Written answers

Monday, 11 June 2007

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Property

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

    • Departments: Travel Agents

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

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.

      Public Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the cost to public funds to date of (a) the Saville Inquiry, (b) the Finucane Inquiry, (c) the Hamill...

      Roads: Limavady

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many injury collisions occurred on the Ballyquin Road, Limavady between January 2006 and January 2007; and whether any further safety works...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Property

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

    • Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Recruitment

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

      Departments: Travel Agents

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

  • Wales

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what methodology is used by his Department to account for its carbon emissions.

    • Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what make and model of car (a) he and (b) each Minister in his Department selected as their official ministerial car; and what criteria were used when...

      Departments: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the official ministerial residences allocated to Ministers in his Department; and what the total annual cost is of running each.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on flood defences.

      Prince Charles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what discussions he has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government on celebrations for the 50(th) anniversary of Prince Charles'...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has made to (i) First Great Western trains and (ii) Network Rail on train service...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Official Residences

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the official ministerial residences allocated to him and his deputy; and what the total annual cost is of running each.

    • EC Law

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward plans to improve scrutiny of EU legislation.

  • Transport

    • Bridges: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which bridges in the UK charge tolls to traffic; and what tolls are charged in each case to (a) cars, (b) heavy goods vehicles and (c) buses.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1415W, to the hon. Member for Swansea, East (Mrs. James) on the British Transport...

      Cycling: Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has held with cycling organisations since the publication of the latest version of the Highway Code.

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to deter drivers from using mobile phones when driving.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on (a) military and (b) civilian applications of the Galileo Satellite Navigation System.

      Great Western Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with First Great Western on improving performance.

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish his response to the desk study report by Heriot Watt University and the Transport Research Laboratory...

      M60: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the vehicles of Highways Agency staff on the M60 were provided with matrix signals to instruct traffic; and when they will be authorised to use them.

      M60: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Highways Agency traffic officers will be able to use the scrolling arrows provided in their vehicles to direct traffic on the M60.

      M60: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what (a) section of the Highways Act and (b) associated regulations police officers on the M60 use the scrolling arrow traffic signs in their...

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is on the vehicle excise duty bands of Ministerial cars; and into which bands cars presently...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many off-road leisure facilities are available for the use of mini moto users for recreational purposes.

      Motorways: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress on the roll-out of hard shoulder running.

      Motorways: Walls and Fences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) estimate he has made of the cost and (b) assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (i) galvanised metal central reservation barriers...

      Railways: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost is of an (a) peak and (b) off peak (i) daily, (ii) return, (iii) weekly, (iv) monthly and (v) yearly ticket for an adult travelling...

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to develop a national policy framework for railfreight interchanges.

      Railways: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to increase capacity on commuter trains between Gravesham and London measured by (a) new carriages and (b) passenger numbers.

      Railways: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers have been found carrying offensive weapons on trains between Gravesham and London in each of the last five years.

      Road Traffic: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit Wellingborough to discuss traffic movements with local residents.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cost increases he approved for road schemes in the Highways Agency targeted programme of improvements in each year since 1998.

      South Hampshire Rail Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reply to the submission made by the South Hampshire Rail Group on the franchise operated by South West Trains; and if he will make...

      South West Trains: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission a study of the views of passengers carried by South West Trains which seeks their views on (a) comfort, (b) punctuality, (c)...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate the Government have made of the minimum daily charge by local authority road pricing schemes required significantly to alter driver behaviour.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what impact he expects EC Directive 2004/52 on the interoperability of electronic toll collection systems to have on the (a) choice and (b)...

      Traffic Commissioners: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers the traffic commissioners have to grant vehicle operator licences; and whether these powers have been delegated to other officials.

      Trains: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the provision for cycles on trains operated by South West Trains.

      Trains: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what specifications to franchises he is able to make regarding provision for cycles on trains.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will issue guidance to car vendors requesting that they advise people of the availability of anti-theft number plates when cars are sold.

  • International Development

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what methodology is used by his Department to account for its carbon emissions.

    • Departments: Travel Agents

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

      Guinea-Bissau: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid projects are being undertaken with UK funding in Guinea-Bissau.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid was given to (a) Guinea-Bissau, (b) Guinea, (c) Sierra Leone, (d) Liberia, (e) Mali, (f) Mauritania and (g)...

      Overseas Aid: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any of the funding provided by his Department to the World Bank in each of the last three years was allocated to the energy sector.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Palace of Westminster: Smoking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether legislation covering smoking in public places will be applied to the Palace of Westminster and all its...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) rental and (b) other accommodation costs were for premises occupied by the (i) Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and (ii) Public Prosecutions...

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the (a) rental and (b) other accommodation costs were for premises occupied by the (i) Department of the Director of Public Prosecutions and (ii) Police...

      Scott Inquiry

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2007, Official Report, column 1443W, if he will make a further statement on the progress made in the inquiry by Peter Scott QC...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Anniversaries: Prince Charles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government on celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Prince...

    • Anniversaries: Prince Charles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what celebrations her Department has planned for the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles' investiture as Prince of Wales.

