Written answers

Monday, 14 May 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Internet

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Oral Answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1505, on engagements, what the basis was of his claim on 24 September 2002 that, if he were able to...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the environmental impact of the Aviation White...

    • Departments: ICT

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

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is undertaking the additional research recommended in the Road Safety Research Report Number 61, 'Stratifying Hypoglycaemic...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason EU driving licences cannot be upgraded in the UK; and whether there are plans to allow such upgrading in the future.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of passengers travelling to and from Heathrow airport by (a) private motor vehicles, (b) taxis,...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents were recorded in the West Mercia police authority area between 22 and 29 April 2005.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase the acreage of woodland and forests to increase the absorption of carbon dioxide.

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what global greenhouse gas stabilization target, expressed in carbon dioxide equivalent, the Government are using as a basis...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department is planning to contribute to the Heathrow expansion consultation by the Department for Transport; what...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from outdoor space heaters.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on the implications for people with light sensitivity...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on merging activities connected to the...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to extend funding available via the warm homes scheme to cover the installation of new and...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average excess payable by households receiving warm front grants is in each (a) local authority area and (b)...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of metered households in each local authority area in England which (a)...

      Water: Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) dates and (b) durations of hose pipe bans in each water company area were in each year since 2000.

      Water: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of the proposed new and extended reservoir developments in (a) Broad Oak, Kent, (b) Clay Hill, East...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what proportion of homes had access to broadband in each year since 2000; what (a) estimates of and (b) targets for broadband...

    • Carbon Sequestration: Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons clean electricity generated using carbon capture and storage technology is not included in the renewables obligation.

      Departments: India

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

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) former miners and (b) former miners' families in Copeland have received compensation payments from the Miners' Compensation Scheme.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether there are any outstanding compensation claims for (a) former miners' and (b) former miners' families that are yet to be resolved in...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to recover the fees paid from the public purse to solicitors acting for former miners and their families where there is...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of claims for compensation for miners and former miners suffering from arthritis.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the percentage of compensation payments made in Copeland to former miners and their families that were subject to...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what average period of time was taken to resolve a compensation claim from former miners or their families in Copeland.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many compensation claims from former miners and their families in Copeland were for chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and pneumoconiosis.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he plans to take to reduce the (a) length and (b) cost of the legal process for miners claiming compensation for knee problems...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors he considered when deciding not to meet the National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers recently to discuss...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to providing a scheme for miners with knee problems caused by their work in mines; and if he will make a statement.

      ITV: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from ITN and Channel 4 News on the proposed acquisition of 17.9 per cent. of ITV by BSkyB.

      ITV: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has received the OFT report into the proposed acquisition of 17.9 per cent. of ITV by BSkyB; and what the timetable is for the...

      ITV: British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has received the Ofcom report into the proposed acquisition of 17.9 per cent. of ITV by BSkyB; and what the timetable is for the...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire (Peter Luff) of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1072W, on the low...

      Mining: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will establish an inquiry into the operation of the Miners' Compensation Scheme.

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much revenue was generated by the UK's North Sea oil and gas fields in each year since 1997.

      Nuclear Fuels: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the International Atomic Energy Agency proposal for an international nuclear fuel...

      OM Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2007, Official Report, column 1361W, on OM Energy, what his definition is of academic validation of the...

      Overseas Companies: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidelines his Department provides to British companies active within Sudan.

      Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how his Department is implementing the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003; what powers the Information...

      Research: Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department spent on research into the causes of breast cancer through the Research Councils in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial support his Department gives to (a) science centres and (b) other projects which (i) promote engagement in science to the...

      Science: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding and support the Government have provided to Newcastle-upon-Tyne as a science city.

      Weights and Measures: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the European Commission on the permissibility of supplementary indications relating to weights and...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last visited Afghanistan to review progress in the eradication of poppy fields.

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's spending was on research and consultancy services in 2006-07, broken down by programme.

      Departments: Energy

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

      Departments: ICT

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

      Developing Countries: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of mortality in developing countries caused by (a) malaria, (b) tuberculosis, (c) road...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what activities his Department undertakes in North Korea.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's total spending on technical assistance for all-country programmes was paid in consultancy fees to...

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received from Tamil community groups in the UK.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Compensation: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many compensation applications were (a) rejected and (b) accepted by the Compensation Agency in each of the last six years; and how much...

    • Departments: Energy

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

      Departments: ICT

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

      Departments: Trade Unions

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

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were assigned to the force's Drug Squad in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Drugs: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were caught smuggling drugs into each prison establishment in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what penalty...

      Northern Ireland Executive: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's policy is on the use of (a) the Ulster flag, (b) the Cross of St. Patrick, (c) the Union flag, (d) the European Union...

