Written answers

Monday, 25 June 2007

  • Minister for Women

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment the Government has made of the merits of encouraging employers to advertise posts as available for flexible working to help lone parents...

  • Scotland

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints were lodged with returning officers in respect of people not receiving their postal ballot papers in time to vote in the recent...

    • Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people in his Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last year; and if he will make a statement on his...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has met Scottish Ministers to discuss the Electoral Commission's statutory review of the Scottish parliamentary elections.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he was consulted on the final ballot papers adopted for the Scottish parliamentary elections in May which were issued to voters.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what level of consultation was undertaken with political parties about the design and format of ballot papers used in the Glasgow and Lothian regions...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Armed Conflict: Journalism

      To ask the Solicitor-General what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions the Law Officers' Department has had with (i) European counterparts and (ii) others to seek the earliest possible...

    • Armed Conflict: Journalism

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps have been taken by the Law Officers' Department to ensure the UK's compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1738, on the protection of...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Powers

      To ask the Solicitor-General what consideration the Government has given to the proposals made by the Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in Birmingham on 10 May, with particular...

      Data Protection: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are followed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in deciding whether to give his consent pursuant to section 60 of the Data Protection Act 1998 to a...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for the Law Officers' Departments in each...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost of leasing buildings and office space for the Law Officers' Departments was in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much has been spent by the Law Officers' Departments on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland: Annual Reports

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the annual report of the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland for 2006-07 will include statistics on (a) reported race crimes, (b) cases...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Cathedral Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the Commissioners' policy is on the use of cathedral buildings by the creative media industry.

    • Church Properties

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how much the Church Commissioners received from commercial organisations from (a) advertising on church buildings...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether a report has been received from Sir Kevin Tebbit's review of the management and services of the House.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

    • Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of staff in his Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office Reports

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission what recent reports the Commission has considered from the appointed auditor of the National Audit Office; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent by staff in his Office via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

    • Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House what the rate of employer contributions to the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Scheme is for 2007-08; what savings he estimates would result from capping the...

      Members: Cycling

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to enable hon. Members to register with the Government's cycle to work scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2147W, on written questions, when he expects to complete his assessment of whether to publish in...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what shared service initiatives have been completed within Government; and what assessment she has made of their effectiveness.

    • Dietary Supplements: EC Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps have recently been taken by officials (a) of her Department and (b) of the Better Regulation Executive to ensure that the Government's...

      Pensions: Civil Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the present rates of employer contributions to Civil Service Scheme pension scheme are; what estimate she has made of the cost savings for...

      Service Transformation Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the performance of the Service Transformation Board.

      V

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 46W, on V, what definition she uses of a volunteering opportunity.

  • Prime Minister

    • Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister which people who received honours in Her Majesty the Queen's birthday honours are (a) citizens of the Irish Republic, (b) citizens of Commonwealth countries, other...

    • IBM Corporation

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1428W, on the IBM Corporation, what the cost was to the public purse of the meeting; whether he received...

      Libyan Arab Republic

      To ask the Prime Minister who accompanied him on his recent visit to Libya; and which company or organisational affiliation each person had.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the contribution of Lord Birt in his role as special adviser.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister by what date he expects to respond to the letter dated 17 May from the hon. Member for Lewes on the disposal of gifts he has received.

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations (a) he and (b) his officials in 10 Downing street have received from (i) the Government of Saudi Arabia and (ii) its representatives on the...

      Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Prime Minister what advice he sought from the heads of the UK's security and intelligence agencies in relation to the impact on national security and foreign policy objectives in the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made in co-ordinating the development of Government policy since May 2006.

    • Departments: Official Gifts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what gifts he received on his recent visit to the West Indies.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three...

    • Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three...

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of (a) women and (b) men of (i) white, (ii) Afro-Caribbean and (iii) Asian ethnicity received (A) first class,...

      Juvenile Justice Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) attempted suicides and (b) self-harm incidents were recorded for juveniles at the Juvenile Justice Centre in each of the last...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2201W, on prisoner escapes, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of sexual assault were reported in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years (a) in total, (b) in each parliamentary...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of serious sexual crimes reported in Northern Ireland resulted in conviction in the courts in each of the last three years.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of sexual offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much revenue was generated through the issuing of speeding tickets in (a) each constituency and (b) each council area in Northern Ireland...

      Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many zoos there are in Northern Ireland.

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial aid and assistance each British Overseas Territory received from the UK Government in 2005-06.

    • Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last...

      Departments: Dalits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's locally employed staff in India are of Dalit origin; and at what level they are employed.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers in his...

      Departments: Marketing

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

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Developing Countries: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce the supply of fake or ineffective drugs in the developing world.

      Ethiopia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to facilitate the provision of healthcare free at the point of access in (a) Ethiopia and (b) Liberia.

      Ethiopia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provided to health systems in (a) Liberia and (b) Ethiopia in each of the last five years.

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much the Government budgeted to spend on the reconstruction of Iraq; (2) how much the Government have spent on rebuilding...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of UK aid to Pakistan on levels of (a) anti-British extremism, (b) violations of religious...

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department gave to Pakistan in each of the last five years; and what planned expenditure is for the next three years.

      Palestinians: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will support the deployment of a human rights monitoring mechanism across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

      Thailand: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK-funded support has been made available to aid groups in Thailand assisting those displaced from their homes in Burma in the...

      Un

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the creation of One UN teams in the developing world.

      Zimbabwe: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to facilitate the provision of healthcare free at the point of access in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Rwanda.

      Zimbabwe: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provided to health systems in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Rwanda in each of the last five years.

      Zimbabwe: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial aid and assistance Zimbabwe received from his Department in 2005-06.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent meetings she has had on the Olympics legacy in east London.

    • London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has made an estimate of the amount of revenue that the new logo will attract for the hosting of the Olympic Games in 2012.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made to ensure that the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of London benefit from the economic legacy of the...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will investigate the capacity constraints and legacy effects of holding the equestrian events for the 2012 Olympics in Greenwich park.

      BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the BBC on its charter, with particular reference to regional news coverage.

      Channel 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to review the financial arrangements for Channel 4 television.

      Tote Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress on selling the Tote.

      Tote Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of the Tote.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to strengthen Government support for seaside and coastal tourism.

      Museums and Galleries: Visitor Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what additional measures she has considered to encourage more visitors to the national museums and galleries; and if she will make a...

      Regional Casinos: Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that new regional casinos make use of energy efficient light bulbs.

      Arts: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery arts funding (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) England received per capita in each of...

      Arts: West Bromwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1038W, on the Public Arts Centre in West Bromwich, East constituency,...

      British Film Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of the British Film Institute.

      British Film Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was provided to the British Film Institute in each of the last 10 years; and what the projected funding allocation is for...

      British Grand Prix

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held on the future of Formula One motor racing at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, with particular...

      Ceramics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to reclassify the ceramics industry as a creative industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Cricket: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice she gave to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the issuing of a visa to the Chairman of the Zimbabwean Cricket Union...

      Cricket: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions (a) she and (b) her officials had with the England and Wales Cricket Board on the granting of a visa to Peter...

      Cultural Heritage: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds were allocated to the protection of Iraq's heritage in each of the last four years.

      Culture: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria her Department applies before deciding whether or not to celebrate a cultural anniversary.

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the last...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by staff in her Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by her Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign Governments entered into by Ministers in her...

      Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in her Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last year; and if she will make a...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which advertising and marketing campaigns were run by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years; which...

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between her Department and the Northern Ireland...

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of staff in her Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by her Department in each of the last...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public consultations her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Devon (Mr. Swire) of 11 June 2007, Official Report, columns 738-39W, on art works,...

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff surveys her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Departments: Travel Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department and its agencies paid in travel agencies' fees in each year since 1997.

      English Sports Council: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was provided to Sports England West Midlands in each of the last five years; and what the projected funding allocation is...

      International Council on Monuments and Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the UK members of the International Council on Monuments and Sites; and by whom each was (a) nominated and (b) appointed.

      International Council on Monuments and Sites: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the grants to the International Council on Monuments and Sites in each of the last five years.

      International Council on Monuments and Sites: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons annual grants are made to the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

      National Lottery: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the impact of additional Lottery funding for the London Olympics on future Lottery funding in Scotland.

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was distributed to sports clubs (a) to pay Lottery awards and (b) to meet administrative costs by each of the five sports...

      Olympic Delivery Authority: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the cost of delivering the transport strategy of the Olympic Delivery Authority; in what years it will be...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) on what date the updated figures on the cost of the Olympics provided to her Department by PricewaterhouseCoopers in September...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1177W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, for what reasons the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the value of land in the Olympic Park at today's market value.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that all official merchandise, equipment and clothing produced for the London 2012 Olympic Games are...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the winners of utility contracts for the Olympic Games to be announced.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many different companies have applied for each Olympic Games utility contract.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place for ensuring the fairness of the award of the utilities contracts for the Olympics.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contribution to the regeneration budget she expects to come from sponsorship deals for the Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much she expects to be raised through sponsorship for the Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects all main sponsors for the Olympic Games to be announced.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of construction workers on the Olympic site who will receive healthcare benefits.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library copies of (a) submissions made by bodies for which she is responsible to the IOC Co-ordinating...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2007, Official Report, column 639W, on the London Olympics, whether the breakdown of planned...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of tourists visiting (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d)...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to tackle the production and sale of counterfeit Olympic products before the 2012 Olympics.

      Public Houses: Entertainments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Licensing Act 2003 on live entertainment in public houses, with particular...

      Slavery: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward plans for a national debate on proposals for a slavery memorial day.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sports clubs there were in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Sports Grounds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many responses were received to the Sports Ground Safety Legislation Consultation; and when she expects the results to be published.

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has received about continued funding for UK Deaf Sport; and if she will make a statement.

      Sports: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding her Department (a) has given to UK Deaf Sport for the year 2007-08 and (b) gave for each of the last three years.

      Sports: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community sports coaches there are in (a) West Bromwich, East constituency, (b) the West Midlands region and (c) England;...

      Tourism: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on fire risk assessments in respect...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many staff funded by the public purse in the Electoral Commission are classified as people...

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effectiveness of individual electoral...

      Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 749W, on elections: fraud,...

      Elections: Legislation

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 749W, on elections:...

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the timetable is for periodic electoral reviews for each tier of local government in England.

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what advice the Electoral Commission has provided on combining the date of the 2009 European...

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what criteria the Electoral Commission used to choose its independent observer to review the...

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the terms of reference are of the review into the Scottish 2007 elections; and what...

      Elections: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the independent review into the Scottish 2007 elections is being administered on the...

      Electoral Commission: Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the two new (a) corporate communication officers and (b) media relations officers...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: National Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the gross value added (GVA) of farming in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK was in each year since...

    • Agriculture: Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects UK farmers to adopt the EU Organic Standards agreed on 12 June.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely financial correction to be imposed on the UK for non-respect of payment deadlines in...

      Algae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effects of algal blooms on (a) mussel beds and (b) inshore fisheries in the area...

      Animal Welfare Act 2006: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in (a) England and (b) Wales have been prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in 2007.

      Animal Welfare: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many notices have been served under Article 24 of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 by inspectors...

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Cotswolds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the grant settlement received by the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty from Natural...

      Bees: Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the wider use of Wi-Fi technology on bee populations.

      Birds: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the rules on pet bird imports have been relaxed, with particular reference to (a) the removal of the need...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the regulatory framework is for those companies that offer carbon-offsetting services; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental effectiveness of the services offered by carbon-offsetting companies.

      Catering: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the catering industry is exempt from the EU Organic Food Standards adopted on 12 June 2007.

      Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 380W, on cattle: exports, what the journey length in hours...

      Cattle TB: Independent Scientific Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Ministers first received the report of the Independent Scientific Group on cattle tuberculosis.

      Cattle TB: Independent Scientific Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he next plans to meet representatives of the Independent Scientific Group on bovine tuberculosis to discuss its recent...

      Cattle TB: Independent Scientific Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to ask Professor Godfray to carry out an evaluation of the recent Independent Scientific Group report on...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which advertising and marketing campaigns were run by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five...

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between his Department and the Northern...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2007; what proportion of the total workforce they represented;...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on his departmental website for the...

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 77W, on domestic waste, and the Answer of 30 April 2007,...

      Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 77W, on domestic waste, what records the Waste and...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has provided to local authorities on the...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the comments made by the Minister for Sustainable Farming and Food on 10 May 2007, House of Lords, Official...

      Eggs: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure clear labelling of eggs produced from battery cage hens.

      Electronic Equipment: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Cornwall (Dan Rogerson) of 27 April 2007, Official Report, column 1342W,...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will consider the merits of publishing a low carbon milestone document to help Ofgem achieve its new role...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers his Department has (a) to advise, (b) to encourage and (c) to compel businesses to minimise energy and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will meet industry representatives to discuss smart metering and the Energy White Paper.

      Environment Agency: Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on merging the Environment Agency and Natural England; and if he will make a statement.

      Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average size of a farm is in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK.

      Fisheries: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average annual earnings of fishermen in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK...

      Fisheries: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of fishermen in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK...

      Fisheries: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishermen there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK in each year since 1979; and what...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas' fishing quota advice for 2008; and...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made with the development of the (a) North sea nephrops discard pilot schemes and (b) Irish sea...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has made to his EU counterparts on (a) a community-wide discard ban and (b) the introduction of a...

      Fly-tipping: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many incidents of fly-tipping were reported in each local authority in the East of England in each of the last four...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate the Environment Agency has made of the (a) number of incidents and (b) tonnage of fly-tipping and illegal...

      Foie Gras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Government take to ensure that the production of foie gras in England does not contravene UK animal...

      Genetic Modification Inspectorate: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff were employed in the Department's Genetic Modification Inspectorate in each of the last...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the availability of Warm Front grants in (a) England and (b) Solihull; and how many people...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how Warm Front has drawn up its pricing structure for the installations of new boilers and central heating systems; and...

      Institute of Zoology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public funds were made available to the Institute of Zoology in each of the last five years.

      Lorries: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of heavy goods vehicle traffic on (a) air quality management areas, (b) special...

      Mercury: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what EU rules exist on regulation of the use of mercury in (a) barometers and (b) lightbulbs; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the average carbon price which would be required by the nuclear industry in order to make new nuclear...

      Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the Soil Association on (a) the 0.1 per cent. threshold for UK organic food and...

      Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on his decision to agree a compulsory EU logo for organic food.

      Organic Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to consult on his agreement with EU ministers to adopt common standards for organic food across the EU.

