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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1527W, on aviation exhaust emissions, whether he has made any assessment of the...

    • Bridges: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations of (a) support and (b) objection he has received on the pending decision on the Thames Gateway Bridge.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been allocated to the concessionary bus fare scheme for pensioners in 2007-08; what estimate he has made of the cost of...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night.

      Fares: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 414W, on fares: technology, what progress has been made towards using smartcards as...

      Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes Mellitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Driving and Diabetes Mellitus has (a) lay representatives and (b) a chosen insulin-treated diabetic...

      Road Traffic Control: Blackwall Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the decision to end the tidal flow system at the Blackwall Tunnel.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to tackle the road safety hazard posed by the theft of drain covers from highways.

      Transport: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations exist to cover the safe transport of radioactively contaminated metals from United Kingdom nuclear plants to other member states of...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 873W, on Parliament: parking, if he will...

  • Prime Minister

    • Early Intervention Measures

      To ask the Prime Minister what research he has evaluated on early intervention measures to tackle the causes of inequality, deprivation and under-attainment.

    • Departments: Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister for which Government websites he is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the cost (a) was of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Credit: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU Consumer Credit Directive on UK consumer spending in the (a) year following its...

    • Credit: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU Consumer Credit Directive on UK consumer spending, with particular reference to...

      Overseas Trade: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives his Department is taking to increase trade with Canada; and if he will make a statement.

      Pay Television: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to promote competition in the pay television market.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Renewable Energy

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

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in implementing the Workplace 2010 scheme in Northern Ireland; which bidders have been short-listed during the...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will defer the Northern Ireland recruitment process relating to the modernising medical careers programme for 12 months; and if he will...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to ensure there is an adequate number of midwives in Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland Assembly: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which flags will be flown from the Northern Ireland Assembly building at Stormont; and on what dates.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were (a) killed and (b) injured on duty in each year since 1997.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget of the Police Service of Northern Ireland was in each year since 2002.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on police officers there were in each district command unit of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Justice

    • Absent Voting: Merchant Seamen

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether she has received representations concerning difficulties encountered by merchant seamen in responding to requests for information from...

    • Voting Rights: Prisoners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when she expects her Department's consultation process on the right of convicted prisoners to vote to be completed.

  • International Development

    • Security Objectives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the appropriateness of his Department contributing to security objectives overseas.

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the outcomes of his recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's efforts to promote clean water and sanitation in the developing world.

      Nigeria

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

      Darfur

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

      Darfur

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

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the World Bank and (b) other multilateral institutions on the activities of vulture funds in...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle inequality in Latin America.

      Somalia

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will revise paragraphs 29 to 31 of Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 to allow local planning authorities to take account of...

    • Bridges: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations of (a) support and (b) objection she has received on the pending decision on the Thames Gateway Bridge.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire authorities (a) have formally committed to moving to regional fire control centres, (b) are awaiting a final...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many decisions of the Planning Inspectorate she has overturned since (a) 5 December 2005 and (b) 1 November 2006; and...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her policy on determining planning applications has altered with the publication of Planning Policy Statement 3.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many decisions of the Planning Inspectorate she overturned in each year for which records are available; and what proportion...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account she takes of local residents' views when determining planning applications.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on reconstruction works in Afghanistan being undertaken by those responsible to him.

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which British military units are deployed to Afghanistan, broken down by Afghan province; (2) when he plans to update the list of units deployed...

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) British and (b) Afghan (i) armed forces members and (ii) civilians were killed in (A) each of the years since the present conflict began...

      Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is responsible for the (a) policy, (b) administration and (c) operational aspects of the safe return of the bodies of service personnel killed on...

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what Government support is available for the children of single parents who are serving in combat with HM armed forces; (2) what support is...

      Armed Forces: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rules are covering the release of servicemen serving in the armed forces to work for the private security sector during the last weeks of...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were living in communal accommodation in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Life Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the service personnel life insurance programme will be for 2007-08 and subsequent planned years; and under which budget this cost falls.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army personnel were mispaid on the first pay run by the Army Joint Personnel Administration; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1033W, on the Armed Forces: South Africa, what steps he is taking to estimate the...

