Written answers

Thursday, 29 March 2007

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1835-6W, on Afghanistan: overseas aid, how much funding each...

    • Cambodia: Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has made any recent representations to the Government of Cambodia on the subject of reform of the...

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Public Appointments

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

      Departments: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings (a) he and (b) his Department's Ministers held with trade union representatives in 2006.

      Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to prevent women being trafficked into the UK.

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department committed in each year since the invasion to (a) water and sanitation projects and (b) electrification...

      Latin America: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had on debt relief in (a) Nicaragua and (b) other Latin American countries.

      Nepal

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

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid was provided to Zimbabwe by the UK in 2006-07.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections: Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment has been made of the case for decentralising responsibility for monitoring and...

    • Elections: Local Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the potential change in local government...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals to allow party members to serve as (a)...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many staff of the Electoral Commission have worked for the Commission (a) for less than...

  • Leader of the House

    • House of Lords: Powers

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 173W, on the House of Lords: powers, what timetable he has set for (a) the reconvening of the...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Leader of the House what representations he has received on the propriety of front companies acting as conduits to allow anonymous donations to political parties.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals for the electronic provision of answers to hon. Members who ask written parliamentary questions.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance detailing the administrative procedure by which written parliamentary questions are (a) placed in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the use of anaerobic digestion of farm waste to create biogas for energy production.

    • Air Pollution: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department makes available to small businesses on meeting emission targets.

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the animal welfare enforcement database; (2) what discussions he has had with (a) the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he has taken to establish the new arrangements for securing scientific advice on bovine TB following the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the purpose is of a disease report form; and how the data collected are used to provide a better understanding of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what data from the bovine TB disease report form is entered into the electronic data retrieval system; how many forms are...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations have been received by his Department from (a) farmers and (b) landowners seeking licences to...

      Cattle Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been (a) seized and (b) slaughtered due to inadequate identification in the past 12 months.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to Clause 4.8 of the draft Climate Change Bill, by what mechanisms he expects to put into law the climate change...

      Departments: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department provided in grants for projects in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Hazardous Substances: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken on the use of thermal depolymerisation as a process for recycling hazardous...

      Pet Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plan to ratify the European Convention on Pet Animals.

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, column 979W, on rats, if he will break down the rat population...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to counteract pollution caused by unauthorised chemical waste dumping; what recent...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with relevant EU directorates concerning the adoption of the composting protocol by the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1641W to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which foreign governments were represented at the recent meeting hosted by Japan to encourage more countries to support their...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: EC Action

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a list of attendees, with their affiliations, of public events hosted at 10 Downing street in the last two years on European Community...

    • Departments: Silverfish Productions

      To ask the Prime Minister what contracts his office awarded to Silverfish Productions Limited in each of the last three years; and what the cost was of those contracts.

      Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister why the reason for the removal of an honour from an individual is not routinely included with the notice of forfeiture placed in the London Gazette; if he will make it...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidelines govern the advance notice to be given of a battalion's flight dates prior to deployment on operations overseas; and if he will make a...

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2006, Official Report, column 626, on training, what steps he is taking to address consequences for the training...

      Armed Forces: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to how many days rest and recuperation a soldier serving on operations is entitled after (a) four, (b) six, (c) 10 and (d) 12 months active duty is...

      Army: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the summer 2006 report of the Chief of the General Staff's briefing team.

      Merlin Helicopters

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

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Britten Norman Defender 4S AL Mk1 aircraft have been procured; and how many of these have been delivered to Iraq for use by the Army.

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the acquisition cost was at 2006 values of the Britten Norman Defender 4S AL2 Mk1 aircraft procured by the army; and what the estimated hourly...

      Military Fatalities: Iraq and Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fatalities were sustained by UK armed forces resulting from improvised explosive devices attack on (a) USA RG31 vehicles and (b) Canadian RG31...

      Tucanos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which versions of the Tucano are operated by the Royal Air Force; what the acquisition cost was of each aircraft; and what the average total operating...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the acquisition costs were of (a) the unmanned aerial vehicles deployed by the UK in Afghanistan and (b) the coalition unmanned aerial vehicles to...

      Zimbabwe: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans his Department has put in place to evacuate British citizens in the event of a crisis in Zimbabwe.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Departments: Paper

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure her Department's economical use of paper.

    • Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by her...

      Sir Hayden Phillips: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how, and at what rate, Sir Hayden Phillips was remunerated for undertaking the inquiry into the funding of political parties;...

      Politics and Government: South West Region

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what distinct constitutional status applies to (a) Cornwall, (b) the Isles of Scilly, (c) the Cornish people, (d) the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Animal Welfare: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which animal welfare organisations benefited from National Lottery funding in each of the last five years; and how much each received.

    • Consultation Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, columns 903-4W, on consultation papers, what fee she expects to be paid to...

