Written answers

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

  • Church Commissioners

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what recent discussions the Commissioners have had with English Heritage over the staking of gravestones for safety...

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many church graveyards have gravestones supported by temporary fittings.

      Cemeteries

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many cases of (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful litigation there have been from injuries and deaths caused...

      Cemeteries

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many complaints have been received by the Commissioners of unsafe gravestones and memorials in church...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of underage drinking in public places were reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last three years...

    • Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people resident in Northern Ireland have criminal convictions in foreign jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons responsibility for the drugs rehabilitation of prisoners in Northern Ireland was not transferred to the Department of Health in...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Prosecutions: Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the average cost was of a prosecution within the former Director of Public Prosecutions' system of prosecutions in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown...

    • Public Prosecution Service: Consultants

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much has been spent on the employment of consultants by the (a) Public Prosecution Service and (b) Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission in the last three...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 9 March from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding appointments to the BBC Trust.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether payment of the (a) operational allowance and (b) longer separation allowance can lead to a reduction in payment of the other allowance.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on public relations in each of the last five years.

    • Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on advertising by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the potential long term impact of the fair trade food initiative on living standards in...

    • Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of EU mechanisms for the delivery of aid to the Palestinians; and whether any changes...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what yield to the Exchequer from the abolition of the agricultural buildings allowance is expected in each year to 2010-11.

    • Animal Welfare: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many cases since 5 January 2007 transporters have not returned journey logs within one month of the completion of the...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to monitor the effectiveness of twice monthly waste disposal collections; and if he will make a statement.

      Offshore Industry: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the "Planning For A Sustainable Future" White Paper, under what circumstances he envisages a marine management...

      Offshore Industry: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to transfer his authority to issue consent for the licensing of offshore oil and gas infrastructure to...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Companies: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies filed for bankruptcy in each year since 1997.

    • Energy Technologies Institute: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many bids from Welsh research bodies or consortiums were made to host the Energy Technologies Institute; and what criteria were adopted in...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the impact of recent changes in solar photovoltaics grant levels under the low carbon buildings...

      Marketing: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidance he has provided for regional development agencies (RDAs) on international marketing strategy; and by what criteria he measures...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employers were fined for underpayment of the national minimum wage in each year since 1999.

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what monitoring processes his Department has in place to detect employers claiming excessive deductions from minimum wage payments for...

      Public Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will discuss with ministerial colleagues the proposition that all Government Departments, local government and public sector...

      Rover Group: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what proportion of the own resources of (a) Advantage West Midlands and (b) English Partnerships has been spent since...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departments: Property

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was raised from the sale of property by the House in each of the last five years.

    • Departments: Property

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) what properties the Commission (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Food: Wastes

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate has been made of the volume of food waste generated by the food outlets on the Commons...

      Palace of Westminster: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether Ministers attending the House for Question Time or other Parliamentary business should wear their...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Absent Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition his Department uses for absent fathers; and how many and what proportion of British men fit this definition, broken down by age...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency has received from amounts paid to them for child maintenance collected through deductions from earnings...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which electoral wards in Nottinghamshire have the highest numbers of child support agency claimants.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children have been defined as living in (a) absolute and (b) relative poverty in (i) the Jarrow constituency,...

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Departments: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with epilepsy are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the Department's leaflets have been checked for accuracy in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on legal fees in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many whole-time equivalent staff are employed in his Department's branding team; and what the cost was of those staff in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments by his Department was (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts...

      Employment Schemes: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding is available to organisations assisting (a) long-term unemployed and (b) disabled people into work in (i) Luton and (ii)...

      Employment Schemes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 524W, on city strategy partnerships, what the formula is for distributing...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former Allied Steel and Wire workers are forecast to receive (a) 80 per cent., (b) 65 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. of their (i)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants receive benefit after (a) self-assessment, (b) GP referral, (c) independent medical...

      Incapacity Benefit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sanctions were imposed in Pathways to Work areas on incapacity benefit claimants who missed their (a) first, (b) second and (c)...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims there were for occupational deafness from employees in the music and entertainment industry in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date notice was given to Land Securities Trillium of the intention to vacate the Christchurch premises of Jobcentre Plus.