      Army: Fairtrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Fairtrade products purchased for the office of the (a) Chief of the General Staff and (b) Adjutant General in the last 12 months.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2007, Official Report, column 458W, on BAE Systems, whether Mr. Julian Scopes was issued a security pass before...

      Departments: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1462W, on departments: manpower, how many of the civilian personnel referred to in the...

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department with the prefix (a) 0870 and (b) 0845; and whether alternative geographic numbers are...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was saved by the decision taken in 2001 not to equip Typhoon aircraft with Mauser 27 mm cannon; (2) what the cost has been of...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest assessment is of the merits of fitting a cannon to (a) Typhoon and (b) other future combat aircraft.

      Gap Year Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Gap Year Commission was started; and how many people passed though it in each year since it started.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for the medical welfare of reserve forces who have served in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on their return; and in...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the acquisition costs are of the Lynx Mk 8 aircraft; and what the average total operating cost is per hour.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister for Veterans expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 22 December 2007, (ref: D/US of S/DT...

      Permanent Joint Headquarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the permanent joint headquarters is integrated with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many war pensions were awarded under the Naval, Military and Air Forces, Etc, (Disablement and Death) Service Pension Order in each year between...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to help improve the productivity of farming.

    • Black Environment Network: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have provided to the Black Environment Network; for what purpose...

      Departments: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) temporary staff accommodation and (b) travel expenses in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff were employed in the press offices of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies spent on staff employed in press agencies in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations were implemented by his Department in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to decrease the level of regulatory burden for which his Department is responsible.

      Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking under the public sector food procurement initiative to encourage public sector bodies to purchase...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the amount of fish discarded in UK waters in each month since January 2006 by (a) UK vessels and...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to improve food security in Great Britain.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for commercial growers of GM crops if beekeepers refuse to place their hives...

      Honey: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of (a) borage honey production, (b) pollination services from honey bees and (c) borage crop was in the...

      Mackerel: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the track record basis is for the figure of 257 tonnes of North sea mackerel for under 10 metre vessels in the initial...

      Mackerel: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any of the 257 tonnes of North sea mackerel for under 10 metre vessels is available to vessels for areas IVb and c.

      Meat: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of illegal meat imported into the UK in each year since 2001.

      Rights of Way: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were prosecuted for obstructing Rights of Way in each of the last five years.

      Rural Areas: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) English farming households and (b) households in rural areas with...

      Rural Payments Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Rural Payments Agency in each year between 1997 and...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2007, Official Report, column 460W on tree planting, when he expects the revised...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abdul Hameed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations for commutation to the Pakistani authorities following the death sentence handed down by the...

    • China: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of China on animal welfare issues in China; and if she will make a statement.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Government of China on (a) human rights in China and (b) the human rights of...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the numbers of (a) religious and (b) political prisoners in China; what her estimate is...

      Greece: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Minister for Europe had with the Greek Foreign Minister and Europe Minister on 24 April on Greece's...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Government of Sudan on support for militia recruitment in Niger to fight in Darfur.

      Sudan: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with Libya on the situation in Darfur.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she plans to take to further a ceasefire agreement in Darfur prior to the deployment of the African Union-UN...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, with particular reference to the handling of...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to renew the UN Mission in Sudan mandate.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans are in place to disarm janjaweed militias in Darfur.

      Uganda: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingencies have been put in place for an alternative venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting planned in...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Ugandan authorities on the re-arrest of the nine People's Redemption Army suspects...