      Departments: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which industry summits her Department has (a) hosted and (b) co-hosted with other Government Departments in each of the last five...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, columns 904-5W, on film, what the budgets are for the summits on (a)...

      Gaming Clubs: Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the small, large and regional casinos recommended to her by the Casino Advisory Panel will be required to use energy saving...

      Hotels: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations have made written representations to her Department on taxation on hotel accommodation in the last 12 months.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she expects a new text-based labelling system for internet sites to be introduced; (2) what studies have been commissioned...

      Licensed Premises: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the use of plastic glasses in licensed premises.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many licencees have had their licences revoked since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force; (2) how many licences have been...

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of the population that used a public library in each of the last five years.

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with industry on the illegal selling of tickets to events.

      Tourism: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential effects on the (a) Hartlepool economy and (b) Hartlepool tourist and culture sector of...

      Tourism: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants facilities in Hartlepool will be able to apply for in connection with the 2010 Tall Ships event.

      Tourism: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many tourists visited (a) Hartlepool constituency, (b) Tees Valley sub-region and (c) the North East region in each of the last...

  • Education and Skills

    • Children: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which conferences targeted at schoolchildren were funded by the EU in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the Connexions service in each year since it was established; and how many people received advice from the service in...

      Departments: Paper

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people have been in receipt of education maintenance allowance (EMA) in each London local authority since its introduction;...

      English: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, columns 800-1W, on English language teaching, (1) if he will assess the...

      Mathematics: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of mathematics lessons in mainstream maintained secondary schools is observed by Ofsted, broken down by school year group.

      Nurseries: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the viability of playgroups in circumstances where staff of those groups are found by Ofsted to have...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what recent representations he has received on the availability of textbooks for blind, partially sighted and dyslexic children in...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many hours of training on average were undertaken by participants in the Train to Gain programme; (2) what percentage of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to answer Question 110609, on young people in London, tabled by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on 18 January.

      Young People: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the UK is taking under the EU Youth in Action programme (EU budget code 15 01 04 55); and if he will make a statement.

      Youth Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the degree to which the Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital funds are reaching the disadvantaged young people...

  • Transport

    • A21: Compulsory Purchase

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency plans to issue compulsory purchase orders along the A21 between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

    • Aerodrome Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to consult on how to determine the interests of persons who live in the area in which an aerodrome is situated in determining the use...

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the aircraft for the use of the Prime Minister will be ready to enter service; and what the estimated whole life cost of such aircraft is...

      British Transport Police: Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport Police community support officers were based in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years, broken...

      Bus Services: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid to bus operators through the Bus Service Operators Grant in each year since the grant was introduced.

      Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on cycling facilities in local authority areas (a) in London and (b) in England outside London in each year since 2000-01;...

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Golden Arrow Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent (a) meetings and (b) discussions Ministers in his Department have had with Golden Arrow Communications; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Golden Arrow Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have held with Golden Arrow Communications since 2005.

      Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 down by...

      Departments: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were employed by his Department with a responsibility for rail transport in each year since 2002.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers working for the Government Car and Despatch Agency in each of the last five years were (a) male and (b) female.

      M42: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish correspondence between the Highways Agency and Shirley Estates on the proposed motorway service area at junction 4 of the M42.

      M42: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the correspondence between the Highways Agency, Birmingham International airport and Swayfields with regard to the proposed motorway...

      M42: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations between the Highways Agency and Shirley Estates with regard to the proposed motorway...

      M42: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of negotiations between the Highways Agency, Birmingham International Airport and Swayfields on the...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department monitors the registration and taxing of vehicles in their home non-EU or EEA countries when the vehicles have been in the United...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to change the required frequency of MOT tests for new vehicles.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of total central Government support for the English concessionary fares scheme (a) was distributed for 2004-05 and (b) is forecast to...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish (a) the cost benefit analysis and (b) the appraisal summary table taking account of the five objectives outlined in the New...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) locomotives, (b) multiple units, (c) freight wagons and (d) carriages were in use on the rail network in the most recent period for...

      Railways: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve the railway network over the next three years; and what capital improvements of over £10 million each are planned to...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how train fares have changed on average over the last 10 years; and what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of people travelling by train.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what adjustments he has made to his Department's working assumptions on future projected revenues from rail franchise premium payments following the...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) role and (b) actions his Department has taken in the development of the Strategic Rail Authority's policy towards large-scale railfreight...

      Railways: Hastings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with train companies on the Hastings to Charing Cross train line.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train journeys were cancelled in each year between 1997 and 2006, broken down by train operating company.

      Railways: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has to fund the development of a Tees Valley metro system.

      Railways: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of funding an extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro system to incorporate South Durham and Hartlepool in its network.

