Written answers

Monday, 26 March 2007

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's proposals for greater public access to the coast; and when he plans to...

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's budget for the Common Agricultural Policy was paid to farmers; and if he will make a statement.

      Docking of Working Dogs Tails (England) Regulations 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the draft Docking of Working Dogs' Tails (England) Regulations 2007 were withdrawn.

      Energy Protection: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely environmental benefits of banning the sale of energy inefficient, incandescent...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies his Department has (a) carried out and (b) supported on the health impact on farm animals of feeding them the...

      Institute for Public Policy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the Environment Agency provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since May 1997; and for...

      Seals: Shetland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons for recent trends in the population of common seals in the Shetland Islands.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the annual absolute carbon emissions of the parliamentary estate were in each of the last five years.

    • 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)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to ensure that an electronic version of each written ministerial statement is provided to the Library on the day it is made.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what large scale reconstruction projects have been completed in Afghanistan since 2002.

    • Developing Countries: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will seek a reduction in the price of the essential medicines for AIDS treatment at the forthcoming G8 Development Ministers...

      Palestinians: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been paid to HSBC to transfer social welfare payments to Palestinian (a) workers, (b) pensioners and (c) welfare...

      Palestinians: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many European Commission staff are involved in administering the Temporary International Mechanism.

      Palestinians: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment the European Commission has undertaken of the operation of the Temporary International Mechanism; how Palestinians were...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the annual recurrent costs of maintaining a high level of preparedness among UN agencies.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on whaling in the last 12 months.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • Scotland

    • Advocate-General for Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of travel by train by staff in the Office of the Advocate-General in each year since 1997.

    • Advocate-General for Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff were employed to work in the Office of the Advocate-General in each year since 1997.

      Advocate-General for Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his estimate is of the expenditure by the Advocate-General's Office on newspapers, magazines and periodicals in each year since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departments: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its sponsored public bodies has produced on making the award of public contracts...

    • Departments: Postal Services

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

      Homelessness: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was allocated to training for homeless people in London from resources received from the European Social Fund in each quarter of 2007;...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which local authorities he has consulted on his plans to change the housing benefit subsidy for homeless households in temporary...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of non-housing revenue account expenditure on homeless households in temporary accommodation in each year since 2002-03.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children lived in households in receipt of income support in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many information technology projects within the responsibility of his Department, its agencies and their predecessors have been cancelled...

      Means-Tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of each means-tested benefit administered by his Department in each year since 1990-91.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department checked the immigration status of applicants for national insurance numbers in each year since 1997; and...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost to his Department of each new deal programme has been in each year since 2001.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost per job placement of (a) the New Deal for Young People and (b) New Deal 25 plus.

      Pensioners: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners live in (a) Hartlepool borough council and (b) Tees Valley sub-region areas; how many are in receipt of council tax...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on paying (a) social security benefits and (b) job seeker's allowance to people who live with a partner who...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on paying (a) social security benefits and (b) job seeker's allowance to people who live with a parent who...

  • Transport

    • Departments: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Ministers in his Department have had meetings with former Ministers of the Department in the last three months.

    • Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who has had access to the diaries of his Department's (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the last three months.

      Departments: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 18W, if he will break down by commercial and industrial sector the 4711 passes issued...

      Exhaust Emissions: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the progress of motor manufacturers towards meeting the targets for new car emission levels set out in the 1998...

      Galileo Satellite Navigation System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the date when the Galileo satellite navigation system will be fully functional.

      Heathrow Airport: Air Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of flights were delayed from landing by having to circle or stack at Heathrow airport in (a) the last 12 months and (b) the last...

      HGV Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers his Department has to ensure that foreign drivers unable to obtain HGV licences in the UK for medical reasons do not drive in the UK.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons estimates of the number of foreign registered vehicles on UK roads are not available, as referred to in the answer of 9 January 2006,...

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many light rail projects his Department has considered since 1997.

      Road Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1456W, on tolls, whether the (a) London congestion charge and (b) Durham congestion...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of the (a) motorway and (b) strategic trunk network have been widened to ease traffic bottlenecks since 1997.

