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Written answers

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

  • International Development

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government are providing to projects promoting human rights and democracy in Burma.

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many grievance procedures have been initiated in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld.

      Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by his Department from renewable sources in the most recent year for which figures are...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will assess the merits of reporting against the underweight indicator in the public service agreement as one of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 766W, on climate change, what the publication date is for...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy that, at the forthcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Bangkok,...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to mitigate the adverse environmental effects of fallen stock collection and incineration and...

      Sewage: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) supported into energy production through (i) fermentation, (ii) microbial...

      Sewage: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives are in place to encourage water companies to invest in energy production from sewage waste.

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) standing charges, (b) cost per litre and (c) other charges levied by each water company in England and Wales...

  • Wales

    • Supermarket Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on encouraging Welsh farmers to submit evidence to the...

    • Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on policing in Wales.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on policing in Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on measures to tackle youth nuisance, graffiti and vandalism in Wales.

      Bilingual Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the consultation on bilingual juries in Wales.

      Out-patient Departure Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on cross-border issues relating to the closures of out-patient departments.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on cross-border issues affecting health services in Wales.

  • Defence

    • Anglo-French Battle Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the proposed UK/French/German Battle Group referred to in the answer of 27 February 2004, Official Report, column 614W, on...

    • Armed Forces: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are stationed in Gibraltar.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many uniformed (a) doctors, (b) dentists, (c) nurses and (d) medical and dental support staff are employed by each armed service.

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) general service soldiers, (b) full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service, (c) part-time members of the Royal Irish...

      Defence Communication Services Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the (a) last pay raise was and (b) next pay raise will be for the staff of the Defence Communication Services Agency.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons security passes were issued by his Department to (a) BAE Systems chief executive Mike Turner, (b) former BAE Systems chairman Sir...

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to establish (a) a military complaints commission and (b) an office of a military ombudsman.

      Departments: Databases

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian personnel are employed by his Department in the north-east.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of Joint Service Publication 530 for 2007-08.

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many EU Council meetings he has attended since taking up his post; and who represents him if he is unable to attend.

      HMS Cornwall: BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what time and by what means the BBC crew (a) were scheduled to leave and (b) left HMS Cornwall on 23 March 2007.

      Iran: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all coalition personnel involved in the boarding of vessels in Iraqi waters are briefed on the rules of engagement with Iranian forces; and by whom.

      Iran: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which country's territorial waters the service personnel detained by the Iranians in 2004 had been captured.

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the decision to procure the new Lynx helicopter was made; and on whose advice Ministers made the decision.

      M/V Al Hanin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what type of boarding ladder the M/V Al Hanin used on 23 March 2007.

      Peace Keeping Operations: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the joint operations which UK forces have undertaken with US forces in Iraq since March 2003; and where each such operation took place.

      Service Personnel: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 21WS, on Iraq, whether he expects the review team...

      Sonar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which sonar systems (a) HMS Daring and (b) HMS Dauntless are being fitted.

      Trident Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the evidence submitted to the Defence Select Committee in its inquiry into the future of the UK's strategic nuclear...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what proportion of the total personal consumer debt was written off as a result of the use of individual voluntary arrangements...

    • Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Government has made to the US authorities on the impact on UK tourists and businesses of the expansion of...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.

      Housing: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) existing and (b) new housing stock has access to high speed broadband; and if he will make a...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what monitoring his Department undertakes of the eventual disposal of materials exported to China for recycling.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Ballot Papers

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what criteria were used by the Electoral Commission to select appropriate printers for their...

    • Ballot Papers: Derwentside

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to Derwentside district council by...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what involvement the Electoral Commission had in the recent local government restructuring...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many (a) glass and (b) plastic bottles of water were bought by the House in 2006; and how many were...

    • Portcullis House: Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how often Portcullis House has been assessed for its (a) energy efficiency and (b) carbon emissions; what...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Paper

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Office was from recycled sources in each of the last three years.

    • Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Leader of the House how many people took sick leave for stress in his Office in the last 12 months; and what percentage of the total staff number this represents.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of plans by the National Air Traffic Services for new holding stacks for aircraft in relation to flights from...

    • Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent estimate is of the percentage contribution of aviation, based on emissions by all aircraft departing from UK airports, and...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of total climate change impact from UK sources contributed by the UK aviation sector, as defined by...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage contribution of aviation to the overall UK climate change impact is, calculated on the basis of emissions attributable to UK...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effect he expects the opening of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail link into St. Pancras to have on capacity on the domestic network.

      Crossrail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what shortfall in funding exists between current financial provision for Crossrail and actual project costs; (2) when his Department plans to...

      Departments: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Ministers in his Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what the length was...

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last...

      Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by his Department from renewable sources in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      East Coast Main Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what performance measures his Department has in place to monitor the quality of service provided on the East Coast Mainline.

      Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether bids to the Transport Innovation Fund will be assessed on their potential contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as their...

      Parking: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent High Court judgment on the issuing of parking tickets by post in London for the extension...

      Petrol: Silicon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will seek to establish a British Standard for the amount of silicon included in unleaded petroleum; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the relative energy consumption of trains at different speeds.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the degree of overcrowding on UK trains and the resultant effects on those...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what proportion of train stations in Wales have manned ticket kiosks; and if he will make a statement; (2) what proportion of train stations in...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ticket inspectors were operating on Welsh railway lines in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many train stations in Wales have manned ticket kiosks; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many train stations in Wales have automated...

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many train carriages were in use by train operating companies on railway lines in Wales in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail passengers there were in Wales in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions there are in the transport analysis guidance rules for taking tax implications of new road plans into account.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much central Government funding has been allocated to (a) Suffolk County Council and (b) each local authority for road improvements in each year...

      Rolling Stock: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when his Department expects additional rolling stock to be provided for train services between Bedfordshire and London; and if he will make a...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will investigate the effect on the flow of traffic of a flashing yellow traffic light during off-peak hours.

  • Home Department

    • Community Support Officers: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police community support officers have been stationed in Great Yarmouth since 1997; (2) how many police officers have been...

    • Custodial Treatment: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (defined as one prisoner night) prisoners were housed in court cells between 1 January 2006 and 1 April 2007.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number and proportion of offences that were drug-related in (a) Darlington, (b) County Durham and (c) England...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of each extradition request by a foreign Government which has been (a) granted and (b) refused in each of the last...

      HM Prison Coldingley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the recovery of (a) drugs and (b) pornographic material at HM Prison Coldingley earlier this month; what...

      Identity Cards: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of companies advertising and selling fake identity cards over the internet; and if he will make a...

      Naturalisation Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people were successful in the Life in the UK naturalisation test in each month since November 2005.

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) men and (ii) women leaving prison who had a job to go to; and...

      Offenders: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of (a) the re-offending rates of those who find a job on leaving prison and (b) those who do not.

      Prison Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the value of fraudulent expense claims made by HM Prison Service staff in each of the last 24 months for which...

      Prison Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1520W, on prison service: standards, how many (a) area professional...

      Prison Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1520W, on prison service: standards, in what circumstances an HM Prison...

      Prisoners: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the average waiting time between assessment of a prisoner and subsequent transfer to a hospital for...

      Prisons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received by the new London area manager of HM Prison Service from staff about (a) corruption, (b) misconduct...

      Prisons: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the conclusions of the inquiry into misconduct of senior officers in the segregation unit at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs were...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources he has made available to each (a) prison establishment and (b) the Professional Standards Unit to reduce the level of...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the (a) competency and experience of staff and (b) adequacy of resources of security departments within...

      Prisons: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (a) requests and (b) authorisations was in each prison establishment in...

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the conviction rate was for rape cases in 2006; (2) how many rape prosecutions where DNA or other forensic evidence was used led...

      Tasker Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the terms of reference of the Tasker inquiry have been (a) amended and (b) altered; how many interim reports have...

      Tasker Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) target completion date was when first commissioned and (b) actual completion date is expected to be of the Tasker inquiry; and...

      Tasker Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which member of HM Prison Service Board will have responsibility for (a) considering the content, (b) overseeing appropriate disciplinary...

