Written answers

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many meetings (a) he and (b) his deputy held with trade union representatives in 2006.

  • Wales

    • Business Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next expects to meet representatives of business organisations to discuss the impact of central Government regulations on Welsh businesses.

    • Economic Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on levels of economic activity in Wales.

      Manufacturing Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he last met the First Minister to discuss manufacturing exports from Wales.

      Prisons: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many prison doctors are employed full-time in Wales.

  • Transport

    • Departments: Work Permits

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

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of his joint letter with the Secretary of State for the Home Department to Chief Constables in England and Wales...

      M1: Tinsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whom he would expect to consult before agreeing to a request to close the M1 at Tinsley in order to facilitate the demolition of the cooling towers;...

      M1: Tinsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which days it would be possible to close the M1 at Tinsley to facilitate the demolition of the cooling towers; and for how long such a closure would...

      M1: Tinsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the length of time the M1 at Tinsley will need to be closed in order to allow the demolition of the cooling towers; and...

      M1: Tinsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received any requests to close the M1 at Tinsley for the purpose of demolishing the cooling towers; and whether any such closure is planned.

      M1: Tinsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost of closing the M1 at Tinsley to facilitate the demolition of the cooling towers.

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work has been undertaken to enhance capacity on the London to Brighton line since 1997.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there is a backlog of maintenance for local roads.

      Speed Limits: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fixed speed cameras are located in Gloucestershire, broken down by site and district council area.

      Transport: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what transport improvements for which his Department is responsible there have been in Tamworth constituency in the last 12 months; and what...

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects longer Pendolino trains to be operating on the West Coast Main Line.

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian needs of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid initiatives the UK is undertaking in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what total (a) value and (b) proportion of debts belonging to heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) is owned by commercial...

      Developing Countries: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with representatives of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative on treatment for (a) malaria and (b)...

      Institute for Public Policy Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Trading Ltd. in each year since May 1997; and for what purposes.

      Uganda: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda on the distribution of (a) development funds and (b) budget support to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what procedures her Department is following in drafting Part I of the Creative Economy Green Paper; and when she expects the Green Paper...

    • Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what procedure her Department used in appointing the Work Foundation to write a paper on the creative economy.

      Copyright: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what opportunity was given to stakeholders to comment on the evidence received by the Gowers Review prior to publication of the Gowers...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, columns 322-4W, on film, which other industry summits she (a) has held and...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what requests she has received from any authority within European member states in respect of the restitution of museum artefacts from...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in other EU member states on the restitution of museum artefacts.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many businesses based in (a) the London Borough of Newham, (b) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, (c) the London Borough...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which UK cities received the highest number of tourist visitors in each of the last 10 years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the House authorities have made of the volume of (a) carbon dioxide, (b) methane, (c)...

  • Treasury

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on using the reserve to cover the contingent liability for disallowances arising from the single farm payments under the Common...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1675W, on what date he was informed that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and...

      British Nationality: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the purpose was of the 'What it means to be British' research commissioned by his Department from Opinion Leader Research in 2005.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ask the Office for National Statistics to rework 2001 census data for the new parliamentary constituency areas once they are formally agreed.

      Climate Change Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how vacancies on his climate change taskforce were advertised; and if he will make a statement.

      Deborah Mattinson

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times he has met Ms Deborah Mattinson in an official capacity since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communication officers, (c) press officers and (d) promotional officers are employed in his Department; and what...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each campaign was, broken...

      Departments: Energy

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

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which postal companies handle mail dispatched by his Office and its agencies.

      Departments: Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many seminars held by the Smith Institute have been attended by Ministers in his Department acting in an official capacity in the last 12 months;...

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1489W, on Departments: Surveys, if he will redact personal information and place a copy of...

      Red Box Teaching Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what updates to the Red Box teaching pack were made in the last six months; and how many updates to the Red Box teaching pack have been produced.

      Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings (a) he and (b) his Department's Ministers held with trade union representatives in 2006.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) seminars, (b) workshops and (c) exhibitions were held by the human resources team in his Department in the last six months.

      Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1430W, on disciplinary procedures, what information his Human Resources Department...

      Electoral Register: Chorley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which areas within Chorley borough have low electoral registration rates.

