Written answers

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

  • Health

    • Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will bring forward proposals on the future funding of social care.

    • NHS Trust Deficits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of NHS trusts which will be in deficit at the end of 2007-08.

      Access to NHS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of differences in access to NHS treatment in different parts of the country; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Staff Morale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of staff morale in the NHS.

      Cottage Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of cottage hospitals.

      Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with public bodies on the introduction of the smoking ban in England.

      Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has allocated to the advertising of the impending 1 July smoking ban in public places.

      Community Hospital: Malvern

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to make an announcement about a new community hospital in Malvern, Worcestershire.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of midwives needed to ensure delivery of the Government's policy in Maternity Matters.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has issued for the introduction of emergency respite care for carers in England.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) under and (b) over the age of 60 were registered as carers in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East...

      GP Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she provides to GPs on whether more than one condition may be considered at each patient visit.

      Blood: CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007 to question 142988, what the batch numbers were that were provided to NHS trusts, primary care trusts and to the UK...

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 911W to the hon. Member for Dudley North on carbon monoxide, how many of the deaths...

      Community Health Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants and (b) other medically qualified personnel were practising in the public health medicine and community health services...

      Departments: Credit Cards

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

      Departments: Northern Ireland

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

      Departments: Surveys

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of her departmental employee surveys for (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Domestic Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds are available to assist the victims of domestic violence to recover from their experiences.

      Drugs: Guernsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will place a copy of the response from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to the recent consultation by the Bailiwick of...

      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, what...

      Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to inform general practitioners of the particular (a) medical and (b) mental health needs of (i) former and (ii) serving...

      Injuries: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children who had suffered injuries while cycling were admitted into (a) accident and emergency units and (b) other hospital services in each of...

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in ensuring that primary care trusts follow the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidelines on access...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government Health Minister on (a) plans to create an electronic care record for patients, (b)...

      Mental Health: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Health Minister on a mental health measure for Wales.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department plans to audit progress in relation to the objectives established in the musculoskeletal services framework.

      NHS: Non-geographic Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 138605, whether national health service organisations using 09 or 087 numbers established before April 2005 are still...

      Service Categories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1384-5W, on service categories, whether service category 27 is inclusive of (a) service...

      Tobacco: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government has any plans to license tobacco retailers; and if she will make a statement.

      Tomography: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients from Wales were referred to (a) fixed location positron emission tomography (PET) scanners and (b) the mobile PET scanners in...

      Voluntary Work: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the departmental publication Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme 2007 cost to produce.

  • Prime Minister

    • Peers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will request the House of Lords Appointment Commission to publish all recommendations for appointment of non-party political peers and all nominations for peerages...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which UK banks the Office of Fair Trading (a) is monitoring and (b) plans to monitor, with respect to the bank charges levied against...

    • Bank Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to require banks to publicise their methods of calculating the penalty charges levied on customers when overdraft limits are...

      Construction: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to incentivise the use of environmentally friendly practices by the home construction industry.

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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: Smith Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) meetings and (b) seminars were held by the Smith Institute as part of the Government's Review of Maternity Pay and Leave and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been undertaken (a) by and (b) on behalf of his Department into the use of smart meters in non-residential properties.

      Foreign Workers: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of whether British workers have been displaced from jobs by incoming workers from new EU accession states.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to publish the fifth annual report on the UK fuel poverty strategy.

      Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of UK Export Credit Guarantee Department export credit guarantees to Iran was in the latest year for which figures are...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the last domestic grant award was made under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on the impact of misleading and copycat packaging on (i) shoppers and...

      Research: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had on the potential to amend his Department's guidelines on the conditions to be satisfied for research and...

  • Treasury

    • Defence: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the current HM Treasury financial delegation to the Ministry of Defence.

    • Hometrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what meetings representatives of (a) his Department and (b) the Valuation Office Agency have had with (i) the company Hometrack and (ii) its...

      National Insurance: Rebates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer in each year from 2007-08 to 2011-12 of implementing in full the advice of the Government Actuary's...

      Smith Institute: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 476W, on the Smith Institute: publications, how many publications are held in the...

      Unemployed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working age workless households with couples without dependent children there were in each year since 1992.

      Valuation Office: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2007, Official Report, column 1513W, on Valuation Office: manpower, what the reasons are for the change in staff numbers...

  • Justice

    • Barristers: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which barristers received the highest sums from the Legal Services Commission in respect of legal aid cases for (a) civil and (b) criminal work...