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, columns 2131-2W, on railways: Thames Valley, if he will place in the Library (a) copies of...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, columns 2131-32W, on railways: Thames Valley, what First Great Western's ongoing obligations...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2007, Official Report, column 1574W, on Railways: Thames Valley, what changes to the timetable and consequential...

      Railways: Thames Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2007, Official Report, column 1574W, on Railways: Thames Valley, if he will set out the figures for the established...

      Road Traffic Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on using Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and motor insurance databases in conjunction with automatic number plate...

      Road Works: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers local authorities have to charge utility companies for street works; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents occurred in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997; (2) how many accident blackspots have...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost was of building a mile of (a) motorway, (b) trunk road grade dual carriageway, (c) trunk road grade dual carriageway and (d)...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost of building a kilometre of road lane was in each year since 1997.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to seek to release rolling stock stored at Eastleigh onto (a) Great Western and (b) South West Trains services; and if he will...

      South West Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he was first informed of proposals by South West Trains for a new premium rate for travel; what representations he has made to South West Trains...

      South West Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to South West Trains on (a) the condition of existing rolling stock and (b) future requirements for rolling stock.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in his Department are working on plans to introduce a national road pricing scheme.

      Transport: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding the local transport authority in Lancashire received (a) in total, (b) per mile of road and (c) per head of population in each year...

      Travel: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage change in real terms of the cost of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus and (c) train since 1997.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the exit figures were from (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disability allowance in (i) each Pathways to Work area and (ii) each...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of child maintenance claims were cleared within 18 weeks during the last six months for which the Child Support Agency was...

      Council Tax: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount of money lost to council tax benefit fraud in the financial year (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c)...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to introduce charges for employers posting adverts on the JobCentre Plus website.

      Disability Living Allowance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions his Department has instigated for the fraudulent use of disability living allowance in each of the last five years; how...

      Employment: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the number of Muslim women in employment.

      Housing Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on initiatives to reduce housing benefit fraud in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many, and what percentage of claimants left incapacity benefit at the (a) four month and (b) 12 month stage of their claim in (i)...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the regular use of cannabis on the performance at work of those employees on whom the health and...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what checks are undertaken by Jobcentre Plus to ensure that jobs advertised by agencies via Jobcentre Plus facilities exist and are not...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many calls to the central 0845 608 8564 Jobcentre Plus number were made in each month for which records are available; what the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many constituencies more people claimed job seeker's allowance at the end of 2006 than at the end of 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Minister of State for Pension Reform to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute dated (a) 2 January...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the training providers of the new deal programmes, broken down by region.

      New Deal for Long Term Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were on the new deal 25 plus programme for the (a) first time, (b) second time, (c) third time, (d) fourth time, (e) fifth...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value was of the subsidy paid to employers participating in the new deal programme in each year since 1997.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants there were in the (a) New Deal for Lone Parents and (b) New Deal for Disabled People in each month since January 1998;...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants there were on the New Deal for Partners for (a) the first time, (b) the second time, (c) the third time and (d) the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session were not answered wholly or in part on grounds of...

      Part-time Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women were working part-time in (a) 1979 and (b) 2006; and how many of these were earning below the lower earnings limit for...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the tender deadline for phase 1 of the private and voluntary sector Pathways to Work pilots was extended to 11 April; what...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners his Department estimates are eligible for pension credit in (a) the UK and (b) Wales; how many pensioners in (i) the UK...

      Pension Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each constituency in Wales were in receipt of pension credit in each year since 2003; and how much was claimed in pension...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate (a) how many pensioners were living in deep poverty, defined as a household income below 40 per cent. of median household...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in retirement benefits to (a) couples, (b) single men and (c) single women where the recipients were aged (i) 60 to 64,...

      Pensions: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Government's policies on pension protection (a) have been and (b) are compliant with...

      Pensions: Stroud

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

      Pensions: Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of calls to the pension application hotline (a) were answered, (b) received an engaged tone and (c) went unanswered in the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with representatives of the banking industry on the development of the new Post Office card account; and if he will...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of centralisation of Social Fund processing on (a) service to the public and (b) debt...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact he expects the Pensions Bill to have on the returns delivered by the financial markets to pensioners over the expected life of...

      Welfare to Work: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department assisted David Freud on the Welfare to Work Review.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) charges and (b) convictions there were for contraventions of building regulations in (i) Basingstoke and Deane...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of council tax increases since 1997 on pensioners.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the potential for reductions in council tax arising from proposals from shire counties for...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of the council tax revaluation in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Council Tax: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on proposals to give local authorities the power to authorise council tax inspectors to enter...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2153W, on council tax:...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the ministerial statement of 20 February 2007, Official Report, columns 13-7WS, on departmental expenditure...

      East of England Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date she gave responsibility for the East of England Plan to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley.

      East of England Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which Minister the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley reports on matters concerning...

      Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward a Single Equality Bill.

      Housing: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities are eligible for housing revenue account subsidy; and how much was granted to each eligible local...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) definition of an outbuilding is for the purposes of dwellinghouse code 14 as published...

      Key Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she expects to answer question 122428, on key worker homes, tabled by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on...

      Local Enterprise Growth Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the budget is for the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative in 2006-07; and what budget is planned for (a) 2007-08 and...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the written statement of 27 March 2007, Official Report, columns 71-3WS, on local government, what steps she plans...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date Sir Michael Lyons is contractually obliged to deliver his report on local government finance to the Government.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 931W, on local government finance, what the total was of...

      National Association of Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding her Department or its predecessor has provided to the National Association of Councillors since 2002.

      Plymouth City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people employed by Plymouth city council are paid £80,000 per annum or more.

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the reasons for changes in the fees charged by local authorities for care services in the last...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she made of recent trends in social care costs when agreeing the local government grant settlement.

      Valuation: IT Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Valuation Office Agency has (a) to use and (b) to trial handheld computers for (i) council tax and (ii)...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect on (a) fixed and (b) revenue costs of providing (i) school support services and (ii)...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account she plans to take of (a) potential and (b) existing economies of scale in the delivery of services in determining...

      Unitary Councils: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the (a) affordability and (b) value for money of Exeter City Council's business case for a...

      Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will break down by sub-heading the £193.45 million spent by her Department in 2005-06 on valuations services, as set...

      Waste Management: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a saving by a local authority arising from moving from weekly to alternate weekly collections of household rubbish can...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, columns 956-7W, on No. 10 Downing street, which hon. Members have accepted an invitation...

    • Civil Servants: British Nationality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to how many and what proportion of posts in the civil service a certificate under the Aliens' Employment Act 1955 applies, broken down by...

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Office of the Third Sector has spent on recruiting staff since its formation.

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment the Office of the Third Sector has made of the proposal from the Commission on Unclaimed Assets for a Social Investment Bank.

  • Home Department

    • British Standard 7971

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 970W, on British Standard 7971, what the cost has been of analysing the...

    • Cannabis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to warn young people of the dangers of cannabis in the last 12 months.

      Crime Prevention: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with crime prevention charities ahead of the announcement to cut the annual grant to Crimestoppers by 10 per cent.

      Demonstration: Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested for demonstrating and (b) stopped by police on suspicion of demonstrating within the exclusion zone...

      Departments: Golden Arrow Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions during the last 12 months clients of Golden Arrow Communications have (a) tendered for and (b) been awarded contracts...

      Departments: Postal Services

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

      Deportation: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had regarding enforcement of deportations to Iran in the last two years.

      Driving Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were issued with a fixed penalty notice for (a) failing to wear a seat belt and (b) speeding in each of the last five years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those charged with theft tested positive for an illegal narcotic on arrest in the latest period for which figures are...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will undertake an audit of the availability of beds for convicted offenders in residential rehabilitation centres.

      Fingerprints: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals are being considered to fingerprint children under the age of 16 as part of the passport and identity card system; and if he...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary cost is of the (a) director of the Policing Policy and Operations Directorate and (b) head of the Police Human Resources...

      Prison Service Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of senior operational managers in the Prison Service are from ethnic minority groups.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional prison officers and custody officers at each rank within (a) the Prison Service and (b) the private sector will be...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were placed on detoxification programmes for drug misuse in each of the last three years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on cross border traffic penalty enforcement; and what agreements have...

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) set-up and (b) transition costs were for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when sections 71 to 74 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 came into effect; and how many times a judge has made an order...

      Standford Hill Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners absconded from HMP Standford Hill in each year since 1992; (2) how many prisoners who have absconded from HMP...

      Women's Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many UK institutions held adult female prisoners in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many prison...

      Licensed Premises: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the use of plastic glasses in licensed premises.

  • Treasury

    • Occupational Pension Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the cost of compensating those affected by occupational pension wind-ups.

    • G8 Summit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is planning to attend the G8 Summit of Finance Ministers in Germany in 2007.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of income a household on average earnings will spend on taxes in 2007-08.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the burden of taxation following his recent financial statement.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he has taken to redistribute the tax burden.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net present value is of the additional contribution to the Financial Assistance scheme announced in the Budget.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer In how many cases of tax credit administration the computer system has been incapable of producing a result and the case has been transferred to manual...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding he has allocated to children's centres in each of the next five years.

      Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) he and (b) his officials have held discussions with (i) the Financial Services Authority and (ii) representatives from major insurance...

      Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that shareholders in major insurance corporations do not receive dividends based on the release of orphan assets at a higher...

      Cost-effective Energy: Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he assumes the next decade to end; and how he will judge the practical cost-effective energy efficiency potential of each household as referred...

      Customs Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers were employed in the UK in each year since 1995.

