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Written answers

Monday, 21 May 2007

  • International Development

    • Book Aid International: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason the Government have not continued to provide funding for Book Aid International beyond 31 March.

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff funded by the public purse in his Department are classified as people without posts.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department's balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and (b)...

      Food Aid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage other bilateral and multilateral donors to provide funding for tackling child hunger...

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if the Government will make it their policy to establish an open and merit-based selection process for the President of the World Bank.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will reissue the recent guidance on the rules governing compensation for air passengers within the EU, ensuring that the rights of UK passengers...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the specifications for the planned standard national concessionary bus travel pass will be compatible with the Oyster and Smartcard systems...

      Shipping: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what bilateral agreements with (a) other European Union States, (b) Norway and (c) Russia are in place to provide emergency response to an incident...

      Wolverton Station: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who made the decision to reduce the funding available for the upgrade of Wolverton Station from £2 million to £400,000.

      Wolverton Station: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider extending the deadline of 31 March 2008 for the use of the grant for the upgrade of Wolverton Station.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 890-91W, on Departments: billing, if he will instruct all Northern Ireland...

    • Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many health care workers were employed at each prison establishment in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years, broken down by type.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which public body is responsible for stopping ruminants from northern France being landed at Dover.

    • Beef: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in beef prices paid to farmers in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Biodiversity: Moths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential impact on biodiversity of trends in the numbers of common species of moths.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the rules governing the exemptions to the Waste Management Regulations on (a)...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what checks are in place to prevent ruminants being transported to the UK from those parts of northern France in which blue...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) meetings and (b) consultations his Department held on bovine tuberculosis and badger culling policy in August...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what advice he has received from the Central Science Laboratory on the efficacy of a badger cull to counteract bovine...

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the contribution to the rural economy of coastal walking routes and national trails.

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government's commitment to improving access to the coast includes improving access to all private beaches.

      Environmental Protection Act 1990

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on (a) fines and (b) prosecutions implemented relating to Part III of the...

      Flowers: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken by his Department since May 2005 (a) to protect wild flower meadows and (b) to encourage the...

      Fly-Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which 10 areas of the UK had the highest number of fly-tipping incidents in 2006-07 according to the Flycapture database.

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he is taking to stop greyhounds being killed or abandoned when their use as sporting dogs is over.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of species which became extinct in England in each of the last 10 years; and if he...

      Non-Food Environmental Grazing Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of environmental grazing (a) cattle and (b) sheep used for land maintenance rather...

      Site of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the condition was of each site of special scientific interest (SSSI) in each year since 1997; and what the total land...

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries refuse to import UK beef.

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much the Waste and Resources Action Programme spent on (a) salaries and (b) bonuses in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will continue to support anti-whaling measures internationally.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Australia: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the primary (a) imported and (b) exported goods and services are between the UK and (i) Australia and (ii) New Zealand.

    • Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward proposals for legislation on the availability of guest beers in public houses.

      Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he plans to take to improve access to markets for small brewers.

      Beer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the appropriateness of the system whereby public houses are tied to a pub company or brewer; and if he will make a statement.

      Business: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timetable is for the implementation of the Unfair Commercial Practices Regulations; and whether the UK will be subject to EU...

      Clothing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which items of nightwear are covered by the Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985; whether boys' pyjamas are covered by the regulations; what...

      Clothing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current law is relating to the flammability of pyjamas for children; and whether the rules are the same for boys' and girls' pyjamas.

      Industrial Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate has been made of the likely annual cost to businesses with 50 to 150 employees of compliance with the Information and...

      Research Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding his Department allocated to the (a) Arts and Humanities Research Council, (b) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will set out a timetable for the introduction of a national ban on seal products; and if he will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Ammunition: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what type of munitions were fired in Iraq by (a) 20 Armed Brigade and (b) 19 Light Brigade in each month of their deployment.

    • Armed Forces: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many apprentices were recruited into the Defence and Communication Services Agency technical apprenticeship scheme at (a) HMS Collingwood, (b) RAF...

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1848W, on armed forces: cadets, when short service limited commissions were first...

      Armed Forces: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength is of (a) Army Cadets, (b) Air Cadets and (c) Sea Cadets in Chorley.

      Armed Forces: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the steps the Government are taking to reduce the backlog of military inquests for the fatalities of the conflicts in Iraq...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are located outside the United Kingdom.