      Prison Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme in each of the last six years; and how many prison visits were funded by...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of prisoners in each Northern Ireland prison establishment achieved (a) GCSE, (b) post-GCSE and (c) third level...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many drug-related seizures have been made by British forces in Afghanistan; and what weight of narcotics has been seized,...

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government policy is on opium crop eradication activities in Afghanistan in areas where alternative livelihoods projects...

      Africa: EC External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on plans to hold an African Union-EU Summit in 2007.

      Bangladesh: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on recent events in Bangladesh, with particular reference to (a) the suspension of political...

      Council of Europe: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was allocated to the Council of Europe in financial year 2005-06.

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's position that the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe would have altered the...

      Iran: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the value of Iranian funds (a) identified and (b) frozen in accordance with the provisions of...

      Iran: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has given advice to UK energy companies on investment in Iranian oil and gas projects; and if she will...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate has been made of the number of Iraqi individuals at immediate risk because of their association with the British...

      Italy: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 37W, on Italy: diplomatic service, how many individuals...

      Libyan Arab Republic: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support has been given to Libya in relation to its decommissioning of weapons of mass destruction as agreed between Libya,...

      Marios Matsakis MEP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the arrest and detention of Marios Matsakis MEP in Akrotiri Sovereign base area, Cyprus; and if...

      Measures for Civil Society Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking under the Measures for Civil Society programme (EU budget code 15 49 04 12); and if she will make a...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 919W to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, North and Leith (Mark...

      Occupied Territories: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether US Security Co-ordinator General Dayton has produced a plan for security sector transformation within the Occupied...

      Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the extent to which the persons, entities and organisations identified in European Council...

      Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK advocated the inclusion of additional persons, entities and organisations to the list of those subject to a...

      Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK is advocating that the European Union restrictive measures against Iran adopted under European Council decision...

      Serbia: Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will suspend the UK's financial contribution to the Council of Europe pending review of the appropriateness of Serbia...

      Serbia: Council of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe objecting to the rotation of the...

      Sheikh Hasina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department received from the Bangladeshi government on the status of Sheikh Hasina.

      Sheikh Hasina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions officials in her Department have had with Sheikh Hasina regarding the refusal of her Government to allow her...

      Sheikh Hasina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when her Department was notified that Sheikh Hasina would not be allowed to return to Bangladesh on Sunday 22 April.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likelihood of the proposed national reconciliation conference in Somalia taking place; and...

      Sudan: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK is advocating the adoption of EU measures against the Government of Sudan; and if she will make a statement.

      Sudan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent attack on Christian missionaries in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan.

      Sudan: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the targeted sanctions against the four individuals designated in UN Security...

      Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic processes are in place to inform senior foreign political figures that their return to their home countries has...

      Uganda: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on Ugandan support for the Mouvement de liberation du Congo; and if she will make a statement.

      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, whether she has received representations...

      Zimbabwe: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the government of Portugal on upholding the travel ban on Robert Mugabe and those...

  • Education and Skills

    • Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were the subject of new care proceedings in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e)...

    • Language Service Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will take steps to protect the professional title of language service professionals for deaf people, including (a) BSL/English...

      Poverty: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the rate of poverty is amongst children in (a) County Durham and (b) the City of Durham; and what it was in 1997.

      Pupils: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in (a) Essex, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) the Metropolitan Police Area of London distribute the morning after pill to pupils...

      Secondary Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools have (a) between 1,000 and 1,500 pupils, (b) between 1,500 and 2,000 pupils and (c) more than 2,000 pupils in...

  • Defence

    • Service Personnel: Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department makes for the healthcare of injured servicemen and women.

    • Service Personnel: Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of medical support for service personnel on their return to the UK from operational theatres; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Iraq.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with QinetiQ in relation to public access to (a) Foulness Island and (b) Ministry of Defence land operated by QinetiQ.

      Iran: Seizure of British Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in recovering boats and equipment seized by Iran from UK armed forces in (a) June 2004 and (b) March 2007.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve the availability of helicopters in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Landmines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his assessment is of the effectiveness of initiatives taken by the UK to remove landmines and explosive remnants of war.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with NATO counterparts on NATO's commitment to operations in Afghanistan.

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the potential role of ballistic missile defence in UK security policy.

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on the deployment of new armoured vehicles in Afghanistan.

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian aircraft (i) took off from and (ii) landed at each operational Royal Air Force flying station in the United...

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to place the order for the new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether there are any cases of families consisting of a married couple with children in which both parents are serving in combat overseas in HM...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation was paid under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for injuries and deaths in each month since the new scheme came into force; and...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) facilities and (b) programmes are available for service personnel to continue education while on deployment in (i) Iraq, (ii)...

