Written answers

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

  • International Development

    • Cambodia: Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department (a) provides and (b) plans to provide support to assist reform of the forestry sector in Cambodia.

    • Cambodia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides for civil society and non-governmental organisations in Cambodia.

      European Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the (a) European Development Fund and (b) International Development...

  • Leader of the House

    • Select Committees: Witnesses

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment he has made of the merits of requiring witnesses to take an oath before giving evidence to Select Committees.

    • Trade Unions

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to his answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 895W, on Departments: trade unions, if he will ask (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b)...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper and publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers and publications in the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to include provisions for coastal access for walkers in the proposed Marine Bill.

    • Departments: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to contribute to meeting the Government's targets on the use of biofuels.

      Inland Waterways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent representations he has received on reductions in British Waterways' grant and its likely effects on the...

      Inland Waterways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) has been spent in the last five years and (b) is expected to be spent in the next five years on canal systems,...

      River Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on which parts of the River Wear voluntary access agreements have been reached on (a) both river banks and (b) a...

  • Transport

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what legal advice his Department has received on blue badge holders parking in loading bays; (2) what guidance his Department has issued to...

    • Cycling: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what lessons have been learned from the six cycling demonstration towns.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which websites are funded by his Department.

      EC Transport Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which division of his Department is leading engagement with EU authorities to establish a cross-border data sharing process for criminal and...

      Exhaust Emissions: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's position is on the EU proposals to limit car emissions to 130 g of carbon dioxide per km by 2012.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate (a) the number of cars registered in a non-EU or non-EEA country being used on the roads in the United Kingdom and (b) the number...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign registered vehicles entered the UK in each of the last 15 years, broken down by port of entry.

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to bring to a conclusion the review of policy for service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all...

      Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the time taken to undertake the Highways Agency's consultation on policy for service areas and other roadside facilities on...

      Parking Offences: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to enforce the parking restrictions on zig-zag markings outside schools.

      Public Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the role of his Department is in respect of the London Works project; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Transport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to improve security on (a) underground trains, (b) overland trains, (c) rail terminals and (d) bus terminals...

      Public Transport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has made available to (a) Network Rail, (b) Transport for London and (c) British Transport Police to improve transport...

      Rail Link: Penrith-Keswick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with his consideration of plans for a new railway line between Penrith and Keswick in Cumbria; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on London rail services.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected change in train passenger numbers over the next 10 years is; and what steps his Department plans to take to deal with increases in...

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the recent disruption to the rail network in the Portsmouth area.

      Railways: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the strategy for reducing overcrowding on trains in the South East is; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1455W, on Railways: Thames Valley, on what basis future likely passenger demand is...

      Railways: Timetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Network Rail has a statutory duty to publish a national rail timetable in hard copy.

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the development of ultra-light rail systems in new...

      Renault Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many representations have been received by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency requesting the recall of Renault Clio/Campus cars in...

      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 a (a) privacy impact assessment and (b) regulatory impact...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the most recent appraisal summary table for each road scheme in the targeted programme of improvements.

      Street Clutter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to reduce street clutter erected by local highway authorities.

      Trains: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the provision of reasonable facilities for cyclists on board new railway and light rail and tram rolling stock and at...

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he provides on school travel plans; and what resources are available from his Department for implementing the guidance.

      Transport: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the comparative safety record of the operation of lightweight trams, light rail and buses in urban areas.

  • Scotland

    • Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the impact of the Budget on Scotland.

    • Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Treasury following the latest Budget statement as it affects Scotland.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the future of the post office network in Scotland.

      Post Office Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the future of the post office network in Scotland.

      Economic Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his latest assessment is of the level of economic activity in Scotland.

      Economic Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the economic performance of Scotland.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he has taken to secure the long-term future of the financial services sector in Scotland.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the new deal in Scotland.

      Manufacturing Exports

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

  • Education and Skills

    • British Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of food served in (a) buildings occupied by his Department and (b) schools in England and Wales was of British origin in...

    • Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the commissioning process is for looked-after children services, with particular reference to the length of contract and conditions for...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) private, voluntary and independent and (b) state sector child care places closed in each year since 1997.

      Curriculum Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what terms of reference were set by his Department for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in relation to the secondary curriculum...