      Terrorism: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an individual in his Department was responsible for briefing journalists that two soldiers had offered to entrap the suspects at the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefits: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much council tax benefit was unclaimed in each London borough in each of the last five years.

    • Departments: Handbooks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 630W, on departments: handbooks, if he will place in the Library a CD-Rom...

      Departments: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Ministers in his Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what the...

      Departments: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld.

      Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by his Department from renewable sources in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departments: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld.

      Departments: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the quarterly statistical summary costs to produce in each of the last four quarters.

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the results of each staff survey in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Grandparents: Parental Responsibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2007, Official Report, column 866W, on grandparents: parental responsibility, for what reasons the...

      Housing Benefit: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1180W, on housing benefit, what amendments were made to his proposed changes...

      Housing Benefit: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1238W, on housing benefit, what the average cost was of non-housing revenue...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1239W, on IT projects, what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter of 13 March from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on the Disability Discrimination Act.

      New Deal Schemes: Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what projection he has made of the number of people likely to go through the new deal self-employment programme in the next 12 months;...

      Personal Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2007, Official Report, column 1056W, on personal capability assessments, who owns the LiMA software.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support his Department plans to provide to (a) A2 and (b) A8 nationals in 2007-08; and what the estimated cost is of providing this support.

      Social Security Benefits: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mail items were sent by those bodies that award (a) pension credit, (b) housing benefit, (c) income support, (d) jobseeker's...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1180W, on housing benefit: homelessness, if his Department will require local...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1180W, on housing benefit: homelessness, whether his Department has assessed...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Arts: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking through the spending review to improve provisions for the arts in Northern Ireland following the reduction in Lottery...

    • Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what in-year financial monitoring returns and adjustments for the Northern Ireland departments were made in 2006-07; and what (a) slippages,...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants in Northern Ireland are in the process of applying for posts via modernising medical careers; how many posts are available...

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, columns 891-92W, on hospitals: hygiene, how much of the £400,000 funding...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to provide affordable housing in Northern Ireland.

      Junior Doctors: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of junior doctors working in the NHS in Northern Ireland who will be unemployed in August.

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding was available before August 2006 for the provision of additional doctors to ensure that junior doctors' working rotas would be...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure that sufficient junior doctors are employed in Northern Ireland to enable all their working rotas to be...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the career structure for junior doctors in Northern Ireland from August 2007 on (a) waiting...

      Junior Doctors: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps were taken to ensure that sufficient medical staff would be available to maintain a high standard of patient care during the first...

      Maze Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of what further expenditure on the Maze project will be before the end of 2007; and how much will be spent on (a)...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the outcome of the first round of Medical Training Application Service interviews in Northern Ireland to be known.

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he will take to provide assistance to junior doctors in Northern Ireland who are not successful in the round 1 Medical Training...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether doctors in Northern Ireland who have completed a 12-month fixed term specialty training appointment at year 1 may apply for a...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the proportion of junior doctors' time which has been used for (a) activities related to modernising medical...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what criteria other than interview performance are used in Northern Ireland to select doctors for run through training to become...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps were taken to ensure that applicants in Northern Ireland would not be aware of clinical scenarios raised in the first round of...

      Out-Patients: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many missed (a) hospital and (b) general practitioner appointments there were in each of the health boards in Northern Ireland in each of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for pension credit were made in Northern Ireland between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2007; how many have been processed; and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the number of people in Northern Ireland making (a) no provision and (b) insufficient provision for retirement...

      Pensions: Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of work undertaken by Social Security Agency pension advisers; if he will take steps to retain...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on school teachers there were in schools in each education and library board area of Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that the spillage of raw sewage on to the main Londonderry to Limavady road close to BallyKelly Primary...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of (a) HIV, (b) chlamydia, (c) gonorrhoea, (d) syphilis, (e) genital warts and (f) genital herpes there have been in...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were on unemployment benefit in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many grievance procedures have been initiated in her Department in the last 12 months.

    • Departments: EU Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many EU Council meetings she has attended since taking up her post; and who represents her if she is unable to attend.