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will hold discussions with the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus on making all jobcentre customer telephone lines freephone numbers.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how Jobcentre Plus monitors and assesses the literacy and numeracy of claimants; (2) what steps are taken by Jobcentre Plus to ensure...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Edmonton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) incapacity benefit in Edmonton constituency.

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the revised Households Below Average Income 2005-06 statistics.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers were issued to non-UK citizens resident in Peterborough city council area in each year since 2004; and...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department has spent on (a) legal fees, (b) consultants, (c) special advisers and (d) other costs in relation to the High...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written statement of 28 March 2007, Official Report, columns 113-14WS, on occupational pensions, what the evidential basis is...

      Pension Credit: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension credit application forms have been downloaded from the pension credit website in each month since the service has been provided.

      Pension Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension tracing application forms have been requested (a) on the pensions tracing application form telephone number 0845 6002 537 and...

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many state pension forecasts have been calculated through submission of the (BR19) form to the retirement pension forecasting team at the...

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many state pension forecast forms have been downloaded in each month since the service has been provided.

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many state pension forecasts have been calculated on the forecasting e-service based on the Pensions Service website in each month since...

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests of information or assistance with regard to state pension forecasts have been received on the pensions service helpdesk...

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many state pension forecasts have been calculated over the telephone on numbers 0845 3000 168 and 0845 3000 169 in each month since the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give examples of where his Department has used cash costs for long-term public expenditure; and whether there are any examples of...

      Scheme Assets Review Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which key stakeholders the unclaimed scheme assets review team (a) has met and (b) plans to meet.

      Scheme Assets Review Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria were used in the selection of the team which will review the possibility of using unclaimed assets and other potential funding...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the annual cost of uprating state pensions to pensioners over 80 years of age arising from the additional 25p per week...

      Unemployment: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many holders of UK mariners' qualifications registered as unemployed for periods of more than one month in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

  • Wales

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for his Department in each of the last...

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent on advertising by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on legal fees in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was raised from the sale of his Department's property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was received by his Department from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what properties his Department (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate has been made of the value of his Department's property portfolio.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of leasing buildings and office space for his Department was in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Travel Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997.

      River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the Severn Barrage Project; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent meeting he has had with the management of the SkillsActive Wales Learning Hub on participation in sport in Wales.

  • Education and Skills

    • Bookstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the economic and social background of those families who have collected Bookstart books and packs.

    • Bookstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the impact of the Bookstart scheme on improving reading standards.

      Child Minding: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of European Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 of levels of unemployment among childminders; (2)...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service budget is for 2007-08; what its projected expenditure is for that year; and...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has any plans to increase the number of persons referred by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service to mediation.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the proposed time scale is for the publication of the White Paper following the Green Paper "Care Matters: Transforming the Lives of...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of eligible parents took up their full entitlement to child care support in 2006-07.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he plans to take to inform parents of the Voluntary Ofsted Childcare Register introduced from April this year.

      Education: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with (a) educational bodies and (b) carers' organisations on improving access and skills opportunities...

      Every Child Counts Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what progress has been made in achieving the Government's aim of providing one-to-one tuition for 300,000 under-attaining pupils a...

      Extended Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what allocation has been made to each local education authority in England for extended school provision in (a) 2006-07 and (b)...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount of funding secured by universities from (a) charitable and (b) philanthropic sources in funding...

      Nannies: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that any person named on the List 99, the Protection of Children Act list, the Protection of...

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools offer sex education or additional personal, social and health education as part of their extended hours provision.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received on local authority funding and provision of training for early years staff.

      Pre-school Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours of training per early years worker he expects to be provided in England in the next 12 months.

      Pupils: Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of eating disorders on the academic achievement of children with such disorders.

      School Meals: Take-up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he plans to take in response to trends in secondary school meal take-up following the introduction of new standards for school...

      Special Educational Needs: Dyspraxia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities in England and Wales have qualified specialists in dyspraxia; and whether the two local education...