      Pets: Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the health of domestic pets of radio waves from home wireless...

      Polar Bears: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the conservation of polar bears.

      Poultry: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether poultry feed containing poultry parts may be imported into the UK; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library the data from WasteDataFlow showing (a) the final destination of materials sent for...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what marine protected areas are in place; what percentage of the UK coastal and offshore waters they cover; what plans he has...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he plans the public consultation on the transfer of private sewers to water companies to begin; (2) how many...

      Sewers: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles of sewers there are in (a) Pendle and (b) East Lancashire; what percentage is over 100 years old; and if he...

      Waste and Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial contribution was made by the Waste and Resources Action Programme to each local authority in England in each...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for the implementation of the proposals in his Department's waste review.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the efficacy of water-based mechanical-biological treatment systems in the processing of solid...

      Water: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had on water supply infrastructure to Peterborough with (a) the Department of...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Japanese environment ministers regarding the international ban on whaling.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure the conservation of whales.

      World Environment Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what ways his Department publicised World Environment Day on 5 June.

      Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many zoos there are in England.

      Zoos: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government take to ensure that animals kept in zoos are not culled unnecessarily.

  • Defence

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising features, in the latest year...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) the capabilities of the Taliban in southern Afghanistan and (b) whether the Taliban is being assisted by Iranian...

      Armed Forces: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of repairs and maintenance at properties occupied by the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in 2006.

      Armed Forces: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of (a) gardening and (b) repairs and maintenance at properties occupied by (i) the Chief of the General Staff, (ii) the...

      Armed Forces: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to review and amend the council tax liability of members of the Armed Forces on active service abroad.

      Armed Forces: Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of (a) serving and (b) retired UK service personnel who have embedded depleted uranium shrapnel.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force units were deployed for longer than four months in each of the last 10 years; and on how many...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many armed forces personnel who have been discharged from service in the last 12 months are looking for housing; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many calls were received by the Modern Housing Solutions helpdesk on each day from 1 November 2005 to 31 May 2007; what advice the Defence...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what qualifications are required of staff on the Modern Housing Solutions helpdesk; and how many of the staff employed between 1 November 2005 and 31 May...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM armed forces who (a) lost limbs, (b) suffered brain injury and (c) have been identified with post-traumatic stress disorder...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the ranges of pay are for all ranks in the armed services.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the earliest age is at which a member of the armed services can receive a full pension; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Radio Frequency Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what use is made of radio frequency identifiers by the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited to (a) Phase One, (b) Phase Two and (c) Phase Three under the Army Recruiting and Training Division Statement of...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of foreign armed forces received (a) training and (b) hospitality at UK military establishments in each year since 2001, broken down...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the University Officer Training Corps have on leaving university signed up as (a) regulars and (b) territorials and have then...

      Army Base Repair Organisation: Bovington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much it will cost to demolish the main building at the Armour Centre at Bovington; (2) what the cost is of the proposed new building at the...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been in the last 12 months of answering questions tabled by the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones) on the running costs of the...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many internal flights were taken by the Ministerial members of the Army Board in 2006; how many of these flights were with (a) military and (b)...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution the offices of non-ministerial members of the Army Board are making to the savings outlined for his Department in the Gershon Review.

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the costs of running the households of non-ministerial members of the Army Board were included in considerations of possible cost savings under...

      Army Board: Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure was on flowers for the residential accommodation provided for (a) members of the Army Board, (b) the Chief of the General...

      Army Board: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to reduce the carbon footprint of the (a) Army Board, (b) Chief of the General Staff, (c) Assistant Chief of the General...

      Army: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Army General Administrative Instruction 48.

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in developing a Space Based Infra-Red System (a) for the United Kingdom and (b) in collaboration with the United States.

      Combat Stress: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding Combat Stress received from his Department in each of the last five years; and what funding is expected to be provided in each of the next...

      Corsham Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the construction of a railway station at Corsham to service the military base there.

      Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency site at Colchester to be used for after its closure; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) he and (b) his Department has been informed of any breaches of UK anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations in relation to UK defence...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on procurement of each of the systems purchased by each Service in each of the last five years.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) logistical and (b) other support his Department provides to BAE Systems for its involvement with US industrial partners in the...

      Departments: Contracts

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

      Departments: Corsham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of motor transport journeys made by military personnel from Corsham to Chippenham station in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Corsham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rail warrants were issued to his Department's personnel based in Corsham in each of those years for which records are available; for which...

      Departments: Corsham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military, (b) contractor and (c) consultant staff are based at each of his Department's stations in Corsham.

      Departments: Corsham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what transport mechanisms he expects employees to travel to and from his Department's sites in Corsham; what account he has taken of the environmental...

      Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish an updated version of his Department's technical note on efficiency.

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers in his Department; and what...

      Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 statement on his...

      Departments: Malvern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was received from the sale of North Site in Malvern, Worcestershire.

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current rate of employer contribution is to each public sector pension scheme for which his Department has responsibility; what the revenue...

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Departments: Resource Accounting and Budgeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of JSP 462, Financial Management Policy Manual.

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Departments: Sign Language

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

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of veterans who left the services prior to 1 April 1975 who are eligible to be awarded the Veterans Badge; and...

      Falkland Islands: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans' badges have been issued to servicemen and women who participated in the Falklands campaign.

      Future Command and Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on progress of the Panther programme; (2) what the planned expenditure is on the Panther programme.

      Future Large Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timescale is for the A400M programme.

      Iraq Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the studies (a) TELIC Civilian Health Study, (b) High Risk Behaviours After Operational Deployments (TELIC), (c) Use of...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many soldiers are in theatre in Iraq; and how many sets of body armour have been issued; (2) if he will make a statement on the provision of...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the replacement costs of military equipment damaged and destroyed owing to use in Iraq since the start of the war (a) in...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what methods have been used to decontaminate or dispose of protective clothing used by British military personnel who investigated the remains of Iraqi...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the new in-service date set for the Joint Strike Fighter has had any effect on the plan B for the aircraft to be provided for the new aircraft...

      Marchwood Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from what budget construction of the military railway station at Marchwood was funded.

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the establishment of the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines is.

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all units of Royal Marines serving on Royal Navy frigates belong to the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.

      Marines: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines is tasked with maritime counter-terrorist duties.

      Marines: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specialist training Royal Marines serving with the Fleet Protection Group receive in (a) boarding, (b) counter-insurgency operations and (c) site...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the chain of command is for personnel of a boarding party deployed from a Royal Navy ship.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what investigation was undertaken into the ruptured super-heated air pipe on Nimrod XV227 in November 2004; what conclusions were reached; and what steps...

      Tornado Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average total operating cost per hour is of the Tornado aircraft.

      Type 45 Destroyers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for making a decision on whether to order the seventh and eighth Type-45 destroyer.

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1671-72W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, how much each individual Desert Hawk mini UAV...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many days the eight active Type 42 destroyers were (a) at sea and (b) alongside in harbour in (i) the last 12 months and (ii) 2006.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to Question 125146, on procurement, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 28 February 2007; and what the reasons are...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress is being made in the development of biofuels from crops and from the breakdown of organic waste.

    • Biofuels: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to improve the relationship between biofuels producers in (a) the UK and the North East of England and (b) Brazil (i)...

      Coastal Areas: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what issues were discussed at the coastal towns conference on 8 May.

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Marketing

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

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between his Department and the Northern Ireland Administration.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in his Department received bonus payments in 2006-07; what proportion of the total work force they represented; what the total...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of producing Overseas Trade magazine (a) before advertising revenues and (b) net of advertising revenues in each year for...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of the banners in the window of his Department's building at 1 Victoria Street.

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Departments: Warwick Manufacturing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments his Department has made to Warwick Manufacturing Group in each year since 1997.

      Economic Situation: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will break down by area of investment the £211 billion private sector investment quoted in the North West Development Agency's...

      Electric Cables: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what methodology was used by Ofgem to assess the Beauly Denny transmission line; and what account was taken of the grid reinforcement to...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many in-store take back schemes the Government expects to be set up as a result of the implementation of the Waste Electrical and...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government has to sign partnerships with British industries to promote jobs for British citizens.

      Employment: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 903W, on employment: North West region, if he will break down by employer the...

      Energy Supply: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the adaptability of the existing energy supply infrastructure to (a) biofuels from crops and from the...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information his Department holds on the geographical distribution of spending under the energy efficiency commitment.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to help individual homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes; and what steps are being taken to...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive on safety issues surrounding the instalment and the wearing...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what consideration the Government have given to introducing smart meters with displays in May 2008 in time to meet the Energy Services...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much debt is owed to UK companies by Burma; in relation to which (a) companies and (b) projects the Export Credits Guarantee Department...

      Farmers: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what proportion of farmers were declared bankrupt in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK in each year since 1979.

      Lighting: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what additional cost he expects to be added to the retail price of (a) traditional incandescent light bulbs and (b) energy-saving light...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date he expects the domestic stream of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to be relaunched.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what scientific representation there is for the National Institute for Medical Research on the working party of the Medical Research Council...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date Sir Keith Peters was appointed as interim director of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR); how many days Sir Keith...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether the National Institute for Medical Research is permitted to do a preliminary feasibility study of the proposal to relocate to...

      New Businesses: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses established in West Lancashire received Government (a) funding and (b) assistance in each of the last five years.

      North West Development Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Northwest Regional Development Agency's budget was in each year since 1997.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to make an announcement on the proposed strategic siting assessment for new nuclear power stations.

      Overseas Trade: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further action he plans to take to encourage an increase in the value and volume of trade between the UK and Brazil.

      Power Stations: Peterhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the likely effects of the proposals in the Government's White Paper on Energy on the planning of the 90 per cent. carbon...

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing trade union representation on Regional Development Agency boards; and what...

      Research: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the case for allowing the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology to exercise powers of scrutiny over...

      Royal Mail: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1419W, on Royal Mail: Government assistance, what the independent sources are...

      Science: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of Government funding support for science centres was in each of the last five years; and what total support is expected to be...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the organisations and authorities whose views (a) in favour of and (b) opposing the proposal for a tidal barrage across the...

      Shale: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what tonnage of shale was imported into the UK in each quarter of each year since 2004.

      UK Trade and Investment: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what income UK Trade and Investment received from charging businesses for its services in each of the last five years.

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are used to allocate payments from the Union Modernisation Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage of men who would like to work more flexibly; (2) what steps are being taken to raise...

      Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition he uses of flexible working for the purposes of departmental policy.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will answer question (a) 136543, on maternity and paternity leave, and (b) 136541, on Overseas Trade magazine, tabled on 3 May 2007...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will answer question 136542, on Departments: newspapers, tabled on 3 May 2007 by the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will answer question 136530, on paternity leave, tabled on 3 May 2007 by the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arms Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps her Department has taken to allow local authorities with arms-length management organisations the flexibility...

    • Coastal Areas: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1673-74W, on coastal areas: Hampshire, what the timetable is...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to tackle the incidence of Somali youths engaged in fundamentalist activities in the UK.

      Conveyancing: Fees and charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government plan to take to improve price transparency of local authority property searches.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) set up and (b) running costs are of the National Register of Social Housing.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contractual agreements Ordnance Survey (OS) has made with the Valuation Office Agency for release of data held by OS to the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency uses fee code segmentation data for valuation purposes.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency's contract with Rightmove gives the agency access to data or analysis from the Rightmove...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Valuation Office Agency's contract with Rightmove allowed the agency to start collecting information about...

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data her Department collects on contracts awarded to external suppliers by public bodies it sponsors.

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by staff in her Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy-saving light bulbs were purchased by her Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people with epilepsy are employed by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many memoranda of understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign Governments entered into by Ministers in...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the requests made to her Department under the (a) Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and (b) Environmental...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff funded by the public purse in (a) English Partnerships, (b) the Housing Corporation, (c) the Commission for...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1525W, on departments: manpower, what estimate she has made of...

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between her Department and the Northern...

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of staff in her Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by her Department in each of...

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the current rate of employer contribution is to each public sector pension scheme for which her Department has...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public consultations her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what scientific research has been conducted by her Department and its agencies on alternate weekly collections of household rubbish.

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research and statistical data gathering have been conducted by (a) her Department and (b) the Audit Commission on the...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to her Department of the decision by the European Commission to suspend European Regional...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects payments suspended by the European Commission of European Regional Development Fund to England to be resumed;...

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much is currently suspended by the European Commission in payments from the European Regional Development Fund to England.

      Fire Services: Hoaxes and False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many malicious fire alarm calls were attended by the fire and rescue services in each London borough in each of the last...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to answer question 138411, tabled on 16 May 2007, on home information pack inspectors.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the submission from the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services regarding the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individuals have opted to purchase a home condition report in Phase 2 of the home information pack trial.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on the housing market of the introduction of compulsory home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that provisions are introduced to provide redress for consumers who are mis-sold properties on the basis of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Government Departments and agencies will have access to the central register of (a) home condition reports and (b)...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of a bedroom the Government intend to use for the purpose of determining whether a home information pack will be...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will request additional resources from the Chancellor of the Exchequer to pay transitional compensation to...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of four- bedroom properties on the housing market in 2007 which are expected...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how a four- bedroom house will be defined for the purposes of the revised home information pack regulations; and whether...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) start and (b) end date is for consultation on the new home information pack regulations.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the full conclusions of each geographic dry run for home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide the most recent figures available for numbers of (a) trained and (b) fully accredited (i) home inspectors...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the percentage change in the number of homes being placed on the market as a result of the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her statement of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 644, on numbers of accredited home inspectors and accredited...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Middlesbrough and (b) the North East have completed training to become home inspectors.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1527W, on home information packs, what the estimated...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Home Information Pack Toolkit produced by her Department.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the agreement of 22 May between her Department and the Royal Institution of Chartered...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will be responsible for assessing whether a domestic dwelling has four or more bedrooms and will require a home information...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role (a) Rightmove and (b) Countrywide played in providing advice, research or consultancy to her Department and its...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will hold a consultation on its plans to revise the home information pack regulations.

      House Prices and Wages Ratio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the ratio of house prices to wages in (a) Dorset and (b) Hampshire.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in how many consecutive years a local authority is allowed to fail to meet its own target for the delivery of affordable housing...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the report on the future of housing policy and access to social housing is due to be (a) completed and (b) published; and...

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of service personnel applying for social housing from local authorities under (a) Part...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of flat and house sales were for new build properties in each of the last five years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the homes in the five eco villages will be (a) social housing, (b) shared ownership and (c) low cost housing.

