Written answers

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

  • Transport

    • A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors he took into consideration when authorising the budget increase for the A628 Mottram Tintwistle bypass; what the main reasons were for...

    • A69: Greenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date he paid £103,974.92 to the account of Brims and Company Ltd., mentioned at item 5 in the third interim award of 16 October 1998 in...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Ministers were entitled to the services of an official Government car in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Ministers with an entitlement to an official Government car have chosen to be driven in (a) a Jaguar and (b) a Toyota Prius.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) rail and (b) tram stations there are in England and Wales; and (c) how many bus stations there are in England.

      Railways: Electric Cables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of cable theft on the railways; (2) what assessment he has made of the effects of cable theft on...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has undertaken any research on the impact of railfreight interchanges on reducing the number of heavy goods vehicles movements...

      Roads: Halifax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much capital has been allocated by local authorities to new road projects in Halifax since 1997.

      South West Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the proposal by South West Trains to increase (a) off-peak, (b) super off-peak and (c) first class fares;...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras there are in Halifax constituency.

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to arrange flexibility of implementation for a Europe-wide agreement on exhaust emissions to allow UK-based car manufacturers to...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Advertising

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

    • Departments: Advertising

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

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution issues the Advocate General has considered.

      Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how he expects the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 to be implemented in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Orkney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to his answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2028W, on Orkney, how many visits were made by Scottish Office Ministers to (a) Orkney...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent (a) representations he has received on and (b) assessment he has made of the reliability of .50 ammunition for the heavy machine gun used...

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what reason Eurofighter aircraft are being deployed in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he expects Eurofighters to be...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF bases (a) have been closed since 1997 and (b) are due to be closed.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the reasons for the fuel leaks on the Hercules aircraft after they have been fitted...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 205W, on Hercules aircraft, whether the Fit For Purpose Hercules aircraft available to...

      Hospital Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to order the two hospital ships recommended in the 1998 strategic defence review.

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) information and (b) evidence informed the decision to procure the new Lynx helicopter; and if he will place in the Library copies of such material.

      Navy: Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Royal Navy's fleet air arm, with particular reference to the Lynx Mk7 Attack Helicopter; and whether he...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Opinion Polls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what public opinion polls his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the United Kingdom's obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of the Mk4A Arming, Fusing and Firing system on the (a) ability to accurately...

  • Prime Minister

    • E-petitions

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost is of providing administrative support services to the e-petition facility on the Downing street website.

    • Prime Minister: Speeches

      To ask the Prime Minister what the names and job titles were of those invited to his speech on the arts at Tate Modern on 6 March 2007.

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Prime Minister what sanctions he is proposing should be imposed upon the Sudanese government following his letter to Chancellor Merkel.

      Visits Abroad: Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions a special adviser accompanied him on official business abroad; and at what cost to the public purse in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Visits Abroad: Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions his wife accompanied him on official business abroad at the public expense, and at what cost, in each year between 1997 and 2006.

  • International Development

    • British Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the relative effectiveness of British aid provided through the independent sector, through the EU and...

    • Zimbabwe: Aid Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the involvement of the government of Zimbabwe in the distribution of aid from (a) the UK and (b) the UN.

      Micro-credit Fund: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to support the German proposal to create a microcredit fund for African entrepreneurs at the forthcoming...

      Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth in developing countries.

      Latin America: Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding he has allocated as aid for Latin American countries in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternal Health Progress Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the Maternal Health Progress Report.

      Anti-corruption Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the efforts of the international aid agencies to promote anti-corruption standards in developing...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to increase the delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Zimbabwe.

      Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value is of humanitarian aid provided by his Department to Afghanistan in the 2006-07 financial year to date.

      Africa: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to limit the spread of counterfeit drugs and medicines in Africa.

      Africa: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the Government will take steps to encourage member states of the African Union to implement the Maputo plan of action on allocation...

      Africa: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in encouraging partner governments to improve access to maternal health care and contraception...

      Bolivia: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial support he plans to allocate to deal with problems caused by floods in Bolivia.

      EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which countries (a) the European Commission and (b) his Department has committed funds under European Development Fund 10.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was allocated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in each calendar year since 2002.

      Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Guinea.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many departmental staff are located in India; and where they are located.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of India's progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

      Malaria: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rollout of the new fixed-dose combination drug artesunate and amodiaquine...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote the independent evaluation of British aid.

