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Written answers

Thursday, 14 June 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average band D council tax set by parish and town councils was in 2006-07.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average Band D council tax and (b) average council tax per dwelling in (i) each government office region in...

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology is used by her Department to account for its carbon emissions.

      Departments: Church of Scientology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local government institutions have contacted her Department for guidance on visits from (a) Narconon and (b) the...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by her Department; and...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on their duties in respect of regular rubbish collection.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the action plan produced by her Department and the Government offices in response to...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of which programmes within the European Regional Development Fund the European Commission has (a) called for more...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many zero-carbon homes the Government forecasts will be built in each of the next three years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from local authorities on the Government's estimates of numbers of immigrants; and what...

      Local Authorities: Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the balance of political representation within local authority area committees.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average business rates bill was in England in each year since 1996-97; and what it is expected to be in 2007-08.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect on revenue of removing the relief for empty property from business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individual premises are classified by the Valuation Office Agency for business rates purposes as golf courses.

      Regional Housing Boards: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the regional housing boards will remain subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 when they are merged with the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the arrangements are for local authorities to withdraw from joint waste management authority arrangements that they have...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the introduction of joint waste authorities.

      Waste Management: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1736W, on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff funded by the public purse in (a) the Royal Parks, (b) Ofcom and (c) the British Library are classified as people...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate has been made of the value of the Department's property portfolio.

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the same number of people in Copeland who can currently receive analogue television...

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the status of the preparations for the digital television switchover in Copeland.

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance is being provided by her Department to assist television licence fee payers in Copeland who are deaf, partially sighted...

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Copeland will receive assistance from the targeted help scheme with regard to the digital switchover in Whitehaven;...

      European Capital of Culture: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) UK Government and (b) EU funding has been made available to support Liverpool's Capital of Culture festival.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated running costs are of (a) mandatory ceremonies, (b) bid projects and (c) the UK-Wide Cultural Festival during the...

      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 dates were of the...

      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, which external consultancy...

      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, who the members were of the...

      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 reports were prepared...

      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, on what date discussions of...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department received representations before 15 March 2007 from (a) the Olympic Delivery Authority and (b) other bodies...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to publish the Memorandum of Understanding on profit-sharing arrangements in respect of the 2012 Olympics agreed between...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what consideration was given to matters of specifically Scottish interest when drafting the terms of reference of the Olympic cost...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date her Department became aware that the budget for the 2012 Olympics would have to include VAT.

      Tourism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the UK's ability to encourage overseas visitors visiting London to visit the rest of the UK;...

      VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1180W, on VisitBritain, how the changes referred to will improve...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much revenue her Department received from advertisements on her Department's (a) public information leaflets and (b) public websites in each...

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff funded by the public purse in the Central Office of Information are classified as people without posts.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 1122W, on Departments: manpower, what the estimated annual cost is to the public...

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio what visits she has made involving a mix of political and official engagements where Government car service vehicles were used in 2007; and whether the...

      Energy: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will post each of the policy papers drafted for the Energy and Environment strand of the policy reviews, as referred to in paragraph 9.3 of...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people have been assisted through the National Youth Volunteering Service; how many regional outlets have been set up; and what proportion...

  • Education and Skills

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) print and (b) online campaign advertising and sponsorship related to The Guardian newspaper Side by...

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much his Department has spent on (a) sponsoring newspaper and publication supplements and (b) funding advertorials in newspapers...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what official information is distributed to schools regarding vivisection.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when his Department was informed that the company Centerprise had made the decision not to provide computer equipment in Leicester under the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on training on multi-agency safeguarding for all services working with parents and children in 2006-07.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of each completed academy; and what contribution was made by the Government to each.

      City Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average private sector capital contribution has been to new city academies established over the last 12 months.

      Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on his departmental website for the benefit of...

      Departments: Travel Agents

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

      Departments: Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which grants for which his Department is responsible have been made to Westminster city council since 1997-98; and what the value was of...