      Tolls: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has selected Manchester as a location for a road user pricing pilot.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the timetable for the draft Transport Bill.

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date he expects to approve technology and testing standards for equipment that could be fitted to vehicles to abate emissions of nitrogen oxide...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which postal companies handle mail dispatched by her Department and its agencies.

    • Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on newsprint recruitment advertising in each of the last five years; and which newspapers it used for such...

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many vacancies there are within her Department.

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on recruitment in the last five years, broken down by (a) costs incurred directly by her Department,...

      Gaming Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) the Chairman and (b) other members of the Casino Advisory Panel read the Joint Committee's Report on the Gambling Bill...

      Gaming Clubs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regional casinos must be licensed in the pilot scheme in order to comply with the EU legislation relating to freedom of enterprise.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funding provided by each lottery distributor went to voluntary and community sector organisations in each of the last...

      Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) roles and (b) pay grades are of (i) Board and (ii) Committee members of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the likely effect on lottery resources available to voluntary and community bodies of national lottery funding for...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will break down by area of planned expenditure the £390 million allocated for sport in the public sector funding package for...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has benchmarked the expenditure on administrative costs accrued by the Olympic Delivery Authority in relation to...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) the Government and (b) the Big Lottery Fund spent on elite sport, including facilities and major events, in each of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on casino development in Northern Ireland; and if he will...

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each campaign...

      Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged 90 years or over were living in Northern Ireland in each year since 1995.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drugs treatment programmes were in operation in each Northern Ireland prison in each of the last six years.

      Roads: Bangor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) fatal and (b) non-fatal accidents occurred at Six Road Ends in Bangor in each of the past six years; and what assessment was made...

      Universities: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total costs associated with building a new university on the Springvale site have been to date.

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for how long the Valuation and Lands Agency has used pictometry techniques for valuations of domestic property.

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which councils in Northern Ireland are willing to engage in the Valuation and Land Agency or Land and Property Services Agency's building...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice the Valuation and Land Agency or Land and Property Services Agency has sought from (a) the Information Commission and (b) legal...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information Belfast city council is providing to the Valuation and Lands Agency or Land and Property Services Agency as part of the...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use the (a) Valuation and Lands Agency and (b) Land and Property Services Agency is (i) making and (ii) planning to make of fee code...

      Victims Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants there were for the post of Victims Commissioner in Northern Ireland, broken down by (a) gender and (b) religious...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has made to the US to ensure the safe return of former residents of (a) the UK and...

    • Africa: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of action taken to stop the trafficking of narcotics across African borders.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of relations between Ascension Islanders and the Island administrator.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions have been made to hold elections to replace the Ascension Island councillors who have recently resigned.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Ministers from her Department visited Ascension Island in each year since 1997; and what the (a) duration and (b) purpose...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in providing permanent rights of (a) abode and (b) property ownership to residents of Ascension Island.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received from the United States government on providing (a) permanent rights of abode and (b)...

      Cambodia: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the independence from the political process of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of...

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by the High Commission in Yaoundé on the arrest and detention of Dr. Nfor Ngala Nfor...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the compliance by China, in respect of its occupation of Tibet, with Article 49 paragraph six of...

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's assessment is of the democratic process in Egypt.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made on the raids of 23 and 25 February 2007 by US and Iraqi forces on the head offices of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria the Government use when formulating policy of opposing or supporting development of nuclear capability by other states.

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether HM High Commission, Islamabad, has received the decision papers from the Immigration Appeals Tribunal in respect of...

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many refused immigration applications are awaiting review by entry clearance managers at HM High Commission, Islamabad.

      Pakistan: Religious Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many imams were granted entry clearance from Pakistan to carry out religious duties in the UK in each year since 1995.

      Paramjeet Singh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on the case of Mr Paramjeet Singh, arrested in India on 23 December 2006; and what action...

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she last met her counterpart in Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her counterpart in Saudi Arabia.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she plans to visit Saudi Arabia in the near future.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Court Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the Community Court schemes in Salford and Liverpool.

