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Written answers

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

  • Leader of the House

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 452W, on cycling: Highway Code, for what reasons the wording was changed from "where...

    • Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost is to British public funds of the British contribution to Galileo in each year since 1997, broken down by Department.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the Government plans to contribute to Galileo in the next five years, broken down by Department; (2) when he expects Galileo to be...

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to levy charge on operators or users of existing satellite based positioning systems in order to fund the Galileo project.

      Great Western Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment his Department has made of the performance of First Great Western train services; and if he will place in the Library the most...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions there have been at meetings of the Joint Ministry of Defence and Department of Health Partnership Board on the provision of dental care...

    • Departments: Advertising

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

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans' badges have been issued in each region of the UK in each year since they have been available.

      University Officer Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 1292W, on the University Officer Training Corps, which universities have University...

  • Education and Skills

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the reasons are for delays in the rebuilding of schools in Leicester under the building schools for the future scheme; and if he...

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what action is planned to be taken on (a) workforce satisfaction with management and (b) workloads following the 2006 Children and...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to specialist assessment teams within the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service to work...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) teacher to pupil ratio and (b) classroom assistant to pupil ratio was in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education grants were given to 16 to 19 year olds in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what the total...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children diagnosed with eating disorders before the age of 15 years subsequently achieved five GCSEs at level A-C in each of the...

      Education: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the impact of recent changes in funding formula for Gypsy and Traveller education on (a) pupil...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) maintained secondary schools and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the variation was in the proportion of children entitled to free school dinners between the school in each local education authority...

      Further Education: Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that foundation degrees awarded by further education colleges will be structured so as to allow those...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary age children were home schooled in each education authority in each year since 1997.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Ofsted inspectors have physical education as their subject specialism.

      Primary Education: Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the last meeting held between officials or Ministers in his Department and...

      Primary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on personalised learning in primary schools in (a) English and (b) mathematics in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Pupil Exclusions Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils were (a) permanently excluded and (b) given fixed period exclusions from pupil referral units in...

      Pupil Exclusions Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils with (a) a statement of special educational needs and (b) special educational needs but no...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils at pupil referral units achieved at GCSE (a) five A* to G, (b) five A* to G including English and...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the number of English as an additional language pupils in (a) Cambridgeshire, (b) Norfolk and (c)...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of funding was per pupil in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham, (b) Dagenham, (c) Leicester West and (d) Leeds Central...

      Reading: Mentors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many mentors there are providing help with reading in schools in England.

      Schools Private Finance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much has been spent on (a) the establishment and (b) the running of the Schools Private Finance Unit; (2) how many staff work...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned to assess the through-life costs of a school built under (a) Building Schools for the Future and (b)...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were assaulted by (a) pupils and (b) parents in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in England have sprinkler systems installed; (2) what percentage of fires in schools were started deliberately in...

      Special Educational Needs: Teaching Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on alternative formats for educational material for visually impaired and dyslexic children.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what mechanisms are in place for monitoring the effectiveness of Government-funded programmes run by the Specialist Schools and...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Companies: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to limit the amount administrators can charge in the event of a company going into administration.

    • Mobile Phones: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what typical levels of radiation are emitted by a mobile telephone during use; at what distance from a mobile telephone mast with a maximum...

      New Businesses: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many business start-ups there were in the north-west in each year since 1997.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

    • Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to his Department was of the ministerial car fleet in each year since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 30April 2007 , Official Report, column 1440W, on Departments: official hospitality, what the reason was for the...

      Departments: Sovereign Strategy

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

      EC Environmental Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable was for the implementation of each part of EU directive 2002/91/EC, on energy performance of buildings, in Northern Ireland;...

      Irish Study Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the announcement by the Irish Taoiseach that he would be working with him to establish an Irish Study Centre in a...

      Royal Ulster Constabulary: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutors were employed in the former Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland central process offices in...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Asylum: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been brought in Northern Ireland under section 35 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004; how many resulted in...

    • Prosecutions: Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the average cost was of a prosecution within the system established under the Public Prosecution Service in (a) the magistrates court and (b) the Crown court...