      Palestinians: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many projects have been cancelled or suspended in the Palestinian authority area since the European Commission's decision of 7...

      Palestinians: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) technical assistance, (b) budgetary support and (c) humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian authority has been...

  • Education and Skills

    • Admissions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will rank London education authorities by (a) the (i) number and (ii) percentage of admission appeals lodged relating to secondary...

    • Adoption: Catholic Church

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are being managed by Catholic adoption agencies.

      After School Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether staff and volunteers from outside a school who run breakfast or after-school clubs are required to have undertaken training on how...

      After School Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether schools' anti-bullying policies are required to cover activities on school property which occur outside regular school hours.

      Aldridge Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether payments from the public purse have been made to the Aldridge Foundation in the last 12 months.

      Bishops Park College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 February 2007, Official Report, column 1818W, on Bishops Park College, what the (a) staying on rate, (b)...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether all types of schools can be granted building schools for the future funding.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's centres within each local authority have been (a) opened and (b) closed in the last 12 months.

      Education: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage online learning in Coventry.

      Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 12 to 15 year olds in Lancashire failed to reach the required standard in English and mathematics in each of the last 10 years.

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the figures for the total number of secondary schools where fewer than 50 per cent. of pupils achieved level 5 or above in each subject...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils who took the Key Stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science in 2006 attained...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils who took the Key Stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) science in 2006 attained...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils who attained level 4 or below in the 2006 key stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils who attained level 5 or below in the 2006 key stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b) mathematics and...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained mainstream schools there were where (a) at least one pupil, (b) more than 10 pupils and (c) more than 50 per cent. of...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of children in English schools were entitled to free school meals in each year from 1978-79 to 2007-08;...

      Further and Higher Education Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued on the application of (a) section 44 and (b) section 45 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 to (i)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in Lancashire obtained five GCSEs at grades A* to C including mathematics and English in each of the last five years.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) in how many secondary schools less than 25 per cent. of pupils achieved (a) five A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent and (b) five A*-C...

      Information Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Information Sharing index will have the technical capacity to record biometric data.

      Mathematics: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in maintained schools achieved (a) an A grade and (b) grades A to C in further mathematics A-level in the last 12 months.

      Nursery Schools: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery places for three and four-year-olds there were in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford and (b) the London borough of Bexley in...

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parenting orders arising from truancy and exclusion from school were issued in each of the last five years, broken down by local...

      Primary Education: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of those working as primary school teachers in England are (a) female and (b) male.

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were enrolled in private schools in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority area in each of...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average expenditure per pupil was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Westminster in 1997; and how much was allocated for...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) applications there were for and (b) places there were at each (i) primary and (ii) secondary school in Chorley constituency...

      Schools: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to determine how many schools are collecting and storing biometric data from their school children.

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1480-81W, on secondary education: curriculum, what guidance he plans to...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of co-ordination of 14 to 19-year-old education in local authorities in England prior to the...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are participating in the Sure Start programme in Tamworth constituency.

      Teachers: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were referred to the General Teaching Council for England for unacceptable professional misconduct under section 1 of the...

      Truancy: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Lancashire pupils had (a) one and (b) more than 10 unauthorised absence from school in each of the last five years.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18-year-olds were in (i) full-time education, (ii) full-time training, (iii)...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Personation

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps his Office has taken to raise awareness of the dangers of identity fraud among employees in his Office.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which members of the Casino Advisory Panel were appointed because of their experience in assessing the regenerative impact of a regional...

    • Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Casino Advisory Panel's guidance issued to the...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions the Casino Advisory Panel had with Government departments other than her Department on the definition of regeneration...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions there have been between the Casino Advisory Panel's Chairman and her Department on how the panel reached its definition...

      Casino Advisory Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what briefing on (a) social impact and (b) regeneration officials in her Department gave to the Chair of the Casino Advisory Panel...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers or...

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to ensure her Department's economical use of paper.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1596W, on digital switchover, if she will break down by category of...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of whether there was a variance between the Casino Advisory Panel's definition of social impact and the...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on the level of Exchequer funding spent on tackling problem gambling;...

      Judo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether access to a judo UK coaching certificate is dependent on membership of any organisation.

