Written answers

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors underlay her decision to change the branding of her Department from DCLG to Communities and Local Government; and...

    • Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the meetings that she or her Ministerial colleagues attended where the re-branding of her Department from DCLG...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her estimate is of (a) the number of people who have participated in and (b) the level of public expenditure on...

      Housing: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many permanent dwellings were completed by registered social landlords in (a) Camden and (b) London in each year...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role she has played in local government reorganisation being undertaken by her Department.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel are (a) deployed and (b) stationed at each location overseas.

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ex-service personnel pensioners who served in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force do not receive a full armed service pension.

      Army: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an estimate has been made of the value of the property occupied by the general officer commanding London district.

      Departments: Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1463W, on Departments: money, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of notes and...

      Departments: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under which budget heads in his Department's accounts (a) council tax payments and (b) national non-domestic rate payments can be identified in respect...

      Departments: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid to local authorities for (a) council tax and (b) national non-domestic rates in respect of (i) Erskine Barracks, Wilton,...

      Military Bases: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place a copy of the most recent defence estate health and safety inspection in the Library.

      NATO: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the wearing of the NATO logo on armed forces uniforms.

      University Officer Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the strength is of the University Officer Training Corps; how many applicants were turned down for the current academic year because there...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities Advisory Trust: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Charities Advisory Trust has received from the public purse since it was set up; and for what purpose funding was provided.

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by her Department; and what the (i)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprentices: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland undertook apprenticeships in each of the last two...

    • Babies: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many babies were abandoned by their parents in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.

      Carers: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to support carers while they are engaged in learning activities; and if he will make a statement.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will include in the White Paper following Care Matters proposals for regulatory change to enable young people to stay in care longer;...

      Children in Care: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in the care of a local authority received (a) a custodial and (b) a non-custodial sentence in 2006.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the number of children experiencing physical abuse and neglect.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how his Department determines the staffing levels and grade mix for its directorates; and what cover for contingencies and emergencies is...

      Departments: Market Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2007, Official Report, column 290W, on Departments: market research, how much his Department spent on...

      Departments: Sovereign Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department held with Sovereign Strategy in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people received (a) £30, (b) £20 and (c) £10 in education maintenance allowance in (i) North West...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were studying for foundation degrees in each of the last five years, broken down by course title.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) number and (b) proportion of pupils in mainstream maintained secondary schools achieved five A* to C GCSEs including English,...

      Higher Education: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the statement of the Minister for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning of 15 May 2007, Official Report, column 225WH, on...

      Higher Education: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students from Hartlepool constituency were allocated a university place in each year since 1996; (2) how many students from...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the participation rate in higher education is of people aged 18 to 21 in (a) each parliamentary constituency, (b) each local council...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 344W, on the Olympic games: Greater London, how his Department plans to...

      Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the fees regime on the provision of part-time courses by higher education institutions.

      Physical Education: Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals and programmes his Department has put in place to promote physical education and healthy living in the further education sector.

      Schools: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether schools have powers to collect pupils' fingerprints without the prior written consent of parents; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines his Department has issued to schools on contacting students' parents.

      Schools: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance, other than that relating to the Criminal Records Bureau checking procedures, he provides on the measures schools should take...

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many Sure Start children's centres closed in each of the last five years; and how many such centres were the subject of requests...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of (a) 16-year-olds, (b) 17-year-olds, (c) 18-year-olds and (d) 19-year-olds were not in employment,...

      Young People: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to ensure children who act as principal carers for family members have necessary support at school; what budget...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections: Reviews

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the terms of reference are for the Electoral Commission's review of the Scottish...

    • Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the Electoral Commission's five-year plan 2007-08 to 2011-12 is expected to be published.

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what consideration the Speaker's Committee has given to the response of the Electoral...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of cattle in England with certificates of registration.

    • Departments: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have...

      Elephants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Africa about (a) elephant populations and (b) the ivory trade in...

      Environment Protection: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions resulting in (a) convictions and (b) custodial sentences there were in each year since 1 May 1997 for...