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions the (a) Commander in Chief Land, (b) General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, (c) Adjutant General and (d) Chief of General...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the rate of pay of (a) armed forces personnel and (b) those beginning a career in the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pension payments due for payment in April 2007 were (a) made and (b) not made by Joint Personnel Administration.

      Army: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which budget the cost of the Chief of the General Staff's attendance at the North East Economic forum was met; and how the Chief of the General...

      Ballistic Missile Defence: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland of 25 April 2007, Official Report, column 1115W, on ballistic missile defence: USA,...

      Defence and Communications Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1461W, on the Defence and Communications Services Agency, for what reasons the schemes...

      Food Supply: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how responsibilities for strategic contingency planning for food security are distributed between his Department and other Departments.

      Gibraltar Regiment: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in pay negotiations with the Gibraltar Regiment; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Cornwall: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which media organisations had personnel on board HMS Cornwall on (a) 23 March 2007 and (b) each of the five days preceding; (2) if he will list...

      Iran: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library an appropriately redacted copy of the report of the Board of Inquiry into the 2004 seizure by Iran of United...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK Government have entered into any written agreements with (a) US authorities and (b) Iraqi authorities on the conditions on which...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unmanned aerial vehicles, including balloons, have been (a) lost and (b) damaged beyond repair while working for British Operations in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

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

      Military Bases: Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the development of facilities in Cyprus to support the air bridge for service personnel travelling to and from operational...

      Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors were taken into account in deciding on the timing of the movement of nuclear warheads from AWE Aldermaston to Scotland on 10 and 11 May.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates since 1 July 2006 the aircraft with the registration HZ-124 has landed at RAF Brize Norton; on what basis this aircraft is allowed to use...

      RFA Orange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with the recommendations of the Board of Inquiry into the loss of SGIA Mark Petre (UK104390) and LH(CK) Keith...

      Territorial Army: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many deployments have been made of Territorial Army personnel based in Chorley; what role they have played in serving overseas; and if he will make a...

      Trident: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests he has received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the release of advice provided to him on the legality of replacing Trident.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer question 123013, on external consultants, tabled by the hon. Member for Fareham on 20 February 2007.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Investment Policy

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church Commissioners are taking to ensure the best possible return on their investment portfolio.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Education Service

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to increase the take-up by schools and other educational institutions outside London...

  • Home Department

    • Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people originating from outside the UK charged with offences in the last 12 months were also charged (a)...

    • Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in each year since 1997, broken down by police...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what total amount of (a) cannabis, (b) cocaine, (c) crack cocaine, (d) heroin and (e) ecstasy was seized in each of the last 10...

      Fingerprints: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of whether individuals whose fingertips have been smoothed through manual labour could potentially have their...

      Human Trafficking: North Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent of human trafficking in the north-east of England; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how those liable for civil penalties under section 31 of the Identity Cards Act 2006 will be identified.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the publication of his Department's six-monthly report to Parliament on the costs of the identity cards scheme has been delayed.

      Offensive Weapons: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of knife crime involving under-18 year olds were recorded in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a person who meets the criteria to countersign passport applications is still eligible to countersign while on maternity leave.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances difficulty in contacting a countersignatory who otherwise meets acceptable countersignatory criteria can constitute...

      Police: Freemasonry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces keep a register of declarations of freemasonry membership; and whether such declarations are required by (a) police...

      Police: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of interpreters employed by the police in the last period for which figures are available were sourced from the recommended...

      Police: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were engaged as dedicated officers for policing roads and vehicles in (a) May 1997 and (b) the latest year for...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of training (a) a police officer, (b) a community support officer and (c) a special constable.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, columns 483-84W, on prisoners: foreigners, what the cost to the public purse was...

      Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to introduce the Commencement Order to bring into effect the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Theft: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of mobile phone theft; (2) what discussions he has had with mobile phone...

  • Education and Skills

    • Assessments: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) to publish its research into the fee level charged for GCSEs and A-levels;...

    • City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which contracts have been placed by city academies with companies in which their sponsors have a financial interest; (2) what...

      Connexions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people receiving advice from the Connexions service was identified as needing intensive support in each year since the...

