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Written answers

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

  • Transport

    • Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential change in the number of people living within the 57dB Leq noise contour of each major UK airport arising as...

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely change in the levels of emissions as a result of expansion of aviation outlined in the Government's Air...

      Aviation: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) the original and (b) the current estimated costs are for the royal and ministerial air travel project; and from what budgets resources are...

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus lanes are in operation in England.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many students over 16-years-old in Warrington are eligible for concessionary bus travel; and what percentage of those students live in each of the...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of take-up of free bus fares for the over 60s has been in each local authority or metropolitan area since the introduction of the scheme.

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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: Publicity

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

      Fares Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May, Official Report, column 1459W, on fares technology, whether the proposed timetable would allow for smartcards to be...

      Parking: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents occurred in car parks in each of the last five years in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK; and how many (i) deaths and (ii) injuries...

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether passes for the new national concessionary fares scheme in England will be valid in Wales and Scotland.

      Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there were in the last (a) five years and (b) six months on the Norwich to London 'One' Railway.

      Railways: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average travel times were by rail between Eastbourne and London stations in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the recent rules changes on train horn noise which mean that train drivers should no longer routinely sound their horns at night and use a...

      Shipping: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks are made on (a) the qualifications and (b) the on-the-job experience of applicants prior to the award of certificates of equivalent...

      Shipping: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of certificates of equivalent competence which will be awarded to foreign officers on UK-flagged ships...

      Shipping: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Certificate of Equivalent Competence was introduced for foreign officers on UK-flagged ships.

      Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on improving access to the transport system for people with (a) learning and (b) physical disabilities in the most...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners claimed concessionary travel passes in Warrington in each of the last five years; and how many claimed (a) bus passes and (b)...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which operators are in discussions with his Department on local authority re-imbursement of concessionary fares; what the (a) amount involved and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cetaceans he estimates died in (a) UK waters, (b) EU waters and (c) worldwide because of (i) ship strikes, (ii)...

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of leasing buildings and office space for (a) his Department and (b) its agencies was in each of the last...

      Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times his Department was found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in each of the last five...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff funded by the public purse in the Veterinary Laboratories Agency are classified as people without posts.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

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

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been (a) conducted and (b) commissioned by his Department or its agencies on the safety of alternate...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to make further quota swaps in 2007 to support the inshore under 10 metre fleet; and if he will make a statement.

      Floods: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on flood defences in Yorkshire in each year since 1997.

      Foxes: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of changes in the number of urban foxes over the last five years; and what assessment he has made...

      GMOs: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which GM test sites within the National Institute of Agricultural Botany's Huntingdon road research grounds in Cambridge...

      Inland Waterways: UN Conventions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the UK in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Law of the non-navigational uses of...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in Africa on the international trade in elephant ivory ahead of the UN...

      Landfill: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's estimate is of the volume of emissions of methane from landfill sites in the UK in the last year for...

      Recycling: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which local authorities exceeded their targets for household waste recycling in the last year for which figures are...

      Water: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the extent of new water infrastructure required in England; and where such new infrastructure...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Lighting

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House will be taking part in Lights out London on 21 June; and if he will make a statement.

    • Members: Transport

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many travel card reminder letters have been sent to hon. Members by the Department of Finance and...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: West Bromwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) Sandwell metropolitan borough council, (b) the Public Gallery Ltd., (c) the National Lottery,...

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what further scrutiny of the recommendations of the Casino Advisory Panel report has been carried out by officials of her Department...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has the power under the relevant legislation to introduce two orders separating out the regional casino from the other large...

      Casinos: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the meetings which have taken place between (a) her and (b) officials from her Department and representatives of the...

      Casinos: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to bring the Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licences) Order 2007 back to Parliament.

      Circuses: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the progress of her Department's review of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on travelling circuses;...

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on the vehicle excise duty bands of Ministerial cars; and into which bands cars presently allocated to...

      Hotels: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) hotels, (b) guest houses and (c) bed and breakfasts which have closed...

      Listed Buildings: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the impact of no smoking signs on listed properties; and what action she has taken on the issue.

      Musicians: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department provided for music groups in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the new logo by Wolff Olins for the Olympics 2012 cost; which other design consultants were considered for the design of the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on the London 2012 Olympic logo.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, what the name was of the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the impact on overall costs for the Olympics of the decision on a final budget being taken in...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings the Budget and Revenues Sub-Group set up to consider the cost of the 2012 Olympics held after July 2004.