      Uganda: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made on the recent attacks on Asian businesses in Kampala, Uganda; and if she will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Environment: Technology

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department plans to publish proposals on environmental technology and its employment potential.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: India

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

    • Departments: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in her office in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people took sick leave for stress in the Prime Minister's Office in the last 12 months; and what percentage of the total staff number this...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total value in grants made by the v organisation has been to date, broken down by type of grant; and if she will make a statement.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the v organisation has spent on (a) staff, (b) administration, (c) marketing, (d) branding, (e) communications and (f) web design...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were of under-age purchasers of alcohol in each year for which figures are available.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time is for a claim by an asylum seeker or refugee with extraordinary leave to remain for indefinite leave to...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria his Department uses for granting people political asylum in the UK.

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their deportations from the UK stopped in 2006 because their destination was deemed too dangerous, broken down by country...

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much his Department has spent on the transition of the immigration and nationality directorate to the Border and Immigration...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given to deportation escorts on the tightness of handcuffs on deportees; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people reported drug use in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last three years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of women who have been trafficked into the UK for each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were referred by police forces to the Border and Immigration Agency in each year between 1997 and 2006; and how...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the number of irregular migrants who are in the UK who are in employment.

      Immigration: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects a decision to be made on the application of Satpal Ghusar (reference G1002712) for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

      Manpower: Home Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which committees and working groups in his Department deal with identity cards policy.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed by knife crime offences in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the...

      Passports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints about the cost of passport renewal from women who have renewed their passports early owing to a name change following...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign citizens who had previously been convicted of a crime in their country of origin were subsequently convicted of (a)...

      Prisoners: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prisoners in prison establishments in England and Wales achieved (a) GCSE, (b) post-GCSE and (c) third level...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue fines from unpaid television licences generated in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

      Theft: Driver Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many thefts of satellite navigation systems for cars took place in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) each London...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the insurance claim against Bedfordshire Police in relation to the fire at the Yarl's Wood detention centre in February 2002...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what rules are applied at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre on permitting detainees to take their medication into the centre when they...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many tribunals were operated by the Child Support Agency (CSA) in each of the last five years; how much was spent on those tribunals in...

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night.

      Departments: Paper

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

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on mystery shopping exercises in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all customer helplines operated by his Department are freephone numbers.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1064W, on departments: training, if he will list the 20 most expensive...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effect of the 2007-08 Budget on the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of trade union safety representatives on workplace safety; and if he will assess the merits of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much funding went unclaimed in (a) pension credit and (b) winter fuel allowance in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Pension Credit: West Yorkshire

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

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to extend the home visiting facility of Pension Service local teams to the under 60 age group; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Pension Service local team staff were involved in the home visiting service in each of the last four years; and what he...

      Pension Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed in the Pension Service local teams in each year since 2002.

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take action to ensure that people living abroad and eligible for UK pensions receive increases in pensions in line with domestic...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information is given to pensioners on their entitlement to benefits upon reaching the age of retirement.

      Pensions: Index Linking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of what the cost to the Government would have been in each year had pensions been linked to earnings rather than prices...

      Remploy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what closures of Remploy sites are planned; how many (a) employees and (b) agency workers there are at each site; and what he expects...

      Remploy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes there have been to senior management salaries at Remploy since May 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of employees returned to work following an absence caused by illness or injury lasting up to (a) two weeks, (b) one month,...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost of raising the winter fuel allowance for the over-80s by £25 per annum.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of increasing the winter fuel allowance for pensioners aged over 80 years by £25 per year.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Tamworth constituency claimed the winter fuel allowance in each year since its introduction.

  • Health

    • Acute Beds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds per 100,000 population there were in each primary care trust in London in each year since 1997.

    • Ambulance Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of experienced ambulance control room staff in saving lives and minimising risks to patients...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has for the provision of specialist asthma healthcare staff and care plans; (2) what studies her Department has undertaken of the...

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been provided by her Department for research into brain tumours in 2006-07.

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the brain tumour studies being supported by her Department; how much funding has been provided to each study by her Department; and how...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes and (b) care home beds there were in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) England in...

      Community Service Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for delivering funds to the community service volunteers' capital volunteering project which her Department has allocated.

      Consanguineous Relationships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many leaflets aimed at members of the public in consanguineous relationships who intend to have children were produced in the latest year for...