      Cumbria Education Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the education budget was for Cumbria local education authority in financial year (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2006-07.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department's balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and (b) was in...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what methods his Department uses for the monitoring of educational attainment; and what assessment he has made of trends in levels of...

      Education: Irish Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Irish studies centres there are in the UK; whether any more are planned; and if he will make a statement.

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of current levels of fee payments to foster carers; how many foster carers receive no fee...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to set up a transformation fund for local authorities to enable them to make fee payments to foster carers; and if he...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will include in the White Paper following Care Matters proposals for a registration scheme for foster carers; and if he will make a...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will include in the forthcoming White Paper following Care Matters provision for national standards for fee payments to foster carers;...

      GCSE: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils achieved (a) at least five GCSE grades A* to C and (b) GCSE grades A* to C including English and mathematics in (i) Jarrow...

      International GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1379-81W, on GCSEs, which of the schools listed offer the International...

      Local Education Authorities: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department provides to local education authorities on black and minority ethnic representation on independent appeals panels.

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) students and (b) undergraduates were studying (i) medicine, (ii) dentistry and (iii) subjects allied to medicine in each of...

      Parents: Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of how many children do not have contact with a non-resident parent as a result of a resident parent refusing to...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place for monitoring how money designated for pupil referral units is spent; and what systems are in place to evaluate...

      Pupils: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether all schools are required to report to his Department the first language of all their pupils.

      School Meals: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on providing school meals for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the last period for which figures are available.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the 68 national support schools.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialists in (a) mathematics, (b) English, (c) music, (d) languages, (e) history, (f) geography, (h) sciences, (i) social...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum period is between which Ofsted inspections of individual schools may take place; (2) how many...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcomes of the revision of the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999, referred to in the answer of 21 February 2005,...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of the £840 million allocated for extended schools which (a) has been and (b) will be...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken to announce the 2008 budget allocations on PE in Sport and Schools Programmes.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact on schools of the use of target-setting by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Steiner Schools Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Steiner schools there are in England; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the education offered in those schools.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) teacher to pupil ratio and (b) classroom assistant to pupil ratio was in (i) nursery, (ii) infant, (iii) junior and (iv)...

      Teachers: West Bromwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching support assistants were employed in West Bromwich East constituency in the most recent year for...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1868W, on teaching methods, what categories of class assignment were recorded...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people received advice from the careers service in each year from 1990 to 2000.

      Vocational Guidance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consideration he has given to providing careers advice for children from the age of 12 years.

      William Beaumont School Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has given any instructions or directions to Warrington borough council which have delayed or prevented the rebuilding of William...

      Young People: Magazine Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the evidential basis was for the statement made by Ofsted in its report Time for Change? Personal, Social and Health Education, that...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Anzac Landings: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand on Anzac Day.

    • Australia: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Australian Government on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

      Australia: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representation there is of HM the Queen at the ceremonies held to mark each public holiday, national day and ceremonial day...

      Australia: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has plans to meet the Governor General of (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand.

      Australia: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to meet the Foreign Minister of (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand.

      Australia: New Zealand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for official visits to the UK by members of the Governments of (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand.

      Australia: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals took up residence in (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand in each of the last 10 years.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment has been made of the level of capability achieved by Iran in the production of fissile material which...

      Luis Posada Carriles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the US Administration on its release of Luis Posada Carriles from detention.

      North Korea: South Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of progress in relations between North and South Korea.

      UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to meet their obligations under Article 2 of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) on...

      Vietnam: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the human rights situation in Vietnam.

      Weapons: Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make an assessment of the implementation of United Nations Resolution 1701, on the rearmament of Hezbollah.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Architecture: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the merits of introducing an inexpensive appeals procedure for architects removed from the Architects...

    • Architecture: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has discussed the increased subscription rates asked for by the Architects Registration Board with the Board and...

      Architecture: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to reduce the regulation of architects administered by the Architects Registration Board.

      Architecture: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Royal Institute of British Architects concerning the Architects Registration Board.

      Buildings: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the (a) Code For Sustainable Homes And (B) Building Regulations take account of the...

      Community Development: Government Office for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how expenditure by new deal for communities boards is scrutinised by the Government office for London; and if she will make a...

      Council House Transfers: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people living (a) in the Chelmsford local authority area and (b) outside the Chelmsford local authority area are on...

      Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of council housing debt write off for large scale voluntary transfers for each of the...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government have plans to enable local authorities to give a discount to council tax payers who pay their annual...

      Council Tax: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects discussions between her Department and the Ministry of Defence on exemption from council tax for members of the...

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many changes were made to council tax bandings for individual properties as a result of (a) a material increase in the...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on consultants as a result of the Housing Market Renewal scheme in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many grievance procedures have been initiated in her Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in her Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints...

      Fire Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Green Goddess emergency fire appliances are available for use in emergencies.

      Green Roofs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department and its predecessors have sponsored into green roofs since May 1997.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on building on the green belt in (a) England and (b) Oxfordshire.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of "significant" her Department uses in the context of proposals for significant development in the green belt...

      HomeBuy Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans there are to expand the HomeBuy schemes.

      Homelessness: Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many single homeless people are in hostel accommodation in England.

      Housing Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to business of implementing section 257 of the Housing Act 2004.

      Housing: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much is being awarded to the London borough of Barnet for the regional housing allocation 2007, broken down by category of...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what resource is available to local residents when a residential building project is left uncompleted to the detriment of the...

      Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of housing need was recorded in the most recent strategy statement of each local housing authority in Hampshire.

      Housing: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder scheme on the housing market in Newcastle.

      Housing: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what constitutes a significant effect on an occupant's health due to structural noise issues when applying the new Housing...

      Housing: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of planning guidelines for building new properties with one and a half car spaces on...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to stop rural de-population; what steps she is taking to encourage (a) house building and (b) social...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the tenants of homes improved under the Decent Homes Programme are informed of the SAP rating of their homes; and if she...

      Housing: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on improving the condition of social housing in Swindon in each year since 1995.

      Local Authorities: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what value of fines were levied in England and Wales by local authorities with respect to offences under Part IV of...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the (a) cash and (b) percentage change has been in total external support for each London local authority since...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which grants for which her Department is responsible have been made to Westminster city council, outside the revenue support...

      Local Government Finance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) gross and (b) net income from capital receipts, including property and land disposals, was in each London local...

      National Mobility Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what programme she will introduce to replace the National Mobility Scheme and other initiatives designed to allow tenants to...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's first estimate was of the total contribution to be made from the departmental budget towards the costs of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Planning Inspectorate requires three copies of each letter of objection to planning applications; and how...

      Planning: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 2007 will be introduced in England and Wales.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households faced with possession actions by social landlords in England in (a)...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the revenue from the sale of council houses in (a) Castle Point and (b) England was reinvested in new...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of each English local authority's housing stock was social housing in (a) 1986, (b) 1996 and (c) 2006.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government through what data sources the Valuation Office Agency gathers property attribute information for the ZI value significant code.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to tackle homophobia in football and other sports.

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in identifying which towns and cities will be selected as official hosts for competitors from individual...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to ensure that the Olympic facilities are constructed from sustainable materials and in an...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration her Department has given to enabling the public to engage directly with the Olympic authorities.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what roles and responsibilities (a) UK Sport and (b) the British Olympic Association have in (i) preparing for and (ii) delivering...

      Valuable Books and Manuscripts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will give guidance to libraries on arrangements to ensure that valuable books and manuscripts deposited for safekeeping are...

      Football Clubs: Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to meet the Football League authorities to discuss the governance of football clubs.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps her Department has taken to promote tourism in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to protect young and vulnerable people from gambling addiction.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which gambling, betting and casino companies (a) Ministers and (b) officials have (i) met and (ii) spoken to on the telephone since 21...

      Television Call-in Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the regulation of television call-in programmes.

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was awarded to village halls in North Yorkshire in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last three years for which...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from the Big Lottery Fund on the impact of Olympic funding proposals on resources available...

      Betting: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many governing bodies have signed up to the code of practice launched in 2006 to tackle betting cheats.

      Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she has considered introducing to support the bingo industry.

      Cultural Heritage: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has conducted into the impact of climate change on the United Kingdom's heritage sites and historic environment.

      Cultural Heritage: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice her Department gave to the Department for Communities and Local Government on heritage during the drafting of the...

      Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department is conducting into protecting the setting of historic landscapes and heritage sites.

      Cultural Heritage: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department will incorporate means of protecting the setting of historic landscapes and heritage sites into future heritage...

