Written answers

Thursday, 10 May 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departments: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of establishing the predecessor to her Department the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

    • Part-time Employment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to increase the availability of high quality part-time work for women.

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the (a) installation and (b) maintenance of (i) rubberised surfaces and (ii) loose fill surfaces in...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations her Department received on the Gambling Commission and local authority fees for betting shops in (a) 2005,...

    • Departments: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Ministers in her Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1119-20W, on gaming machines, what the critical milestones are for...

      National Lottery: Arts Council of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much the Arts Council of Wales received from the National Lottery in 2006; and how much it is expected to receive in 2007; (2)...

      National Lottery: Arts Council of Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery-funded money is yet to be allocated by the Arts Council of Wales; and what that figure was in August 2006.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what events in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held outside London.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of construction training programmes set up to ensure adequate numbers of skilled contractors to...

      Sports: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidelines her Department has issued to national sports governing bodies on the sponsorship of sports events and competitions...

      Sports: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on the sponsorship of sports events and competitions involving children by commercial organisations that...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the applications from the UK which are under consideration for the status of World Heritage Site; and if she will make...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued on the making of statements to the media on policy matters by spouses of military members of the Army Board.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methods other than financial incentives are being used to improve recruitment and retention in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long members of the armed forces are seconded to the households of non-ministerial members of the Army Board.

      Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women were waiting for treatment by the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Surrey on 16 April.

      Defence Medical Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure was on (a) the Defence Medical Service and (b) each cadre of the Defence Medical Service in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on polo ponies in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departments: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1 January and 31 March; and what the date was of each...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have worked in field hospitals during Operation Telic; and what percentage of the total number were reservist medical personnel.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of friendly fire have occurred since the coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

      Royal Military Academy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many presentations were made to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst by private health providers between March 2006 and March 2007.

      Terrorism: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an individual in his Department was responsible for the advance briefing given to the Daily Mirror newspaper in relation to the operation in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Computers

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

    • Departments: India

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions he visited India in each of the last 12 months; and what the length was of each visit.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Deputy 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...

      Departments: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit will play in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the organisational chart for the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit; (2) if she will place in the...

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding has been allocated to the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit for 2007-08.

      Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the date was of each leak inquiry initiated by the Cabinet Office since 1997; which Department was concerned in each case; and what leak was...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adult learners were studying vocational courses in Copeland in 2005-06.

    • Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome have statements of special educational needs.

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities in England have specialist units for Asperger's syndrome.

      Children in Care: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked after children there were in the Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997.

      Class Sizes: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class sizes in Copeland (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools were in financial year (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2006-07.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will publish the report commissioned by his Department entitled, "Getting It. Getting It Right"; and if he will make a statement.

      Diplomas for England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Diplomas for England are recognised by universities and colleges as entry qualifications;...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are on the waiting list for English for Speakers of Other Languages in (a) England and (b) each London borough.

      Further Education: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Learning and Skills Council has to work with the Building Research Establishment on a methodology for the environmental...

      GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average A-level points score per pupil was for 11 to 18 years schools with sixth forms containing (a) 50 or fewer, (b) 51 to 100,...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have more than 50 per cent. of pupils receiving free school meals; and how many and what proportion of pupils in those...

      International Education Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will report recent progress on the implementation proposals for the International Education strategy.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 705W, on language courses, how many (a) special and (b) independent...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the amount of time scheduled for PE and sport during the school day that is taken up by changing; and if...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what advice his Department has issued to (a) schools and (b) school sports co-ordinators on the collection of data on the number of...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of PE lessons cancelled each year as a result of (a) examinations, (b) exam...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which statistics are used to determine whether his Department's public service agreement (PSA) targets have been met, broken down by PSA...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 on schools' policies on bullying; (2)...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 130-1W, on school meals, what proportion of pupils at the end of Key...

      Schools: Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with (a) manufacturers, (b) suppliers and (c) installers of roof-mounted microgeneration technologies...

      Schools: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to tackle the development of eating disorders by children through interventions in schools.

      Schools: National Anthems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's policy is on the singing of the national anthem in schools.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of schools which have been awarded the Active Mark scheme by...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools have been in special measures for two years or more; (2) how many schools have been in either serious weaknesses or...

      Science: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial support his Department gives to (a) science centres and (b) other projects which (i) promote (A) science, (B) engineering...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) professional development and (b) technical assistance the Department plans to provide to schools for the implementation of the...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1575W, on secondary education: curriculum, what the evidential basis was for...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1575W, (1) on secondary education: curriculum, what the main principles of...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the process is for deciding the date of publication of statistics prepared by or relating to the Department; and who is involved in...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which statistics released by his Department and its agencies are classified as (a) national statistics and (b) official statistics; and if...