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England are not registered with a dentist.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants and contractors were employed by her Department in each year since 1997; and what the cost was to the public purse.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reorganisations of her Department's press office have taken place since May 2005.

      Doctors: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) practising and (b) former doctors are appointed as advisers to her Department.

      Fertility: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) funded and (b) carried out by her Department on the use of bone marrow stem cells to treat male infertility; when her...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many investigations the Food Standards Agency carried out into falsely labelled food in each year since 2006; and what the cost was of the investigations.

      Health Services: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) Barnet Health Authority in 1997-98 and (b) Barnet Primary Care Trust in 2005-06 on their drugs and pharmaceutical budget; how...

      Health Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to implement the recommendations of the Cooksey report on health research funding; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospitals: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the capital expenditure on York hospital was in each year since 1992.

      Human Embryo Experiments: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what treatments for (a) children and (b) adults with disabling conditions have been developed since July 2006 arising from (i) human embryo...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has approved reductions in the range of insulins supplied in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce waiting times for kidney transplants on the NHS.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are being treated for macular degeneration in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Greater London, (d) the London Borough of...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on combating age-related macular degeneration.

      Maternity Services: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many maternity units there are in the London Borough of Havering.

      Midwives: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were (a) employed and (b) made redundant by each London based NHS trust in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients self-funded drugs and were required to meet all other costs of treatment in each quarter of the last five years, broken down by...

      NHS: East Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what each of the job titles is of staff employed at Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals; and how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in each role...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to NHS trusts in financial deficit by her Department on media management.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value was of each grant allocated under the capital challenge fund scheme, broken down by NHS trust.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were prescribed methylphenidate drugs in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence plans to publish its public health programme guidance on smoking cessation.

      Testicular Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking (a) to increase public awareness of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer and (b) to promote early diagnosis.

      Wheelchair Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that those provided with wheelchair services prior to March 2005 can be issued with replacement wheelchairs to at least...

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night.

    • Departments: Silverfish TV

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has met representatives from Silverfish TV in the last three years.

      Departments: Silverfish TV

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments his Department made to Silverfish TV in each year since 1997; and what the purpose was of each.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many official visits to NHS hospitals he has made since May 2005; and which hospital was visited in each case.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families in Copeland who will be affected by changes made to the inheritance tax allowance.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has estimated the costs to (a) the Department of Health and its executive agencies and (b) the NHS of the proposed changes in the...

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Office for National Statistics (ONS) chooses people for interview in the course of compiling its statistics; what obligation there is on such people...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006 by the Minister of State, Department for Transport, Official Report, column 1068W, on official cars, how many...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children in Copeland he expects to be helped out of living in poverty as a result of the changes announced in the 2007 Budget; (2) what...

      Revenue and Customs: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent on online website advertising services as part of the "Tax doesn't have to be taxing" campaign since its launch.

      Smith Institute: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Smith Institute publications his Department has purchased since 1997.

      Taxation: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the definition of assets which qualify for agricultural buildings allowances to clarify what constitutes a fixture.

      Taxation: Car Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees benefited from the tax and national insurance contributions concession on exceptional events in car sharing schemes in 2005-06 and...

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was owed in outstanding fines for the late return of self-assessment tax forms at the end of each of the last nine financial years.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, column 1025W, to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), on the Valuation Office...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people are unable to claim tax credits solely because of their age; (2) if he will estimate the cost of lowering the age at which...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications his Department is processing by UK citizens to adopt children from China through the China Center of Adoption Affairs;...

    • Apprentices: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the NVQ component of apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships is tested entirely by written examination; what the length is of...

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the provision of specialist education for children with Asperger's syndrome; and what steps his...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) capital and (b) revenue his Department has spent in each London local authority on (i) Sure Start and (ii) children's centres...

      City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local authorities which have expressed an interest in sponsoring an academy; and what progress has been made with each...

      Classroom Assistants: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants are employed within (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Havering and (c) Romford, broken down by...