      Anniversaries: Prince Charles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funds her Department plans to make available for celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles' investiture as...

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the recommendations of the Goodison report for which her Department has responsibility have been implemented; and what plans...

      Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Treasury on implementing the recommendations of the Goodison review.

      Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects were cancelled by the Arts Council in each of the last five years.

      Arts: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to make arts institutions aware of the tax incentives available to private donors.

      Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much and what percentage of the Big Lottery Fund's grants have been made to charities registered with the Charity Commission in each...

      Channel 4 Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent assessment her Department has made of the merits of different forms of (a) ownership and (b) funding of Channel 4;...

      Departments: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the official ministerial residences allocated to Ministers in her Department; and what the total annual cost is of...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department's 2007 annual report cost to produce.

      Digital Broadcasting: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost to individuals in Westmorland and Lonsdale arising from the need to purchase new equipment to...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timescale is for the publication of the revised Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Mayor of London on...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process is by which the locations of pre-games training camps for the London 2012 Olympics will be selected; and if she will...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to transfer responsibility and funding of high performance programmes in non-Olympic sports from Sport England to UK Sport.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been awarded by Sport England for high performance programmes in non-Olympic sports in each of the last three...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment Sport England has made of the impact of high performance programmes in non-Olympic sports on mass participation rates.

      Sports: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the establishment of sporting villages on the surrounding areas.

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) if she will make it her policy to offer the Panathlon Challenge financial support; (2) what representations she has received from...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans to expand competitive sport in schools.

      Theatre: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding will be made available for theatre groups working with disabled performers in 2008-2011 in (a) London and (b) England.

      Theatre: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding has been made available for theatre groups working with disabled performers for 2005-2007 in (a) London and (b) England.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of supplies of ammunition to the grenade machine gun in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what most recent estimate he has made of planned troop numbers in Afghanistan for each of the next four years.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recorded casualties there were in categories (a) T1, (b) T2, (c) T3 and (d) T4 in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each month since January 2004.

      Aircraft: Electronic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what independent safety assessment his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on Kapton wiring; what assessment his Department has made of...

      Armed Conflict: Journalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to establish a full and open inquiry into the deaths of journalists in conflict where the UK is involved; and if he will...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the job descriptions of those employed in the household of the (a) Chief of the General Staff, (b) Adjutant General, (c) General...

      Armed Forces: Bereavement Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to improve support services available to bereaved service families; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where each regional defence headquarters is located; and how many defence dental personnel there are in each of the regional headquarters in (a) the UK,...

      Armed Forces: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reassess the 50 decibels threshold at which hearing loss due to service can be compensated.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of protection the Bucher Duro Search Explosive Ordnance Disposal vehicles have against (a) mines, (b) rocket-propelled grenades, (c)...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of running the offices of the (a) Adjutant General, (b) Army Board and (c) Chief of the General Staff in 2006; and what change there...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many internal flights were taken by the (a) Adjutant General, (b) Chief of the General Staff, (c) non-ministerial members of the Army Board and...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what guidance his Department issues on the use of internal flights for travel by non-ministerial members of the Army Board; and what alternative...

      Army Board: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the criteria used for selecting cars used by non-ministerial members of the Army Board for use in the UK.

      Army: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on entertainment by the General Officer Commanding London District in the last 12 months, broken down by event.

      Army: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 843W, on Army: Greater London, if he will give a breakdown of the (a) staff and (b)...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 142W, on the Army: manpower, what the cost was of training the cook in the household of...

      Army: North East Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of the Chief of the General Staff's travel to and from the North East Economic Forum.

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration his Department is giving to further orders for Astute class submarines; and when he expects such considerations to be completed.

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the evidential basis was for Colonel Baxter's statement in his Fitness for Role Inspection Report of November 2005 into the Bermuda Regiment that it...

      Bermuda Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2007, Official Report, column 1260W, on the annual personal weapons test, what figures for shooting standards in...

      Chinook Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long the Enhanced Flying Package for Mark 2 Chinooks is expected to remain in service.

      CMT Dynamics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) date was of each payment made by his Department to CMT Dynamics since 1997.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many current members of the board of BAE Systems have previously worked for his Department; and in what capacity.

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methodology is used by his Department to account for its carbon emissions.

      Departments: Data Protection

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

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departments: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenditure is planned to be carried out in Pendle by his Department in the years up to 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Travel Agents

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

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will examine the merits of extending eligibility for the HM armed forces veterans badge to personnel involved in conflicts since 1984; and if he...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the principal militias identified as involved in insurgency attacks on UK service personnel in Iraq, together with their known leaders.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he intends to make publicly available captured (a) munitions and (b) documentation indicating Iranian involvement in insurgency attacks on UK...

      Joint Exercises: Kuwait

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any British military personnel took part in United States Lt. General David McKiernan's evaluation exercise Lucky Warrior, conducted in Kuwait in...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces Lynx helicopters are in (a) the UK, (b) Germany, (c) North America, (d) Southern and Central America, (e) Iraq, (f) Afghanistan,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to question 127539, tabled by the hon. Member for North Durham on 12 March.