      Examinations: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what examination fee will be charged to (a) schools and (b) further education colleges and institutions for the provision of Diploma...

      Free School Meals: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children entitled to free school meals in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools lived with a...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards closing the gap between the average annual per capita funding from Government for full-time equivalent...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual per capita funding from Government for full-time equivalent learners aged 16, 17 and 18 years in (a) further...

      Heartease High School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which company has the contract to develop the programme for the feasibility study on the proposed academy at Heartease high school; how much...

      Literacy: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department provides to (a) local authorities and (b) schools on the use of reading and literacy software in schools.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average education funding was per pupil in England, broken down by local authority area in each year since 1979.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parents made appeals against the allocation of their child to a school in each local education authority in each year since 1997;...

      Schools: Choirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have joined the £10 million initiative to encourage choral singing; how many extra students the initiative has...

      Schools: Church of Scientology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools have contacted his Department for guidance on visits from (a) Narconon and (b) the Church of Scientology in the...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many representations he has received in response to the school, early years and 14-16 funding consultation; what assessment he has made...

      Special Educational Needs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to (a) special educational needs and (b) gifted and talented learning in each local authority area in each...

      Swimming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is available for schools to access swimming facilities.

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teaching posts have been vacant in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students on teacher training courses did not complete such courses in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Train-to-Gain Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employees within the public sector had enrolled in train-to-gain programmes by the end of February 2007 in public sector employers...

      Aggressive Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) counselling and (b) legal support has been provided by his Department to teachers in circumstances where aggressive pupils have...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Bees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the contribution of pollination activity by bees to British...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in (a) Gravesham, (b) Kent and (c) England have not yet received single farm payments for (i) 2005 and...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the development of Colony Collapse Disorder among honey bees in each of the last five years...

      Bees: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received in the last three years on funding of research into bees.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of (a) priority habitats and (b) priority species under the Biodiversity Action Plan are...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent policy is on payment of compensation to farmers whose cattle contract tuberculosis; and if he will make...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce lay testers for bovine tuberculosis following the recent pilot study.

      BSE: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific rationale is for continuing to cull bovine spongiform encephalopathy cohort cattle.

      Dairy Farming: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the Irish Government's support for rationalisation of its dairy industry on the...

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what methodology is used by his Department to account for its carbon emissions.

      Departments: Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the planned date is for the closure of his Department's site at Epsom Road, Guildford.

      Departments: Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to ensure that its site at Epsom road, Guildford is replaced with a residential development...

      Departments: Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department and its representatives have had with Guildford borough council on placing tree protection...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff funded by the public purse in the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science are classified as...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate has been made of the value of his Department's property portfolio.

      Departments: Publicity

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

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 81W, on Domestic Wastes: Waste Management, whether a local...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place a copy of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) 2005 guidance on alternate weekly collections in...

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional ongoing funding and resources have been given to local authorities to implement the Clean Neighbourhoods and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which quota swaps he has made to support the inshore under-10 metre fleet in each month since January 2005.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Scottish, (b) Welsh and (c) Northern Ireland counterparts on the Marine Bill...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he intends to discuss the quota situation for the inshore under 10 metre fleet with his European counterparts at the...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to instituting a days at sea formula for the inshore under 10 metre fleet fishing inside the...

      Fisheries: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the carbon footprint of the inshore under 10 metre fishing fleet.

      Fisheries: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given a Devon-based scheme for the inshore, under 10 metre fleet.

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the tonnage of fish which was (a) landed and (b) caught and thrown back because of quota...

      Fly Tipping: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many incidents of fly-tipping were reported in each London borough in each of the last four years; and what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to answer the letter dated 27 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Ms Wendy Owen.

      Packaging: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of packaging used for fresh produce which is (a) recycled and (b)...

      Recycling: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of recycling by businesses in each region in England.

      Recycling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences have been issued by the Environment Agency for green waste recycling centres in each year since 1997; and...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department and its agencies have made of the likely effect of the public smoking ban on levels of cigarette...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been provided by the Waste and Resources Action Programme to each local authority in England since the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Azerbaijan: Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is in response to President Putin's suggestion at the G8 summit that a ballistic missile defence...