      Curriculum: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which foreign languages were studied by pupils in Tamworth constituency at (a) GCSE level, (b) A/S level and (c) A-level in 2006.

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the supply of educational psychologists.

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1498W, which companies have signed Train to Gain contracts; how many...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many UK-domiciled students were studying for a (a) full-time and (b) part-time undergraduate degree in each British university in...

      Information and Communications Technology: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the percentage of IT degree graduates who went into careers in IT in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Language and Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what support is provided to early years providers and primary schools to ensure an effective transition for children from the...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the standard of difficulty of modern language (a) GCSEs and (b) A-levels.

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many members of staff of Ofsted have made formal complaints of bullying in the last 12 months; (2) how many grievances were...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils left pupil referral units to enter (a) special schools and (b) mainstream schools in each year...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils at pupil referral units were issued with a national record of achievement in each year between 1997...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils at pupil referral units there were with pupils numbers of (a) under five, (b) between five to 10, (c) between 10 to 20,...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupil referral units there were in each year between 1997 and 2006, broken down by local authority.

      Pupils: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional revenue support has been allocated in 2006-07 to assist children in mainstream schools with severe behavioural problems.

      Pupils: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of Muslim schoolgirls who wear a veil at school.

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority futures initiative to the secondary...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library copies of advice sent to (a) him and (b) other Ministers by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department made available for school sports facilities in (a) Tamworth and (b) England in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 11-year-olds have no secondary school within two miles of their home; and how their interests will be taken into account...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total central funding to local authorities, via all mechanisms, for school transport is in 2006-07; how much central funding each...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 36W, on secondary education: curriculum, whether he expects Ofsted to take...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 36W, on secondary education: curriculum (1) whether the regional events...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 36W, on secondary education: curriculum, what the purpose was of the visit...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of meetings of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Secondary...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which staff in his Department are (a) seconded from organisations with charitable status and (b) have (i) costs and (ii) salaries met (A)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the draft guidance on Planning and Developing Special Educational Provision issued for...

      Teachers: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students qualified to become primary school teachers in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies for primary school...

      Teaching Assistants: County Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there are in County Durham; and how many there were in 1997.

      Third Sector Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the minutes of the Third Sector Forum for Children and Young People which took place on 22 January to be published; and what...

      Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community sport and cultural activities funded by his Department in engaging young...

      Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has undertaken of (a) how far youth activities meet the demands of people and (b) the impact on the provision of youth...

      Young People: Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many young people not in employment, education or training there were in Hampshire in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Youth Work: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who the recipients of grants made by the National Voluntary Youth Organisation grant programme are; and how much was paid to each recipient...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she next expects to meet representatives of planning authorities to discuss building on brownfield sites.

    • Coalfield Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on regeneration in coalfield communities.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what work her Department is undertaking in response to the report by John Hills on the future of housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2001...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the recent Comprehensive Performance Assessment ratings for councils in England.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Lifting Burdens taskforce is expected to publish its final report; and what the timetable is for the...

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the funding formula for allocating grants to local authorities.

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government have to take forward the recommendations of the Lyons report.

      Flood Plains: Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes she expects to be built in the next five years on land in natural flood plains.

      Business Rates Valuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 848W, on business rates valuations, what the timetable is...

      Business: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent meetings she has had with (a) representatives of the insurance industry, (b) business groups and (c) local fire...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of parish and town councils in England levy a parish precept on the council tax.

      Council Tax: B&Q DIY Superstores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from B&Q plc on the council tax.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on managing her Department's and its predecessor Department's corporate identity and branding in each year...

      Departments: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has any employees based outside the United Kingdom.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the £78 million announced for funding domestic violence sanctuaries by her Department in December 2006 was in...

      Gaming Clubs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department and its predecessor has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on increasing the...

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by each government office for the region in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the latest...

      Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1353W, on hotels, if she will place in the Library copies of...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Amendment to the Building...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of new homes which have been built in high risk flood areas in the last year...

      Housing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Birmingham were (i) demolished and (ii) built in each year since...

      Local Authority Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1354W, on local authority charging, what the timetable is...

      Mapping Data and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1355-56W, on mapping data and services, if she will list...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the revenue was of each local authority with responsibility for parking enforcement in England from net income from (a)...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she would approve a bid for unitary council status where a majority of local residents (a) in total and (b)...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether 2008 elections will be (a) postponed and (b) cancelled for councils which are approved to move to unitary status.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Postal Services

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

    • Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many legal firearms have been stolen in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic offences were recorded in Northern Ireland for drivers whose vehicles were registered in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c)...