      Manchester City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what was discussed at her meeting with the leader and chief executive of Manchester city council on 5 February.

      Millennium Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the topics were of the 10 Millennium Commission documents destroyed in the Iron Mountain fire in July 2006.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was paid (a) gross and (b) net of asylum support in backdated payments of income-related benefits to those granted refugee...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit fraud he estimates to be due to identity fraud, broken down by benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much (a) pension credit, (b) income support and (c) jobseeker's allowance was overpaid to claimants due to the claimant in...

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which functions of his Department have been privatised or outsourced since May 2005.

      Departments: PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for which future projects his Department is considering a private finance initiative deal; what the estimated lifetime value of each...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households are in receipt of each component of disability living allowance for a child, broken down by (a) region, (b) local...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the 16 hour rule; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in total have received a pre-1950 widow's pension arising from their husbands' service in the armed forces prior to August 1950;...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who claimed (a) incapacity benefit, (b) severe disablement allowance and (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many types of benefits are paid to UK citizens who live outside the UK but within the European economic area under European Community...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on administering the benefit fraud hotline in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Paper

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

    • Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many election petitions have been heard in the courts in Northern Ireland since 2000; what the outcome was of each case in which no...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of individual registration in the recent Northern Ireland elections.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government is taking to provide free English language courses for foreign citizens living in Northern Ireland.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were charged with dumping offences in each local authority area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and what...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of illegal dumping were recorded in each local authority area in each of the last six years; and how much was spent by each...

      Hearing Aids: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have received a digital hearing aid in each health trust area since their introduction in Northern Ireland; and what the average...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people requested homoeopathic treatment in each health trust area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he intends to implement the objectives of the Lung Cancer Patients' Charter in Northern Ireland.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicle tax evasion offences were recorded in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and what range of penalties were imposed...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public recycling facilities are in operation in each district council area in Northern Ireland.

      Schools: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much fires in schools in Northern Ireland cost in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new social housing dwellings he expects to be built in Northern Ireland in the next financial year.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department were assigned to benefit fraud investigations in each of the last six years, broken down by grade.

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government is taking to increase the availability of licensed disabled access taxis in Northern Ireland.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will amend the Teachers' Superannuation Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 to allow teachers from independent schools to join the...

      Translink: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff assaults were recorded on the Translink network in each of the last five years; how many people were charged with assaulting a...

      Translink: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of fare evasion were recorded on the Translink network in each of the last five years; and what penalties were imposed in...

      Translink: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage change in fares was across the Translink network in each of the past 10 years.

      Translink: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were (a) convicted and (b) charged with vandalising Translink property in each of the last five years; and what the average...

      Translink: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of vandalism to Translink property were recorded in each of the last five years; and what steps he is taking to reduce such...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of single farm payments in England are paid to persons who do not own farms.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the legal consequences are for the United Kingdom of breaches of European standards for particulate matter air pollution...

      Badgers: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has made for arrangements for badger culling by farmers in the event of a decision to license culling.

      Badgers: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on the separation of healthy from bovine TB-infected...

      British Waterways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect the claim on the reserve of non-cash programme resources to cover provision for disallowance arising from Common...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the European Commission to make a decision on disallowances arising from Common Agricultural Policy schemes.

      Departments: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the total administrative cost of complying with his Department's regulations, as defined in The...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Higher Level Stewardship Scheme applications were (a) received and (b) approved by (i) English Nature in each...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1325W, on the Environmental Stewardship Scheme, how many...

      Farms: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the role of school visits to farms in educating children.

      Gyrodactylus Salaris

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures he is taking to keep rivers safe from Gyrodactylus salaris; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Countryside Alliance on the operation of the hunting legislation.

      International Whaling Commission: Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Polish Foreign Minister on Poland's possible membership of the International Whaling...

      Litter: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were issued with a fixed penalty by local authorities as a result of (a) dropping litter and (b) permitting...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with European Union environment ministers on ways in which recycling for low density polyethylene...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities in England offer facilities for recycling (a) low density polyethylene (Type 4), (b)...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding each regional development agency received from (a) rural development programmes and (b) other programmes run...

      Waste Disposal: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to dispose of London's residual waste to landfill sites outside London.

      Waste Disposal: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of London's waste was disposed of at Newton Longville landfill site in the last 12 months; and how much he estimates...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons he did not proceed with his plans to increase the minimum landing size of bass to 40cm from 6 April;...

