Written answers

Friday, 15 June 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arlington House Camden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bed spaces Arlington House in Camden had (a) before and (b) after its modernisation under the hostels capital...

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average time taken by (a) Warrington borough council and (b) councils in (i) the north-west and (ii) England is to...

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) temporary and (b) agency staff were employed by her Department in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Travel Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997.

      Fire Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Cornwall Fire Authority to try to resolve the dispute there.

      Fire Services: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the provision of new mobile control rooms which can interface with the new regional fire control rooms is within the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers the regional spatial strategy process has to change the status of green belt land; and if she will make a statement.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities have to re-designate green belt land; and if she will make a statement.

      Green Belt: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proposals are contained in the South West Regional Spatial Strategy to change the status of green belt land in...

      Green Belt: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government policy is on building on the green belt in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at what time on 16 May Mr. Justice Collins gave his interim oral ruling with regard to the application by the Royal Institute of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an estate agent will be able to sell a property with a home information pack produced by another estate agent.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which journals advertisements in relation to home information packs have been placed on behalf of her Department.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many advertisements placed on behalf of her Department in relation to home improvement packs have been cancelled; (2)...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the marketing and advertising campaign to promote home information packs and energy performance...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homeless people, broken down by constituency.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of all lettings in (a) each London local authority and (b) across all local authorities were let to...

      Housing: Camden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Government intends to provide to Camden council for the purpose of bringing social housing up to Decent Homes...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2007, O fficial Report, columns 1101-02W, on housing: construction, what plans she has to...

      Housing: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much from public funds was paid to Catholic housing agencies in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost has been to run the Design for Manufacture competition since its inception; and how many of the resulting...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether tests of affordability for homes to rent or buy are required to take account of local levels of household income.

      Housing: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the likely number of additional dwellings to be located in (a) Northamptonshire, (b) North...

      Housing: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will visit Wellingborough and Kettering to discuss future housing and infrastructure developments with members of local...

      Housing: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 20 April 2007, Official Report, column 794W,...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to extend consultation on the draft national policy statements for infrastructural planning proposals in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation will be conducted in communities on planning applications under the Planning Bill.

      Planning: Use Classes Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish her review into use Classes Order legislation; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisons: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidelines apply to the expansion of prisons; and in what circumstances they have permitted development rights.

      Regeneration: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of regeneration schemes in coalfield communities.

      Regional Government: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which English regional chambers have offices located outside the United Kingdom.

      Service Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis is for her statement that capping leaseholder service charges for ex-council flats would cost £40...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many alcohol licences have been revoked in each London borough since November 2005.

    • Cultural Heritage: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on whether cultural objects seized from (a) Germany and (b) other countries after the second world war...

      Cultural Heritage: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) organisations and (b) individuals responded to her Department's consultation on the restitution of cultural objects...

      Cultural Heritage: Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she intends to publish the (a) summary paper of and (b) responses to her Department's consultation on the restitution of cultural...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue her Department received from advertisements on her Department's (a) public information leaflets and (b) public...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what average number of days per year was taken by staff in her Department as sick leave in each of the last five years for which records...

      Digital Broadcasting: BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the BBC has spent on producing and broadcasting televisual content for digital transmission.

      Digital Broadcasting: BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the BBC commenced broadcasting digital television.

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance her Department has provided to residents of rural areas in Copeland in advance of digital switchover in October.

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance her Department has provided to tenants (a) of private landlords and (b) in social housing in preparation for digital...

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance her Department has provided to (a) schools, (b) hospitals and (c) other public facilities in Copeland in preparation...

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue was raised by television licence fees in the area of Copeland in which digital switchover will take place in October in...

      Digital Broadcasting: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the elderly population of Copeland is (a) aware of the need to make their...

      Digital Broadcasting: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of UK households eligible for assistance in switching over to digital television will be required to pay to access...

      Newspaper Press: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward measures to increase competition in the newspaper industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) sporting, (b) aero-modelling, (c) bowling and (d) model flying clubs have opted out of accepting anyone under the...