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to meet retired Royal Ulster Constabulary officers to discuss their views on the consequences of the conduct of Police...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting Programmes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of hours per week of children's programming shown on each public service...

    • Broadcasting Programmes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment her Department has made of the amount of children's programming commissioned by each public service broadcaster;...

      Casinos: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance was sought by the Casino Advisory Panel from her Department on how to test the willingness to license within a local...

      Cultural Heritage: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on the Institute for Public Policy Research, on what date...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what measures have been put in place in order to ensure that the targeted assistance scheme in Whitehaven is delivered effectively...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has made an estimate of the number of online casinos that will be based in the UK from September 2007; what the...

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed premises there are in England and Wales, broken down by (a) off licence and (b) on licence.

      Licensed Premises: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what response her Department has made of the Licensing Review Panel's conclusions; and which recommendations she expects to be implemented.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the awards made for sports-related activities in Rotherham in each of the last two years.

      Museums and Galleries: Gloucester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made in her consideration of the case for providing funding for the Waterways Museum at Gloucester to enable it to...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether mine clearing vehicles (a) are and (b) are planned to be in use in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are (a) attached to and (b) working in his Department, broken down by rank.

      Armed Forces: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were granted a divorce in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 who (i) have since left the armed forces and (ii) are still serving.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many house fires have been reported due to faulty Modern Housing Solutions property.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) a graduate of Sandhurst and (b) a newly-commissioned officer promoted through the ranks is expected to contribute to the cost of their...

      Army Board: Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has taken steps to ensure goods provided to members of the Army Board are fair trade.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits the Army is seeking to attract to (a) regular service and (b) officer cadet training in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

      Bosnia: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and in what role British troops remain in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo; and whether there are plans (i) to reduce numbers stationed and (ii) to...

      Defence Diversification Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Diversification Agency.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the defence planned programme budget (excluding funds from the Unallocated Special Reserve) was used to finance operations in (a)...

      Departments: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which flags are flown from Ministry of Defence buildings on which days.

      Departments: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Union flag is flown from the Ministry of Defence main building on each day of the year.

      EH101 Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin 1 helicopters are (a) in service, (b) under repair and (c) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Eurofighter Typhoons are to be supplied to the Royal Air Force; what the estimated cost is of such Eurofighter Typhoons; and if he will make a...

      Harrier GR7

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of (a) the Royal Navy's fleet air arm and (b) the role of the Harrier GR7 aircraft; and whether there are any...

      Identification Friend or Foe Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 54W, on identification friend/foe systems, why he has no plans to fit Successor IFF to...

      Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have received medical treatment in military hospitals in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since the invasion of the...

      Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been attributed to defective rifles.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made with the development of the US-UK Joint Strike Fighter; and how much the project has cost.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medals for gallantry have been (a) awarded and (b) awarded posthumously since 2003.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the process for removing failed asylum seeker families.

    • Departments: Diaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who has been allowed access to diaries of Ministers and officials in his Department in the last three months.

      Departments: Ministers

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

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to ensure his Department's economical use of paper.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expenditure threshold is above which spending decisions by his Department require Treasury approval.

      Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo before deporting foreign nationals to...

      Deportation: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported from the UK since 24 August 2005 on the ground that their presence is not conducive to the public good due...

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations his Department held with community representatives before he announced the proposed new levels of fees for visas and...

      Golden Arrow Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with Golden Arrow Communications.

      Immigration Controls: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration control staff are deployed in each Northern Ireland airport; where those staff are based; and what arrangements are in...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the treatment of rape victims in immigration appeal hearings; what guidelines are in place for...

      National Crime Squad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests were made and (b) convictions were secured by the National Crime Squad in each year since 1998, broken down by offence.

      North Sea Camp Prison: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what capital funding he plans to commit to North Sea Camp Prison, Lincolnshire in each of the next three financial years.

      Offenders: Suspended Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders convicted of (a) burglary, (b) aggravated bodily harm, (c) robbery, (d) supplying heroin, (e) grievous bodily harm,...

