Written answers

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departments: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the House has in place arrangements for the ethical disposal of surplus IT equipment.

    • Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what assessment has been made of environmental factors affecting thermal comfort as defined in British...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses his Department received to the consultation document Making Sure that Crime Doesn't Pay; which organisations responded; and...

    • Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 565W, on the Northern Ireland...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of staff in his Department are (a) male, (b) female, (c) registered disabled and (d) aged 55 or over.

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2006-07; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total amount of...

  • International Development

    • Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many publications produced by his Department and funded by the public purse have been (a) provided at no cost and (b) sold to the...

    • Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Departments: Sign Language

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

      Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department provided to developing countries for (a) the development of industry to extract fossil fuels and (b) the...

      Developing Countries: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what analysis his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated of the impact on the welfare of people in developing countries of...

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for future aid allocations aimed at developing the use of local renewable energy in developing countries.

      Overseas Aid: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what analysis he has undertaken of the impact of his Department's aid policies and programmes on climate change.

      Overseas Aid: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to fossil fuel extraction projects through the World Bank and other international financial...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Project Al Yamamah

      To ask the Solicitor-General what advice (a) his Department and (b) other Departments gave the Director of the Serious Fraud Office with regard to his investigation into the Al Yamamah deal...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Manpower

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

    • Departments: Official Cars

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid in bonuses to his Department's staff in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Departments: Renewable Energy

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

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any manual counts took place during the Scottish (a) parliamentary and (b) local election areas which used electronic counting to verify the...

      Oil: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the fiscal regime for the UK oil and gas sector.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment the Government has made of the likely impact on (a) Scotland's infrastructure and (b) the Scottish economy of the relocation of (i)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on the Downing Street website for the benefit of those whose first language is BSL.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Carbon Sequestration: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding is available for research on carbon capture and storage technology.

    • Cotonou Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made by his Department on compliance with the Cotonou Agreement by the EU in its negotiations of economic partnership...

      Departments: Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) services and (b) products his Department has procured from Remploy in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice the Chief Scientific Adviser has provided in relation to the collection of household rubbish.

      Estate Agents: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 23 April 2007, Official Report, column 946W, on estate agents: complaints, how many of the 210 complaints about the...

      Estate Agents: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been carried out (a) by and (b) on behalf of his Department into average fees charged by estate agents since the 2004...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims by former miners or their families have yet to be settled in respect of compensation for (a) chronic bronchitis, emphysema or...

      Intellectual Property Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans he has to implement Recommendation 39 of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Low Pay Commission has undertaken research into the effect of a minimum wage for those under the age of 16 years.

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will consider introducing a minimum wage for those under the age of 16 years.

      Overseas Trade: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the UK's trade with Russia was conducted with the province of Kaliningrad in each year since 1997.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many prosecutions were made by local authority trading standards departments for over-packaging in each year since 2000.

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the proportion of UK energy supply which tidal power (a) could theoretically provide and (b) is expected by...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms the Certification Office has in place to monitor whether trade unions affiliate more members to the Labour Party than...

      Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what progress has been made in implementing the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive; (2) when he plans to introduce regulations to...

      Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has any plans to update the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms to Sierra Leone Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of the 1998 inquiry into the arms to Sierra Leone affair.

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on advertising by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of staff in her Department are (a) male, (b) female, (c) registered disabled and (d) aged 55 or over.

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many recruits to her Department were graduates of Oxford or Cambridge university in each year since 1995.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received following the meeting between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and senior officials...

      Iran: Bahai Sect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Iranian government on the treatment of the Bahá'í community in that...

      Nepal: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK is making available to assist the second phase of monitoring Maoist army personnel in Nepal to ensure that...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the freedom from government intrusion of (a) the press, (b) internet access and (c)...

      Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the United Kingdom's 1945 Emergency Regulations for Palestine were annulled.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what undertakings have been (a) sought and (b) received from the US Administration since January 2001 that the US...

      Saudi Arabia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the risks to UK citizens from Al-Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia; and if she will make a statement.

      Saudia Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have received from (a) the government of Saudi Arabia and (b) its representatives on the...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the assurances of the Transitional Federal Government that a planned Reconciliation Congress in...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to further a cessation of violence by fundamentalist Islamic militias loyal to the Union of Islamic...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the movement of Tamils from the city of Colombo by the Sri Lankan Government; and if she will...

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on the forced relocation of people in Sri Lanka.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to encourage China, India and Malaysia to ensure that their activities and influences in the...

      WMD Intelligence Review Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of the Butler Inquiry.

  • Transport

    • Eddington Transport Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to take forward the recommendations of the "Eddington Transport Study"; and if he will make a statement.

    • Canals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the use of canals as a part of an integrated transportation system; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Safety Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards meeting 2010 road safety targets.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to give local authorities a greater role in planning bus services.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to improve the quality of bus services.

      Trams: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made on approving the next tram line in Nottingham.

      Foreign Registered Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the Civil Aviation Authority's consultation on the application of UK regulatory requirements to foreign registered aircraft...

      Trains: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on levels of rail overcrowding.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures his Department is putting in place to increase the number of passenger journeys on branch lines of the rail network.

      Car Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in reducing travel by motor car since 1997.

      Vehicle Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress in lowering the average level of emissions per vehicle.

      Nottingham Express Transit Tramway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost has been so far of the Nottingham Express transit tramway; what the estimated cost is of the proposed extension to Chilwell and...

      A120: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is in a position to provide updated information on the preferred route of the A120 Braintree to Marks Tey improvement; and what exhibitions...

      A21: Baldslow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the implementation of the Baudslow link improvement on the A21 will be accelerated; (2) if he will make a...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will commission research and development into minimising (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) general environmental impacts caused...

      Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many near misses were recorded over Northern Ireland airspace in the last 12 months; and how many related to flights into or out of (a) Belfast...

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Government policy is on the adoption of harmonised aviation security regulations across Europe as defined in EC Regulation 2320/2002.

      Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he next plans to assess the basis for the restrictions on the number of pieces of carry-on luggage allowed for passengers departing from UK...

      Blue Badge Scheme: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of abuse of the blue badge scheme, with particular reference to (a) the incidence of theft of blue badges, (b)...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) who will administer the national off peak free bus travel scheme for pensioners and disabled people; (2) what the expected start date is for the...

      Buses: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of bus design on the risk of injuring pedestrians.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage the use of cycles (a) to and from workplaces and (b) within local communities; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department is on track to deliver the projected carbon savings of 5.1 MtC by 2010 as set out in the 2000 climate change programme; and if...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on consultants in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people work in the Rail Directorate of his Department; and what the wages and salaries costs of the directorate were in each of the last five...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on hospitality by his Department in the financial year 2006-07.

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Public Relations

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

      Departments: Sign Language

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

      Departments: Travel Agents

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

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 971W, on driving offences, how many vehicles are represented by the 2.5 per cent. of...

      Driving Tests: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs of the driving theory test were in each year since its introduction; and what the reason was for each change.

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) longest and (b) average waiting time was for travellers going through airport security at Heathrow terminal 4 on 10 June.

      M3: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when junctions 5 to 7 of the M3 motorway will be resurfaced with noise retarding materials; and how many lanes will be resurfaced as part of this work.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the number of unlicensed vehicles on the road in the UK.

      Parking: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his Department has made any assessment of the effectiveness of road markings distinguishing parking bays for the disabled; (2) what...

      Pedestrians: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrian fatalities were caused by buses in each of the last seven years.

      Public Transport: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the change in cost to the passenger of public transport in real terms in each year since 1997, broken down by mode of...

      Railways: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the transport infrastructure of (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex for the purpose of (i) facilitating economic...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Traffic Management Act 2004 in reducing congestion in each Government office region.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the survival chance of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle travelling at (a) 20 mph, (b) 30 mph, (c) 35 mph, (d)...

      Thames River Safety Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the cost was of the Thames River Safety Inquiry; (2) what the cost was of the 2000 Clark Inquiry into issues arising out of the...

      Trains: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that (a) there is adequate space for a reasonable number of bicycles on each train and (b) secure cycle parking is...

      Trams: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the London Mayor on the funding of the West London Tram scheme.

      Transport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the potential extra cost to local authorities of providing transport for pupils to attend special schools as a...

  • Health

    • Bournemouth Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to close Bournemouth hospital's accident and emergency department.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department made of the needs of people with lymphoma in the preparation of the "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say" White Paper.

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children under the age of five years who died following abuse or neglect in each of the last five years; and...

      Chiropractice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement exists for chiropractors to register with the Healthcare Commission; and if she will make a statement.

      Christopher Clunis Care and Treatment Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the 2000 Ritchie Inquiry.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department plans to take to increase the amount of bio-medical research conducted into chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis;...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of staff working in her Department was in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) budget was and (b) staffing numbers were for each of her Department's arm's length bodies in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioners: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of general practitioner practices in West Lancashire constituency have closed their lists to new patients.

      Harold Shipman Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the Shipman Inquiry.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she published the conclusions of the review announced in paragraph 3.34 of the Health White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say; and if she will...

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department's guidance on the application of the statutory definition of children in need includes children affected by alcohol misuse.

      Health Services: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what statutory obligations govern the co-ordination of service delivery between local primary care trusts and local authority delivered social...

      Hospital Beds: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of bed blocking to Cumbria primary care trust and its predecessor primary care trusts in each year since 1997; and...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the incidence of patients who having been discharged were subsequently re-admitted for the same complaint within (a)...

      Medical Treatments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to use (a) epidemiological data and (b) other research evidence in the further development of the Pan London 3 Year Treatment...

      New Deal for Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the £1 million allocated as part of the consultation on the New Deal for Carers will be spent; (2) which organisations she expects to...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the performance of NHS walk-in centres at (a) Royal Surrey County Hospital, (b) Surrey Primary Care Trust and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when her Department's response to the consultation on branded generic medicines will be published; (2) what conclusions she has reached following...

      NHS: Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the three inquiries into the effectiveness of local health services' procedures to deal with complaints about individuals.

      NHS: Non-Geographic Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which non-geographic numbers may be used by each type of NHS organisation.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how (a) many staff were employed and (b) much was spent by her Department analysing NHS targets in each year from 1997 to 2006; and if she will make a...

      Queen's Hospital Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of hospital acquired infections were reported at the Queen's Hospital in Romford in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the provision of non-charging ATMs in low income areas since the summit hosted by his Department in May 2006.

    • Child Tax Credit: Take-Up

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies spent on promoting take-up of child tax credit in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Children's Centres: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to fund children's centres in the comprehensive spending review.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contributing factors in the rise of council tax receipts between 1997-98 and 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research the Valuation Office Agency has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on the merits of annual (i) council tax and (ii) business rates revaluations.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) objective and (b) timescale is of the Valuation Office Agency's (i) Enterprise Resource Planning and (ii) World Class programmes.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue he estimates was foregone by the Exchequer due to the trade in counterfeit medicines in 2006.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average personal (a) unsecured debt and (b) total debt was as a percentage of income in each year since 1997.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average total personal debt servicing level as a percentage of income was for (a) interest and (b) capital repayments in each year since 1997;...

      Departments: Resignations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's civil servants tendered their resignation in the last month.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the transition support programme announced in Aiming High for Disabled Children: Better Support for Families will be piloted; and in what parts of the...