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of municipal libraries that have closed in the latest year for which figures are...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has conducted any economic research within the last six months into the size of the UK tourism industry; and if...

      Tourism: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of tourism businesses that have declared themselves bankrupt since 1997, broken down...

      Tourists: EC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of how many tourists visited the UK from EU member states in 2006, broken down by country of origin.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many electors were registered to vote in Northern Ireland (a) in the year prior to the introduction of individual registration and (b) in...

    • Prosecutions: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost was of a prosecution within the former system of police prosecutions by Central Process Offices in each of the three years...

      Terry Lloyd

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions the Law Officers' Departments have had in response to the finding of the coroner in October 2006 that ITN...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many full-time press officers are employed in his Department.

    • Departments: Legal Fees

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in the last financial year; and how many civil servants received such bonuses.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on the use of electronic counting vote technology and equipment for the May 2007 elections to the Scottish...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of supply of military helicopters in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum period of time was to repatriate members of the armed forces killed on active service in (i) Afghanistan and (ii)...

      Armed Forces: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the clinics which treat post-traumatic stress disorder for members of HM armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) affordability and (b) deliverability within existing allocated resources of the Army Recruiting and Training...

      Army Board: Domestic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what criteria are used to determine whether a non-ministerial member of the Army Board qualifies for a full-time (a) cleaner and (b) gardener at...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) strategy and (b) tactics of the Mahdi Army; and for how many attacks on UK service personnel he estimates it to...

      Military Aircraft: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Britten Norman Defender 4S A2 Mk 1 aircraft are being operated by the army in Iraq.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost is of developing a new submarine reactor to replace the PWR2.

      Veterans: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Willie Rennie) of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 940W, on...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to answer question 108882, on submarine reactors, tabled by the hon. Member for North Devon on 7 December 2006.

  • Home Department

    • Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has instructed any police force to close any website or webpage of any organisation demonstrably linked with criminal activity;...

    • Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) he and (b) (i) other ministers and (ii) officials from his Department attended a (A) steering group, (B) working group and (C)...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women, (b) men, (c) women under 30 years old and (d) men under 30 years old committed drink driving offences in each of the...

      K v Manchester City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is being issued as a response to the case K v . Manchester city council [EWHC 3164].

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has made since its creation in (a) Sussex and (b) all other UK operational regions,...

      Sexual Offences: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to review gaps in evidence and methods of collecting evidence to support prosecution with particular reference to...

      Sexual Offences: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on services for children and young people within sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) in the latest period for which...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided to his special...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, columns 110-11W, on speed limits: cameras, if he will break down the numbers of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies filed for bankruptcy in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997.

    • Cemeteries: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Health and Safety Executive has had on the quality standards of inspectors of gravestones and memorials.

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many EU (a) regulations, (b) directives and (c) decisions within his Department's responsibility (i) were introduced and (ii) became...

      Departments: Public Relations

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

      Departments: Travel Agents

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

      EC Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions has he had with his (a) French and (b) Italian counterparts on EU/China trade quotas in the period up to the end of 2008.

      Electricity: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many organisations in (a) the private sector and (b) the public sector have half hourly metered electricity consumption of (a) greater...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the costs to small and medium sized businesses of implementing the waste electrical and electronic equipment...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to exempting small and medium sized businesses from the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what producer compliance schemes are available for the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive which are specifically targeted at...

      Employment: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what monitoring he undertakes of the numbers of science based jobs in the UK; what assessment he has made of recent trends in such numbers;...

      Energy: Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of clean coal technology in future energy policy.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to paragraphs 2.69 and 2.70 of the Energy White Paper, what estimate he has made of the number of free visual real-time displays of...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the additional income received by power generating companies as a consequence of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Coal Fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many export credit guarantees were granted to British firms involved in constructing coal-fired power stations in each of the last five years.

      Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish the Government's response to the Office of Fair Trading's report The Commercial Use of Public Information.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of the National Institute for Medical Research.

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library figures held by the Certification Office on (a) the percentage of union members paying into a political fund,...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Canadian Government on the annual Canadian commercial seal hunt; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Hours: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) mothers and (ii) fathers who work hours outside the typical 8.30 am to...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what basis the Architects Registration Board took the decision to spend £100,000 on legal action against Ian Salisbury,...