      Teachers: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to provide more modern language teachers in primary schools.

  • Justice

    • Belmarsh Prison: Computers

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many laptop computers are available for use by offenders in HMP Belmarsh.

    • Brixton Prison: Death

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will initiate an official investigation into the recent deaths at HM Prison Brixton; and if she will make a statement.

      Community Justice Centres: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to her letter of 20 April 2007 to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North, what discussions her officials have had with senior judiciary...

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of community sentences being used in place of custodial sentences of less than 12 months.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans there are for multi-agency public protection arrangements to (a) promote public awareness and (b) provide access to advice for the...

      Dartmoor Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many cells are unoccupied in HM Prison Dartmoor; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many times her Department and its predecessor were found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five...

      Dovegate Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost was to Her Majesty's Prison Service of the deployment of staff to HM Prison Dovegate from other establishments during the...

      Dovegate Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether an inquiry has taken place following Serco's deployment of staff to HM Prison Dovegate from their other establishments as a result of the...

      Dovegate Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice who authorised the deployment of staff from HM Prison Doncaster and HM Prison Lowdham Grange to HM Prison Dovegate on 2 February.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many drivers have penalty points on their licences; (2) how many drivers have six or more penalty points on their licences.

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many drivers are banned from driving as a result of the totting-up procedure; (2) what her estimate is of the number of drivers who...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what factors may be taken into account when assessing pleas of exceptional hardship entered by drivers seeking to avoid disqualification from...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice who is responsible for specifying the criteria by which magistrates are required to interpret pleas of exceptional hardship entered by drivers...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether (a) changes have been made in the last five years to the criteria by which magistrates are required to interpret pleas of exceptional...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what consideration magistrates are permitted to give to the cost of local public transport when considering pleas of exceptional hardship entered...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will commission research on the equity of driving bans, with particular reference to the financial effect of bans given the disparate cost...

      Driving Offences: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) UK licence holders and (b) foreign licence holders were (i) prosecuted, (ii) convicted, (iii) banned from driving and (iv)...

      Driving Under Influence: Sentencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average prison sentence imposed for the offence of drink driving was in each police authority in the...

      Electronic Tagging: Suffolk

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many offenders were electronically tagged in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) on how many occasions HM Prison Service has been required to commission an investigation of the conduct of Governor Andrew Cross of HM...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many (a) violent racist and (b) violent incidents took place at HM Young Offender Institution Feltham in each year since 2000; and if...

      Feltham Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) for what reason film footage of HM Young Offender Institute Feltham was not checked prior to broadcast to identify potential security...

      Fixed Penalties: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) penalty notices for disorder and (b) fixed penalty notices were given to non-British nationals in each of the last three years,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what legislation protects the privacy of correspondence between hon. Members and their constituents; and what complaints her Department has...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what (a) budgets and (b) estimates for administrative costs in future financial years have been set for (i) commissioners, (ii) chief executive...

      Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what proportion of the budget of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission was spent on the operations of the Commission, as opposed to in...

      Pentonville Prison: Standards

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will place in the Library a copy of the report of investigations of professional standards at HM Prison Pentonville resulting in...

      Personation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people have been prosecuted for identity fraud in the last five years; and how many have been convicted.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what forecasts her Department has made of the (a) number of cells available and (b) population at each (i) prison establishment, (ii) HM Prison...

      Prison Accommodation: Shipping

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what recent (a) discussions Ministers and officials from her Department have had and (b) representations her Department has received on the use...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many former employees of HM Prison Service are serving prison sentences; and if she will make a statement.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) whether Nick Pascoe is acting as the commissioning authority for the Tasker investigation; and if she will make a statement; (2) pursuant...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations she has received from (a) Michael Spurr and (b) HM Prison Service on the Tasker investigation; if she will place in the...

      Prison Service: Harassment

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) governing governors and (b) deputy governors were the subject of sexual harassment allegations in each of the last five years; how...

      Prison Service: Harassment

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations she has received from the Equal Opportunities Commission concerning harassment within HM Prison Service; and if she will...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to her answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2057W, on the Prison Service: public appointments, whether the report referred...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners are foreign nationals; and how many prisoners were foreign nationals on 14 May 1997.