    • British Nationality: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy of the Government is towards UK citizens who (a) join the official armed forces of foreign states engaged in...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much revenue her Department received from (a) advertisements in her Department's public information leaflets and (b)...

      Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on her departmental website for the...

      Libya: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will meet the Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the Scottish Government at an early date to discuss the implications of...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's policy is on the Arab League's peace plan for Israel and Palestine of 2002; and if she will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will raise with the Government of Pakistan the case of Younis Masih, a Christian who has been sentenced to death under...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will raise with the Government of Pakistan the case of four female student nurses, a member of staff and the Principal at...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to urge the Pakistani authorities to address extremism and threats to religious minorities.

      Pakistan: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the government of Pakistan on the treatment of Christians in Charsadda and other parts of...

      Palestinian Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the revenue of the Palestinian National Authority for the financial year 2006-07; and if she...

      Sailesh Vithlani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions her Department has had with Sailesh Vithlani since 1 January 2007; and if she will make a statement.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia since 1997; what representations her Department has made to...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration she has made of the merits of the proposal to impose a no-fly zone in Darfur.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the international community's policies on the imposition of sanctions on the Sudanese Government...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what budget and support the Government are providing to the African Union peacekeepers in Darfur.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plan to send troops to Darfur as part of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the United Nations on democracy in Zimbabwe.

  • Home Department

    • Anti-semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-semitic attacks were recorded in the UK in each year since 2001.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1422W, on ultrasonic antisocial behaviour deterrent devices, if he will place...

      Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of arrest rates for police officers.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be made in the case of Mr. Minnain Privat Aristide Henri's outstanding asylum application, which was submitted in March 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of (a) the number of outstanding case files for asylum seekers held by his Department, (b) the number of those of...

      Asylum: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are living in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Asylum: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of failed asylum seekers were removed from Northern Ireland in each of the last six years.

      Bokhari Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much time he spent considering the case against the deportation of the Bokhari family; what evidence he was given on the case by his...

      Cleveland Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police time was spent on front-line duties by Cleveland Police in each year since 2001, broken down by basic command unit.

      Departments: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were received by his Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have a strategy to protect Government websites from (a) denial of service and (b) other cyber attacks.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department has provided to HM Treasury as part of the comprehensive spending review policy review of counter-terrorism...

      Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on his departmental website for the benefit of...

      Departments: Telephone Services

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

      Departments: Websites

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

      Departments: Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which grants for which his Department is responsible have been made to Westminster city council in each year since 1997-98; and what the...

      Deportation: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last conducted an in-country assessment of Sudan in relation to the safety of rejected asylum seekers from Darfur; and if he will...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences have been committed in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discretionary powers are available to him to permit individuals to enter the UK in exceptional circumstances.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms offences have been committed in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1407W, on identity cards, what estimate he has made of the total savings...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the confiscation of identity cards once issued.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he has given to how those with diseases such as Alzheimer's will be accommodated within the identity card application and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to make provision for those physically unable to travel to interview centres in the identity card issuing system.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what account has been taken of those individuals who work under a professional name in the development of the identity cards system.

      Illegal Immigrants: Faroe Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of whether illegal migrants are avoiding border checks at ports by entering Scotland via the Faroe...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce the time taken to process applications for indefinite leave to remain.

      Immigrants: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department provides any support to unemployed (a) A2 and (b) A8 nationals who have come to the UK to work but who do not have...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the staff/detainee ratio is at (a) Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, (b) Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre, (c) Dover...

      Immigration: Judgments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued to immigration officers in light of the ruling by the House of Lords in (a) Huang and (b) Kashmiri v ....

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the National Policing Improvement Agency since becoming fully operational on 1 April.

      North Wales Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police time was spent on front-line duties by North Wales Police in each year since 2001.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were transferred to immigration removal centres (a) before the end of their sentence and (b) after the...