      Departments: Air Pollution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the carbon footprint of his Department, (b) carbon dioxide emissions from his Department's buildings and (c) carbon...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he was accompanied on official business abroad by (a) a special adviser, (b) one of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's special...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the relevant requirement of the Ministerial Code, paragraph 2.11, if he has more than two special advisers.

      Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 down by party;...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has to increase employment.

      Low Incomes: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how his Department is working with counterparts in Government on providing more affordable homes.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1494W, on ministerial visits, in which publication the locations of visits by the Economic...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his reference in his Budget 2007 speech on 21 March 2007 to the £8 billion increase in the national health service budget for England in...

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate (a) the savings delivered to the Exchequer by the activities of the Office of Government Commerce (OCG) in each year since it was...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the timetable is for the (a) consultation process, (b) further publications, (c) introduction of legislation and (d) ratification and...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimates are of spending on public service pensions as a share of gross domestic product in each year from 2005-06 to 2050-51; and if he...

      Tax Allowances: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will hold discussions with HM Revenue and Customs on changing the personal allowance threshold for pensioners.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many families are entitled to working tax credit, broken down by region and nation; and how many and what proportion of eligible families are...

      Youth Sport Trust

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he expects the National Youth Volunteering Organisation to play a role in administering funds for the Youth Sport Trust programme he announced on 7...

  • Northern Ireland

    • A2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures are in place to manage traffic on the A2 Bangor to Belfast road following accidents on that road; what assessment he has made as...

    • Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police community support officers he expects to be employed in each police district command unit area following their introduction in...

      Public Appointments: Former Members

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

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of electoral malpractice were reported by the police to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland in each year...

      Elections: Proof of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of people turned away from polling stations in each constituency in Northern Ireland on 7 March for not...

      Energy Policy Progress Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in relation to the Energy Review.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much assistance was offered to existing companies in the Limavady borough council area by Invest Northern Ireland in each of the last three...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland spent on external consultants in relation to improving call handling in each of the last five...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regeneration projects received funding from his Department in each of the last six years; and at what cost.

      Tunes Plateau Wind Farm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects a decision on a proposed offshore wind farm at Tunes Plateau to be made.

      Water Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many water leaks were reported to the Water Service in each of the last three years; and what the average length of time taken to repair...

      Water Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what targets are in place to cut the amount of water lost through leakage in Northern Ireland.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Broadband: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the EU is taking (a) to advance broadband coverage in member states and (b) to promote the take up of mobile phone technology.

    • Companies: Environmental Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department plans to monitor the (a) effects and (b) costs of the duties upon directors in the Companies Act 2006 in relation to...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the gifts received by special advisers in his Department and declared to his Department in 2005-06; on what date each gift was...

      Departmental Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what notices of external employment were given by special advisers in his Department in each of the last two years.

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of relative energy use of (a) digital and (b) analogue broadcast receiving devices.

      Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many postdoctoral fellowships were awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in financial year (a) 2004-05, (b)...

      Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding was allocated to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to fund postdoctoral fellowships in financial years (a)...

      Programme Making and Special Events Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the value of the programme making and special events sector to the UK economy; and if he will make a...

      Programme Making and Special Events Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from the programme making and special events sector regarding the digital dividend review.

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on waste incineration.

      Ippr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding (a) the North West Development Agency, (b) one NorthEast, (c) the London Development Agency, (d) the East of England...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1778W, on nuclear power, which stakeholders (a) he, (b) departmental...

      Patents: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the European Community patent.

      Phoenix Holdings: MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in his Department's inquiry into Phoenix Holdings' involvement in MG Rover; what the costs to all parties involved...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will postpone the abolition of Postwatch until the end of the consultation on the Post Office closure process.

      Radio Frequencies: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on (a) the proposal by the EC Radio Spectrum Committee to allow the refarming of 2G...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on the research councils' budgets of not authorising them to utilise end-of-year flexibility...

      Science and Technology Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the science budget is for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power: Gwynt y Mor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to announce his decision on the application by Npower Renewables for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received from officials following their visit to Ascension Island in March.

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts are being made to engage with those living on Ascension Island on the future plans for the island.

      Asean

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with ASEAN leaders on expediting the resettlement of refugees in the region.

      Burma: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings UK Government officials have had with (a) the Karen National Union, (b) the Kachin Independence...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo on the arrest and trial of...

      Departments: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department has taken to raise awareness of the dangers of identity fraud among departmental employees.

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the freedom of EU monitors to access the Rafah border checkpoint in the Gaza strip; and if she...

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has considered the possibility of stationing EU officials monitoring the Rafah border checkpoint between Gaza and...

      Horn of Africa and Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2007, Official Report, column 823W, on the Horn of Africa and Sudan, whether any of the...