      Wood: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been provided by his Department for the timber trade action plan (TTAP); when he expects the TTAP report on...

  • Treasury

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 406W, on average earnings, what information can be extracted from the Labour Force Survey...

    • Birth Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of the number of births in England in each strategic health authority area in (a) 2010, (b) 2020 and (c) 2030.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost of capital gains tax taper relief for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Central Government Funding: Health Service/Local Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net cost or saving to public funds if central government contributions to local government expenditure and the financing of the...

      Child Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the amount and proportion of disposable income spent on formal child care by people in each income quintile; and if he will...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households receive the disability element of child tax credit, broken down by (a) region, (b) local authority and (c) parliamentary constituency.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what media evaluation reports the Valuation Office Agency has produced on council tax in the last 12 months.

      Council Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the implementation of the VOA's automated valuation model in...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper or publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers or publications in the...

      Departments: Air Pollution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monetary value is assigned by his Department to the social cost of carbon in assessing Government projects; what value was recommended by the Stern...

      Departments: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conferences funded by his Department in February 2007 had over 100 attendees.

      Departments: Teaching Aids

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) commissioning, (b) distribution and (c) other costs have been of providing updates to the Red Box teaching pack in the last six months.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which independent variables he uses to make his projections of GDP growth; and what form the growth model takes.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the graduated rates of tax for vehicle excise duty introduced in 2001 on ownership of cars in the different tax...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has taken steps to encourage cars with large engines that might incur the highest rate of vehicle excise duty to be converted to liquified...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the exemption of motorists with disabilities from vehicle excise duty; what account is taken of the age of such motorists in...

      Gila Sacks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1490W, on Gila Sacks, whether Gila Sacks is one of his special advisers.

      Gross Gaming Yield Band

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the impact on Exchequer revenues of the introduction of a 50 per cent. gross gaming yield band; and if he will make...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, columns 342-3W, on HM Revenue and Customs, if he will break down the £850,000 expenditure...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 agreement...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alleged breaches of the national minimum wage legislation by media companies have been presented to HM Revenue and Customs since (a) 1 May 2004...

      Non-domiciled UK Taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations he undertakes into the income and assets held overseas by non-domiciled UK taxpayers.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 15 January 2007, on planning gain supplement, why each individual...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the increase in the budget for regional development agencies referred to in Paragraph 7.65 of the Budget Red Book, HC 342, is targeted to...

      Sainsbury Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2232W, on the Sainsbury Review, whether Lord Sainsbury agreed to conduct the review before...

      Senior Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether each Treasury managing director has a private secretary.

      Smuggling: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of (a) alcohol and (b) tobacco products seized by HM Customs in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what exemptions there are to stamp duty on new houses in Wales; what the cut-off threshold is on stamp duty in Wales; what plans he has for changes in the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Penrith and The Border constituency have appealed against a demand for return of overpayments of tax credits since April 2006; and if he...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many changes of the law have been necessitated by inadvertent errors introduced as a result of the tax rewrite project.

      Taxation: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the results of HM Treasury's review of non-domiciliary tax status.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1219W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), if he will place in the Library a CD-ROM of...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what access the Valuation Office Agency has to the National Register of Social Housing.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the agency has a data strategy document...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2134W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the agency's expenditure was on HIYA!...

      Valuation Office Agency: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate is of the value of the tangible fixed asset of the Valuation Office Agency's automated valuation model.

      VAT: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to abolish VAT on bingo receipts.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether CCM15540 (Undisclosed Partners) in the Tax Credits Compliance Manual is being revised; what guidance is available on assessments covered by these...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire received overpayments of (i) child tax credit and (ii) working tax credit in each of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of appeals against overpayment of tax credits have not been successful since April 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Young People: Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people aged under 25 years are in full-time employment; (2) how many people are employed to work fewer than 30 hours per week; (3) how many...

  • Health

    • Dental Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual income of a dentist is from the work done for the national health service.

    • Hospitals: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1939W, on residential rehabilitation, which (a) nine services provide residential...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights on the (a) mandate and (b)...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what obligations householders have to co-operate with requests from the Valuation Office Agency to fill in questionnaires...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the qualifications required to vote by post in England, Scotland and Wales are the same...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how her Department intends to ensure appropriate checks in the monitoring of the trials into (a) internet and (b) telephone...