    • Community Court Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the most recent re-offending rates are in England and Wales; and what the re-offending rates have been from the Community...

      Community Court Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the most recent attendance rate by the accused at court is in England and Wales; and what the rate has been at the...

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to transfer funds from HM Coroner for Oxfordshire to HM Coroner for Wiltshire following the decision to...

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what new arrangements she plans to make to fund HM Coroners following her decision to transfer responsibility for coroners...

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the additional costs falling on HM Coroner for Wiltshire arising from the transfer of cases of...

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many military inquests were conducted in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) Wiltshire in each of the last five years.

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what extra funding and staffing has been given to the Oxfordshire Coroner to assist with the cost of military inquests incurred...

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what funding her Department provided for security in courts in each year since 2001.

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department has taken to improve security at courts in England and Wales since 2001.

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many security staff are employed at (a) High Court premises and (b) Crown court premises in England and Wales.

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment has been made of security arrangements at courts in England and Wales following recent bombings of courts...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 1997; and what the cost of...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in...

      Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many meetings (a) she and (b) her Department's Ministers held with trade union representatives in 2006.

      Gender Recognition Act 2004

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether criminal actions under section 22 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 can be pursued for any period, so long as evidence...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the effect on those (a) affected by domestic violence and (b) on low incomes of...

      Miscarriages of Justice: Family Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) which Minister would be responsible for assessing whether systemic miscarriages of justice were occurring in the family...

      National Archives

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on delivery of services to researchers of the reduction in support for the National...

      Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) whether an individual will be entitled to refuse to provide the personal identifier details in the event that the...

      Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the reasons are for the differences in the procedures in relation to personal identifiers for those that vote by post and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy: Isle of Sheppey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding Kent county council is providing for the proposed Academy on the Isle of Sheppey.

    • Act of Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what ways the 300(th )Anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland will be officially commemorated in events and...

      Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many admissions appeals were heard for pupils in the Peterborough Local Education Authority in each year since 1997; how many were...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people in (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships (i) were participating in a programme-led apprenticeship and...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1249W, on apprentices, how many and what proportion of (a)...

      Children's Centres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the criteria were for approving children's centres in Kensington and Chelsea; and in what locations in the borough he expects...

      City Academies: Darwen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to be able to announce the name chosen for the new academy in Darwen.

      City Academies: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which academies run a system of performance-related pay for their staff.

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) title, (b) date of issue and (c) consultation period was of each document issued for limited consultation by his Department...

      Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the amount of money available to each English local education authority per school pupil was in the school year 1996-97 in (a) actual...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on teaching English as a foreign language in Bedfordshire and Luton in 2005-06; and what the expected estimated total...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what he expects the fees to be for the range of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in 2007-08 between a programme of two hours...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2007, Official Report, column 487W, on English for Speakers of Other Languages, if he will publish the...

      Entry to Employment Programme: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department provided to the E2E programme in Gloucestershire in 2006-07; what that figure represents per head of population;...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and mathematics in each year since 1997.

      Headteachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the salary is of the head teacher in each academy.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what formal consultation with stakeholders took place prior to the publication of the consultation document on the Definition of Full-Time...

      Information and Communications Technology: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what areas in IT in the UK are expected to have skills shortages in (a) five and (b) 10 years time.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of teaching foreign languages to age (a) seven, (b) 10 and (c) 14-years-olds.

      Literacy: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what flexibility teachers have to offer remedial reading teaching within the mandatory elements of the national curriculum; and if he will...

      Literature: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what basis the authors in the list of pre-20(th) century texts for the revised key stage three programme of study proposed by the...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools were built under the direct management of (a) his Department and (b) local authorities in each of the past 30 years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will answer Question 106146, on departmental energy use, tabled by the hon. Member for Wealden on 23 November 2006. Question number...

      Pupil Exclusions: City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded from each academy in the last school year; and if he will make a statement.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority derived the six groups within the personal, learning and thinking skills framework.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on what dates the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's Secondary Curriculum Review External Committee has met since it was...

