Written answers

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria are used to decide whether to grant funds to organisations or projects which apply to the National Lottery Fund; what...

    • Olympic Games: Greater London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the brain-storming session scheduled by KPMG, referred to in note 3 of the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the assessment of total costs made by KPMG, referred to in note 2 of the minutes of the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when and for what reason KPMG was commissioned to provide ongoing advice on the cost of the Olympic Games in 2012; when the final report...

      Olympic Games: Greater London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) reports, (b) other documents and (c) electronic presentations KPMG has produced for her Department in connection with that...

      Olympic Games: Greater London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the land acquired for the Olympics 2012 Park has been decontaminated in situ; where the contaminated soils unsuitable...

      Olympic Games: Greater London 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will hold a London 2012: Your Games, Your Say question and answer session in Wales.

      Slavery Abolition: Bicentenary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department has allocated to events marking the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade; and if she will make a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Radioactive Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration is given to the potential vulnerability to sea ingress from sea level rise or flooding inundation...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she is making to members of the African Union to send troops to join the joint African Union and United...

    • China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with China on its human rights record.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers in...

      Moldova: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has held with the Government of Moldova on the possibility of accession to the European Union.

      Palestinians Security Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK will be taking additional steps to strengthen the Palestinian Security Forces following the formation of a new...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on the humanitarian situation in Somalia of the continued presence of Ethiopian troops.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK is giving to the process of national reconciliation in Somalia.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations her Department has made to (a) the Government of Ethiopia and (b) the Somali Transitional Federal...

      Sudan: Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will represent the UK at the forthcoming international conference in France on Darfur; and what representations she is...

      Suharto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will recommend to Her Majesty the Queen that the honorary knighthood (GCB) conferred on the former Indonesian dictator...

      Venezuela: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the freedom of the press in Venezuela.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions officials from his Department have had with Peterborough City Council on the (a) establishment and (b) cancellation of bus...

    • Cycling

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

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of people in each region for which his Department holds records who (a) owned a bicycle and (b) cycled...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) male and (b) female cyclists aged (i) under 16 years and (ii) 16 years and over who wore helmets...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on encouraging cyclists to wear helmets in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which projects valued at more than £100 million are under consideration by his Department.

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue his Department received from advertisements on its (a) public information leaflets and (b) public websites in each of the last 10...

      Departments: Institute for Public Policy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department and its predecessors provided to (a) the IPPR and (b) IPPR Trading Ltd in each year since 1997; and for what purposes.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which advertising and marketing campaigns were run by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years; which external agencies...

      Departments: Recruitment

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

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaths, (b) serious incidents and (c) other accidents caused by persons driving while using hand-held...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss the East Coast Main Line franchise with (a) Peterborough City Council and (b) Opportunity Peterborough prior to its award; and if...

      East Coast Railway Line: Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce the new franchise arrangements for the East Coast Mainline.

      European Geo-Stationary Navigation Overlay System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the European Geo-Stationary Navigation Overlay System to be fully operational.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have attended to discuss the Galileo project since its inception; which Ministers...

      Lorries: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies undertook work on the lorry road user charging scheme for his Department.

      Motorcycles: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of quad bikes used in the agricultural and rural sectors.

      Motorways: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances and to what extent highways officers who patrol motorways are expected or encouraged to report the commission of traffic...

      Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there were on railway lines in the UK in each of the last 20 years, broken down by rail line.

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been carried out by his Department on (a) the health and safety of passengers and (b) the medical effects of using the class 450...

      Roads: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which roads in (a) North West Cambridgeshire and (b) Cambridgeshire have received funding for improvements from his Department in each year since...

      Roads: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on road improvements in (a) North West Cambridgeshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England in each year...

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used by the Highways Agency in deciding whether to utilise whisper quiet road surface technology on trunk roads as part of a planned...

      Skips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discretion local authorities have in imposing the provisions of the Highways Act 1980; and whether he plans to make the conditions imposed on...

      South East Manchester Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will consider the option of building the South East Manchester Relief Road as a toll road; and if he will make a statement

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed on the effectiveness of speed cameras in 20 mph zones.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the suitability of the Cumbrian section of the West Coast Main Line to accommodate Virgin high speed trains.

  • Wales

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 4W, on council tax: valuation, what the cost has been of the council tax revaluation...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2007, Official Report, column 1115W, on council tax revaluation, how many formal appeals have been made to the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 4W, on council tax: valuation, what the net yield was in council tax in Wales in each...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales who will be responsible for the decision on whether to go ahead with a Severn tidal barrage; and whether this project would be subject to decision by the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Ict

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how many (a) desktop computers and (b) laptops provided by the House authorities are in use in the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Orange Halls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks were made upon Orange halls in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the cost of repairing the damage.

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of individual electoral registration in reducing the scope for fraud in Northern...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many chaplains of each religious affiliation are linked to the Juvenile Justice Centre; and how many visits chaplains made to the centre in...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Juvenile Justice Centre staff were (a) disciplined, (b) suspended and (c) dismissed for supplying drugs or other...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many healthcare workers were employed at the Juvenile Justice Centre in each of the last six years, broken down by grade.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions a passive drugs dog has been used in drug searches at the Juvenile Justice Centre in the last 12 months.