      Absent Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent coercion and intimidation being used in the trials of (a) internet and (b)...

      Absent Voting: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department will take to verify the identification of people voting (a) by mobile telephone and (b) via the...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the UK is taking under the Fundamental Rights of Citizenship programme (EU budget code 18 04 06); and if she will...

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her most recent estimate is of the backlog of HM Coroner's Service inquiries into deaths of soldiers in Iraq and...

      Council Tax: Personal Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance she has issued on the use of personal information held for collecting and administering council tax in each of...

      Departments: Offices

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) purpose and (b) functions of her Department's regional offices will be.

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take to enforce the imposition of financial penalties for parties...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the future role of the Electoral Commission in determining electoral boundary matters will be.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage local authorities to enforce the requirement for...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average fine was for failing to complete and return an annual registration canvass form in the latest period for which...

      Electoral Register: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make it a requirement for individuals registered to vote at polling stations to have to sign the electoral register...

      Land Registry: Digital Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Land Registry is participating in the European Land Information Service (EULIS) project.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of Legal Services Commission costs are accounted for by administration.

      Maintenance: Children

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 867W, on maintenance: children, what information is...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Lobby Correspondents

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how many passes were awarded to lobby correspondents in each year since 2002; (2) to which individuals...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of India on (a) policy towards Burma, (b) human rights in Burma, (c)...

    • Cambodia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has made to the Government of Cambodia on the human rights situation in that country;...

      Cambodia: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the observance of the rights of organised labour in Cambodia by the Government of that country.

      Cambodia: Politics and Government

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

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of France on the situation in the Central African Republic.

      China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Chinese National Population and Family Planning Commission on its enforcement of...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much her Department spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper and publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how her Department plans to raise the awareness of the public on the Declaration of Berlin.

      Gibraltar: Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the incentive payments offered to Spanish pensioners related to contributions to the Gibraltar Social Security Fund up to...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had on use of the death penalty in Iran in the last two years, and with whom.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the (a) human rights and (b) humanitarian situation of refugees living in Malaysia.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by her Department to address the issue of the deportation of UNHCR-registered refugees from Malaysia.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Malaysian government on recognition of UNHCR-certified persons of concern.

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Malaysian government on recognition of the authority of the UNHCR.

      Pakistan: Religious Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of imams granted entry clearance to work as ministers of religion who could not speak...

      Research: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards the Lisbon Agenda target of increased investment in research and development activities to 3...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the G-19 rebel group in Darfur.

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will seek discussions with the Organisation of the Islamic Conference following its rejection of the recent UN report on...

      Sudan: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action she plans to take in response to Sudan's announcement that it will not recognise the International Criminal Court...

      Taha Yassin Ramadan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she has made to the decision of the Iraqi Appeals Chamber hearing in the case of Taha Yassin Ramadan; what...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her policy is on (a) China's and (b) the Dalai Lama's proposals for the status of Tibet.

      USA: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the US Embassy on the proposed implementation of extra-territorial legislation...

      World Trade: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Chairman of the EU Council of Ministers on progress towards a barrier-free transatlantic...

  • Trade and Industry

    • BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1165W, on BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia, whether remuneration was paid other...

    • BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 1165W, on BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia, whether BAE Systems' application...

      Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what analysis he has undertaken of the potential impact of outsourcing of business functions abroad on (a) employment trends in the UK and...

      Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his Department, broken...

      Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings his Department's officials held with (a) business representatives, (b) trade union representatives and (c) consumer...

      Domestic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress his Department is making in reducing the number of serious accidents in the home.

      Drugs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers are available to trading standards officers to prevent the marketing to UK mainland consumers of unlicensed medicinal produced by...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Sakhalin Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the uncompleted British elements are of the Sakhalin II project which are still seeking support from the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Hilton Group: Jurisdiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what conclusions his Department has reached on its investigation into the proposed implementation of extra-territorial legislation in the...