      Passports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had on the compilation of a fingerprint database for children between the ages of 11 and 15 who apply for a passport;...

      Passports: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements his Department is making for disabled first-time passport applicants to attend interviews at Identity Passport Service...

      Passports: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to combat identity fraud in the process of issuing passports.

      Passports: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1363W, on passports: photographs, how many and what proportion of...

      Passports: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department had with Somerset county council before determining the location of passport interview centres.

      Passports: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of hosting remote access facilities for passport interview centres in Frome in Somerset.

      Prison Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officer vacancies there were in each prison establishment at the end of each quarter since January 2000; what the expected...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners in England and Wales are foreign nationals; and what percentage of the total number of convicted prisoners this...

      Prisons: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged over 65 years died in prison in each of the last three years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) resources available to prisons to provide drug misuse rehabilitation and (b) number of prisoners...

      Prisons: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of prisoners in need of mental health care who should be treated in secure NHS facilities.

      Prisons: Patient Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether NHS patients' complaints procedures have been available for use by prisoners since the NHS assumed responsibility for prison health.

      Romania/Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Government have made of the number of people who may come to the UK seeking work from (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria in 2007.

      Secure Accommodation: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2007, Official Report, column 2329W, on secure accommodation: young offenders, what measures are (a) in...

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people took part in the miSense scheme at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3.

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the outcome of the (a) miSense scheme, (b) miSenseplus scheme and (c) miSenseallclear scheme.

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people enrolled in the miSenseplus scheme at Heathrow Airport Terminal 3.

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which UK Government agencies he expects to be involved in the miSenseallclear scheme.

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what central government funding was made available to fund the (a) miSense, (b) miSenseplus and (c) miSenseallclear scheme.

      Wellingborough Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Independent Monitoring Board members are (a) allocated to and (b) in post at HM Prison Wellingborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offender Institutions: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prisoners in each young offender institution are from ethnic minorities, broken down by (a) race and (b) religion.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders in custody committed (a) acts of self-harm and (b) suicide in each year since 2001.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many supervision orders with conditions were (a) issued to and (b) breached by young offenders aged 18 years and under in each...

      Young Offenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners in young offender institutions are foreign nationals, broken down by nationality.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he made of the impact on the wood panel industry of increasing the level of subsidy for co-firing using a wood-based raw material.

    • Business: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with Ofcom on its plans for fostering competition in the market for business and small and medium-sized...

      European Union Research and Development Framework Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many British companies have (a) applied to and (b) received the European Union Research and Development Framework programme in each of...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment was made by his Department of the future commercial viability of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority prior to his...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost to date has been of the creation and operation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department expects to report on the findings of the Post Office Network consultation.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding his Department gave to the (a) UK Atomic Energy Authority, (b) Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and (c) Civil Nuclear...

      Renewable Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of householders who have received renewable obligations certificates (ROCs) in the last year; and what...

      Research: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the net balance of research and development investment is in (a) each UK region, (b) the United Kingdom and (c) the European Union.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any proposals are under consideration for further consolidation in the Royal Mail sorting office sector.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Irish Community

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to reduce the (a) incidence of and (b) mortality from cancers in the Irish community in England.

    • Community Hospitals: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has made to Cumbria Primary Care Trust prior to its announcement that no community hospitals within Cumbria will close.

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by her Department in the last five years on providing information to parents on preventing tooth decay in children.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made on the level of access to NHS dentistry in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Hampshire and (c) England; and if she will make a...

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to review dental manpower in England; and what mechanisms she plans to put in place to satisfy dental manpower needs over the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecasts were made for revenue from patient charges for NHS dental treatment in 2006-07; and what her most recent forecast is.

      Dentistry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental schools provide training for dentists in England; and how many places were offered by each dental school in each year since 1990.

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are upon the (a) availability, (b) type and (c) numbers of home blood testing strips for people diagnosed with diabetes.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to discuss with manufacturers of confectionery and fizzy drinks the potential for warnings on packaging informing the consumer of the...