      Prisons: Computers

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) for what purpose laptop computers are issued to prisoners in prisons in England and Wales; (2) how many laptop computers were procured in...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what research she has commissioned on the relationship between the availability of drugs within prison establishments and the maintenance of good...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) members of the clergy and (b) other religious ministers have been arrested for trafficking drugs into prison establishments; and...

      Prisons: Emergencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the Prison Service policy is for the deployment of staff in emergency situations at prisons other than their place of employment.

      Prisons: Swimming Pools

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost was of maintaining swimming pools at (a) Holloway, (b) Portland, (c) Aylesbury and Standford Hill and (d) Blantyre House...

      Probation: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost has been of probation commissioning activities to date in 2007-08; and what the outcomes have been of such activities.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the anticipated national budget shortfall is for the Probation Service in England and Wales for 2007-08, broken down by probation area.

      Probation: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps are being taken in the Greater London probation area to keep within budget in 2007-08.

      Probation: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what job description will be used in contracts for community probation provision in Nottinghamshire.

      Probation: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has for outsourcing community probation services in Nottinghamshire.

      Probation: Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether a newly trained probation officer who is not offered employment in the area in which they trained and who refuses employment offered in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the most recent figures are for the rates of reoffending following (a) custodial sentences and (b) community sentences.

      Sexual Offences: Probation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much funding has been allocated to supervision of convicted sex offenders by the Probation Service for 2007-08.

      Tasker Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) on what date Ron Tasker interviewed (a) Michael Spurr and (b) Keith Munns as part of his investigation; what subsequent recommendations...

      Tasker Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1684W, on the Tasker Inquiry, on what date the partial report was submitted and to...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many juvenile (a) girls and (b) boys have been sentenced under sections 226 and 228 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; what their tariffs...

  • Transport

    • A49: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on maintaining and improving the A49 between Church Stretton and Shrewsbury in each year between 2001 and 2006.

    • Airports: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is aware of any material errors in the information about denied boarding compensation under Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 issued...

      Birmingham International Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Birmingham International airport on the construction of a new runway.

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to receive the results of his Bus Subsidy Review; and whether he plans to publish the review.

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Departments: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people with epilepsy are employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's special advisers were on (a) paid and (b) unpaid leave in order to assist with party-political matters under section 22...

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the agencies of his Department which advertise 0870 numbers as their contact numbers; and if he will make a statement.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) driver and (b) vehicle information held on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database that...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were prosecuted for failure to submit updated information to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last 10 years.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to increase the staff numbers at the Shrewsbury Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency local office; and if he will make a statement.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reasons for the Shrewsbury Driver and Vehicle Licensing agency local office not achieving its 48 hour target for...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the levels of stress-related illness at the Shrewsbury Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency local office; and if he will make a statement.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will contact staff at the Shrewsbury Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency local office to hear their views on staff conditions; and if he will...

      Heathrow Airport: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on measurement of (a) nitrogen oxide...

      Midland Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on the extension of the Midlands Metro; and if he will make a statement.

      Pollution Control: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether agencies responsible to his Department will be involved in the enforcement of the London low emission zone.

      Radar: Radio Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to extend administrative incentive pricing of the radio spectrum to maritime and aeronautical radar; (2) what assessment he...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of extra capacity available on UK railways for rail freight; and what assessment he has made of how available capacity could...

      Railways: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he is having with the Rail Regulator on the possible introduction of a direct rail service between Shrewsbury and London.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of upgrading the UK rail network to 9 ft 6in standards.

      Shipping: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what risk assessment has been made of the possible effect of the change in numbers of awards of certificates of equivalent competency to foreign...

      Shipping: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on safety and environmental standards of the decision of the Marine and Coastguard Agency to contract out...

      South West Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies he has undertaken on the impact of the change to off peak fares announced by South West Trains to take effect on 20 May; and what...