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drug searches were carried out at the Juvenile Justice Centre in the last 12 months; and what the result was of each search.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 139W, on the armed forces: Selly Oak hospital, what recent assessment he has made of...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of infestation by vermin in forces' accommodation were reported in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Defence Housing Executive's Annual Report and Accounts for each year since 1999.

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's total spending was on advertising and promotional campaigns in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each campaign was, broken...

      Gurkhas: Medical Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what access Gurkha soldiers have to medical treatment in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Medical Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms are in place to monitor the provision of medicine and medical supplies to armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Maritime Role Three Medical Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capabilities, infrastructure and equipment will be provided under the Maritime Role Three Medical Capability.

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the parents of Army recruits who died at Deepcut Army Barracks were not informed that Devon and Cornwall police had recommended a murder...

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he was (a) informed about and (b) approved the closure of the website relating to the Deepcut Review conducted by Nicholas Blake QC; and if he...

      RAF Northolt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other Ministers of the Crown flew from RAF Northolt in each year since 2003.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance the UK is (a) sending and (b) planning to send to aid the United States' efforts to end piracy off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of...

      Submarines: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost is of submarine pay being paid to Royal Navy personnel not currently serving onboard a submarine.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how the figure for the planned reduction for funding for the Territorial Army in financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 as a result of the Defence...

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) whether he expects the targets set at the recent G8 summit for education for every child to be met by 2015; (2) what steps his...

    • Malawi: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he expects UK funding for the World Bank's Second National Water Development Programme in Malawi to be allocated to one or more...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

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

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the adequacy of the level of humanitarian funding to Somalia.

      Sudan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to make aid available to refugees from Darfur in the Central African Republic.

      Tanzania: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the debt relief allocated to Tanzania by (a) the World Bank and (b) the African Development Bank has (i) been...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Clay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what tonnage of clay was (a) imported into the UK and (b) extracted in the UK for use in the construction industry in each quarter of...

    • Coastal Towns: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry who (a) was invited to and (b) attended the Coastal Towns Conference organised by his Department on 8 May 2007.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) rationing rules and (b) waiting times are for Government grants for householder solar heating and microgeneration schemes; and...

      Departments: Homeworking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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: Manpower

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Special Advisors

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

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Departments: Peninsula Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made to Peninsula Business Services since May 1998.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what magazines and newspapers are produced by (a) his Department and (b) Executive Agencies of his Department.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish the Government's response to the Office of Fair Trading report on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulations Scheme.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions his Department has held with electronic producers and product designers of electronic goods on the implementation of...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive on product design.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has held with electronic producers on the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if his Department will consider the merits of publishing a low carbon milestone document to help Ofgem achieve its new role of analysing the...

      Imports: Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many motorcycles manufactured in China of 50cc and under were imported into the UK in each of the last 12 months; and what their value was.

      Imports: Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what volume of (a) whitewood and (b) redwood was imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004.

      Limestone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what tonnage of limestone was (a) imported into and (b) quarried in the UK in each quarter of (i) 2004, (ii) 2005, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 2007...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice the chief scientific adviser has provided in relation to mobile telephone masts.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role he expects the Technology Strategy Board to play in nanotechnology research and knowledge transfer in the next 10 years.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps (a) to ensure that nanotechnology research activities receive long-term large grant support sufficient to enable...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations have taken place with Camden council on the future location of the National Institute for Medical Research.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects a final decision to be made on the future location of the National Institute for Medical Research.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what planning barriers exist to development of the Mill Hill site of the National Institute for Medical Research.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultations have been held with the British Library on the proposed move of the National Institute for Medical Research to the site...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors were taken into account in deciding not to move the National Institute for Medical Research to the Temperance Hospital site.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the purchase price was for the Temperance hospital site intended as the new centre for the National Institute for Medical Research;...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consultations have taken place with National Institute for Medical Research staff on the decision not to move to the Temperance...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current estimate is of the cost of relocating the National Institute for Medical Research from Mill Hill to Central London.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate has been made of the area that would be available to the National Institute for Medical Research at the British Library site in...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what effect he expects the planned change in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's budget for 2007-08 and beyond to have on the release of...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what effect he expects the reduction in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's budget for (a) 2007-08 and (b) the following three years to...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to table regulations to provide for additional paternity leave under section 3 of the Work and Families Act 2006; and if he...

      Political Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate the Certification Office has made of the total revenue collected from political fund contributions by union members in the most...

      Post Office Card Account: Successor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written statement of 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 52WS, on the Post Office card account (successor), what his...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will undertake an analysis of the accessibility arrangements for Crown Post Offices transferred to branches of WH Smith in (a) England...

      Post Offices: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Post Office has to install a free cash machine in the Walker Post Office in east Newcastle upon Tyne.

      Research: Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had on research and development tax credits and their potential extension to include money spent on the design process...

      Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors on the number of women on the Institute's governing body.

      Technology: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the Technology Programme budget announced in the 2006 Budget has been allocated; to whom; and in which sectors.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Lottery Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent representations she has received on the impact of lottery funding for voluntary sector organisations of the 2012 Olympics.

    • Lottery Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the impact on third sector organisations of the diversion of lottery funding towards the 2012 Olympics.

      Charitable Status

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the public benefit test for charitable status.