      Housing: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the arrangements to inform and protect elderly homebuyers purchasing lifetime...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's latest figures are for the number of fully trained and accredited (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) home inspectors and (b) energy inspectors have been officially accredited.

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) home and (b) energy inspectors will be required to produce photographic identification to enter a domestic dwelling.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings in England are recorded by the Valuation Office Agency with a value significant code of ZI (subsidised...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties in each local authority in England are coded by the Valuation Office Agency with the WK value significant code.

      Housing: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new council houses are planned for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average price of an (a) house and (b) flat in (i) England and (ii) each Government office region was in (A) 2000 and...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings were marketed for sale in (a) England and (b) Wales in the last year for which figures are available.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes with four or more bedrooms were sold in England in the last 12 months.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from local authorities on the manner in which migrant numbers are calculated for the...

      Immigration: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to take into account the costs since 2004 of interpretation and translation services for local authorities in...

      Industrial Development: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the time taken to receive planning approval by (a) manufacturers who wish to extend...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposed infrastructure planning commission will have the remit to consider planning applications for (a)...

      Land Use: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of contaminated land was restored to (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) amenity use in the last (i) five...

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Valuation Office Agency is playing in the roll-out of the Valuebill project.

      Local Authorities: Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) local authority and (b) registered social landlord properties sub-let to...

      Local Government and Housing Act 1989

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to use her powers under part III of schedule 4 to the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 to issue...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local government revenue expenditure was financed by specific grants in each year since 1997-98; and what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken by her Department to reply to hon. Members' correspondence was in each of the...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many licence applications have been received by local authorities in England under the provisions of the Housing Act 2004...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the effect of paragraph 2(2), Schedule 3 of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation and...

      Multiple Occupation: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses in multiple occupation there were in the Peterborough City Council area in each year since 1997; and if she will...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many notices of appeal the Valuation Office Agency has received in relation to the 2005 business rates revaluation in each...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1419W, and 15...

      Pensions: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the real discount rate used by local authorities to calculate the unfunded net present value of the cost of (a)...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department will publish a summary of responses to its consultation on the Town and Country (General Permitted...

      Planning Delivery Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for introducing the housing and planning delivery grant; and what the criteria are for determining the...

      Planning Inspectorate: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what problems have occurred with the Planning Inspectorate IT system Planning Casework Service since its inception.

      Planning Inspectorate: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a value for money evaluation has been carried out on the IT system Planning Casework Service; and if she will make a...

      Planning Permission: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications from the London borough of Bexley were (a) allowed and (b) dismissed by the Planning...

      Planning: Housing Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Part M of the Building Regulations applies to extensions built on houses; and if she will make a statement on the rules...

      Polytunnels: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the extent to which planning procedures apply to the erection of agricultural polytunnels; what...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the criteria are for the distribution of funding from the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund to local authorities.

      Property Development: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department has a target for the proportion of new development to take place on currently contaminated land in...

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what access the Valuation Office Agency has to (a) the Electronic Survey of Empty Homes, (b) the National Register of Social...

      Property: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1164W, on the Valuation Office, how many photographs were...

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were sleeping rough in (a) London and (b) England in each year since 1997; and what the most recent figure is...

      Smoking: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether ring-fenced funding has been provided to local authorities from central Government to compensate for the extra costs of...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of social housing units built in (a) the London borough of Merton, (b) south-west...

      Somerset County Council: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many personnel were employed by Somerset county council in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03, (c) 2003-04, (d) 2004-05 and (e)...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of children living in (a) bed and breakfast and (b) temporary accommodation; and if...

      Temporary Accommodation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many children were recorded as living in (a) temporary, (b) non-decent and (c) overcrowded accommodation in each local...

      Urban Areas: Cheltenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the likely population of the Cheltenham urban area referred to in the Draft Regional Spatial...

      Vacant Land: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) parkland and (b) greenfield land has been developed on in Solihull in the last 10 years.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 996W, on the...

      Westminster City Council: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will seek a report from Westminster city council on the number of statutorily homeless households currently being placed...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to Questions (a) 136471, (b) 136475 and (c) 136474, on home information packs, tabled by the hon....

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to make a substantive reply to question 139884, on home information packs, tabled by the hon. Member for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce opium (a) production and (b) export from Afghanistan; and if she will make a...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her colleagues at the Ministry of Defence on how long she expects a British military presence...

      Armed Conflict: Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking on the international trade in conflict diamonds; and what discussions she has had with her...

      Bosnia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Ministerial colleagues at the Ministry of Defence on the length of time she expects a...

      China: Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to persuade China to recognise dual nationality.

      China: Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people imprisoned in China have joint British/Chinese nationality.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1215W, on Cyprus, what recent progress has been made on a...

      Cyprus: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the operation of the Green Line regulation adopted by the EU for trade between the two...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by staff in her Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many energy saving lightbulbs were purchased by her Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between her Department and the Northern...

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cars her Department owns.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of staff in her Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by her Department in each of...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many public consultations her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff surveys her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the 10 largest missions abroad are; and how many (a) UK-based and (b) locally-engaged personnel are employed in each such...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK diplomatic representation has been (a) downgraded and (b) ended since 1997.

      Diplomatic Service: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many notifiable offences were committed by foreign diplomats based in London in 2006, broken down by (a) offence and (b)...

      EC Action: Common Positions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in respect of which third countries EU common positions have been agreed; and on what date each such position was (a) agreed...

      Egypt: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Egyptian counterpart on steps to secure its border with Gaza; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances US citizens may be denied entry to live in the UK by UK Visas.

      Eritrea: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Eritrean Government on the detention of Christians, including children, in that country...

      Eritrea: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Eritrean Government on reported human rights violations against Christians in that...

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the recent conviction of members of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy in Ethiopia; what...

      European Union: Presidency Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons a copy of the report by the German presidency of the EU released on 19 June 2007 on the mandate for discussion...

      Famagusta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her policy is on the status of (a) Famagusta and (b) the port at Famagusta.

      Fiji: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the safety of British diplomats in Fiji.

      Fiji: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received (a) on the likelihood of Fiji holding elections by March 2009 and (b) the restoration of...

      Geneva Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government take (a) to comply with Article 1 and (b) to prosecute breaches under Article 147 of the Fourth...

      HMS Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any progress has been made on recovering the wreckage of HMS Sussex off the coast of Gibraltar.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Commonwealth countries have a policy seeking their prior approval before their citizens are gazetted for a UK honour; and...

      Ilois: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 238W, on Ilois: resettlement, whether she plans to petition the...

      India: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) terms of reference and (b) expected timescale are for the British high commission's investigation in India into...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her colleagues at the Ministry of Defence on how long she expects a British military presence...

      Iraq: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk of violence against Christians in Iraq.

      Iraq: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what restrictions are in place on Iraqi citizens wishing to travel to the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan, to obtain a visa for...

      Israel: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will urge the Israeli Government to stop the construction of the fence/wall inside the west bank, including East Jerusalem.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to Israel on its obligation as an occupying power to provide for the protection and welfare of...

      Kashmir: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of civilians killed and injured in Jammu and Kashmir as a result of armed conflict...

      Krill: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to assist international conservation efforts with regard to Antarctic krill.

      Krishna Maharaj

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next hearing will take place in relation to the possibility of clemency for Mr. Krishna Maharaj in Florida.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultation she conducted with foreign language (a) teaching and (b) using staff in (i) her and (ii) other departments...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account was taken of potential cost savings within the existing system for foreign language teaching before the decision...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account was taken of the proportion of existing language teaching services that is outsourced in the decision to outsource...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account was taken of the cost-saving changes and recommendations implemented following the language training review in the...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what cost-benefit analysis was undertaken of in-house specialised high-level language teaching in relation to (a) her...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she will respond to the (a) letter of 13 June 2006 and (b) e-mail of 29 January 2007 from the hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has discussed the current closure of the Karni crossing with her Israeli counterpart; and if she will make a statement.

      Middle East: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) contribution of EUCOPPS to the promotion of law and order in Palestine and (b)...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the Middle East peace process includes concrete provisions to address human rights issues.

      Nicosia: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on why the Ledra Street checkpoint in Nicosia has not yet been opened.

      Niger: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with President Umaru Yar'Adua on the taking of hostages in the Niger Delta; and what recent advice...

      Nigeria: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in assisting the Nigerian authorities to develop the capacity to tackle e-mail fraud and other...

      North Korea: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the main achievements of the UK diplomatic presence in North Korea over the last 12 months.

      North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of North Korea's most recent testing of a short range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan; and...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports she has received of the (a) destruction of orthodox cultural heritage in Northern Cyprus, (b) demolition...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she held discussions with EU partners in the week commencing 18 June on Israeli settlement building on the E1 plan and...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she held discussions with the government of Israel in the week commencing 18 June on the demolition or planned...

      Occupied Territories: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she held discussions with the government of Israel during the week commencing 18 June on the (a) labelling and (b)...

      Occupied Territories: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she held discussions with EU partners during the week commencing 18 June 2007 regarding the effectiveness of EU...

      Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Pakistani Government on the suspension of Christian students and teaching staff at the...

      Pakistan: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the security of British nationals in Pakistan following statements by Pakistani Ministers on Her...

      Palestinians: Arms Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what military equipment has been provided by the UK to President Abbas's security forces; and if she will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has offered (a) financial and (b) other support to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud...

      Palestinians: Political Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the (a) United Nations, (b) European Union and (c) Arab League on the current...

      Palestinians: Political Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the government of Israel in the week commencing 18 June on the situation in the West Bank and...

      Palestinians: Political Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions she had with EU partners in the week commencing 18 June on the situation in the West Bank and Gaza; and...

      Palestinians: Political Discussions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she had with the (a) Palestine Liberation Organisation and (b) Palestinian Authority in the week commencing...

      Project Al-Yamamah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1377W, on Project Al-Yamamah, whether the Economic Counsellor...

      Project Al-Yamamah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1377W, on Project Al-Yamamah, whether she has discussed the...

      Robert Mugabe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1315W, on Robert Mugabe, what...

      Russia: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Russian counterparts on reducing the trade in small arms to Africa; and if she will make a...

      Russia: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the activities of the Russian authorities towards the work of the British Council in...

      Salman Rushdie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the government of Pakistan on the reported views of its Minister of Religious Affairs on...

      Salman Rushdie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the Government of Pakistan on action by the Pakistani national assembly in response to...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, columns 9-10W, on Somalia, whether any progress has been made in...

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the UK is providing to the deployment of the African Union Mission to Somalia; and if she will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the expulsion from Colombo of 376 ethnic Tamils; and if she...

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 249W, on Sudan: international assistance, what discussions have...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the composition of the peacekeeping troops for the AU-UN force in Darfur; and whether they are...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what date has been agreed with the Sudanese Government for the (a) initial and (b) full deployment of the AU-UN hybrid force.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans are in place for the funding of the AU-UN hybrid force recently accepted by the Sudanese Government.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timescale is envisaged for the deployment of the AU-UN hybrid force recently accepted by the Sudanese Government; and what...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the nature of the death of the former Sudanese Vice President.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent deaths at the Kajbar Dam in Sudan.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her French counterpart on that Government's proposal for an international peace conference for...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Saudi Arabia on tackling the expansion of Islamic (a) extremism and (b)...

      Thailand: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of fundamentalist Islamist forces setting schools on fire in Southern Thailand.

      Tibet: Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to press for journalists' free access to Tibet during the 2008 Olympic Games.

      Tibet: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports she has received on the implications for the Tibetan people of the opening of the railway to Lhasa.

      Uganda: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans she has to evacuate British nationals from Uganda should the situation in the country deteriorate (a)...

      Uganda: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the likelihood of (a) free and fair elections in Uganda in 2011 and (b) implementation...

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on proposals to abolish the UN Human Rights Council envoy posts charged with reporting on (a)...

      USA: Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Members of the Government expect to make an official visit to (a) Florida and (b) the USA before the end of August.

      Visas: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many refusal stamps erroneously issued by UKvisas were removed in each of the last five years.

      Visas: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many administrative errors involving the erroneous issuing of visas by UKvisas were detected in each of the last five years.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her (a) Moroccan counterparts and (b) counterparts at the United Nations on the disputed...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her (a) Japanese and (b) Icelandic counterparts on reducing and stopping the hunting of...

      Yemen: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to assist the Yemeni government in fighting terrorism.

      Younis Masih

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Pakistani Government on the death sentence for blasphemy imposed on Younis Masih.

      Yu Lam Chan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further steps she plans to take on the case of joint UK/Chinese citizen Mr. Yu Lam Chan, imprisoned in China.

      Yu Lam Chan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her most recent assessment is of the medical condition of UK citizen Mr. Yu Lam Chan, imprisoned in China.

      Yu Lam Chan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Mr. Yu Lam Chan has at any time been employed by the British Government in any capacity.

      Yu Lam Chan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact she has had with the UN High Commission for Refugees on the case of Mr. Yu Lam Chan, a British citizen imprisoned...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on meetings held in South Africa between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change.

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Uganda on President Museveni's (a) support for President Mugabe's land...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's practice is on consulting other Government Departments before deciding on the closure of (a) accident and emergency departments and...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent waiting time levels were in accident and emergency departments in all Sussex hospitals.

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the expenditure by the NHS on temporary nursing in each of the last seven years; and what proportion of expenditure on...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on patient safety of temporary nursing in the NHS.

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to help NHS trusts (a) plan and (b) manage their demand for temporary nursing staff.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish the Ambulance Trust performance data for 2006-07.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of whether emergency medical technicians are able to deliver the same level of care as paramedics in the case of callouts to...

      Ambulance Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS ambulance trusts issue their paramedics with stab proof vest protection; what discussion she has held on stab proof vest protection for...

      Ambulance Services: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many 999 calls for Sussex ambulances have been received in each of the last five years; (2) how many category A incidents have been attended by...

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of (a) benzodiazepine drugs and (b) antidepressants were dispensed in the community in England in 2006.

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 988W, on blood: contamination, what correspondence her Department has had with (a) the...

      Blood: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, columns 279-80W, on blood: imports, (1) how much was spent on commercially imported AHG...

      Blood: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1381W, on blood: safety, on what date her Department plans to release the next batch of...

      Broadband: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential effects on the health of (a) adults and (b) children of radio waves from home wireless broadband systems;...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of (a) existing NHS deficits on the take up of treatment approved by the National Institute for Health and...

      Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statutory obligations cover the care provided to residents in care homes for the elderly; how her Department enforces these obligations; and what...

