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Written answers

Thursday, 7 June 2007

  • Church Commissioners

    • Sex Discrimination

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 2W, on sex discrimination, if he will place in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that the Discrimination Law Review explicitly considers age discrimination as part of its remit.

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish for public consultation proposals emerging from the Discrimination Law Review.

      Explosives: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance was offered by the Government to the fire authorities in England and Wales following the explosion on 22 March...

      Fire Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of fire service response times from time of call to time of first attendance for each fire and...

      Public Lavatories: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that the provision of disabled toilets by local authorities is compliant with the Disability...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date she met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the forward budget of her Department.

    • English Heritage: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on the appointment of a new chair of English Heritage.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

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

  • Defence

    • Food Supply: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last considered the defence implications for the UK of (a) the threat of and (b) actual contamination of food supplies; and if he will make a...

    • Future Surface Combatant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the initial concept and design work for the Future Surface Combatant.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2007, Official Report, column 1119W, on rendition, what arrangements exist for notification of landings by...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what methodology is used by her Department to account for its carbon emissions.

    • Departments: Travel Agents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much her Department and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997.

  • Education and Skills

    • Children's Centres: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consideration is made of the requirements of maternity services in the development of Sure Start children's centres.

    • Dyspraxia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government support is available for people suffering from dyspraxia.

      Educational Institutions: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the decision of the University and College Union to consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions; and...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of foundation degrees he estimates will be validated by (a) further education colleges and (b) universities...

      Further Education: Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) universities, (b) businesses and (c) further education colleges prior to taking the decision to...

      Further Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the completion rates were for students undertaking (a) higher national diplomas and (b) foundation degrees in each of the last 10 years.

      Learning and Skills Councils: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the costs of any redundancies which will arise from the proposed restructuring of learning and skills councils...

      Medicine: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) average number of A*s at GCSE and (b) average UKCAT score attained by successful (i) pre A-level and (ii) post A-level...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vocational course places were available for 16 to 19 year olds in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to provide a substantive answer to question 138625, on grammar schools, tabled by the right hon. Member for Holborn and St....

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if he will make a statement on the progress of the Electoral Commission's investigation into...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will prohibit the export of live young calves.

    • Environment Protection: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish the consultation paper on the social and environmental guidance due in March 2008.

      Eunomia Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies has paid to the Eunomia consultancy; and for what purpose.

      Fly-tipping: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many incidents of fly-tipping were reported in Cambridgeshire in each year since 2004; and what the estimated cost...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements exist on reporting of greenhouse gas emissions for which companies (a) subject to and (b) not subject to...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what expenditure plans he has for the £7.5 million funding designed to improve the relationship between Warm Front...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to reply to the Fourth Report of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, Fourth Report on...

      Water: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish the Water Strategy; and what account it will take of affordability.

      Weed Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of Diquat to control weed growth in watercourses; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict: Journalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions her officials have had with (i) European partners and (ii) others (A) regarding...

    • Armed Conflict: Journalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions her Department has had since the adoption by the United Nations Security Council...

      Armed Conflict: Journalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures have been introduced to ensure the UK's compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1738, on the...

      Armed Conflict: Journalists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions her Department has had with (i) European partners and (ii) others to seek the...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the arrests of 10 British citizens in Syhlet, Bangladesh, on 14 May; what representations she...

      EC Internal Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which projects were funded by her Department's budget for EU Communications in each year since 1997; and how much the total...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she intends to petition the House of Lords for leave to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal on 23 May regarding...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1481W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, whether the two...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will (a) make representations on behalf of the Christian community based in North West Frontier Province in Pakistan to...

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the number of blasphemy cases being heard in the Pakistani courts; and what representations she...

  • Health

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if her Department will release the audit certificates for files containing documents mistakenly destroyed by the Department in the 1990s and which...

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will release the documents returned to the Department by solicitors in a previous litigation against the Department as referred to in the Review of...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans her Department has to submit (a) written evidence and (b) oral evidence from (i) Ministers, (ii) civil servants and (iii) NHS staff to...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the value was of annual private finance initiative payments made by her Department from (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets in each of the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date her Department received Treasury approval for the new contract for the delivery of general medical services agreed in June 2003.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the (a) National Adviser for Surgery, (b) National Director for Primary Care, (c) National Director for Emergency Access, (d) National Director...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 590W, on hospitals, where each of the new hospitals opened since 1979 are located.

      Hospitals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the through-life costs of (a) a conventionally procured hospital and (b) a private finance initiative hospital.