      Marc Swanson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 838, on Marc Swanson, on which dates her officials in Brazil...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 6 February 2007 from the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes on Mr. Ken Hawkins, a...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1843W, on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, whether any...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1843W, on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, whether any...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Pakistan on its blasphemy laws and hudood ordinances.

      Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will raise the case of Mr. Rafiq Gorji, his late wife and the safety of Hajj pilgrimage travel with the Saudi authorities.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the recent use of air attacks by the Sudanese airforce on civilian targets in Darfur; and what...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects for success of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Sudan.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role her Department is playing in the negotiations between the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement and the Government in...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has made recent representations to the Ugandan government on its relationship with the Presidential candidate...

      Uganda: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Ugandan government on its recent rejection of a Parliamentary motion to condemn human...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects the EU Common Position on Zimbabwe will next be reviewed; and whether the UK will advocate a strengthening of...

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by her Department to raise the issue of Zimbabwe at (a) the United Nations Security Council and (b)...

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has had discussions with the New Partnership for African Development on whether Zimbabwe has been (a) through the...

      Zimbabwe: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Zimbabwean individuals have been placed on the EU's sanctions list; which Zimbabwean institution each relevant individual...

  • Health

    • North West Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on levels of demand for the North West Ambulance Service of private sector clinical assessment, treatment and...

    • Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women over the age of 70 self-referred for breast cancer screening in (a) Surrey Primary Care Trust and (b) England in the last period for...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in Bolton have been screened for breast cancer over the last five years.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for recent trends in attendance levels for cervical screening by 25 to 29 year-olds.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of cervical smears for younger women.

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has any plans to introduce a national human papilloma virus vaccination programme.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department on rates of child abuse by women who have previously had an abortion; and if...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made for dental treatment for people in prison.

      Departmental Commercial Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Department's outgoing commercial director will be involved in the appointment of his successor; and what Civil Service rules apply.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were employed by her Department on 1 January of each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees,...

      Diabetes: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people with diabetes who have not gained access to blood testing strips and blood glucose testing equipment;...

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetics visited hospitals and clinics in order to get their blood glucose tested in each year since 1997.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of requiring food packaging to be tamper proof.

      GPs: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) duration and (b) content will be of the training to be offered to GPs who wish to take on the role of GP with Special Interest; what...

      Heart Diseases: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will commission research into the relationship between levels of air pollution from motor vehicles and rates of heart attack amongst women; and if...

      Heart Diseases: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the North West Strategic Health Authority on the adequacy of sufficient personnel to operate myocardial...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research is planned in the next 12 months to ascertain the likely incidence in the UK of all types of chronic hepatitis over the next decade; and if...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2007, Official Report, column 2298W, on Hepatitis C, what her assessment is of the reasons for the increase in the...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that hospices receive adequate funding; and if she will make a statement on the future of hospice funding.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bed days were occupied by patients with long-term conditions in each year since 1997-98.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to identify and promote best practice on the management of hospital lengths of stay.

      Hospitals Closures: Media Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 39W, on hospital closures (media interest), what methodology was used to arrive at...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of the introduction of referral management schemes by primary care trusts on patient choice; and if she...

      Hospitals: Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has undertaken on the relationship between hospital lengths of stay and hospital acquired infection.

      In-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over were placed on (i) general wards and (ii) specialist wards in each of the...

      Kettering General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will visit Kettering General Hospital to discuss local NHS funding.

      Kidney Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England (i) were diagnosed with chronic kidney...

      Kidney Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England were on the waiting list for treatment for dialysis...

      Kidney Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died from chronic kidney disease whilst waiting for NHS treatment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      Mental Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for young people to see child and adolescent mental health services staff in the last three years for which data are...

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for advertising the NHS complaints procedure was for each of the last five years.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value of capital-to-revenue transfers made by her Department was in each year since 1997-98.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 315W, on NHS: procurement, what restrictions are in place on how DHL can (a) apply a...

      Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on maternity services was at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole hospitals NHS trust in each of the last five years.

      Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made since September 2006 with the new model of midwifery care announced by the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole hospitals NHS trust.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Food Standards Agency, (b) Ofcom, (c) Grocer magazine and (d) others on the nutrient profiling model;...

      Overweight Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of children who were (a) overweight and (b) obese in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends patient and public involvement forum members to become members of local involvement networks; and if she will make a statement.

      Patients Forums: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the money provided by her Department to county councils for the purpose of establishing and supporting local involvement networks will be...

      Patients Forums: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether local involvement networks will have a right of entry and access in order to carry out inspections; and if she will make a statement.

      Patients Forums: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will issue national guidance on how members should be appointed to local involvement networks; and if she will make a statement.

      Photosensitivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on people diagnosed with photosensitivity of (i) low energy light bulbs and (ii)...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the NHS in making available National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence approved treatments for prostate cancer.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to introduce human papilloma virus immunisation for females aged 12 years and above in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) primary care trusts and (b) local authorities in England provided services for adults with (i) low and (ii) moderate social care needs in each...