      Childbirth: Horton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women gave birth at (a) Horton General Hospital and (b) Warwick General Hospital in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2003-04; and how many...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued by her Department on the covert monitoring of parents while on hospital premises for the detection and prevention of child abuse.

      Clacton Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 912W, on Clacton hospital, for what reasons decisions on Peter Bruff Ward at Clacton...

      Community Health Services: West Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to reply to the Suffolk County Council Health Scrutiny Committee referral of West Suffolk's community health proposals.

      Dental Services: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the allocations of funding for children's orthodontic services for Hartlepool for 2006-07 and 2007-08 were made; if she will take action to...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the last three calendar years;...

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data her Department collects on contracts awarded to external suppliers by public bodies it sponsors.

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 284W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, (1) what the conclusions were of the review of the...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 284W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, what the (a) start date and (b) end date was of...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 284W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, if she will place in the Library copies of the terms...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by her Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Memorandums of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign Governments entered into by Ministers in her Department; and...

      Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in her Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement on her...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Marketing

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

      Departments: Pay

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

      Departments: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) executives, (b) non-executives and (c) officials in her Department's arm's length bodies have declared political affiliations to (i) the...

      Departments: Political Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) executives, (b) non-executives and (c) officials in her Department's arm's length bodies have previously worked for (i) the Labour Party,...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by her Department over the lifetime of the contract,...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public consultations her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's overall expenditure was on public consultations in 2006-07.

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Dietary Supplements: EC law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps officials based in British embassies to other European Union member states are taking to ensure that the Government's objectives for the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people with an addiction to an illegal drug in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice the Government have sought from the Health Protection Agency in relation to the Stakeholder Advisory Group on extremely low frequency...

      First Aid: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many first responders were available for call outs within (a) Cirencester and (b) the Cotswolds in each of the last five years; how many are...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2007, Official Report, column 652W, on general practitioners, what remit her Department was given by HM Treasury...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 571W, on general practitioners, (1) what...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications have been received for ST1-4 medical positions by the Medical Training Application Service in the last 12 months; and how many posts...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of round 2 interviews that will take place via the Medical Training Application Service recruitment...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of round 1 (a) offers made and (b) interviews held through the Medical Training Application Service...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to prevent the NHS treating illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers in circumstances where they have no entitlement to...

      Health Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of which companies (a) have direct experience of managing a healthcare commissioning budget in the UK or internationally of...

      Herbal Medicine: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will require the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to discuss the identification of products made from organic ingredients with...

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons domiciliary consultations by consultants with general practitioners were discontinued by the NHS.

      Hospitals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected financial position is of (a) Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, (b) Worthing and Southlands Hospital, (c) Princess Royal, Haywards...

      Hospitals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS primary care trust allocated to each district general hospital within its boundaries in each of the last three years; what proportion of...

      Hospitals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the occupation costs were for each of the six hospital trust sites in South East London in each of the last three years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of hospital acquired infections have been reported at (a) Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, (b) Worthing Hospital and (c) St...

      Hospitals: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on hospital ward closures in North Yorkshire.

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department provides to hospitals on provision of parking permits to community nurses.

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department plans to take to (a) support and (b) penalise those health trusts which fail to meet the 18 week waiting time target by the...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients in London waited for (a) 13 weeks, (b) 14 weeks, (c) 15 weeks, (d) 16 weeks and (e) 17 weeks and over for a first out-patient...

      Hospitals: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she first saw the proposed consultation document produced by West Sussex Primary Care Trust on reconfiguration of hospital services.

      Human Tissue Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the formation of the new Human Tissue Authority.

      Injuries: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many knife wound injuries were treated in hospitals in West Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Wi-Fi: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has issued advice to local education authorities and schools on the use of Wi-Fi.

      Junior Doctors: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly qualified medical students (a) applied for junior doctor training posts and (b) were successful in their application in the most recent...

      Junior Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what administrative mechanisms her Department used to plan the Medical Training Application Service.

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of people likely to receive renal replacement therapy over the next 10 years.

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment for the management of chronic kidney disease in each year since 2000.

      Lymphoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials within her Department are responsible for lymphoma policy and implementation, broken down by grade.

      Lymphoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the role of patient involvement in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's appraisals of new lymphatic...

      Lymphoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to continue funding for pump-primed lymphoma nurse specialist positions; and if she will increase expenditure on such positions.

      Meat Hygiene Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies are engaged by the Meat Hygiene Service to provide contract (a) veterinary and (b) meat inspection services.

      Meat Hygiene Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what hourly charges the Meat Hygiene Service pays to each contract agency in respect of (a) contract veterinarians and (b) contract meat inspectors.

      Meat Hygiene Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) contract veterinarians and (b) contract meat inspectors are employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.

      Meat Hygiene Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) carries out to determine the technical competence of contract veterinarians and contract meat inspectors; and...

      Meat Hygiene Service: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to the Meat Hygiene Service of hiring contract veterinarians and contract meat inspectors in each of the last three years.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what controls she plans to put in place to ensure that patient records entered on the electronic care record database are not misused by researchers using...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from GPs on plans to create an electronic care record for patients; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Mentally Ill: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health patients moved on to independent living in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to require independent midwives to obtain professional indemnity insurance; and whether there is any requirement by the European...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS workforce in England was represented by midwives in 2006, expressed in terms of (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent.

      MRSA: Conquest Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA have been detected at the Conquest hospital in East Sussex; and if she will make a statement.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities and treatment are available for sufferers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who within her Department is responsible for championing the implementation of the musculoskeletal services framework.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have established clinical assessment and treatment services as encouraged by the musculoskeletal services framework.

      NHS Blood and Transplant: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the decision to close the National Blood Service Centre in Birmingham; and what discussions she has held with the (a)...

      NHS Bodies and Premises: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1198W, on NHS bodies and premises: inspections, which organisations can conduct...

      NHS Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the commitment by the Minister of State of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 62WH, in a debate on NHS Commissioning, when the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) the NHS, (b) NHS hospital and community health services and (c) NHS maternity services in the 2006-07 financial year.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1391W, on NHS: finance, which organisation collects data on the number of practices...

      NHS: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued to local NHS bodies on claiming money from foreign nationals who use NHS services.

      NHS: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided, net of Department of Health penalties and top-slicing clawback (a) in total and (b) by head of population to each NHS...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1004W, on NHS: ICT, when the (a) engineering-based timetables, (b) plan of key...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department set up (a) a Task Force, (b) a Steering Group and (c) any other regular series of meetings on the Connecting for Health programme.

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments (a) her Department and (b) the NHS made to BUPA in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public consultations were carried out by NHS trusts in 2006-07; and in how many of these consultations the relevant trust's board chose an option...

      Pregnancy Book

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 2046W, on the Pregnancy Book, if she will make available the initial report on...

      Prescription Drugs: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Ministers from her Department last met with representatives of the Government of the Bailiwicks of (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey; whether medicines...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1008W, on prescriptions: fees and charges, how many prescriptions were dispensed in (a)...

      Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's response is to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recommendations on provision of psychological therapies.

      Psychology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial support was provided by the NHS for psychological therapies in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Recombinant Factor VII

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the parties are to the service level agreement referred to in the answer, Official Report, column 817W, on recombinant factor VII of 3 July 2006.

      Royal London Homeopathic Hospital: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the closure of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital on Brent residents.

      Selly Oak Hospital: Afghan Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Afghan nationals have been given treatment in Selly Oak Hospital for (a) gunshot wounds and (b) wounds caused by grenade fragments in each of...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement churches and other places of worship have to display no-smoking signs once the public smoking ban is introduced in England.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent staff are employed as (a) regional tobacco control managers and (b) their associated support staff; (2) what total...

      Smoking: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on delivery of nicotine replacement therapy within prison establishments of (a) prison staff levels, (b)...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to establish a new consensus for a new, fair and sustainable settlement in social care as stated by the Minister for care...

      South East Coastal Strategic Health Association: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been employed by South East Coastal Strategic Health Association and its successor organisations in each of the last five years.

      Strokes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department provides to charities involved in stroke research; and if she will make a statement.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of admitted pathways in (a) gastroenterology, (b) cardiology and (c) neurosurgery (i) at the university hospital of North Staffordshire...

      Sussex Hospital: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency patients were treated at the Sussex County Hospital in Brighton in each of the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years;...

      Sussex Hospital: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the Sussex County hospital has been put on red alert in respect of patient influx in the last three years.

      Tomography: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the £20 million extra capital expenditure on new position emission tomography and computed tomography facilities announced on 12...

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS care trusts in London have provided the BCG vaccination to all children following the July 2005 issue of the Chief Medical Officer's Directive...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up was of (a) measles, mumps and rubella, (b) pneumococcal and (c) menc vaccines in each of the last five years; and what assessment she...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the changes in funding for (a) the Opportunities for Volunteering fund and (b) section 64 grants.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been spent on preparing West Sussex primary care trust's Fit for the Future consultation exercise; and how much more is budgeted.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is for West Sussex Primary Care Trust in the current year; and what its anticipated budget is in each of the next two years.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been employed by West Sussex Primary Care Trust and its predecessor organisations in each of the last five years expressed as (a)...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer question 139039, tabled on 21 May 2007 by the hon. Member for Bournemouth East, on Bournemouth hospital's accident and emergency...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in each year since their introduction in (i) Suffolk, (ii)...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1059W, on antisocial behaviour orders: custodial treatment, how many...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on antisocial behaviour orders imposed on children and young people with (a) mental health...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many failed asylum seekers resident in the UK the Immigration Service does not have a valid current address.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms are in place to reimburse local authorities for the cost of providing housing and other forms of support for asylum seekers...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been deported to countries which have not signed the UN Convention against Torture 1988 during the last...

      Asylum: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to assist asylum seekers who have no access to English language learning to manage everyday tasks.

      Asylum: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent in the last 12 months on (a) specialist support systems, (b) appropriate (section 20) accommodation and support and (c)...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accommodation centres have been set up under section 16 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

      Bicycles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how bicycle thefts were reported in each police authority in each of the last five years.

      Borders and Immigration Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average time was taken for the transfer of files between the Borders and Immigration Agency casework unit and correspondence unit in the...

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been made to retake the Knowledge of Life in the UK test due to test centres not administering the test correctly.

      British Nationality: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 April 2007, Question 130039, on the Life in the UK test, what the average test results were of (a) the British...

      British Nationality: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what offences and behaviours are considered to be not conducive to the public good, leading to deprivation of citizenship under section 56 of...

      British Nationality: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deprived of citizenship under section 56 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

      British Nationality: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been given penalties under section 15 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

      Crime: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) confiscations of firearms and (b) convictions for the illegal possession of firearms there were in each police authority area...

      Crimes of Violence: West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of so-called honour (a) attempted murders, (b) other acts of violence and (c) forced imprisonment have been reported to...

      Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he was informed that Devon and Cornwall police were of the view that Surrey police should have held a murder inquiry only into the...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three...

      Departments: DVD

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which DVDs have been produced by his Department in the last 12 months; how many copies of such DVDs were produced; and what the cost to the...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of each of the five largest information technology...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in his Department in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what promotional items bearing his Department's name or logo or other branding have been procured in each of the last five years; at what...

      Departments: Official Cars

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

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the current rate of employer contribution is to each public sector pension scheme for which his Department has responsibility; what the...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public consultations his Department has undertaken in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) much was spent by his Department on public relations in each of the last five years; (2) which (a) advertising agencies and (b)...

      Departments: Recruitment

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

      Departments: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's expenditure on communications research was in each year since 1997-98; and how much of this cost was accounted for by...

      Departments: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were applied for by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Deportation: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people whose asylum claims have failed are awaiting deportation to Afghanistan.

      Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department embassy officials from which countries have met asylum seekers detained in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Detainees: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances correspondence between hon. and right hon. Members and detainees is opened by staff in immigration removal centres...

      EC Accession

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will write to the hon. Member for Glasgow South West, as referred to in the answer of 8 November 2006, Official Report, column...

      Edward Chininga

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what mechanisms Edward Chininga was permitted to transit via Gatwick; whether officials were aware of his position on the EU no fly list...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what consideration is given to service in the UK armed forces by non-UK nationals when deciding who is eligible to reside in the UK;...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in each year since 2000; and how many of them were for (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) lecturers and (d)...

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to end the domestic worker visa programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Fixated Threat Assessment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre use to decide whom to investigate; (2) how many people have been (a) detained,...

      Fixated Threat Assessment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals have been detained by the Fixed Threat Assessment Centre since its inception, broken down by (a) gender and (b)...

      Foreigners: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that visitors to the UK from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU have health insurance for the duration...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Government policy on UK residency for former Gurkhas.

      Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of abuse of the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme he identified prior to the changes to the Programme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 390-2W, on identity cards, what the value was of each contract; what...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 970W, on identity cards, what estimate he has made of each strand of the...

      Illegal Immigrants: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegal immigrants who are likely to be detected each year as a result of the introduction of the...

      Immigrants: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrants from Turkey were granted (a) exceptional leave and (b) indefinite leave to remain as a result of the provisions of the...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the legacy was of case records still to be decided by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate on (a) 16 July 2006 and (b) 12 March...

      Immigration Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his Department will liaise with the Scottish Parliament Cabinet Secretary of Justice to consider the creation of a new international...

      Immigration: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of an immigration appeal, excluding deportation and asylum appeals, before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal where...

      Immigration: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time was for citizenship application forms to be processed for applicants from Kosovo in the latest period for which...

      Labour Party: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated costs are of policing the Special Labour Party Conference on 24 June in Manchester; and who will meet the costs.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive answer to Question 123572, on removal proceedings, tabled on 21 February by the hon. Member for Sheffield,...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department expects to respond to the letter of 14 March from the hon. Member for Billericay on Mr. I. Clarke of Billericay.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Minister of State for Nationality, Citizenship and Immigration to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Inverness,...

      Nathalie Ketchanou

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis Miss Nathalie Ketchanou was immediately returned to the UK from Kenya following her deportation from the UK; and at what cost.

      National Police Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to attend the National Police Memorial Day on 30th September 2007.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were removed from the United Kingdom by administrative removal in each of the last five years for which...

      Offensive Weapons: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) injured and (b) killed as a result of knife crime offences in West Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations (a) his Department and (b) the Identity and Passport Service have received on the account taken of the need for...

      Police Air Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities operate shared police air support units.

      Police: Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in Marine Units in each police authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects the police head camera pilot project to be completed; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pilot...

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1240W, on police: disciplinary proceedings, what steps he is taking to...

      Police: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police authorities on the procurement of police helicopters; and if he will make a statement.