      Military Aircraft: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions RAF aircraft have intercepted Russian military flights in or near British airspace in the last 12 months.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Kapton wiring is used in the Yellow Gate system in place in Nimrod aircraft; when this system was fitted in Nimrods; what wiring is used on other...

      Nuclear Submarines: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has investigated potential scenarios for the basing of nuclear submarines, including Trident, in locations other than Scotland.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the next generation of the nuclear deterrent since Parliament approved it in principle.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what urgent statements of user requirement were made by commanders in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of the last five years.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many days of leave in total have been lost by armed forces personnel due to delays in flights from Afghanistan to the UK in each month since...

      RFA Fort Victoria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to place RFA Fort Victoria into reserve; and what plans he has to replace her medical facilities in the active fleet.

      Russia: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on recent ICBM tests undertaken by Russia; what assessment he has made of the implications of such tests for UK defence...

      Sierra Leone: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 1096W, on casualty reporting, what progress has been made on reconciling casualty...

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to order the seventh and eighth Type 45 destroyers.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Audio Equipment: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward proposals for a statutory warning to be published on the external packaging of personal audio equipment to inform...

    • Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many prosecutions of employers there were for failing to provide breaks for female employees who are breastfeeding after the birth of a...

      Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to carry out the duty placed upon him by section 21 of the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006 since the...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to reduce the cost of microgeneration equipment for domestic households.

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people took sick leave for stress in his Department in the last 12 months; and what percentage of the total staff number this represents.

      Departments: Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments were made to the Smith Institute as part of the Government's Review of Maternity Pay and Leave and Parental Leave.

      European Space Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the membership is of the European Space Agency; how many UK citizens are represented in the agency; and at what levels.

      Food: Measurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish proposals for consolidating and simplifying the weights and measures provisions relating to food; and if he will...

      Media City Development Project: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been given to the Media City Development Project by (a) the Northwest Development Agency and (b) other Government agencies.

      Metrication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether traders may weigh, measure and price in imperial units only.

      Mining: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money from the public purse has been paid to companies who extract methane from former colliery sites.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the nuclear industry on plans for new nuclear power stations.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Office for Civil Nuclear Security on the adequacy of resources to vet drivers recruited by contractors...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to paragraph 12-17 of the consultation paper on the future of nuclear power, when he expects (a) the final batch of spent nuclear...

      Nuclear Power: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure publication on receipt of all submissions made to the second round of consultation on nuclear power on his...

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) research councils on research and development for nuclear power in each year since 1996.

      Nuclear Power: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account was taken of submissions to the Energy Review 2006 on nuclear security matters in preparation of paragraphs 6.26 to 6.42 of...

      Oxford-Cambridge Arc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department has paid Bedfordshire county council in respect of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

      Post Offices: Rushden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the closure of the post office in Rushden town centre against the Government's access criteria.

      Power Stations: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how long was spent considering the planning applications for each advanced gas-cooled reactor power station; and how long each took from the...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for the disposal of nuclear waste.

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to paragraph 8.2 of the consultation paper on the future of nuclear power, for what reasons he decided to propose co-disposal of...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals he has to make nuclear plant operators meet the cost of (a) insurance, (b) support provided without cost recovery by the...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibilities the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has with regard to the setting of packing standards for radioactive waste; and if...

      Wind Power: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for expenditure on offshore wind farms.

      Wind Power: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what objections have been made to (a) his Department and (b) other planning authorities to the siting of off-shore wind farms off the north...

      Wind Power: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of offshore windfarms.

      Wind Power: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the suitability of the North sea off the north east coast for the siting of offshore windfarms.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the statement of the Parliamentary Secretary in Westminster Hall on 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 324WH, what date has...

    • Charities: Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the recent levels of gift aid relief for charities.

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library copies of her Department's employee surveys for (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Intelligence Services: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the real terms percentage change in funding for the intelligence and security services was in each year since 1997.

      Party Leaders: Elections

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if she will place in the Library all guidance given to special advisers regarding the deputy leadership of the Labour Party elections within...

      Project George

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2198W, on Project George (1) whether she expects the works to incur expenditure...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress her Department has made with establishing a British volunteering corps further to the Chancellor's announcement on 31 January 2005.

  • Education and Skills

    • City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what target he has set for the number of city academies to be established in England by May 2010.

    • City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academy schools (a) are taking students, (b) will open to students before the end of 2007, (c) have opened and (d) he has...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who decides whether an academy school has a sixth form; and how many academies have no sixth form.

      City Academies: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils at state city academies obtained five or more A*-C passes at GCSE in 2006.

      City Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in each academy school have special educational needs; and what proportion of pupils take free school...

      City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academies are sponsored by (a) religious groups, (b) educational groups, (c) companies and (d) individuals.

      City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what promotional rights are available to a private sector company sponsoring a city academy.

      City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) educational experience and (b) advisory staff he requires sponsors of academies to have; and how he assesses their ability to...

      Classroom Assistants: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what schemes are in place to support school pupils' mathematics education by using university students to mentor them; and how many pupils...