      Toxocariasis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of human toxocariasis there were in England in each year since 1997-98, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on a waiting list for an organ transplant in each of the last 10 years.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 15 March (WA 145), how many women experienced long-term post-abortion distress in the last full year...

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research and cost analysis the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has undertaken in respect of a possible bluetongue disease outbreak...

      Agriculture: Externalities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent assessment they have made of the costs of externalities associated with different farming methods; and whether they will commission research into this...

      Agriculture: Gangmasters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the fees set in 2006 by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority are due to be upgraded in 2007.

      Agriculture: Gangmasters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licences were issued by 31 December 2006 under the Gangmasters Licensing Conditions in each business turnover category.

      Agriculture: Stewardship Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the amount of money allocated by Natural England for entry-level and higher-level stewardship schemes has been reduced.

      Agriculture: Stewardship Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What methodology is used by Natural England to assess farm applications for entry- and higher-level stewardship schemes; whether any applications are being sifted;...

      Agriculture: Stewardship Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the number of farms that have applied to Natural England for the entry- or higher-level stewardship schemes exceeds the amount of money currently allocated...

      Animal Welfare: Captive Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to points 7(2) and (3) of statutory instrument 2007/406 concerning approved disinfectants, when the manufacturer will have to make representations once the...

      Animal Welfare: Rabies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 7 March (WA 48), whether they will reply substantively to Lord Willoughby de Broke's Question rather than referring...

      Banks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord Truscott on 7 March (Official Report, col. 222), whether, to demonstrate the relative efficiency of lending organisations and the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Truscott on 13 March (WA 104) on British Coal compensation, whether, in view of their concerns in respect of the Data...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Truscott on 15 January (WA 119) on British Coal compensation, whether any audit has been undertaken in respect of the sum of...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Truscott on 15 January (WA 119) on British Coal compensation, whether any assessment has been undertaken in respect of the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many retired miners and widows in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal vibration white finger litigation died after lodgment of...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an updated assessment of the total administration costs of the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal vibration white...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claimants were refused or awarded compensation under the British Coal respiratory litigation, broken down between payments made in the following bands:...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claimants were refused or awarded compensation under the British Coal vibration white finger litigation, broken down between payments made in the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 March (WA 93) on British Coal compensation, whether they have made a further assessment of the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 March (WA 93) on British Coal compensation, whether they have made a further assessment of the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claims lodged at common law by former surface workers are excluded from the claims-handling agreement of the British Coal respiratory disease litigation;...

      Care Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the practice whereby costs for care are transferred from the National Health Service to local government; and how widespread they...

      Care Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information on increased level of demand and acute pressures in adult social care has been taken into consideration in their planning for the Comprehensive...

      Carers: National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost in (a) 2020; (b) 2030; and (c) 2050 of extending a carer's national insurance credit to those caring for more than 20 hours per week for...

      Cash Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the customer of a business supplying goods or services to the public is entitled under the provisions of legal tender to make payment of the cost price in...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allocate more resources to the United Kingdom contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Department for Transport's Act on CO2 campaign is costing in total including the provision of advertising; which external agencies have been employed...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research they have commissioned in the last five years on carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere.

      Committee on Standards in Public Life

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to appoint a new chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; and, if so, when they will make this appointment.

      Crime: On-the-runs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to bring forward legislation to deal with on-the-runs from Northern Ireland.

      Cyclists: Regent's Park

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why cyclists are not permitted to cycle through the Regent's Park.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the deaths caused in Kinshasa last week by fighting and civil unrest.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the outcome of the representations made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about the safety and health of the human rights lawyer...

      Department for Transport: Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times Ministers or officials from the Department for Transport have met representatives from Golden Arrow Communications since March 2005; and what was...

      Department for Transport: Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times Ministers or officials from the Department for Transport have met representatives from the Passenger Transport Executive Group since March 2005; and...

      Elections: Rallies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is permissible under electoral law to serve substantial meals or other food at election rallies and other meetings; and, if not, what are the penalties...

      Energy: Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the extent to which demand for domestic grants under the low carbon buildings programme is likely to exceed supply in the next two...

      Energy: Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At what level they intend to limit monthly grant allocations under stream 1 of the low carbon buildings programme over each of the next two financial years.

      Energy: Radioactive Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the role of Mr Mark Higson, Head of nuclear consultation and liabilities at the Department of Trade and Industry, with regard to the Government's policy on...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to meet their renewable transport fuel obligation without importing ethanol from Brazil or palm oil from Indonesia.

      Fishing: Drift Nets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 December 2006 (Official Report, col. 1826), why the information that Lord Rooker undertook to provide to Lord Dear had...