      Employment: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in West Lancashire constituency were recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ended March (a) 1997 and (b)...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) energy action plans and (b) buildings have been adapted for energy efficiency under the Eighth Inclusive Communities Budget; at what cost;...

      Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of families with a child under the age of 18 years where there is (a) one parent or guardian and (b) two parents...

      Immigration: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of international migrants in (a) London and (b) Wimbledon constituency under (i) the International Passenger...

      Lymphoma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people were diagnosed with lymphoma in each of the last 21 years; (2) how many people died from lymphoma in each of the last 21 years.

      Lymphoma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the five year survival rates were for lymphoma in each of the last 21 years.

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to respond formally to the Lyons inquiry into local government.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the per capita public expenditure was in (a) the East Midlands and (b) the UK in the last period for which figures are available.

      Revenue and Customs: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on consultants in each of the last two years, broken down by (a) division, (b) area and (c) type of work commissioned.

      Revenue and Customs: Mansfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1312-3W, on Revenue and Customs: Mansfield, what the costs were for April 2006 to...

      Strokes: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths from stroke there were in London in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Taxation: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in tax revenue from (a) small and medium-sized and (b) large enterprises arising from the end of the 50 per cent....

      Valuation Office Agency: Valuebill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with which local authorities the Valuation Office Agency communicates using Valuebill.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the delay in resolving the tax credit case of Mrs. Kim Young.

      Pensions: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations there were between (a) officials and (b) Ministers in his Department and (i) officials and (ii) Ministers of the Department for Work...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ensure that at least 96 per cent. of the 2006 Single Farm Payment will be paid by the end of June payment window;...

    • Algae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects of algal blooms on human health in the coastal areas covered by the North...

      Algae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which agricultural nitrates are contributing to algal blooms in the area...

      Beekeeping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward plans (a) to promote training in apiculture and (b) to extend the role of his Department's Bee Unit.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he plans to take to ensure that those biodiversity objectives that can only be delivered through targeted...

      Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Phillips Inquiry into bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

      Central Heating: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many central heating systems have been installed for (a) pensioners on pension credit and (b) all other pensioners...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of cetaceans killed or injured in the sea which are washed ashore.

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of bottle nose and common dolphins and harbour porpoises which will be killed or...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has the power to close UK fisheries to foreign-registered pair trawlers to protect dolphins and porpoises.

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in which months dolphins and porpoises are most likely to be found washed up on British beaches having been killed or injured...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much revenue his Department received from advertisements on his Department's (a) public information leaflets and (b)...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Official Cars

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

      Departments: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the official ministerial residences allocated to Ministers in his Department; and what the total annual cost...

      Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the occasions during 2007 when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London underground, (c) tram or...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i)...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the most recent figures from WasteDataFlow showing the net cost of household waste collection for each...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research and statistical data gathering has been conducted by his Department and its agencies into the proportion of...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the appropriateness of alternate weekly collections of household rubbish for (a)...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much the Waste and Resources Action Programme has paid to the Eunomia consultancy; and for what purpose; (2) what...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme holds of the number of local authorities...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have given to local authorities in relation to their powers to...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific research has been conducted by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies into alternate weekly collections of...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of fly-tipping incidents recorded on the Flycapture database in the last year for which figures are available...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of waste produced per person in local authorities operating (a) alternate weekly...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the incidence of flies and vermin in areas that have introduced an alternate weekly...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on green workplace initiatives.

      Energy: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on development of a green manufacturing strategy.

      Environmental Protection: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies spent on commissioning research or consultancy from Be-Environmental in the last...

      Fisheries: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he plans to take to assist the recovery of the stock of the European eel; when he expects them to be (a)...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what stocks fished by the UK (a) over-10 metre fleet and (b) under-10 metre fleet are (i) within safe biological limits and...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish proposals to change the way that fishing quota is allocated in the UK for (a) the under-10 metre...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the European Commission to publish its 2008 fishing opportunities proposals for stocks fished by UK vessels.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is his policy to support proposals to reduce total allowable catch and fishing opportunities for fish stocks...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals in the Commission Communication, Fishing Opportunities for 2008: Policy...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whom he will consult before submitting his response to the European Commission on its Communication, Fishing Opportunities...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the appropriate level for total allowable catch in 2008 in the North Sea for (a)...

      Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the farmgate price of (a) apples, (b) beef, (c) cabbages, (d) carrots, (e) chicken, (f) eggs, (g) lamb, (h)...

      Lessons Learned from Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the 2001 inquiry into Foot and Mouth disease.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance or regulations his Department has issued for the maximum and minimum acceptable temperatures for the rearing...

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to take steps to prevent supermarket chains from stipulating that deliveries to their stores are...

      National Bee Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget of the National Bee Unit at the Central Science Laboratory was in each of the last five years for which...

      National Bee Unit: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in the National Bee Unit at the Central Science Laboratory in each of the last five years for...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government intend to publish the legal advice they have received on the decision to merge Nirex and the Nuclear...

      Pigs: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with EU Ministers about the use of farrowing crates for nursing pigs; and if he will make a statement.

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to amend the Energy Act 2004 as it relates to the responsibilities of the Nuclear...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will review the proposed relationship between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the successor body...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how members of (a) the Criteria Proposals Group and (b) the Criteria Review Panel responsible for deciding the scientific...

      Waste Management: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what savings have been achieved on each of the business resource efficiency and waste efficiency targets in 2006-07;...

      Waste Management: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Organisation's budget was for 2005-06; and what it is planned to be in 2006-07.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times his Department has been found to have been in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.

    • Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he last attended a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil service posts in each department have been designated as reserved posts.