      Offensive Weapons: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people convicted of carrying a knife in each of the last three years were given (a) a non-custodial sentence and (b) a...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what role the Home Office Identity Fraud Steering Committee has undertaken in relation to the Confidential Access website; and if he...

      Police: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were promoted to the rank of chief inspector in each of the last three years; and what proportion were (a) members...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time police officers and (b) police community support officers in each police authority are suspended on full pay as a...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average police precept on Band D council tax bills was in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) England and Wales in (i) 1997-98 and...

      Police: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget for roads policing in each police force was in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the force's total budget...

      Religiously Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of religion-based hate crimes there have been against victims who were (a) Muslim, (b) Jewish and (c)...

      Road Traffic Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988; what representations he has received since this...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sexual offences were committed in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Counter-terrorism: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what counter-terrorist exercises took place in East Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Vehicle Crime Reduction Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect that the decision to close the Vehicle Crime Reduction team will have upon rates of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer Question 125175, on repatriation of failed asylum seekers, tabled by the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green on...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer Question 126828, on migrant workers, tabled by the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham on 7 March.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) street crime, (b) burglaries, (c) car thefts and (d) criminal damage was carried out in each police authority area...

  • International Development

    • Africa: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects have been funded by the Investment Climate Facility for Africa; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departments: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions since 1st January 2000 his Department has summarily dismissed a member of its staff earning more than...

      Departments: Official Cars

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

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what visits he has made involving a mix of political and official engagements where Government car service vehicles were used in 2007;...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to address the negative effects of climate change on low income countries.

      Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects have been funded by the Governance and Transparency Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what total Government funding for research into the development of anti-retroviral HIV/AIDS medication for use in developing countries...

      International Assistance

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

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the timescale is for conducting country governance analysis for all recipients of UK development assistance; and if he will make a...

      Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to health systems in Sierra Leone in each of the last five years.

      Sierra Leone: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to encourage the provision of healthcare free at the point of access in Sierra Leone.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to ensure that humanitarian relief funding to Somalia is reaching those who need it most.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of UK financial support for the Somali Transitional Federal Government.

      Zambia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to health systems in each of the last five years in Zambia; and if he will provide details of...

      Zambia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to encourage the provision of health care free at the point of access in Zambia.

  • Justice

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 783-84W, on Departments: Manpower, for what reasons, subject to personal...

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 783-84W, on Departments: Manpower, what the estimated yearly cost to the public...

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what visits she has made involving a mix of political and official engagements where Government car service vehicles were used in 2007; and...

      HM Courts Service: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff funded by the public purse in HM Courts Service are classified as people without posts.

      Home Detention Curfews: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many offenders convicted of child abuse were released on home detention curfews in the Metropolitan Police district in each London borough in...

      Home Detention Curfews: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many offenders were released on home detention curfews in the Metropolitan Police district in each London borough in each year since their...

      Legal Services Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations her Department has received from trade unions on their exemption from part 3 of the Legal Services Bill.

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to increase resources for life sentence plans at each prison where the number of prisoners exceeds the programme capacity; and...

      Miscarriages of Justice: Compensation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether an estimate has been made of the total potential liability faced by the Government from claims before the Independent Assessor of...

      Notaries

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will assess the merits of widening the range of professions which are permitted to become notaries.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff funded by the public purse in HM Prison Service are classified as people without posts.

      Prison Service: Vacancies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff vacancies there are at each (a) prison establishment, (b) HM Prison Service area and (c) private sector prison; and if she will...

      Public Guardianship Office: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff funded by the public purse in the Public Guardianship Office are classified as people without posts.

      Solicitors: North East Region

      To ask the Ministry of Justice what arrangements she has made for the provision of duty solicitor cover in Bridlington, Goole and Beverley in light of the decision of Hull firms to withdraw from...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of under 18 year olds convicted in each year since 1997 lived (a) with a parent who had sole custody, (b) with...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Advertising

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

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

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

      Departments: Official Cars

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

      Independent International Commission on Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Freedom of Information requests have been received by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) since the...