      IT: Labour Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how average salaries for IT professionals in the UK have changed over the last five years; and how they are expected to change over the next...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households were successful in being awarded low carbon building programme renewable energy grants on 1 March; and at what time on 1...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the number of unsuccessful household applications to the low carbon buildings programme in March...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what time on 1 March the March budget for household installations under the low carbon buildings programme was allocated in full; and how...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many paper applications for household grants under the low carbon buildings programme were successful in each month between November 2006...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many household applications were received to the low carbon buildings programme in (a) September 2006, (b) October 2006 and (c)...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the total sum required to meet household demand for grants in full under the low carbon buildings...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households in the UK (a) applied for and (b) were awarded grants under the low carbon buildings programme in (i) 2006, (ii) January...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many public sector buildings in the UK (a) applied for and (b) were awarded grants under the low carbon buildings programme in (i) 2006,...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether there are plans to increase the budget of the low carbon buildings programme.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average number of households per month was receiving grants under the low carbon buildings programme in the 12 months prior to the...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what time on 1 March the March funding became available for household projects under the low carbon buildings programme; at what time on...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of likely household demand for low carbon buildings programme grants to March 2009; and whether he expects...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of monthly grant capping under the low carbon buildings programme on consumer demand for...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date he expects the household stream of the low carbon buildings programme to end; and if he will make a statement.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the level of household demand for capital grants under the low carbon buildings programme to March 2009.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons his Department introduced a limit on the amount of capital grants to be allocated to households in any calendar month under...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK household micro renewable market of his Department's introduction of a monthly cap for...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice he is giving to householders who did not obtain a grant under the low carbon buildings programme on 1 February and 1 March.

      Overseas Companies: Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he is taking to ensure British-based companies fulfil their social obligations when pursuing mining interests in Colombia.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of post offices that will be required for the Post Office to meet the new access criteria that he has...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reasons were for delaying the response to the consultation on the future of the Post Office from March to May.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the merits of appointing a chief engineer to advise the Government on sustainable infrastructure.

      Venture Capital: Takeovers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of recent takeover activities of private equity organisations on trade, industry and business.

      Whales

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

  • Duchy of Lancaster

  • Home Department

    • Administration of Justice: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 391W, on the administration of justice: females, whether he plans to make...

    • Bronzefield Prison: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners housed in HMP Bronzefield are not British citizens, broken down by nationality.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons (a) under 18 and (b) over 18 years were (i) cautioned and (ii) convicted by the courts in each of the last five years for...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those convicted by the courts for possession of cannabis in each of the last five years (a) received a custodial sentence...

      Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies his Department has undertaken of the capacity of the UK emergency services to cope with a chemical attack on UK populations and...

      Chemical Weapons: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training exercises have been undertaken by (a) UK emergency services and (b) UK Government Departments on chemical attacks since 2001.

      Community Service Orders: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average daily cost of supervising an offender on a community order.

      Crime Statistics: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 189W, on crime statistics: Somerset, how many people were charged with...

      Crimes against the Person: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were charged with assaulting a police officer in Lancashire in each of the past five years.

      Crimes of Violence: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions for the offence of common assault were issued in 2006.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much compensation was granted by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each of the last five years, broken down by postcode...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for compensation have been received by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the last 12 months; (2)...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve the performance of the Criminal Records Bureau; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Custodial Treatment: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under-18 year olds are serving sentences of less than three months; and how many were given sentences of less than three months in...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) (i) arrests and (ii) charges were made and (b) convictions were secured under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each London basic...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to review the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are in prison for drug offences; how many were in prison for drug offences in 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the prevalence of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis, (d) ecstasy and (e) amphetamines use in each of...

      Drunkenness: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the (a) introduction and (b) designation of alcohol disorder zones by local authorities.

      Fingerprints: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the results of the pilot project codenamed Lantern on the use of mobile fingerprint scanners.

      Firearms: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assault rifles and machine guns imported in 2005 from Bosnia, Herzegovina and Croatia have been destroyed.

      Identity and Passport Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts the Identity and Passport Service has with Whitehead Mann; what the value and remit of such contracts are; and if he will make...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer from the Minister for Immigration of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 1, on identity cards, which 55...

      Kongra-Gel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reviews of the ban on Kongra-Gel under anti terror legislation have recently taken place.

      Metropolitan Police: Civilians

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan Police civilian staff are based in each London borough.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1752-3W, on the national identity register, what percentage of the (a) set...