      School Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representations he has received from organisations based primarily outside the United Kingdom about sponsoring (a) an academy...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils were admitted to their first preference school in the last year for which figures are available for all secondary...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which admissions authorities include ballot by lottery amongst their oversubscription criteria, in each local authority; (2) which...

      Schools: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the dedicated schools grant was for the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1397-98W, on schools: construction, how many schools have completed...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of violence towards (a) staff and (b) pupils were reported in (i) the 10 per cent. of primary schools with the (A)...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities agreed increases in centrally retained expenditure from their school budgets above the central expenditure limit in...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what his Department's policy is on the installation of sprinkler systems in existing school buildings; (2) what his Department's...

      Schools: Greenwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to improve the performance of schools in the London borough of Greenwich since 1997.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has (a) commissioned and (b) supported research into the impact on governing bodies and their chair of a school being put into...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will assess the extent to which schools teach specific factual content above that which is proposed in the programmes of study...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the consultation launched by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on 5 February on the secondary curriculum (a) relates...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority considered the content of maths curricula in use in (a) Japan, (b) South Korea, (c)...

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of mainstream maintained secondary schools set lessons in (a) mathematics, (b) English and (c) science.

      Students: Part-Time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of students undertaking full-time higher education courses who have part-time jobs.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of newly qualified (a) secondary and (b) primary school teachers who had not taken up full-time...

      Teachers: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total cost was of teacher redundancy payments in (a) community schools, (b) foundation schools, (c) voluntary-aided...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1026W, on teaching methods, what the size was of the effect on pupils'...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what definition his Department uses of truancy; (2) what targets his Department has for reducing truancy.

      Volunteering: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been raised from private sector supporters to assist in meeting the recommendations of the Russell Commission on Youth Volunteering.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the re-offending rate is for individuals with an anti-social behaviour order in (a) Dewsbury constituency and (b) England and Wales.

    • Category D Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders are in category D prisons in the UK, broken down by offence for which they were convicted.

      Passports: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where he plans to locate passport interview centres in Cumbria.

      Passports: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passport applications were processed in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; how many of those applications were (a)...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were held in custody suites in each year since 2000.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals in UK prisons are from (a) outside the EU and (b) within the EU; what categories of offences they have...

      Prisons: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities Muslim worshippers are offered in prisons; and what the associated costs of such facilities were in each year since 2001.

      Prisons: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons employ an Imam; and how much each is paid.

      Safer Stronger Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected funding allocation for the Safer Stronger Communities Fund is in each of the next two financial years.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered sex offenders are subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements.

      Young Offenders: Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum population capacity is of each (a) secure children's home, (b) secure training centre and (c) young offender institution;...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 630W, on Departments: BAE Systems, if he will request the permission of the...

    • Departments: Work Permits

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

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of companies that manufacture, import or re-brand electrical and electronic equipment have registered with a producer...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to answer Question 124806, on ministerial visits, tabled by the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton on 2 March 2007.

      Patents: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the use of English in the development of a common community patent.

      Patents: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on progress towards the development of a community patent for the European Union.

      Patents: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the status is of the 2000 London Agreement on European patent translation costs.

      Post Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any Post Office Limited services (a) are and (b) are planned to go out to tender.

      Post Offices: Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff have been deployed (a) to record and (b) to analyse the responses to the Post Office Network consultation.

      Post Offices: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices closed in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and how many of these were (a)...

      Pregnant Women: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on discrimination against pregnant women since June 2005; and if...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of replacing a system of grants to encourage people to take on renewable energy and energy...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many research projects have had their funding ended due to the changes of criteria announced by Research Councils UK in October 2006.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the likely impact on scientific research projects of the recent changes of criteria for research...

  • Treasury

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2225W, on digital broadcasting, on what basis he was able to announce in his financial...