      Health Services: Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of access to (a) physiotherapy, (b) respiratory support, (c) orthotics and (d) other NHS services for people with...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Westminster Primary Care Trust waited for (a) 18 months and over, (b) 12 months and over and (c) six months and over for...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of which antivirals have been contributed by the UK to the WHO stockpile maintained in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding the Department of Health provided to (a) the mental health charity Combat Stress and (b) Hollybush House in each year between 2001...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long (a) children and (b) looked-after children waited to gain access to mental health services on average in each of the last five years.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many procedures have been performed by each independent sector treatment centre since October 2003.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of payment by results on the financial position of hospital trusts (a) in England and (b) in North Yorkshire;...

      NHS: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to outsource a proportion of the NHS's accounting and finance jobs to India; and if she will make a statement.

      North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was of North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for nurses there are in the NHS in Cumbria.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by her Department on palliative care services in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by health...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number was of people on waiting lists for (a) radiotherapy, (b) chemotherapy and (c) other treatments for prostate cancer in the...

      Prostate Cancer: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that men with prostate cancer receive equal treatment regardless of ethnic background.

      Thyroid Gland: Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between fluoridisation and thyroid disorders.

      Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupied consultant posts and (b) locums there are in the opthalmology units of the (i) Alexandra and Princess of Wales, (ii) Worcester...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what representations the Electoral Commission has received from Equifax on the reliability of...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence between the Electoral Commission...

      Elections: Administration

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) of 26 February 2007, Official...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the timetable is for the Electoral Commission to complete its analysis of the Crown...

      Electoral Commission: Advertising

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps local authorities have taken to protect the personal identifiers collected from postal voters from being (a) sold...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department takes to prevent coercion and intimidation being used in postal voting.

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the procedures in place to verify the personal identity of those people who vote by post...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department intends to extend to other parts of the UK the system in place in Northern Ireland which uses national...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms are in place to prevent the fraudulent filling in of a postal ballot obtained with false identification.

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the costs of countering fraud in postal voting across the UK during the next (a) national...

      Courts: Drugs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will extend the pilot scheme for drugs courts.

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many incidents of violence were recorded on the Northern Ireland courts estate in each of the past three years for which...

      Courts: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many security officers were employed in each location on the Northern Ireland court estate in each of the last three years...

      Elections: Petitions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints have been made to the police about election petitions in the last five years.

      Electoral Commission: Powers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department plans to strengthen the Electoral Commission's powers to take investigative and enforcement action.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) whether her Department plans to ensure that a consistent approach is adopted by all local authorities in ensuring that...

      European Land Information Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what funding from the public purse has been provided for the European Land Information Service.

      Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 622W, on incapacity benefit appeals, what the reasons are for...

      Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average success rate is of appeals against refusal of incapacity benefit (a) overall, (b) made in person and (c)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects to reply to the letter to her dated 20 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects to reply to the letters of (a) 23 November 2006 and (b) 1 March 2007 on Mr. Nettleingham from the hon....

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Afghan law permits the cultivation of opium for medicinal use.

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mandate the UK has as the G8 lead nation for counter-narcotics in Afghanistan; whether this mandate has changed in the last...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's counter-narcotics strategy is in Afghanistan in relation to the production of cannabis; and if she will make a...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the UK plays in the Good Performance Initiative in Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to provide UK officials and development advisers in Helmand province in Afghanistan, as set out in the...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of abuses of human rights in Colombia; and if she will make a statement.

      Colombia: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government have made to the (a) Government of Colombia and (b) International Labour Organisation...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on (a) proposals for the development of land in the Morphou area of Cyprus for tourist...

      European Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has met representatives of the European Movement since assuming her position.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what involvement the UK Government have had on the drafting of the Declaration of Berlin.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there is a deadline for a formal response by the President of Sudan to the UN Secretary-General's letter of 24 January...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the US Administration on their attempts to prevent Venezuela from attending the Community...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carer's Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of both carer's allowance and working tax credits in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

    • Carer's Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to ensure that single parents receive the same weekly rate of carer's allowance as a parent living with a spouse,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether regulations on time limits which apply to the collection of civil debts also apply to the collection by the Child Support Agency of...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of repeat applications for disability living allowance for under 18-year-olds (a) were down rated and (b) received no new...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the take-up rate of disability living allowance for children; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of households in receipt of disability living allowance for a child receive it for (a) two children and (b) three or more...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households receiving disability living allowance for a child are in receipt of carer's allowance for an adult.