      Community Champions Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will extend the Community Champions Fund beyond 31 March 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure by his Department on buying, operating and supporting (a) all commercial software products and (b) software products...

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of each of the five largest information...

      Departments: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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: Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polls and (b) focus groups in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people took sick leave for stress in his Department in the last 12 months; and what percentage of the total staff number this...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on overseas travel in each year since 1997.

      Diplomas for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to liaise with employers on Diplomas for England; and what role is played by employers in the...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken to tackle fraud on the payment of education maintenance allowances to older children; how many staff...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire and (c) the West Midlands have claimed the education maintenance...

      Education: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reason the Cambridgeshire Standards Fund Ethnic Minority Achievement Grant was reduced by 30 per cent. in 2004.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the pilot of Activity Agreement Allowances.

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007 to question 131374, on employer train pilots, how many employees had enrolled in Train to Gain...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list those faith schools in (a) Birmingham, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England which do not give priority to children of...

      Families: Eating Habits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will include in guidance to schools guidance on encouraging families to eat at home at night round the table; (2) whether he...

      First Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what principles underpin first-aid education delivered in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the impact of the changes made in 2001 to how pupils are found eligible for free school meals on take-up of...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18 year-olds who were previously not in education, employment or training (a) began a course in (i) a further...

      Further Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis has been carried out to ascertain the main reasons why students in further education in each of the regions dropped out of...

      GCSEs: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training have (a) five or more GCSEs at grade A-C, (b)...

      Giles Brook Primary School: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on Giles Brook Primary School, Milton Keynes in (a) original building costs, (b) repairs and making good building...

      Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children live outside care and in households with adult friends or family members who are not their birth parents.

      Head Lice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department gives schools regarding the prevention and treatment of head lice; and if he will make a statement.

      Maintained Schools: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in maintained schools did not turn up for a GCSE exam for which they had been entered in 2006.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he is taking to promote actively the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1288W, on new schools, if he will provide a breakdown of the number of...

      Nursery Schools: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are in free nursery education.

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 1545W, on primary education teachers, whether he has taken steps to...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many exclusions from maintained (a) primary and (b) secondary schools there were in each year since 1997, broken down by reason for...

      Pupil Exclusions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were excluded from schools in (a) each London borough and (b) each school in the London borough of Sutton in each of the...

      Pupil Exclusions: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Portsmouth were temporarily excluded for (i) drug and alcohol related problems,...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were in pupil referral units in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age of pupil.

      Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils registered at pupil referral units had (a) statemented and (b) unstatemented special educational...

      Pupil Referral Units: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils with speech, language and communication needs (a) with statements and (b) without statements were...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he plans to provide to schools on the avoidance of the bullying of children with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding his Department makes available to support schools with increasing numbers of bilingual learners; (2) what funding has...

      School Disability Equality Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools have published their disability equality schemes in accordance with the deadline of 4 December 2006.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the total public spending in England on school meals in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms for each year from...

      School Meals: Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the percentage of poultry supplied to British schools which had been produced by UK farms in each of the last three years.

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Officia l Report, columns 346-47W, on school meals, whether changes were made to the School Meal...

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much he plans to allocate (a) to produce the revised guide to standards for school lunches and (b) to implement its provisions.

      Schools: Twinning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools and colleges in (a) England and (b) Great Yarmouth are twinned with another school; and if he will take steps to increase...

      Schools: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many temporary school buildings were in use in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1293W, to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Mr. Evennett), on...

      Schools: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations he has received on his Department's guidance on school complaints procedures, LEA/01/0180/2003.

      Schools: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many criminal offences were committed by pupils on school premises in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the dedicated schools grant was for Eastbourne in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the average funding per school pupil is in...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools have Eco-school status at (a) bronze, (b) silver and (c) green flag level; and whether each school listed was (i) built and...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of (a) community schools, (b) voluntary aided schools, (c) voluntary controlled schools, (d)...