    • Mortgages: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mortgage advisers are regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost is of the VAT on the consultation on facilities for the Olympics; and what percentage of this revenue will be passed to the EU.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has circulated guidance to other Departments in the last 12 months following the tabling of round-robin written parliamentary questions.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether stamp duty is charged on Social Homebuy purchases; (2) whether stamp duty will be levied on tenants taking out a 10 per cent. equity share...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average stamp duty paid on a right to buy sale was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the projected annual cost of introducing zero stamp duty for zero carbon homes in each of the next 10 years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to transfer responsibility for building regulations in Wales from her Department to the Welsh Assembly Government.

    • Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has any plans to bring forward a statutory requirement for planning authorities to take account of the...

      Community Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public expenditure has been to date on the millennium communities scheme.

      Council Housing: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate (a) the number of properties in local council or housing association ownership covered by district heating...

      Council Tax: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider reducing the council tax payable for people who live in boats on marinas where the owner of the marina pays...

      Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings (a) she and (b) her Department's Ministers held with trade union representatives in 2006.

      Empty Housing: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of long-term empty homes in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timescale is for the implementation of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007; and if she will make a...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to improve the protection of firemen in Lancashire from (a) physical and (b) verbal...

      Fire Services: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many reported incidents of bullying there were in the Lancashire fire service in each of the last 10 years.

      Fire Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the transfer of responsibility for fire service inspection to the Audit Commission.

      Fire Services: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many duty firemen in Lancashire were subjected to (a) physical violence and (b) verbal abuse in each of the last 10 years;...

      Freeholds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures have been introduced to strengthen regulation concerned with (a) freeholds and leaseholds, (b) the relationship...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will produce an updated regulatory impact assessment for the implementation of home information packs.

      Hostels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reports she has received of the effects of changes in (a) revenue funding and (b) numbers of bed spaces on the submission...

      Hostels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to extend the Hostels Capital Improvement Programme beyond 2008; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many long-term empty private sector properties there were in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas in each year since 1980;...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what areas housing targets have been set; what target has been set for each area; and what the (a) size and (b) population...

      Housing Data Warehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 19 January 2007, Official Report, column...

      Housing Data Warehouse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column...

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to reform housing revenue accounts to allow local authorities to keep more of their rental income.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1800W, how many dwellings were (a) permitted and (b) built in...

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that sufficient funding is available through the disability facilities grant to ensure...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government have made of the net deficit or surplus of housing revenue accountable authorities following the...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable houses were built in (a) the London borough of Havering and (b) Romford in each year since 2001.

      Housing: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to review the marriage value on properties where the lease has less than 80 years to run; and if she will...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in each London borough as a result of section 106 agreements in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to classify low-cost housing developed by the private sector for non-social tenants as affordable housing...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the availability of affordable or social rented housing on political...

      Housing: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with colleagues in the Department (a) of Trade and Industry and (b) for Environment, Food and...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average house price was in each Government office region in England in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors were taken into account when deciding that Supporting People agencies should be able to require efficiency savings...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many arm's length management organisations (ALMOs) managed residential properties have been brought up to the Decent Homes...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residents of arm's length management organisations (ALMOs) managed residential properties have lived in homes brought...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on how its village agent workforce can work in tandem...

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were registered on local authority housing waiting lists in (a) each English region and (b) each London local...

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in Taunton constituency are on housing waiting lists; and how many have been waiting (a) less than six months,...

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has she made of the effect of landbanking by developers on the cost of housing.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department collects on landbanking by developers.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Comprehensive Performance Assessment rankings and scores have been for every council since its introduction.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will respond to the letter of 12 January from the hon. Member for Billericay on the provisional local government...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research has been conducted into the causes of the Millennium Dome cost over-runs.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a material change to a business premises that increases the rateable value will result in an amended business rates bill...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment concerning issues of planning...

      Planning: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Town and Country Planning...

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to regeneration projects from her Department in each year between 2001-02 and 2005-06, broken down by by...

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many regeneration projects received funding from her Department in each year between 2001-02 and 2005-06, broken down by region.

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of her Department's spending was devoted to (a) urban and (b) rural regeneration and redevelopment in (i)...

      Rents: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeowners in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) Denton and Reddish constituency pay a...