      Police: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime scene investigators are in post in each police force in West Lancashire; and what percentage of those are civilian.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police force in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police staff were dedicated solely to the recovery of stolen works of art in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many accidents police vehicles were involved in each of the last five years; how many injuries were sustained by (a) police officers...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the total cost of all police pensions as a share of police spending in each year from 1990-91 to 2020-21; and...

      Police: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote the Fullbright Fellowship in Police Studies scheme.

      Police: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the development of non-lethal weaponry to be used by the police in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners were transferred from immigration removal centres to open prisons in each of the last three years; and...

      Radio Frequency Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the regulation of the use of radio frequency identifiers; and to what use information derived from these is put.

      Sea Carrier Liaison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the written statement of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 76-77WS, on the Managing of Global Migration Strategy, how...

      Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU nationals registered to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in 2007, broken down by nation and...

      Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign students registered to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in each of the last 10 years,...

      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, how many individuals have been (a) charged...

      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, how many individuals have been denied asylum...

      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 the timetable is for consulting on...

      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, how many individuals have breached their...

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of serious sexual crimes reported in Wales resulted in conviction in the courts in each of the last three years.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 977W, on speed limits: cameras, what estimate he has made of the overall...

      Srichand Hinduja

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the Hammond Review of the circumstances surrounding the application for naturalisation by Mr. S. P. Hinduja.

      Terrorism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the names of (a) suspected terrorists subject to control orders and (b) any such suspected terrorists who have absconded have their...

      Terrorism: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to prevent the financing from the UK of Tamil Tiger terrorists in Sri Lanka.

      Tul Bahadur Pun UI

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were first used to decide whether former Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun UI should be admitted to the UK; and what the revised...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many IT, communications and electronics work permits were withdrawn due to non-compliance with the terms of the scheme in (a) 2004, (b)...

      Work Permits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations the Home Office Work Permits Section carried out into complaints of work permits abuse in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and...

      Work Permits: IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which 10 sponsoring companies were issued the largest number of work permits for IT workers in each year since 2000; and how many such...

      Workers Registration Scheme: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU workers were registered in the Worker Registration Scheme in each local authority in the North East at the most recent available date.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer questions (a) (i) 123879, (ii) 123878, (iii) 123877, (iv) 123875, (v) 123876 and (vi) 123961, on immigration and...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer question 123878, on arrests at the liquid natural gas terminal in Pembrokeshire, tabled by the hon. Member for...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects to answer question 124194, on identity cards, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 26 February 2007; and...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons women in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre may be denied (a) access to their mobile telephones and (b) access to satellite news...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons women detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre may be (a) handcuffed and (b) given medication when being taken to UK airports.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis the (a) prices and (b) level of profit at the shops at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre are arrived at.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what access to medical care is available to detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the daily allowance is to detainees of Yarl's Wood Detention Centre; and on what basis it may be denied.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what privacy is accorded to women detainees in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, with particular reference to male guards (a) entering rooms...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) women and (b) children have been detained in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre for (i) up to six months, (ii) between six and 12...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours in each day women in Yarl's Wood Detention Centre are confined to their rooms; and in what circumstances this figure may be varied.

  • Justice

    • Association of Panel Members: Finance

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what discussions she has held on the funding arrangements for the Association of Panel Members; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

    • Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many places are available in Chelmsford Prison; (2) how many prisoners at Chelmsford Prison share a room with (a) one and (b) two...

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many inmates committed suicide in Chelmsford Prison in each of the last 10 years.

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will consider funding the Mentoring 4 U project in Chelmsford Prison.

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are expected to be released from Chelmsford Prison under the recently announced planned early release initiative.

      Courts: Clothing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will bring forward proposals for the reform of court dress, with particular reference to wigs.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the budget of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is for 2007-08; (2) what budget surplus or deficit the Criminal Injuries...

      Crown Court Cells

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all inmates detained in Crown Court cells have been subject to cell sharing risk assessments; who has conducted such assessments; what...

      Crown Court Cells

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all inmates detained in Crown Court cells have been subject to assessment for self-harm as laid down in Prison Service Order 2700; who...

      Crown Court Cells

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all Crown Court cells used to detain inmates overnight were subject to risk assessments to ensure that they were suitable for that...

      Crown Court Cells

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what contingency plans cover the holding of prisoners in Crown Court cells overnight; who agreed the contingency plans; and if she will place a...

      Crown Court Cells

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all Crown Court cells used for detaining prisoners overnight have integral sanitation.

      Crown Court Cells

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether any prisoners on an open ACCT or 2052SH form have been detained in Crown Court cells overnight.

      Custodial Treatment: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what proportion of convictions for (a) rape and (b) other sexual offences in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex,...

      Data Protection: Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prosecutions against data controllers for failure to notify the Information Commissioner of the processing of personal data under the...

      Data Protection: Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prosecutions for non-notification of the processing of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 have been brought by (a) the...

      Data Protection: Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many prosecutions for non-notification of the processing of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 have resulted in...

      Data Protection: Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many requests for prosecutions against data controllers for failure to notify the Information Commissioner of the processing of personal data...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the last three...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by her Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers in her Department;...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 208W, on Departments: marketing, what the sources are of the additional costs...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 208W, on Departments: marketing, if she will provide a breakdown of the figure of...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which advertising and marketing campaigns were run by her Department in each of the last five years; which external agencies were involved; and...

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between her Department and the Northern Ireland administration.

      Departments: Public Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was spent by her Department and its predecessor on public relations in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Sign Language

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the merits of providing British Sign Language (BSL) videos on her departmental website for the benefit of those...

      Driving Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) women, (b) men, (c) women under 30 years and (d) men under 30 years were found guilty of causing death by careless driving under...

      Driving Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in each of the last 10 years; and what the average sentence imposed was...

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) prosecutions were brought against and (b) fixed penalty notices were imposed on drivers in each police authority area using mobile...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many drivers were convicted for drink-driving offences (a) directly related to an incident in which death or serious injury was...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many drivers were convicted of drink-driving offences in each year from 1997 to 2006; how many were repeat offenders; and how many of those...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many drivers were breathalysed in each year between 1997 and 2006; how many tests were positive; and how many were subsequently confirmed as...

      Driving Under Influence: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were convicted of drink driving offences in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many convictions there were in each police authority in West Lancashire for the offence of drink driving in each year since 2001; and how...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of people whose names are entered on UK electoral registers are (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of the Irish...

      Family Law: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the total legal aid bill for family law cases was in each of the last four years.

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of fixed penalty notices issued in each of the last 10 years were paid in full within the 14 day deadline.

      Haverigg Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) if she will consider the possibility of further expansion of HMP Haverigg, following completion of the current expansion programme; (2)...

      Haverigg Prison: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many new staff she expects to be employed at HMP Haverigg as a result of the expansion programme; (2) what the staff levels are at HMP...

      Haverigg Prison: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many inmates at HMP Haverigg will be eligible for early release under the recently announced measures.

      Judges: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what her estimate is of the savings from capping the employer contribution to the Judicial Pension Scheme at 14 per cent.; and if she will make a...

      Law Society Children Panel: Lancashire

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many children's panel solicitors are registered in West Lancashire; and how many were so registered in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was paid in legal aid in each region in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people received legal aid in each region in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many law firms in Wales have not signed new contracts with the Legal Services Commission.

      Legal Profession: Regulation

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the Government's policy is on the provision of funding to cover the start-up costs of regulatory bodies overseeing the legal professions.

      Magistrates: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many magistrates are employed in courts in Wales; how many of those are expected to leave the magistracy in 2007-08; and how many magistrates...

      Miscarriages of Justice: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what steps have been taken by the Government to check whether pursuant to section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 the Assessor for...

      Police Custody

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the range is of the nightly cost of police cells used by her Department and the Prison Service; and which such cells are the most expensive.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the recommended ratio is between staff and inmates in HM Prison Service.

      Prison Service: Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice at what age a prison officer is allowed to draw his or her full pension.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many inmates have absconded from prison in each year since 1997, broken down by individual prison.

      Prisoners Release: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether her recent announcement about the early release of prisoners who are coming to the end of their sentences on licence extends to Northern...

      Prisoners Release: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners set to be released under the new release scheme have residential addresses in the Ribble Valley.

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much the Government budgeted to spend on the construction of new prisons in 2006.

      Probation: Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was spent on probation services in each year since 1997; what expenditure is expected for the forthcoming financial year; and how much...

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the average sentence handed down by courts in Wales for rape was in each of the last three years; (2) what the average sentence...

      Security Measures

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, columns 618-20W, on security measures, by how much court capacity has been expanded to...

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of sexual offences in Wales (i) in total and (ii) broken down by offence in each of the...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 14 June 2007, Official Report, columns 60-62WS, on the Supreme Court, how much will be spent on...

      Terrorism: Greater London

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether the Government is reviewing the cap placed on the level of compensation which victims of the 7/7 bombing may gain from public funds; and...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the purpose was of the visit undertaken by (a) the governor of HM Young Offender Institution Feltham and (b) the Deputy Head of Women and...

  • Treasury

    • 11 Downing Street: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the charities other than the Smith Institute which have organised events at No. 11 Downing Street since 1997 has used it most frequently.

    • Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) value, (b) date and (c) purpose was of each payment made by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies to Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in each...

      Accommodation Rule

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue was received from the available accommodation rule in the last full year before its abolition; and what estimate he has made of revenue which...

      Aggregates Levy: Wind Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much aggregates levy was raised from the construction of wind farms in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Al-Yamamah Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which aspects of the financial arrangements relating to the Al-Yamamah defence contract fell to be approved by his Department since May 1997; and if he will...

      Birth Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many live births there were in each English region in each year since 1997.

      British Corps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 462W, on the British Corps, whether the Chancellor's announcement on the British Corps...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net effect on annual Treasury revenues of abolishing taper relief for capital gains tax.

      Cash Dispensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer at which locations in Wales free-of-charge ATMs are (a) installed and (b) yet to be installed under the free cash machines in low-income areas scheme.

      Cash Dispensing: North East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his working group has taken on the super output areas identified by the Treasury Committee as not having access to free cash machines in...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what new information attributes the 2007 Census Test is collecting on (a) individuals and (b) their properties.

      Child Benefit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was paid in child benefit to parents in respect of children living abroad in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; (2)...

      Child Benefit: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications for child tax credit were received by the international claims processing section of HM Revenue and Customs in respect of children...

      Children: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many deaths there were following recorded injuries of children aged (a) 0 to four, (b) five to eight, (c) nine to 12 and (d) 13 to 16 years...

      Council Tax Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the funds allocated to the Scottish Executive for council tax benefit will continue to be made available for the equivalent purpose to the Scottish...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) road wheels and (b) measuring tapes the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 36 months; and what the cost has been.

      Cox Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to implement the five key recommendations of the 2005 Cox Review.

      Crown Estate: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of applications made to the Crown Estate's Research Committee for research proposals in financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07; how many...

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of money from the UK public purse which has been lost to vulture funds from aid paid (a) directly to other...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the virements between different sections within (a) Request for Resources (RfR) 1: Provision of Defence Capability and (b) RfR 2: Conflict...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three calendar years;...

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of leasing buildings and office space was for (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the schema for his Department's Combined Online Information System database.

      Departments: DVDs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which DVDs have been produced by his Department in the last 12 months; how many copies of such DVDs were produced; and what the cost to the public purse was...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many energy saving lightbulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many memoranda of understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers in his Department; and what...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which promotional items were produced by or for his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advertising and marketing campaigns have been run by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years; which external agencies...

      Departments: Ministerial Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 465W, on Departments: Ministerial policy advisers, what procedures govern the use of...

      Departments: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the mobile phone bill for his departmental special advisers in each of the last two years.

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between his Department and the Northern Ireland Administration.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of staff in his Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years; and what...

      Departments: Publicity

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      EC Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial contribution (a) the UK and (b) each other member state is expected to make to the European Union in 2008.

      EC Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the UK contributed to the Central European Fund in 2006; and what the contributions made by other European member states were in that year.

      Employment: Graduates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate is of (a) women and (b) men of (i) white, (ii) Afro-Caribbean and (iii) Asian ethnicity who graduated in each of the last five...

      Employment: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in West Lancashire were recorded as being in full-time employment in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007; and how...

      Employment: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Warrington residents were in employment (a) in April 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to help more first-time home buyers.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate is of those who completed foundation degrees and did not go on to higher education in each of the last five years for which figures...

      HM Revenue and Customs: East Kilbridge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the local office of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is required to be able to give definitive advice to Arun (a) district council as grantor and (b)...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the morale of (a) tax credits staff and (b) all HM Revenue and Customs staff in (i) November 2006, (ii) May 2006, (iii)...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many post reductions there were in HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three financial years, broken down by grade.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on bonus payments made to senior civil servants in HM Revenue and Customs in 2006-07.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the HM Revenue and Customs 2006-07 accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for which years since 1996 the Comptroller and Auditor General has qualified his opinion of the Trust Statements of (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what performance targets apply to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on the time taken to process claims for tax rebate from receipt of application to settlement...

      Housing: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the budget is for the eco-towns programme; (2) what funding his Department is providing for his proposed eco-towns programme.

      Ibm

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who directed that Mr. Attwood and Mr. Bishop of Inland Revenue should undertake a review in August 1999 of the hon. Member for North Wiltshire's constituent...

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations (a) his Department and (b) the Office for National Statistics has received from local authorities on the accuracy of the...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the number of people who will be subject to a higher marginal rate of taxation as a result of Budget 2007 in each year from...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely net effect on annual Treasury revenues of a four pence reduction in the basic rate of income tax.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of detached properties in (i) England and (ii) Wales which have a value above the...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of hypothecating monies from inheritance tax to pay for an individual's care costs, with particular reference to...

      Legal Services Bill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Ministry of Justice on the impact of the Legal Services Bill.

      Marginal Tax Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of taxpayers with marginal deduction rates of over (a) 60 per cent., (b) 70 per cent., (c) 80 per cent., (d) 90...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter of 9 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. and Mrs. Iqbal.

      Michael Ellam

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what date he expects Michael Ellam to cease employment in his Department; (2) whether Michael Ellam has been a civil servant from 1 January 2007...

      Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the ministerial directions of which his Department has been notified since May 1997.

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of refurbishment of the flat above Number 10 Downing Street have been in financial year 2006-07.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the lengthening of the allowable period between MOT tests.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of national debt is; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce it.

      National Income: Public Holidays

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on gross national product of each bank holiday in the UK in 2006.