      Cultural Heritage: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what advice her Department gave to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on marine heritage during the drafting...

      Departments: Sovereign Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department held with Sovereign Strategy in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Gambling: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the impact on local authorities of the Gambling Act 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Gambling: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her most recent estimate is of the cost to business of implementing the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005.

      Gambling: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward proposals for an extension to the deadline for compliance with the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 to...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources the Government have provided to the Sport for All initiative; and what resources have been allocated for the initiative...

  • Prime Minister

    • European Union: Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer will accompany him to the EU Summit in June.

    • European Union: Treaties

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to sign a European Treaty before he leaves Office.

      Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister would take lead responsibility for the operation of Government in the event of the Prime Minister's unforeseen incapacity; and, in the absence of that...

      Treasury

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on the future of the Treasury drawn up by Lord Birt in 2005.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street: Smoking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans she has to implement regulations on the requirement of displaying no smoking notices in relation to the entrance to No. 10 Downing...

    • Charities: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many cultural and heritage organisations were registered as charities in the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.

      Charities: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the likely effect on third sector organisations of the reallocation of lottery funding to pay for the 2012 Olympics.

      Department of Health: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1393W, on Department of Health: Standards, who the members are of the...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff in the Cabinet Office funded by the public purse are classified as people without posts.

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of waste paper from 10 Downing street has been recycled in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which firms and external consultants the Cabinet Office has used for (a) anti-bullying training and (b) diversity awareness training in the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when she expects the Minister for the Third Sector to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells of 4 April 2007.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: West Bromwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to tackle alcohol misuse in West Bromwich East constituency.

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the (a) total consumption of antibiotics in the NHS and (b) net cost to the NHS of prescribing antibiotics in each year...

      Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for anti-depressants were dispensed in the community in each year since 1997; and how many of those were dispensed to children in...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions for asthma; (2) what steps she is taking to ensure that all patients with asthma...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on (a) funding and (b) availability of Cetuximab for people diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer; (2) what...

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reducing waiting times for the treatment of (a) cancer and (b) heart disease; and what the average waiting time is for...

      Carers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was (a) allocated to and (b) spent by each local authority in England to provide services for carers in the last year for which figures are...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish data relating to cases of Clostridium difficile in all those aged two years and over for each NHS trust in England; and for...

      Dental Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were employed in (a) West Bromwich East constituency and (b) the West Midlands region in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of expenditure by her Department in each of the Government office regions in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ministerial red boxes her Department bought in each of the last five years; and how much each cost; (2) what tendering process is used to...

      Departments: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what appointments to public positions Ministers have made of persons employed by Secure Healthcare in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1601W, on diabetes: screening, how many people offered retinopathy screening were screened...

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diamorphine prescriptions were dispensed in the community in each year since 1997.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) estimate she has made of the impact on the number of doctors being trained and (b) assessment she has made of the impact on the training given...

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) been admitted to hospital and (b) died as a result of taking counterfeit medicines in each of the last 10 years.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £54.5 million spending announced for capacity building purposes in the field of drug treatment has been allocated to buildings used...

      Gastroenteritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of rotavirus gastroenteritis were recorded in each primary care trust in England in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Health Services: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account was taken of the denial of secondary healthcare to refused asylum seekers in the Department's report "Human Rights in Healthcare—A...

      Health Services: Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what tender process was used to award the contract to provide healthcare services at HM Prison Wandsworth to Secure Healthcare; what the cost of the...

      Health Services: Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to monitor the accuracy of data provided by Secure Healthcare under the contract to provide healthcare services at HM Prison...

      Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the United Kingdom National Screening Committee made at its meeting in March 2007 on screening for men aged 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish plans on the provision of incontinence and stoma appliances; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives exist in the Quality Outcomes framework of the new General Medical Services contract to offer physical health checks and physical health...

      Mental Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the North Essex Mental Health Partnership Trust received from (a) her Department and (b) local primary care trusts in each of the last...

      Mental Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts have received funding for dealing with prisoners with psychiatric and mental health problems; how much they have received; how they have...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly-trained midwives (a) obtained and (b) did not obtain a job in midwifery within six months of graduating in each year since 1995.

      NHS Spine Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a privacy impact assessment (a) has been produced and (b) is planned for the NHS spine project.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost of unused medications was in (a) England and (b) each region in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency has held discussions with Gazprom on the supply of gas to parts of the NHS.