      Rents: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what average rent was paid in Swindon by (a) council tenants, (b) tenants with a registered social landlord and (c)...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether tenants on housing benefit may exercise the right to buy.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average (a) house price value and (b) cost to the purchaser was after the discount of a right to buy council property...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average net receipt to the public finances is from a right to buy sale.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been sold under the right to buy since its introduction.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many social housing tenants (a) in each English region and (b) in each London local authority moved via Homeswap in each...

      Social Rented Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of changes in the level of immigration on waiting lists for social housing.

      South East Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1163W, on the South East Plan, if she will place in the...

      Sustainable Development: Rapid Transit System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the integration of light rail systems (a) into the new sustainable communities and (b) in existing...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether in addition to the forthcoming consultation on non-domestic rates for unbundled local loops she has any plans to take...

      Temporary Accommodation: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people lived in temporary accommodation in Swindon in each year since 1995.

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of letting agencies which will meet the implementation deadline of 6 April 2007 for...

      Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure the Tenancy Deposit Scheme does not create a disproportionate administrative or financial...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much she has budgeted for the cost of assessment of unitary authority bids going to independent audit (a) per bid and (b)...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column...

      Waste Management: Domestic wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice the Audit Commission has provided to local authorities on the frequency of domestic rubbish collections.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff in his Department have corporate charge cards; and whether he holds one.

    • Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many meetings he held with trade union representatives in 2006.

      Departments: Database

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what databases are controlled by his Department; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate or out of date.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library a copy of the Cabinet Office publication 'The Occupants Guide: A-Z of Key Services at The Admiralty Arch Building'.

    • Departments: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library copies of the last 12 months of the Cabinet Office's staff newsletter.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library a copy of the latest edition of the Central Office of Information's IPO directory.

      National Youth Volunteering Organisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library the details of each project funded by the National Youth Volunteering Organisation, v; what estimate she has made...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many press officers her Department employs; and at what cost.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Leominster (Bill Wiggin) of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 853W, on primary care trusts,...

  • Defence

    • Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the effectiveness of the courts martial process; and if he will make a statement.

    • Armed Forces' Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the provision of local authority housing for former...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made in training the Iraqi army; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of counter-narcotics operations on the level of insurgency in southern Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in establishing Afghanistan development zones; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether British forces will take (a) M26 and (b) any other cluster munition rockets among the ammunition to be used by multiple launch rocket systems...

      PFI Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's private finance initiative liabilities are; and if he will make a statement.

      Injured Troops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he next expects to meet Department of Health Ministers to discuss the medical treatment of injured service personnel.

      Hercules Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in the fitting of suppressant foam to the Hercules fleet.

      Bevin Boys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on proposals to recognise the contribution of the Bevin boys.

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he (a) has taken and (b) is taking better to protect HM Forces from land mines in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for changes to the number of personnel deployed in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many British helicopters are available to UK forces in Afghanistan; (2) how many British (a) Chinook, (b) Lynx and (c) Apache helicopters...

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the effect on the operational effectiveness of Lynx helicopters in Afghanistan of warmer weather conditions.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Ministers, (b) members of the Intelligence and Security Committee and (c) other hon. Members have visited (i) RAF Menwith Hill, (ii) RAF...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the use of military airfields in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of medical care for injured service personnel; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Modern Housing Solutions call centres there are; and how many people are employed at each centre.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests for repair call outs were received by Modern Housing Solutions in each of the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Legal Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel were serving with the Army legal corps in each year since 2000.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what points Ministers have sought permission from Her Majesty the Queen for servants of the Crown to wear European Union flag unit insignia upon their...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the next vehicle expected is in the future rapid effect system series after the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle; (2) what assessment he...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel there were in the Army in each year since 1992.

      Departments: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on art work for its main building in 2005-06.

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many regimental dinners took place in 2006; and what the total cost was of those dinners.

      Falkland Islands: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what celebrations his Department is preparing for the 25(th) Anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many courts martial have been held to try the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq; and what the charges were in each case in which no legal...

      Marines: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Marine commandos there are; and what the planned target number for the period 2006-07 was.