      South West Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to monitor levels of passenger comfort on the new carriages introduced by South West Trains on their inter-city routes.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much revenue he estimates local authority road pricing schemes will be unable to collect because vehicles using the scheme are unregistered;...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether failure to pay road user charges to local authority road pricing schemes is planned to be made a criminal offence.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities will be allowed to retain 100 per cent. of the funds raised by local road pricing schemes; and what use will be permitted of...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether vehicles registered in local authorities running local road pricing schemes will receive a rebate on (a) vehicle excise duty and (b) road...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether local authorities will be required to provide differential charging for (a) those using high occupancy vehicle lanes, (b) low emission...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which body will be responsible for the repayment of any debts incurred by local authority road pricing schemes.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether the timetable of 2012 for the implementation of the European Electronic Toll Service for cars using road pricing schemes is expected to...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the implications of the delay and increase in costs of establishing the Galileo satellite positioning system for...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the latest date is by which local authority road pricing schemes will have to be fully operational in order to adhere to the Eddington...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he intends to bring the London road congestion charging scheme into the same technical framework as will apply to new local authority road...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the technical standards for the European Electronic Toll Service have been agreed.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authority road pricing schemes will be required to integrate with the European Electronic Toll Service.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether individual local authorities implementing road pricing schemes will be set specific congestion reduction targets.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to evaluate the impact on motorways of local road pricing schemes.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to take steps to allow satellite-based local authority road pricing systems to integrate signals from different satellite systems.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities will be (a) required and (b) permitted to carry out local referendums before implementing road pricing schemes.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much he plans to allocate from the Transport Innovation Fund to each of the local authorities whose bids for local road pricing schemes are successful.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to improve alternative modes of transport for those unable to afford charges for local authority road pricing schemes.

      Tolls: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why motorways will be exempt from local authority road pricing schemes.

  • Home Department

    • 999 Text Message

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up a nationwide 999 text message service for deaf people who cannot telephone the emergency services.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of levels of perception of antisocial behaviour in (a) England and Wales and (b) West Bromwich East constituency...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in each year since 2001 in each police force area, broken down by those given to people aged...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) applied for and (b) granted to Warrington borough council or Golden Gates Housing in the last...

      Arson: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of offenders found guilty of arson were aged between 15 and 19 years in each of the last five years.

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has carried out on the (a) accuracy and (b) utility of facial recognition technology using CCTV footage.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded crimes there were in (a) Devon and Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and Wales in each year since 1979,...

      Crime: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which external survey research company his Department commissions to carry out the British crime survey; and if he will make a statement.

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the central drugs trafficking database; and what the estimated cost is of the establishment and maintenance of...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of people who stayed in the UK after their tourist visa expired in each of the last three years; and what...

      Parliament Square: Protests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on the number of semi-permanent dwellings in Parliament square and the...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) immigration officers are on secondment to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Shoplifting: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many small businesses in the Ribble Valley reported incidents of shop-lifting in the last five years.

      Television Licence Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2007, Official Report, column 798W, on television licence evasion, how many people were charged with such...

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for (i) online and (ii) offline offences there were of ticket touts under the Criminal...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will write to the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend East with the information requested in Question 68481, on prisoner...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the consistency of Sir George Alberti's statement in the report to NHS London Review of Clinical Case for Change:...

    • Air Ambulance Services: Parliament Square

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that the physical obstructions in Parliament square do not prevent an air ambulance landing at that location if required.

      Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her estimate is of the number of deaths there were in the UK directly resulting from the prescription of the rheumatoid arthritis drug...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breast screenings were undertaken by each primary care trust in each of the last five years, broken down by age group; how many invitations were...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to establish a cancer centre in Liverpool; and if she will make a statement.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on compliance with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recommendation on monitoring foetal...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussion her Department has had with the Medical Research Council on funding for biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to ensure the continuance of specialist services for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome following the...

      Chronically Sick: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland have long-term illnesses.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full and (b) partial dentures have been provided by NHS dentists in each quarter since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many denture repairs were provided by the NHS in each quarter since 1997; and at what cost in each quarter; (2) how many units of dental...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the unit of dental activity payment fee is in each primary care trust in England.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target is set by her Department for the average number of units of dental activity per hour that a dentist is expected to achieve.