      Departments: Pressure Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1 January and 31 March; and what the date...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new faith schools have been established in the last 10 years; and what proportion of these schools receive state funding.

      Faith Schools: Catholicism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children meeting the demonstration of faith criteria for acceptance to a Catholic secondary school were unable to obtain a place at...

      Faith Schools: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Muslim faith schools there are; what estimate he has made of the likely number in 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Foster Care: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many fatalities of young people in (a) foster and (b) residential care have taken place in England since 2000.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of colleges which are likely to gain powers to award foundation degrees in each region by (a) 2010,...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average A-level results were obtained by pupils at (a) state city academies and (b) other schools at A-level in 2006.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 692W, on GCSEs, (1) what proportion of 15-year-olds attending (a)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to evaluate (a) the 21(st) century science GCSEs and (b) other new syllabi.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) maintained, (b) specialist science, (c) grammar and (d) independent schools offer separate science GCSEs in...

      Head Lice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the incidence of head lice amongst school children in England in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school head teachers resigned from their posts within 12 months of an Ofsted inspection in...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with educational representatives on the reasons for recent trends in applications for headships of primary and...

      Higher Education: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the number of (a) faculties, (b) chairs and (c) other facilities in relation to Islamic studies in universities which...

      Languages: Mandarin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to his answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1390W, on Mandarin if he will take steps to encourage schools to offer...

      Learning and Skills Councils: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the changes to staff numbers and structures which will result from the reorganisation of the learning and...

      Local Education Authorities: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what basis he has allocated funding to Worcestershire local education authority; and if he will make a statement.

      New Arrivals Excellence Programme: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding from the New Arrivals Excellence programme has been made available to each local authority area in Somerset since the...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to publish a revised action plan for the implementation of the International Education Strategy.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2007, Official Report, columns 856-8W, on pre-school education: finance, what assessment he has made of...

      Pupil Exclusions: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions he had with Ministers in the (a) Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) Home Office on his...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to tackling bullying in schools in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations his Department is working with to tackle bullying in schools; and in what year his Department commenced joint working...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on education per pupil in Brent in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006.

      Pupils: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were given an individual education plan in each of the last 10 years.

      Regional Development Agencies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with regional development agencies on setting regional targets and priorities for skills.

      School Sanitary Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 994W, on school sanitary provision, how many times he has directed (a)...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what weight a local authority should give to a consistent rating of "excellent" when considering a small rural school for closure under a...

      Schools: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools recorded incidences of (i) theft, (ii) criminal damage and (iii)...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding he plans to make available for sprinkler systems in schools in (a) Richmond upon Thames, (b) the Royal Borough of Kingston...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps his Department is taking to inform (a) local education authorities, (b) governors and (c) schools of their...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions his Department has issued (a) directives, (b) requirements and (c) advice to (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the departmental inquiry on student loan fraud took place; what its nature was; who conducted it; what its scope and duration was; and...

      Targeted Capital Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Targeted Capital Fund will be accepting applications in the 2008-09 financial year.

      Teachers: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make it his policy to ensure that training courses for new teachers and headteachers include learning about sustainable...

      Vocational Education: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to replace the access course in Gloucestershire in order to provide trainees with sufficient skills to progress from...

      Written Questions: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to answer questions (a) 115508 on GCSEs tabled on 10 January 2007, (b) 116080 on GCSEs tabled on 11 January 2007, (c)...

      Young People: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on therapeutic services for children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour in 2006-07.

      Young People: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to promote and implement the new national strategy on young people who sexually harm others.

      Youth Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2007, Official Report, columns 672-75W, on the Youth Opportunity Fund, which local authorities made...

      Youth Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2007, Official Report, columns 672-5W, on the Youth Opportunity Fund, what the reasons are for the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many gravestones were deemed dangerous by inspectors in 2006.

    • Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many graveyards were inspected by the Health and Safety Executive in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the minimum height is of a gravestone or memorial requiring inspection under Health and Safety Executive guidelines.

      Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incidents of falling gravestones and memorials were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last 20 years.

      Child Support Agency: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the processing of clerical Child Support Agency cases.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children were living in households below (a) 60 per cent., (b) 50 per cent., (c) 40 per cent., (d) 30 per...

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what level of lone parent employment he estimates will be required in order to meet the Government's child poverty target by 2010-11.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) housing benefit but not council tax benefit, (b) council tax benefit but not housing benefit and (c) housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving (a) housing benefit but not council tax benefit, (b) council tax benefit but not housing benefit and (c) housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average duration of a housing benefit claim was in each year since 1997.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the claimant (a) on-flow rates and (b) off-flow rates for housing benefit (i) have been since 1997 and (ii) are estimated to be in the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed (a) incapacity and (b) another inactive benefit on grounds of rheumatoid arthritis in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii)...

      Incapacity Benefit: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were imposed on incapacity benefit claimants in each quarter since 1997.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have made repeat claims for income support in each month since January 1992.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the legal responsibility of company directors for health and safety.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many venues on the Public Entertainment Licence Register were served improvement notices under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fatalities there have been resulting from play activities in public playgrounds in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Playgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recorded injuries, excluding fatalities, there have been resulting from play activities in public playgrounds in the UK in each year...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of claims for jobseeker's allowance made by (a) telephone, (b) post and (c) an online claim form have taken (i) up to...