      Armed Forces: Parachuting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on replacing the GQ 1000 parachute with the GQ 5000 following recommendation 7h of the RAF Board of Inquiry's Military...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the strategic review of remuneration.

      Armed Forces: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes are planned to free postal services available to service people on operations overseas.

      Army Board: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is issued to members of the Army Board on dealing with the media.

      Defence Communication and Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely cost of external assistance to the Defence Communication and Services Agency in each of the next three years; and...

      Departments: ICT

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

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the details of the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) design system solution were completed in advance of the decision to contract the...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department's website cost to run and support in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army who served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan were discharged as a result of psychiatric problems in each of the...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many traumatic amputations there have been in the recent 2 Rifles Operation Telic tour.

      Jaguar Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the out-of-service date for the Royal Air Force's Jaguar aircraft was brought forward to 29 April 2007; when this decision was taken;...

      Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister expects the new Lynx helicopter to be available to UK forces in Afghanistan.

      Military Aircraft: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pilots began fast jet training in each year since 2000; how many have completed such training; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of 13 March 2007, Official Report, columns 206-07W, on Navy: officers, and 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1359W, on...

      Navy: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy bonuses and (b) Royal Naval Reserve bounty payments for the fiscal year 2007-08 were (i) missed and (ii) mispaid by the Joint...

      Proof of Identity: Ministry of Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2007, Official Report, column 208W, on proof of identity: Ministry of Defence, how many security passes have been...

      Service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 164W, on service personnel, if he will place in the Library the minutes of all meetings...

      Territorial Army: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the effect of the Drivers' Hours and Rest Time Regulations on Territorial Army manpower and effectiveness.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons the Royal Navy has learned from the weather-related incident on HMS Sovereign last summer in Plymouth Sound, when two members of the ship's...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers' Allowances: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Kent county council on the minimum allowances payable to carers.

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current training schemes available through Jobcentre Plus.

      Employment Schemes: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to work in partnership with the National Care Farming Initiative to help people return to employment.

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what analysis his Department has conducted into the reasons for failure to attend a Work Focused Interview by those lone parents sanctioned in...

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of lone parents receiving sanctions for failing to attend a Work Focused Interview.

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what analysis his Department has conducted of the impact on attainment of the Government's child poverty target of the number of lone parents...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures his Department is taking to combat discrimination against black and Asian women in the workplace; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentres: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people used each Jobcentre Plus branch in the London borough of Sutton in each of the last five years; (2) how many staff were...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to David Freud's recommendation to transfer lone parents to jobseeker's allowance, or other appropriate...

      New Deal for Disabled People: Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants there were in the New Deal for Disabled People each month since 1998; how many in each month successfully found...

      Pension Credit: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Easington constituency received pension credit in each of the last three years.

      Pensioners: Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of owner occupier pensioner households receive council tax benefit.

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps have been taken by his Department to inform pensioners of their entitlement to (a) pension credit and (b) winter fuel allowance;...

      Poverty: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) all people, (b) children, (c) working age disabled people and (d) disabled children in London were living in severe...

      Retirement: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average retirement age is for couples who are (a) childless and (b) not childless.

      Social Security Benefits: Benefits Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consideration he has given to the introduction of a single working age benefit as recommended by David Freud; (2) what discussions...

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what further consideration he has given to the introduction of a work-related activity premium for lone parents with older children, as...

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women reaching age 60 in 2005 are recorded as having at least one year of Home Responsibilities Protection which (a) did not coincide...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of working age were out of employment in each year since 1977-78, broken down by (a) unemployed, (b) lone parents on income...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what procedures are in place to allow people to claim the winter fuel allowance retrospectively in cases where they had not been notified...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Easington constituency received winter fuel allowance in the last three years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the investment returns were for (a) the Community Fund and (b) the Scottish Arts Council from National Lottery funding (i) in...

    • British Grand Prix: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of (a) the number of overseas tourists coming to the UK for the Grand Prix and (b) the...

      Channel Four Television: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) Channel 4 and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future funding of the channel.

      Churches Conservation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under what statutory powers her Department intends to change the audit arrangements of the Churches Conservation Trust.

      Cultural Heritage: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2007, Official Report, column 1327W, on cultural heritage: Iraq, what (a) reports she has received...

      English Institute of Sport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the salary is of the Chairman of the English Institute of Sport; and what other public appointment he holds.

      Gambling: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's most recent estimate is of the costs to the gaming industry arising from the changes brought about by the Gambling...