      Teachers: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) primary school teachers, (b) primary school teaching assistants, (c) secondary school teachers and (d) secondary...

      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 in each local education authority area were not...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers had not received their pre-populated single payment scheme application form for 2007 by 1 May; and if he...

    • Animals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place to ensure that the journey logs required by Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection...

      Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live calves have been exported for further fattening since 1 January, broken down by country of destination.

      Departments: Oral Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many questions tabled by hon. and right hon. Members for oral answer by his Department on 19 April 2007, were...

      Departments: Oral Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many questions tabled by hon. and right hon. Members to his Department for oral answer have been transferred to other...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people took sick leave for stress in his Department in the last 12 months; and what percentage of the total staff...

      Domestic Wastes: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the household recycling rates were for each region in England in the last year for which figures are available.

      Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the review of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 to be...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of food packaging used in each year between 2000 and 2005.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to encourage food suppliers to use less packaging.

      International Whaling Commission: Poland

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

      Shellfish: Colchester Native Oyster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the application for a Protected Geographical Indication for the Colchester Native Oyster to be determined; on...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the German Government's training of police in Afghanistan.

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent bombings at Dhaka and Sylhet railway stations in Bangladesh on the...

      Charter of Fundamental Rights (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the treaty status of the Charter of Fundamental Rights; and if she will make a statement.

      Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria she used to decide whether to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda in November 2007; and...

      Departments: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Ministers in her Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India;...

      EC Action: Industrial Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps the UK is taking under the Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue programme (EU budget line 04 03 03 01); and...

      EC Common Foreign and Security Policy: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the proposed EU Foreign Minister; and if she will make a statement.

      EC Countries: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which European Union countries the UK does not remit to the local tax authorities income tax, or sums in lieu of income tax,...

      EC Countries: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which European Union countries the UK does not remit to the local tax authorities income tax, or sums in lieu of income tax,...

      EC Justice and Home Affairs: Qualified Majority Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the use of qualified majority voting for judicial co-operation in criminal matters and...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the charge was for a student visa in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many student visas...

      Ethiopia: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Eritrean government concerning the eight Ethiopians captured with the group of five...

      Ethiopia: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the condition of the eight Ethiopians captured along with a group of five British embassy...

      Ethiopia: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her French and Italian counterparts on the eight Ethiopians captured with the group of...

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what criteria the Government will judge whether a new EU Treaty would merit a referendum; and if she will make a statement.

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which proposals contained in the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe the Government have communicated to European...

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what objectives the Government are seeking to achieve in any new EU Treaty with the aim of placing the European Union on a...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the German presidency on bilateral consultations to be held...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the proposed permanent President of the European Council; and if she will make a statement.

      International Co-operation: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to improve co-ordination between the US and UK on drug eradication policy and operations.

      Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the role is of the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs in relation to decisions to approve export...

      Iraq: Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Billericay of 2 May 2007, Official Report, columns 1505-06, on which...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, columns 914-15W, on the Iraq-Kuwait conflict: compensation, what...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, columns 914-15W, on the Iraq-Kuwait conflict: compensation, how much...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, columns 914-15W, on the Iraq-Kuwait conflict: compensation, what part...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, columns 914-15W, on the Iraq-Kuwait conflict: compensation, when the...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, columns 914-15W, on the Iraq-Kuwait conflict: compensation, whether...

      Italy: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much income tax or money in lieu of income tax was collected in respect of (a) UK citizens and (b) non-UK citizens who...

      Italy: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to what extent the rates and scale of deductions from pay in respect of or in lieu of tax on income are different for locally...

      Italy: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much income tax or money in lieu of income tax was collected in respect of (a) UK citizens and (b) non-UK citizens who...

      Libyan Arab Republic: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK has given to Libya in helping to prevent immigration of Africans to the EU through its borders and ports.

      Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's priorities are for the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in Vienna, 30...

      Prism Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Prism information system is fully operational.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who represented the British Government at the April meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia (ICGS); when the ICGS...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues were discussed at the April meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia; what the outcome was of those...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the role of Somalia's clans and tribal groups in the peace process; what assessment she has...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress was made towards securing financial and logistical support for the African Union Mission in Somalia at the April...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the humanitarian impact of the recent violence in Somalia; and if she will make a statement.