    • Civil Servants: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many certificates under the Aliens Employment Act 1955 permitting employment of aliens in the civil service are in force; how many there were...

      Civil Servants: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether posts in HM Revenue and Customs concerned with the collection of taxes are considered to be in the public service and thus restricted posts...

      Civil Servants: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil service posts are reserved to UK nationals; how many she estimates it is operationally necessary so to reserve; and if she will make...

      Civil Servants: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of civil service posts in the UK are (a) available to Commonwealth, Irish and European Economic Area nationals and (b) designated...

      European Communities (Employment in the Civil Service) Order 2007

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 1622W, on the European Communities (Employment in the Civil Service) Order 2007,...

      Social Exclusion Unit: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what pilot projects have been (a) initiated and (b) supported by the Social Exclusion Unit and the Social Exclusion Task Force; and which of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Coastal Areas: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effects of climate change on coastal areas of Hampshire in (a) 2020, (b) 2050 and...

    • Conveyancing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what figures her Department holds on the average cost charged by individual local authorities for property searches.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated total revenue from parish precepts on council tax in England is for 2007-08.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on (a) advertising, (b) publicity and (c) marketing for (i) home information packs, (ii)...

      East Midlands Regional Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which local authorities have made formal submissions to the consultation on the Draft East Midlands Regional Plan; (2)...

      Fire Services: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors are taken into account when considering the merging or amalgamation of fire stations in urban areas; and if she...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse has been of (a) stakeholder events and (b) consultants on home information packs, broken...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) oral and (b) written representations her Department has received from the right hon. Member for Greenwich and...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the cost of local authority searches will become liable for VAT if they are included in a home information pack.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure has been incurred on marketing, public relations and communications relating to home information packs.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the classification is of a greenhouse located with the curtilage of a domestic dwelling for the purposes of a Valuation...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Dwellinghouse Code Validation Matrix as listed in CT IA...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Valuation Office Agency's Dwellinghouse Coding Guide was last updated on the agency's intranet.

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's document Mass Data Capture of Dwellinghouse Codes—FAQ.

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use the Automated Valuation Model of the Valuation Office Agency makes of the National Land and Property Gazetteer.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average increase in local government employee wages was in each year since 1996-97; and what the cost of the local...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether district and unitary councils will have powers to direct parish councils to change their names under her proposals for...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she expects planning gain supplement to apply to new (a) farm buildings, (b) mobile phone masts and (c) ATM cash...

      Planning: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the suitability of Tees Valley being used as a pilot area for a Multi Area Agreement.

      Public Sector Relocation Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Government agency or department now holds the documents produced by the Lyons Review of Local Government; and what plans...

      Second Homes: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the proportion of receipts from local taxation on second homes that should be spent in...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will give directions to those local authorities, whose plans will not deliver land allocations for Gypsy and Traveller...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will require local planning authorities to report, upon receipt of pitch requirements from the relevant regional planning...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will instigate a review of caravan counts and the methods of ascertaining the size of the Gypsy and Traveller population...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time...

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of staff in her Department are (a) male, (b) female, (c) registered disabled and (d) aged 55 or over.

      Departments: Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) services and (b) products her Department has procured from Remploy in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the spectrum required for high definition television; and what safeguards are in place to ensure there...

      Nicholas Goodison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) she and (b) any Minister in her Department has met Sir Nicholas Goodison formally since the publication of his report to...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the (a) purpose, (b) date and (c) location was of each tourism event attended by Ministers in her Department in the last...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps (a) to develop comprehensive visual studies and (b) to designate buffer zones in order to protect areas that...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the target is for each local authority classified by relevant Government office for numbers of adoptions from care in (a) 2006-07 and...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2007, Official Report, column 1272W, on apprentices, how many pupils in (a) apprenticeships and (b)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children were taken into care in each local authority in each of the last 10 years; (2) when he will reply to question...

      Children in Care: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will put in place arrangements for collecting centrally details of all fatalities of young people in (a) foster and (b) residential...

      Children in Care: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the LILAC (Leading improvements for looked-after children) scheme for involving...

      Council for Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects the Council for Disabled Children to publish its good practice guidance on transition; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans he has to publicise the requirements for work permits for child employment; (2) how many children who require work permits...

      Classroom Assistants: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that there is a sufficient number of qualified teaching assistants able to help those children with a...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in which (a) policy areas and (b) projects his Department is (i) receiving support or advice from the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what strategy he has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in his Department's buildings; and if...

      Departments: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department has taken in response to the National Audit Office Report Smarter Food Procurement by the Public Sector.

      Departments: Legal Costs

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what visits he has made involving a mix of political and official engagements where Government Car Service vehicles were used in 2007; and...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2006-07; what proportion of the total workforce they represented; what the total...

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which postal companies handle mail dispatched by his Department and its agencies.

      Departments: Publicity

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

      Departments: Sexual Harassment

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Departments: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff at each grade in his Department have opted out of the Working Time Regulations.

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which executive agencies are the responsibility of his Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the budget was of each...

      Foster Care: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in the North East are (a) in recognised foster care and (b) subject to special guardianship or residence orders with...

      Pupils: Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in each local authority area were diagnosed with dyslexia in each of the...

      Respite Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what progress has been made on the issuing of best practice guidelines to local authorities on the provision of respite care to...

      Special Educational Needs: Pupil Exclusions

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

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to require all publicly-funded providers of post 16 learning, other than universities, to put in place a programme of...

  • Justice

    • Voting Age

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations she has received since 2005 on lowering the voting age for elections in the UK.

    • Children's Panel Solicitors

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many children's panel solicitors there are in Nottinghamshire; and how many there were three years ago.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what matters concerning the establishment and operation of the Ministry of Justice remain under discussion between her Department and members of...