      Whitehall Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent steps she has taken to improve the effectiveness of Whitehall Departments in formulating policy and delivering the Government's objectives.

      Civil Servants: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what proportion of senior civil servants are (a) from black or ethnic minority backgrounds and (b) women; (2) what steps her Department is...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of tougher enforcement of debt collection, as...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what measures she is taking to ensure that online feedback is integral to the transformational Government agenda.

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Government's policy review process is complete.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Northern Midlands Coalfields

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress on the regeneration of the Northern Midlands coalfields.

    • Congestion Charging

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the co-ordination of Government policy on congestion charging and the urban environment; and if he...

      European Constitutional Treaty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has held to co-ordinate Government policy on the European constitutional treaty.

      Sustainable Cities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with his counterparts in China on co-operation on the sustainable development of cities.

      New Town Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress on the regeneration of new towns, with particular reference to Skelmersdale.

      Schools Policy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on schools policy.

  • Justice

    • Prison Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 384W, on the Prison Service, on what date Nick Pascoe took over responsibility...

    • Administration of Justice: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much has been allocated by the Ministry of Justice for the judicial systems in Crown dependencies.

      Administration of Justice: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to meet representatives of the government of (a) the Isle of Man, (b) Guernsey and (c) Jersey.

      Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will take steps to allow co-habiting partners to (a) identify bodies of their partner and (b) receive information relating to the...

      Councillors

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what guidance (a) her Department and (b) the Information Commissioner has produced on the requirements on councillors to register under the...

      Court Service: Maladministration

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what estimate she has made of the number of administrative errors made by the Court Service in the last 12 months.

      Crime: Mentally Ill People

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what support is offered to mentally ill people who commit crimes.

      Crime: Schools

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many police officer hours were allocated to the safer schools scheme in each of the last three years; (2) how many arrests there have...

      Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans her Department has to improve communication between the Government and the Crown dependencies.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people are employed by her Department.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many officials work in (a) her Department and (b) the Privy Council Office.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was received by the Department from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what properties her Department and its predecessor (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years.

      European Court of Human Rights: Legal Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was spent before October 2000 by the Government in defending cases brought by UK citizens in the European Court of Human Rights.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will publish figures held by the Land Registry for the average price of a (a) domestic dwelling, (b) flat and (c) detached house in...

      Judgments: Debts

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether any restrictions are placed on the sale of data relating to court judgments by debt consolidation businesses and debt advice agencies.

      Legislation: Channel Islands and Isle of Man

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many Bills originating in (a) Guernsey, (b) the Isle of Man and (c) Jersey were granted Royal Assent in each year since 1997.

      Legislation: Guernsey

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many Bills were considered for extension to Guernsey in each year since 1997.

      Legislation: Isle of Man

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what Bills concerning transport were considered for extension to the Isle of Man in 2006.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the Answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1454W, on members: correspondence, when she expects to provide a substantive...

      Prison Service: Managers

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which members of HM Prison Service Management Board have close relations in senior management positions within the service; what senior...

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many women (a) are being held in UK prisons and (b) were being held in each year since 2000.

      Prisons: Smoking

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the number of fire incidents across the prison estate of (a) Prison Service Instruction...

      Probation: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many trainee probation officers are expected to qualify in 2007-08, broken down by probation area; and how many in each area she expects will...

      Probation Officers: Training

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average total cost was of training a probation officer in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Public Appointments: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps her Department is taking to ensure greater transparency in the recommendation of Crown appointments to the dependencies.

      Regional Government: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will take steps to ensure that regional assemblies are classed as public authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Sentencing: Appeals

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of sentences were taken to appeal by (a) the Attorney-General and (b) the convicted person in each of the last...

      Small Claims: Legal Representation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) in how many and what proportion of cases heard by small claims courts claimants had legal representation in each year since 1990; (2) what...

      Supreme Court: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the total estimated cost is of the establishment of the Supreme Court; and how much is expected to be spent on (a) design, (b) building...

      Wandsworth Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) why the head of residence at HM Prison Wandsworth was removed from her post in September 2004; and if she will make a statement; (2) why...

      Wormwood Scrubs: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice on what basis the post of Head of Personnel at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs is entitled to receive the required hours allowance; and if she will...

      Youth Justice: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what plans she has to improve youth justice in the Crown dependencies.

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the success rates are for the complete framework of (a) further education, (b) adult and community learning, (c) school sixth forms...

    • Bichard Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of the Bichard inquiry; and if he will make a statement.

      Degrees: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students who had previously studied for (a) higher national diplomas and (b) foundation degrees went on to study...

      Departments: Data Protection

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of post-16 students in each local education authority area are in receipt of education maintenance allowance, broken down by...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Warrington claimed education maintenance allowance in each year since it was introduced, broken down by ward of residence.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the Train to Gain level 3 pilots in the North West.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils gained five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics in schools with (a) fewer than 1,000 pupils,...

      Hearing Impaired: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what programmes are in place to assist those with impaired hearing to develop basic lip reading and sign language skills.

      Hearing Impaired: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will classify the teaching of lip reading and sign language as a basic skill for those with impaired hearing.

      Hearing Impaired: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people with impaired hearing in Copeland receive free basic skills training in lip reading and sign language.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the progress made towards meeting the target of 50 per cent. participation in higher...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of half days were missed as a result of unauthorised absence in schools with (a) fewer than 1,000 pupils, (b) 1,000 to...