  • Defence

    • War Pensions/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) war pensions and (b) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claims were settled by the Veterans Agency within 50 working days in each...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who is responsible for carrying out inspections of family accommodation at Pirbright barracks.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of family accommodation at Pirbright barracks is (a) currently unoccupied and (b) unfit for occupation.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average wait for repairs to be carried out on family accommodation at Pirbright barracks was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions newly arriving service personnel and their families have arrived at Pirbright barracks to find that their accommodation was...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reported break-ins to forces' accommodation there were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on referrals by the Medical Assessment Programme in each year since it was established.

      Medical Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel staff the Medical Assessment Programme for (a) mental and (b) physical health; and what increases are planned in each area.

      Medical Assessment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans from (a) the 1990-91 Gulf War, (b) Operation Telic and (c) other operations have passed through the Medical Assessment Programme.

      Armed Forces: Winter Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1182W, on armed forces: winter sports, how much public money was spent on the Army Ski...

      Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his strategy is for renewable energy and meeting energy targets in departmental buildings; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of (a) 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1364W, and (b) 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 688W, on housing,...

  • Education and Skills

    • Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children in (a) grammar, (b) local authority, (c) church and (d) academy schools obtained five GCSEs including...

    • Head Teachers: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies for head teachers there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex.

      Home Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils are home-schooled in (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Havering and (c) Romford.

      Local Education Authorities: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education authorities provide subsidised public transport for their staff.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) independent and (b) maintained secondary schools entered candidates for the additional mathematics...

      Private Education: GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of grade A A-levels in (a) mathematics, (b) physics, (c) chemistry, (d) English, (e) French and (f) German awarded in...

      Pupil Referral Units: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupil referral units offer on their curriculum (a) English and mathematics, (b) English and mathematics and at least one science,...

      Pupils: Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that there are sufficient facilities for school students who require insulin injections during the...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what external interests have been declared by each member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Board.

      Unique Learner Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the progress of the unique learner number being developed for all school leavers.

      Schools: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what monitoring procedures are in place to ensure that his Department's guidance on school complaints procedures, LEA/01/0180/2003, is...

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to encourage local education authorities to make the upgrading of school toilet and washroom facilities integral to...

      Schools: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions in each of the last two years a pupil at each state secondary school in Yorkshire has been found to be in possession...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many overseas trained teachers there are in each London borough; how many of these have not enrolled in training courses for qualified...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 14 to 16-year-olds received vocational training which included time away from the classroom during school hours in the last period...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments have been reduced as a result of failures to meet good agricultural and environmental...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 1033W, on bovine tuberculosis (TB), what recommendations he...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of (a) false positives and (b) false negatives resulting from tuberculosis testing...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to date to try to reach the UK target of a 20 per cent. reduction in carbon emissions by...

      Carbon Price

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his policy is on the level of carbon price which should be used to calculate emission limits for the EU Emissions...

      Climate Change: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government on extending the climate change champions...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the UK Government's assessment is of the effectiveness of (a) the total level of permitted emissions and (b) the...

      Eunomia Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each report that the Eunomia consultancy has produced for (a) his Department and...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many foreign-registered vessels have pair trawled within the UK's 12 mile limit in each month since the ban on British...

      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 UK fisheries since...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the timetable outlined in Annex III of the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on fisheries enforcement in each year since 1997.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: A Policy to...

      Fuels: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department holds on the relative carbon emission profiles of (a) kerosene, (b) wood, (c) coal, (d)...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure that contamination of non-genetically modified (GM) potato crops (a) via GM...

      Landfill: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department and its agencies have made of changes in the cost of waste collection and disposal to local...

      Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many orders have been served by local authorities to tackle problems of odour in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Private Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to publish the consultation paper on how private sewers and drains will be transferred to the sewerage...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government intends to take to ensure the independence of the successor body to the Committee on Radioactive...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings he has held with the (a) Environment Agency, (b) the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and (c) Office of...

      Recycling: Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of odours from green waste recycling centres his Department classifies as acceptable; and if he will make a statement.

      Recycling: Odour Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations have been received by (a) his Department and (b) the Environment Agency on concerns about odour from...