      Military Fatalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military fatalities have been repatriated through RAF Brize Norton in each of the last five years.

      Navy: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are in service; how many were in service in 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what extra resources he plans to make available to RAF Lyneham when they take over responsibility for military repatriation on 1 April.

      Service Personnel: South African Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1173W, on service personnel: South African citizens, what progress has been made on...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the minimum number of Type 45 destroyers necessary to provide area air defence for the fleet; and if he will make a statement.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent producing the report Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region; who the author was; what the author's qualifications...

  • Health

    • Bexley Community Health NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided by her Department to Bexley Care Trust for (a) prevention and (b) treatment of (i) sexually transmitted diseases, (ii)...

    • Bowel Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards (a) establishing and (b) evaluating pilots of flexible sigmoidoscopy as part of bowel cancer screening for people in...

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to promote breast feeding in 2007-08.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent promoting breast feeding in each year between 2002-03 and 2006-07; which organisations received such funding in each year;...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people in residential care homes of whom third-party top-up fees are (a) sought and (b) received; what...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential care home places there are in each strategic health authority (SHA); and what the average cost per place is in each SHA.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking (a) to reduce the decline in and (b) to increase the numbers of women attending for cervical screening.

      Community Health Services: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the potential impact of road pricing on funding allocated to community health workers.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of levels of motivation of doctors in the NHS.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has carried out equality impact assessments of (a) the decision to close the Maudsley hospital 24-hour emergency clinic, (b) the...

      Health Services: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to provide additional services to treat gambling addiction in areas approved for the licensing of a large casino, with particular...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average period of time was which patients have waited for a myocardial perfusion scan in (a) West Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c)...

      Heart Diseases: Irish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of research on the risk faced by Irish people in England dying prematurely from heart disease compared to other groups; and...

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in (a) the UK, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Coventry.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to encourage early treatment to prevent renal failure.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has for the long-term provision of dialysis facilities.

      Kidney Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has plans to increase the provision and availability of home dialysis equipment.

      Mental Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the best practice guide Positive Steps: Supporting Race Equality in Mental Health Care of 21 February 2007 does not include the Irish as a specific...

      Mid-Essex Hospital Trust: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will clarify her answer of 20 March 2007 to question 127533, tabled by the hon. Member for West Chelmsford, on vacancies at the Mid-Essex Hospital...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered midwives (a) left the NHS, (b) returned to the NHS and (c) were made redundant in each of the last 12 years for which records are...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives left the profession in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of independent midwives who are likely to leave the profession as a result of the new rules requiring...

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1719-20W, on NHS expenditure, whether her Department has discussed the consistency...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) expenditure per unweighted head of each primary care trust and (b) (i) in-year and (ii) accumulated financial position was of each primary...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) accumulated financial position of the NHS and (b) the in-year financial position of the NHS was in each year since 1996-97.

      NHS: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the weekly cost to the national health service of the introduction of road user charging.

      Nurses: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent school nurses there were in Cumbria in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Pinderfields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from the hon. Member for Normanton (Ed Balls) on Pinderfields hospital in the last 12 months.

      Smoking: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish guidance on the enforcement and implementation of the smoke-free legislation.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS institutions employ speech and language therapists; and what proportion of such institutions decided not to recruit newly qualified...

  • House of Lords

    • Angola: Sarah Wykes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make urgent representations to the Government of Angola, on behalf of Dr Sarah Wykes, a campaigner for Global Witness, seeking her release from...

    • Arts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been allocated per head of the area's population in each of the last five years to the Arts Council of (a) England, (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and...

      Blackpool

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice, support and assistance they are giving, and plan to give, to Blackpool to develop and carry out an alternative strategy for regeneration in the resort...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House any documents pertaining to the exercise of discretion under Article 4(4) of the Hong Kong (British...

      Care Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 March (WA 6), what estimate they have made of the number of houses sold from the estate of a...

      Child Protection: Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases were referred to the List 99 Teachers Misconduct Team in England and Wales in 2003, 2004 and 2005; and How many letters of written warning were...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people did not answer police bail in each of the last five years in Northern Ireland.