      Office of Government Commerce: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Office of Government Commerce spent on external consultants in each of the last five years.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many open Pay as You Earn cases there were at the end of each of the three last financial years; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Funds: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the aggregate value of pension fund surpluses, as defined for tax purposes, on 1 July 1997 or the nearest available prior...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely net effect on total annual contributions to pension funds of the abolition of higher tax rate relief on pension...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which public sector pension schemes remain open to new workers up to 1 July 2007 with a retirement age of 60 years or less; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made to the extent to which public sector pension reform since 2005 meets the criteria of (a) affordability, (b) fairness relative...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of public sector pensions in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms and (c) as a share of gross...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of reductions in public expenditure arising from public sector pension reform which will be made in respect of...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with a household reference person aged (a) 16 to 20, (b) 21 to 25, (c) 26 to 30, (d) 31 to 40, (e) 41 to 50, (f) 51 to 60, (g) 61...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average value of savings per person in each UK region in each of the last five years.

      Public Expenditure: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of all extant public expenditure survey (PES) papers; and if he will make it his policy to make PES papers publicly...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's unfunded public sector pension liabilities are if calculated using a discount rate based on index linked gilts; and what discount rate...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Confederation of British Industry on the position of small businesses.

      Stillbirths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many stillbirths there were in each English region in each year since 1997.

      Tax Allowances: Armed Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax relief schemes are in place for members of the military serving overseas.

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to recover tax uncollected by HM Revenue and Customs in the period 2005-06.

      Tax Credit Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what bonuses were paid to staff working on tax credits in each (a) month, (b) quarter and (c) year from April 2003 to May 2007; and if he will make...

      Tax Credit Office: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many sick days were taken by Tax Credit Office staff in each year since 2003; and what the average number of sick days was per staff member.

      Tax Credits: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the evaluation strategy for research and development tax credits includes assessments of whether the final beneficial owner of the entity claiming...

      Taxation: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy not to appoint individuals who hold non-domicile tax status as economic advisers or give them access to official papers on...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many home visits were made by HM Revenue and Customs staff to pensioners to provide assistance with completing self-assessment tax return forms in each...

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 2005-06 tax returns have been lost.

      Taxation: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the recent enforcement actions taken by the US Inland Revenue Services against two large accountancy partnerships located both in the US and the UK...

      Unemployment: Warrington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Warrington were unemployed (a) in April 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by (i) age group...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2007, Official Report, column 2134W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), if he will place in the Library copies of...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the Valuation Office Agency's Audit Committee minutes from the last 12 months.

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Valuation Office Agency's target is for increasing the number of photographs of (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic properties held on its...

      Valuation Office: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1513W, on the Valuation Office: manpower, what the figure was in each year from 1990 to 1999.

      Valuation Office: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on media training in each year since 2001.

      Valuation Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the foreign countries which representatives of the Valuation Office Agency have visited on official business since 1 January.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of total uncollected VAT revenues in the last year for which figures are available.

      VAT: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the expected (a) gross and (b) net revenue is from VAT on (i) home information packs (HIPs), (ii) the home condition report element of a HIP...

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of the time taken to approve VAT applications; what steps he intends to take to reduce this...

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1500W, on VAT: registration, how many VAT applications not processed within 21 days of...

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1500W, on VAT: registration, how many such complaints were from companies seeking VAT...

      VAT: Solar Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was raised from the sale of solar panels for the latest year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of what the expenditure on (a) tax credits and (b) child benefit will be in 2006-07; and on what assumptions including take up...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what backlogs there are in HM Revenue and Customs offices of unprocessed (a) tax credit claim forms and (b) declaration forms; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's recommendations for reform of the tax credit system were fully implemented as at 31 May; and if he will make...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budgeted provision is for administering the tax credits system in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many interim payments of tax credits there were in each month since October 2005.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many additional tax credit payments were made in each month from April 2003 to June 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit cases were dealt with by the Group 33 tax credits team in each month from April 2003 to June 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what action is being taken as part of the Department's Transformation Programme to review the long-term operation of the tax credits system; and if he will...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are planned further to simplify tax credit award notices.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of trends in tax credit fraud and error between (a) 2003-04 and 2004-05 and (b) 2004-05 and 2005-06; and if he will make...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the level of official error in the tax credits system; and if he will make a statement; (2) what his latest estimate is...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost of the £2,500 tax credit income disregard for 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax credit claims were disallowed after (a) pre-payment and (b) post-payment verification checks in each quarter from April 2003 to June...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sample site was used for 2004-05 tax credit awards to check the level of tax credit fraud and error; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 830W, on welfare tax credits, if he will break down the figures given in table 4 of the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the backlog of cases is in the Tax Credit Calculating and Scheduling Group; and how long cases took to resolve in the last period for which figures are...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets have been set for reducing error and fraud in the tax credit system; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of service from HM Revenue and Customs received by tax credit claimants; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the total amount of tax credits paid out due to error or fraud in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 he estimates will...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with officials from HM Revenue and Customs on the administration of tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to his Department's procedures to prevent people from claiming tax credit in respect of non-existent children.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the amount lost to tax credit fraud recovered in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were prosecuted for tax credit fraud in each quarter since April 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many organised tax credit fraud cases the Organised Fraud Strategy Board investigated in each quarter since April 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants appealing against overpayments exercised their right to attend an oral hearing by an appeal tribunal in each (a) month, (b)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: EC Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether EU citizens entitled to claim child-related benefits or tax credits in their home country are eligible to claim (a) child tax credit and (b) child...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many computer software errors there were in the tax credits system which have potentially caused errors in payments in each reporting period from April...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the IT system used for working families tax credit (WFTC) was the same system used for family credit or a new system; and whether the system used...

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on tax credit computer system-generated errors following change of client circumstances.

      Welfare Tax Credits: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total payments have been made to date to organisations awarded the contract to run the tax credits computer system.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans the tax credits e-portal to be opened again by 31 December 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the numbers of staff working at the expense of the public purse on tax credit work in each reporting period since April 2003;...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which HM Revenue and Customs sites in the UK contain staff working (a) on tax credits policy, (b) on tax credit debt management, (c) in tax credit...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff are employed in the assisted adjudicator's office of HM Revenue and Customs dealing with tax credit disputes; (2) how many staff are...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what checks are in place to ensure that migrant workers in receipt of tax credits do not continue to receive payments after they have returned to...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were taken to court for non-payment of tax credit overpayments in (a) April and (b) May; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy to categorise tax credit overpayments due to failure to declare a partner as fraud or as error; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the cost to date of tax credit overpayments due to failure to declare a partner.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit forms TC846 were issued in each month from April 2003 to June 2007.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the average cost of handling each tax credit overpayment appeal; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayment demands were overturned by (a) the Ombudsman and (b) the Adjudicator in each reporting period from 2003-04 to 2007-08; and...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the guidelines given to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff for recovering overpaid tax credits; what powers HMRC staff have to make...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recovery procedure checks are in place in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which must be implemented before HMRC can take to court tax credit claimants...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many errors HM Revenue and Customs staff are allowed to make in dealing with a tax credit case before an overpayment is written off; and if he...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets have been set by HM Revenue and Customs for its staff involved in dealing with tax credit overpayment appeals; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the introduction of reduced rates of recovery from tax credit overpayments.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made in using a pilot to test the possibility of the adjudicator working with HM Revenue and Customs to provide a fast track...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) disputed overpayments of tax credits and (b) disputed overpayments of tax credits written-off in each...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the number of disputed tax credit payments which were written-off declined between 2005 and 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department's estimates of overpaid tax credits in 2003-04 and 2004-05 include amounts paid out due to fraud and error; and if he will make...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit (a) maladministration and (b) consolatory payments were made in each month from April 2003 to June 2006.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Personation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Bexleyheath and Crayford had tax credits suspended due to identity theft in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total spending on all forms of tax credit publicity and advertising was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; if he will list the spending on each tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Take-up

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the take-up of tax credits for those with incomes of between £10,000 and £20,000 per annum; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were made to the tax credits helpline in each month from April 2003 to April 2007; and how many of these calls were unanswered, broken down...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls there were to the hon. Members' tax credit helpline in each month from April 2003 to June 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Tax Credits: Farmers and Fishermen

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of farmers were in receipt of working tax credits in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK in each year...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer questions (a) 131114, on the marginal rate of taxation, and (b) 131115, on income tax, tabled on 28 March; and if he will make a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidelines are issued to Access to Work staff on the provision of communication support professionals for deaf and hard of hearing...

    • Access to Work Programme: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what level of proficiency is expected of a sign language interpreter booked through Access to Work; and how his Department ensures that this...

      Access to Work Programme: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Access to Work scheme will pay for the use of more than one sign language interpreter for deaf British sign language users...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of removing the gainfully employed rule which prevents carers from earning over £87 a week if they are...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of the carer's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK;...

      Carer's Allowance: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (a) receive and (b) are entitled to carers' benefits.

      Carer's Allowance: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received from voluntary organisations on the ease of use of carer's allowance claim forms DS700(1) and DS700(2).

      Carers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the value of the pension pot secured by a median carer in a defined benefit opted-out scheme from the opted-out...

      Child Support Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of repealing sections 6 and 46 of the Child Support Act 1991; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) individual hits there were on and (b) unique users of the Child Support Agency website in each month since 2001.

      Child Support Agency: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was spent on (a) managing the Child Support Agency's (CSA) corporate identity in each year since 1997-98 and (b) branding of...

      Child Support Agency: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases have resulted in court proceedings in the last 12 months.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total caseload of the Child Support Agency was in each (a) quarter and (b) year since 2003; what he estimates the caseload of the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) third party debt orders and (b) charging orders were (i) sought by and (ii) granted to the Child Support Agency in each (A)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how long, on average, parents with care in receipt of benefits awaited payment in (a) old scheme and (b) new scheme Child Support Agency...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place for the Child Support Agency to reimburse payments of child maintenance collected by the Agency through deductions...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of Child Support Agency liability order applications were inaccurate in any particular for each quarter since March 1997;...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on Child Support Agency compliance levels of naming and shaming on a website those...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the caseload of the Child Support Agency and its successor, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, for...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much outstanding liability there is in respect of (a) interest under the Child Support (Arrears, Interest and Adjustment of Maintenance...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how the 100 parents with care written to by the Child Support Agency (CSA) in June 2007 informing them that their non compliant...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) maximum time has been for child maintenance payments to be processed by the Child Support Agency and made...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many driving licences were seized from payment defaulters as a result of enforcement action by the Child Support Agency in each year since...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents with care written to by the Child Support Agency (CSA) have not agreed to have the details of their non-compliant non-resident...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deductions from earnings orders sought by the Child Support Agency were (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully appealed in each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of incorrect (a) old scheme and (b) new scheme child maintenance assessments made in each month since March 2003...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of (a) old scheme and (b) new scheme child maintenance assessments made in each month since March 2003 were...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unprocessed cases in each London borough were held by the Child Support Agency in each of the last 12 months.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget will be allocated to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to allow it to assist parents in making their own private...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the average level of maintenance payments for two children (a) through the existing Child Support Agency on the new...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of child maintenance cases under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission are expected to be calculated using HM...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of child maintenance cases which will have (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments under the new Child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision there will be for those paying maintenance under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to request in-year reviews...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the Child Support Agency's maintenance arrears were collected in each (a) month and (b) quarter since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) were sent to prison and (b) lost their driving licences for failing to co-operate with the Child Support Agency in each...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents paid maintenance through the Child Support Agency only by deductions of up to £5 per week from benefits in...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to improve the child maintenance and support arrangements for parents with responsibility for care in...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children were in households below (a) 60 per cent., (b) 50 per cent., (c) 40 per cent., (d) 30 per cent., (e) 20 per cent. and...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 520W, on children: poverty, how many and what proportion of householders with...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children removed from relative poverty due to payment of child support in each year since 1997.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 520W, on children: poverty, if he will break down the figures given by those...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children living in poverty were in (a) single parent households and (b) two parent households in each year since 1997.

      Damages: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what value of vaccine damage payments was paid out in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many individuals have received vaccine damage...

      Damages: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of administering vaccine damage payments was to (a) his Department and (b) the public purse in the last financial year for...

      Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three...

      Departments: Booktrust Charity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department has provided to the Booktrust charity in each year since 2001.

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many energy saving lightbulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign Governments entered into by Ministers in his...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time...

      Departments: Marketing

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

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between his Department and the Northern Ireland Administration.

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of staff in his Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sick days were taken by staff of his Department and its executive agencies in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Disability Living Allowance

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

      Disability Living Allowance: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend the mobility component of the disability living allowance to parents of children below the age of three years; and if he will...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the ability of the new personal capability assessment contained within the Welform Reform Bill (a) to assess...

      Employment: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he provides to employers on procedures for checking the authenticity of qualifications claimed by job applicants.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the additional £6 billion to be paid into the Financial Assistance Scheme he estimates will be spent annually over the next...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) administration and (b) legal fees for the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since its inception; and if he...

      Full Employment Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the proposed Full Employment Agency in Scotland.

      Health and Safety Executive: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Freedom of Information requests were submitted to the Health and Safety Executive in the last 12 months; how many were refused; and on...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects his Department to complete the evaluation of the Working Futures scheme.

      Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length taken for an incapacity benefit claimant losing benefit to have his or her appeal heard was in (a) 1997 and (b) the...

      Industrial Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each of the last five years.

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each of the last five years.

      Industrial Accidents: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths of non-British nationals resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each of the last five years.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employer representatives were given custodial sentences for offences relating to their failure to comply with health and safety law in...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average fine was imposed on employers for breaches of health and safety regulations in the last period for which figures are available.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are being taken to ensure health and safety policy in the workplace is effectively communicated to non-English speakers.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) trade unions on health and safety concerns related to the...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions have been made in the workplace to allow for deaf employees to carry out their work efficiently in the last five years.

      Jobcentre Plus: Chard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) people on incapacity benefit and (b) lone parents were assisted back into employment by the job centre in Chard in each of...

      Jobcentre: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his recent correspondence with the hon. Member for Christchurch, in what ways the report to him from Jobcentre Plus suggested that...

      Jobcentres: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies were available through job centres in West Lancashire in the financial year ending (a) March 1997 and (b) March 2007.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of jobseeker's allowance had their claims terminated on the grounds of failing to actively seek work in each of the last 10...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming jobseeker's allowance remain unemployed as a result of refusing jobs on grounds of (a) conscientious and (b)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many claimants of income-based jobseeker's allowance have (a) working and (b) non-working partners; (2) how many claimants of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what restrictions are placed on the ability to claim jobseeker's allowance of an individual undertaking voluntary work; (2) what steps...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were living in households with (a) below the (i) mean, (ii) mode and (iii) median averages of income in...