      Dental Services: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1596W, on dental service funding, how much dental service increment for teaching funding...

      Dentistry: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) HM Revenue and Customs on the tax and national insurance status of dentists.

      Disabled Children (Family Support) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to support the Disabled Children (Family Support) Bill; and if she will make a statement.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were appointed to specialist registrar training posts in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006, broken down by deanery.

      Drugs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people addicted to illegal drugs in each London borough.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of patients in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust who are satisfied with the GP...

      Health Hazards: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she plans to introduce an upper or overall noise exposure limit for members of the public attending (a) indoor and (b) outdoor venues...

      Health Services: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total allocation of funding to (a) Barnsley health authority and (b) Barnsley primary care trust for orthodontic services was for each...

      Latex: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the Government spent on promoting awareness of latex allergies in each of the last five years; (2) what assistance her Department provides...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the national audit of services for people with learning disabilities commenced; and when she expects it to report.

      Maternity Services: Barnet Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent reports she has received on the service provided by the Barnet hospital maternity unit; what assessment she has made of the impact of the...

      Mental Health Services: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1607W, on mental health services: sexual offences, what steps she has taken to ensure that...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to the NHS in 2007-08; how much was spent, in equivalent terms, on the NHS in 1996-97; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many private finance initiative projects in the National Health Service have leases for land and property been granted to commercial organisations...

      NHS: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the measurable standards of laundering for workwear worn by workers in NHS hospital kitchens and workwear worn by nurses on NHS...

      Paramedical Staff: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedics were employed in each strategic health authority area in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005; and if she will...

      Pregnant Women: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on implementation of her Department's guidance on questioning pregnant women about experiences of abuse and domestic violence...

      Primary Health Care: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which electoral wards in Nottinghamshire have the lowest numbers of people registered with (a) general practitioners and (b) dentists.

      York Hospital: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the number of beds available in maternity facilities at York Hospital.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the security situation in Iraq.

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she last discussed Iraq with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her Indian counterpart on relations between India and Burma.

      Lebanon

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

      Lebanon

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

      Aviation Training: United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether she has had discussions with the US Administration on the treatment of British citizens of Asian descent in respect of...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on women's rights in Afghanistan.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government have provided to help facilitate free and fair elections in Pakistan in 2007.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on proposals for the EU constitution under the German presidency.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which EU counterparts she has discussed the extent of trafficking of women and children within the EU in the last 12 months.

      Afghanistan: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Russian counterpart on the Russian relationship with Afghanistan and its current...

      Albania: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Albanian counterpart on EU accession for that country.

      Bangladesh: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the arrest of Bangladeshi journalist Tasneem Khalil by security forces; and what...

      Bank Sepah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by the United Kingdom following UN Security Council Resolution 1747's designation of Iranian...

      Botswana: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she is making to the government of Botswana on its adherence to the 2006 High Court ruling to allow the...

      Botswana: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) officials in the European Union and (b) the head of the delegation to Botswana, Mr. Paul...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with other European Foreign Ministers on the situation in Burma; and if she will make a...

      Burma: EC External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Burma will be included in the trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and ASEAN; and if she will make a statement.

      Central Asia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in each UK mission in each of the five central Asian republics are dedicated to commercial activity.

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening scholarships were awarded to overseas students in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her Chinese counterpart on human rights in China; and if she will make a statement.

      Cuba: EC External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position the Government plans to take on the review of the European Union's common position on Cuba; and whether it expects...

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times her Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years;...

      Departments: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by her Department on legal fees in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was received by her Department from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what properties her Department (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate has been made of the value of the Department's property portfolio.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of leasing buildings and office space was for (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much her Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the ability of opposition political parties in Egypt to be able to operate freely in...

      Estonia: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the Estonian government on Estonia's relations with Russia.

      Global Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries were eligible for human rights projects funding under the Global Opportunities Fund in each of the last five years.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will review the Government's policy in relation to the British Indian Ocean Territory in the light of the recent Appeal...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Chagossians will be permitted to return to the Chagos islands.