      Prosecutions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions were concluded in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years by (a) police central process offices, (b) the Director of Public...

      Public Prosecution Service: Manpower

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people (a) are employed in the Public Prosecution Service and (b) will be employed in the Public Prosecution Service when it is fully staffed.

  • Wales

    • Cockling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has held with the First Minister on cockling.

    • Government and Welsh Assembly Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he plans to hold with the new Welsh Assembly administration on the changes of relationship between the Government and the Welsh Assembly...

      Manufacturing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for manufacturing industry in Wales.

      Concessionary Fares: Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on extending the pensioners' concessionary fares scheme to rail travel in Wales.

      Farming: Supermarket Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on encouraging Welsh farmers to submit evidence to the...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Usa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary, the Welsh Assembly Government and the US embassy on the establishment of a US consulate in Wales;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive gives to employers on breaks for female employees who are breastfeeding after the birth of a child.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how debts owed to the Child Support Agency will be transferred to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and how long this...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with children living below (a) 60 per cent. of median income and (b) 40 per cent. of median income are not in receipt of...

      Chile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Chile.

      Employment: East Lothian

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps have been taken to increase employment levels in East Lothian constituency.

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which staff are expected to administer the new single programme under the proposal that the administration of European Social Fund programmes...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents claiming income support stopped claiming that benefit because (a) their partner status changed, (b) their employment...

      Lone Parents: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Copeland were registered for lone parents benefit in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007.

      National Insurance: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will breakdown by ethnic nationality origin the applicants for national insurance numbers in Westminster in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that all eligible individuals are aware of their entitlements to benefit payments.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average amount of time was between receipt of a claim for (a) disability living allowance, (b) income support, (c) carer's...

      Social Security Benefits: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the benefit entitlements are of parents with children or young people (a) diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and...

      Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether Ministers and officials (a) in his Department and (b) in other Departments suggested amendments to David Freud's report on the...

      Welfare Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many special advisers from his Department worked on David Freud's review of the welfare system.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Heritage: Iraq

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

    • Cultural Heritage: Iraq

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

      Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the number of households which will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in (a) the...

      English Heritage: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to be in a position to announce the name of the new Chairman of English Heritage.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) on what date the Home Office was made aware of the numbers provided by the Metropolitan Police referred to in note 1 of the...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department plans to conduct a public consultation on the decision announced on 15 March to allocate an additional £675...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the diversion of lottery funds for the Olympics on other potential beneficiaries of...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the statement of 15 March 2007, Official Report, columns 450-52, on the 2012 Olympics, when her Department plans to bring...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future functions of her Department; and if she...

    • Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list her diary engagements from 1 October 2006 to 28 February 2007.

      Disabled: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of Warrington borough council's services for children with disabilities.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response her Department has received from the European Commission on its proposal that administration of the European...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the transfer of functions will take place in respect of the proposed transfer of European Regional Development Fund...

      Farmers: Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she provides to local authorities who operate or organise farmers' markets on certification under the scheme...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to mitigate the effect of increases in house prices for first time buyers.

      Benefits: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many pensioners (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the North East are...

      Housing: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many children were registered as living in (a) temporary accommodation, (b) non-decent accommodation and (c) overcrowded...

      Housing: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2007, Official Report, columns 1286-88W, on housing: London, how many dwellings in the...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) council and (b) Housing Association homes for controlled rent being built in...

      Housing: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the policy of the Newcastle Gateshead Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder to achieve 25 per cent. affordable housing to...

      Planning: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the planned new independent infrastructure planning commission will have any duties to consider or protect tranquillity.

      Recycling: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of Warrington borough council's progress towards meeting targets for recycling.

      Regional Development: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish the final version of the East of England Regional Strategy.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the impact of trends in buy-to-let properties on (a) the housing market and (b) homelessness.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of buy-to-let houses in (a) Luton, (b) the East of England and (c) England.

      Second Homes: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of second home ownership on the availability of affordable housing in coastal towns.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) her...