      Maternity Services: Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on changes to neonatal care at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital, with particular reference to the care of babies born under 27...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the service provided by NHS Direct NHS Trust; and in what ways she plans to inform Parliament of its...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of operating NHS Direct in each of the last three years.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts serve each parliamentary constituency.

      Psychiatric Services: Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for outpatient psychiatric care in each NHS Trust in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Psychiatric Services: Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for psychiatric assessment referrals in each primary care trust in the latest period for which...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what percentage of recipients of antisocial behaviour orders in each year since their introduction were aged (a) under 18...

    • Asylum: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce age restrictions on the fingerprinting of asylum seekers.

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for citizenship were rejected on the grounds of (a) character in each month since December 2006 and (b) language or...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people met the requirements for citizenship but have not attended the citizenship ceremony in each month since the introduction of...

      Costs: Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the formation of the Ministry of Justice has cost his Department.

      Crimes Against Property: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded offences of criminal damage by under 18-year-olds there were in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1244W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, if he will place in the Library copies...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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: Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI...

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by his Department.

      Departments: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are made of the membership of, and affiliation to, extremist groups of those employed by his Department.

      Domestic Violence: Edmonton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded instances of (a) domestic violence towards women and (b) trafficked women there were in Edmonton constituency in 2006.

      Driving Under Influence: Breathalysers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving tests have been carried out by each police force in each of the last 10 years.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forecast he has made of the number of individuals who will have profiles on the National DNA Database in the next (a) one, (b) two and...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to remove replicate samples from the National DNA Database.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people work in the National DNA Database Quality Team; what specialist training they receive; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under-age victims of human trafficking were returned by the Government to their country of origin when they reached 18 years old in...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 459W, on identity cards, how long he expects the initial development period...

      Licensing Laws: Bridgend

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the new licensing laws on combating crime in Bridgend.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 12 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Geniene...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrant workers are registered in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland, broken down by country of origin.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will sign the UN Convention on the rights of migrant workers and their families.

      Migrant Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was provided by his Department to Migrant Helpline in the last year.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is retained by the Identity and Passport Service on people to whom passports have been issued.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been remanded in police custody for a further period of 192 hours provided for under the Drugs Act 2005 for drug...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1076W, on the police national...

      Police: Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of working days were lost due to (a) sickness and (b) stress, anxiety or depression in each police authority...

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which organisations have been proscribed using terrorism legislation; and for what reasons in each case.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer question 105573, on special advisers, tabled on 6 December 2006 by the hon. Member for Fareham.

  • International Development

    • Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

    • Iraq: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who represented the UK at the United Nations conference in Geneva on Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people on 17 and 18 April...

      Iraq: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of internally displaced people in Iraq; and what efforts the UK Government is taking to...

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to improve access for litigants to copies of statutes in force.

    • Children's Act 1989

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether she has plans to publish on the internet the Children's Act 1989 consolidated with the Adoption and Children Act 2002, the Children Act...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many of her Department's special advisers were on (a) paid and (b) unpaid leave in order to assist with party political matters under...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what measures are in place to ensure that family lawyers dealing with children have the required staff training and qualifications to ensure that...

      Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what plenary and functional meetings of the Joint Ministerial Committee there have been since 1999; which Ministers attended; and what the...

      Probation: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the social impact of the performance of the community probation service in Nottinghamshire.

      Restoration Justice Programmes

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the Government have spent on restorative justice programmes in 2006-07; and what plans it has for future funding.

      Sexual Offences: Essex

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many of those convicted of sexual offences have absconded while (a) on parole, (b) on early release and (c) serving a suspended sentence...

  • Minister for Women

    • Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent progress has been made in reducing the pay gap between men and women.

    • Equal Opportunities: Housing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to promote equality in the provision of social housing.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Recruitment

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times his Office 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 Prime Minister how much was spent by his Office on legal fees in each of the last five years.

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Prime Minister which Government Department is responsible for social mobility policy; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) his Department and (ii) its...

    • Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Internet

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Departmental Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from bodies representing British businesses on the structure and functions of his Department.

    • Business Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to reduce the number of regulations imposed on business and industry.

      Manufacturing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to encourage high-skilled manufacturing in the West Midlands.

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in response to the joint statement of intent to create and implement an intellectual property rights programme...

      Sub-postmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to increase the contractual freedom afforded to sub-postmasters.

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to announce decisions on which post offices will close.

      Vibration White Finger: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what authority his Department has granted to Capita to interview under caution claimants for compensation for vibration white finger.