      Schools: Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained schools owned a swimming pool in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools were built in Tyne and Wear in each year since 1997; and how many are scheduled to be built; (2) how many schools...

      Secondary Education: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are enrolled in secondary schools in the London Borough of Havering.

      Secondary Education: Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in secondary education in the London borough of Havering participated in work placement programmes in each year since 1997.

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many failing secondary schools there were in each of the last 20 years for which his Department and its predecessors have used such a...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) title, (b) date of issue and (c) consultation period was of each document issued for (i) public consultation and (ii)...

      Special Educational Needs: Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained mainstream schools had (a) less than one per cent. (b) one to three per cent. (c) three to five per cent. (d) five...

      Standard Assessment Tasks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average Standard Assessment Test (SAT) results were at key stages (a) one, (b) two and (c) three for (i) mathematics, (ii)...

      Students: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from Darlington were allocated a university place in each year since 1996.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people with qualified teacher status there were in (a) pupil referral units, (b) special needs units attached to mainstream...

      Teachers: Occupational Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in (a) Greater London, (b) the London Borough of Havering and (c) Romford had work-related accidents in each year since...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total salary payments to people with qualified teacher status in (a) pupil referral units, (b) special needs units attached to...

      Teachers: Overseas-Trained

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information his Department has supplied to overseas-trained teachers on qualified teacher status.

      Teaching Methods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which projects aimed at promoting the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto are planned to receive funding; and how much each will receive.

      Thomas Telford School: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the governing body of Thomas Telford School on allowing admissions of pupils living in the TF6 postcode...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of half days were missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained mainstream schools in (a) Bury St. Edmunds...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what impact he expects the launch of the 14 to 19 diplomas to have on the vocational qualifications available to the 14 to 19 age group.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 16-year-olds, (b) 17-year-olds and (c) 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training...

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each year since 2002 what was the total number of (a) prosecutions, and (b) convictions under Section 1 of the Protection of Animals Act 1911.

    • Armed Forces: Homelessness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provisions exist or are planned to prevent homelessness among former members of the Armed Forces and their families.

      Burma: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to organise, through the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or otherwise, education and access to employment for...

      Children: Secure Institutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children have attempted suicide in the past 12 months in (a) young offender institutions; (b) secure training centres; and (c) local authority secure...

      China: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received on the lack of progress made through the United Kingdom-China and European Union-China human rights dialogues; what...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to give lead responsibility for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, and for the Government's policy on equality and human rights to...

      Courts: Sentencing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to meet the concerns expressed by the Judges' Council as to how to match sentences to available resources so that judges are not under...

      Crime: Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to improve the public's understanding of the factors taken into consideration in the sentencing of criminals in Northern Ireland.

      EU: European Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all correspondence between the Government and the presidency of the European Union regarding the...

      EU: Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend at the next European Union summit in June to agree to an amended European Union treaty containing provisions for the creation of a full-time...

      Extradition: Mr Manzarpour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the situation with regard to Mr Ali Manzarpour's extradition to the United States; and Whether they remain of the opinion that Mr Ali Manzarpour has not...

      Festivals: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 April (WA 154) concerning the Festival Transitional Fund in Northern Ireland, what equality process will be used...

      Fishing: Salmon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which salmon rivers in England are designated as special areas of conservation under the European Habitats Directive, including rivers for which the presence of...

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 29 March (WA 310), to what department of the Government the veterinary services building on the Mall, Armagh city,...

      Forensic Science Laboratory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what way and by whom the Forensic Science Laboratory in Carrickfergus is accredited; and what is the significance of the accreditation to the provision of...

      Forensic Science Laboratory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Forensic Science Laboratory in Carrickfergus has in the past had its accreditation withdrawn; if so, for what reason; for how long; and with what effect.

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in relation to possible amendments to the Freedom of Information Act 2000, they have been made aware of any national legislature which has exempted itself...

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 18 April (WA 65) and 26 April (WA 155), why they are unable to state within what timescale they expect...