      National Fruit Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent maintaining the National Fruit Collection in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Strangles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what funding his Department has provided for research into a diagnostic test for strangles; (2) what steps his...

      Sugar Beet: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the European Commission's proposals to extend the sugar restructuring programme to individual...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking to strengthen its relationship with the African Union.

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has for the future of those living on Ascension Island following the conclusions of her Department's economic...

      Ascension Island: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens reside on Ascension Island.

      Commonwealth: International Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what proportion of the costs of the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in Uganda in November will be met by the...

      Commonwealth: International Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the adequacy of arrangements for the security of the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of State...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to assist in finding a solution to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Economic and Monetary Union: European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funds have been spent since 2005 by British embassies to EU countries on (a) events and (b) organisations to support UK...

      Ethiopia: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government received from the Eritrean authorities in obtaining the release of the kidnappees held recently...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's main priorities are for the forthcoming European Council meeting in June.

      Nigeria: Overseas residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens are permanently resident and working in Nigeria.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the campaign led by the Mayor of Famagusta in Cyprus for the full re-opening and redevelopment...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives to promote multilateral disarmament the Government are proposing at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of security arrangements in the West Bank and Gaza.

      Robert Mugabe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking with her Commonwealth counterparts to ensure that President Mugabe is not invited to the Commonwealth...

      Sudan

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

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the role of the media during the 2006 Ugandan elections.

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Ugandan authorities on the administration of future presidential and parliamentary elections.

      Zambia: Politics and Government

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

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place a copy of the national guidance stating that accident and emergency departments should serve a catchment population of 450,000 to...

    • General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on the support general practitioners are receiving from primary care trusts in delivering change; and if...

      Midwives: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with plans to require independent midwives to have professional indemnity insurance; and what consultation (a) has taken...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department plans to take to decrease the time-lag between the conclusion of clinical trials and subsequent licensing of orphan medicines...

      Out-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outpatient appointments were missed (a) in England and (b) in each relevant NHS organisation in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Referral-to-Treatment Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2007, Official Report, column 1088W, on referral-to-treatment waiting times, when she plans to publish data related...

      Screening: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time has been for a (i) magnetic resonance imaging, (ii) computerised tomography, (iii) non-obstetric...

      Surgery: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations funded by her Department were planned to be undertaken by independent sector treatment centres in the first wave; how many operations...

      York Capio Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1055W, on York Capio Centre, what procedures were carried out at the Clifton NHS...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police command units are taking part in the current Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when an assessment of the results of the current Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign will be made available.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to make membership of a gang (a) a factor in relation to sentencing and (b) an offence. (2) To ask the Secretary...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of offences under section 35(3) and (4) of the Asylum and Immigration...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that data on offences against children are recorded by (a) age of victim and (b) offence and made available at...

      Crime: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in implementing the recommendation of the Gowers Review that intellectual property crime should be given higher...

      Departments: Energy

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

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedure his Department uses to ascertain support within relevant public bodies and Government Departments for proposed legislation.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total sum of bonuses paid to civil servants in his Department was in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the reports produced by consultants to his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Renewable Energy

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

      Departments: Speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his speech delivered in Venice on Saturday 12 May to Ministers representing the G6 nations of the EU represents Government policy;...

      Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) imprisoned for drugs offences since 2005.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission a successor report to the KPMG Outline Business Case following recent changes to the details of the proposed Identity...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Immigration and Nationality Directorate enforcement officials keep a record of the (a) confirmed and (b) unconfirmed illegal...

      Immigrants: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of A8 accession country immigrants working in the UK's social care sector.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have left the UK following removal of their support under section 9 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (Treatment of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have had their asylum support removed as a result of section 9 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (Treatment of...

      Ind

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate have been investigated for impropriety since 31 July 2006.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 12 March on Mrs. Nagina Bi of Smethwick.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Taunton of 19 February on the location of passport interview centres.

      Migrant Workers: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) migrant workers and (b) school age children of migrant workers in (i) England,...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what will happen to the information registered on the National Identity Register of individuals who do not re-register from the scheme.