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the inhabitants of the Chagos islands who were deported will be given the opportunity for...

      Iraq: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the government of Iraq on its use of the death penalty.

      Iraq: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to assist Iraqis who are currently displaced inside and outside Iraq.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the United States Administration on the future of Ashraf city, Iraq.

      Japan: Dolphins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she last spoke to her Japanese counterpart about the killing of dolphins by Japanese fishermen in Taiji; and if she will...

      Japan: Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she had about whaling and the forthcoming International Whaling Commission meeting with the Japanese government...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with European counterparts on the recent European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee report on...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her Serbian counterpart on the future of Kosovo.

      Nuclear Weapons: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plan to sign up to the draft nuclear weapons convention lodged with the UN.

      Overseas Aid: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which sources of funding are available for human rights and good governance work within her Department's budget; and how much...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the Government of Pakistan on the draft Apostasy Bill in that country.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to the Government of Pakistan over the treatment of Christians in Charsadda,...

      Radovan Karadzic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the detection and arrest of Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic; and whether the Government are...

      Sri Lanka: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the UK's relations with Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects for a resumption of peace talks in Sri Lanka; and if she will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: 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 Sri Lanka.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in deploying an effective peacekeeping force to protect civilians in Darfur.

      Zimbabwe: UN Commission on Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the election of the Zimbabwean Environment and Tourism Minister,...

  • Treasury

    • British Corps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in developing the British Corps to work on global environmental challenges referred to in his announcement of 31...

    • Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had on vulture funds at the recent G8 finance meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what loans have received debt relief from the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2) what outstanding UK Government loans to other states there are.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the responsible lenders charter.

      Departments: Capital Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance he has given to Government Departments on assessing the through life costs of capital projects.

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the letter from Reverend Brian Fortnum of St. Mark's church, Tunbridge Wells, dated 23 March 2007, on the impact of the budget on...

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many leak inquiries his Department has initiated since May 1997.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's special advisers were on (a) paid and (b) unpaid leave in order to assist with party political matters under section 22(iii)...

      Departments: Private Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what acquisitions there were of private companies by the Government in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of each.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what properties the Department (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much energy in kilowatt hours was purchased by his Department from renewable sources in each year between 1997-98 and 2005-06.

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies; what services can be accessed by calling each of them;...

      Departments: Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long records of visitors to his Department are stored.

      Departments: Water

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the water consumption in cubic metres was of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 1997-98.

      EC Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was contributed to the EU budget by each country that is a member of the European free trade area in each of the last five years.

      Employment: North West Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the economic activity rate was in the North West in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2005-06 and (e) 2006-07.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent estimates were from the labour force survey of the numbers of workers from other countries in the UK labour market; and from which...

      General Registry Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of information held by the General Registry Office that is inaccurate; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of take-up of Gift Aid tax relief is assumed in the projected current receipts for 2007-08 contained in the 2007 Red Book.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Carlisle

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of each grade and business stream will be transferred from existing HM Revenue and Customs offices within daily travelling distance of...

      Imports: Burma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what products were imported from Burma in each of the last five years; and what the value was of those imports; (2) what the level of British imports...

      Pensioners: North East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners there are (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the north-east; and what percentage of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government have taken to protect and regulate pensions since 1997.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south-west, (c) England and (d) the UK in each year since 1979.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the successor to the Post Office card account will be able to pay tax credits.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has commissioned on costs of closure of (a) hospitals and (b) schools financed by (i) Government debt and (ii) private finance initiative...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to monitor information on sales of equity stakes in private finance initiative contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to discuss with the National Audit Office increasing the transparency of private finance initiative schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect efficiency savings measures are having on the participation of women in the public-sector work force; and if he...

      Revenue and Customs: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff in Great Yarmouth have been declared pre-surplus; and for how long they have continued to be employed as pre-surplus.

      Smith Institute: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2007, Official Report, column 283W, on the Smith Institute: publications, how many copies of Smith Institute publications...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was collected (a) in total and (b) per head of the population by HM Revenue and Customs from residents of (i) London, (ii) Wales, (iii)...