      Employment Level

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people of working age were (a) in full- time employment and (b) in part-time employment in each year since 1979-80; (2) what the (a)...

      Employment Level

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) total employment rate and (b) total full-time employment rate in the (i) 10 local authority areas and (ii) 10 local...

      Government Contracts: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance the Office of Government Commerce has produced on making the award of public contracts conditional on the bidding private sector firms meeting...

      Institute of British Studies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made towards establishing an Institute of British Studies.

      Lakshmi Mittal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has met Lakshmi Mittal since 1997.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with counterparts in the Home Office regarding recent changes to the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 727W, on ministerial travel, which publication lists the overseas visits of (a) the...

      Office for National Statistics: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve the user-friendliness of the Office for National Statistics website.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many visits to India (a) HM Treasury civil servants and (b) special advisers took in preparation for his recent visit to India; and what estimate he...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2007, Official Report, column 2269W, on Official Visits: USA, whether he stayed at the British embassy on the visit in...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of Partnerships UK's assessment of the potential for private investment in the construction of the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he had first sight of the original budget for the 2012 Olympics prior to its approval by Cabinet for submission to the International Olympic...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many events his Department held in conjunction with the Smith Institute as part of the (a) Gowers, (b) Leitch, (c) Cox, (d) Cave and (e)...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1134W, on the Smith Institute, which charities applied to hold events at No. 11 Downing...

      Unemployment: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many economically inactive people of working age there were in Peterborough constituency in age groups (a) 18 to 24 years, (b) 25 to 50 years and (c)...

      V

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he attended the parliamentary reception for the charity V in February.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received representations from the Leader of the House on his Department's answers to written parliamentary questions.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on delays to mail sent to the United Kingdom from UK forces deployed abroad; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departments: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which merchant shipping vessels were (a) chartered and (b) used by his Department in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; and what the (A) name, (B) flag and...

      Gibraltar: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilians are employed at the dockyard in Gibraltar.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the adequacy of work carried out by the contractors fitting suppressant foam to Hercules aircraft.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the value of the Hercules aircraft ZH876 and its contents that was written off and destroyed following the landing accident...

      Identification Friend Foe Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he expects the Battlefield Target Identification System to supersede the Bowman and Coalition Blue Force Situational Awareness...

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Mastiff protected patrol vehicles have reached the front-line troops in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from Welsh regiments he expects to be included in the next roulement of troops that will be sent to Iraq in June; and if he will make a...

      Mine Clearing Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mine clearing vehicles were sold from his Department's inventory in each of the last four years.

      Royal Naval Hospital Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to relocate the Royal Hospital Haslar.

      Selly Oak Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the (a) accommodation and (b) treatment of wounded servicemen and women is organised at the NHS Selly Oak hospital.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the availability of wraparound child care.

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the availability of child care to parents of children aged between 11 and 16 years old, with particular...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress towards the Government's target to reduce the time taken to process child maintenance applications.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of lone parents whose youngest child is over 11 are receiving income support; and how many and what proportion are (a) carers...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether mechanisms are in place for jobseekers to recommence their benefits after ceasing short-term employment without having to sign on again...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people reported benefit thefts via the Department's benefit theft website in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed to answer benefit theft hotline calls in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 111479, on the quality of new deal programmes, tabled by the hon. Member for Fareham on 23 January 2007.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Construction: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the percentage of the construction industry's total value which was represented by research and development...

    • Data Protection: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Data Protection Act to (i) businesses and (ii) the...

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Dietary Supplements: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the size of the market share of suppliers based in the Channel Islands in the food supplements and...

      East of England Tourist Board: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what key performance indicators have been agreed between the East of England Development Agency and the East of England Tourist Board in...

      Enterprise Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been invested in (a) the Enterprise Capital Fund providing early stage funding for companies developing sustainable technologies...

      Government Contracts: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance his Department, its agencies or sponsored public bodies produced on making the award of public contracts conditional on the...

      Manufacturing: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) research and development, (b) manufacturing and (c) international investment in (i)...

      Regional Government: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total expenditure by (a) the Northwest Regional Development Agency, (b) One Northeast and (c) Yorkshire Forward was on the recent...