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what provisions are being made to ensure that all those eligible who wish to do so are able to vote via postal voting.

      Court Staff: Regional Pay Rates

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will make a statement on the introduction of regional pay rates for court staff.

      Prisons: Treatment Provision

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps she is taking to increase provision for treatment in prisons.

      Prison Swimming Pools

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the running costs are of maintaining swimming pools in prisons in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Legal Services Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the Legal Services Bill, if enacted, on the right to practise of British lawyers (a) in...

      Legal Services Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations she has received on the impact of the Legal Services Bill on the right to practise of British lawyers (a) in Germany, (b)...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to bring forward proposals to make the (a) creation and (b) possession of (i) cartoon and (ii) computer generated graphic...

      Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many crimes (a) were and (b) are alleged to have been committed in the Metropolitan Police District by offenders convicted of child...

      Crime: Schools

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of safer schools partnerships in reducing crime in schools.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the Department for Constitutional Affairs spent on consultancy and professional services in 2006-07.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps she has taken to ensure that health and safety regulations requiring employers to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks...

      Legal Services Board: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations the Government have received from consumers of legal services on the concurrence of the Lord Chief Justice in appointments...

      Life Imprisonment: North West Region

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the profiled maximum number of prisoners with sentences of indeterminate imprisonment for public protection (IPP) and life sentences is in...

      Mentally Disturbed Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what plans she has for improving the (a) treatment and (b) facilities for offenders suffering from (i) psychotic illnesses and (ii) other...

      Northern Ireland Court Service: Interpreters

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many interpreters were employed by the Northern Ireland Courts Service in each of the last five years, broken down by language; and what the...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997...

      Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many statutory instruments were (a) made, (b) repealed and (c) amended in each of the last five years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what proportion of inmates detained in the prison estate are held in areas designated as dormitory accommodation in (a) the juvenile estate,...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what proportion of the space within the prison estate is designated as private residential space; and if she will make a statement.

      Prison Officers' Association: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether the National Chairman of the Prison Officers' Association is entitled to receive the inner London local pay uplift; whether the post...

      Prison Service: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what percentage of prison officers in each prison are from an ethnic minority.

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether the required hours allowance is consolidated into pay on the promotion to senior operational manager of an individual previously in a...

      Prison Service: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all heads of personnel at prison establishments are entitled to receive the regulations allowance; on what basis those so entitled have...

      Prison Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average amount of sick leave taken by prison officers in each prison was in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what percentage of (a) male and (b) female prisoners in each region are not imprisoned in their home region, broken down by age.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what estimate she has made of the percentage of prisoners either of whose parents were sent to prison during their childhood.

      Prisoners: Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners were held in prisoner transport vehicles at Crown and magistrates courts (a) before their hearings and (b) after their...

      Prisoners: Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners were returned to a prison or young offender institution after their court hearing different from that from which they were...

      Prisoners: Transport

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners aged (i) 21 or more and (ii) 18 to 21 were returned to prison after court hearings having spent more...

      Prisons: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many disciplinary proceedings took place in each prison in each of the last five years; and how many complaints were upheld.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice for what reason dormitory accommodation within the prison estate is not considered exempt from the terms of smoking under Prison Service...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many enforcement officers will be designated as responsible for ensuring compliance with Prison Service Instruction 09/2007 in (a) each...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much has been allocated to (a) the preparation of risk assessments and (b) reviewing existing assessments on how the health and safety of...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what estimate she has made of the cost of compliance with Prison Service Instruction 09/2007; from what budget these resources will be...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what mechanisms will be available to ensure that prison cell doors are closed when inmates are smoking, to ensure compliance with Prison Service...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what estimate she has made of the cost of installing ventilation systems at each prison establishment in consequence of Prison Service...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much has been allocated in (a) HM Prison Service headquarters budget and (b) individual prison establishment budgets for the implementation...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what advice she has provided to prison establishments on the provision of accommodation to inmates choosing to smoke during designated periods of...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what protection is available to prison officers required to intervene to protect (a) a prisoner or (b) a member of staff in danger of immediate...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) security and (b) discipline of the terms of Prison Service Instruction 09/2007 that, where an...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what facilities will be available under Prison Service Instruction 09/2007 for (a) pregnant inmates and (b) those detained in mother and baby...

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what mechanism will allow an inmate designated at reception to a prison establishment as a smoker under Prison Service Instruction 09/2007 to...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the re-offending rates were (a) in each of the last five years and (b) over the five-year period for those issued with a (i) community...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the re-offending rates were (a) in each of the last five years and (b) over the five-year period for those issued with intensive...

      Victim Support Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the grant allocation was for the support of victims and witnesses in each year since 2002; what proportion of that grant allocation went to...

      Wetherby Young Offender Institution: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will publish the report of the review into the smoking ban at HM Young Offenders Institution Wetherby conducted in 2005.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total budget is for the Access to Work scheme in 2007-08; what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on...

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure was on the Access to Work scheme in 2005-06; and how much of that expenditure was spent on promoting the scheme to...

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were supported by the Access to Work scheme in 2005-06.

      Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with hearing impediments were supported by the Access to Work scheme in 2005-06.

      Access: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) coverage throughout England of, (b) usage of and (c) compliance with requirements and...

      Carers' Allowances: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the removal of 180 posts at the Carers' Allowance Unit in Preston on services provided by...

      Carers' Allowances: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what commitments he has made to the Public and Commercial Services Union in relation to the Disability and Carers Service for Carers' Allowance...

      Council Tax Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to revise the savings threshold for eligibility to council tax benefit for pensioners.