      Taxation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received by his Department from tax on alcohol products in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Arts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance has been given to local authorities on the deduction of tax at source from the remuneration payable to self-employed contractors in the arts...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent tax increase on flights on the number of flights being made from the UK.

      Taxation: Bingo

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on the bingo industry of charging both gross profits tax and value added tax on bingo clubs since 2003; (2)...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Ministers and officials from his Department conducted the review of the non-domicile tax regime.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response the Government have made to the European Commission's proposals on the use of market-based instruments for environment and related policy...

      Taxation: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is provided to (a) port authorities and (b) the operators of local authority pier facilities on the tax and duty regimes applied on the sale...

      Taxation: Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the tax residence of trustees was defined (a) before and (b) after the Finance Act 2006; when the new rules took effect; and what estimate he has made...

      Tolls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether commercial and business drivers and operators will be able to offset road pricing payments against their tax liabilities as normal business expenses.

      Unemployment: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of youth unemployment was in Peterborough constituency at the end of each month since January 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average monthly level of unemployment in Shrewsbury and Atcham was in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      VAT: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation his Department undertook with businesses within the City of London ahead of the change in policy in July 2006 which ceased the right of...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people who received (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments of working tax credit and working family tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of those eligible in Northern Ireland for tax credits have been in receipt of such credits in each year since their introduction, broken...

  • House of Lords

    • Aggregate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of aggregate extracted from United Kingdom waters' seabed is exported.

    • Armed Forces: Casualty Reporting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How often they review the standard operating procedures for casualty reporting for the Armed Forces.

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of the tender for the works project to develop the layout of the military-managed ward at the National Health Service Selly Oak Hospital; and...

      Armed Forces: Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase the number of personnel in the Armed Forces.

      Banks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will establish an inquiry into the banking industry's treatment of its personal customers.

      Census: British Kashmiris

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken to clarify the ethnic identity of British Kashmiris in the next census.

      Courts: Interpretation and Translation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the routine collection of data relating to interpretation and translation services used in court.

      Courts: Interpretation and Translation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure transparency in the provision of interpretation and translation services used in court.

      Courts: Interpretation and Translation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that those on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters are used in criminal proceedings wherever possible; and...

      Crime: Prison Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any prison officers have been arrested and convicted of corruption or other offences in connection with their duties as prison officers serving at HM...

      Elections: Postal Votes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a need to alter the timetable for future elections to provide more time to deal with the dispatch and receipt of postal votes.

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 18 April (WA 65), 26 April (WA 155) and 9 May (WA 263-4), whether they expect to be able to make any...

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to include individuals categorised as "very seriously ill/injured/wounded" or "seriously ill/injured/wounded" in the casualty reporting figures...

      Local Government: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the shortfall in council tax revenues resulting from the exemption for full-time students is met by central government or any other body.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British passports were cancelled in each of the past 12 months as a result of (a) non-delivery; (b) loss by holder; and (c) theft from holder; and what is...

      Pensions: British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many citizens living in each British Overseas Territory and in receipt of United Kingdom state pensions are affected by the regulations freezing their pensions...

      Pensions: British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which British Overseas Territories are (a) subject to, and (b) not subject to the frozen pension regulations.

      Pensions: British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of removing the frozen pension regulations for citizens who are resident in British Overseas Territories.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What decisions have so far been taken by the Interdepartmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking in respect of both sexual and labour exploitation; and how...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the work over the past six years of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has led to an indictable case against a former member of the Royal Ulster...

      Public Sector: IT Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as recently stated by the Chief Information Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions, £14 billion a year is being spent on public sector...

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many London boroughs, on present plans, will meet the London Plan target of recycling 45 per cent of municipal waste by 2020; what the current position is for...

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of London's waste is burned in landfill sites compared with the national average for all English authorities using the latest available...

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why separating waste collection and contracting for waste disposal is inappropriate in London when a two-tier system exists outside London and produces higher...

      Water Supply: Greywater

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider stronger measures to promote greywater information and usage advice for United Kingdom households to re-use domestic water supplies in...

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