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what methodology is used by her Department to account for its carbon emissions.

      Egypt: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Government of Egypt on Ayman Nour, the imprisoned leader of the El-Ghad party,...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Russian counterpart on Russians living in the United Kingdom who advocate violence against...

      Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2007, Official Report, column 240, if she will make a statement on the report of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken working in collaboration with the National Farmers' Union to ensure that those farmers...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will compensate farmers who incurred costs through delays in making single farm payments.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the determination of single farm payments in 2007.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Rural Payments Agency's review of claims involving fruit, vegetable and potato single payment scheme...

      Animal Welfare: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Chinese Government on animal welfare issues in China.

      Animal Welfare: New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on issues relating to animal welfare on common land, with...

      Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of fraud relating to the Over Thirty Months Scheme have been investigated since the scheme began; and how many...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Minsterley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will visit the village of Minsterley to meet farmers who have experienced bovine TB in their cattle.

      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 without a valid passport.

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward legislation to improve access to coastal areas.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he is having with his EU counterparts on reform of the common agricultural policy.

      Darwin Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the funding to the Darwin Initiative.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by his Department;...

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of the five largest information...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which Government websites he is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of his Department's special advisers were on (a) paid and (b) unpaid leave in order to assist with party political...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department's balance sheet (a) is in 2007 and...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of annual private finance initiative payments made by his Department from (a) capital and (b) revenue...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b)...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments were (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts...

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes...

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department and its predecessor who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit...

      Departments: Telephones Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department with the prefix (a) 0870 and (b) 0845; and whether alternative...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that pedigree dogs are fit before they are allowed to breed.

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions in each of the last five years his Department was the subject of a case raised by the European...

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the Fair Trade food initiative; what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on that initiative;...

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many working farms ceased production in the last five years.

      Fisheries: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date all (a) over 10 metre and (b) under 10 metre fishing licences were issued in each year since 1997.

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the Fishery Protection Squadron; and if he will make a...

      Fisheries: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) skippers and (b) vessel owners were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted for violating fisheries rules in UK...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance the Government have issued to retailers in the UK aimed at increasing food security.

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will support the proposal by Kenya and Mali to introduce a 20-year moratorium on the ivory trade at the forthcoming...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will oppose attempts to allow further trade in elephant ivory at the forthcoming meeting of the Convention on...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will urge that Japan's status as a trading partner for ivory stockpiles be rescinded at the Standing Committee meeting...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to support elephant conservation outside the work of the Convention on International Trade in...

      Landfill: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much waste from local authority areas within Greater London was disposed of at Stewartby (L Field), Bedford...

      Nature Conservation: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on protecting endangered species from trade in relation to the meeting of the Convention on...

      Nature Conservation: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will fund a workshop on the internet trade in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species specimens in the...

      Nature Conservation: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will seek to amend the proposal on livelihoods at the forthcoming meeting of the Convention on International Trade in...

      Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence his Department has obtained from other countries on the long distance transport of diabrotica virgifera into...

      Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department has carried out an investigation into the origins of the two wild populations of diabrotica...

      Sheep: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 763W, on sheep imports, how many of the lambs imported in the...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is of a visit to an accident and emergency department in England.

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what care can be provided by an ambulance paramedic that cannot be provided by an ambulance technician.

      Carers: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much carer's grant was allocated to Warrington borough council in each year since it was introduced; and how much of the grant was spent on services...

      Cerebral Palsy: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments using (a) embryonic stem cells and (b) stem cells from umbilical cords are available in the United Kingdom to children with cerebral palsy.

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on (a) cervical cancer and (b) the new vaccine for human papilloma virus.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on the (a) nature, (b) scope and (c) quality of biomedical research into chronic fatigue...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to improve diagnostic waiting time targets for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on biomedical research into chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis; what plans...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS (a) has approved and (b) is developing any test that can diagnose myalgic encephalomyelitis in individuals; and if she will make a statement.