      Vocational Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is available in addition to educational maintenance allowances for those 16-19 trainees who require assistance with...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arm's Length Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities have (a) completed and (b) are planning to complete a large scale voluntary transfer; and how...

    • Children: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of East Sussex's services for children with disabilities.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1539W, on Valuation Office: contracts, for what reasons the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent by (a) her Department and its predecessor and (b) Ordnance Survey on the National Spatial Address...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals were forecast to arise by the Valuation Office Agency in relation to the 2005 business rates revaluation.

      Electric Cables: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 292W, on electric cables: health hazards, if she will...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Government will consider the merits of publishing a low carbon milestone document to ensure that policies on housing...

      Family Intervention Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Family Intervention Project.

      Fire Services: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Fire Service Emergency Cover risk assessment and response toolkit system is compatible with the software to be used...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many operational fire control room staff are employed in each brigade emergency fire control room, broken down by region;...

      Housing: Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individual dwellings are planned to be built under the plans for five eco-villages; what total public funding is...

      Housing: Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the construction of five eco villages.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to remedy the two million properties that the English House Condition Survey 2005 identifies...

      Housing: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedure will be followed to determine the location of the eco-homes announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Housing: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to regenerate housing in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

      Housing: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of future net migration for the purpose of formulating household projections; and what her...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations (a) she and (b) her predecessor responsible for housing policy received on the impact of section 21 of...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the net yield from business rates was in each local authority in England in 2006-07; (2) what the average business...

      Planning Permission: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Green Belt areas in (a) the South East and (b) the South West of England received permission for development in...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's most recent estimate is of the cost of the public smoking ban to local authorities in England; and what...

      South East Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the panel to report on the Examination in Public of the South East Plan.

      South East Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what timetable is to be followed in finalising the South East Plan; and if she will make a statement.

      Valuation Office: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1539W, on the Valuation Office: contracts, what the expected...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the Child Support Agency (CSA) Office in Bolton to respond to the enquiry raised by the hon. Member for Aylesbury with the CSA...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many of the cases administered by the Child Support Agency (a) the parent with care and (b) the non-resident parent falls into each...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children living in families with incomes below 60 per cent. of median earnings were living in lone parent...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 370W on Departments: Energy, and of 2 May 2007, Official Report, columns...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff funded by the public purse in his Department are classified as people without posts; (2) how many staff funded by the...

      Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of providing British sign language (BSL) videos on his departmental website for the benefit of those...

      Disadvantaged: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has approved proposed contracts for the use of deprived area funding for 2007-08 in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire, Dumfries, Galloway and...

      Employment Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account was taken of Government policy on good procurement practice in respect of length of contract terms for contracts with employment...

      Housing Benefit: Harrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether claimants will be able to opt-out of voice risk analysis when making a claim for housing benefit or council tax benefit to Harrow council.

      Incapacity Benefit: Wimbledon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit there are in Wimbledon.

      Jobcentre Plus: Chard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the levels of deprivation in the wards served by the Job Centre in Chard, Somerset.

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls to Jobcentre Plus contact centres were (a) engaged and (b) lost (i) across the call centre network and (ii) to each...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of new deal claimants returned to jobseeker's allowance (a) between six months and 12 months and (b) after 12...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 809W, (1) on jobseeker's allowance, what proportion of jobseeker's allowance...

      Lone Parents: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Lancashire constituency were registered for lone parents' benefit in the financial year ending March (a) 1997 and (b)...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to correct the statistics on second tier provision in 2004-05 following the validation of more class one national insurance...

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in the new deal for disabled people were or have been on the scheme for more than 12 months since July 2001; and how many...

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people registered with the new deal for disabled people in each year since 2001.

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people entered (a) employment and (b) sustainable employment from the New Deal for Disabled People in each year since 2001.

      New Deal for Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants of the new deal for partners left the scheme for employment in each month since 1998; and how many returned to benefit...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of claimants on the new deal for young people left the programme for (a) the employment option, (b) the...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of applicants on each new deal programme were placed in (a) unsubsidised and (b) subsidised jobs in each region...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) participants, (b) first-time participants and (c) repeat participants there were on each new deal programme in each region in...

      Parents: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the lessons to be learned for the UK from Swedish practice in parental benefit and early years provision;...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will update figure (a) 2.4, (b) 2.5, (c) 2.6 and (d) 2.7 and tables (i) 4.5 and (ii) 6.1 from financial incentives to save for...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants have been (a) cautioned, (b) asked to return monies and (c) brought before the courts for claiming benefits for more than...

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when his Department expects to respond to the report by David Freud Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity: Options for the future...

  • Treasury

    • Council Tax: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what expenditure the Valuation Office Agency incurred on legal advice, solicitor fees and barrister fees in relation to council tax appeals before the...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency maintains data on the capital value of each domestic property in Wales.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's internal guidance on using the Property Details Application via its intranet site.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telescopic views the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 36 months; and at what cost.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what external data sources are used to supplement, compile or validate the Valuation Office Agency's property attribute database for domestic properties,...

      Crown Estate: Electric Cables

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue the Crown Estate collected from charges levied on cables crossing its land in each year since 2004; and how much the Crown Estate...