      Recycling: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pages in his Department's publication Waste Strategy for England 2007 are printed on uncoated paper.

      Territorial Waters: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he has taken to reduce discards in UK territorial waters in each year since 1997.

      Waste Disposal: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance has been produced by his Department and its agencies for local authorities on penalties for businesses who...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what incentives his Department has given local authorities to reduce their waste arisings; and what penalties they will...

      Waste Management: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures have been put in place to ensure that green waste in Bedfordshire is (a) processed and (b) recycled to...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many permanent abstraction licences have been amended to make them time-limited since the Water Act 2003 was introduced;...

      Water: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has any targets to reduce discards in UK waters.

      Water: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department or its agencies are conducting into (a) water rates and (b) unmetered water charging.

      Water: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the co-operation and information sharing by the Regional Planning Bodies with statutory bodies...

      Water: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies his Department has undertaken on the capacity of water resources to meet plans for increased housing numbers,...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departments: Sovereign Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from her Department held with Sovereign Strategy in each year between 1997...

    • Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the security walls being constructed in Baghdad on the security situation...

      Malaysia: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being offered to the Malaysian High Commission to speed up the rate of issuance of the Pingat Jasa Malaysia...

      Middle East: Global Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the annual budget of the Middle East and North Africa strategy of the UK Global Conflict Prevention Pool is, broken down by...

      Middle East: Global Conflict Prevention Pool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the role of the Government's Global Conflict Prevention Pool is in relation to the Middle East Peace Process; and if she...

      Project Al Yamamah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has received from the United States Government on the Government's decision to suspend the...

      Somalia: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) the numbers of African Union troops deployed in Somalia and (b) the impact of that...

      Somalia: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support is being provided by (a) the UK and (b) the EU to the African Union AMISOM force in Somalia; and if she will make...

      Somalia: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requests have been received by the UK from the African Union (AU) for NATO air transport support for AU troops in Somalia;...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the role of the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool is in relation to the conflict in Darfur; and if she will make a statement.

      Sudan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the trend of attacks on civilians in the eastern part of Southern Kordofan, Sudan, since January...

      Syria: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of Syrian compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1701; and if she will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 600W, on Zimbabwe: human rights, what steps have been taken by...

      Zimbabwe: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to press the EU to extend its 2002 sanctions to the family members and business...

  • Health

    • Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 789W, on audiology services, what steps she plans to take to ensure that the planned...

    • Blood: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will release all remaining documents from those which were rediscovered by her Department referred to in the Review of Documentation relating...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of the provision of photodynamic therapy for cancer on the NHS; and what estimate she has made of the cost...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for continuing care assessments were made in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and what proportion were (i) agreed and (ii)...

      Care Homes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people lived in a care home for elderly people in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to inform those who received blood known to be at risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) contamination that they...

      Conal Timoney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role Conal Timoney had in her Department at the time of the publication of the contract notice (a) 2006/S 114-121806 and (b) 2006/S 135-145353;...

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the definition is of (a) service category No. 25 at section II.2 of the contract notice 2006/S 114-121806 and (b) service category No. 27 at...

      Departments: E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) divisions and (b) individuals have access to e-mails coming to the csf@dh.gsi.gov.uk account.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which subject areas were covered by each of her Department's press officers (a) in May 2005 and (b) in the most recent period for which the information...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date she last met the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss the forward budget for her Department.

      Doctors: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what safeguards are in place to ensure that doctors employed by the national health service are registered with the General Medical Council; what...

      Elderly: Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure privacy and dignity in toilet use for the elderly in hospitals and care homes; and if she will make a statement.

      Harwich Hospital: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are plans to change provision of maternity services at Harwich hospital; and if she will make a statement.

      Hay Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action her Department is taking to reduce levels of hay fever; (2) what action her Department is taking (a) to mitigate the risks of high...

      Health Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were covered by private health insurance in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Urgent Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish her urgent care strategy.

      Health Services: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts in England restricted access to health care by instructing health care practitioners not to refer patients for named health...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons hospital staff are not exempt from hospital parking fees; and if she will make a statement.