      Cost Shunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldsworthy) of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 777, on cost...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department issues on the recommended period of time between dental check ups.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes has attended a dental surgery in the last two years.

      Dental Services

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

      Dental Services: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS funding went to providing dentistry provision in Shrewsbury and Telford constituencies in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Dental Services: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists are working in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and how many there were in 2006.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have used (i) non-scheduled flights and (ii) helicopters within the UK on official...

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) destination and (b) purpose was of each overseas visit outside the European Union undertaken by staff in her Department in the last two months.

      Departments: Legal Costs

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people without posts are employed in her Department.

      Departments: Telephone Services

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

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people with diabetes who are unable to leave their home unaided have (a) been offered screening for diabetic retinopathy and (b)...

      Disabled: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England were registered as having a temporary disability which leads to reduced mobility in each year since...

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children between the ages of 10 and 18 years were treated for (a) bulimia and (b) anorexia in each of the last 10 years.

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) hospitals, (b) clinics, (c) health centres and (d) other care providers within the NHS specialise in the treatment of children...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether children in full-time education being educated at home have the same rights to (a) free NHS sight tests and (b) vouchers to cover other costs of...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners per head of population there were in (a) Stroud constituency, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) the South West and (d) England...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department set up a (a) working group, (b) steering group and (c) any other regular series of meetings on the new contract for the delivery...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to renegotiate the contract for the delivery of general medical services agreed in June 2003.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date she met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the renegotiation of the contract for the delivery of general medical services agreed in...

      Health Professions: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to consult on her proposals to amend legislation to ensure that all practising health care professionals have compulsory indemnity cover.

      Health Services: Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to tackle age discrimination in the provision of health services; what targets she has set for this work; and what progress has...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring her Department has undertaken of the sale to Clinical Excellence of the five year licence granted to Nations Ltd. to build an independent...

      Health Services: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a national service framework is in place to guide the management and treatment of young, violent or sex offenders; and how many secure...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the Cooksey review's recommendation for a review of (a) the impact of diseases and illnesses in the UK on the population...

      Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to conduct a cardiac stock-take to review capacity across the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) patients were treated and (b) fatalities occurred in the (i) coronary care units and (ii) stroke units at (A) the Royal Lancaster...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total number of beds and (b) number of beds per 100,000 population (i) for England and (ii) for each strategic health authority was in each...

      Hospital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is allocated to hospitals in addition to primary care trust contracted operations; and for what purposes.

      Hospitals: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she has taken to reduce the cost of (a) telephone, (b) television and (c) car park services in hospitals for patients requiring long...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for mandatory prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition her Department uses of healthcare-associated infections; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS Trusts and (b) hospitals have acted on her Department's recommendations to provide free or reduced price parking for patients requiring...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment is available on the NHS for wet macular eye degeneration.

      Macular Degeneration: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the use of new surgical procedures in the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration; and if she will make a...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the spending per head of population is on mental health in each local health district in 2007-08; how much was spent in each of the last five years;...

      Mental Health: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds resulting from the use of cannabis there were in each year since 1997.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will undertake a consultation on the change of status of insurance cover for independent midwives.

      Mothers: Home Help

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department has made with providing nursing support to mothers of children under the age of two years as referred to in the report of the...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of her presentation to the Cabinet on the NHS of 19 April 2007, referred to by the Prime Minister in his speech to...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last met the Chief Executive of NHS Direct NHS Trust to discuss the efficiency of the organisation.

      NHS: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on litigation by the NHS in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many separate bodies monitor, inspect or assess the NHS; and what co-operation there is between those bodies to prevent duplication of work.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she has taken to improve the terms and conditions of nurses working in the NHS; and what plans she has to further improve pay and conditions.

      Nurses: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability, subject to a means test, of grants for nursing students studying for (a) a diploma course or (b) a...

      Paediatrics: Princess Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS hospital trust on the proposed overnight closure of the paediatric unit at the Princess...

      Patient Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department has given to foundation trusts on the involvement of patient groups in trust board meetings; what representations she has had...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of whether hospitals have acted on her Department's guidance to inform patients of the hospital travel costs scheme.