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

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

      Departments: Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in his Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the decision was (a) taken and (b) enacted to move his Department's post opening and distribution services in Kent from Haden...

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on translating (a) documents and (b) website content into other languages in each of the last five...

      Departments: Travel Agents

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many households there are in England and Wales where both spouses or partners claim the higher rate disability living allowance; (2)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 26W, on disability living allowance, (1) in what format information relating...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants receiving disability allowance have been diagnosed with (a) stress and (b) back pain.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Financial Assistance Scheme with the judgement of the European Court of Justice in...

      Incapacity Benefit: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department took to implement cognitive behavioural therapy provision for incapacity benefit claimants in the UK in each year...

      Incapacity Benefit: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants have undertaken cognitive behavioural therapy in each of the last three years.

      Incapacity Benefit: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many practitioners of cognitive behavioural therapy have been recruited by his Department to work with incapacity benefit claimants in each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) 2004 and (b) 2006 in each parliamentary constituency.

      National Insurance Contributions: Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) a Minister in which Department made the decision not to implement in full the recommendations of the Government Actuary on the level of...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what easements of pension credit procedures there were within the Pensions Service in each year from April 2001 to April 2007; and if he will...

      Pension Credit: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Blackpool North and Fleetwood constituency are in receipt of pensions credit.

      Pension Credit: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Lancashire constituency are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pension Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests for pension scheme tracking the Pension Tracking Service of the Pension Service received on telephone number 0845 6002 537 in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the figures which form the basis of the charts in the two pensions White Papers published in 2006 which are on...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will update and expand chart 3.11 of the Purple Book using information from additional scheme returns since it was published.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimates are of the number of individuals in contracted out (a) defined benefit and (b) defined contribution pension schemes...

      Pensions: EC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent Eurostat projections are of the financial costs of pension provision for member states of the EU.

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women submitted forms to apply for home responsibilities protection in the last 12 months for which figures are available; how many of...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which companies and associated pension funds are eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS); on which date each company and pension...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes which are in wind up are in the formal Financial Assistance Scheme assessment stage; and what the longest...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which piece of data is most often cited by the financial assistance scheme as the reason for delay in commencing financial assistance.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many members of the Financial Assistance Scheme approved for assistance schemes (a) are not claiming the assistance which they are...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes in wind up cannot begin the financial assistance scheme assessment process because they are affiliated...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the unfunded liability under the financial assistance scheme is of (a) Gloystarme and Co., (b) Hydra Tools and (c) United Engineering...

      Pensions: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of occupational pension schemes winding up with a solvent employer which did not reach compromise...

      Pensions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish regulations permitting protected rights to be held in self-invested personal pensions.

      Personal Accounts Savings Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes to the upper earnings limit for national insurance contributions from 2009 on the...

      Personal Accounts Savings Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he intends to increase the upper earnings limit for contributions to the proposed personal accounts saving scheme in line with the...

      Personal Accounts Savings Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the additional number of employees who would be eligible for the proposed personal accounts savings scheme if...

      Personal Accounts Savings Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date he plans to publish the Government's final proposals on the level of the annual cap on personal contributions to the new personal...

      Personal Accounts Savings Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Personal Accounts: A New Way to Save, page 25, whether the Government expects that the default fund will invest in a wide range...

      Remploy: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the present market value is of the land and property of each Remploy site.

      Smith Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 249W, on the Smith Institute: finance, what the (a) title and (b) location...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the yearly value has been of the basic state pension for (a) couples and (b) single pensioners in each year since April 1997.

      Unemployment: Carlisle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were unemployed and claiming benefit in Carlisle on (a) 1 April 1997 and (b) 1 April 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living outside the UK received winter fuel payments in each year since such payments were introduced, broken down by...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on making winter fuel payments to pensioners living outside the UK in the 2006-07 financial year, broken down by country of...

  • Defence

    • Abbey Wood Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution his Department made to the construction of the railway station at Abbey Wood, Bristol.

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all the Mastiff vehicles procured for use in Afghanistan will be delivered by spring 2007.

      Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of HM armed forces (a) returning from action in and (b) injured whilst serving in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq have been...

      Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what volume of (a) opium and (b) other narcotics were (i) seized and (ii) destroyed in Afghanistan by UK forces in each of the last three years.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce a decision on proceeding with the construction of the two new aircraft carriers for the UK.

      Ammunition: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the rate of failure to detonate or self-destruct of M85 submunitions used in the L20A1 artillery shell on impact...

      Armed Forces: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 488W, on the Joint Ministry of Defence and Department of Health Partnership Board, if he...

      Armed Forces: Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for his Department to complete and publish its revaluation survey into electoral registration among members of the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) all food, (b) beef and (c) lamb supplied to forces based in (i) the UK, (ii) Germany, (iii) Iraq and (iv) Afghanistan is...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate the speed and level of recovery of injured service personnel when they are treated (a) alongside civilian patients and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of ensuring that unoccupied family accommodation at Pirbright barracks was secured against vandalism and squatters in the latest year...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans there are to replace each of the variants of Land Rover used by the armed forces; and whether replacements will be part of the Future...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of each variant of Land Rover are available for pre-deployment training; and how many Land Rovers turned over during pre-deployment training...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost per mile, excluding crew costs, was of operating the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle in the latest period for which figures are...

      Army: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the events held at the official residence of the Adjutant-General in each year since 1997; and what the cost was of each event.

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which cluster munitions held by the UK are designated as (a) dumb and (b) smart; and what criteria are used to determine such designation.

      Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the estimated cost is of centralising the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency at Donnington and Bicester; and what the projected annual...

      Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff will be made redundant when the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency site at Colchester closes; and what action he is taking to provide...

      Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency site at Colchester to close.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military equipment was purchased off-the-shelf from non-UK suppliers in each year since 1997; and what the cost was of each purchase.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total cost to the public purse was of each of the contracts between BAe Systems and his Department in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to assess the views of those responsible for using the defence information infrastructure system on the effectiveness and operability...

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the defence information infrastructure design system is (a) operational and (b) systems assured; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on entertainment by the (a) General Office Commanding Northern Ireland, (b) Commander in Chief Land, (c) General-Adjutant and (d)...

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Firearms: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on marksmanship of the cancellation of all Division Skill at Arms Meetings until further notice.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides there have been of members of HM armed forces (i) while serving in and (ii) after returning from...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of medical supplies and resources to armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy not to use Lynx helicopters which have not been fitted with (a) the latest generation defensive aids suite and (b) infra...

      Marines: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength is of the Royal Marine Reserve, broken down by (i) trained and (ii) untrained strength.

      Military Aircraft: Collections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many former military (a) fixed wing aircraft and (b) helicopters were (i) given and (ii) sold to military museums and collections (A) in the...

      Military Aircraft: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the new MRA4 plane will be in service; how much it will cost; and whether it will be equipped to undertake the function that MR2 Nimrods are...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Royal Navy Reserves has been deployed in the last five years.

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength is of (a) officers and (b) ratings of the Royal Navy Reserve, broken down by branch.

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength is of the Royal Navy Reserve, broken down by (i) trained strength, (ii) untrained strength and (iii)...

      Navy: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy reservists were deployed in each year since 2000-01, broken down by location.

      Official Residences: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what costs were incurred for maintenance at the official residence of the Chief of the General Staff in each year since 1997; (2) what costs were...

      RAF Aldergrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of RAF Aldergrove in County Antrim.

      RAF News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the publication RAF News.

      RAF News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers have had with the employees of the publication RAF News; and what the outcomes were.

      RAF News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by the publication RAF News in each of the last five years; and what the job title was of each.

      RAF News

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has allocated to spend on the publication RAF News in (a) 2007-08 and (b) each of the last five years.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision to cancel one exercise executive stretch in financial year 2007-08 and one in financial year...

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) the decision to delay until 1 April 2009 the establishment of the Territorial Army units (i) 2nd Sqn, 6...

      Reserve Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision to stop recruiting in Territorial Army units that are not making a significant contribution to...

      Reserve Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on training of Territorial Army personnel of (a) the cancellation of the Nijmegan marches and (b) the removal...

      Submarines: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Royal Navy are currently serving on board a submarine, broken down by rank.

      Submarines: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rate of submarine pay is for each rank.

      Submarines: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Royal Navy are in receipt of submarine pay, broken down by rank.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) recruiting, (b) training, (c) capability and (d) other activities are expected to be reduced to deliver the planned reduction in...

      Terry Lloyd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions his Department has had in response to the finding of the coroner in October 2006 that ITN correspondent...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the activity of extremist imams and radical islamists on the incidence of anti-Semitic attacks...

    • Biometrics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many records are held on the National DNA database, broken down by reason for their inclusion; and how many of those records are of...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress since his meeting with the hon. Member for Nottingham North and George Hosking of Wave Research on 6...

      Crimes of Violence: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce levels of violent crime in Sussex police authority area.

      Crimes of Violence: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce levels of violent crime in the West Midlands police authority area.

      Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many orders under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 were made in London in each of the last five years; which...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he has had with the police on the trend in incidences of staged and induced motor accident fraud along the M1...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink driving tests were carried out by each police force in 2005.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) drivers, (b) other road users and (c) pedestrians were killed in crashes involving drivers who had exceeded the alcohol limit...

      Drugs: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantities of narcotics originating from Afghanistan were seized in transit by UK enforcement agencies in each of the last three years.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Operation Pentameter.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on (a) the identity cards project in the 2006-07 financial year and (b) external consultants working on the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has made an estimate of the cost to date of researching and developing the identity cards scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the second report on the cost of the identity cards scheme, how much his Department has spent in total on the scheme from its...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what range of services (a) non-EU nationals and (b) UK residents will be able only to access by carrying their identity card with them.

      Identity Cards: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the identity cards scheme; what projections he has made of future costs; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigrants: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) attempted suicide and (b) self-harm have been recorded in immigration detention centres in each of the last 12 months.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors are taken into account in making decisions on whether to return Algerian national prisoners held in UK prisons to Algeria.

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1455W, on security: Heathrow airport, when the summary of the evaluation of...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that there are adequate checks in place on sex offenders coming into the UK from the European Union.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the (a) reliability and (b) effectiveness of the LTI 2020 speed camera.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer question (a) 129923 and (b) 129924, on illegal firearms, tabled on 21 March 2007 by the hon. Member for Taunton; when...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question number 134214 on Home Office Reviews, tabled by the hon. Member for North West Cambridgeshire on 23 April 2007.

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets they set for the British Airports Authority in respect of the time taken for passengers to pass through security control at each terminal of London...

    • Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the commitment made in the Living Places: Cleaner, Greener, Safer report by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in October 2002...

      Border and Immigration Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training about the cultural norms and practices that apply in the countries from which most asylum applicants come is given to interviewers and interpreters...

      Botswana: Indigenous Peoples

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they are assisting the Government of Botswana to implement the recent High Court decision in favour of the indigenous people of the Kalahari reserve; when they...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 17 May 2006 (WA 37) on British citizenship, why no information about Nepalese citizenship law has...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, having regard to Chapter 6.3 of the Home Office nationality instructions, a British overseas citizen who makes a British citizenship application using...