      Somalia: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of refugees leaving Somalia; what discussions she has had with her (a) Kenyan and (b)...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK policy is on the creation of a no-fly zone over Darfur; and if she will make a statement.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the UN Panel of Experts in identifying individuals responsible for breaching the arms embargo...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her US counterparts on proposals to impose a no-fly zone over Darfur; and what the outcome was...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her European counterparts regarding the possibility of imposing restrictions on Euro...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is advocating at (a) European and (b) UN level on the recommendations of the report of 12 March of the UN...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UK policy is on (a) UN measures against individuals or groups committing human rights violations and (b) the...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she expects the deployment of the United Nations assistance to the African Union Mission in Sudan to take place...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her policy has changed on pursuing a UN Security Council Resolution on Sudan following the letter from the Government of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to raise Zimbabwe at the UN Security Council in light of recent violence against the Zimbabwean...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1779W, on Zimbabwe, when the UK plans to propose to EU...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's decision that anti-dementia medicines should not be made available for...

    • Autism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to provide funding for biomedical research into autistic spectrum disorders; and if she will make a statement.

      Chester-le-Street Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 956W, on Chester-le-Street community hospital, for what reasons her Department was able...

      Circumcision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many circumcisions were funded by the NHS in each primary care trust in each year since 1997, broken down by age; and what the average cost to the NHS...

      Cost Shunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. member for Falmouth and Camborne of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 777, on cost shunting, how she plans...

      Departments: Ministers' Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2007, Official Report, column 655W, on Departments: Ministers' private offices, if she will place in the Library a...

      Departments: Risk Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1192W, on the...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what bio-security failings have been investigated by the Food Standards Agency since 2001.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library (a) any Official Journal of the European Union notice for private sector involvement in supporting primary care trusts...

      Heart Diseases: Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department provides to NHS trusts on safe travelling times for (a) heart attack and (b) stroke patients for emergency admissions.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the report on mixed sex wards she has received from the heads of strategic health authorities; (2)...

      Hospitals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the research and development budget for London hospitals was reallocated to hospitals in the regions in each of the last three...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have resulted from hospital-acquired infections in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; what steps she is taking to...

      Hospitals: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what payments her Department has made to Patientline; (2) how many complaints she has received about Patientline.

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) central funding is planned to be made available and (b) local funding is planned to be ring-fenced for a locally-led public information...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of the drug Tysabri for the treatment of sufferers of multiple sclerosis.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost (a) in total and (b) per capita was of the drugs budget of the NHS in each of the last 15 years.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total public expenditure per head of population on the (a) capital and (b) running costs of the NHS was in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire,...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on NHS: finance, for which different data sets she envisages re-using the templates.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which web browsers Choose and Book is compatible; which other parts of the NHS IT programme use web browsers; and with which browsers each of those...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means care data from a single patient kept in different locations are to be assembled by clinicians using the new NHS IT system for patient...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how information held on equipment from different suppliers is to be integrated in the new NHS IT system for patient records.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts use systems for demand management of patients referred by GPs to tertiary health services.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for St. Ives of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 775, on NHS information technology, what...

      Nurses: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were made redundant in each London NHS trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of pharmacists collecting prescription fees.

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the (a) capability and (b) capacity of primary care trusts to deliver a shift of patient care from the...

      Queen's Hospital, Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) student nurses are employed at the Queen's hospital in Romford.

      Queen's Hospital, Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical operations have been performed at the Queen's hospital in Romford since its opening.

      Queen's Hospital, Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors there are per patient at the Queen's hospital in Romford; (2) how many wards there are in Romford's Queen's...

      Sharon Payne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will apply for rescindment of the court order relating to the provision of the medical files held by Sharon Payne to the Attorney General.

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the change in numbers of allied health professional posts on speech and language therapy services.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1204W, on surgery, for what reasons there are differences between the data provided in...

      Surgery: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the post-operative death rate for emergency procedures was in the NHS in each year between 1998-99 and 2005-06.

  • Home Department

    • Approved Premises: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many approved premises there are in the Greater London probation area; how many places are available at each establishment; how...

    • Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many councils have been granted funding for talking CCTV systems; and whether there are plans to extend the scheme; (2) what...

      Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people breached their home detention curfew conditions and were returned to prison in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of reported cases of domestic violence led to (a) an arrest and (b) a custodial sentence in the last year for which figures...

      Domestic Violence: Public Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to enable public sector workers who are the victims of domestic violence to transfer to equivalent employment elsewhere...

      Drugs: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned into the over-representation of ethnic minorities in drug convictions.

      Electronic Tagging: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency wear electronic tags.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested in each financial year since 1995 who were (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 21 and (d) over 21 years at the...

