Operating Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many operations were conducted in each operating theatre in England in each of the last five years; how many hours per week each theatre was in...

      Ophthalmology: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into account in deciding not to provide continuing educational training for dispensing opticians in the review of general...

      Paediatrics: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatricians working in hospitals in England have an up-to-date Criminal Records Bureau certificate clearing them to work with children.

      Paramedical Staff: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedics there were in each year since 2000; and what the projected numbers are in each year to 2010.

      Patients: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of expenditure by her Department on (a) male and (b) female patients aged (i) 0 to 5, (ii) 5 to 9, (iii) 10 to 14, (iv) 15 to...

      Pneumococcal Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding she is providing for catch-up immunisation against paediatric pneumococcal disease in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Pneumococcal Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the success of the catch-up programme in immunising children against paediatric pneumococcal disease.

      Primary Health Care: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to the East of England Deanery NHS in each year since 1997 to provide postgraduate training in the primary care sector; and...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of skin cancer cases attributable to the use of sun beds by people under the age of 18 years; and what steps...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to skin cancer education awareness.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on (i) the number and (ii) children's unsupervised use of coin-operated unstaffed sunbed...

      Skin Cancer: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support her Department offers to skin cancer health campaigning initiatives by charities; and if she will make a statement.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of adults aged 16 and over who smoked in each year since 1977, broken down by gender.

      Sonographers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sonographers were employed by the NHS in each of the last five years; how many sonographers were newly-registered in each year; how many...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the notices of external employment given by her special advisers in the past 12 months.

      Tuberculosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1977W, on tuberculosis in Greater London, if she will break down the figures by...

      Urology: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans her Department has to assist people with urology, continence and stoma problems in obtaining alternative service providers in the event...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which individuals were sent copies of the draft guidelines on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland; what the cost was per copy of the...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate his Department has made of the number of abortions that will be performed in Northern Ireland each year once the draft guidelines...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to protect the poultry industry in Northern Ireland following the reported outbreak of an H5N1 virus infection in...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of domestic burglary were recorded in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command unit area in each of the last...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters were (a) sent and (b) received by his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Dogs: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dogs classified as dangerous under the relevant dangerous dogs legislation were signed over for humane destruction in Northern Ireland...

      Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1258W, on domestic wastes, if he will name...

      Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1258W, on domestic wastes, on what date...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what drugs seizures took place in each Northern Ireland prison in each of the last three years, broken down by drug type seized.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the number of illegally-held weapons in circulation in Northern Ireland.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress being made towards the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety waiting times targets...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people died whilst waiting for treatment on the NHS in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years, broken down by health trust...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland (a) have wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), (b) were diagnosed with wet AMD in each of the last...

      Motor Vehicles: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the criteria used to determine the location of mobile vehicle licence detection units take account of the estimated rate of licence...

      Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland makes of (a) variography and (b) pictometry techniques.

      Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what satellite photography Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland has (a) used and (b) purchased in the last five years; and what high resolution...

      Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) purpose and (b) function is of the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland's STAR computer system.

      Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what maximum or highest resolution of aerial photography Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland holds for any part of Northern Ireland.

      Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many aerial photographs Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland has (a) purchased and (b) taken in-house in each of the last five years.

      Parliament Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of external lighting of Parliament Buildings for the most recent period for which figures are available in each of the last...

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1883W, on the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, if he will meet the Police...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the authorities at (a) the Port of Belfast and (b) the Port of Larne on their future plans for development;...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the likely impact on trade at the Ports of Belfast, Larne and Warrenpoint of the proposed ports development on...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of levels of drug use in Northern Ireland's prisons; and what steps he is taking to prevent drug use in prisons.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the pay award to nurses and other public sector workers for 2007-08; and...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance and guidance is provided by his Department to help (a) teachers and (b) pupils deal with bullying.

      Pupils: Intimidation

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

      Railways: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding is planned for the Belfast to Larne railway line in the next three years.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists in Northern Ireland should have completed the Statutory Off Road Notice during 2006, but did not; and how many of these were...

      Roads: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with the upgrading of (a) the A8 Belfast to Larne Road and (b) the A72 Belfast to Carrickfergus Road; and if he...

      Roads: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the public purse was of the road gritting programme in Northern Ireland between 1 November and 31 January in each of the...

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what fire safety training is provided to teachers and other school staff in Northern Ireland.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the proposed Marine Bill; and whether the...

      Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were held in secure accommodation in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years who were not designated as requiring...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance and assistance has been provided by his Department to affected businesses in enforcing the smoking ban in Northern Ireland.

      Swans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate he has made of the number of whooper swans that settle in Northern Ireland each year; where they stay; whether any of the...

      Towerview School, Bangor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the new school build for Towerview Primary School in Bangor; whether he expects this timetable to be met; and if he...

      Translink: Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Translink public transport fleet has CCTV fitted; and what assessment he has made of the impact of CCTV in deterring...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of those eligible were issued with a Smart Pass in each of the last six years, broken down by eligibility category.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the proposed cap on capital values for domestic properties will apply to water bills.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimate is of the highest domestic water bill in Northern Ireland under the new capital value system once transitional relief has been...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Northern Ireland Administration is taking to provide the option of water metering for households that wish to opt in to a meter.

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of existing domestic properties in Northern Ireland will be able to volunteer to have a water meter installed from April 2007...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Gangmasters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have registered with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

    • Agriculture: Gangmasters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to date of establishing the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; and what is its budget allocation for 2006-07 and 2007-08.

      Agriculture: Tractors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for driving agricultural tractors on public roads without an appropriate licence.

      Agriculture: Wages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways they have publicised the existence of the Agricultural Wages Team Helpline; and how incoming migrant workers are informed about the national minimum wage.

      Armed Forces: Cougar Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the Ministry of Defence has made in delivering the Cougar vehicle to Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will organise an exchange of visits between the State Veterinary Service of the United Kingdom and that from Hungary to gain detailed information...

      Aviation: Goods Taken from Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What monitoring is carried out of the disposal of obviously new and unopened toiletries, over-the-counter medical and other goods taken from the hand luggage of...

      Aviation: Goods Taken from Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an estimate of the total costs to passengers of goods taken by officials from the hand luggage of airline passengers; what dangerous...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 7 March (WA 50) and Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 6 March (WA 25), whether they can explain the basis on which...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 7 March (WA 50), whether they will publish in the Official Report for ease of reference the provision of the Hong...

      Cheese

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the regulations relating to (a) own farm-produced milk, and (b) bought-in milk for the disposal of whey and washing water as waste products of cheese...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 25,000 single farm payment cases in 2005 which are being reviewed have now been resolved; and how many remain outstanding.

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the standards of environmental lifecycle performance of different biofuels from the various feedstocks currently used in the...

      Energy: Renewable Obligation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the Carbon Trust's July 2006 report, Policy Frameworks for Renewables, why they have ruled out replacement of the Renewable Obligation Scheme by...

      Environmental Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to establish a specialist environmental tribunal to help achieve environmental justice more fully and efficiently.

      EU: UK Net Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the calendar years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 what was the net balance on the United Kingdom official financial transactions with institutions of the European Union.

      EU: UK Net Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average annual payment over the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 which the United Kingdom paid to the European Union; and whether the figure represents the...

      Gambling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they estimate was the total gambling turnover in the United Kingdom for each of the years 2001 to 2006.

      Information Systems: DfT

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

      Information Systems: Northern Ireland Office

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

      Iraq: Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many C-130 Hercules aircraft deployed to Iraq are fitted with explosive suppressant foam (ESF); whether they plan to increase the number of Hercules aircraft...

      Organophosphates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current membership of the inter-departmental Official Group on Organophosphates (the Carden committee); what was the date of its last meeting; when it...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What expenditure they expect to incur on implementing the paving work for the planning gain supplement; and Whether they have a business plan for the expenditure...

      Railways: Cross Country Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12 March (HL2176) about the new Cross Country rail franchise, whether the 30 per cent increase in...

      Schools: Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 February (WA 266), what are the annual objectives agreed with the Schools Commissioner.

      Sinn Fein

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they hold any evidence concerning the allegation that the Sinn Fein leaders Mr Martin McGuinness and Mr Gerry Adams were, or are, leaders of the army...

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the loss of VAT receipts as a result of missing trader and carousel fraud.

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the degree of missing trader carousel fraud is reducing.

      Transport: Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which categories of licence which qualify holders to act as operators of public transport vehicles, ships and aircraft will be subject to VAT upon the cost of...

      Waterways: Moorings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the work on the moorings at Kilglass on the Shannon will cost; who is carrying out the work; and after what process of selection.

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