    • Audit Commission: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the visits which representatives of the Audit Commission have made outside the UK at public expense in the last...

      Constituencies: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend the boundaries of Greater London; and what representations she has received on this in the last 12...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the likely changes in the level of council tax for residents in each of the shire counties in...

      Departments: Data Protection

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

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate has been made of the value of her Department's property portfolio.

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the Audit Commission has produced on the effectiveness of moving to alternate weekly collections in terms of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the percentage of work currently carried out by emergency fire controls which is out of scope of the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she will consider the introduction of national response times for the Fire Service following the move to regional fire...

      Freedom of Information: Easington District Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to respond to the District of Easington Council with the information requested under the Freedom of Information...

      Housing: Camden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Camden council on funding for Decent Homes; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the guidance on the use of windfall land to meet regional housing targets in Planning Policy Statement 3 differs from the...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration has been given to ways of decreasing the potential damage to health from small particle emissions in housing...

      Housing: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex are on waiting lists for social housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties were (a) bought and (b) part-bought in (i) Somerset and (ii) Taunton constituency under the Government's...

      Housing: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings were located in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) North Northamptonshire and (c) Wellingborough in (i) April 1997...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines her Department has issued to local authorities on the subject of basement excavations to residential properties;...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities, classified by Government office region, have public service agreement (PSA) targets which include...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Exemptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to undertake a review of business rates exemptions.

      Planning: Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition she uses of genuine local circumstances that would allow windfall sites to be included in local authority plans.

      Property: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total insured fire losses for (a) dwellings and (b) commercial premises for each fire and rescue service have been in...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the criteria for designating an organisation as a regional planning body.

      Social Rented Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of social housing were built in each local government area in each year since 1997.

      Social Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of social housing there were in each London local authority in (a) 1986, (b) 1996 and (c) 2006; and how many...

      Social Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were registered on local authority housing waiting lists in each (a) English region and (b) London local...

  • International Development

    • Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms he uses to measure the effectiveness and impacts of aid; and if he will make a statement.

    • Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's priorities are in Palestine.

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to tackle the operation of vulture funds.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's regional assistance programme for Latin America for 2008-11.

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) the UK's and (b) the G8 countries' contributions to reducing poverty in the last two years...

      G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the outcomes of the recent G8 meeting in respect of international development.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

      Africa: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has undertaken to improve housing conditions for the urban poor in African cities.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments were made (a) by and (b) through his Department to overseas (i) trades unions and (ii) collections of trade unionists...

      Developing Countries: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to support community organisations in the developing world.

      International Assistance: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account is taken by his Department of environmental factors when undertaking development projects.

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1091-92W, on Lebanon, what UK initiatives to promote democratic...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1091-2W, on Lebanon, what assessment he has made of the (a) impact...

      Lebanon: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the numbers of individuals displaced within Lebanon by the recent violence; and whether any changes are...

      Nepal: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will provide a breakdown of how the £60 million funding for education in Nepal announced on 5 April is proposed to be spent;...

      Pakistan: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department supports in the rural areas of Pakistan.

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact the temporary international mechanism to deliver aid to the Palestinians has had on the...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what level of annual income for Palestinian Authority employees is used to determine eligibility for funding under the temporary...

      Sri Lanka: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of international aid provided by his Department in 2006 was given to Sri Lanka.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK has made to emergency relief to Darfur.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aral Sea: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the environmental effects of the drainage of the Aral Sea; and if she will make a statement.

    • Baker-Hamilton Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her US counterpart on new talks based on the Baker-Hamilton Commission.

      Bangladesh: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has made representations on the detention without trial of the former prime minister of Bangladesh, Mondud Ahmed, to...

      Burma: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations she has made to the government of (a) Burma and (b) Thailand on employment and education for...

      Burma: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken to reduce the number of British tourists visiting Burma.

      Burma: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the security risks to (a) British tourists and (b) Burmese citizens if such tourists engage...

      Burma: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Burma will be taking part in negotiations regarding a free trade area between the EU and ASEAN.

      Iran: Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the talks between the EU High Representative Javier Solana and Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali...

      Iran: Occupied Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the role of Iran in the Occupied Palestinian Territories; and if she will make a statement.

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Government of Nigeria on the conduct of the Nigerian presidential election in...