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of the National Director for Health and Work's team have been appointed.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1140W, on nurses, whether she has taken steps to encourage more men to work as nurses,...

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she plans to allocate any points in the quality and outcomes framework of the General Medical Services contract to encourage general...

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received by the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about dermal fillers in the last five years; and what...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward legislation to ban the use of tests which can tell an unborn baby's gender at six weeks; what recent representations she has...

      Ritalin: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were prescribed ritalin in each of the last five years; and what evidence has been reported of its (a) utility and (b) side effects.

      Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of people in Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust area waited more than (a) three months, (b) six months and...

      Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many epilepsy specialist nurses were employed by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last three years.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department will set a direction of travel for the social care strategy referred to in paragraph 4.9 of her Department's 2007-08 business plan,...

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke will be responsible for implementing the National Stroke Strategy for England; and whether...

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were translating through the National Agreement on arrangements for the use of interpreters, translators and language services...

    • Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what support her Department is providing to the National Register of Public Service Interpreters through the National Agreement on arrangements...

      Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps her Department plans to take to ensure the availability of interpreters and translators for individuals of all ethnic backgrounds...

      Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what percentage of interpreters employed by the courts in the last period for which figures are available were sourced from the recommended...

      Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost to her Department is for each interpreter employed (a) directly by her Department, (b) through outsourcing arrangements and (c)...

      Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the Department for Constitutional Affairs spent on (a) interpreters and (b) translators in each of the last 10 years.

      Administration of Justice: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were employed as (a) interpreters and (b) translators by the Department for Constitutional Affairs in each of the last 10 years.

      Contact Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when she plans to bring into force those sections of the Children and Adoption Act 2006 which provide for more sanctions to be available to the...

      Custodial Treatment: Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 75W, on custodial treatment: courts, what the cost of scoping studies has been...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the Department for Constitutional Affairs spent on consultancy and professional services in 2005-06.

      Departments: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the estimated total cost is of establishing the Ministry of Justice.

      Departments: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost has been of establishing the Ministry of Justice.

      Departments: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the formation of the Ministry of Justice (a) cost the Department for Constitutional Affairs and (b) has cost the Ministry of Justice.

      Departments: Netmums Website

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether her Department has provided funding for the netmums website.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will make a statement on progress towards the Co-ordinated Online Register of Electors.

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to review the rules governing employment tribunals.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will assess the effectiveness of the family court system.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when she expects to make an announcement on family courts openness.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many enforcement orders under the Children and Adoption Act 2004 have been made by courts in England and Wales in each month since June...

      Fines: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what sanctions there are for use against members of the judiciary who decline to impose the surcharge on defendants ordered to pay a fine.

      Fines: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what estimate she has made of the effect of the introduction of the victim surcharge on the fines collection rate.

      Jury Service: Mental Health

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the timetable is for the public consultation on the mental health criteria for jury duty referred to in the report of the Social Exclusion...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many offender managers employed by the National Offender Management Service are working with offenders in (a) the community and (b)...

      Parliamentary Papers

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what (a) procedures are set in train and (b) sanctions are available in circumstances where a Minister does not lay a paper before Parliament...

      Pentonville Prison: Corruption

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what discussions she has had with (a) the Director General of the Prison Service and (b) the governor at HM Prison Pentonville on the leaking...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners have been detained in police cells since the end of Operation Safeguard; what the cost has been of detaining those inmates;...

      Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will make a statement on the financial performance and management of HM Prison Service during 2006-07.

      Prison Service: Homophobia

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the legal costs were of cases arising following homophobic incidents within HM Prison Service in each of the last three years; and if...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners held in UK prisons are non-UK citizens.

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many inmates in prisons in the UK were diagnosed with a mental health problem in each of the last 15 years; (2) what estimate she has...

      Prisons

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry for Justice pursuant to her answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1425W, on prisons, how many prison places have been provided under contracts...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost has been of Operation Safeguard.

      Re-offenders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what percentage of prisoners re-offended within three years of their release in each of the last 15 years; and what percentage of those that...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many offenders were sentenced to indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection in each year since the relevant provisions of...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the estimated total cost is of establishing the new Supreme Court in the Middlesex Guildhall, including costs already incurred; and what her...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when she expects the Supreme Court to be functional.