      Digital Broadcasting: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the public interest in ensuring plurality in (a) the broadcasting of sports rights and (b)...

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1551-52W, on digital switchover, whether persons registered as blind...

      Equality: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants have been made to institutions in (a) the UK and (b) the North East for events marking the bicentenary of the first Act to...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to foster and develop the growth of the British film industry.

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the investment returns were for the Film Council from National Lottery funding in August 2006; (2) how much the Film Council...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department plans to take to make more effective the delivery networks identified in its Capability Review.

      Internet: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Ofcom on the introduction of the new regulatory system...

      Joint Creative Economy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what invitations she has issued to her Department's Fashion Summit to inform the Joint Creative Economy Programme; and to whom.

      Joint Creative Economy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will publish the supporting papers provided for the industry summits held to inform the further development of the Joint Creative...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the new text-based labelling system of media content to be introduced by Ofcom referred to by the Chancellor in a speech on 7...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she expects London council tax payers to receive a refund following the sale of land after the Olympic games have been held.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the revised memorandum of understanding with the Mayor of London on the costs of the London...

      Radio: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the licensed commercial radio stations in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) London.

      Radio: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on analogue commercial radio.

      Sports: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery money was paid to sports-based causes in Scotland via distributors other than SportScotland in each of the...

      Television: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on dealing with the recent television premium rate phone call incidents.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase the number of people holidaying in the UK from (a) overseas and (b) the UK.

      Tourism: North-east Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of likely revenues from tourism in the North East of England over the next five years; and if she will make a...

      Tourism: North-east Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the value of tourism to the North East in each year since 2002.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) responsibilities and (b) functions are of the UK's role as (i) G8 lead nation for the counter narcotics campaign...

    • Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when a Minister from her Department last visited Bolivia.

      China: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has raised the matter of the provision of assistance by British consular officials to British nationals of Chinese...

      Cuba: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her estimate is of the number of political prisoners in Cuba.

      Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by her Department from renewable sources in the most recent year for which...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress in the political, economic and social conditions in the Iraqi provinces of (a)...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 914W, on Iraq: peace keeping operations, if she will make it...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects to reply to the letter of 14 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. T.L. Pun.

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has made representations to the Nigerian Government following the recent presidential and gubernatorial elections on...

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects to receive reports from international observers following the recent presidential and gubernatorial elections...

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received from European Union election observers on the extent of (a) tampering with ballots and (b) voter...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department has taken to ensure that no products emanating from settlements built in occupied territory in breach...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will instruct overseas missions not to purchase and consume products emanating from settlements built in Occupied...

      Occupied Territories: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to Israel and the Palestinian authorities on the release of Palestinian tax and...

      Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions the Government overrode the scrutiny reserve resolution in each of the last five years.

      Somalia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to seek a ceasefire by Islamic insurgents in Somalia.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the government of Sudan on Janjaweed militia activity in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the need for a no-fly zone over Darfur; and if she will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government plan to take at United Nations level following recent reports by the United Nations Panel of Experts...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the steps taken by the US Administration to block transfers by US commercial banks...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has received evidence of breaches of the sanctions regime in the Darfur region of Sudan.

      Uganda: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the welfare of the recently arrested leaders of the Ugandan Opposition Beatrice Atim and...

      Uganda: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to monitor the human rights situation in Kampala; and if she will make a statement.

      Uganda: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to monitor the newly established ceasefire agreement between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan...

      UN Resolutions: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many notifications have been received by the UN Security Council Committee established pursuant to UN Resolution 1737 (2006)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund.

    • Departments: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department and its predecessors provided to Great Yarmouth borough council in each of the last 30 years for...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the conclusions and recommendations of the Better Regulation Commission's report Energy...

      Housing: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total amount was of capital receipts from shared owners staircasing up their equity share in (a) 2005-06 and (b)...

      Public Houses: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has commissioned on the impact of pub closures on local communities; and if she will make a statement.

      Regeneration: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much departmental funding has been allocated to regeneration projects in Great Yarmouth in each year since 1997.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Postal Voting: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the electorate has registered for a postal vote in each local authority in Lancashire.