      Full Employment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of staff who will be employed by the new Full Employment Agency in Scotland.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many thefts of the Independent Living Fund's back-up tapes of personal data there have been in the last 12 months.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) all leavers, (b) female leavers and (c) male leavers from new deal 50 plus (i) found unsubsidised jobs and (ii)...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were on the New Deal 25 plus programme in each month since 1998; and how many were in the (a) Gateway and (b) Intensive...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were eligible to participate in each of the new deal programmes when each was initiated.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have passed through Pathways to Work programmes in each year since their inception, broken down by (a) area and (b) whether...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people earned over the (a) £5, (b) £10 and (c) £20 per week earning disregard and had their income support for...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the next publication of Households Below Average Income is due.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid to individual (a) male and (b) female recipients aged (i) 18 to 25, (ii) 26 to 30, (iii) 31 to 40, (iv) 41 to 50, (v) 51 to...

      Social Security Benefits: Benefits Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people who are undertaking permitted work; (2) how many people claming...

      Social Security Benefits: Benefits Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department records the number of people undertaking permitted work.

      Social Security Benefits: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of benefits provided to carers working more than 35 hours per week who receive (a)...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of increasing the earning disregard for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) income support...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projects his Department has undertaken with the Staffordshire Police Authority to combat fraudulent activities in relation to benefits in...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology the Government use to decide what annual pension increase to award.

  • Treasury

    • Breast Cancer: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women (a) were diagnosed with and (b) died from breast cancer in each of the last five years; and what the figures were for each London borough.

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timetable is for the proposed rewrite of corporation tax law.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of the corporation tax rewrite to (a) the Government and (b) business.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the tax code on corporation tax has been determined since (a) 1997 and (b) 2000.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on his proposals for a corporation tax law rewrite Bill.

      Debt and Derivatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on proposals to rewrite the tax law in relation to debt and derivatives.

      Departments: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many instances there have been under Section 5.17 of the Ministerial Code of a Minister in his Department having duties removed to avoid a potential...

      EC Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross cash contribution from the UK to the EU (a) was in each year since 1997 and (b) is expected to be in each year to the end of the 2007...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many valuations were made under section 128 of the Housing Act 1985 by the district valuer in (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Sheffield between 1...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the inheritance tax threshold was in each year since 1996-97.

      Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the common purse agreement on VAT between the UK and the Isle of Man; and how much the UK paid to the Isle of Man under this...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the landfill tax escalator on (a) local authorities' costs of dealing with waste, (b) frequency...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the revenue from planning-gain supplement from English developments in areas outside London he expects to be allocated to the English...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the revenue from planning gain supplement in Wales he plans to allocate to (a) the Welsh Assembly and (b) Welsh local authorities.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent posts were (a) lost and (b) created in HM Revenue and Customs between April 2006 and February 2007 at (i) grades...

      Social Security Benefits: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the advice provided by the Social Security Advisory Council to his Department on (a) the Child Benefit (General) Regulations 2005, (b)...

      Stamp Duty: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of homes built during 2006 which would have been eligible to be exempt from stamp duty as being zero carbon.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007 to question 127940, what estimate he has made of the percentage of student loan repayments made to HM Revenue and...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding the 2006 US Senate report into tax havens; and what meetings he has had in the last 12 months with the Isle...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to reduce (a) tax evasion and (b) money laundering in tax haven states.

      Taxation: Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations have made written representations to his Department on new, additional local taxation on hotel accommodation in the last 12 months,...

      Tax Law Rewrite Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Tax Law Rewrite Project has identified changes in the law which would be beneficial but which require a policy decision.

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of tax relief for approved pension schemes in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of business taxation was paid by small businesses in the last period for which figures are available.

      Valuation Office: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Valuation Office Agency in each year since 2000.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times Tax Credit Office staff reported technical problems with the computer system in each month since January 2006.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many manual tax credit payments have been made since April 2003; how many claimants have received such payments; and what proportion of all (a)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: EC Accession

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what checks are made on claims for child tax credit by citizens of (a) Poland, (b) Slovakia, (c) Lithuania, (d) Estonia and (e) Latvia resident...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many service credits he has made Capgemini liable for in each month since they took over the tax credit IT system; what the value is of these credits;...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new IT releases there have been to the tax credit system in each month since the contract transferred to Capgemini.