      Offensive Weapons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made concerning weapons offences since the deployment of additional armed police in London in February.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the net cost of introducing interviews into the passport application process.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to provide ring-fenced funding to police authorities who incur significant costs in the provision of translation and...

      Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which aspects of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 he plans to review following his announcement on 6 March; and if he will make a...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were placed in police cells overnight in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Leadership and Powers Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual salary cost is of the Head of the Police Leadership and Powers Unit.

      Police Patrolling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the proportion of time which is spent by police officers on street patrols.

      Police: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2167W, on the age of police recruits, what the average age was of...

      Police: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to police forces to equip themselves to respond to chemical attacks.

      Police: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for procurement of counter nuclear, biological and chemical protection and detection equipment in his Department.

      Police: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2007, Official Report, columns 548-9W, on police: employment, how many police officers worked part-time...

      Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many black and Asian officers have applied to become a Commander or Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police in the last...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average Band D police precept on council tax was in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) England and Wales in actual prices in each...

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration has been given to misconduct proceedings against officers involved in the interception of telephone conversations between...

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why an independent review of Operation Helios as recommended by the Morris Inquiry has not been instituted.

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) has been paid and (b) he estimates may have to be paid in the future by the (i) Metropolitan Police and (ii) Metropolitan...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 257W, on police pay, how much overtime was paid to (a) police officers,...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police time was spent on frontline duties in each police force area and in each year since 2003-04; and what targets have...

      Prison Service: Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers who are at occupational risk have been required to pay for vaccination against chronic hepatitis B since January 2006.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were sentenced to custody of less than three months in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current average weekly rate of pay is for prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on prisons, what funding has been formally allocated for prison...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, column 1691W, on prisons, how many of the 18 claims have been settled (a) out...

      Prisons: Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the implementation of the Prison Service policy on alcohol misuse and hazardous drinking.

      Prisons: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued on the use of Sony Playstations in prisons in the last five years.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for which drugs prisoners are tested during mandatory drug tests.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average daily cost for food is per person in prisons directly run by the Prison Service.

      Prisons: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many mental health in-reach teams operate within the Prison Service; (2) how many prisons have dedicated mental health teams.

      Prisons: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) SIM cards were confiscated from prisoners by prison staff in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners shared a cell intended for one prisoner in each of the last three years.

      Racial Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) successful prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred were made in each of the last five...

      Respect Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the roles and responsibilities are of each person employed by the Department's Respect taskforce.

      Seafarers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of the Seafarers Identity Documents Convention of the International Labour Organisation in the United...

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) received an official police warning, (b) received an official police caution and (c) were arrested under section 132...

      Sexual Offences: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many registered sex offenders there are in Shrewsbury and Atcham borough; (2) how many sexual and violent offenders as defined by...

      Special Constables: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables were recruited by the West Midlands police force in each of the last three years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UN listed terror suspects are (a) present and (b) suspected by his Department to be present in the United Kingdom.

      Terrorism: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been spent on advertising the anti-terrorism hotline since its introduction; (2) what the cost was of the full page...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bodies are registered for Criminal Records Bureau checks; and how many of these are umbrella bodies.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to question 122932, on police stop forms, tabled by the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs on 20 February 2007.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to register healthcare given in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre with the Healthcare Commission.

      Young Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners aged under 18 years were assessed as vulnerable in each year of the last period for which figures are available.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Tanks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any requests to deploy main battle tanks to Afghanistan from commanders in that country in the past three months; and, if so, what has...

    • Armed Forces: Medical Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the regular Armed Forces and the Reserves, having served in Iraq since January 2003, have been treated for mental illnesses; what consultation...

      Aviation: Death of Passengers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of passengers dying during international flights on airlines registered in the United Kingdom—(a) what regulations or procedures apply; (b)...

      Bangladesh: Mr Ranghani Mro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 16 March (WA 159), whether they will instruct the British High Commission in Dhaka to visit Mr Ranghani Mro...

      Banks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take legislative or regulatory steps to prevent United Kingdom retail banks closing private customer accounts because of legitimate complaints of...

      Botswana: Elephants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support Botswana's application to the Committee on International Trade in Endangered Species to sell stocks of ivory accumulated from tusks...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis and by whom evidence of human involvement in climate change has been evaluated; and whether the ongoing natural process of climate change has been...

      Coast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have published the advice they have received from Natural England in relation to coastal access; and, if not, whether they intend to do so and when.