      Space Technology: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government have contributed to the EU space programme site in French Guyiana since its inception.

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what requests he has received for Ministers to visit non-EU countries on trade promotion visits since May 2005; (2) which countries...

      Under-represented Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has carried out into the barriers to enterprise experienced by under-represented groups.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Absent Voting: Prisoners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate her Department has made of how many UK citizens serving a punishment in a foreign prison voted by post or proxy...

    • Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which postal companies handle mail dispatched by her Department and its agencies.

      Election Petitions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations her Department has received from Equifax on the reliability of Election petitions.

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what submissions her Department has made to the Council of Europe on electoral fraud in the last six months.

      Electoral Systems: Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to implement the proposals of the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life made on 27 February...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many clients received Level One advice in each English region in each of the last five years.

      Small Claims: Personal Injury

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what date her Department plans to announce its findings on the appropriateness of raising the small claims limit for...

      Voting Rights: Commonwealth

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which Commonwealth countries have reciprocal agreements with the UK on residential qualifications for voting in (a) local...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average time his Department took to process an inter-country adoption in each of the last five years from (a) the time of the original...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learners (a) started and (b) successfully completed the framework for (i) apprenticeships and (ii) advanced apprenticeships in...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how long it took on average to produce a section 7 case in respect of Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether funding for child care is available to parents who accompany their child to the care facility; and if he will make a statement.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of increased competition for child care places following the increase of Sure Start...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on statistics relating to the work of his Department in each of the last five years.

      Education: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007 to question 121412, on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority curriculum review, if he will...

      English Language: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the use of certified pay slips as proof of low pay in order to meet the fee remission requirements for...

      English Language: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what legal advice his Department has received on the legality of admissions tutors deciding whether to accept a prospective migrant worker...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what efficiency savings have been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon review; and if he will...

      Overseas Students: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Learning and Skills Council on the extension of self declaration as a means of verifying students'...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained schools there are in each local authority area in England.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the overall balance of the schools budget is in each local education authority in England.

      Training: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had on provision of support for training to improve parenting skills.

      Workers Educational Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many courses were run by the Workers Educational Association in its southern region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006.

      Youth Opportunity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in the development of the Youth Opportunity Card.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he had with (a) the chairman and members of the Agricultural Wages Board and (b) other bodies and persons...

    • Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons were for the abandonment of his Department's proposal for a regulatory reform order in respect of the...

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely change to his Department's budget which would result from abolishing the Agricultural...

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to his Department was of developing a proposal for a regulatory reform order in respect of the Agricultural...

      Agricultural Wages Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Agricultural Wages Board in each of the last five years.

      Agriculture: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Single Farm Payment Scheme claims (a) have been adjusted and (b) are under review in Cumbria.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Single Payment Scheme claims (a) have been adjusted and (b) are under review.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which agricultural sectors in each EU member state Common Agricultural Policy support remains coupled to production.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on the distribution of animals as prizes in fairs and fetes.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been tested for bovine tuberculosis using the gamma interferon test in each English region since October...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account he plans to take of evidence obtained from badger culling operations at Steeple Leaze, Dorset and Thornbury,...

      Cattle: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many live calves were transported across Great Britain in 2006 and January 2007 in the course of being exported...

      Claims Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Claims Annual Report 2005-06; and when the next report is due to...

      Departments: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate has been made of the carbon footprint of his Department.

      Departments: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account he takes of animal welfare standards in the countries from which food procured by his Department is produced.

      Farmers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of changes in the average income of farmers in each sector of the farming industry in each of the...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the total cost of fly-tipping to landowners in each region; and if he will make a statement.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to compensate landowners for costs they incur in disposing of fly-tipped material; and if...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the cost of fly- tipping to landowners; and if he will make a statement.

      Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the live export of horses for slaughter; and what recent discussions he has had with his...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the household waste material collected as part of doorstep recycling collections by local authorities that is...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of plastic waste from (a) industrial, (b) residential and (c) agricultural sources was recycled for (i)...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of his Department's spending was devoted to (a) urban and (b) rural regeneration and redevelopment in (i)...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) extra payments and (b) refunds have been made as a result of adjustments to 2005 Single Payment Scheme...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in the number of (a) cattle, (b) pigs and (c) sheep reared on farms in England since the...