    • Bankruptcy: Suffolk

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people were declared bankrupt in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish maps showing the precise new boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in England following the recent...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent by the court system on interpreters in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what effect she expects the forthcoming reorganisation of her Department to have on the allocation and organisation of...

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what Government buildings the planned Ministry of Justice will share with the Home Office.

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the 50 Queen Anne's Gate building will be home to the Ministry of Justice; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the status of the old Home Office building at 50 Queen Anne's Gate.

      Departments: Intimidation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in her Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have...

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Government will publish its review of electoral systems currently in use in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a...

      Freedom of Information: Complaints

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been awaiting allocation to a case officer of the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what date the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal notified (a) the Home Office and (b) HM High Commission, Islamabad, of its...

      Lord Chancellor's Dept: European Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many EU Council meetings the Lord Chancellor has attended since taking up her post; and who represents her if she is unable...

      Orders and Regulations: Public Libraries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that copies of statutory instruments are made available in public libraries in England.

      Repossession Orders: Suffolk

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court orders were issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Bury St Edmunds constituency and (b) Suffolk county...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a unique business reference number for the purposes of allocation, collection, storage and verification of information relating to...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) England and (b) Great Yarmouth died from cancer in each of the last 30 years for which figures are available, broken down by cancer...

      Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) England and (b) Great Yarmouth were diagnosed with cancer in each of the last 30 years for which figures are available, broken down...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 689W, on the child trust fund, how much time Sheree Murphy spent (a) giving interviews...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential reductions in (a) corporation and (b) income tax avoidance from the increase in the rate of corporation tax...

      Cabinet Office Capability Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a Cabinet Office Capability Review is planned for HM Treasury.

      Departments: Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 407W, on Departments: Africa, where (a) he and (b) his officials stayed in each country...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many external consultants are employed by his Department; (2) how much his Department spent on external consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld; (2) how...

      Departments: India

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Ministers in his Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what the length was of...

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Plants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on the supply and maintenance of plants and flowers in 2006-07.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in 2006-07.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on overseas travel in each year since 1997.

      Duty Free Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made by the European Commission on his proposal to increase the duty free allowance to £1,000; what recent...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised through vehicle excise duty in each year since 1997.

      Group of Seven

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on his Department's delegation to attend the last G7 Finance Ministers' meeting in Washington DC.

      Managed Service Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the responses to the consultation tackling managed service companies of December 2006.

      Middle East

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a Minister in his Department last visited (a) Bahrain, (b) Kuwait, (c) Oman, (d) Qatar, (e) Saudi Arabia, (f) the United Arab Emirates and (g)...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to establish a new unit within HM Revenue and Customs to deal with cases of money laundering.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from multiple sclerosis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 485W, on national insurance contributions, what steps he has taken to rectify letters...

      Patients: Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions the Office for National Statistics has had with Dacorum Primary Care Trust on the number of patients registered in Hemel Hempstead constituency.

      Revenue and Customs: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff were employed in Great Yarmouth in each year since 1997.

      Revenue and Customs: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the cost implications caused by rent charges of moving HM Revenue and Customs staff from Great Yarmouth to Norwich.

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any HM Revenue and Customs inspectors receive incentive payments related to their collection of revenue.

      Robert Shrum

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what work Robert Shrum has undertaken for HM Treasury since 1997.

      Sequestration of Assets: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will sequester appropriate assets of the government of Iran as compensation for Ministry of Defence equipment seized and not returned in (a) 2004 and...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to foster the growth and development of small and medium sized enterprises.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department takes to inform people that they may be eligible to reclaim tax; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was received in VAT on participation fees for games of bingo in each year since its introduction; (2) what assessment has he made of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to question 128930 on 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 421W, if he will publish figures showing the number of notices of...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for working tax credits for households without children there were in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the...

      Youth for Europe

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Youth for Europe projects have been financed by the EU in the UK in the last 12 months.

  • Education and Skills

    • Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was given to Business Link in each of the last three years.

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the 2007-08 Budget is for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and what the budget was in each of the last five...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are in local authority care in England, broken down by ethnic background.