      Witnesses: Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what measures she is taking to improve the treatment of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses.

      Witnesses: Queen Elizabeth II

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what constitutional constraints prevent Her Majesty the Queen appearing as a witness in a (a) criminal court case, (b) civil action and (c)...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when she will reply to question 118823, on prison places, tabled by the right hon. and learned Member for Folkestone and Hythe on 31 January 2007.

  • Treasury

    • EC Budget: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to introduce legislation to implement the Own Resources Decision of December 2005.

    • Insurance: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will establish a target for availability of insure with rent schemes in greater numbers of local authorities and housing associations; (2) what...

      Sanctions: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the compliance cost to the UK financial sector of the implementation of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolutions...

      Sanctions: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds have been frozen in the UK in respect of UN Security Council Resolutions 1737 and 1747; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly income of the lowest earning decile was in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

    • Better Backs Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Better Backs campaign.

      Better Backs Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Better Backs campaign has cost.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Better Backs website has cost to administer since inception.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many user visits the Better Backs website has received since inception.

      Departments: Internet

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

      Departments: Personal Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of individuals whose personal data has been stolen from his Department and its executive agencies in...

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average per capita payment of those leaving his Department under voluntary early release schemes promoted by the Gershon efficiency...

      Departments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Department of Work and Pensions offices in Wales (a) opened and (b) closed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the new cap of £26,000 for assistance from the financial assistance scheme will be uprated in line with inflation.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former Allied Steel and Wire workers have received (a) 80 per cent., (b) 65 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. of their expected core...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest payment has been under the Financial Assistance Scheme to former Allied Steel and Wire...

      Housing Benefit: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of housing benefit in each year since the scheme was introduced.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the Gangmasters Act 2004 on deaths and injuries at work in the agriculture sector; and what...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Sonae (UK)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many enforcement notices were issued by the Health and Safety Executive to Sonae (UK) Ltd. in each of the last four years; and if he will...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Sonae (UK)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the cause of the incident at the Sonae factory in Kirkby in February 2007.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Sonae (UK)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations reports were made by Sonae (UK) Ltd. in each of the last...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start date, (ii) original...

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of mystery shopper exercises at Jobcentre Plus.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to the letter of 26 February from the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes' constituent Mr. R Taylor of Hadley...

      National Insurance: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were given to non-UK nationals each year since 1992, broken down by nationality.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customer visits were carried out by the Pension Service local teams in each year since 2002.

      Pensions: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the cost of providing compensation to members of pension schemes with a solvent employer who have lost pension...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he has put in place to deal with the additional workload in his Department arising from women born in 1947 reaching pension age.

      Pensions: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of pension schemes in wind-up with a solvent employer which signed compromise agreements after 2005...

      Public Spaces: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many legal actions brought against local and central government authorities as a consequence of accidents in (a) publicly administered...

      Public Spaces: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many legal actions were brought against local and central Government authorities as a consequence of accidents in play areas in each year...

      Social Fund Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average Social Fund Community Care Grant award was in (a) England and (b) each region in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

      Social Fund Community Care Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the real terms reduction in the Social Fund Community Care Grant budget on the resettlement of...

      UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on British accession to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are continuing to seek a derogation for English and Welsh sheep farmers from European Union ear-tagging requirements.

    • Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much new allotment land has been created in the last 10 years; and how much has been lost without replacement.

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Appendix 4 of the 1992 habitats directive does not include the red squirrel as being protected, whereas the Berne convention, to which all European Union...

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of grant-funded research being carried out into squirrel pox and immunocontraception in mammals; and what grant-funded research is currently...

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent they have met their obligations to red squirrels under the Biodiversity Action Plan; and whether they have met any of their obligations to spend...

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they still regard grey squirrels as an invasive alien species.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What budget has been allocated for the climate change pack for secondary schools; and how much of this budget will go towards paying for the inclusion in the pack...

      Crime: Art and Antiques Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of Lord Bassam of Brighton's statements on the Art and Antiques Unit of the Metropolitan Police that "there is no threat to the current...

      Crime: Art and Antiques Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take in light of the decision of the Metropolitan Police to halve the budget of their Art and Antiques Unit in 2007-08 compared to the...

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they will use to evaluate the usefulness of having signed the Optional Protocol to the convention on women's rights; and whether such an evaluation...