      Leeds United Football Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will instigate discussions with the football authorities on the implications for football in the community initiatives in which...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the presentation given by KPMG on 28 November 2005 to update the Olympic cost review steering...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members are of the Olympic Board, referred to in Note 3 of the minutes of the Olympic cost review steering group of 28 November 2005.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the draft report that was produced by KPMG referred to in point four of the minutes of the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the briefing notes provided to the Treasury as referred to in Note 2 of the minutes of...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) dates and (b) ministerial attendees were for each meeting held to brief the Treasury on the findings of the cost review.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many compulsory purchase orders the Government have made for land to be used for the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of the Olympic Delivery Authority's construction work which will quality for Industrial...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what value of Lottery funds she estimates will be diverted from good causes in Northern Ireland as a result of the increase in the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the total budget for the London Olympics in 2012 set aside for direct funding of cultural events which are part of the...

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many children in (a) West Bromwich, East constituency and (b) the West Midlands region have been nominated for a talented athlete...

      Sports: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what conditions are set by UK Sport for recipients of World Class Performance programme funding in relation to party political activity.

      Sports: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision she has made for the continuation of funding to the Community Club Development Programme once the current funding cycle...

      Sports: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Supporters Direct and the Supporters Trust Initiative in the West Midlands region.

      UK Film Council: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the projected funding allocation is for the UK Film Council in each of the next two financial years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 represents.

    • Post Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress has been made in considering the responses to the consultation on the future of the Post Office Network.

  • Justice

    • Courts: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her Answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1452W, on courts: manpower, what research has been undertaken...

    • Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for which Government websites she is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 April 2007, Official Report, column 7098W, on freedom of information, for what reasons her...

      Sharia Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of Sharia courts in operation in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates courts there are in (a) rural and (b) non-rural areas.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1455W, on sentencing, what factors the Court of Appeal...

      Tribunals: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average cost was of hearing an incapacity benefit appeal at a tribunal in the last 12 months.

      Victims Surcharge

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate has been made of the impact of the implementation of the victims surcharge on the level of monies received from...

      Victims Surcharge

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what account is taken of the extent to which an offence has a victim in determining whether to apply the victims surcharge to...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) when building work on Project George is planned to commence; (2) which Minister authorised the commencement of the works for Project George;...

    • Departments: Golden Arrow Public Affairs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings Ministers in the Cabinet Office have had with representatives of Golden Arrow Public Affairs in the last 12 months.

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 890W, on ministerial residences, what the cost was of refurbishing the flat...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans she has to publish a full breakdown of the costs of the Government's Policy Review.

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the timetable is for implementing recommendations from the Government's Policy Review.

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1017-18W, on the policy review, what estimate she has made of the cost of...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1018W, on the Policy Review, how much has been paid to companies or organisations...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1018W, on the policy review, what estimate she has made of the cost of producing...

  • Home Department

    • British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applicants for British citizenship who made applications for naturalisation based on passes in tests on knowledge of life in...

    • Burglaries: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1136-40W, on burglaries: Greater London, why (a) recorded crime data are...

      Child Rescue Alert

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child Rescue Alert Service introduced by police forces.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of each safer neighbourhood team in Leyton and Wanstead.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers have become full members of the police force.

      Community Support Officers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what meetings he has held with representatives of police community support officers on introducing a single national rate of pay for...

      Crime: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what percentage of crime in each of the last five years alcohol was determined as a contributing factor; and what trends are discernible...

      Criminal Casework Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) internal and (b) external reviews of the Criminal Casework Team have been conducted in the last five years.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department (a) sponsors and (b) funds the confidential access website; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving Offences: Blackwall Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of dangerous driving in the Blackwall Tunnel in each of the last five years.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been given on-the-spot fines by the police since 1997; and what percentage went on to re-offend.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive response to question 91073, tabled on 6 September 2006, on non-criminal prisoners detained under the...

      Metropolitan Police: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Metropolitan Police spent on translators in each of the last five years.

      National Disabled Police Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Minister for Policing, Security and Community Safety has met representatives from the National Disabled Police Association to...

      National Disabled Police Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans his Department has for levels of funding to the National Disabled Police Association; (2) what funding his Department...

      Police Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1082W, on police manpower, what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Police National Computer: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many records have been removed from the Police National Computer as exceptional cases at the discretion of senior police officers...

      Police: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the meetings he has held with Ministers from other European Union countries on policing matters between 1 January and 31...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on police funding in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) the East Midlands.

      Police: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many armed police were asked to assist with the arrival of former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Heathrow airport on 22...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is planned for police training in each of the next three financial years.

      Police: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces provide subsidised public transport for their staff.

      Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has held with (a) ministerial colleagues, (b) representatives of industry and (c) police forces on the use of unmanned...