      Plagiocephaly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will estimate the cost of providing STARband treatment free of charge to all children with deformational plagiocephaly; (2) what her most...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) members of the public and (b) others on the practice of restricting repeat prescriptions to 28 days' length.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items were dispensed by the NHS in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total net cost of these items was in each year.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1052W, on primary care trusts, when the first draft of the Official Journal of...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2007, Official Report, column 552W, on prisons: drugs, whether the funding announced for the Integrated Drug Treatment...

      Race Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost and (b) content was of the training modules on race equality and cultural capability to which she refers in paragraph 5.268 of her...

      Urology: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set a timetable for implementing the recommendations following the recently ended consultation on the supply of urology products.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Central Office of Information: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will name each contract that the Central Office of Information has with Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO; and what the value is of each such contract.

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many joint reviews with other Government Departments the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit has carried out over the last 12 months.

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, columns 795-6W, on the Delivery Unit, what (a) key barriers to improvement and (b)...

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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; and if she will make...

      Departments: Legal Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by the Cabinet Office on legal fees in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much her Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when she expects the remaining capability reviews to be published.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether her Delivery Unit has conducted any review in the last five years of the provision of out-of-hours care by general practitioners in the NHS.

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 797W, on the policy review, whether any other payments have been made to other...

  • Justice

    • Drink Driving

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many convictions there were in each police authority in England and Wales for the offence of drink driving in each year since 2001; and how...

    • Family Conciliation Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has (a) to promote the use of family mediation prior to the commencement of divorce proceedings and (b) to fund an expansion of...

      Family Conciliation Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what research she has (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of funding provided for Hampshire Family Mediation as a result of...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of prisoners released under the home detention curfew scheme were subsequently recalled in each year since the...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of prisoners were released (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) three months, (d) four months, (e) five months...

      Legal Aid: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many legal aid cases were funded in Greater London under (a) the criminal and (b) the civil legal aid scheme in the latest 12 month period...

      Magistrates Courts: Closures

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many magistrates courts in (a) Kent and (b) England and Wales closed in the last 10 years for which records are available.

      Deborah Mattinson: Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what work has been carried out for her Department or its predecessor since 2004 by (a) Deborah Mattinson and (b) Opinion Leader Research.

      Ministry of Justice Innovation Fund

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the value is of (a) phase one and (b) phase two of the Ministry of Justice Innovation Fund.

      Prisons: Kent

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the (a) certified normal capacity for prisons in Kent and (b) prison population in Kent is.

      Prisons: Rochester

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will make a statement on planning permission for the proposed prison in Rochester.

      Probation: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether any (a) assistant chief officers, (b) business managers and (c) staff of other grades will be made (i) compulsorily and (ii)...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of lifer programmes in dealing with prisoners on an indefinite sentence of public...

      Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) on how many occasions the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal sat in 2006; (2) what the longest current delay is of any case awaiting...

      Standford Hill Prison: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners absconded from (a) HMP Standford Hill and (b) HMP Sudbury in each year since 1997; and how many of those remain at large in...

      Young Offenders: Education

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations she has received on the level of education given to young female offenders; what response she has made to those...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Illarian Stepanovich Borodine remains in the UK following the refusal on 24 January 2002 of his application for asylum; and if he...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what non-financial support is provided to failed asylum seekers.

      Asylum: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers reside in Bromsgrove constituency.

      Asylum: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers sought asylum in the UK on grounds of religious persecution in each of the last three years; (2) how many...

      Asylum: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are taken into account when assessing the safety of a country for repatriating failed asylum seekers and immigrants.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of foreign nationals resident in the UK who were born before 1961 to British mothers and...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those foreign nationals now resident in the UK who were born to British mothers and foreign fathers before 1961 applied...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police authorities on the use of the closed circuit television camera system codenamed the Bug.

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been granted citizenship at his discretion when they do not meet the other criterion stated in the British Nationality...