      Crown Estate: Fisheries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Crown Estate received from rents paid by shellfish farmers in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the...

      Crown Estate: Ports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income the Crown Estate received from rents paid for (a) marinas and (b) piers in each year since 2004.

      Crown Estate: Marine Stewardship Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Crown Estate spent on marine stewardship programmes in each year since 2005; (2) how much the Crown Estate plans to spend on marine...

      Departments: Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1742W, on Departments: Africa, what the name of the hotel or other accommodation was which he...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Cabinet Office on the target of 20 working days for replying to correspondence from hon. Members.

      Departments: Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies spent on hotel and other similar privately-provided accommodation (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad...

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many IT contracts have been put out to competitive tender since 2001 by date; how many companies tendered in each case; and which company won each tender.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff funded by the public purse in (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) Valuation Office Agency, (c) Office for National Statistics, (d) Royal...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his private office and (b) his Department's press office cost to run in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the official ministerial residences allocated to his Department's Ministers; and what the total annual cost is of running each.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available; what proportion of the total...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received by the Department from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate has been made of the value of his Department's property portfolio.

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) his Department and (ii) its...

      Departments: Remploy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) services and (b) products his Department has procured from Remploy in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Departments: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by his Department; and what revenue was received from them in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Travel Agents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997.

      East Riding

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

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicles there were in each band for which Vehicle Excise Duty was paid in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Finance: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to promote financial literacy among socially excluded groups.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the extent of the backlog is in dealing with correspondence and other contacts at HM Revenue and Customs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on delaying the implementation of home information packs until 1st...

      Home Responsibilities Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls his Department has received on the 0845 302 1479 inquiry line since it was established; and how many of these calls have resulted in the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics on the impact of the change of calculation methodology for...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has estimated the revenue that would be lost to the Exchequer if principal residences were exempt from inheritance tax.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising the inheritance tax threshold to £500,000.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of the proportion of landfill tax which is paid by local authorities and their contractors.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the Treasury Chief Secretary to the Department for Communities and Local Government in March in...

      Lord Bhattacharyya

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which posts he has appointed Lord Bhattacharyya since 1997.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people and percentage of the workforce who receive the national minimum wage (a) in the UK and (b) in Middlesbrough...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of the minimum wage.

      Revenue and Customs: Informers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what powers HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reward informers; and what procedures HMRC has for informing Ministers of the use of such powers.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) where the call centres are located which handle calls to the national helpline of HM Revenue and Customs; (2) whether the telephone system used by...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how frequently HM Revenue and Customs makes payments to student loan companies.

      Taxation: Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue arising from buy to let property.

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct HM Revenue and Customs not to take enforcement action against those affected by the backlog in self-assessment.

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what investigations his Department has made into Riggs Bank in relation to the possible funding of terrorist operations on or after 11 September 2001; and...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role his Department will play in the assessment of the bids to the Department for Communities and Local Government for unitary local government status.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Cabinet Office publication Overseas Travel by Ministers 2004-05, of how many days duration his trip to the United States in December 2004 was.

      Valuation Office Agency: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests the Valuation Office Agency has received in each year since that Act came into force.

      Valuation Office Agency: Hong Kong

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of the Valuation Office Agency's representatives' visits to Hong Kong in the last 24 months.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the legal advice he has received in relation to his Department's inquiry into VAT and Low Value Consignment Relief.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new VAT registration requests for limited companies his Department received in each month of 2006-07.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis his Department can refuse a new limited company VAT registration.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the length of time it takes for a new limited company to receive VAT registration from his Department; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: EC Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of EU workers working in the UK made claims for (a) child tax credit and (b) child benefit in respect of children living in another EU...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Foreigners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many foreign nationals were in receipt of (a) child benefit, (b) working tax credits and (c) child tax credits in each year since 2003.

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the total compensation Electronic Data Services agreed to pay to HM Revenue and Customs as a result of tax credit system problems has been received.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reopen the tax credit e-portal.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people claiming tax credits are registered as lone parents.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from how many people who have been declared bankrupt the Tax Credit Office is claiming back tax credit overpayments.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of repeat abortions; and if she will make a statement.

    • Abortion: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials have had with the British Medical Association on possible...

      Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the private sector clinics and hospitals which are able to provide abortions; how many approved beds each contains; whether they are...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment (a) her Department and (b) organisations responsible to her Department have conducted into the correlation between survivability and...

      Air Ambulance Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to review the funding of air ambulances by charities; and if she will make a statement.

      Lymphatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS Life Checks proposed in the Our Health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper will include lymphatic cancer indicators.

      Lymphatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed revisions to the payment by results tariff will take into account the care, support and treatment needs of lymphoma patients.

      Cannabis: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what licences are current for research into possible medicinal uses of cannabis; what assessment she has made of the progress being made with each...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an assessment has been made of the impact of payment by results on (a) the number of home births, (b) the number of caesarean sections and (c)...

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure the accuracy of chlamydia testing kits on sale in the UK.

      Dental Services: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions between 2003 and April 2006 her Department received representations from Barnsley Primary Care Trust on the adequacy of funding for...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue her Department received from (a) adverts on her Department's public information leaflets and (b) adverts on her Department's public...