      Pension Credit: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of pensioners (a) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) on Teesside and (c) in the north-east are entitled to...

      Social Security Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the target time is for responses to queries referred to the Social Security Commissioners; and what the most recent figure is for the time...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the circumstances in which registered installers must provide local authority...

    • Departments: Buildings

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Disabled People: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that local authority planning departments work with local fire safety departments on the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the work of home inspectors complies with article 8 of the Human Rights Act.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from which budget her Department's advertising campaign to promote home information packs which commenced on 25 March was funded.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home inspectors qualified to produce the energy performance certificates required in home information packs will be in...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consult mortgage lenders on the possible requirements of both house sellers and house purchasers to obtain home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the consequences for home inspectors of her decision to phase in home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a home information pack will be required if a home is repossessed and subsequently sold or auctioned.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to prevent home and energy inspectors receiving financial inducements from householders or estate agents.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) timetable is and (b) terms of reference are for the consultation on energy performance certificates; and if she...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 124W, on housing: energy, how many (a) domestic energy assessors...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 124W, on housing: energy, how many practising (a) domestic...

      Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the requirement for building control permission for the installation of an...

      Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families are on waiting lists for housing; and how many of those are (a) UK citizens and (b) immigrants.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she received from non-governmental organisations representing planning and environmental concerns on the...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the guidance to local authorities on (a) bidding for and (b) spending the funding...

      Public Service: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of key workers living in (a) Somerset and (b) Taunton constituency.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the relationship between the number of buy-to-let properties and trends in rent levels in the...

      Valuation Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether information held by Rightmove from home condition reports and home information packs will be included within the current...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to Question 137090, on home inspectors, tabled by the hon. Member for Cotswold on 9 May.

  • Treasury

    • Annuities: East Midlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process tax rebates for senior citizens with annuities through the Leicester and Northampton tax office was in the latest...

    • Arthritis: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many children under the age of 16 years in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK died from the...

      Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised for charities through payroll giving in the last year for which figures are available.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising child benefit for oldest children by (a) £2, (b) £4, (c) £6, (d)...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many children would be taken out of poverty assessed as 60 per cent. of median income if child benefit for oldest children was...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the value of child benefit and tax credit payments made in relation to children from birth to 19 years old as an average for those...

      Child Benefit: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether child benefit is payable to migrant workers living in the UK in respect of children living abroad in other (a) EU and (b) non-EU countries; and if...

      Crown Estate: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost was of producing the Crown Estate's annual reports in each of the last three years; (2) how much the Crown Estate spent on (a) public...

      Crown Estate: Wind Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income was received by the Crown Estate from wind-powered electricity generating installations situated offshore in each financial year since 2004-05.

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on IT procurement in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which items with his Department's logo were (a) produced and (b) bought by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Freedom of Information: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) other Treasury Ministers have had with the Ministry of Justice on amendments to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and...

      Incentives: Informers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Office last exercised its prerogative power to reward an informer providing information that led to a recovery of money for the Crown.

      Monetary Policy Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) in what circumstances Monetary Policy Committee members are (a) invited to serve a second term and (b) allowed to apply to serve a second term; (2)...

      Monetary Policy Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of the Monetary Policy Committee have been appointed for a second term since 1997; and how many have served only one complete term.

      Taxation: Charitable Donations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax incentives are available to individuals wishing to make financial donations to arts institutions in the UK; and what the cost of these incentives...

      Taxation: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the implications of recent events at Leeds United Football Club for the effectiveness of the rules for the taxation of companies in...

      VAT: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases remain to be dealt with following the Michael Fleming/TA Bodycraft case; how many full-time equivalent caseworkers have been allocated to...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been of implementing the (a) child tax, (b) working tax and (c) pension tax credit schemes since inception; and...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of people who are eligible but not claiming tax credits have incomes which are at or above 60 per cent. of median income;...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the next set of data on tax credit take-up rates will be released; and what official releases of data in relation to tax credits there will be in each...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the potential annual saving from reducing the current tax credits disregard on income increases from £25,000 to zero;...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were taken to court for non-payment of tax credit overpayments in each month from April 2003 to June 2007; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2007, Official Report, column 965W, on agriculture: subsidies, when his Department expects...

    • Animals: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1457W, on animal: circuses, when he expects to announce the...

      Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with dairy farmers on ending the export of live calves.

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his European Union counterparts on dealing with coastal erosion; and if he will make a statement.

      Coastal Erosion: Demolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants or financial assistance are available to those who are obliged to demolish their property due to coastal erosion;...

      Dolphins: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to protect dolphins internationally.

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what base year was used in calculations of local authority populations in his Department's new waste strategy for England;...

      Elephants: Poaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his assessment is of (a) the quality of the data produced by the Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants system and...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on emissions of carbon dioxide in (a) the UK...

      Ivory: Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposal by the Government of Botswana to allow the trade in stockpiled ivory on an annual...