      Tyres: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken into the feasibility of tyre pyrolysis for diesel production as a way of...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average charge each local authority made for bulk waste doorstep collection in the last year for which figures are available.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government plan to publish their waste strategy.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many requests from hon. Members to bring constituents to visit 10 Downing street were acceded to in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what her Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each campaign was,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings she had with her Angolan counterpart in 2006.

    • Austria: Lichtenstein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Austrian counterpart on the recent transfer of territory from Austria to Lichtenstein; and...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Bangladesh regarding the security of (a) Sheik Hasina and (b) the...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking in the UN Security Council with regard to sanctions on Belarus.

      Brazil: Ethanol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has had discussions with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on the purchase of ethanol...

      Burma: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make it her policy to ban investment in Burma from (a) the UK and (b) British Dependent Territories; and if she...

      Burma: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will freeze the UK assets of (a) the government and (b) state-owned enterprises of Burma; and if she will make a statement.

      Convention on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects to ratify the United Nations convention on the non-navigational uses of international watercourses.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the UK's compliance with obligations to tackle corruption under Organisation for Economic...

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government has made to Croatia on the process of returning confiscated homes to Serbian people.

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects Croatia to be able to join the EU.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and if she will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which postal companies handle mail dispatched by her Department and its agencies.

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 1997; and what the cost of...

      Djibouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department had with the government of Djibouti in 2006; and what (i)...

      Egypt: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Egyptian counterpart on Egyptian-Sudanese disputed border territory in south-eastern Egypt.

      Embassies: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost was of maintaining UK embassies in the last year for which figures are available.

      Human Trafficking: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on human trafficking through new EU entrance countries.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on US Democrat policy of troop withdrawal from Iraq.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the membership is of the working group for security and border security agreed at the expanded regional neighbours'...

      Kosovo: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has made to the authorities in Kosovo on the return of Serbian Kosovans to their homes.

      Mauritania: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whom her Department has appointed as election observers for parliamentary observers in Mauritania.

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had in the UN Security Council on the attempt by Morocco to reclaim the territory of Ceuta in northern...

      Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Namibian counterpart on the future of the Caprivi Strip in north east Namibia; and whether...

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what personal involvement she has taken in negotiations with the North Korean regime on its nuclear weapons programme.

      Tanzania: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has received from the Tanzanian government on the repayment of money paid for BAE Radar Systems.

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her Chinese counterpart on human rights in Tibet.

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on Turkish membership of the EU.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there are plans for the territory of Western Sahara to be recognised by the UK as a sovereign independent country; and...

      Zimbabwe

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

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department will take to ensure that the next presidential election in Zimbabwe in 2008 will be free and fair.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports she has received on the arrest and treatment of Morgan Tsvangirai by the Government of Zimbabwe; and if she...

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      Zimbabwe: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to her Department on the treatment of opposition members in Zimbabwe by the government of...

  • Home Department

    • Amphetamines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence there is from UK seizures of illicit drugs and their precursors on the use of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine from...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued by each division of Gloucestershire constabulary in each of the last five years; and how...

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to check facial images taken for the purposes of biometric passports or identity cards against CCTV footage from unsolved crimes.

      Domestic Violence: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of domestic violence were reported in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency in each of the last five years.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were subject to electronic monitoring whilst on bail in each of the last two years; and how many of these people were charged...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times he has written to members of the judiciary on the subject of electronic monitoring of people whilst on bail in the last 12 months.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer from the Minister for Immigration of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 1, on identity cards, if he will...

      Immigration: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the absence of data on offences committed abroad by foreign nationals on the adequacy of risk...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) non-EEA residence card (Form EEA 2) and (b) permanent residence card (Form EEA 4) applications are being considered by his...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each port and airport in Northern Ireland have been detected as in alleged breach of the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter of 5 February 2007 from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield.

      Open Prisons: Drugs

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

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parking penalties were issued in the area of each local authority in England with parking responsibility in 2006; and what...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1514-5W, on passports, if he will list the organisations using the Passport...

      Police: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours of overtime were worked by police officers in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners serving indeterminate public protection sentences have been reclassified and transferred to another prison in the last 12...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK prisoners are being held under prisoner transfer arrangements for offences committed abroad.