      Local Government Re-organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 1211W, on local government re-organisation, when the copy of the consultants'...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the operation of the Barnett formula as it affects Northern Ireland.

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, columns 568-9W, on the Valuation and Lands Agency, when the copy of the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Eligo International

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) date, (b) value and (c) purpose was of each payment made by his Office to Eligo International Limited since 1997.

    • Departments: Official Residences

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

      East Riding

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has visited the East Riding of Yorkshire on official Government business in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      European Constitutional Changes

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Macclesfield of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 257W, on European constitutional changes, where the red lines have...

      Libya

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish the Memorandum of Understanding with Libya signed on 28 May 2007.

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he expects to receive a ministerial severance payment when he leaves office.

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers have not been remunerated for their ministerial service since May 1997; and what the duration was of unpaid ministerial service in each case.

      Official Spokesman

      To ask the Prime Minister what the responsibilities of his official spokesman will be after June 2007.

      Rendition

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) President Bush and (ii) US officials on UK assistance in relation to rendition flights since 1 May...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

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

    • Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Property

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

      Departments: Sovereign Strategy

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Auctions: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Office of Fair Trading (a) is investigating and (b) plans to investigate the online money transfer marketplace used by internet...

    • Clothing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to review the legislation governing the safety of children's nightwear.

      Clothing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of improving the safety of nightwear; and what assessment he has made of the affordability of such...

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many civil servants, and of what pay grade, work on the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

      Official Cars: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's policy is on the vehicle excise duty bands of Ministerial cars; and into which bands cars presently allocated to...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will implement a national ban on the trade in seal products; (2) what assessment he has made of the European Commission's...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the Government are tackling problems of blight in respect of those living (a) in the vicinity and (b) under the flight paths of regional airports.

    • Airports: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many airports in the UK have implemented voluntary plans to tackle noise pollution.

      BAA: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are seconded to his Department from BAA plc; what the roles are of such secondees; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Mobility: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government on funding streams for charitable...

      Motorcycles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the theft of motorcycle parts.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish guidance under the Traffic Management Act 2004 on enforcement over parking on grass verges; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to make changes to parking controls near schools.

      Railways: Ashford Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the future of passenger train services to Brussels from Ashford International station.

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reasons for the time taken to implement the provisions of the Traffic Management Act 2004 in respect of permits for...

      Roads: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the future costs of building the Hastings to Bexhill Link Road; (2) what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics are collected by the Government on user satisfaction in relation to the condition of local authority-maintained highways.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what statistics are collected by the Government on the condition of local authority-maintained highways in England.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the causes of the deterioration in local authority highways in England.

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department is taking to promote the provision of taxis accessible to disabled people including wheelchair users.

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provision his Department is making to ensure that disabled people are involved in an evaluation of options regarding his Department's policy on...

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government expect to introduce regulations on accessible taxis under the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department on developing policy on national road pricing in each of the last 10 years.

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the road pricing demonstrations project is estimated to cost.

      Tolls: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he plans to take to offer redress to businesses within the catchment areas of local authority pricing schemes who are able to demonstrate a...

      Tolls: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people (a) within his Department and (b) on consultancy contracts are working on road pricing policy.

      Trains: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to secure the integration of rail transport with bicycle use.

      Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has received a request for a meeting from the Chairman of the Disabled Person's Transport Advisory Committee and the Disability Rights...

  • Treasury

    • No. 11 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place to ensure that additional costs associated with holding events at No. 11 Downing street are met by the organisers of those events.

    • Rail Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the funding of rail projects.

      World Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the impact on the UK economy of trends in world trade; and if he will make a statement.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to implement recommendations made in the Gowers Report on Intellectual Property.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on public expenditure of the fiscal rules; and if he will make a statement.

      Saving Gateway Pilot

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what evaluation he has made of the outcome of the second Saving Gateway pilot.

      Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take-up levels are of child tax credits and child benefit.

      Savings Ratio

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the trend in the savings ratio.

      Africa: Education for All Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Education for All initiative for Africa.