      Net Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007 to the hon. Member for City of York, Official Report, column 1226, on net migration, what the exact...

      Net Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007 to the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley), Official Report, column 1226, on net migration,...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used when finalising the list of approved passport photo countersignatories.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of passport applications submitted using the Check and Send service were refused in the last 12 months; on what grounds...

      Passports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of new child passport applications were refused in the last 12 months; on what grounds applications may be refused; and how...

      Passports: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Government will make it its policy to give free passports to those who have reached the age of 75 years.

      Police: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the merits of establishing a regional ICT network for East Midlands police authorities.

      Police: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 479W, on police equal opportunities, when he expects the Women in Policing...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on police rules of engagement with firearms.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings he has held with the Police Federation on targets for frontline police officers since 1 January 2007; and if he will make a...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police and (b) other personnel were trained in surveillance through the National Specialist Law Enforcement Centre in each of...

      Police: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in Government funding for West Midlands Police was over the last three years.

      Terrorism: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 were from (i) East Sussex and (ii) Eastbourne in...

      Workers Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many workers were registered under the Workers Registration Scheme in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) Norfolk and (c) Lincolnshire in each of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer Questions (a) 131379, (b) 131380 and (c) 131381, on British citizenship, tabled by the right hon. Member for...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints Serco have received on the treatment of women detainees at Yarl's Wood, broken down by subject of complaint.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the management contract with Serco in respect of Yarl's Wood stipulates in relation to the treatment of women detainees; and what...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking in response to the protest by female detainees at Yarl's Wood removal centre; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Ascension Island: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of UK aid was allocated to Ascension Island in 2006.

    • Burundi: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the government of Burundi on educational development.

      China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid has been allocated to China in 2007-08; what projects are being funded by that aid; and what factors were taken into...

      Developing Countries: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) budget and (b) plans he has for the future support of water and sanitation projects in developing countries.

      Palestinians: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with international colleagues on the economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the humanitarian needs of those who have fled Mogadishu since March 2007.

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the role of the new tuberculosis vaccine development in the (a) progress and (b) likely outcomes of...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department made an estimate of the funding (a) required and (b) available to the programme for the research and...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has considered the merits of providing research and development finance for the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation and its...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation on its plans for the development and promotion of a new...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the funding requirements of the future roll out of a global tuberculosis vaccination programme.

  • Justice

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what estimate she has made of (a) the number of people who are not on their local Electoral Register but would be eligible to vote were they on...

    • Local Child Curfew Schemes: Sandwell

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many child curfew orders were issued in Sandwell metropolitan borough council area in each of the last three years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what responsibilities he has following the restoration of devolved government.

    • Criminal Justice System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he plans to take to reduce crime in Northern Ireland under the continuing modernisation and review of the criminal justice system.

      Departments: Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of state assets previously administered by his Department are now under the remit of the Northern Irish Assembly; what their...

      Departments: Internet

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

      Driving Under Influence: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions there were in Northern Ireland for the offence of drink driving in each year since 2001; and how many resulted in (a) a...

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has considered with a view to supporting and improving the operation of forensic science services in Northern Ireland.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to consult on the regulations to be adopted under the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 on donations by...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many mandatory drug tests were carried out in each prison establishment in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and in how many...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by Number 10; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost is of each...

    • Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what conversations he had in April 2004 with President Bush concerning (a) Al-Jazeera radio station and (b) Fallujah; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Manpower

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of annual private finance initiative payments made by his Department from (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets in each of...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments was (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI...

      Departments: Telephones Services

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

      Digital Broadcasting: Broadcasting Reception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the Registered Digital Installer scheme at 30 April 2007, broken down by ITV...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) former miners and (b) members of families of former miners in (i) North Staffordshire, (ii) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (iii) the...

      Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Government has received from the United States Administration on UK export credit guarantees to Iran since January;...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many UK export credit guarantees were issued by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on contracts with the National Iranian Oil Company...

      MG Rover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the progress of the Companies Act investigation into MG Rover.

      Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 817W, on waste electric and electronic equipment, if he will place in the...

  • Transport

    • Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the use of cycleways, where they exist, is planned to become compulsory under the revised edition of the Highway Code.

    • Driving: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a ban on smoking while driving.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost has been of the UK Government's commitment to the Galileo project; what further commitments have been entered into since the...

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many communication satellites are envisaged for the Galileo project; what timescale is provided for its completion; and what changes in funding and...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles are registered in the road tax band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F and (g) G; and how many vehicles are registered...

      Motor Vehicles: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been fined for failing to comply with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regulation relating to vehicle disposal since the...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of fines collected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency relating to incorrect vehicle keeper information since 1 January 2004.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to advise motorists of changed responsibilities if they cease to be the keeper of a vehicle.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans (a) to introduce bi-annual MOTs and (b) to increase the age of new cars to four years before the first MOT becomes due; and if he...

      Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the (a) availability, (b) reliability and (c) accuracy of garage forecourt equipment to inflate tyres;...

  • Treasury

    • Computer Software: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many software houses successfully verified their subcontractors electronically under the revised Contractors Industry Scheme by 30 April 2007.

    • Construction: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new Construction Industry Scheme on-line verification may be given without a validated national insurance number.

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which (a) organisations and (b) companies his Department's central accounting unit holds a contract; on what date each was contracted; and what the...

      Departments: Stationery

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

      Edf

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings he has had with the EDF electricity company in the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (2) what meetings his Department's...

      EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions on which the Economic Secretary to the Treasury has attended ECOFIN meetings; and what matters were discussed at each of those...

      Gift Aid: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cultural and heritage organisations received money through the Gift Aid scheme in each year since its introduction; (2) what proportion of...

      Government Departments: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by his Department to other departments on what they should include in their 2007 spring departmental...

      Income Tax: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the income of charities registered with the Gift Aid scheme of changes in the rates of income tax...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1314W, on official hospitality, what the (a) date and (b) purpose was of each official...

      Pensions: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints the Financial Ombudsman Service received on private and occupational pension schemes in each of the last 10 years.

      Pensions: Hong Kong

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the taxation and penalties incurred by those in the UK entitled to Hong Kong pensions as a result of tax refunds made by Hong Kong special...

      Public Private Partnerships

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which international organisations which publish assessments of the state of the UK economy he has supplied with data on total Government liabilities under...

      Redundancy Pay: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent in severance pay to special advisers since 1997.

      Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total cost has been of the scheme for the online registration of births, deaths and marriages; and how much is accounted for by (a)...

      Tax Allowances: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on reducing the tax burden for bingo clubs.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1630W, on taxation: aviation, for what reasons a formal assessment of the effects of...

      Taxation: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax revenue was received from cultural and heritage organisations registered as charities in each year since 1997.

      Taxation: Games

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of consistency in taxation structures for gaming products since 2003.

      Taxation: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Sir Richard Cohen claims non-domicile tax treatment.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners living in Copeland will be removed from paying tax due to the changes announced in the 2007 Budget.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer Questions (a) 134095, on Sir Richard Cohen, tabled on 23 April 2007, (b) 131114, on marginal rate of taxation, tabled on 28 March 2007...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits Rules: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what process is used to determine the minimum income required for the purposes of setting benefit levels.

    • Child Support Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times over the last two years Child Support Agency staff have revealed confidential details of clients to former partners without...

      Child Support Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total running costs were of each of the offices of the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.

      Child Support Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much in performance bonuses was paid to officials at the Child Support Agency in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what information his Department collects on people with epilepsy; (2) whether epilepsy is classified as a disability under the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those receiving jobseeker's allowance lack level 1 reading skills.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners have been living in absolute poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the...

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have been defined as living in relative poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the number of people receiving inactive benefits; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for simplifying the benefits system for disabled people.

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare: Vets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of renaming the former State Veterinary Service with the title Animal Health.

    • Arms Trade: Export Control Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish their review of British arms export control under the Export Control Act 2002; and whether the review will include recommendations...