      Prisoners: Bridgend

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what issues require resolution at Sandville Self-Help Centre prior to the resumption of pre-release prisoner volunteers being placed there.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women prisoners have children who are (a) under five years and (b) under 18 months.

      Prisons: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 271W, on the C-NOMIS IT project, what the outcome was of the review...

      Prisons: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what vetting procedures are undertaken by his Department before employing a minister of religion in HM prisons.

      Secure Accommodation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which secure accommodation facilities female adult offenders from each local authority in Wales were held in each year since 1997; and if...

      Stray Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to ensure that police authorities are fulfilling their obligations to receive stray dogs under the...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2153W, on war crimes, if he will list the cases for which all proceedings...

      Weir Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the sale of HMP Weir in May 2006.

      Women's Prisons: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average daily cost was of keeping a prisoner in each women's prison in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question numbers 114242, 114243 and 114244, tabled by the hon. Member for West Suffolk on 9 January 2007.

      Young Offenders: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) attempted suicides, (b) threats of suicide and (c) incidents of self-harm there were in each young offenders institution in...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the research programme of the Youth Justice Board relates to the Board's outcome measures.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what mechanisms will be introduced to ensure that monies raised through the implementation of the aggregates levy sustainability fund are...

    • Community Relations: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress made in evaluating the Community Safety Unit's pilot project on the recording of hate incidents in...

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) British subjects, (b) Irish citizens and (c) people with dual British-Irish nationality there were in Northern Ireland in each...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tutors taught English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much expenditure from the public purse there was on English for speakers of other languages courses in Northern Ireland in each of the last...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much money was given to primary schools in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years to help children for whom English is not...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many third level education institutions the Minister for Higher and Further Education has visited since her appointment to the Department.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to drugs treatment for prisoners in Northern Ireland in each of the past six years; and how many prisoners...

      Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many victims of racist incidents have been helped under the Practical Actions scheme of his Department's Community Safety Unit since the...

      Railways: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if Translink will make an estimate of the cost of providing a passing loop in the Ballykelly area for trains between Coleraine and Londonderry.

      Roads: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has made to the Scottish Executive in relation to the upgrading of (a) the A75 Stranraer to Dumfries Road and...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools the Minister for Higher and Further Education has visited since her appointment to the Department, broken down by (a)...

      Water Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the amount of water lost through leakage in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Water: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hosepipe bans were introduced in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; how many breaches of each ban were recorded; and what...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to encourage councils to develop neighbourhood charters.

    • Community Development: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 314-5W, on religious groups, which (a) Hindu, (b) Sikh...

      Council Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses are owned by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations in each London borough; and how many...

      Council Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many leaseholders in (a) arms length management organisation, (b) council and (c) housing association managed properties...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the causes of changes in the average level of council tax in England between 1997-08...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many photographs of domestic properties in (a) England and (b) Wales the Valuation Office Agency holds on its photograph...

      Councillors: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the longest period of time is for which the Standards Board can suspend a councillor; and how many cases have...

      Departments: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which conferences were funded (a) in whole and (b) in part by (i) her Department and (ii) its predecessor Department in the...

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which postal companies handle mail dispatched by her Department and its agencies.

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment has been made of the reasons for the levels of take-up of Government Connect by local authorities; (2) if...

      Empty Property: Calderdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the estimate for the number of empty properties in Calderdale was calculated; and how many of these properties are (a)...

      Greenbelt: M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the creation of a green arc around the M25 motorway; and if she will make a...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the introduction of Home Information Packs on the operation of the housing...

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to provide accessible housing mobility services for social housing tenants; and if she will...

      Housing: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in the City of Durham have reached the decent homes standard.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2040W, on housing: energy, if...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority houses were (a) demolished, (b) built and (c) sold under Right to Buy in 2006.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed right to manage on local authority finances.

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the implementation of single status and equal pay in local government; and what estimate she has...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) regulators and (b) other public sector bodies will have responsibilities for (i) regulating and (ii) auditing,...

      Maps: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ordnance Survey's MasterMap Address Layer 2 includes information on the council tax bands of individual properties.