      Children in Care: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many looked after children who went missing from care were victims of a crime against the person while missing in each of the last...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total construction cost was of each completed academy.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of governors on the governing body of each academy are local authority governors.

      Classroom Assistants: Pay and Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much was paid in salaries to (a) learning support assistants and (b) teaching assistants in (i) pupil referral units, (ii)...

      Community Champions Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations have received funding from the Community Champions Fund since its inception; what plans he has for the future budget of...

      Child Care: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland are eligible for financial support for child care.

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on hospitality by his Department in the financial year 2006-07.

      Diplomas for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in the London borough of Havering have been selected as pilot schools for the introduction of the new diplomas for England.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the role of educational psychologists in the Every Child Matters scheme; (2) how many educational...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many educational psychologists qualified in each of the last 10 years for which data are available; and how many he expects to...

      EU-Canada Joint Committee on Higher Education Training and Youth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the agenda of the last meeting of the EU-Canada Joint Committee on Higher Education, Training and...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding was available for further education colleges to support (a) NVQ Level 2, (b) NVQ Level 3 and (c) NVQ Level 4 in...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the availability of traditional upholstery skills courses in further education colleges in each year between...

      Further Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many notices to improve were issued to further education colleges in each of the last three years; how many of these have been made...

      A Level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students entering English universities for the first time in 2006 did not have two grade E A levels or better A level qualifications.

      Graduates: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of university graduates qualified in (a) physics, (b) engineering and (c) mathematics in each of the last 15...

      Higher Education: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of UK higher education institutions spent their full budgeted levels on income-assessed non-repayable...

      Higher and Further Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people were in (a) higher education and (b) further education in each of the last 20 years.

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students started an undergraduate degree course which they then failed to complete in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the drop-out rate from degree level courses was in 2006.

      Home Start: Cotswolds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is available for Home-Start in the Cotswolds; and if he will make a statement.

      Jean Monnet Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget is of the European Union's Jean Monnet programme for 2007-08.

      Pupils: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the rules regarding school starting age for children; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many litres of milk were provided by the free school milk scheme per eligible pupil in England over the last 12 months.

      Special Needs Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of special needs education in mainstream schools in England.

      Special Educational Needs: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what statutory provisions are in place to ensure that children with autistic spectrum disorder have access to a teacher with a formal...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons the Student Loans Company uses the retail price index as its preferred inflation index.

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how long transfers of student loan repayments from the Treasury's consolidated account remain with his Department before being transferred...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the student loan repayment transfers received by his Department from the Treasury's consolidated account in each of the last...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much interest his Department earned on student loan repayments collected before annual transfer to the accounts in each of the...

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the likely number of (a) UK and (b) foreign students studying at universities in England in each of the next five...

      Universities: Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the application by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for recognition of its six universities...

      Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which diploma consortia have been approved to run diplomas in each subject area in 2008.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to bring forward measures to introduce health warnings on alcoholic drinks.

    • Alcohol and Drugs: Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she made an assessment of the potential for fiscal incentives to contribute to the promotion of responsible drinking prior to the 2007 Budget.

      Alcohol and Drugs: Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the review of the (a) alcohol and (b) drugs strategy; and what consultation is taking place in relation to each such strategy.

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to ensure that blood transfusions are avoided wherever possible.

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to prevent unnecessary blood transfusions which can be prevented through the use of erythropoietin.

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what alternatives are made available to people who choose not to receive blood transfusions on religious grounds.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of haemophiliacs who were infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood transfusions when they were children,...

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on chlamydia infection: screening, what percentage of primary care trusts...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of high cholesterol there were in England in each year since 1997-98; and how many such diagnoses were made in those under the age of...

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to test blood donors for vCJD; (2) what estimate she has made of the annual cost of testing blood donors for vCJD.

      Co-Proxamol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the reasons were for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's decision to implement a phased withdrawal of co-proxamol; and if...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2098W, on dental services, how many dentists were operating on open NHS contracts in...

      Departments: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) to what extent preferences shown by members of the public influence the research priorities set by her Department's research and development...