      Community Trade Union: Communitas Development for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding was given to (a) Community Trade Union and (b) Communitas Development for the Future in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Epilepsy

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

      Departments: Legal Costs

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

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase the intelligence capability of the electricity distribution network through broadband enabled smart meters.

      Employment: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1212W, on employment equality, what assessment he has made of the effect of...

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the financial implications of the UK's involvement with the Galileo project.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) when his Department informed solar photovoltaics installers of the decision to reduce the maximum household grant under the Low Carbon...

      Minimum Wage: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time enforcement officers monitor non-compliance with the minimum wage.

      Post Offices: Cheltenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices were open in the Cheltenham district in May of (a) 1987 and (b) 1997; and how many are now open.

      Post Offices: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which post offices in Cornwall closed in each year since 1979, broken down by Parliamentary constituency.

      Postal Services: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) obligations and (b) restrictions are imposed by the EU Services Directive on (i) Post Office Limited and (ii) the Royal Mail.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's estimate is of the lifetime carbon saving from (a) a 2.5kWp domestic solar photovoltaics system and (b) a 4m2 domestic...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the security and safety implications of the sale in the departure sectors of airports of goods deemed unsuitable to be...

    • Buses: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether bus companies operating in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are on course to meet Government targets for...

      Compulsory Purchase: Weald Smokery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the compulsory purchase order for the Weald Smokery in East Sussex.

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) his Department and (ii)...

      Departments: Sovereign Strategy

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

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total revenue was raised by the use by agencies responsible to his Department of 0870 numbers in each year since 1997.

      Driving: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department and the Highways Agency provides to disabled drivers in the case of (a) a breakdown in a road tunnel and (b) other...

      Driving: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department and the Highways Agency are taking to ensure that the (a) Dartford Tunnel, (b) Mersey Tunnel, (c) Blackwall Tunnel, (d)...

      Eurostar: Ashford Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to authorise changes to the Eurostar train services from Ashford International Train Station.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects the UK to be able to make full use of the Galileo satellite system; (2) what proportion of the budget for the Galileo project is...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 750-1W, on Heathrow Airport, what estimate his Department has made of the additional...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects mixed mode operations to start at Heathrow.

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when his Department next intends to review its excessive noise policy on aircraft departing from Heathrow Airport; whether this review will...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce the Australian N/70 system for measuring noise disturbance around Heathrow airport.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors he took into account in increasing the vehicle registration fee from £38 to £50; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate has been made of the number of people with temporary disabilities who do not meet the criteria for a disabled parking permit; (2)...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the contribution of the transport infrastructure to the economy.

      Railways: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold discussions on expanding the train network in (a) Portsmouth and (b) the rest of Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways: Reading Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what upgrades are being planned for the up and down relief lines between Reading and London Paddington.

      Railways: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available to reopen strategic and inter-regional links of disused rail lines, including the Leek to Stoke-on-Trent line; and if he will...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the 1,000 new train carriages announced in his speech on 14 March 2007 he estimates will be manufactured in the UK.

      Royal National Lifeboat Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls for assistance the Royal National Lifeboat Institution received on (a) Sunday 27th and (b) Monday 28th May 2007, broken down by vessel.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account is being taken of the special needs of drivers with disabilities in the forthcoming road pricing scheme pilots; and what lessons have been...

      Tolls: Global Positioning System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether satellite local authority road pricing schemes will be able to use the (a) American GPS, (b) Russian Glonas and (c) Chinese Beidou satellite...

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tendering process is used to decide which company supplies ministerial red boxes to his Department.

    • London Development Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the borrowing limit of the London Development Agency was in 2006-07; and how much it will be in 2007-08.

      Revenue and Customs: Conferences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many conference bookings have been (a) booked and (b) cancelled by HM Revenue and Customs with Travelocity since June 2006; and what the cost was to...

      Taxation: Dentistry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of the dental profession on their tax and national insurance status since 1 April 2006.

      Voucher Schemes: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of employers who are offering child care vouchers; and how many employees are covered by the scheme; (2) what...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Ministers first requested calculations to be made in relation to the cost of introducing the £25,000 income disregard as referred to in the answer...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of (a) overpayment and (b) underpayment there were in the Child Support Agency for Bexley residents in each of the last five years.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parent families eligible to receive child support benefit do not receive the benefit because the father does not contribute to...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of children raised by (a) married couples, (b) unmarried couples and (c) single parents are estimated to live below the...