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they require from biofuels plants that qualify for enhanced capital allowances of significant carbon dioxide emission savings; and whether this...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have quantified the emissions of nitrous oxides associated with feedstock cultivation for biofuels and biofuels consumption; and how this compares...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the level of input of fertiliser into the cultivation of feedstock for production of bioethanol and biodiesel which will render the use...

      Energy: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the carbon accounting trials conducted by the Renewable Energy Association and the Home Grown Cereals Association; and, if...

      Energy: Radioactive Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been involved in determining the terms of reference for the...

      Gambling: Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on facilitating voluntary agreements between the football authorities and (a) betting...

      Gambling: Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on facilitating voluntary agreements between sports governing bodies and betting...

      Gambling: Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the amount of bets taken by United Kingdom betting operators on the following sports (a) horseracing; (b) football; (c) cricket;...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will call in large-scale applications for residential development that do not include accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers on land where some...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many social landlords have responded to the invitation by the Department for Communities and Local Government to discuss provision of accommodation for Gypsies...

      House of Lords: Drinking Water

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he has assessed the extent to which, wherever practicable, tap water is the most suitable and environmentally friendly source of drinking water for the...

      Houses of Parliament: Visitor Information Centre

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will place in the Library of the House a copy of the feasibility study of the options for a parliamentary visitor information centre commissioned by...

      Houses of Parliament: Visitor Information Centre

      asked the Chairman of Committees: When the House of Lords Information Committee will next discuss the provision of a parliamentary visitor information centre or alternative facilities; and when...

      Houses of Parliament: Visitor Information Centre

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether any further joint meetings of the House of Lords Information Committee and the House of Commons Administration Sub-Committee will be held in relation to...

      Immigration: Wages

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

      India: Dalits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether arrangements will be made for a Minister to meet a delegation of representatives of the Dalits currently visiting the United Kingdom.

      Money: Scottish Banknotes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that Scottish banknotes are accepted overseas for exchange into other currencies; and whether they will take steps to ensure...

      Muslims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 March (WA 134), whether they are aware of any reliable estimates of the proportions of Sunni and Shia...

      Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under the Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007, it will be the responsibility of veterinary surgeons to ensure that measures to...

      Olympic Games 2012: Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs assessment for Greater London will be published; and whether the needs of Gypsies and Travellers who will be...

      Railways: Fares

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the present level of railway fares is conducive to maximising the use of the network.

      Railways: Great North Eastern Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 14 March (WA 138) on the Great North Eastern franchise, how they will ensure that the current level of...

      Railways: Virgin Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the protection afforded to Virgin Trains under the moderation of competition arrangements as part of the original franchise has been extended; and, if so,...

      Rates: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the regional rate in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and what was the total amount raised by this rate for water and sewage services in...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations of the United Nations high-level report on Sudan that (a) the General Assembly of the United Nations should request...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Governments of China and Russia about their decision to dismiss the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council...

      Sudan: Disinvestment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have given further consideration to the disinvestment of British commercial investment in Sudan.

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By administrative region, what is the proportion of eligible working families, single parents and old-age pensioners claiming tax credit; and what proportion of...

      Taxation: Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to exempt sport's national governing bodies from corporation tax, as happens in some other countries.

      Transport: Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many funerals or memorial services Ministers have attended in their official capacity in respect of (a) road accident victims, and (b) rail accident victims.

      Transport: Vehicle Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 20 March (WA 189) about medical examination for vehicle licences, which particular certificates will be...

      Volunteering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to encourage volunteering by giving employers who allow their employees time off to volunteer in sport a tax credit against their business tax...

      Waste Management: Toxic Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency rejected the pro bono services of a pollution consultant and United States bankruptcy trustee to consider the technical details of...

      Waste Management: Toxic Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Welsh Office was aware by 1988 that the discharge at Brofiscin quarry contained carcinogens and was hazardous to users of the groundwater; and, if so,...

      Waste Management: Toxic Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Bearing in mind that the company Monsanto has admitted to a daily discharge of 3.74 pounds of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the sewers from their Newport...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From what year the rates in Northern Ireland did not include a charge for water; why the change was made; after what consultation process the change was made; and...

      Water Supply: Purification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to require water companies to produce disaggregated reports of (a) the capital, and (b) the operating costs associated with purifying water...

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