      Neighbourhood Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new neighbourhood (a) warden and (b) manager schemes have been established since January 2006.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rates bill in England was in each year since 1997-98.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account is taken of the presence of (a) anti-fire sprinklers and (b) CCTV cameras by the Valuation Office Agency when...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning authorities have adopted a statement of community involvement.

      Planning Obligations: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what facilities were provided in Lancashire from agreements made under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice she has given to local councils on the criteria to be used in determining change of use of public houses.

      Regeneration: Lower Lea Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on non-Olympic regeneration in the Lower Lea Valley since July 2005; what plans her Department...

      Regional Planning and Development: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) she and (b) officials in her Department had with Arlington (i) in the period between the Government...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of stay was for tenants in (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord accommodation in (i)...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of homes (a) in the private sector, (b) rented from local authorities and (c) rented from...

      Social Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities are required to conduct housing condition surveys of social housing.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless households in temporary accommodation there were in each year since 2002-03.

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether councils which are preparing for unitary status will have elections pending in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 postponed or...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, from which sources the...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments there are in each strategic health authority, broken down by type.

    • Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007 , Official Report, columns 931-2W, on alcohol drinks: misuse, if she will break down the figures for admissions...

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage the £15 million earmarked to improve alcohol interventions in 2007-08 represents of the total uplift in revenue for NHS primary care...

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to persuade primary care trusts to give alcohol reduction strategies a higher priority in their funding.

      Animal Feed: Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Additives for Use in Animal Nutrition (England)...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects Lord Archer of Sandwell's enquiry into contaminated NHS blood and blood products to be completed.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ask the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to reconsider its decision on Gliadel; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals have been issued with the cancer drug Tarceva since March 2006; and which NHS trusts have (a) funded and (b) prescribed the cancer...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to record how many new cancer treatments developed through basic research (a) go forward to clinical trials and (b) become...

      Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has examined on the use of eggs from genetically modified hens in research into treatment for cancer; and if she will make a...

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) (a) to come to a conclusion and (b) to publish its findings on the...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the possibility of transmission of Clostridium difficile by airborne means.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted clostridium difficile from hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Complementary Medicine: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about food supplements and herbal remedies being marketed in the United Kingdom with health claims illegal in the UK by companies...

      Complementary Medicine: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date and for what reasons it was made illegal to offer (a) melatonin and (b) kava kava for sale in the United Kingdom; and what assessment she...

      Complementary Medicine: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to stem the flow of direct mail advertising from the Channel Islands offering products banned in the UK and products for which...

      Departments: Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish its business plan for 2007-08.

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what databases are controlled by her Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database she estimates is inaccurate or out of date.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers she has to examine the (a) veracity, (b) legality and (c) acceptability of claims made by companies outside the UK in their direct...

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to ensure the safe and secure availability of diamorphine for the treatment of patients with serious or terminal conditions; and if she...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will (a) increase the number of tier 4 interventions for young people with drug addiction and (b) increase access to services on a regional basis.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist family planning clinics there were in each of the last five years.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria the Government will use to assess whether the change in the nature and balance of food advertising to children has altered enough to...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2005 to (i)...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) ongoing costs of implementing the Food Labelling (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 to...

      Health Visitors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors there were in each English primary care trust in each quarter from Q1 1997 to Q1 2007; and if she will make a statement.

      Health: Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the progress in implementing the commitment in her Department's White Paper 'Choosing Health' for health to be a component...

      Herbal Medicine: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) discussions she has had with and (b) representations she has received from (i) the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and (ii)...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the health of long-term heroin users of prescription of heroin on the NHS.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimates she has made of the effect on costs to the NHS in 2005-06 of the referral of patients to NHS homeopathic facilities; (2) which...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance she has issued to primary care trusts on provision of the option of access to homeopathy care and treatment in the NHS; and what...

      Hospital Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many respite beds are available in each London borough; and what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting period is for respite beds in each London...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to NHS hospitals for (a) drug-related and (b) alcohol-related illnesses and injuries in each strategic health authority...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of a link between contract cleaning services and levels of hospital-acquired infections in hospitals; when the assessment was...

      Hyperactivity: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were issued in each year since 1997-98.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department gives to primary care trusts on the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines in...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to submit a request to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to undertake a comparison of the different types of...