      Drugs: Cannabis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their policy on cannabis reflects the possibility that cannabis is capable of relieving severe pain suffered by victims of arthritis.

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has so far been contributed by the Department of Trade and Industry's research programmes to the development of second-generation biofuels.

      Energy: Renewables Obligation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sums the renewables obligation buy-out fund has distributed during each year of the operation of the renewables obligation scheme; and, in each case, to what...

      EU: Treaties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on 15 March (Official Report, cols. 826-28), whether they will grant a referendum to the British people on any proposed European Union treaty...

      EU: Treaties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on 15 March (Official Report, cols. 826-28), whether they will veto or grant a referendum to the British people on any proposed European...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of fires in which a gas cylinder is suspected to be present, whether it is standard practice for fire services to declare a 200-metre radius exclusion...

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that junior doctors are not disadvantaged in applying for specialty registrar posts by the Medical Training Application...

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that experienced junior doctors do not leave the National Health Service if they are unable to secure an appropriate training...

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How junior doctors can appeal against a decision not to shortlist them for training posts; and How those doctors who do not secure posts in the current Medical...

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Medical Training Application Service is auditing the scoring of application forms to ensure consistency of standards.

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Medical Training Application Service is detecting those applications for posts that were completed with the assistance of an outside agency.

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Medical Training Application Service is providing for those doctors who, despite having been assured prior to application that such clashes would not...

      Health: Modernising Medical Careers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Modernising Medical Careers scheme.

      Health: MRSA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many samples of blood were tested to detect Panton-Valentine leukocidin community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus by the Health...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the Deputy Prime Minister proposed that affordable homes would be available.

      Housing: Energy Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many energy inspectors have been trained to date; and how many will be trained by June; and How many energy inspectors will be required to provide sufficient...

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to respond to the request from the Council of Mortgage Lenders that the 1 June implementation of home information packs be delayed.

      Information Systems: DWP

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

      Information Systems: Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which hospitals maintain all or the bulk of their electronic patient records off-site; and whether the information security risks have been properly assessed in...

      Information Systems: Risk Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance is provided by the Department of Health to local health authorities, National Health Service trusts, primary care trusts, other health bodies and...

      Interrogation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the conditioning of detainees by hooding, ordering them into a stress position and deprivation of sleep to sustain the impact of detention prior to...

      Iraq: Yellowcake Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will now disclose the claimed separate intelligence on the alleged attempt by Iraq to buy yellowcake from Niger cited by Lord Butler of Brockwell in...

      Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To how many destinations worldwide Manchester airport offers direct flights; and how this compares with the number of flights offered by other airports in the...

      Marine Environment: Seismic Detonations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the scientific evidence on the distances over which acoustic disturbances, caused by seismic detonations in oil surveys in the...

      Multiculturalism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 19 February (WA 188), whether their encouragement of diversity in the public sector to assist cohesion extends...

      Muslims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is relevant to their decision-making process in foreign and domestic affairs for them to know the proportions of Sunni and Shia Muslims respectively...

      Olympic Games 2012: Transportation of Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 6 March (WA 38), with which train operators and suppliers of materials they had discussions over...

      Opencast Mining

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will recommend a buffer zone of at least 500 metres between an opencast mining site and domestic residences to protect public health and environmental...

      Philippines: Arrests and Extra-judicial Killings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of the Philippines about the recent spate of extra-judicial killings and the arrest of the leader of the...

      Philippines: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the arrangements in place for the conduct of the forthcoming elections in the Philippines.

      Press Complaints Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the view of the Equalities Review Panel that the Press Complaints Commission should review its complaints mechanisms so as to consider...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to reallocate the Northern Ireland Office political adviser Phil Taylor to another department.

      Trade: Manufacturing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the effect on United Kingdom manufacturing jobs in 2006 of the increase in that year in the United Kingdom's deficit with the rest of the world on its...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to increase the funding of the Ulster-Scots Agency; and when they propose that the agency will have parity of funding with the Irish...

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