      Ivory: Botswana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposal put forward by the Governments of Botswana and Namibia for the unlimited...

      Ivory: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the 20-year moratorium on the trade of ivory proposed by the Governments of Kenya and Mali for...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of the international illegal trade of elephant ivory.

      Oil: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, columns 44-45W, on Oil: Pollution, whether he intends to pursue...

      Oil: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the targets set in the Guidance Notes for the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 of...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage retailers to provide on-pack information about recyclability of packaging.

      Poultry: Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects it to be safe to allow poultry auctions to reopen.

      Recycling: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plan to review regulations for the operators of green waste recycling centres; and if he will make a...

      Recycling: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the impact on voluntary sector recycling projects of the introduction by local authorities of...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what expenditure from the public purse on (a) anaerobic digestion and (b) composting of waste was in each of the last three...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plans to put in place targets for the anaerobic digestion of (a) household organic waste and (b)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) household organic and (b) agricultural waste was (i) aerobically and (ii) anaerobically digested in...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the implementation of joint waste...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aung San Suu Kyi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking in response to the ongoing imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi.

    • Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further action the Government plans to take in relation to (a) compensation and (b) repatriation for the Chagos...

      Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the return of the Chagossians to the Chagos Islands following the Court of Appeal ruling that...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the situation in Chechnya; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Ministerial Advisers

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

      Ethiopia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further steps she has taken since October 2006 to secure the release of Kifle Tigneh Abate and other opposition political...

      EU Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the EU constitutional arrangement; and if she will make a statement.

      EU Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Department's policy is on transferring additional powers to the European Union as part of any new constitutional...

      Foreigners: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account is taken of past convictions for violent crimes when considering whether to issue visas to foreign nationals.

      Iran: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of Iran's decision to expel illegal Afghan migrants; and what steps she plans to take in response...

      Iran: Nuclear Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what International Atomic Energy Agency supervision the Iranian Government would be required to accept in order for the UK...

      Iran: Nuclear Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she has made to proposals for (a) further incentives for Iran to suspend Iranian enrichment and (b) a further...

      Iraq: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in setting up co-operation programmes between Iraq and its neighbours on (a) border security, (b)...

      Iraq: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what body will have responsibility for the co-ordination and monitoring of the international compact with Iraq; and when...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact of the US surge strategy for Baghdad on security levels in the city; and if she will...

      Iraq: National Reconciliation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in establishing a national dialogue and reconciliation in Iraq.

      Islam: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to promote and embed democracy in the countries of the Islamic world; and if she will make a statement.

      Kyrgyzstan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to improve consular services in Kyrgyzstan; and if she will make a statement.

      Lancaster House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) conferences and events and (b) visitors there were at (i) Lancaster House and (ii) Marlborough House in each of...

      Lebanon: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK is giving to the Lebanese armed forces.

      Lebanon: Islamic Extremists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the (a) origin, (b) affiliation and (c) role of extremist Islamist groups in Lebanon; and if...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals have been put forward by the United Kingdom to resolve the impasse over the formation of the Special Tribunal for...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with the Government of Lebanon on initiatives to make political progress in Lebanon; and if...

      Lebanon: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries are believed to be breaching the UN arms embargo on Lebanon set out in UN Security Council Resolution...

      Lebanon: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what UN mechanisms exist for the review of the implementation of the restrictions set out in UN Security Council Resolution...

      Mexico: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she plans to take to increase contacts and trade with Mexico.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1511W, on the Middle East, what proposals the UK has put...

      Middle East: Gaza Strip

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

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any progress has been made by the Palestinian Authority towards meeting the Quartet conditions; and if she will make a...

      Pakistan: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Pakistan; and if she will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Security Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK is providing to assist the strengthening of the Palestinian security forces; and if she will make a statement.

      Poland: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government intends to make an intervention to the European Court of Justice in the case of the European Commission...

      Russia: Estonia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to (a) Russia and (b) Estonia on the recent confrontation over the movement of a...

      Terry Lloyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions her Department has had in response to the finding of the coroner in October 2006...

  • Prime Minister

    • First Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the status was of the meeting with the Welsh First Minister and the Scottish First Minister in January 2007; and in what capacity he attended the meeting.

    • Islam: Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his Office helped to organise the guest list for the recent conference on Muslims and Islam in the World Today held by Cambridge university in London.

  • Justice

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what support her Department provides for victims of crime.

    • Departments: Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was spent by her Department and its predecessor on legal fees in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in her Department's balance sheet (a) is and (b) was in each of the last...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 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...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what value of annual private finance initiative payments by her Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in each...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments were (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI...

      Departments: Travel Agency Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much her Department, its predecessor and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997.

      Expert Evidence: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what proportion of the legal aid budget dedicated to public law Children Act matters was spent on expert witnesses in each year from 2001-02 to...

      Prison Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) prison governors and (b) prison officers are suspended pending investigation at each prison establishment; and if she will make a...

      Prison Service: Injuries

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prison officers were refused payment of a section 11 benefit award following the issuing of a certificate of permanent injury...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how prison population projections are calculated; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the models used to do so.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) convicted prisoners and (b) remand prisoners committed suicide in each financial year from 2000-01 to 2006-07.