      North Korea: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will press China to meet its obligations relating to the refugee status of those North Koreans seeking asylum.

      Saudi Arabia: Religious Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to Saudi Arabia on the funding of new and existing mosques in the UK; and what reports she has...

      Somalia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on (a) the human rights situation and (b) compliance with humanitarian law in the last month in...

      Somalia: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to encourage the deployment of an international peace-keeping force in Somalia.

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has held with other EU and NATO member states on the security situation in Somalia.

      Timor-Leste: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent reports from the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste on the forthcoming...

      Uzbekistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) she and (b) diplomatic and consular staff have had with representatives of the Uzbek Government on...

      Uzbekistan: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will hold discussions with representatives of the Uzbek Government on child labour on cotton fields in Uzbekistan; and if...

      Uzbekistan: Forced Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to monitor the enforcement by the Uzbek Government of the International Labour...

      Venezuela: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent closure of state television stations by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

  • Health

    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

    • Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure value for money in the tendering process for private finance initiative contracts.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on (a) the establishment and (b) the running of the Private Finance Unit in her Department; (2) what the functions of the...

      Harwich Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for the delay in providing the expected range of NHS medical services at the new Harwich hospital;...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Specialised Services National Definitions are planned to be updated; (2) whether changes to the Specialised Services National Definitions...

      Health Services: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on the closure of (a) hospital beds and (b) other services by primary care trusts on health and safety grounds.

      Hospitals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of changes to charges on (a) the use of and (b) the willingness of volunteers to operate hospital transport...

      Hospitals: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the take-up of the Hospital Travel Cost scheme in (a) England, (b) the South West and (c) Devon.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hospital waiting times were in (a) Taunton Deane primary care trust area, (b) Somerset and (c) England in each of the last 10 years,...

      Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions were cancelled for a non-clinical reason within seven days of the proposed date of admission by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS...

      Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of outpatients in (a) the area covered by Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust and (b) England waited less than 13 weeks for a hospital...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons she proposes that sex selection for non-medical reasons will not be permitted under Clause 18 and Schedule 2 of the draft Human Tissue...

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many knife wound injuries were treated in hospitals in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f)...

      Mentally Ill: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of bringing forward amendments to the Mental Health Bill to enable a patient issued with a community treatment...

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff funded by the public purse in the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency are classified as people without posts.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been to date of the negotiation, tendering and legal requirements for Wave 2 independent sector treatment centres.

      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, (1) what assessment she has made of the role of (a) general...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what surpluses or deficits were generated by NHS services in each strategic health authority area in 2006-07.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of Sir Ian Carruthers' report on limiting the damaging effects of organisational change.

      NHS: Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much English NHS trusts spent on Welsh translation services in each of the last five years.

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Spearhead funding has been allocated to (a) Oldham primary care trust and (b) Tameside and Glossop primary care trust; if she will provide a...

      Revascularisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2219W, on revascularisation, if she will publish the results of the cardiac stock-take...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest guidelines are for cemetery memorial inspections; and when they were last issued.

    • Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the minimum technical specifications are for a gravestone topple tester; and what the qualifications are for the (a) operative and (b)...

      Cemeteries: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered inspectors of gravestones and memorials there are in each of the English regions.

      Child Support Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Child Support Agency in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency claimants in Bassetlaw are awaiting their first payment of maintenance.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of child maintenance payments collected by the Child Support Agency was made up of deductions from earnings orders in (a)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency is able to initiate enforcement action to collect arrears in a case when there is a change of circumstances...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) ethnic minority children and (b) non-ethnic minority children are estimated to live below the poverty line.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the timescale is for dealing with applications for crisis loans; (2) how many people have been waiting for over two weeks for a...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of the executive agencies of his Department have regional offices outside London.

      Housing Benefit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 25 years or under claimed housing benefit in each year for which figures are available since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish the results of the second round of testing of the revised personal capability assessment.

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether the target of reducing fatalities in the construction industry by June 2010 to half of their 1990 levels...

      Jobseekers Allowance: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex were registered for jobseeker's allowance in each year since 1997.

      LinkAge Plus Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1281W, on LinkAge Plus centres, how much of the LinkAge Plus budget has been...

      LinkAge Plus Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1281W, on LinkAge Plus centres, how many elderly people the eight LinkAge Plus...

      LinkAge Plus Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1281W, on LinkAge Plus Centres, when the eight LinkAge Plus pilots will be...