      Local Government Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets her Department sets for local authorities.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many episodes of maternity care there were in (a) consultant-led units with more than 3,000 live births per year, (b) consultant-led units...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many electronic patient records she expects there to be; and how many she expects to have (a) sealed and (b) sealed and locked data on them.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places there were for midwives in each health region in England in each of the last three years.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 428W, on missing persons, what bilateral contact her Department has had with other...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library information she has on the incidence rates of MRSA in other (a) EU and (b) World Health Organisation member states; and...

      MRSA: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted MRSA in hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Multiple Sclerosis: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's budget was for research into (a) multiple sclerosis and (b) AIDS in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medicines were reclassified from prescription-only status to over-the-counter status in each year since 2002-03; and whether it remains her...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) drugs and (b) treatments are not available on NHS prescriptions in England that are available in other parts of the UK.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statutory responsibilities (a) she and (b) the NHS Director of IT has in the sale of (i) any NHS IT supplier and (ii) iSoft.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which clinical specialists have been removed on a temporary basis as options on the Choose and Book IT system for general practitioners in Bedfordshire in...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement whether her Department has had to revise any of the (a) costs incurred and (b) total expected contract cost over five years of...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the national programme for IT in the NHS will be launched; (2) what projection she has made of the total implementation cost of the national...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have bought new computer services outside the NHS national programme for IT during the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs of (a) the Personal Demographic Service, (b) the Personal Spine Information Service, (c) the Transaction Messaging Service, (d) the...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the compatibility of the new NHS IT system with hospitals' present IT systems.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of how long it will take hospitals to transfer all information from their present IT systems onto the new NHS IT system.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of their budget each hospital is expected to spend implementing the new NHS IT system; and what assessment has been made of the impact of...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of alternatives to a central database for storing patient records; (2) whether an assessment has been carried out of...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many claims for clinical negligence there were against the NHS in each year since 1995; and what percentage of these claims were successful in...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average pay per head of NHS staff in England was in each year since 1997; and what the average paybill per head was for each NHS organisation in...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated total staff pensions liability is of the NHS Pensions Agency.

      Nitrous Oxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions there have been since 1977 under section 52 of the Medicines Act 1968 for the sale of nitrous oxide; and if she will make a statement.

      Nitrous Oxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the availability of nitrous oxide for recreational use in nightclubs and bars; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to revise the nutrient profiling model used by the Food Standards Agency.

      Obesity: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in Lancashire under the age of 12 years were classified as (a) obese and (b) overweight in each of the last five years.

      Patients: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the security implications of housing patient data in a central database.

      Patients: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) Government agencies and (b) other public bodies will have access to a centrally held NHS patient database; (2) what arrangements are...

      Patients: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to allow patients to opt-out of the centrally held NHS database; and what the conditions for opt-out are.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to regulate the use of dermal fillers.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the findings of her Department's review of prescription charges; who is undertaking the review; whether third-party...

      Smoking: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Smoke Free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007 will apply to privately owned houses (a) when they are being used for public purposes...

      Sunitinib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the licensed drug Sunitinib is available on NHS prescription.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Civil Society Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a summary of the United Kingdom's aid to civil society organisations in Afghanistan that are promoting human rights, equality, and the...

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will bring forward legislation to allow women to transmit their British citizenship to their children who were born to foreign fathers overseas before...

      Cement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted in the production of one tonne of cement; and what is the...

      Children: Community Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are reviewing the balance between the surveillance and support elements of sentences served by children in the community.

      China: Death Penalty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations have been made to the Government of China over the continuing implementation of the death penalty.

      Coast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their timetable for consultation on, and consideration of, the proposals from Natural England for the creation of a 4,500 kilometres continuous corridor of...

      Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Home Office has paid out in compensation for whatever reason to (a) convicted prisoners; (b) individuals on remand; and (c) all other categories of...

      Crime: Life-shortening Medication

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the doctrine of double effect in relation to the law on homicide applies to the use by a doctor of life-shortening medication with the intention of...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether statistics are available on the incidence during police investigations of accusations of rape being withdrawn in circumstances where admission of false...