      Departments: Official Cars

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

      Departments: Official Hospitality

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Property

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

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's delegated expenditure limit is above which expenditure must be approved by HM Treasury.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requests for additional funds her Department made to HM Treasury in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; what the date was of each request; and whether...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings she has held with the British Medical Association on the operation of the medical training application system.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, columns 583W, on doctors: training, whether the report into the breach of security of the Medical...

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her estimate is of the number of patients supplied with counterfeit (a) Plavix, (b) Casodex and (c) Zyprexa; and what assessment she has made...

      Drugs: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the results of the evaluation of the drugs awareness campaign Frank Brain Warehouse will be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are receiving treatment for drug addiction in Stoke-on-Trent; and what estimate has been made of (a) the number of drug addicts in...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of primary care trust commissioning plans with relation to the treatment of addictions.

      Drugs: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the announcement of 7 June 2007, Official Report, column 30WS, on medicines development, how much financial support the Government have...

      General Practitioners: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioner surgeries and (b) single-handed general practitioner surgeries there were in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii)...

      General Practitioners: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of GPs who use Internet Explorer.

      General Practitioners: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the GP to patient ratio was in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust in England in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many E112 authorisations her Department issued in each year since 1997.

      Health: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what benchmarking she has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated to assess the effectiveness of public health measures in the UK.

      Hearing Aids: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the delay in commencing routine hearing aid assessments in Stoke-on-Trent by Mercury; what services she expects to be provided;...

      Hearing Aids: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time is for a digital hearing aid for those resident in the West Sussex area.

      Hearing Impaired: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in Copeland aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 18 years are registered as having impaired hearing.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the effect of bed blocking in the NHS on (a) the finances of the NHS, (b) operation waiting times and...

      Hospitals: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research has been carried out to quantify the effect of mobile telephone usage in different areas of the hospital environment; (2) what...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 149-50, on hospitals: waiting lists, in which...

      Hyperactivity: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by means of medication alone; (2) what...

      Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she plans to make rulings of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel binding; (2) if she will make it her policy to allow local overview and...

      Infant Foods: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is taking to encourage relevant authorities to prosecute companies that continue to make claims on infant formula labels and promotional...

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance she has issued to primary care trusts on the provision of at least one cycle of IVF treatment in the case of individuals who meet the...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will publish the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation Human Papillomavirus sub-group held on 28 February; (2) if...

      Junior Doctors: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to make available financial support to compensate junior doctors put at a financial disadvantage by the problems with the modernising...

      Learning Disabilities: Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of a confidential inquiry into mortality of people with learning disabilities as suggested in "Valuing People" in...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will overrule the draft National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines approving the use of the drug Lucentis for only a limited...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date each primary care trust must have produced their local strategy for meeting the guarantees made in maternity matters; if her Department will...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 584W, on mothers: home help, how many hours per week of support the intensive nurse-led...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 584W, on mothers: home help, on what date her Department (a) first announced and (b)...

      Maternity Services: Banbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department expects the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust to issue guidance to GPs in Banbury on which hospitals to refer expectant mothers.

      Maternity Services: St. Mary's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what extra funding has been allocated for the Recurrent Miscarriage Unit at St. Mary's Hospital over the next 10 years; (2) if she will make a...

      Medical Treatments: British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what entitlement British citizens who have recently returned from overseas have to treatment at GP surgeries.

      Medicine: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Medical Training and Application Service's website in facilitating the application process for...

      Medicine: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applicants for ST1-4 positions were appointed to such positions through the late application process in the latest period for which figures are...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secure places for psychiatric patients there are in hospitals in England.

      Mesothelioma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the likely cost per patient of providing the drug Alimta (Pemetrexed).

      Mesothelioma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget has been allocated by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for its appraisal of the drug Alimta (Pemetrexed).

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost was to the public purse of training a midwifery student in each year since 1997.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on midwifery training in each year since 1997; and how many students who qualified in each year are employed as midwives.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what outcomes data underpins the musculoskeletal system problems (excluding trauma) category of the National Programme Budgeting Database; what proportion...

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis were referred to treatment centres in other areas of the UK by primary care trusts on...

      NHS Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided to the NHS Alliance from (a) her Department's budget and (b) the NHS budget in each financial year since 1997-98.

      NHS Confederation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which projects the Government is co-operating with the NHS Confederation.

      NHS: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) other medical staff from the NHS are currently serving in the armed forces.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost to the NHS is expected to be of implementing agenda for change in each of the years to 2011-12.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of funding for the NHS was spent on staff whose roles do not involve providing care for patients in the latest period for which figures...

      NHS: Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients used NHS homeopathic services in each primary care trust in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 372W, on NHS: procurement, how many NHS Supply Chain clinical councils there are;...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 341W, on NHS: procurement, what non-financial aspects of quality assessment are used by...

      NHS: Stoke-on-Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will review the adequacy of (a) the pool budget allocation for Stoke-on-Trent and (b) the formula on which the funding is allocated.

      NHS: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact which the NHS funding formula has had on NHS deficits within Surrey; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how her Department monitors spending on training for NHS staff.

      Nurses: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS nurses applied for voluntary redundancy in 2006; and what the cost of those redundancies was.

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for publishing her Department's response to the independent review of children's palliative care services; and if she will make a...

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much her Department provided in exceptional allocation monies for specialist palliative care in Gloucestershire in each of the last three years...