      Prison Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to strengthen the approach of HM Prison Service against staff corruption; how many full-time equivalent staff are...

      Prison Service: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many HM Prison Service staff were dismissed for suspected criminal activity at each prison establishment in each of the last five years;...

      Prison Service: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of HM Prison Service staff had their appeals against dismissal upheld by the Civil Service Appeals Board in each of the last...

      Prisons: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies were contracted by his Department to carry out training for (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff in each of the last five years.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many indefinite sentences of public protection have had a minimum term of (a) 12 months or less, (b) two years or less, (c) five years...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from the Government of Sri Lanka; and what discussions have taken place following such...

      Tamils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from Tamil community groups in the United Kingdom; and what discussions have taken place...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bedfordshire County Council: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government funding Bedfordshire County Council received in each year since 1997 towards its pension fund.

    • Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) instructions are issued to staff in her Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to take account of the move to low carbon grid electricity in (a) the building regulations, (b) the code...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of how much local authority spending was (a) ring-fenced, (b) for statutory purposes and (c)...

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities have equal pay policies for male and female staff.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Eccles of 26 January 2007 on home inspection arrangements,...

      Roads: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was provided by central Government for the Shields Road regeneration programme in East Newcastle; and whether any...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with her colleagues in HM Treasury on the next three-year spending settlement for the supporting...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the measures introduced to deliver greater efficiency savings in the...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Communications Action Plan produced by the Valuation Office Agency for the 2005...

      Wiltshire County Council: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current pension fund deficit is of (a) Wiltshire county council and (b) Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many alcohol-related deaths there were in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) England and (d) the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.

    • Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 626W, on Departments: secondment, what policy areas the secondee from Sunderland Teaching...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he received from (a) Treasury officials and (b) HM Revenue and Customs officials before his decision to change the inheritance tax treatment...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley of 7th February and 13th March.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the median equivalised (a) net and (b) gross household income was for households where the household reference person was aged (i) 16 to 20, (ii) 21...

      Taxation: Diplomatic Missions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which diplomatic missions to the United Kingdom remit income tax, or monies in lieu of income tax, to the Inland Revenue or Exchequer in respect of locally...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much HM Revenue and Customs spent in 2006-07 on advertising aimed at increasing the take-up rate of tax credits; (2) what plans he has to improve...

      VAT: National Lottery Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the VAT treatment of (a) the Cricklands County Way and (b) other Big Lottery Living Landmarks projects.

      VAT: Voluntary Aided Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the policy which determines that voluntary-aided schools subject to charitable status are required to pay 17.5 per cent. VAT on new school...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward legislation to require a woman considering an abortion to see an ultrasound of her unborn child beforehand; what recent...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill; how many such representations (a) supported and (b) opposed the Bill;...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the annual abortion statistics 2006; and if she will make a statement.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with West Midlands Perinatal Institute on its recent study of the abortion of foetuses on grounds of disability;...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department issues to primary care trusts and strategic health authorities on the (a) minimum and (b) maximum catchment population for...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) men and (b) women who drink more than the recommended weekly amounts of alcohol; and what...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the 2004 Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy since the introduction of extended licensing hours.

      Ambulance Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what mechanism and to what extent public opinion has been taken into account in the review of ambulance control rooms by the West Midlands Ambulance...

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of courses of antibiotics that were prescribed in England in each of the last 30 years.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2007, Official Report, column 805W, on avian influenza, what information her Department holds on the percentage...

      Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much her Department spent on BPL Elstree in (a) 1977, (b) 1978 and (c) 1979; and if she will make a statement; (2) how much her Department...

      Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much her Department spent on the production of blood products in the UK for use by haemophiliacs in (a) 1977, (b) 1978 and (c) 1979; and if...

      Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much her Department spent on imported blood products from the US in (a) 1977, (b) 1978 and (c) 1979; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on self sufficiency in blood products; and if she will make a statement.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) many patients were given blood contaminated with (a) HIV and (b) hepatitis C while being treated by the NHS in each year since 1997; (2) what...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests her Department has received for original copies of legal waivers signed by haemophiliacs undertaking not to take legal action against...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many haemophiliacs infected with HIV or hepatitis C or both via contaminated blood products received compensation from out of court settlements in...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many legal waivers were recorded by her Department as being signed by haemophiliacs undertaking not to take legal action against the Department or any...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance her Department (a) has given and (b) expects to give to the independent public inquiry into the supply of contaminated NHS blood to...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the overall cost to the public purse of providing ex gratia payments to the relatives of those who died before 2003 as a...

      Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Campylobacter tests.

      Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports she has received on identifications of (a) Helicobacter pullorum and (b) other unusual Campylobacter-like isolates from poultry products.