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the building of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at the Mall, Armagh City, has been provided with a union flag; whether advice has...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom food products are registered under the European Union's protected regional food scheme; and how many other products have been denied...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many regional food products are listed as protected within the European Union, broken down by member state.

      Food: Eggs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to stop imported eggs which are not free range being sold as free range eggs.

      Food: Eggs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many imported eggs have been sold into the United Kingdom under misleading or inaccurate labelling in the past five years.

      Food: Eggs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any battery-produced eggs from the European Continent have been mis-sold as organic eggs in the United Kingdom.

      Gambling: Addiction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the British Medical Association's report Gambling Addiction and its Treatment within the NHS, whether they have made an assessment of the adequacy of...

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the transcripts of the examinations in public before the Casino Advisory Panel are not yet publicly available; and whether they will now place these in the...

      Health: Continuing Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the spend on continuing care was in each strategic health authority organisational boundary for 2005—06; and what this figure was as a percentage...

      Health: Dermatology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations have been held with those who provide dermatology services with regard to the increased use of referral management schemes in that field.

      Health: Pharmaceuticals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations Ministers have received following the Office of Fair Trading's recent report into the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme; and how they...

      Health: Pharmaceuticals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will assess the impact which the Office of Fair Trading's recent recommendations to change the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme will have on...

      Health: Virology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many urology patients will no longer have continence products delivered to their home under the Department of Health's proposed reform of services relating to...

      House of Lords: Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the place of residence at the time of elevation was of each Peer created in each of the past 10 years, broken down by (a) nation within the United Kingdom,...

      Information Systems: DTI

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

      Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Truscott on 19 March (WA 167) and Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 7 November 2006 (WA 125—6) on export credit guarantees...

      Local Government: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of domestic properties in band H in each local authority; and what percentage of the total number of domestic properties that represents in each...

      Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the contribution which Manchester makes to England's international visitor economy.

      Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) Regulations 2007 will allow only veterinary surgeons to carry out rubber-ringing to castrate bull calves...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many national insurance numbers are currently held on the Department for Work and Pensions customer information system database; and how many of these numbers...

      National Lottery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis for the statement by Lord Davies of Oldham (Official Report, 22/3/07; col. 1342) that "the lottery was established to fund unique projects and...

      NHS: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27 February (HL2003), whether they will indicate how much revenue saving previously assumed has now...

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the significance of the 26 March deadline for devolution of power to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      Olympic Games 2012: Archaeologists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Museum of London Archaeological Services will gain access to the Olympic site; what their role will be; and what powers they will have regarding Olympic...

      Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial penalties are built into the contracts for those awarded work on the Olympic site; and what mechanisms they propose to resolve potential disputes.

      Olympic Games 2012: Faith Adviser

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have yet appointed an expert faith adviser to oversee architectural designs for Olympic stadiums to ensure compatibility with the needs of diverse...

      Ottoman Empire: Armenians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names of the British historians whose advice they rely on in reaching the conclusion that the treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915-16...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When members of An Garda Siochana transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, what oath of service they took.

      Prisoners: Remission of Sentence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the policy of making a 50 per cent remission of sentence available to prisoners in Northern Ireland.

      Regional Development Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much financial support they provided to each regional development agency in each of the past three full years.

      Roads: Ballybogey Road

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to reduce road deaths on the Ballybogey Road between Portrush and Ballymoney.

      Schools: GCSEs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pupils took GCSE in history in state secondary schools in 2006 including city technology colleges and academies, but excluding specialist schools and...

      Schools: Science

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many students in (a) state, and (b) independent schools have taken GCSE courses in (i) biology; (ii) chemistry; (iii) physics; and (iv) combined science in...

      Schools: Secondary Transfer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the percentage of all children transferring from primary to secondary schools in each of the past five years who have not achieved their first choice...

      Secretary of State for Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many days since 1 December 2006 the Secretary of State for Scotland has spent in (a) Scotland and (b) solely in England; and how many days he visited both...

      Secretary of State for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times the Secretary of State for Transport has (a) flown, and (b) travelled by train between (i) London and Glasgow; (ii) London and Edinburgh; and (iii)...

      Secretary of State for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times the Secretary of State for Transport has used the Queen's Flight or other aircraft provided by the Royal Air Force since 6 May 2006; and for each...

      Secure Children's Homes: Inspection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the transfer of responsibility for inspections of secure children's establishments to Ofsted under the Education and Inspections Act 2006, they...

      Sport: Ministerial Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs were incurred by the Minister for Sport's visit to Australia during the second test match of the Ashes series; and what benefit was gained from this visit.

      UK Trade and Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the net budget for programme resources for UK Trade & Investment in 2006—07.

      UK Trade and Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cost savings in terms of activity were made by UK Trade & Investment in the financial year 2005-06 in order to accommodate a reduction in real terms of...

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