      Aviation: Air Miles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 10 May (WA 281) and in light of their policy objective of reducing carbon emissions, whether they will...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received on the air contamination incident in a Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-CPEO on 21 May 2004.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received on the air contamination incident in a Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-CPEO on 22 June 2003.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received on the air contamination incident in a Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-BPED on 11 January 2003.

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received on the air contamination incident in a Boeing 757 aircraft registered G-BPED on 23 June 2003.

      Aviation: Aircrew Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the advantages to medical examiners, aircrew, air operators or air passengers brought about by the imposition of VAT upon the costs of medical...

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many researchers at the Rothamsted Research Institute have been made redundant in the last three years; and whether any of them worked on pollination or bee issues.

      Benefits: Child Maintenance Premium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the number of parents with care who are eligible for the child maintenance premium but who are currently not receiving it; and...

      Children and Young People: Positive Achievements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have identified initiatives within urban areas which are producing positive achievements among black young people; and, if so, how they will build on...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and in what capacity, Mr Al Gore is acting as an adviser to the Government on climate change; and what remuneration, if any, he is receiving for this...

      Courts: Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 15 May (WA 29), whether it would be possible to amend the current system of court fees by...

      Crime: Knives and Guns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they are giving to the black community to tackle the problems being faced as a consequence of knife- and gun-related violence.

      Crime: Knives and Guns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been their response to the recent spate of knife and gun crimes affecting black young men.

      Department of Health: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many publications have been published by the Department of Health since 1997.

      Department of Health: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many White Papers have been published by the Department of Health since 1997.

      Energy: Renewable Generators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rate of growth of the installation of renewable electricity generators in rural areas is at a sustainable level; and whether they will consider...

      Energy: Renewable Obligation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many renewable obligation certificates were issued in the last year; and what was the total installed and operational renewable energy capacity in the United...

      Energy: Renewable Technologies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the use of a feed-in tariff for reducing costs of renewable energy and speeding deployment of renewable energy technologies in...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Code of Practice for Regulators is intended to apply to the regulatory functions of the Commission for Racial Equality.

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will resist any attempts to expedite any agreement on the future of the European Union constitution at the next European Council on 21 and 22 June.

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they intend to put in place to enable Parliament to discuss any proposals for a new European Union constitution treaty before any such treaty is...

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria they will use in deciding whether to hold a referendum on any proposals for a new constitutional treaty or amendments to existing treaties.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20 April (WA 98), what are the reasons for the absence of any prosecutions under the Female Genital...

      Food: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether since its formation the Food Standards Agency has instigated any prosecutions concerning the mislabelling of imported foods.

      Government Departments: Workforce

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people above the age of 65 work for government departments or executive agencies in the United Kingdom.

      Government Departments: Workforce

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants are employed in government departments.

      Health: Food Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the nutrition and health claims made on food regulation, the food supplements directive and the medicines directive are principally concerned with removing...

      Immigration: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to remove the right of migrant workers to change employers if they are victims of abuse.

      Interest Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the extent to which rising interest rates will affect growth and may depress the housing market.

      Justice: European Court of Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 8 May (WA 250), whether they have consulted the English and Scottish judiciary as to whether it is...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to introduce electronic passport-reading for the passports of persons leaving the United Kingdom.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the current estimated total saving if the normal retirement age of (a) policemen and (b) firemen were raised now by one year with no change in...

      Roads: Traffic Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 9 May (WA 275), how many traffic officers have been appointed; how many posts will be in place at the...

      Transport: Number Plates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data they hold on action taken against manufacturers or suppliers of illegal number plates over the past 10 years on a year-by-year basis.

      Transport: Number Plates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data they hold on the incidence of theft of vehicle number plates over the past 10 years on a year-by-year basis.

      Transport: Taxis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Euro IV taxicabs, which are fully compliant with European Union emission standards, are subject to a higher rate of vehicle excise duty.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have consulted International PEN and the International Human Rights Federation concerning cases pending against Mr Ragip Zarakoglu, author and...

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