      Casualty Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds from (a) her Department's central budget and (b) the NHS were provided to Casualty Plus Ltd. in the last two years; and what the (i) date and...

      Childbirth: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the funding figure of £3.7 million allocated in the past year for medical research into preventing premature birth was decided; (2) what...

      Childbirth: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from Action Medical Research on concerns regarding the funding of medical research on premature birth; and what...

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the long-term impact on (a) health and (b) fertility of not reaching the target for the number of young people to...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of implementation of the draft guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and...

      Contraceptives: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a legal requirement on pharmacists to sell emergency hormonal contraception on request to patients under the age of 16 years on request;...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with consideration of the application made to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on 29 January 2003 by...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children under five with tooth decay in England in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children were registered with an NHS dentist in (i) City of York council area, (ii) North Yorkshire,...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists (a) started and (b) stopped taking new NHS clients in (i) rural and (ii) urban areas in each year since 1997; and if she will make a...

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentist surgeries in East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust area have accepted new (a) NHS fee paying patients and (b) children aged 0 to 18 years...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on management consultancy services by her Department in each year since 1997-98.

      Departments: Managed Service Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has made an estimate of the cost to (a) her Department and its executive agencies and (b) the NHS of the proposed changes in the...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the size is of each of the contingency funds described in paragraph 4.13 of her Department's 2007-08 business plan, published on 30 March.

      Dietary Supplements: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what powers she has to tackle the marketing in the UK by post from the Channel Islands of illegal food supplements and herbal remedies; and what...

      Diphtheria: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the diphtheria-tetanus vaccine was routinely available between 1982 and 1984.

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of EU Regulations 852/2004 and 853/2004 and the hazard analysis critical control point...

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the scope within Regulation 852/2004, Regulation 853/2004 and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point regime...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people visited the Medical Training Application Service website between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on (a) 23 April, (b) 24 April and (c) 25 April.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of people who have gained unauthorised access to the Medical Training Application Service website.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by her Department to ensure that those doctors whose details were available on the Medical Training Application Service website...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to ensure that doctors' personal details which are available on the Medical Training Application Service website are no longer...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department instructed the Medical Training Application Service contractor Methods to password protect personal details of foundation programme...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each London borough were recorded as having an addiction to (a) cocaine, (b) heroin, (c) ecstasy and (d) other illegal drugs in...

      Fertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public funding is provided annually for the National Gamete Donation Trust.

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the potential effectiveness of the Office of Communications' advertising ban on junk food based on the Food...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects her Department's Food and Health Advertising and Promotion Forum to deliver its proposals on all non-broadcast promotion of foods high in...

      Food: Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether food products making health claims referring to (a) slimming and weight-control, (b) psychology and behaviour and (c) children's...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the average quantity or weight of a serving of a particular food is taken into account when determining the labelling used under the Food Safety...

      Health Hazards: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has received from the Chief Medical Officer on the health effects of mobile telephone masts; and what studies are under way.

      Health Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were at West Hertfordshire Acute Hospital Trust (a) in each specialty and (b) in total excluding the...

      Health Services: Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 570W, on abortion, if she will list the (a) individuals and (b) organisations...

      Health Services: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each health trust which has appropriate responsibilities spent on out-of-authority placements for special educational and health needs in each of...

      Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking following the recent National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence report on the use of myocardial perfusion scans for...

      Heart Disease: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 402W, if she will introduce screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm for men aged 65...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors are licensed to prescribe heroin to drug misusers; how many pilot trials relating to the prescription of heroin for drug misusers are...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the level of availability of treatment in homeopathic hospitals to NHS patients in England.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new hospitals were opened in each year since 1979.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the causes of the correlation between primary care trusts with low-age needs scores and health economies with...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the planned draft Bill amending the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; which (a) organisations and (b) individuals...

      Hyperactivity: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has conducted into the use of (a) diet and (b) brain exercises to control developmental conditions such as Attention...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many human embryos were created in each year since the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many of these embryos have...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has made an assessment of the effects on children aged between five and 16 years of age and their families of the changes to the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2006, Official Report, column 139W, on influenza, what steps she is taking to meet the World Health Organisation's...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) those aged 65 and over and (b) those aged under 65 and judged to be clinically at risk were immunised against seasonal influenza...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 585W, on insulin, what the last five dates were on which her Department's officials...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department undertook to investigate differences in life expectancy in different parts of the UK in each of the last five years.

      Lung Cancer: NICE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the financial impact on the NHS of positive National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisals for medicines...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials held with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the decision by the Institute to...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the adequacy of the policy of not centrally collecting and collating data on the transportation of premature babies under NHS care...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of hospitals have allocated (a) part and (b) all of the additional funding provided to them under the Capital Challenge Fund...