      Children: Breastfeeding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the assurances given in October 2006 by the Immigration Minister, Mr Liam Byrne, they will ask the Children's Commissioner to carry out an...

      Children: Breastfeeding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will develop new procedures and safeguards to ensure that police forces and social services officers of local authorities review the detention of...

      Children: Disappearances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children of non-United Kingdom citizens have been reported missing while visiting the United Kingdom; and How many cases of children of non-British...

      Crime: Honour Killings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many deaths or murders in the United Kingdom have been linked to issues of family honour in each of the last three years.

      Crime: Vehicle Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken to charge individuals who use stolen or false car registration plates to avoid paying congestion charges, parking fines and other...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many human embryos have been created each year since the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1991; and how many cloned human embryos have...

      Emergency Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the difference in emergency benefits paid in the United Kingdom to citizens of the European Union and to those from outside the European Union.

      Energy: Environmental Sensitivity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the importance of environmentally sensitive policies in the future of energy production and the development of the necessary...

      Energy: Geothermal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of geothermal-based energy in their future energy policy.

      Energy: Infrastructure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the level of investment required in energy infrastructure for the United Kingdom to maintain its current level of competitiveness.

      Energy: National Strategic Plan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to prepare a national strategic plan for future energy production which takes into account social, environmental and aesthetic...

      Energy: Nuclear Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the importance of the secure and safe storage of nuclear waste in any future development of nuclear power; and what criteria they will...

      Environmental Protection: Oil Spillages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What immediate steps are taken when an oil spillage occurs around the United Kingdom coastline; and how the costs of the initial and subsequent action are recovered.

      Equality: Caste Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether caste discrimination is unlawful in the United Kingdom; and Whether they will introduce amending legislation extending the definition of unlawful...

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 24 May (WA 126), whether minutes were taken of the meeting to discuss the European Union constitution at Sintra...

      EU: Regulatory Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 24 May (WA 127), how many European Union regulations were withdrawn (a) during the United Kingdom presidency of...

      EU: Regulatory Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 24 May (WA 127), how many new European Union regulations have been introduced each year since 2003.

      Fire and Rescue Service: Firebuy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the speed and provision of best value being provided by Firebuy through their recommending a single preferred bidder on a 15-year...

      Galileo Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following European Union Commissioner Barrot's latest recommendations, they expect the revised Galileo global positioning system navigation service to go...

      Government: Cars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Concerning their fleet of Toyota Prius cars operating in Whitehall (a) what is the average daily distance travelled by each of these cars; (b) what is the average...

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the clinical and public service implications of the remarks of Professor Nicholas Fisk of Imperial College, London, on (a) the...

      Health: Eric Friar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any priority for National Health Service care has been given to, as a World War II veteran and cancer patient, Eric Friar (who is also suffering from...

      Health: Human Papilloma Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the numbers of women aged between 16 and 25 who are infected with oncogenic human papillomavirus in England.

      Health: Stem Cell Therapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 22 May (WA 90), to what period of time the figures given for investment in stem cell research via the...

      Health: Transplants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many transplant surgeons are currently working for the National Health Service; and how many surgeons are currently being trained to carry out transplant surgery.

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a home information pack will be required from 1 August when marketing a property described as having on the ground floor: a kitchen, a cloakroom and two...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the date of the publication of the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill; and what is the closing date for public response to the draft; and In publishing...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 June (WA 203-04), how their stated commitment to a ban on reproductive cloning is reflected in the...

      Immigration: Backlog of Cases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making in reducing the backlog of older asylum applications; and how many cases have been outstanding for more than one year, broken down by...

      Immigration: Breastfeeding Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions they have given to staff of the Borders and Immigration Authority about the steps they should take to ensure that breastfeeding women who are...

      Immigration: Clinical Judgments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that, in evaluating asylum applications, case owners do not make a clinical judgement of their own in assessing claims about...

      Iraq: Temporary International Presence Facility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with other states that have been asked to resettle 200 people from the Temporary International Presence Facility (TIPF) in Iraq the...

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost per year of the implementation of the Irish Language Bill.

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From what source the first suggestion of an Irish Language Bill was made.

      Land Ownership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from Survival concerning the benefits which could be achieved if the United Kingdom were to ratify International Labour...

      Mobile Phone Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the involvement of Ministers in the decision to impose price control over mobile telephone charges; by whom that decision was taken; under what powers;...

      Police: Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the composition of police authorities to reintroduce more democratic control.

      Railways: Channel Tunnel Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking, in consultation with the Government of France, to increase the number of freight trains using the Channel Tunnel.

      Railways: First Great Western

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Appendix 3 of the franchising agreement with First Great Western Trains specified the number of vehicles available at the start of the franchising period;...

      Roads: Pricing Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, if the proposed road pricing schemes for the cities of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby are authorised, they will ensure that the planned Kegworth Parkway...

      Roads: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to implement each of the six recommendations contained in the Audit Commission's report on road safety, Changing Lanes, which was...

      Roads: Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the justification for the recently reported introduction of hidden speed cameras.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the details of the revised plan agreed at Addis Ababa for a joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force to be sent to Darfur.

      Sudan: Presidential Visit to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the acceptance by the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of an invitation to visit the United Kingdom, offered by Nadhmi Auchi, president of...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What remit has been set for the Department for Transport study on the effects of using heavier and longer lorries; and whether this study was let following a...

      UK Borders Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's briefing on the UK Borders Bill.

      UK Borders Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will draft amendments to the UK Borders Bill to meet the concerns expressed in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission's briefing on the Bill.

      Visas: Foreign Leaders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria are used to grant or deny entry visas to foreign political and military leaders accused of or suspected of war crimes, or crimes against humanity, or...

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many waste planning applications have been determined in each London borough for each of the past five years.

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