      Prisons

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 1148W, on prisons, how many prison places have been provided (a) under the...

      Prisons: Catering

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will list the prison establishments that have reported difficulties with catering deliveries following the introduction of the shared...

      Royal Courts of Justice: Library

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether she plans to re-open the library at the Royal Courts of Justice to the public.

      Solicitors Regulation Authority

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which solicitors were disciplined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 to date.

      Young Offender Institutions: Suicide and Self-Harm

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) suicides and (b) incidents of self-harm took place at each young offender institution in (i) 2002-03, (ii) 2003-04, (iii) 2004-05,...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what criteria determine whether a 2052 SH form should be opened on a prisoner detained in a young offenders institution; and if she will make a...

  • Health

    • Bicycles: Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the carriage of bicycles on trains; and if she will make a statement.

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many known haemophiliacs who acquired HIV and hepatitis C through blood transfusions there are in (a) Kent and (b) the UK.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women are on the waiting list for an appointment at the North London Breast Screening Service; and if she will make a statement.

      Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to make a decision on the implementation of the human papilloma virus vaccine following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has issued to primary care trusts on how they should interpret their duty to meet all reasonable requirements for NHS...

      Dental Services: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in (a) North Dorset Primary Care Trust, (b) South and East Dorset Primary Care Trust and (c) South West Dorset Primary Care...

      Dental Services: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices within Dorset Primary Care Trust are accepting NHS patients.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements her Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make to analyse the security implications of the recent Medical Training Application...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding her Department has provided for drug rehabilitation in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places for drug rehabilitation were made available in each of the last five years, broken down by region; and if she will make a statement.

      Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legal limit applies to the quantity of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine that can be bought on the internet and imported to the UK; and whether her...

      Fats: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the typical unsaturated fat content of a serving of (a) oven chips, (b) deep fried chips, (c) chicken masala, (d) fish...

      Folic Acid: Flour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on adding folic acid to flour.

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recorded incidents of food poisoning there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Food: Additives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she last met the Hyperactive Children's Support Group to discuss children's food additives; and if she will publish the minutes of the meeting;...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will hold discussions with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure the Committee for Advertising Practices revised...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the Food Standards Agency's colour-coded food labelling recommendations on consumer behaviour.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of (a) food labelling expressing guideline daily amounts and (b) other food labelling differing from...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the level of implementation of the Food Standards Agency's colour-coded food labelling recommendations.

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further steps she plans to take to ensure that food that is past its use-by date is not sold to the public.

      Health Hazards: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to educate people about the risk to their hearing from over exposure to loud noise; and if she will make a statement.

      Hybrid Embryos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has given to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on the use of hybrid embryos; and if she will make a statement.

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultation her Department is undertaking with health authorities on the implementation of Government guidance that they should provide...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 595W, on insulin, on which of the dates referred to she met Dr. Sue Roberts and Dr. Nick...

      Malaria: Travel Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from where (a) general practitioners and (b) pharmacists draw their information on the malarial status of destinations for UK travellers; and how...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secure places there are for psychiatric patients in London hospitals; and how many there were in each year between 2004 and 2006.

      Methylphenidate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 November 2006, Official Report, columns 775-6W, on methylphenidate, what progress has been made with updating the product...

      Milton Keynes Hospital: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy is in place in Milton Keynes General Hospital for the treatment of reservists on return from operational service.

      Musgrove Park Hospital: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) revenue income and (b) estimated overhead cost of the parking charges scheme at Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton constituency was in each...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 606W, on NHS: drugs, what recent discussions she has had on limits on the length of...

      Nutrition: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the decision to award the contract for a seminar on the Effects of Nutrition on School Attainment under the auspices of the Food Standards Agency...

      Nutrition: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions Ministers and officials of her Department have had with (a) officials from the Sector Skills Development Agency, (b) regional...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for recent trends in rates of obesity; and what steps she is taking to encourage physical exercise.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in the Government's obesity social marketing campaign.

      Obesity: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on (a) progress on...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensity modulated radiation therapy machines are in regular use in the NHS; and if she will make a statement on progress in introducing these...

      Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child in the last 12 months.

      Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the priorities of the SunSmart campaign will be during the summer.

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she is providing to those responsible for the management of (a) places of worship and (b) listed buildings on the legal requirements to...

      South East Strategic Health Authority: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals employed by the South East strategic health authority have been made redundant since its inception; what percentage of staff this...

      Strokes: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with a stroke in the most recent year for which figures are available.

  • Home Department

    • Immigration Policy Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to enforce immigration policies.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to remove failed asylum seekers.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to deport failed asylum seekers.

      Jamil el-Banna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the immigration status of Jamil el-Banna.

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role he expects Safer Neighbourhood Teams to play in reducing the number of criminal damage offences.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to encourage staff in retail establishments to join the special constabulary.

      Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for knife-related crime there were in each of the last four years.

      Immigration System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase the staffing resources dealing with priority legacy immigration cases.