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines or procedures are used by (a) hospital and (b) general practitioners' staff to ensure that patient records are handled correctly.

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rights of personal compensation or redress will be available to the patients concerned in respect of commitments made in the NHS care record...

      Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS patient records are made available to health service providers in the private sector, what steps are (a) required of the private sector entity...

      Medical Records: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether pharmacists will be included among the health professionals authorised to access a patient's care record through the NHS Care Records...

      Medical Treatments: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which academic referral centres are contracted to assess (a) drugs for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence and (b) other medical...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for her Department's practice of relating levels of funding for severe and enduring mental health problems to levels of...

      Mental Health Services: Moseley Hall Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of delays in the approval process for the construction of the new mental health facilities for elderly...

      Mental Health Services: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute mental health beds there were in the Northern Region in the last three years; and in which hospitals they were located.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of expenditure on commissioned secondary mental illness services went to (a) NHS trusts and (b) non-NHS providers in each of the last 10...

      Methylamphetamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence she gathered of the effectiveness of measures designed to restrict opportunities to manufacture methylamphetamine from pseudephedrine and...

      Minimally Conscious State

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department on persons in a minimally conscious state; and if she will make a statement.

      Mite Allergens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) conducted and (b) supported into mite allergens; and whether this research indicates potential risks to human health.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department makes available for research into multiple sclerosis.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the progress made by the MDEX consortium into researching Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and if she will make a statement.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to increase the level of public spending on research into (a) treatments and (b) cures for muscular dystrophy.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2006, Official Report, columns 169-170W, on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)...

      National Treatment Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the £50 million allocated to the National Treatment Agency for capital funding has been (a) bid for and (b) paid out to bidders.

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests to care for seriously ill premature babies have been turned down in the last two years for which complete data are available, broken...

      NHS-specific Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 247W, on NHS-specific inflation, what the NHS-specific inflation index was for each year...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS organisations which underspend against their capital budget may carry forward the underspend into future financial years.

      NHS Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 775, on NHS information technology, (1) what assessment she has made of the (a)...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on disparities between the medicines approved by the Scottish Medicines Consortium and National Institute...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department will respond to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's proposal for an Ultra-Orphan Drugs Evaluation Committee to...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice her Department publishes on the disposal of unused medicines; (2) what recent estimate she has made of the value of unused medicines...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason a full regulatory impact assessment was not carried out on the proposals in her Department's consultation document Arrangements for...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per capita of the population by the NHS in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the north east and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library the latest findings of the turnaround teams within West Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts in Greater London are in deficit; and what the deficit is in each case.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of NHS organisations have ended the financial year in (a) aggregate and (b) in-year deficit in each financial year since...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the titles of all studies into NHS deficits (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned by her Department since March 2006; (2) if she...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1790-91W, on NHS finance, what the total value of capital-to-revenue transfers made by...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 137W, on NHS: finance, what the monthly (a) income and (b) expenditure was of each NHS...

      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, what elements of the weighted capitation formula the Advisory...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to implement the recommendation made on page seven of her Department's report Explaining NHS deficits, published on her Department's...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of each primary care trust budget was top-sliced in 2006-07.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what capital expenditure against budget in the NHS was forecast to be in 2006-07 at month nine; (2) which NHS organisations are forecasting an...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to reduce the value of NHS gross deficits in 2007-08.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of implementing the NHS IT programme has been in (a) Surrey primary care trust and (b) England; what assessment her Department has made of...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the merits of placing controls on the ability of companies which supply drugs or equipment to the NHS to conduct direct lobbying with...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body is responsible for setting the criteria for appointments made by the Appointments Commission.

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets on diversity have been set for the appointments made by the Appointments Commission.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the National Service Framework for (a) cancer, (b) children, (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that all health authorities and trusts produce integrated plans for learning and service development as recommended in...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rates of obesity amongst adults were in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) children and (b) adults are (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index according to the Government's most...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for obesity by the NHS in each year since 1997, broken down by the treatment they received; and what the cost was of...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) one to five, (b) six to 10, (c) 11 to 15 and (d) 16 to 18 years were classified as (i) obese and (ii) overweight in each of...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many bookings were made through the Choose and Book system in each month since July 2004 (a) through the directly bookable service and (b)...

      Pharmacy: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulated UK-based internet pharmacies there are; and what estimate she has made of the number of unregulated internet pharmacies based in the UK.

      Photosensitivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the health of people with light sensitivity conditions of phasing out the sale of incandescent...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice or guidance her Department issues to (a) primary care trusts and (b) general practitioners on the amount of drugs prescribed to patients and...