      Diplomatic Missions: Congestion Charge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further representations they have made to foreign embassies and missions in London over the non-payment of the congestion charge; and whether they will...

      Egypt: Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 19 February (WA 177) about Egyptian identity cards, what has been the result of their discussions with the German...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in the development of environmental and sustainability certification standards for (a) domestically produced, and (b) imported...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any feedstock for biofuels is cultivated using organic farming techniques.

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of set-aside farming land is now cultivated for feedstock for biofuels.

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the targets for United Kingdom market share of biofuels include all biofuels, irrespective of their different carbon emission mitigation benefits; and...

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the impact of local government microgeneration targets is not diminished by proposals to improve energy efficiency in...

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 1 March (Official Report, cols. 1747-49), by what legal instrument those wishing to fly the European Union...

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord Evans of Temple Guiting on 7 March (GC 46—7) in the debate on the draft Local Electoral Administration and Registration...

      Government: Non-ministerial Departments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any non-ministerial government departments which are governed by a board which comprises both executive and non-executive members; and, if so,...

      Houses of Parliament: Smoking

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the timetable for the implementation of changes to the smoking policy on the parliamentary estate, in line with the smoke-free provisions of the Health...

      Immigration: Fast-track Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of initial decisions on asylum applications in 2006 were made (a) in the detained fast track, and (b) outside the detained fast track; and what was...

      Immigration: Initial Decisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to improve the quality of initial decisions in immigration cases in order to avoid unnecessary appeals and refunds.

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families have been supported in the Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004 pilot areas following a human rights...

      Immigration: Treatment of Claimants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children have been taken into care as a result of Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004.

      Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current assessment of Iraq's ability to deploy weapons of mass destruction before March 2003.

      Kosovo: Small Arms Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide funding or technical assistance for the implementation of the conclusions of the 2006 small arms survey of Kosovo.

      Local Government: Unitary Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessments they have made of the impact on planned public expenditure totals of local authorities' proposals to establish unitary structures.

      Local Government: Unitary Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a list of the partners and stakeholders who will have an opportunity to make representations about the proposals for unitary structures...

      Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where Manchester is ranked on the Indices of Deprivation.

      Namibia: Land Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What technical assistance they will offer to the Government of Namibia to ensure that land reform is achieved peacefully.

      Nepal: Consular Discussions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What matters were discussed at the meeting between the British consulate-general and the Nepalese consulate-general on 12 March in Hong Kong; whether they will ask...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which passport interview offices have already secured premises; and how much these premises cost from the date of acquisition to 1 February 2007.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the UK Borders Bill, in its current form, is fully compatible with the European convention against trafficking.

      Police: IPCC

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Independent Police Complaints Commission pays the total costs it incurs while conducting an investigation; and, if not, which other bodies contribute...

      Prisoners: Supervision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners are currently subject to supervision by MAPPA (multi-agency public protection).

      Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost to the taxpayer of (a) a community order, and (b) a suspended sentence order.

      Somaliland: Millennium Development Goals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the capacity of the Somaliland authorities to measure their attainment of the millennium development goals.

      Translation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been spent on translation services for non-English speaking citizens of the United Kingdom each year since 1997.

      Translation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to review the adequacy and effectiveness of money being spent on translation services, in light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's aim that...

      Transport: Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what criteria they decide whether to make a Statement to Parliament in the aftermath of a road or rail accident.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Article 301 of Turkey's penal code, which makes it a criminal offence to insult the Turkish identity and prevents free discussion of the circumstances in...

      Young Offender Institutions: Huntercombe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions since September 2004 independent monitoring boards have raised with the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board their concerns about the...

      Young Offender Institutions: Huntercombe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At what time is the latest recorded arrival of a young person at Huntercombe young offender institution.

      Young Offender Institutions: Huntercombe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How often in the past 12 months juveniles have been transported to Huntercombe young offender institution in shared transport with adult prisoners.

      Young Offender Institutions: Huntercombe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many young people in Huntercombe young offender institution have been held more than 100 miles from their homes in the latest period for which figures are...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What treaties and agreements are in force relating to the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes giving protection to investors in...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fact that Zimbabwe is no longer a member of the Commonwealth means that the situation in that country will not be discussed at any point during the...

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