      Hindley Prison: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who was responsible for commissioning the investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the Deputy Governor at HM Prison Hindley;...

      Illegal Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the age was of each individual convicted and given a minimum five-year sentence for possessing an illegal firearm in each of the...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are on waiting lists for first stage lifer units; and whether he plans to provide courses in local prisons for prisoners...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners serving sentences of (a) 12 months or less and (b) between 12 months and 24 months were housed in open conditions in the...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Head of the Management Succession and Selection Unit in HM Prison Service was involved in the managed move of Paul Baker to the...

      Prison Service: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the £16,589,000 paid by the Prison Service as special payments in 2005-06 other than compensation to staff and...

      Prison Service: Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of authority is required at prison establishments for the covert access to and monitoring of staff e-mails; how many staff were...

      Prison Service: First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what skills are required of prison officers to deal with medical emergencies.

      Prison Service: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the outstanding number of time off in lieu hours was in HM Prison Service in the latest period for which figures are available; how such...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners released from jail about which the police are not notified by the prison authorities;...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce self-harming by women prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign prisoners moved from Ford Open Prison to closed conditions in May 2006 were re-categorised to a higher security...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners who have completed their sentences are being held in prisons in England and Wales; and on which dates each such...

      Prisoners: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average monthly cost of prisoner transport services has been (a) in the last two years and (b) during the activation of Operation...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action was taken following the death of Paul Day in the management of segregation units at prison establishments; and if he will make a...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent of (a) the use of false samples, (b) the mis-use of refrigeration, (c) inadequate supervision in...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length is of an educational course in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that people held in private prisons who claim (a) that their health care needs are not being met and (b)...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders in each of the 42 probation areas in England and Wales breached their (a) community sentence requirements, (b) licences...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the law relating to consent in rape cases where a complainant was under the influence of...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are serving indeterminate public protection sentences.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average minimum term has been of indefinite sentences of public protection.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners on an indefinite sentence of public protection have served longer than their tariff.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who started the sexual offender treatment programme in each of the last five years completed the programme.

      World War II: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on an EU-wide law on holocaust denial.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding he has provided to the Youth Offending Service in (a) England and Wales and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last five years...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departments: Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what (a) instructions are issued to (i) staff in the House of Commons and (ii) hon. Members and (b)...

  • International Development

    • Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which Government websites he is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are available;...

    • Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assistance the UK is providing to (a) Syria and (b) Jordan for refugees who have fled sectarian violence in Iraq; and if...

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what proportion of Government assistance to internally displaced people in Iraq is channelled through (a) international NGOs,...

  • Justice

    • Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1726W, what steps she is taking to reduce the number of Freedom of Information...

  • Minister for Women

    • Women and Work Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress has been made on the Government Action Plan: Implementing the Women and Work Commission recommendations; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many asthma-related emergency admissions were recorded in each health trust area in each of the last three years.

    • Departments: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 890-1W, on Departments: billing, for what reason some Northern Ireland...

      Farmers: Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the 13.3 per cent. reduction in incomes from farming in 2006.

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were employed in each fire district in Northern Ireland in each of the last six...

      Fire Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage change in pay each grade of member of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received in each of the last six years.

      Groomsport School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the action plan for the closure of Groomsport primary school.

      Groomsport School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) guidance and (b) assistance (i) has been and (ii) is planned to be provided by his Department to help Groomsport primary school staff...

      Groomsport School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the programme for the closure of Groomsport Primary School.

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what health research programmes received funding from his Department in each of the last six years; how much funding was received in each case;...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the introduction of...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding was allocated by his Department to hospices in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years, broken down by hospice.

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new businesses have opened in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what revenue was generated from telephone helplines connected to Northern Ireland Government Departments and Agencies in each of the last six...

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many oil spills there were at (a) residential and (b) commercial premises in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1446W, on Olympic Games: Greater London, which organisations have...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what initiatives have been identified by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in discussions with the Olympic NI Task Force, the...

      Recycling: Industrial Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to encourage recycling amongst the business community in Northern Ireland.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to assist the Northern Irish shipbuilding industry.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to encourage the growth of tourism in Northern Ireland.

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he received requests from the (a) Scottish Parliament and (b) Scottish Executive for the transfer of reserved matters from Westminster to...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Administered Incentive Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when he expects the spectrum on which Administered Incentive Pricing is charged to change usage; (2) what revenues he expects to be...

    • Departments: ICT

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

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of whether the practice of establishing post offices in major retail outlets is being implemented in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reason was for the time taken to respond to the Question answered on 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1092W, on Mr. David...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department plans to respond to the advice from the Air Quality Expert Group's recently published report Air Quality and Climate Change: A UK...