      Elections: Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How effective was the effort to ensure that service personnel received their postal votes in sufficient time to return them for counting in the elections on 3 May.

      Energy: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What analysis they have made of the spending by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) with private sector firms in the NDA's supply chain.

      Energy: Renewable Technologies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the extent to which a liberalised energy market is more likely to deliver the structural changes needed to achieve a low-carbon...

      Energy: Renewable Technologies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of which states have based policy decisions on the example of the German Renewable Energy Act, and of the effectiveness of...

      Energy: Thorium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to encourage and support research into the possible large-scale use of thorium as a source of nuclear power generation and the disposal of any...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is their representative in the high-level group on the future of justice and home affairs after the Hague programme set up by the German presidency.

      Financial Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the supervisory convergence measures initiated by the Committee of European Security Regulators in ensuring common guidelines,...

      Financial Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the recent European Commission White Paper on UCITS III, what conclusions they have reached with regard to the United Kingdom financial services...

      Financial Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the recent United States Securities and Exchange Commission initiative to update the accredited investment ceiling for those...

      Food: Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will open discussions with the relevant sector representatives with a view to stricter curbs on junk food advertising on television.

      Food: Potatoes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to prevent imported potatoes from being marketed as British produce.

      Food: Potatoes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the results of the recent potato sale survey in south Wales have been repeated elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

      Health: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the number of children who will have an examination using ionising radiation rather than magnetic resonance imaging each year;...

      House of Lords: Drinking Water

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will reconsider, on both financial and environmental grounds, the decision to provide bottled water in Committee Rooms rather than tap water in carafes.

      Iraq: Withdrawal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the remarks of General Sir Michael Rose on television on 2 May concerning the withdrawal of United Kingdom forces from Iraq.

      Justice: European Court of Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland (WA 250), whether, when considering how to implement the judgment of the European Court of Human...

      Licensing: Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they hold any data or research on complaints about noise from licensed premises that discriminates between live and recorded music.

      Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the extent of the involvement of United Kingdom officials in the United Nations-sponsored Millennium Ecosystem Assessment project launched in 2001 by the...

      Ministry of Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the costs to be incurred in the reallocation of some Home Office responsibilities and the creation of the Ministry of Justice, including expenditure on...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 November 2006 (WA 194), what progress has been made towards establishing better ways of collating...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the normal retirement ages of new entrants today to (a) the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme; (b) local authority pension schemes; (c) the police;...

      Pensions: Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they received the report from the Parliamentary Ombudsman predicated in A Further Investigation of the Prudential Regulation of Equitable Life? (HC 910,...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have given consideration to the 26th report of the Joint Committee for Human Rights (HL Paper 245, Session 2005—06) regarding the treatment of...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many publicly funded shelters are available, and how many beds are available in the United Kingdom for victims of human trafficking.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What decision they have made and what action they are taking following the rebuttal published by the Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers' Association of the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of damage done to national security as a result of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland publishing the McCord and Restorick reports on her...

      Police: Raves

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many illegal raves have taken place in each county in England and Wales during 2006 and 2007; and what policies are in place to prevent them.

      Prisons: Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prison officers have been convicted of corruption or other offences connected with their duties as prison officers in the last (a) 12 months; (b) five...

      Royal Air Force: No. 6 Squadron

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cost benefits were achieved by relocating No. 6 Squadron from RAF Coltishall to RAF Coningsby in April 2006 rather than retaining it at Coltishall until...

      Waste Management: Landfill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil amenity sites have been (a) closed, and (b) disposed of in the geographical area of the Greater London Authority in each of the past five years; and...

      Waste Management: Landfill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates have been made of the number of civil amenity sites required in the geographical area of the Greater London Authority to meet the European landfill...

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statutory powers the Mayor will have under proposals set out in July in The Greater London Authority: The Government's Final Proposals for Additional Powers...

      Waste Management: Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of non-household waste was recycled in the area of the Greater London Authority compared with the national average for England in 2005-06 and in...

      Waste Management: Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the recycling rates of homeland waste for each of the London boroughs for 2006-07, estimated if necessary, and for each of the previous five years; and...

      Zimbabwe: Francis Nhema

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to disociate the United Kingdom and the European Union from the appointment of Francis Nhema as chairman of the United Nations...

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