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of children under (a) three, (b) five, (c) 10 and (d) 14 years old were being brought up by (i) two parents who were both...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) dwelling house and (b) value significant codes in use by the Valuation Office Agency for valuation purposes.

      Councillors: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has produced on the tax treatment of golden goodbye payments made to local councillors who are standing down.

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Crown Estate land was sold for housing development in the last year for which figures are available.

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Land

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance the Office for Government Commerce has produced on the sale of Crown estate land.

      Departments: Caparo Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made payments to Caparo Group or its subsidiaries since 1997.

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many press officers were employed by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which (a) bodies and (b) individuals his Department has discussed standardisation of the direct payments scheme.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the findings of his consultation with the charitable sector on measures to increase take up of Gift Aid.

      Government Shareholding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which companies the Government holds special shares; and which departments are responsible for them.

      Informers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what circumstances an uplift beyond the basic 5 per cent. reward is paid to an informer providing information which leads to recovery of money for the Crown.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the appropriateness of the age thresholds of national insurance contributions; and if he will make a statement.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated (a) gross and (b) net increase in business rate revenues in cash terms arising from the Government's proposals to reduce business...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on income tax revenue of pension income received through an alternatively secured pension rather than a payment...

      Pfi

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of private finance initiative contracts were sold on by the original signatories to the contract in each year since 1997; and...

      Suicide: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of victims of suicide under the age of 18 years in each year since 1997 lived (a) with a parent who had sole custody, (b)...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of mothers under the age of 16 lived (a) with a parent who had sole custody, (b) with parents who had joint custody and (c)...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on speakers' fees for its North West Excellence Awards.

      Valuation Office Agency: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff from overseas have been (a) seconded and (b) attached to the Valuation Office Agency in each of the last five years, broken down by country...

      VAT: Electric Motors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has received notification that the European Commission is to re-classify electric mobility scooters as the same category as golf caddies...

      VAT: Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for VAT repayment have been subject to the extended verification process.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to resolve the outstanding issues regarding the payment of tax credits to Mrs Shelagh House of Robert Cecil Avenue, Southampton.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials work in his Department.

    • Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what visits he has made involving a mix of political and official engagements where Government car service vehicles were used in 2007; and whether the...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what average number of days per year was taken by staff in his Department as sick leave in each of the last five years for which records are available.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that the bereavement grant is made available to co-habiting partners of people in a situation where a spouse is...

    • Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was raised from the sale of his Department's property in each of the last five years; (2) what properties the Department (a)...

      Departments: Recruitment

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

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 640, to the hon. Member for Ludlow, on the Financial Assistance scheme,...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many previous participants of the new deal for disabled people not currently participating on the scheme are claiming incapacity benefit;...

      Jobcentre Plus: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people obtained advice on benefits from the Christchurch office of Jobcentre Plus in each of the last six months; (2) where he...

      Learning Disability: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the availability of literacy and numeracy basic skills training for people with a learning disability who are seeking or are...

      Pensions Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the Treasury of implementing the effects of Lords Amendments 68 to 76 to the Pensions Bill.

      Pensions: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he decided to include other sources of non-public funding in the review of pension scheme assets held by schemes in wind-up with a...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the Remploy workforce is aged over 55 years.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to the option of joint ventures, including with local colleges, at any existing Remploy site.

      Remploy: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assistance is planned to be made available to workers affected by the closure of Remploy factories in finding alternative employment in a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly amount of benefit was for an (a) single pensioner, (b) married pensioner, (c) single person under pensionable age,...

      Social Security Benefits: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecution cases were brought outside the 12 month limitation under section 112 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 in...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has conducted comparative research on the cost to the NHS of treating the effects of addiction to alcohol and tobacco.

    • Angina: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment (a) her Department and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has made of the use of enhanced external...

      Arthritis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children under the age of 16 years in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England (i) were...

      Bereavement Counselling: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources and funding have been made available for bereavement services in 2006-07 in Buckinghamshire primary care trust; and if she will make a...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors she will take into account when making a decision on whether to instigate prion filtration in blood transfusion.