      Latex: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines her Department issues on the use of latex gloves in the healthcare sector; and if she will make a statement.

      Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust for patients requiring cognitive behavioural therapy in the latest period for...

      Marvin Swartz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent communications her Department has had with Dr. Marvin Swartz of the Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina; and what fees and expenses...

      Maternity Services: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NHS Maternity Services, England: 2005-06 will be published.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what ability (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts have to deny non-urgent treatment to patients whom they consider to be leading unhealthy...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay of 18 May 2007 on the proposed independent sector treatment centre...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts are offering cognitive behavioural therapy privately to patients using NHS facilities.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans her Department has to fast-track new drugs and therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy; (2) if she will make the drug PTC-124...

      Muscular Dystrophy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group about commissioning services for muscular dystrophy and...

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the process of appointing members to the NHS Appointments Commission.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practices received the initial incentive payment (component one) for agreeing a plan for the implementation of the practice based commissioning...

      NHS: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure in 2006-07 was for interpreters in the national health system; and what expenditure is forecast for 2007-08.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with patient representatives on changes to the portfolio of the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group in the last...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where responsibility lies for (a) recognising, (b) commending and (c) thanking former members of the boards of (i) primary care trusts and (ii) health...

      Royal London Homeopathic Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of the Royal London Homeopathic hospital.

      Simon Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role Simon Morgan had in her Department at the time of the publication of the contract notice 2006/S 135-145353; whether he performed that role as a...

      Streptococcus: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce enrichment culture method tests of all pregnant women to test for streptococcus B; and if she will make a statement.

      Strokes: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many acute trusts have a member of staff responsible for ensuring that patients receive adequate information on the services available to them...

      Wheelchairs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist wheelchairs funded by the NHS are available for disabled children; whether equipment maintenance is provided; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1441-2W, on Departments: public expenditure, for which losses his...

    • Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Transport regarding the use of mobile telephones while driving in each of the last...

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007 to question 130861, on cost recovery, whether the new charges for visas, residency and naturalisation...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adults and (b) children resident in Northern Ireland appear on the national DNA database; how many do not have any convictions...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1751-2W, on human trafficking, how many of those charged under each section...

      Immigrants: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on changes to the terms of the Ankara Agreement with...

      Road Traffic Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with chief constables on the deployment of officers to enforce section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and if...

      Road Traffic Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in (i) Essex, (ii) Southend and (iii) England and Wales of an offence under...

      Safety Belts: Vans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will launch a campaign to target van drivers not wearing seat belts in breach of the 50 metre delivery exemption limit.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total expenditure on setting up and running the Serious Organised Crime Agency has been since its creation, broken down by region.

      Theft: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to reduce the theft of mobile telephones; and if he will make a statement.

      Theft: Wheelie Bins

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data are recorded in relation to the theft of wheelie bins.

      Vladimir Ismaili

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2007, Official Report, columns 1059-60W, on Vladimir Ismaili, whether Vladimir Ismaili has been...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer questions (a) 129923 and (b) 129924, on illegal firearms, tabled on 21 March by the hon. Member for Taunton.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what grants his Department provided for environmental projects in Burma in each of the last five years; and what the value of each...

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Developing Countries: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on the target of access to AIDS treatment for all in the developing world by 2010.

      G8 Commitments: Poverty Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress on the 2005 G8 commitments on poverty relief.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what factors account for the growth in his Department's bilateral spending on grants and other aid in kind, excluding funding for...

  • Justice

    • Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to attend meetings with foreign counterparts to discuss the promotion of human rights.

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many firms of solicitors who previously undertook legal aid work did not sign the new contract for legal aid work.

      Legal Aid: Interpreters

      To ask Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what expenditure in 2006-07 was for interpreters in the legal aid system; and what expenditure is forecast for 2007-08.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice when she plans to reply to the letter to her dated 30 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Mr. M. A. Raja.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of monitoring the time spent processing requests for information under the Freedom of...

    • District Policing Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of district policing partnerships in Northern Ireland for the year ending 31 December 2006.