    • Biofuels: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in placing biofuel pumps in petrol station forecourts.

      Cycling: Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account is taken in the revised Highway Code of the statement in the Response to Consultation Report of March 2007 that road users other than...

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departments: Intimidation

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

      Departments: Sexual Harassment

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

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many people tried to obtain driving licences fraudulently in each of the last five years; (2) how many cases of driving licence application...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases of identity fraud the (a) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and (b) Driving Standards Agency investigated in each of the last five years.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign nationals (a) applied for and (b) were granted UK driving licences in each of the last 10 years.

      Fuels: Carbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with industry on reducing carbon levels in transportation fuels.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of air transport movements which would take place at Heathrow if a third runway is built and mixed mode...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the forthcoming consultation into mixed-mode, the Cranford Agreement, westerly preference, a third runway and a sixth terminal at Heathrow will...

      Heathrow Airport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects the new emissions cost assessment designed to inform decisions on major increases in aviation capacity as outlined in the recent...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency achieved its target of halving the estimated number of unregistered vehicles in the UK by 2007.

      Railway Stations: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway stations will receive funding from the Access for All scheme.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which five train services had the highest number of passengers in excess of capacity levels in each of the 10 largest cities in the UK in the most...

      Railways: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has made to help develop rail infrastructure in Shropshire on the line between Wolverhampton and Central Wales.

      Railways: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with his Welsh counterpart on improvements to the Cambrian line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth.

      Road Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the operating costs were of (a) electronic messaging signs and (b) electronic variable messaging signs in each of the last 10 years.

  • Treasury

    • Education for All

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he expects to make on the Education for All initiative in 2007; and what discussions he has had with international finance ministers on this issue.

    • Fiscal Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of his fiscal policy on the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress towards his aim to achieve full employment.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to achieve the goal of full employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with international counterparts on resources for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the new deal on the economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Parenting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward a public service agreement on early intervention with parents and children.

      Budgets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the expected impact of the 2007 Budget and (b) the combined impact of the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006...

      Budgets: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of producing the Budget summary leaflet was in each year since 1997; and how much was accounted for by (a) design and commissioning, (b)...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the average levels of household indebtedness in the UK in comparison to other European countries.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to update the third outline National Changeover Plan, published in 2003.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of preparations for the possibility of joining the European single currency since 1997.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the members are of the Standing Committee on Euro Preparations; how many times the Committee met in each of the last five years; what the annual...

      Environmental Transformation Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans a public consultation on the Environmental Transformation Fund; (2) from which Department's budget the Environmental Transformation...

      Financial Services: EC Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there are written protocols determining the respective roles of the Financial Services Authority and his Department when negotiating with the EU...

      Fiscal Rules

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of his fiscal rules on the economy.

      Gift Aid: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many voluntary groups were in receipt of Gift Aid in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last three years.

      Market in Financial Instruments Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in determining the boundaries between the home state regulator and the host regulator of branches established under the Markets...

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will visit Essex to discuss the effect of changes made to dividend payments to pension funds.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total assets were of pension funds in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the take-up of working tax credit in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue was raised through the sale of petrol and diesel in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2006-07.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of non-resident parents were (a) nil compliant and (b) partially compliant with their child support payments in...

    • Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the £10 band income distribution data used to produce the income distribution for the total population...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to engage parents, local authorities and private sector organisations in discussions on child poverty, as proposed in the...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on social security benefit: fraud, how the Voice Risk Analysis...

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what funding has been made available to pilot the recommendations contained in the Freud report; (2) what plans he has to introduce...

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: Air Miles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether frequent flyer and air miles schemes are incompatible with efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and whether they have considered introducing an...

    • Forensic Science Laboratory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold a public inquiry on the administration of the Northern Ireland Forensic Science Laboratory in Carrickfergus and its output over the last...

      Health: Orphan Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products has undertaken research into the effectiveness of regulations on the development and licensing of orphan...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many class 3 national insurance contributions are bought each year; and what is the estimated net cost to government, assuming average life expectancy.

      Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider measures to accelerate the rate of decrease in all nitrous oxide emissions from urban traffic to increase the protection of urban ozone...

      Secretary of State for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Transport's failure to answer Lord Hanningfield's Question for Written Answer HL2185, by the due date of 7 March, was due to mislaying...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of Sudan about the stamping of exit visas for humanitarian workers who have been working in Darfur with...

      Transport: London Underground

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have discussed, or intend to discuss, with the Mayor of London and Transport for London, contingency plans in the capital should the Underground...

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