      Drugs: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in London were referred to (a) counselling and (b) other advice services for help with drug related problems in each of the last 10...

      Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of NHS services available for patients with (a) epilepsy and (b) multiple sclerosis.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of attenders at genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics was recorded as not having been given an appointment within two weeks in each audit...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department undertook between 1980 and 1990 into (a) haemophilia and (b) haemophilia linked to HIV; and what the (i) date and (ii) aims...

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why funding for the Haemophilia Society has been withdrawn.

      Local Improvement Finance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Local Improvement Finance Trust centres are planned for (a) Staffordshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Tamworth constituency.

      Hearing Impairment: Audio Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people using iPods who will suffer hearing impairment as a result.

      HIV Infection: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with HIV in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a patient wishing to choose NHS homeopathy and other forms of complementary medicine will be able to access such services from one of the four NHS...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of patients in each group whose health is deemed at risk from seasonal influenza who received their...

      Maternity Services: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternal deaths there were whilst receiving maternity care in (a) Yorkshire and (b) England in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to make a final decision on the reconfiguration of mental health services provided by Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

      Modernising Medical Careers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her oral statement on 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 41, on modernising medical careers, how many members of the independent review...

      National Midwifery Council: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided by her Department to support the establishment of the National Midwifery Council.

      National Midwifery Council: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what annual funding is provided by her Department to the National Midwifery Council.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the number of callers to NHS Direct who ring more than once a week; and whether individuals have been banned from calling...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her new policy is on providing an independent sector treatment centre for South East Essex; and if she will make a statement; (2) how much has...

      NHS: Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioner referrals to first consultant-led out-patient services were made through the choose and book system by 1 April.

      NHS: Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 318W, on patient choice schemes, what the total costs of (a) preparing, (b)...

      NHS: Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was set for each local trust for the implementation of the Choose and Book system for each year in which the system has been in operation.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of (a) the winding-up costs of (i) the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health and (ii) PPI forums and (b)...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards meeting the public services agreement target of July 2004 that by 2010 the increase in obesity among children aged...

      Patients: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per head by the NHS on care and treatment for (a) all people, (b) children, (c) young people, (d) those aged 65 years and over and...

      Smoking: Railway and other Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken with (a) train, bus and coach operators and (b) Network Rail to inform passengers of the introduction of a ban on smoking at...

      Smoking: Social Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure working men's clubs are aware of the forthcoming ban on smoking.

      Surgery: Cancellations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Hull and East Yorkshire NHS trust patients had their operation cancelled up to 14 days before the operation in the last 12 months for which...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What precautions they are taking against the possible spread of bluetongue cattle disease to Britain.

    • Agriculture: Livestock Markets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Competition Commission will investigate whether supermarkets use a single agent to bid for them jointly at United Kingdom livestock markets.

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the context of their five a day programme to encourage consumption of fruit and vegetables and on encouraging physical activity, they will consider...

      Animal Welfare: Natterjack Toads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are taking any measures to protect the natterjack toad on the north-west coast of England.

      Armed Forces: Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in cases of hearing aid tribunals for ex-servicemen whose hearing was damaged during service with the Armed Forces, they have routinely referred to later...

      Armed Forces: Medical Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 28 March (WA 269—70), what steps they are taking to ensure that any future changes in the mental health...

      Armed Forces: Postage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a full parcel service is now operated by the British Forces Post Office to locations situated in and around the Gulf.

      Arts: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Smithsonian Institution exhibition in 2007; after what process this selection was made; who made the...

      Coastal Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the population of the United Kingdom lives in coastal areas liable to flooding from the sea.

      Countryside Agency: Paths of Discovery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of the Paths of Discovery Scheme; and whether this scheme is going to be closed; and What has been the cost to date of the Paths of...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of delivering access since the implementation of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

      Crime: Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance, if any, has been given to the judiciary in Northern Ireland over the last five years concerning sentencing policy.

      Telephone Numbers: DCA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by the Department for Constitutional Affairs and its agencies; what services can be accessed by calling each...

      Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of deaths in the United Kingdom resulting from drug abuse in the last five years.