      Crime Prevention: Macclesfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what priorities he has set for reducing crime in the Macclesfield borough in the Cheshire constabulary east division; and if he will make a...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by his Department; and what the (i)...

      Departments: Data Protection

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

      Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's responsibilities are with respect to London; what responsibilities he holds jointly with the Mayor of London; and if he...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in bonuses to members of his Department in the last year for which figures are available; how many people received bonuses;...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

      Deportations: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were requested to complete an application for a travel document from the Iranian embassy with a view to deportation in each...

      Deportations: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were deported to Iran in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Workers: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from other EU countries are working in (a) West and (b) North Yorkshire, broken down by country of origin.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued to police forces in England and Wales with regard to the use of the Forensic Science Service for forensic work;...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police forces in England and Wales are discouraged from sending more than 60 per cent. of their forensic work to the Forensic Science...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the application of Freedom of Information regulations...

      Health Professions: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued for (a) doctors and (b) nurses and auxiliary nurses from (i) Nigeria, (ii) Ghana and (iii) other...

      Illegal Immigrants: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people convicted of a crime in Lancashire in each of the last five years were illegal immigrants.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to determine the application of Mrs. Zainabu Reed (ref M1037442) for leave to remain in the UK.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the new Border and Security Agency to clear outstanding (a) exceptional leave to remain and (b) 14-year rule applications.

      Immigration: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which categories of individual are awarded fast track status through UK immigration and customs procedures; (2) what the application...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 9 March regarding Mr. Randhawn of Oldburg.

      Migrant Workers: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many farmers receiving single farm payments in the UK applied for work permits for overseas workers in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Police: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his response to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1076W, on the police national computer, if he will place...

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what age (a) male and (b) female police officers are able to retire on a full pension.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dedicated traffic police officers there were in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Police: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to use technology to modernise the operations of police forces.

      Security Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on each of the 12 points outlined by the Prime Minister as security measures on 5 August 2005; and if he will...

      Teachers: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued for teachers and lecturers from (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) Latin America and (d) the Caribbean in each...

      West Midlands Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police time was spent on frontline duties by West Midlands police in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer question 128690, on migrant workers and the school age children of migrant workers, tabled by the hon. Member for...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the question tabled on 3 May on children applying for asylum status; and what the reasons are for the delay in answering.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with Serco on its management of complaints received on the treatment of women detainees at Yarl's Wood.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to improve the treatment of women detainees at Yarl's Wood.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees were involved in the Enterprise Summer School scheme in 2006; and how many are expected to be involved in 2007.

    • Constituency Size

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) actual and (b) percentage change in the size of the electorate in each parliamentary constituency was between the last two years for which...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Medical Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the career structure for the military medical branch.

    • Corruption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What records they have for each of the past five years of prosecutions and convictions for the offence of corruption or offences related to corruption.

      EU: Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest position on the European Union's proposed Chamber of Fundamental Rights and its relevant agency in Vienna.

      EU: Time Zones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will clarify (a) how many time zones there are within the European Union, and (b) which nations belong to each of these time zones; and whether they...

      Israel and Palestine: Arrests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Israel concerning the most recent arrests of elected Palestinians, Ministers and former Ministers.

      Israel and Palestine: Ceasefires

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they and the quartet are taking in order to restore comprehensive ceasefires over the whole of Israel and Palestine.

      Licensing: Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research and statistical analysis is being commissioned to enable distinctions to be made between complaints about incidents of recorded and live music.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have measured the impact of neighbourhood renewal funding (NRF) in the most deprived wards; and whether they consider the majority of projects would...

      Olympic Games 2012: Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the statutory obligations of the London Development Agency and the local authority to any allotment holders on the proposed Olympic site.

      Prisons: Social Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are encouraging best practice in social care in considering the supervision of prison officers in light of concerns about the complexities of offenders' needs.

      Private Finance Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the advantages of purchasing via private finance initiative schemes as opposed to normal public expenditure financing.

      Russia: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Russian Federation's laws and practices are compatible with its obligations as a member of the Council of Europe as regards respect for democracy, the...

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