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the Department expects all those currently eligible to receive funds under the financial assistance scheme and who are 65 years old...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) nurses and (b) midwives claimed jobseeker's allowance in each of the last three years.

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to refresh the new deal for young people.

      Pension Credit: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension tracking application forms were submitted to the Pension Tracking Service in each month since the service has been offered;...

      Pension Credit: Edmonton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Edmonton constituency are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pension Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls the pension credit telephone number 0800 99 1234 received in each month since the service was offered.

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what total cost has been of providing the Pension Service Forecasting Helpdesk since its inception.

      Remploy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received in support of the Remploy consortium of trade unions' proposed future business plan for Remploy.

      Scheme Assets Review Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations the unclaimed scheme assets review team has received.

  • House of Lords

    • Book Aid International

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the work of Book Aid International in sub-Saharan Africa.

    • Book Aid International

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Department for International Development has regarding the future funding of Book Aid International.

      Border and Immigration Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they monitor the ways in which the Border and Immigration Agency handles gender issues; whether they are planning any improvements to current practice; and, if...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the extent to which current rates of world deforestation will produce greenhouse gas effect above the long-term ceilings for global...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much coral is imported into the United Kingdom each year; what proportion of the coral they estimate dies in transit; in which regions corals imported into the...

      Economy: Infrastructure Asset Base

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the comments of the president of the Confederation of British Industry that the United Kingdom infrastructure asset base is contracting...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention, as intimated at Clause 16(5) and (6) of the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, to permit the possibility of reproductive cloning;...

      Food: Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the research commissioned by the Department of Health, and currently being carried out by Thompson Intermedia, to review the changes in the...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What help they are providing to the independent public inquiry into contaminated National Health Service blood products.

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3 May (WA 236), what plans they have to extend blood cord banking beyond the four National Health...

      Health: Infected Blood-clotting Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Department of Health's audit review of the alleged shredding by civil servants of documents relating to the supply of infected blood-clotting products to...

      Health: Kidney Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to ensure that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on the use of erythropoietin to treat pre-dialysis...

      Health: Kidney Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the large increase in patients being identified and treated for chronic kidney disease is a result of the general practitioner contract.

      Health: Kidney Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to increase expenditure on research into kidney disease and its detection and treatment in its early stages given the number of people...

      Health: Separate-sex Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which are the 26 National Health Service trusts that have been given funds to establish separate-sex wards.

      Immigration: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland on 8 January (WA 23), whether the average costs of deportation appeals before the Asylum and Immigration...

      Immigration: Yarl's Wood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are reviewing the level of individual support, including individual supervision, for staff at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.

      Iraq: Palestinian Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have encouraged the Government of Iraq to clarify the status of Palestinians in Iraq who have been victims of persecution, and to permit access to...

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many refugees from Iraq are now in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon; and what humanitarian assistance the United Kingdom has provided to them.

      Land Management: Ecosystem Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the benefits of moving from quantification of the value of individual ecosystem services to quantification of the aggregated...

      Land Management: Ecosystem Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, it is the responsibility of Governments to encourage the sustainable domestic stocking...

      Marine Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the value of ecosystem services of marine wildlife such as corals and tropical fish; and whether this value is being eroded by...

      Olympic Games 2012: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 20 April (WA 103), how detailed quantity surveyors' estimates were conducted as part of the funding...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in the Home Office will install an answer-phone service at its Liverpool office for the benefit of people...

      Police: DNA Database

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether up-to-date procedures in the Home Office will prevent the failure to pass on 27,500 DNA crime profiles to the police between 1995 and 2004, as revealed in...

      Roads: Pricing Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much each driver will be expected to pay per mile under the proposed road pricing pilot scheme; and Why they propose that the road pricing pilot schemes can be...

      Sport: Cricket Tours of Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have expressed support for the decision of the Government of Australia to order the Australian Cricket Board to cancel the Australian team's tour of...

      Taxation: Amnesty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is an amnesty for United Kingdom taxpayers in respect of individuals' and companies' income and gains that have not been brought into account for...

      Transport: Number Plates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the cost of capital equipment invested in automatic number plate registration technology nationally from 1993 to the current date by both...

      Transport: Rail and Water Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 2 May on rail and water freight grants (WA 226-7), how much company neutral revenue support, track...

      Uzbekistan: Cotton Manufacture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the risks to human health, food standards and the world environment posed by the use by the state-controlled cotton sector in...

      Waste Management: Anaerobic Digesters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environmental Protection Agency produces a standard for the residue of anaerobic digesters which can be sold; and whether that product still falls...

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