      National Insurance Contributions: Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on costs to the Exchequer of the cap on the level of the age-related national insurance rebates...

      National Insurance Contributions: Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1540W, on national insurance contributions: rebates, for what reasons the...

      New Deal for 50 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants of the New Deal 50 Plus left the programme for employment in each month since its inception.

      New Deal for Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the Government estimate to have been eligible to participate in the New Deal for Partners in each month since 2004.

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is compulsory for people who are entering the new deal for young people for the (a) first time and (b) second and subsequent times.

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants there were on the new deal for young people in each month since 1998; and how many of them left the scheme for...

      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 jobs lasting (a) 13 weeks and under and (b) over 13...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on each New Deal programme in each year since 1998; and what proportion of this expenditure consisted of administrative...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been helped into employment in each year since 2001 by (a) the New Deal for young people, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) New...

      New Deal Schemes: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make changes to the new deal self-employment test trading scheme so that disabled people in receipt of incapacity benefit can access it.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 2005W, on pensions, what was assumed about the (a) mean salary and (b)...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many of the estimated 10.8 million employees listed as eligible for automatic enrolment in figure 1.xi of Security in...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the information his Department holds on the industrial classification of employers which have kept defined...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of the estimated 10.8 million employees listed as eligible for automatic enrolment in figure 1.xi of...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the impact on public sector defined benefit schemes of requiring automatic re-enrolment every three years.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what analysis his Department has undertaken comparing the different levels of pension provision recorded by the Office for National Statistics'...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the numbers of members of workplace pension schemes (defined benefit and defined contributions) where the total...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer questions (a) 102062, (b) 102127, (c) 102163, (d) 102160, (e) 102198, (f) 102211, (g) 102219, (h) 102220, (i)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has discussed (a) the traffic light grading of Parliamentary Questions and (b) unanswered Parliamentary Questions in...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the Pensions Service has written to in the last 12 months to encourage them to apply for pension credit.

      Pension Credit: IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a new IT system was commissioned for the introduction of pension credit.

      Pension Credit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the running cost was of the freephone Pension Credit telephone number which advises pensioners where to send their Pension Credit...

      Pensioners: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of eligible pensioners in Stoke-on-Trent who do not claim council tax benefit; and what steps he is...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to protect the assets of pension schemes in wind-up with a deficiency of assets, pending the outcome of the review he...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the scope will be of the initial report to be published this summer on pension scheme assets held by schemes in wind-up with a deficiency...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 365W, on pensions, how employer contributions to funded defined benefit...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of people in (a) contracted in and (b) contracted out (i) defined benefit and (ii) defined...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Pensions Service follow-up procedure is once a home visit has been carried out.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of the Pensions Service are deployed on undertaking home visits.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many home visits a member of the Pensions Service visit teams is expected to undertake on average over the course of a year.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the local partners with which the Pensions Service has been working in its efforts to identify harder-to-reach customers.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Pensions Service follow-up procedure is once a pensions forecast has been provided.

      Pensions: Budget March 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) he and (b) his officials first learned of changes in the Budget 2007 which would affect (i) the reforms to the state second pension...

      Pensions: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of the use of unclaimed assets in the financial sector as a source of compensation for people who have lost...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the level of Pension Protection Fund benefits to all those in the Financial Assistance...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential role of the Financial Assistance Scheme in helping occupational pension schemes in wind up to get...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1745W, which pension funds now eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme...

      Pensions: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received combined pension forecasts in the last year for which figures are available.

      Pensions: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people retiring in the past 12 months and gaining a full retirement pension had (a) one to five, (b) six to 10 and (c) 11 to 15...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants in qualitative work sponsored by his Department mentioned during his Department's survey work on the proposed personal...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of (a) 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 350W, on low incomes and (b) 10 May 2007, Official Report, column 465W,...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what terms the proposed £10,000 limit on contributions to personal accounts in their first year of operation is expressed.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the proportion of the 5.7 million employees identified on page 94 of the regulatory impact assessment to Personal Accounts:...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what terms the £5,000 annual limit on contributions proposed in Personal Accounts: A New Way to Save is expressed.

      Remploy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many contracts have been awarded under the Public Procurement Regulations 2006 to (a) Remploy and (b) other supported employers.

      Sea Containers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Sea Containers, based in Bermuda, properly funds its UK-based pension schemes; and if he...

      Self-Employed: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is available to disabled people in receipt of incapacity benefit wishing to become self-employed.

      Severe Disablement Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of severe disability allowances; and what expenses such allowances are intended to cover.

      Severe Disablement Allowance: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department uses to determine severe disablement; and what definition of severe disablement is used.

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how benefits for disabled people are adjusted to take into account increases in the cost of living; and whether such adjustments reflect...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of the most expensive organised fraud against the benefit system since 1 May 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's rules for deciding whether overpaid benefits should be recovered from claimants where the overpayment has...

      State Retirement Pension: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total net cost of bringing forward the new rules for the number of years of national insurance required to...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions the Government has made in its costings of a Universal Enhanced State Pension, with offsetting of accrued rights to the State...

      Unemployment Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on benefits for unemployed people in Warrington (a) for the year ending March 1997 and (b) in the last year for which...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration his Department has given to the extension of the winter fuel allowance to disabled people.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question (a) 122108 and (b) 122109, tabled for answer on 22 February 2007 by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead,...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer Question (a) 138125, tabled on 15 May 2007, on Pension Credit, (b) 121447, tabled on 8 February 2007, on the Financial...

  • Transport

    • A21: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the construction of the A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Hurst Green; and if he will make a statement.

    • A21: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department has provided for the construction of the A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Hurst Green.

      A38: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make changes to the slip road off the A38 at Lee Mill as a matter of urgency to reduce the risk of motorists entering it from the wrong...

      A38: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure greater safety at the Deep Lane junction at Plymouth on the A38.

      A38: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to assess the safety of the informal junctions on the A38 at Lyneham, Cadleigh and Choakford as a matter of urgency.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people who took (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three or four and (e) five or more single or return...

      Aviation: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving (a) large aircraft, (b) light aircraft, (c) ultralight aircraft and (d) helicopters occurred in England and Wales in...

      Aviation: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps to transfer responsibility for setting allowances for the number and weight of passenger hand baggage to airports and...

      Aviation: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the different hand baggage allowance for passengers leaving the UK and passengers arriving in the UK; and if he will make a...

      Aviation: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is the Government's policy to support the inclusion of EU aviation within the Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of greenhouse gas emissions he expects air travel to represent in the next 20 years.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the aviation industry's progress towards its aim of improving fuel efficiency by 50 per cent. from 2000 to 2020.

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there was in the aviation industry's fuel efficiency per seat between 2000 and 2005; and what assessment he has made of the implications of...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Scottish Executive, (b) the Welsh Assembly Government and (c) other interested and relevant...

      Cycling: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many cycle routes or paths are available in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Southampton and (c) Hampshire; what their total length is; and what...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of cycling fatalities which would have been avoided in each of the last five years if a helmet had...

      Cycling: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on dropped (a) kerbs and (b) central refuges to accommodate cyclists.

      Cycling: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Highways Agency on the provision of dropped (a) kerbs and (b) central refuges to accommodate cyclists;...

      Cycling: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cycling proficiency tests were (a) taken and (b) passed in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

      Dartford Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which local authority areas the largest number of responses came to his Department's recent consultation on changes to charges at the Dartford...

      Departments: British Airports Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff his Department employs who previously worked for BAA; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: British Airports Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's employees left the Department to take up employment by BAA in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: British Airports Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's staff are seconded to BAA; how many were seconded in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign Governments entered into by Ministers in his Department; and...

      Departments: Legal Costs

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

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between his Department and the Northern Ireland Administration.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of staff in his Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people aged (a) over 55 years of age and (b) over 60 years of age have been recruited by his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department over the lifetime of the contract...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage young drivers who are driving without insurance to take out an insurance policy;...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to review the penalties available to magistrates in dealing with uninsured drivers.

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to address the issue of uninsured driving by eliminating abuse of the current practice of allowing a 14 day grace period for...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to introduce school-based programmes highlighting the risk of uninsured driving.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the number of drivers per year convicted for drink-driving of the introduction of a statutory...

      Government Car and Dispatch Agency: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many vehicles are owned by the Government Car and Dispatch Agency, broken down by vehicle excise duty band; (2) what percentage of vehicles...

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the increase in expected wear rate of an (a) A class road and (b) motorway is for an additional traffic volume per day of (i) 400, (ii) 600,...

      Lorries: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the change in noise level adjacent to an (a) A class road and (b) motorway arising from an additional traffic volume per day of...

      Lorries: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent developing the lorry road user charge before it was integrated into the National Road Pricing scheme.

      Merchant Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government have the power under merchant shipping legislation to block ship-to-ship oil transfers; and what the Government's response is to...

      Ministers: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 727W, on Ministers: official cars, how many cars are allocated to Ministers in each...

      Motor Vehicles: Cherished Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why a vehicle inspection is required for a vehicle over 15 years old before a cherished number plate transfer can take place.

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the full emissions profile per mile is, both laden and unladen, for (a) 38 tonne heavy goods vehicle (HGV), (b) 44 tonne HGVs, (c) transit type...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to set a target of having real time data entry in the Motor Insurance Database of insurance polices by the end of 2008.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has met the recommended target date set by the Greenaway report for reducing the permitted interval between an insurance policy...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of motor insurance providers' capacity to comply with the requirements of rapid data entry to the Motor Insurance Database.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to improve the recording of information by insurance providers on claims settled directly in connection with incidents...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for more severe penalties for insurance providers who do not comply with permitted interval period between an...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to require motor insurance providers to notify the motor insurance database and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will require every motor insurance policy issued to contain information on both the insured driver and the vehicle they are insured to drive.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received asking for the MOT testing regime to be extended to every other year; and if he will place in the Library...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much income was derived by local authorities from parking (a) charges and (b) penalties in the most recent financial year available, broken down...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has estimated the cost of subsidy by South East Trains of free rail transport for Kentish passengers seeking to join Eurostar at Ebbsfleet.

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made an estimate of the expected change in the (a) passenger miles and (b) carbon footprint which will result from passengers having...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reduction in journey time from London to Ramsgate via Ashford that he expects to follow the introduction of fast...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains were cancelled in each of the last 12 months, broken down by region.

      Railways: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many thefts of (a) luggage and (b) other items were reported on (i) the East Coast and (ii) West Coast main lines in the most recent 12 month...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the availability of ticket machines at unstaffed stations; (2) what performance targets train operating companies...

      Roads: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an urgent assessment of the safety of the Devon Expressway between Marsh Mills and Ivybridge.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the tunnelling machine used in the A3 Hindhead improvement can be used in future road improvement schemes.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether a regulatory impact assessment was produced on the provisions of the Road Safety Act 2006 which repealed Section 75 of the Local...

      ScotRail: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the financial details of the procurement process for the Scotrail franchise were made available by the Scottish Rail Authority to the (a)...

      ScotRail: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the final costs were of the tendering process for the current Scotrail franchise; and on which date the figure was reached for the final cost of...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed on the relative effectiveness of conspicuous and inconspicuous speed cameras in reducing...

      Train Operating Companies: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Government subsidy was provided to each train operating company in each year since 1997.

      Transport: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on (a) air, (b) bus and (c) rail passenger hand baggage policy.

      Transport: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much funding for which his Department is responsible was allocated to each London borough in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Transport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to address noise generated by (a) road traffic, (b) trains and (c) aviation.

      Transport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on noise nuisance generated by (a) aviation and (b) road traffic.

      Transport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the project on the sustainability of land use and transport in outer neighbourhoods has been completed.

      Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected change is in the number of vehicles on roads in England up to 2,025, broken down by category of vehicle.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average time a child waited in local authority care to be placed (a) with foster parent(s) and (b) with a parent(s) for adoption in...

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are in local authority care facilities waiting for placement (a) with a foster parent(s) and (b) for adoption.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) couples and (b) individuals made enquiries to local authorities to (i) foster and (ii) adopt a child or children in each of...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of administration by local authorities of the support activity required by adoption legislation to...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average time local authorities took to interview and process an application form from (a) a couple and (b) an individual wishing to...

      Adoption: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to minimise the disruption to the care provided to fostered children going through the court process for...

      Apprentices: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 18-year-olds in West Lancashire (a) started an apprenticeship, (b) completed an apprenticeship and (c) found employment in...

      Apprentices: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 18-year-olds in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) East Riding of Yorkshire (i) started an apprenticeship, (ii) completed...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learners (a) participated in programme-led pathways and (b) participated in programme-led pathways and progressed to (i) a...

      Assessments: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students took A2 level examinations in Romford in each year since 1997; and how many passed with grades A to C.

      Bookstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when the extension of the Bookstart scheme announced in the 2006 pre-Budget report to deliver books to five and 11-year-olds is...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the total contract value PFI credits are normally expected to cover in cases where local authorities are allocated...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure that (a) local authorities and (b) children's trusts ensure that calls to...

      Children: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1701W, on children: work permits, when he proposes to issue guidance on...

      City Academies: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what rights private sector sponsoring companies have to hire and fire staff in state city academies.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average teacher-pupil ratio was in (a) mainstream primary, (b) mainstream secondary and (c) special needs schools in each local...

      Curriculum: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1702, on curriculum: expenditure, whether the £3 billion...

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) women and (b) men of (i) white, (ii) Afro-Caribbean and (iii) Asian ethnicity received (A) first...

      Degrees: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) women and (b) men received (i) first class, (ii) upper second class and (iii) lower second class...

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in his Department in each of the last three...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 117W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, (1) what factors were taken into...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many energy saving lightbulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Departments: Foreign Relations

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

      Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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: Marketing

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

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which destinations he visited in an official capacity between 17 May and 17 June.

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the current rate of employer contribution is to each public sector pension scheme for which his Department has responsibility; what the...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of each consultation.

      Departments: Publicity

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

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Recruitment

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff surveys his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and at what total cost.

      Education: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on the European strategy for education for sustainable development.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has evaluated on the reasons for breakdown of (a) foster family units and (b) families with an adopted child...

      Free School Meals: City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average percentage is of the pupil intake in receipt of free school meals in each (a) city technology college (CTC), (b) academy...