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will introduce new treatments and technologies to reduce the risk to public health from blood transfusions on the basis of successful...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the documents rediscovered by her Department referred to in the Review of Documentation relating to the Safety of Blood...

      British Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of food served in (a) buildings occupied by her Department and (b) NHS hospitals was of British origin in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people accessed open access dental surgeries by health region in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Data Protection

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

      Departments: Gateway Reference Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many documents coded with a gateway reference number were issued by her Department in each year since 2000.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Ministers in her Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what the length was of...

      Departments: Internet

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's directorates are; and how many (a) individuals and (b) full-time equivalent staff work in them.

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) the NHS in each year between 1997 and...

      Departments: Public Relations

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in each of the last 30 years.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to safeguard patient care at the beginning of August 2007 when doctors in training will all change jobs.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons were for abandoning the policy of staggered changeover dates for doctors in training posts.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 582W, on the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS) website, whether her Department...

      Elderly: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work she has undertaken on her national action plan on malnutrition among elderly patients; and when she plans to publish the outcome of that work.

      GMOs: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of the GM rice (LL601) contamination incident to (a) food businesses, (b) Government Departments, (c) local...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to maintain patient care when all junior doctors move posts on 1 August.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of the discussion paper on providers which she presented to the King's Fund on 7 December 2006.

      Health Services: Social Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to re-examine the role of social care providers in the running of LINKS programmes following the recent Health Select Committee report...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the conclusions of Agenda for Change on (a) roles and functions and (b) pay and conditions of health visitors.

      Health Visitors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the trends in numbers of health visitors working in the NHS over the last 10 years; (2) how many health visitors...

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places there are for trainees wishing to acquire health visiting qualifications.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the purpose is of the web based surveillance system for Clostridium difficile and MRSA; and if she will make a statement.

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mixed wards and (b) single sex wards there were in each hospital in the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust in each of the last two years.

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wards in Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust were closed in the last 12 months.

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many redundancies were made by Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust in the last 12 months.

      Junior Doctors: Taunton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctors are registered in Taunton constituency.

      Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when (a) she and (b) one of her ministerial colleagues last visited Lincolnshire.

      Medical Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 584, on medical training, whether the medical training application system was subject to...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 613-17, on the Medical Training Application Service, how many of the fixed-term specialty...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 613-17, on the Medical Training Application Service, where in the public domain the...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 613-7, on the Medical Training Application Service, how many training posts, in addition...

      Medical Training Application Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, columns 613-7, on the Medical Training Application Service, how many foundation year two...

      NHS Work Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1121W, on the NHS work force, when she expects the East of England strategic health...

      NHS Work Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 2045W, on the NHS work force, what her Department's most recent estimate is of changes...

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date her Department received Treasury approval for the new contract for NHS consultants agreed in October 2003.

      NHS: Consultants

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

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when account was taken of forecast rates of inflation in determining the (a) prospective increase in the rates of pay for NHS nurses and (b) proposed...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average per capita social services spending has been (a) in England and (b) in each local authority area since 1979.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much budget allocation was provided for (a) NHS Greater Manchester, (b) Tameside and Glossop primary care trust and (c) Oldham primary care trust...

      NHS: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of NHS staff who left the NHS (a) to work in the private health sector and (b) to work outside the...

      NHS: Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision there is for those UK citizens who are not ordinarily resident in the UK through undertaking long term charitable or aid work abroad to...

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average sickness absence rate was for NHS staff in 2006.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of speciality training to fixed term speciality training appointments is by speciality in England.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to maximise the amount of time nurses spend on directly caring for patients; (2) what plans she has to minimise the paperwork...

      Nutrition: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is the policy of her Department to support the World Health Organisation definition of water as an important nutrient for the human body and...

      Physiotherapy: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the minutes of her latest meeting with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on physiotherapy graduates.

      Public Private Partnerships: Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the public private partnership for the provision of digital hearing aids; and if she will make a...