      Immigration System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made in reviewing the immigration system; and if he will make a statement.

      Intelligence Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with West Yorkshire police on the exchange of intelligence between them and the security services.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to visit the Immigration and Nationality Directorate before he leaves office.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with Ministers and officials in the Ministry of Justice on combating anti-social behaviour.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are in place to help asylum-seekers gain a better understanding of the UK asylum process.

      Asylum: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted in 2006 of conspiracy to help people gain asylum fraudulently; and how many of those were deported.

      Asylum: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of New Asylum Model case owners in each region are (a) male and (b) female; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Border and Immigration Agency is expected to have the capacity to allow asylum seekers at screening stage to express a preference...

      Community Support Officers: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to all chief constables in England and Wales advising them of the benefits of stab vests for police community...

      Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of withdrawing the UK's reservation to the UN convention on the rights of the child.

      Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the review of his Department's systems in relation to the recording of crimes committed abroad will be completed.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the original predicted cost was for the (a) CJS Exchange, (b) EDRM, (c) Adelphi , (d) immigration and nationality directorate's...

      Departments: Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on the announcing of statements to the media; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on (a) advertising, (b) refreshments and (c) stationery by his Department in each year since 2005.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of deploying human radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchipping; what meetings he has held...

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals in each police force area (a) were convicted and (b) received upon conviction a minimum five-year sentence for...

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an illegal firearm under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have received the...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals' records are held on the National DNA Database, broken down by (a) age, (b) ethnicity and (c) the police force which...

      Immigration Controls: Luton Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from London Luton Airport on the number of HM Immigration Service staff at London Luton Airport.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued to (a) HM Prison Service and (b) private sector contractors on recommended staff/detainee ratios in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer the letter dated 23 April 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Qaisar Ilyas.

      Naturalisation: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for naturalisation as a British citizen were (a) delayed and (b) refused because of concerns about the veracity of...

      Police: Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken to promote public awareness of the difference between police officers and police community support officers.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police liaison officers there are in England and Wales, broken down by police force area.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average contribution from gross pay was by individual police officers towards pension funds in the latest period for which figures...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average lump sum pension payment was to (a) female and (b) male police officers in the latest period for which figures are...

      Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1420W, on police telephone services, when he expects the target times for...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women (a) are being held in UK prisons and (b) were being held in each year since 2000.

      Terrorism Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 92W, on the Terrorism Act 2000, how many people were awaiting trial under...

      Terrorism: Hotline

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed to handle calls to the anti-terrorism hotline; what the total cost of their annual salaries is expected to be in...

  • House of Lords

    • Chemicals: Gardening

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which formulations that include clopyralid are licensed for (a) garden use and (b) for use by contractors on municipal or institutional grasslands; and how they...

    • Chemicals: Gardening

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For what reasons ammonium sulphamate is no longer licensed for gardens or commercial use as a herbicide; whether they have received any reports of serious harm to...

      Children: Residential Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions during the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2006 local authorities objected to residential assessments in proceedings under Section 38 of...

      Children: Residential Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average cost to the legal aid system of residential assessments in proceedings under Section 38 of the Children Act 1989 during the period 1 January...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 17 May (WA 56), which, if any, of those experts who consider the film "An Inconvenient Truth" to contain...

      Court Martial: Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost to public funds of (a) the defence teams; (b) the prosecution teams; and (c) other items, including advice of counsel on the likelihood of...

      Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will open consultations with Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus, recent European Union entrants to the single currency, to ascertain possible advantage which...

      Health Visitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that a career as a health visitor is an attractive option; and what signs there are of their success in doing so; and What...

      Health: Colitis and Crohn's Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people (a) under the age of 10, and (b) aged between 10 and 20, have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in the past 12 months.

      Health: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that primary care trusts are ring-fencing budgets for commissioning primary dental services.

      Health: Incontinence Items

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the infrastructure payment for services proposed in the Department of Health consultation Arrangements for the Reimbursement Pricing of Stoma and...

      Health: Incontinence Items

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposals contained in the Department of Health consultation Arrangements for the Reimbursement Pricing of Stoma and Incontinence Appliances under Part...

      Health: Incontinence Items

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they plan to implement changes relating to the reimbursement pricing of stoma and incontinence appliances; and What consideration they have given to the...

      Health: Incontinence Items

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum price reduction in percentage terms for any stoma or incontinence appliance listed in the proposed new pricing categorisation of these appliances.

      Health: Incontinence Items

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the value to the National Health Service of dispensing contractors' sponsorship of specialist nurses in the last year for which...

      Health: Maternity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is standard practice for National Health Service hospitals to operate a quota system for the taking on of new maternity cases according to the expected...

      Health: Rampton Hospital

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many hours of individual psychiatric therapy are provided to women in Rampton Hospital every week.

      Health: Rampton Hospital

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average length of stay for women in Rampton Hospital; and what is the process for transition or release.

      Schools: Environment Learning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to reverse the recent decline in school field visits to nature reserves and out-of-classroom environment learning experiences for...

      Utilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of complaints about cost, time delays and performance, they will review the monopolistic position of utility companies connecting services to new...

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