      Free School Meals: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children attending (a) denominational and (b) maintained schools in the local education authority in West Lancashire...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of learner support funds for 16 to 18-year-olds in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the cost is expected to be in...

      GCSE: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Edmonton have taken GCSEs in modern languages in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained mainstream schools did not achieve (a) five A* to C grades at GCSE including English...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many maintained mainstream schools less than (a) 50 per cent., (b) 30 per cent., (c) 25 per cent. and (d) 10 per cent. of pupils...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved five or more GCSE passes at GCSE including (a) English and mathematics, (b) English, mathematics and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were entered for each (a) GCSE and (b) GNVQ subject in each academy in each of the last two years; and what grades were...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students went to university from a (a) state comprehensive school, (b) state grammar school, (c) state secondary modern school,...

      Higher Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from West Lancashire were allocated a university place in each year since 1997.

      Languages: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many higher education institutions have offered degrees in Chinese; and what the total number of students in each of the last 10 years...

      Languages: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) his Department and (b) the Higher Education Funding Council for England has allocated to universities for the teaching of...

      Literacy: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many maintained mainstream schools (a) less than 50 per cent. of pupils, (b) less than 40 per cent. of pupils, (c) less than 30...

      Mandarin: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) availability and (b) take-up was of GCSE Mandarin in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mothers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the Learning and Skills Council £4 million budget for young mothers to be available from 1 April 2007 has been allocated to...

      Nurseries: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the amount that private, voluntary and independent nurseries in England pay in (a) business rates, (b) VAT and (c)...

      Nursery Schools: Lancashire

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

      Nursery Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has undertaken an assessment of the impact of regulations applying to the provision of nursery education which have been...

      Part-Time Education: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many part-time students registered for higher education courses at (a) Newcastle College, (b) Northumbria University and (c)...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the costs of the Pathways study have been to date; what further expenditure on the study is planned; and how many staff in his...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2007, Official Report, columns 856-8W, on pre-school education: finance, how much funding each local...

      Primary Education: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what schemes exist for unpaid volunteers or other unpaid helpers to provide support or one-to-one help in primary schools.

      Private Education: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of his submission to the Charity Commission on review of public benefit concerning independent schools.

      Private Finance Initiative: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department over the lifetime of the...

      Pupils: Hay Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the merits of changing the timings of (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations, with particular reference to...

      Pupils: Hyperactivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps he has taken to provide students affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with an education programme which...

      Pupils: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren were injured whilst at work in England in each of the last four years.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) mechanisms and (b) data are provided to employers for the purposes of checking the authenticity of academic qualifications...

      Research: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many UK-Israel research collaborations are supported by (a) EU and (b) European Science Foundation funding; and what the value is of...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers and teaching assistants have been assaulted in each region of England in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Schools: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of ethnic minority pupils attend (a) Catholic schools, (b) Church of England schools, (c) maintained comprehensive...

      Schools: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools who have installed Wi-Fi technology; what his...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the reliability of the formula used to calculate the contextual value added measure of a school's...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new statements were issued for children with special educational needs of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in each local...

      Specialised Diplomas: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what total expenditure has been allocated by his Department to the development of the Diploma; and how much funding has been given to the...

      St. Thomas of Canterbury School: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the agreement and consent given by his Department to St. Thomas of Canterbury School in...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the total receipts from university tuition fees in each year from 2008-09 to 2030-31; and if he will make a...

      Teachers: Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many teachers have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in each of the last 10 years; (2) if he will issue updated guidance for...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average salary of teachers in Blackpool North and Fleetwood was in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Training: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many workers in Coventry have received additional training under the Engineering Workforce Development scheme.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many schools more than (a) 20 per cent., (b) 30 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. of pupils took unauthorised absence in the last...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unauthorised absences were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Warrington in each year since 1997, broken down...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence he collects on the performance of Train to Gain brokers; and what assessment he has made of the satisfaction levels of those...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have (a) started and (b) completed the Train to Gain programme in each region of England since its inception; and what the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the per capita cost is of each qualification gained under (a) the Train to Gain programme since its inception and (b) the Employer...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the evidence is for increased employer investment in work force training arising from the Train to Gain programme.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to review progress of employer delivery of the skills pledge in 2010 as outlined in the final report of the Leitch review...

      Vocational Training: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the (a) Train to Gain, (b) 19+ FE and (c) 19+ work-based learning budget was spent on (i) first full Level 1, (ii)...

      Warrington Collegiate: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding was allocated to Warrington Collegiate in each year since 1997, broken down by funding stream...

      Young People: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many fatalities there were of children aged (a) zero to four, (b) five to eight, (c) nine to 12 and (d) 13 to 16 years where the...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the shortage of Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) workers for the horticultural industry, they will raise the number of SAWS permits...

    • Agriculture: Year of Food and Farming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department of Health will be supporting financially the Year of Food and Farming; and, if so, what budgetary allocation has been made.

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have issued any directive relating to routine testing to detect overgrowth of candida albicans in children diagnosed with autism syndrome disorder;...

      Bangladesh: UN Special Rapporteur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of Bangladesh concerning their refusal to allow the United Nations special rapporteur on trafficking in...

      Barometers: EU Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of businesses which will be threatened by the European Union's proposed ban on making mercury barometers.

      Barometers: EU Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will enter into a dialogue with British barometer makers before proceeding with the proposed ban on making new mercury barometers.

      BBC: Middle East Coverage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the BBC board of trustees concerning the balance of opinions provided on controversial Middle Eastern questions.

      Belfast Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they monitor the 1998 Belfast agreement and ensure that all aspects are being implemented.

      Border and Immigration Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) male, and (b) female interviewers and interpreters were available for use by the Border and Immigration Agency at the most recent date for which...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no response has been received by Mr KTL (Home Office ref: L1107153) to his letter before claim, received on 18 April by the Immigration and Nationality...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that applicants for British citizenship at the British consulate-general in Hong Kong have their statements correctly recorded...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Home Office Nationality Directorate will establish, as was the case between 1 July 1997 and 30 June 1999, a dedicated unit in Hong Kong to deal with...

      Children: Physical Punishment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What official guidance has been given to the public, and relevant agencies, about the legal position on the physical punishment of children by their parents since...

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What records they hold of incidents of domestic violence sanctioned by religious authorities and of forced marriages taking place in, or involving persons who...

      Crime: Intercept Evidence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the report of the European Commission on intercept evidence will be considered before preparation of any draft Bill on the subject.

      Crime: Public Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What records they have for each of the last five years of prosecutions and convictions of public officials for offences relating to their public duties.

      Disability: Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether parents of children with special needs are able to recover their costs incurred in appealing to a Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

      Drivers: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Approximately how much they estimate the average motorist might have to spend to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one tonne per year, assuming the motorist...

      Drivers: Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence is being taken into account in the review of the drink-drive limit.

      Drivers: Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have spent on public education campaigns against drink-driving in each year from 2000 to date.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many diagnostic and research licences for the creation of pure hybrids up to the two-cell stage have been permitted since 1990 under Section 4(1)(c) and...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the last licences for the hamster egg penetration test (HEPT), permitted under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, were granted and when they...

      Energy: Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they calculate to be the approximate cost of physical adaptations to the average house to enable the householder to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one...

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Health and Safety Executive has sub-contracted its regulatory pre-licensing assessment of new nuclear reactor designs to Serco Assurance; and What residual...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Council Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they took into account in deciding, for the purposes of the consultation on the Discrimination Law Review, that "evidence does not support...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reviewed the effectiveness or otherwise of existing equal pay legislation in securing equal pay for men and women; if so, what is the outcome of...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they propose to impose duties on public authority employers but not on large private sector employers in addressing the gender pay gap; and whether this...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Consultation Paper A Framework for Fairness: Proposals for a Single Equality Bill for Great Britain, published in June, contains no questions about...

      EU: Justice and Home Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 21 May (WA 74), who was their representative in the high-level group on the future of justice and...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of illegal female circumcisions occurring in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; whether they are...

      G6: Interior Ministers Meeting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of their undertaking to place the conclusions of the previous meeting of the G6 Interior Ministers in the Library of the House, why the conclusions of...

      Government: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they will take to consult citizens on the document Effective Consultation, issued by the Cabinet Office on 14 June.

      Government: Purchasing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they seek to ensure that government purchasing, both direct and through contractors, gives preference to minerals and timber produced under good health and...

      Health: Amalgam Fillings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether mercury will continue to be used in amalgam fillings for teeth.

      Health: Food Supplements and Herbal Remedies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the Bailiwick of Jersey to review its existing medicines legislation to bring it into line with relevant European Union directives; and what...

      Health: Hospital Infections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many National Health Service patients have died after being infected while in hospital in each of the last seven years.

      Health: Human Papilloma Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation sub-group on vaccines relating to human papilloma viruses has met in 2007; and when the next...

      Health: Maternity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether West Middlesex NHS University Hospital's quota system for the taking on of new maternity cases according to the expected birth date is consistent with the...

      Health: MRSA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus have been recorded in care homes in England in each of the last five years.

      Health: Podiatry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 8 May (WA 247), whether they have assessed the extent to which the move of funding for podiatric care...

      Health: Stem Cell Therapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Through which bodies or mechanisms other than the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council do the Government support...

      Health: Stem Cell Therapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any bodies or mechanisms that have previously been used to provide government support for stem cell research but no longer do so; if so, what are...

      Health: Transplants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What practical steps are being taken to increase the number of beds in transplant centres throughout England and Wales.

      Heritage: Valuations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to require heritage institutions to provide up-to-date and comprehensive valuations of their assets; whether they have assessed the extent to...

      House of Lords: Select Committees

      asked the Chairman of Committees: On how many occasions in the last 50 years a Select Committee of the House of Lords has rejected a report of one of its sub-committees.

      Housing: Market Renewal Pathfinders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local authorities in housing market renewal Pathfinder areas have provided assistance for home owners who are required to move as a result of demolition of...

      Housing: Market Renewal Pathfinders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have of the effect of the buy-to-let market in housing market renewal Pathfinder areas on house prices, house conditions, social conditions and...

      Housing: Market Renewal Pathfinders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have given to housing market renewal Pathfinders on providing assistance for home owners who are required to move as a result of demolition of...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under the terms of the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill, animal chimeras, where human cells are inserted into animal embryos, will be unregulated;...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed new Section 4A(5)(e) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 set out in Clause 17(2) of the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether animal chimeras are (a) subject to the 14-day rule; (b) unregulated until half the gestation period of the animal, after which they would fall under the...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed new Section 4A(5)(e) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, set out in Clause 17(2) of the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill,...

      Immigration: Airline Liaison Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been prevented from travelling to the United Kingdom by airline liaison officers in each year since 2003.

      Immigration: Breastfeeding Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have given to local authorities about preventing destitution and homelessness of failed asylum-seeking mothers with small children and about the...

      Immigration: Lunar House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many immigration applications were dealt with at Lunar House, Croydon, in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2006.

      Immigration: Lunar House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many permanent, trained staff are employed at Lunar House, Croydon.

      Immigration: Lunar House

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many temporary staff are employed at Lunar House, Croydon; how many of them conduct interviews about visa arrangements; and what training they receive.

      Immigration: Unaccompanied Minors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 February (WA 186), whether they will give the uniform resource locator (URL) of the consultation...

      IRA: Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any members or ex-members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army have been allowed to retain pistols, rifles or sub-machine guns for personal protection...

      Iraq: Oil Revenues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the future management of, and resultant revenues from, Iraq's oil industry is a matter solely for the people of Iraq; to what extent the Government have...

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 42) concerning the Irish Language Bill, which lobby groups called for such a Bill; how those lobby...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the latest map of the West Bank produced by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs as a definitive map of...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have calculated the area of the West Bank devoted to newly expanded settlements and related roads and infrastructure in and around East Jerusalem in...

      Japanese Knotweed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive the results of the scientific research project into the biological control of Japanese knotweed (fallopia japonica); and what...

      Japanese Knotweed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to introduce stronger legal powers for use against landowners and occupiers who allow the uncontrolled spread of Japanese knotweed (fallopia...

      Japanese Knotweed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to make TheKnotweed Code of Practice: Managing Japanese Knotweed on Development Sites mandatory, and to extend it to vacant and disused land...

      Japanese Knotweed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 can be used to require the owner or occupier of land to secure the removal of Japanese knotweed...

      Learning Difficulties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific training and of what length is given to (a) police officers; (b) probation officers; and (c) prison officers to identify people with learning...

      Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many statutory instruments have been laid before Parliament and brought into force since June 1997; and how many of them remain in force.

      Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many government Bills have been enacted since June 1997; and how many of them remain in force.

      Mercury: Barometers and Thermometers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to prevent the import of mercury thermometers and barometers.

      Mercury: Crematoria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the quantity of mercury introduced into the atmosphere each year in the United Kingdom as a result of cremations.

      Mercury: Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the quantity of mercury ending up in landfill sites from the disposal of low energy light bulbs.

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision is made by the National Health Service to combat childhood obesity.

      Office for National Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 12 June (WA 244), what is meant by the statement that "employees whose posts are redundant will be...

      Official Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the additional cost to the Exchequer of the decision of the Chancellor to stay in hotels, and other commercial premises, with his team, when on government...

      Older People: Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of the report published by Help the Aged on 13 June, entitled Spotlight on Older People in the UK, which stated that over...

      Olympic Games 2012: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many committees, discussion groups or other forums for consideration are involved in any decision by the Olympic National Lottery Fund to release resources to...

      Pakistan: Blasphemy and Apostasy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to co-ordinate an approach by the European Union to the Government of Pakistan concerning the repeal of the blasphemy laws and the proposed...

      People Trafficking: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will appoint a national child trafficking rapporteur to protect the interests of asylum-seeking and trafficked children.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 June (WA 188), whether any of the three indictable cases against former members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary...

      Post Offices: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for the revocationby the Commons Registration (General) (Amendment) (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1553) of the Commons...

      Proscription

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances they would (a) proscribe, and (b) not proscribe a rebel organisation.

      Railways: Yeovil to Exeter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 14 June (WA 276), whether the existence of the single line railway between Yeovil and Exeter is of...

      Research and Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the United Kingdom's investment in research and development compares to that of other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations.

      Schools: Wheelchair Users

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the average cost of transporting a wheelchair user to school by bus.

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 June (WA 273) concerning the St Andrews agreement, on what date each party leader agreed to the introduction of...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 June (WA 274) concerning the St Andrews agreement, in what way the principle of parity of esteem was respected...

      Telephone Numbers: Home Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by the Home Office and its agencies; what services can be accessed by calling each of them; and what revenue...

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