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the (a) number of (i) Polish, (ii) Lithuanian, (iii) Romanian, (iv) Chinese, (v) Portuguese and (vi) other foreign...

      Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the ratio of specialty training to fixed term specialty training appointments is in each specialty in England.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many business start-ups there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997.

    • Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what tonnage of bagged ordinary portland cement was imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004; [R] (2) what tonnage...

      Cement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what tonnage of bagged cement (with additives) was (a) produced in the UK and (b) imported into the UK in each quarter of each year...

      Clothing: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the reasons are for the differences in the safety flammability requirements set out by the Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985 for...

      Companies: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much his Department spent on providing information to companies on compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in...

      Company Liquidations: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many company liquidations took place in the North West in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Caparo Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made payments to Caparo Group or its companies since 1997.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff funded by the public purse in each regional development agency are classified as people without posts.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many civic amenity sites are registered as designated collection facilities for all five categories of waste electrical and electronic...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive designated collection facilities are in rural areas.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many compliance schemes are available for electronic producers with recycling obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic...

      Energy: Shoreham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made as part of its energy review of the uses to which Shoreham Harbour and its surrounding areas might be put.

      Gardens: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his estimate is based on figures from the Market Transformation Programme of the number of (a) gas and (b) other outdoor patio heaters...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many extensions to the three-year period referred to in section 238A(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986 insolvency agencies have applied for in...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many grants were awarded under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in each month of 2007; how many in each month were for solar...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on administering the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in the 2006-07 financial year.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on the recent restructuring of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

      Maternity Leave: Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the take-up rates of (a) paid maternity leave, (b) unpaid maternity leave, (c) paid paternity leave and...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consideration his Department makes of population density when considering potential locations for new power stations; (2) whether...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the performance of Crown Post Offices transferred to the private sector in (a) England and (b)...

      Post Offices: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he plans to publish his proposals on post office closures in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the total amount of radioactive material unaccounted for from nuclear power stations since their...

      Royal Mail: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment was made of compliance with EU rules on state aid before each of the four instances of Government assistance to Royal Mail...

      Turbines: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 1003W, on turbines: health hazards, what qualifications Hayes McKenzie...

      Turbines: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has carried out on the numbers of individuals and households adversely affected by infrasound emitted by wind...

  • Transport

    • Cycle to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many institutions are participating in the Cycle to Work scheme in (a) the UK and (b) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland.

    • Freight: Blaenau Ffestiniog

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to protect the Blaenau Ffestiniog goods yard for future freight use.

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that passengers receive compensation following the conclusions of the Office of Rail Regulation Report on the Portsmouth...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has conducted on the effect of removing exemption from capital gains tax in relation to primary residences.

    • Capital Gains Tax: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the annual value of capital gains tax taper relief on carried interest in each of the last three financial years.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many parents of children aged 11 years and over were in receipt of the child care element of children's tax credit in each of the last three years.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has the (a) authority and (b) ability to conduct a council tax rebanding exercise without a formal council tax revaluation.

      Debts: Burma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when Burma last repaid debt owed to the UK Government; what recent steps the Government have taken to recover debt owed by Burma; and what legal options are...

      Pension Funds: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the actuarial valuation assumptions referred to in the Inland Revenue policy note of 21 May 1997 as very cautious were; (2) what evidence the...

      Taxation: Quarrying

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-31W, on taxation: quarrying, what steps the Government are taking to specify in their...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines have been produced for the use of tree protection orders in relation to (a) Crown land and (b) the sale of Crown land to the private sector.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the project topic was of the Gateway Review undertaken for the Valuation Office Agency in October 2005.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2134W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), whether the VOA carbon off-set foreign...

      VAT: Memorials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK charities have been refunded VAT for the construction, renovation and maintenance of war memorials since August 2005; and what total sum has...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Wimbledon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants of tax credit there are in Wimbledon.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1441-2W, on Departments: public expenditure, for which losses his Department was...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his strategy is for renewable energy and meeting energy targets in departmental buildings; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits are available to parents whose children below the age of three years are in hospital; and if he will make a statement.

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