      LinkAge Plus Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1281W, on LinkAge Plus centres, which areas his Department has identified for...

      LinkAge Plus Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1281W, on LinkAge Plus Centres, what evaluation of the eight LinkAge Plus...

      New Deal for Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of partners who would be eligible for the New Deal for Partners (a) were claiming jobseeker's allowance and (b)...

      Pension Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Pension Credit application forms were requested (a) on the Pensions Credit application form telephone number 0845 6060 265 and (b)...

      Remploy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account was taken of the (a) general condition and shape of, (b) level of worklessness in, (c) strength of manufacturing in and (d)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people were (a) charged with and (b) found guilty of benefit fraud in each of the last 10 years in (i) each police force area...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will reach the age of 65 between 2024 and 2054 and die before becoming eligible to...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer questions (a) 111231, (b) 111229, (c) 111227, (d) 111293, (e) 111228, (f) 111232, (g) 111226 and (h) 111233,...

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Libraries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many items there are in HM Treasury's library; what the cost of purchasing stock for the library was in each year since 1997; and how many staff were...

    • Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Department of Health's (a) expected and (b) actual non-cash spending was in 2005-06.

      Equity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what regulatory assessment the Financial Services Authority has made of Home Reversion Plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in promoting wider access to financial advice in the workplace following the launch of its consultation Extending...

      Leasehold

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to bring lifetime leases under the regulation of the Financial Services Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Contributions: Landlords

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of what the likely level of revenue would be if all non-corporate landlords were liable for class 4 national insurance contributions.

      Population: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mid-year estimates of population were for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in each of the last five years; what the projection is for each of the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the decision-making process is for the allocation of private finance initiative credits to each department.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the funding allocation was of private finance initiative credits to each Department in each year since 1997.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) by which date he expects each policy review being undertaken as part of his Comprehensive Spending Review to be completed; (2) which of his...

      Redundancy Pay: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1360W to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) on Redundancy Pay: Ministerial Policy...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pre-surplus staff there were at HM Revenue and Customs at the end of each quarter since 1 April 2005; and what the average length of service was...

      Tax Allowances: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total cost to the Exchequer was of providing the tax relief for workplace pensions advice during (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; (2) what...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax shelter or mitigation schemes were notified to him in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many of these have been deemed...

      Tax Avoidance: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs (a) consult and (b) share information with the US Inland Revenue Service on tax shelter or tax mitigation schemes.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in introducing caps to the size of repayments following the overpayment of tax credits by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the case for returning to a system of fixed tax credit awards since January 2006; (2) what his estimate is of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimates are of tax credits (a) overpayments and (b) fraud and error for each year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; how much is estimated in each...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many written (a) appeals and (b) complaints there were in relation to tax credits for each (i) month, (ii) quarter and (iii) year from April 2003 to...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he plans to release the latest estimates of tax credit fraud and error in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: IT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the quality of performance of the tax credits IT systems from January 2006 to May 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer Question 131611, on HM Revenue and Customs, tabled by the hon. Member for Taunton on 29 March 2007.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the interest accrued by the Student Loans Company (SLC) money paid by former students prior to it being passed onto the SLC;...

  • Justice

    • David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which persons from the Department of Constitutional Affairs attended the resumed inquest into the death of Dr. David Kelly on 14 August 2003.

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what methodology is used by her Department to account for its carbon emissions.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the cost of leasing buildings and office space for (a) her Department and its predecessor and (b) its agencies was in each of the last...

      Departments: Signs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many (a) signs and (b) business cards have been purchased for the Ministry of Justice; (2) how much has been spent on new signage...

      Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps the Government are taking to tackle false electoral registration.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when the code of practice on the discharge of public authorities' functions under Part I of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 was last updated...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what guidance her Department has given to public authorities, in relation to freedom of information, on signing contracts with external...

      Freedom of Information: Regional Government

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will take steps to bring within the ambit of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 English regional chambers as public authorities.

      Hayden Phillips

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what fees, expenses and payments Sir Hayden Phillips will receive in relation to (a) his review of party funding and (b) the discussions on...

      Information Commissioner: Appeals

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average time was for an appeal to the Information Commissioner to be considered in the last 12 months.