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to extend current legislation against age discrimination in order to protect those working as volunteers in charities and voluntary associations.

      EU: Commission Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a pre-financing figure of €28 billion was not recorded as an asset in the European Commission's 2004 annual accounts; and Whether they came to a...

      Government: Law Officers' Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by the Attorney-General on 19 March (GC 131—32), what is their policy and practice on seeking the Law Officers' advice before making a...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments have been completed; whether they will identify those which have not included the needs of travelling show...

      Health: Food Supplements and Herbal Remedies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 16 April (WA 15-16), why, when Jersey and Guernsey are not part of the European Union and United...

      Health: Unlicensed Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers are available to postal and advertising authorities to prevent the marketing to United Kingdom mainland consumers of unlicensed medicinal products by...

      Housing: Low Carbon Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What promotional work they are undertaking to publicise the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2; and, in particular, how they are bringing the scheme to the...

      Housing: Low Carbon Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 it is acceptable, in order for the end user to receive a grant, for that end user to place an order...

      Housing: Low Carbon Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long on average it takes to approve grant applications under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2.

      Housing: Low Carbon Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications have been received under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 since its inception.

      Human Rights: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the remit provided to the chair of the Bill of Rights Forum is confined to producing agreed recommendations to inform the Northern Ireland Human Rights...

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish in the Official Report the names, ages and, where appropriate, the regiments of all military and civilian British nationals who have died...

      Northern Ireland Events Company

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 75) concerning the budget for the Northern Ireland Events Company, what consultation took place before...

      Northern Ireland Record Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reached a decision not to site the Northern Ireland Record Office in either the old Crumlin Road Jail or the Court House; and, if so, when the...

      Northern Ireland: Parity of Esteem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 58) concerning parity of esteem for both communities in Northern Ireland, whether the comparative...

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What (a) is the judicial experience, and (b) are the legal qualifications of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the historical enquiries team of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is creating a separate collusion investigation unit; what is the purpose of the unit;...

      Rates: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Rates Collection Agency calculated the domestic rates transition relief in Northern Ireland for 2007; and how information on the relief was communicated to...

      Rates: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Rates Collection Agency took to increase the capacity of the domestic rates help line; and whether the action taken was sufficient.

      Rates: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the information contained in the leaflet sent to ratepayers in Northern Ireland about the domestic rates transition relief was accurate.

      Secretary of State for Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times since 6 May 2006 the Secretary of State for Scotland has met the First Minister of Scotland; and what was the date and location of each meeting.

      Secretary of State for Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which villages, towns or cities within the United Kingdom the Secretary of State for Scotland has visited since 1 October 2006; and when each visit took place.

      Sport: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding was provided by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in the financial year 2006-07 to fund activities related to (a)...

      Sport: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 80) on funding for sport in Northern Ireland, what were the reasons for the differences in the sums...

      Sport: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the potential benefit to Northern Ireland was considered in calculating funding to be provided for Rally Ireland, the Circuit of Ireland and the North West...

      Sport: Northern Ireland Stadiums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 83) concerning a national stadium for Northern Ireland, what are their requirements for the project;...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 76) concerning the St Andrews Agreement, whether a new decision was taken about 50:50 recruitment to...

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 84) concerning Tourism Ireland, why 80 promotional events had Irish dancing associated with them while...

      Transport: Rail and Water Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the last year, who has received rail and water freight grants made by the Department for Transport; and what was the amount of each grant.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 86), whether there was any requirement for knowledge of the Ulster-Scots Language in the recruitment...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 85-6) concerning the budget for the Ulster-Scots Agency, whether the need for equality and parity of...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 86) concerning the job application for the Ulster-Scots Agency, under what authority the agency is...

      Waste Management: Landfill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total amount of landfill tax credit currently held by environmental bodies; and what percentage of this has been held for more than two years.

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 87) concerning the disbandment of the Northern Ireland Water Council, whether extra funding is being...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs were associated with the decision to cancel the sending out of water charge notices in Northern Ireland; and who bore that cost.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 88), who was involved in the organisational review steering group that approved a scoring mechanism...

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