      Health: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were employed to provide dental public health advice by each primary care trust in each year since 1992.

      Health: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the cost implications of the Chief Dental Officer's advice that all endodontic instruments should be treated as single-use; and how these will be...

      Health: Hospital Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements exist with the devolved Administrations so that patients, for example in Scotland, may choose treatment in an English hospital, or vice versa.

      Health: Incontinence Items

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the anticipated annual savings in the provision of stoma and incontinence items and other related services at primary care level in the National Health...

      Health: Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many male patients were treated in geriatric wards in the National Health Service in England and Wales during 2005 and 2006 respectively; and How many female...

      Health: Prostate Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to bring in regular prostate screening for men.

      Health: Stem Cell Therapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What public funding is provided for the National Health Service cord blood bank at Edgware; and whether they intend to review the level of funding it receives.

      International Development: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What timetable they have set for decisions by the interdepartmental ministerial group considering implementation of Lord Crisp's report Global Health Partnerships.

      International Development: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many meetings have taken place of the group of officials who have been charged by an interdepartmental ministerial group to report back to them on the phasing...

      International Development: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have hitherto given less support to health partnerships as contributors to international development than they have given to schools twinnings and further...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to lifting the embargo on the Palestinian Authority since the formation of the new Unity Government by Hamas and Fatah.

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the World Bank and United Nations concerning the transparency of the temporary international mechanism.

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning freedom of movement and access to trade across the security border for Palestinians.

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made towards the release to the Unity Government of Palestine of the tax revenues still being withheld by Israel.

      Local Government: Audit Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many local authorities have been inspected by the Audit Commission in England during the past five years to date.

      Local Government: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list the number of band G properties in each local authority, together with the percentage of the total properties the band G properties...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 29 March (HL2934), why there are 27 million more national insurance numbers on the Department for Work...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investigation is under way in the Department for Work and Pensions to establish how many of the 76,719,264 national insurance numbers currently held by the...

      NHS: Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cases, by name and area, have been referred to the National Health Service independent reconfiguration panel; and what has been the outcome of each referral.

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office's failure to answer Lord Avebury's Question for Written Answer (HL1365), due for answer by the end of January, was caused by the department...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any advice or instruction has been given to the Home Office to improve its performance in answering Parliamentary Questions for Written Answer within the...

      Railways: Community Rail Awards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to give financial assistance in the form of capital or prize money to community railways during 2007-08.

      Roads: Disqualified Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether particulars of drivers who are disqualified under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 are available to enforcement authorities; and whether records are...

      Roads: Traffic Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the role of traffic officers who patrol some motorways in four-wheel drive vehicles; and what is their role in enforcing or monitoring compliance with road...

      Sharia Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current position with regard to the appropriateness of the implementation of Sharia law in the United Kingdom.

      Shipping: Lanes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the introduction of compulsory shipping lanes, running north to south and some 30 miles from the coast of Norway, has been endorsed by the International...

      Sport: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the criteria used in the selection of the Maze site for a national stadium for Northern Ireland; who drew up the criteria; and what body judged the...

      Telephone Numbers: Defra

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

      Telephone Numbers: DWP

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

      Terrorism: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to petrol companies in the light of allegations in recent press reports that some of their staff in the United Kingdom have...

      Terrorism: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking against sympathisers for the Tamil Tigers terrorist cause active in the United Kingdom.

      Terrorism: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to prevent the funding from United Kingdom sources of Tamil Tigers terrorist activity in Sri Lanka.

      Terrorism: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the extent of fraud by credit card cloning by persons working on behalf of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, particularly...

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in the publication Northern Ireland—The CS Lewis Story, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board referred to CS Lewis as being from an Irish background and...

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 April (WA 165) concerning genealogy as a Northern Ireland tourism attraction, what future role they envisage for...

      Working Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the average number of hours worked in the United Kingdom by people who work more than 48 hours in a week.

      World War II: Bevin Boys

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a decision has been taken regarding recognition for the war effort of the Bevin Boys from 1939 to 1945.

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