      Information Commissioner: Appeals

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many appeals to the Information Commissioner have been waiting to be considered for more than six months.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction in October 2007 of a fixed fee system for legal aid on access to justice;...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Kent

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many legal practitioners in the Kent criminal justice area have not signed up to the new legal aid contract.

      Local Child Curfew Schemes: East Sussex

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many child curfew orders were issued in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since their creation.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when the Secretary of State expects to answer the letter transferred to him from the Home Office dated 16 April from the right hon. Member for...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the levels of referral to mediation of disputes involving personal injury claims.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) female prisoners, (b) prisoners under the age of 18, (c) prisoners who are undergoing a Crown Court trial, (d) prisoners at risk...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what provisions are in place to provide (a) purposeful activity, (b) behavioural treatment, (c) drug and alcohol dependency rehabilitation,...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the total cost to date to the public purse has been of (a) Sir Hayden Phillips' review and (b) the discussions on party funding.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff are working on (a) the Sir Hayden Phillips review and (b) discussions on party funding.

      Powers of Attorney

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the levels of abuse by donees of powers given to them under enduring powers of attorney.

      Prisons

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, columns 292-3W, on prisons, how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides, (c)...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which prisons have made planning applications related to expansion of capacity; and what steps (a) HM Prison Service and (b) her Department is...

      Prisons: Rochester

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 605W, on Prisons: Rochester, what related demolition or construction works...

      Salisbury Justice Centre

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when work will start on the construction of the Salisbury Justice Centre; and when the centre will come into service.

      Valuation Office Agency: Land Registry

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether the Valuation Office Agency will have access to the Land Registry's Chain Matrix system.

      Young Offenders: Suicide

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) suicides, (b) attempted suicides, (c) self-harm incidents and (d) prisoner-on-prisoner assaults there were in young offender...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of apprenticeships are part of the programme-led pathway; and what percentage of apprentices on the programme-led pathway...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many apprenticeships were (a) created and (b) completed in each of the last three years.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of apprenticeship training providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council are (a) employers, (b) colleges of further...

      Boxing: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Government's policy is on the provision of boxing as a physical education activity in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Carers' Allowances: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with Kent county council on the phasing in of the minimum allowances payable to carers.

      Dartington College of Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he has taken to ensure that the merger of Dartington College with University College Falmouth will not adversely affect (a)...

      Day Care: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places were available (a) in total and (b) per 100 children under the age of five in each London local authority in...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much revenue his Department received from (a) advertisements on his Department's public information leaflets and (b) advertisements on...

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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: Carbon Emissions

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

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many grievance procedures have been initiated in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Epilepsy

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

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

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

      Departments: Netmums Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has provided funding to the netmums.com website.

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Departments: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of...

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Renewable Energy

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

      Departments: Telephone Services

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

      Employment Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to (a) adult learner support, (b) career development loans and (c) wage compensation under Train to Gain...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what research his Department is undertaking to assess the range of services and activities being offered by secondary schools as part...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned on the way in which granting further education colleges the power to award foundation degrees will be...

      General Teaching Council for England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding the Government provided to meet the start-up and running costs of the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) in each...

      Government Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b)...

      Higher Education: Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many university academic staff specialising in midwifery there were in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Languages: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is being given by his Department to local education authorities to fund language instruction for the children of migrants from...

      Loans: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected total cost is to the public purse of the interest subsidy paid to the debt sale owners over the lifetime of the student...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will take steps to set a programme of regular scheduled meetings of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group over the next...

      Music: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department provided for music tuition in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Nursery Schools: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery school places were available in Gateshead, East and Washington, West in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2006-07.

      Pauline Hughes Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what expertise in electoral practice and principle the Pauline Hughes Consultancy brought to its assessment of the appropriateness of...

      Primary Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to introduce drugs education schemes to primary schools.

      Primary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his latest estimate is of the number of primary school pupils receiving Government-sponsored one-to-one tuition in (a) English, (b)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of current pupils have been permanently excluded from school more than once, broken down by (a) those...

      Pupils: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in each local authority area undertook anger management courses in each of...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps have been taken to ensure that staff in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools with high numbers of English as an additional...

      Departments: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld.

      School Food Trust: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the location of regional training centres for the School Food Trust; and if he will meet interested parties...

      Schools: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that local education authorities and individual schools will have free, fresh (a)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools were made subject to special measures in each local education authority in each year since...