      Prescriptions: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions have been issued using the electronic prescriptions service in each quarter since it became operational; and what estimate she has...

      Primary Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Director for Primary Care was first asked to produce his report "Keeping it Personal: clinical case for change", published on 5 February.

      Psychiatry: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies she has evaluated on the long-term efficacy of psychiatric drugs used on children; what plans she has for further such investigations; and if...

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on methylphenidate drugs in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Ritalin: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the labelling of Methylphenidate-based medication was last updated in accordance with regulatory requirements; if she will review the adequacy of the...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pupils in Darlington schools and nurseries receive free fruit.

      Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to improve the availability of recreational reading material for people with visual impairments.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated for advertising the implementation of the smoking ban in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Northern Ireland; and if she will...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 872W, on special advisers, whether her special advisers have given any notice of any...

      Taxi Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of taxi contracts entered into by the NHS was in each year since 2000.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adverse reactions to vaccines were reported between 1982 and 1985; and whether there were any deaths attributed to vaccination in each year.

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many UK-based websites breached medicines legislation in each of the last 10 years; and what enforcement action has been taken.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Animal Feed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What checks they are carrying out to ascertain whether the problem of melamine fillers in animal feed imported from China applies to the United Kingdom as well as...

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place for approval by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the contents of publications of the Crop Protection...

      Armed Forces: Bowman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider appointing an individual on a five-year contract with total overall responsibility for the Bowman military radio system; and whether...

      Armed Forces: Military Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken to ensure that military doctors who are returning from operational tours with the Armed Forces and therefore have been out of...

      Arms Trade: Bulgaria and Romania

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the extent to which the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union is causing improvements in the transparency...

      Arms Trade: Russia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they most recently discussed the worldwide effects of arms exports with the Government of Russia and the possible impact of these exports on cross-border wars...

      Civil Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to prevent smokers from congregating in the doorways of buildings belonging to the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

      Consumer Complaints: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who currently handles complaints of a consumer nature concerning young disabled people and the transport systems in Northern Ireland.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 17 April (WA 42—43), whether they will explain the feasibility of proposals to allow research...

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 16 April (WA 15), what were the circumstances surrounding the case on which the European Court of Justice...

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 16 April (WA 15), what are the limits to which the European Court of Justice's Opinion 2/94 on 28 March 1996...

      EU: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their best estimate of the United Kingdom's net annual contributions to the European Union budget over the years 2007 to 2012 (a) if the United Kingdom's...

      EU: Special Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give details of any financial contributions made to the European Union for special individual projects, including overseas aid to developing...

      France: President-elect

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What principal subjects they plan to raise in their first discussions with the new president of the French Republic.

      Health: HIV

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money they have spent on public health awareness campaigns to reduce the spread of HIV in each year since 1986.

      Health: Human Papilloma Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as part of their response to any positive recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's review of human papilloma virus...

      Health: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans either (a) to seek a derogation from the European Union physical agents directive for the use of medical magnetic resonance imaging; or...

      Health: Second-hand Smoke

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals in the United Kingdom are estimated to (a) die prematurely, or (b) suffer serious ill health annually as a result of inhaling secondhand smoke...

      Iran: Capture of British Service Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the two inquiries the Secretary of State for Defence has announced regarding the circumstances of the capture of British...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had recently with the Government of the United States concerning the formation of a viable, independent state of Palestine including...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning financial support for industrial units near the security barrier between Israel and the...

      Northern Ireland: Suicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have established guidelines on the use of public funds to provide memorials to people who committed suicide for political reasons.

      Northern Ireland: Suicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many general practitioners within the North Belfast and West Belfast parliamentary constituencies have undertaken depression and suicide awareness training...

      Northern Ireland: "Titanic"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to attract more tourists, particularly children, to Northern Ireland following the recent Titanic international conference in Northern...

      Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a threat of any groundwater pollution as a result of the recent fuel spillage at RAF Mildenhall; and whether clean-up costs will be met by the...

      Public Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those who have held ministerial office for the present Government have occupied or now occupy other remunerated posts in the public sector following...

      Rural Development Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Secretary for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Barry Gardiner, on 20 February (Official Report,...

      Smoking: Herbal Cigarettes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals in the United Kingdom are estimated to (a) die prematurely, or (b) suffer serious ill health annually as a result of smoking herbal cigarettes...

      Smoking: Herbal Cigarettes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the constituents of the smoke from herbal cigarettes containing no tobacco which are harmful to human health; and to what extent these are also present in...

      Ulster Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since 2004, the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has given directions to the Ulster Scots Agency; and, if so, when they were...

      Waste Management: Chemicals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the research currently being undertaken at the University of Surrey and at the University of Albany in the United States on...

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