      Pregnancy: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) funded and (b) carried out by her Department into stress in unborn children; when her Department last undertook an evidence...

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the new advice on pregnant women and alcohol was submitted for ministerial approval.

      Prescriptions: Carlisle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for (a) diamorphine and (b) methadone were dispensed in Carlisle constituency in each year since 2003; and if she will make a...

      Psychology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to reduce the waiting time for primary care psychological therapy services for residents of Altrincham and Sale West to less than...

      Research: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on research into (a) coronary heart disease, (b) cancer and (c) stroke and stroke related problems in each of the last 10...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme: Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will extend the National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme to children in (a) pre-school and nursery environments and (b) formal education beyond...

      Sight Impaired: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in West Lancashire constituency were registered as blind in each year since 1997.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines have been issued on how funding allocated to local authorities for extra activity brought about by the smoking ban should be spent.

      South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of (a) weighted and (b) unweighted funding per patient (i) South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust and (ii) Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals...

      Standards: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medicine use reviews were undertaken in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust.

      Tomography: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients to receive (a) CT, (b) MRI and (c) PET scans in each year since 2000, broken down by health authority.

      Vaccinations: Side Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how many past years her Department holds records of numbers of (a) reported adverse reactions to vaccines and (b) deaths attributed to vaccinations.

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many blood samples from haemophiliacs have been made available to the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control for research into...

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many samples of blood from haemophiliacs are being used in research to test for vCJD; and if she will make a statement.

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the batches of blood products administered to patients in the UK that are known to be at risk from vCJD contamination; and if she will...

      X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of strategic health authority mergers on (a) access to and (b) use of, the £3 million capital allocation...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many families in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland have been involved in the Family Intervention Project.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1351W, on asylum, what the normal criteria are for the allocation of...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Afghanistan in each year since 1997; how many of these applications were...

      Asylum: Bassetlaw

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are living in Bassetlaw constituency.

      Asylum: Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Belarus in each year since 1997; and how many of these applications were...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people against whom removal proceedings were commenced were detained in an immigration centre prior to their removal in each month...

      Asylum: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions on the effect of withdrawing free English...

      Asylum: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Iran in each year since 1997; how many of these applications were (a)...

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi asylum seekers, who have been unsuccessful in their appeal to remain, remain in this country.

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Iraq in each year since 1997; how many of these applications were (a)...

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many decisions were taken by the Government on asylum applications by Iraqi nationals in 2006, broken down by (i) Geneva convention...

      Asylum: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Russia in each year since 1997; and how many of these applications were (a)...

      Asylum: Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Serbia (including Kosovo) in each year since 1997; how many of these...

      Asylum: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Somalia in each year since 1997; how many of these applications were (a)...

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Sudan in each year since 1997; how many of these applications were (a)...

      Asylum: Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Ukraine in each year since 1997; and how many of these applications were...

      Asylum: Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees from Vietnam were granted asylum in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum were received from nationals of Zimbabwe in each year since 1997; how many of these applications were (a)...

      Bichard Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the 2004 Bichard inquiry.

      Budd Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the 2004 Budd inquiry.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic burglaries there were in (a) Bridgend constituency, (b) the South Wales Police Authority area, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Burglary: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were committed in each year since 1997; and in how many of these cases a conviction was secured.

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department plans to publish its report on future CCTV strategy.

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the delay in publishing the report on the future CCTV strategy.

      Community Support Officers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how (1) many police community support officers are assigned to each ward in each London borough; (2) how many police community support...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recorded level of crime was in (a) Bridgend constituency, (b) the South Wales police authority area, (c) Wales and (d) England...

      Crime: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Alleygate scheme in Middlesbrough towards reducing crime.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has held on changes to the (a) design and (b) layout of his Department's website.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the (a) quality and (b) quantity of information provided on his Department's website.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departments: Official Residences

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported under section 97A of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

      Deportation: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many case studies were carried out monitoring the safety of women deported to Afghanistan in each of the last five years for which...

      Deportation: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the safety of single women whose asylum claims have failed and who have no family ties who have been...

      Deportation: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many single women whose asylum claims had failed were deported to Afghanistan in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries have been passed information about detained asylum seekers originating from those countries in the last 12 months.

      Detention Centres: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has a target for the staff-to-detainee ratio in immigration removal centres.

      Driving Under Influence: Sentencing

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

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enforcement actions for breach of (a) UK visitor, (b) resident and (c) overseas status limitations on working his Department and...

      Entry Clearances: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for (a) leave to remain and (b) indefinite leave to remain were (i) granted and (ii) rejected from applicants with...

      Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which officials from his Department sit on the Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies selection panel; what specialist training they receive;...

      Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Fulbright Fellowship in Police Studies scheme for (a) police officers and (b)...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) UK and (b) foreign nationals are recorded on the National DNA Database.

      Identity and Passport Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Identity and Passport Service will spend the Home Office funding it will receive in 2007-08, broken down by main budget heading.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1407W, on identity cards, how much...

      Identity Cards: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the Identity and Passport Service's planned expenditure of £473 million in 2007-08 will be spent on the (a) identity...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested in the joint operation between police and the Immigration Service at the LNG terminal in Pembrokeshire to...

      Immigrants: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expenditure in 2006-07 was for interpreters in immigration services; and what expenditure is forecast for 2007-08.