      Social Services: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was allocated to Warrington borough council to fund social services in each year since 1997, broken down by funding stream; (2) how much...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who require organ transplants; how many and what proportion of people requiring donated organs received...

      vCJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to be in a position to make a decision on the steps her Department will take to reduce the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease...

      vCJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a cost/benefit assessment of introducing prion removal blood filters to reduce the transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease via blood...

  • House of Lords

    • Aggregates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are committed to the long-term strategic support of the system of managed aggregate supply in England and the provision of evidence collected by the...

    • Aggregates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the extent of planned development in London and the south-east over the next 10 years; and whether they have assessed whether such development, along with...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given that three out of 10 local authorities have an allotments policy, they will consider calling a halt on allotment disposals by local authorities, at...

      Armed Forces: Medical Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the requested and actual funding provided to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine for each year since 2001.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the United Kingdom record of the statements made at the meeting in Kathmandu on 22 November 2006 between...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What fees were retained by the Ethnic Minorities Citizenship Unit of the British Consulate-General, Hong Kong, for forwarding applications to the Home Office for...

      British Library

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the funding agreement targets set for the British Library in 2006-07; and what was the extent in percentage terms to which these targets were achieved.

      Children: Disappearances Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children of United Kingdom parents have been reported missing while abroad since 2000.

      Children: Disappearances Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of reported cases of children of United Kingdom parents missing abroad since 2000 have resulted in the safe recovery of such children.

      Children: Disappearances Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of reported cases of children of United Kingdom parents missing abroad since 2000 have involved United Kingdom police forces in co-operative action...

      Children: Disappearances Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to alert United Kingdom parents to the risks of abduction of children in foreign countries.

      Crime: Prison Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 21 May (WA 83) and 4 June (WA 152—53 and WA 171—74), how many prison officers have...

      Elections: Candidates' Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the items requested on the standard form for Return of Candidate's Election Expenditure: Local government election in England and Wales, distributed by...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the cost of wind energy and installed capacity in Germany and in the United Kingdom in 2000 and today.

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they will not bring forward regulations under Section 162 of the Housing Act 2004 to suspend the implementation of home information packs while allowing energy...

      Internet Governance Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What matters will be discussed at this year's conference of the United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum; and what specific issues will be raised by...

      Internet: Domain Names

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they will bring forward to replace the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers system of internet domain names registration with a...

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Irish Language Bill was part of the St Andrews agreement; and, if so, whether it was agreed by all parties.

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the Irish Language Bill.

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they gave an undertaking at St Andrews in October 2006 that the Northern Ireland Assembly should consider a Bill on the Irish language; whether that...

      Official Gifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 February (WA 78), when they will publish the list of gifts costing over £140 given by Ministers to...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the estimated extra cost if payments made under the financial assistance scheme, under the Government's latest proposals, were made equal to those...

      Prison Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What avenues for the development of leadership in HM Prison Service are currently available or under consideration.

      Prison Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of newly promoted senior officers in HM Prison Service undertake the introductory certificate in management; what assistance is provided for those...

      Prisoners: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are regular checks on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases amongst the prison population.

      Prisoners: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sexually transmitted diseases, in particular HIV, are more prevalent today in prisons than (a) five years ago, and (b) 10 years ago.

      Railways: Yeovil to Exeter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the single line railway between Yeovil and Exeter will have two tracks throughout its length by the end of 2010.

      Remploy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the planned future of the Remploy workers at the Remploy factory in Barnsley, South Yorkshire; how many are employed; and, if the plant closes or merges...

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What resources are being allocated to the development and expansion of restorative justice within the criminal justice system.

      Television: Digital Switchover

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the planned dates for the completion of digital switchover in the United Kingdom for (a) television, and (b) radio.

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of progress by London boroughs on the waste aspects of local planning documents.

      Welsh Language

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of implementing the Welsh Language Act 1993 throughout statutory agencies and departments in Wales.

      Welsh Language

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of inquiries and correspondence to public sector bodies in Wales are received in Welsh.

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