      Special Educational Needs: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many special educational needs schools there are in Hertfordshire; and how many school places there were in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of current pupils with (a) statemented special educational needs (SEN) and (b) non-statemented SEN have...

      Special Educational Needs: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are taken to ensure that teachers in training are given a basic understanding of the range of special educational needs they are...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to pass Student Loans Company (SLC) money deducted from a former student's monthly salary onto the SLC...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking (a) to extend workplace training and (b) to ensure that older people can improve skills.

      Aggresive Children Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) training and (b) guidance is provided to teachers on the physical restraint of aggressive pupils.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to tackle the number of 16 to 18-year-olds not in employment, education or training undertaking apprenticeships.

  • House of Lords

    • Abduction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise with the Governments of European countries the need for effective procedures to secure rapid response from police and border controls after...

    • Afghanistan: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to complete the collation and reconciliation of historic data on casualties which occurred in Afghanistan before 1 January 2006.

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the capability of the military-managed ward and the care available for military patients at the National Health Service Selly Oak...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets are in place to ensure that the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine will be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence by 2010.

      Compensation: Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they provide compensation or assistance to United Kingdom residents who have been injured as a result of terrorist attacks overseas; and whether this is...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much coral imported into the United Kingdom each year is transported by air freight; and how much by shipping.

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the health and size of coral reefs in United Kingdom waters and around the world and of the effect that the trade in coral is...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have undertaken of the extent to which the transport of live coral over long distances can cause stress to the specimens involved.

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of (a) the number of people who keep live coral in the United Kingdom; (b) the number of coral farms in the United Kingdom; (c) the...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the average prices of (a) imported coral, and (b) coral propagated in the United Kingdom; and whether they have taken any steps to promote the propagation...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to introduce a fiscal instrument to encourage the nascent coral farming industry in the United Kingdom on the grounds of improving...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to the public to improve understanding of the methods of propagation of coral and the breeding of marine fish and the benefits of...

      Cosmetics and Herbal Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the cosmetic and herbal products advertised on television channels aimed at certain ethnic minorities are subject to safety tests; and, if not, whether...

      Cyprus: Annan Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What promises made by the United Kingdom and its European Union partners, subsequent to acceptance of the Annan plan in 2004 by the Turkish Republic of Northern...

      Cyprus: Universities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether access to education at all levels is a human right under current United Kingdom or European Union legislation; what will be the impact of the Bologna...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Procurement Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity on 1 February (Official Report, Commons, 456W), what the...

      Elections: Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 15 May (WA 21), when the results of the Ministry of Defence survey of December 2006 into Armed...

      Energy: Oil and Gas Fields

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any indication from the Scottish Executive that they propose to legislate to take control of oil and gas fields located in Scotland;...

      Energy: Oil Refining

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent Petroleum Industry Association suggestion of a bilateral industry and government refining task force to examine long-term...

      Energy: White Paper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by Lord Truscott on 23 May (Official Report, col. 669) that the Government will come back to the House in a very short space of time and set...

      Firearms: Game Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will abolish game licences for shooters of game; and, if so, when they will abolish such licences.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Military Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the composition of the dedicated Ministry of Defence team that supports coroners preparing for inquests; and what is its method of proceeding.

      Marine Environment: Wildlife

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of stockists of marine animals source their stock from suppliers certified as sustainable by the Marine Aquarium Council (MAC); and whether they...

      National Parks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How soon, in light of the clarification of national park legislation in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, they now expect to confirm the...

      Natural England: Communication Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost to Natural England of sums paid to the Central Office of Information strategic consultancy for producing its communication strategy; and whether...

      Official Visits: Prime Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportions of the total costs of the retiring Prime Minister's official visits overseas since 1 May have been a direct charge to United Kingdom taxpayers;...

      Olympic Games 2012: Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency is satisfied with the precautions being proposed for the replacement site for Manor Gardens allotment holders with regard to the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Environment Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency has raised any formal objections to any aspects of the work to be undertaken on the Olympic site; and, if so, what were those objections.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current assessment of the security situation in Darfur and Chad.

      Sudan: Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the decision of the Government of the United States to press for new sanctions against the Government of Sudan; and what efforts they are...

      Train to Gain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for Train to Gain in 2006-07 in each English region; and what proportion of this budget has been spent in each region; and What estimate they...

      Universities: Bologna Process

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what way the Council of Europe and the European Union are involved in the Bologna process for universities.

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