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid to Capgemini for running the IT tax credits system, exclusive of VAT.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many legal actions were instigated against tax credit claimants in respect of overpayments in each month of the last two years for which figures are...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the contribution of official error in determining the level of write-offs of disputed overpayments of tax credits in...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Personation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants have disputed their payment on the grounds that their identity has been stolen and a fraudulent claim has been made on their...

  • House of Lords

    • Ascension Island

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish in the Official Report a copy of the resignation statement made by the councillors on Ascension Island following the visit by officials...

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What requests they or the European Union have received from the Government of Bangladesh for technical or financial assistance in connection with their drive...

      Bangladesh: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received from the Government of Bangladesh about the planned date of the elections.

      Banks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make an assessment of the extent to which United Kingdom commercial banks are assisting ordinary customers by adherence to the European Union...

      Banks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to consult the United Kingdom commercial banks on a nationwide scheme to cancel all charges on current accounts in credit except the cost of...

      Botswana: Elephants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will offer to the Government of Botswana assistance in translocation of elephants to peaceful countries in Africa which wish to replenish elephant...

      Chad: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they will make to ascertain the willingness of Chad and the Central African Republic to accept a United Nations military force on their...

      Court Martial: Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In connection with the recent acquittal of six defendants at the court martial arising from the death in Basra in 2003 of Mr Baha Mousa and related matters,...

      Court Martial: Disclosure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the document entitled 1QLR Internment procedure, dated 9 July 2003, as disclosed at the recent court...

      Court Martial: Public Interest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In connection with the recent acquittal of six defendants at the court martial arising from the death in Basra in 2003 of Mr Baha Mousa and related matters (a)...

      Court Martial: Witness Statements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In connection with the recent acquittal of six defendants at the court martial arising from the death in Basra in 2003 of Mr Baha Mousa and related matters (a)...

      Court Martial: Witness Statements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In connection with the recent acquittal of six defendants at the court martial arising from the death in Basra in 2003 of Mr Baha Mousa and related matters, how...

      Debt: Forced Entry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Wales), Nick Ainger, on 5 March (Official Report, col. 1359) stating that "apparently,...

      Enforcement Services Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What detailed costing estimates they have made for the Enforcement Services Commission, as proposed in the current Regulation of Enforcement Agents consultation paper.

      Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current trends in the economy that prevent the United Kingdom joining the euro-zone.

      Government: Law Officers' Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Goldsmith on 5 March (WA 2), whether the advice of the law officers, or the fact that the law officers have been consulted,...

      Iraq: Basra

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have submitted their report to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, on the reasons for, and the circumstances behind, the British military...

      Iraq: Foreigners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have responded to the Iraqi Prime Minister's recent reference to interference by foreigners in Iraq; and, if so, how.

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take the opportunity provided by the formation of the unity government in Gaza to reiterate the case for complying with the principles set out by...

      Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the contribution which Manchester makes to the growth and prosperity of the economy of the north-west of England; and how this compares...

      Murder: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many murders of the security forces in Northern Ireland since 1969 have yet to be solved; and whether they are committed to seeking convictions in each case.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are circumstances in which the Police Service of Northern Ireland will not attend the scene of a crime; and, if so, what are those circumstances.

      Post Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to enable additional business opportunities for individual sub-post offices; and, if so, what are those plans.

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 February (WA 197), whether they will answer the Question on what steps they are taking to avoid...

      Railways: Eurostar Kent Coast Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the suspension of the Eurostar Kent coast services from Waterloo on 16 and 17 March, (a) for how long the services were suspended; (b) what was the...

      Railways: Intercity Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will separate statistics on intercity train services operated by First Great Western from the local and suburban services operated by that company in...

      Railways: RIDDOR

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost to the railway industry of compliance with the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the United Kingdom ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, had in mind when he indicated that, in relation to the Government of Sudan's...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest estimate of fatalities, casualties and displaced people in Darfur.

      Sudan: International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Sudan about their decision to suspend co-operation with the International Criminal Court.

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of criminal groups involved in missing trader and carousel fraud.

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have of the total funds being investigated in current prosecutions of mobile phone operators in missing trader and carousel fraud.

      Taxation: VAT Carousel Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Serious Fraud Office and the police are involved in tracking down missing trader fraud and carousel fraud; and how many companies are currently under...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 16 March (WA 160) on the introduction of the UNECE Regulation 48, whether they will provide a breakdown...

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