      Immigration Controls: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extremist imams were denied entry into the UK in each year since 2001.

      Immigration Controls: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to prevent extremist imams coming into Britain.

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent nurses provided health services at (a) Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, (b) Colnbrook Immigration...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent general practitioners provided health services at (a) Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre, (b)...

      Immigration: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the Border and Immigration MPs' Hotline in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the Independent Police Complaints Commission's (IPCC) target is for conclusion of a complaint against the police from the date of...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) primary and (b) delegated legislation regulates the Independent Police Complaints Commission; what changes have been made to each...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding was provided to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in each of the last three years.

      Metropolitan Police: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Public Services Union on the use of volunteers by the Metropolitan Police.

      Motor Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources are being provided for the tackling of staged and induced motor accident fraud in (a) Preston, (b) Bolton West, (c) Ribble...

      Motor Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what figures he has for the number of incidences of staged and induced motor accident fraud in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) local...

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the (a) capital costs and (b) running costs of the National Identity scheme he estimates will be required in order to...

      Police: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1334W, on the police: equal opportunities, whether the Minister for Security,...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department issues to police authorities on fitness testing of (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers passed bleep and push and pull tests as part of the police entry fitness tests in the most recent year for which...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of regular fitness testing for police officers during their police careers; and if he will make a...

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings he has held with (a) Ministers and (b) police staff associations on the physical fitness of police officers.

      Police: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have a dedicated roads policing division; how many officers there are in each such division; and what percentage each...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 148W, on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, if he will...

      Security Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, columns 618-20W, on security measures, what plans he has to proscribe Hizb-ut Tahrir...

      Terrorism: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of the operation of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the Government's ability to detain or deport...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the treatment of women detainees at Yarl's Wood since Serco took over the management contract; and if...

  • House of Lords

    • Afganistan: Rules of Engagement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in standardising rules of engagement among coalition partners in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Airbridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ministry of Defence has appointed, intends to appoint, or will consider appointing a senior officer with overall responsibility, as his primary duty,...

      Armed Forces: Coroners' Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Minister of State for the Department for Constitutional Affairs, Ms Harriet Harman, on 29 March (Official Report,...

      Armed Forces: Coroners' Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Adam Ingram, on 14 May (Official Report, col. 381), when they expect outstanding inquests into...

      Armed Forces: Coroners' Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many inquests into the deaths of members of the Armed Forces have been transferred to the next of kin's local coroner to date.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Home Office nationality caseworkers now require solely British nationals who ceased to be Indian citizens as set out in Section 65 of Chapter 14 Annex H of the...

      Crime: Prison Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 21 May (WA 83) and 4 June (WA 152—3 and WA 171—4), how many prison officers have been...

      Crime: Prison Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 21 May (WA 83) and 4 June (WA 152—3 and WA 171—4), how many prison officers have been...

      Crime: Prison Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6 June (WA 195), for each of the years 2001 to 2005 inclusive, how many prosecutions or convictions...

      Energy: Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord Truscott on 23 May on the Energy White Paper, whether they will introduce measures to require lower wattage bulbs to be fitted in...

      Energy: Magnox Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why it was thought right to award the contract for the decommissioning of all 10 Magnox nuclear sites, with 22 reactors, to a single company, Energy Solutions of...

      Energy: Magnox Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the decision to award the contract for the decommissioning of all 10 Magnox nuclear sites, with 22 reactors, was approved by the Nuclear Decommissioning...

      Energy: Office and Street Lighting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord Truscott on 23 May on the Energy White Paper, whether they will introduce measures to restrict the times when office building and...

      Energy: Office and Street Lighting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord Truscott on 23 May on the Energy White Paper, whether they will introduce measures to require unnecessary office building and...

      EU Committee: Correspondence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What correspondence they have received in the past year from the chairman of the Select Committee on the European Union; what were the dates of the correspondence...

      EU: Citizens Agenda

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific inputs they intend to present to the European Union Commission for the Citizens Agenda single market review launched on 10 May.

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a government department may refuse to disclose information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the grounds that it would exceed the cost limit,...

      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—1), why the focus for their stem cell funding is on potential clinical efficacy;...

      Internet: Domain Names

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names in Southern California is controlled by the United States Department of Commerce, apart from normal...

      Marine Fisheries Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare on 23 May (Official Report, 78WS), why the target for the issue...

      North-South Implementaton Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Regarding the North-South Implementation Body for European Union Programmes in Northern Ireland, established by the United Kingdom and the Government of Ireland,...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the claim by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in the Police Service Gazette of April 2007 that she discussed with the Police...

      Post Offices: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the timetable for regional announcements of post office closures; and, in particular, when announcements will be made for north-west England and Yorkshire.

      Reserve Forces: Road Transport Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 24 May (WA 139), when the guidelines that outline how vocational drivers can manage their reserve service will be...

      Schools: Boarding School Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present value of the boarding school allowance; and what categories of public officials are entitled to receive it.

      Schools: Menus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to take up the recent European Union offer of matched funding to raise the quality of fruit and vegetables on school menus.

      Translation: DWP

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Department for Work and Pensions and each of its agencies has spent on translation services in each of the past five years.

      Waste Management: Newspapers and Magazines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 4 June (WA 178), what account they have taken of the energy usage of the production of newspaper supplements, free...

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