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many staff in her Department and its predecessor received bonus payments in each of the last five years for which information is available;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what funds are available to assist the victims of domestic violence in escaping from abusive situations.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to change the planning laws so that Network Rail has the same requirements to seek planning permission...

    • Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the latest estimate is of the average sale price of an affordable home produced in each of the areas participating in the...

      Arm's Length Management Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the funding arrangements will be for arm's length management organisations after the Decent Homes Standard period has...

      Association of Home Information Providers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding the Government have provided to the Association of Home Information Providers.

      Community Relations: Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess (a) the contribution of bingo clubs to community cohesion and (b) the impact on communities of the closure...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31 January 2007, Official Report, column 315W, on the...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency's Automated Valuation Model (a) uses and (b) holds data from the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many individual domestic dwellings (a) have had their property records updated or amended by the Valuation Office Agency...

      Councillors: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has produced on the requirements councillors have to register under the Data Protection Act 1998...

      Departments: Surveys

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

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's target is for the number of (a) homes with an excellent building regulations energy efficiency rating and...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to be in a position to introduce a Single Equalities Bill.

      European Regional Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she was first notified by the European Commission of the prospect of European Regional Development Fund payments being...

      Fire Prevention: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to fire authorities on the need for fire risk assessments in (a) single unit and (b)...

      Fire Prevention: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what actions her Department has taken to ensure the consistent interpretation and enforcement by fire authorities of fire risk...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1529W, on home information packs, when the copy of the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings her Department's special advisers had with the Association of Home Information Providers in the last 12 months.

      Home Information Packs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding is being allocated to local authority trading standards officers to enforce the home information pack regulations.

      Home Information Packs: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated time period is for an energy inspector (a) to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check and (b) to be accredited.

      Hometrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) representations her Department has received from and (b) meetings her Department has held with Hometrack in the last...

      Hometrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments her Department and its predecessor have made to the company Hometrack since 2002.

      Hounslow Borough Council: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations Ministers in her Department have made to the London borough of Hounslow on its relationships with its local...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of domestic dwellings in England have four or more bedrooms.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the Government's target is for the number of new domestic dwellings to be built in each year in England; (2) what...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in each year under the Sustainable Communities Plan since its inception.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings were completed in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local councils have brought into use empty private sector properties under the Housing Act 2004.

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to regularise the definition of empty homes for the purposes of comparative council performance in...

      Housing: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued on the priority to be given to the provision of appropriate housing for (a) women and (b) women...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding the Government provided to each local authority in England for (i) housing and...

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of housing in each London local authority was (a) units of social rented housing, (b) private rented housing...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding was allocated to build affordable housing in financial years (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; how much she...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Work and Pensions on the Hills report; and...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1731W, on housing:...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a permanent greenhouse is considered by the Valuation Office Agency when establishing the capital value of a domestic...

      Housing: Wycombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty properties designated for key workers were recorded in Wycombe constituency in each of the most recent three...

      iGather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department and its agencies have provided for the iGather project; and what plans there are to roll it out...

      Immigration: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate the likely impact on the number of houses in multiple occupation in (a) Peterborough and (b) local...

      Infrastructure Planning Commission: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she will have the power to remove planning commissioners on the proposed infrastructure planning commission from their...

      Local Authorities: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have appointed a disability access officer.

      Local Authorities: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority owned homes were sold to (a) registered social landlords and (b) private landlords in each London...

      Local Authorities: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations have a function of inspecting local authorities.

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on (a) the timetable and (b) progress achieved on reducing the number of central Government...

      Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will reconsider the inclusion of clause 39 in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill following the...

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) special grants and (b) specific grants were paid to local authorities in England in 2006-07.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the pay ranges are for senior local government officials and chief executives.

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take into account local polls of public opinion on local government reorganisation when selecting the unitary bids...

      Local Government: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to take into account the result of expressions of public opinion on local government reform in Somerset; and...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in the Valuation Office Agency undertake work in relation to assessment casework for business rates valuations.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the causes of the recent trends in the level of home ownership.

      Owner Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of home ownership was in England in each year since 1996-97.

      Peterborough City Council: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if officials from her Department will meet Peterborough city council in the near future to discuss grant funding; and if she...

      Planning Inspectorate: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Planning Inspectorate spent on consultants (excluding the cost of consultant inspectors) in each of the last four...

      Planning Inspectorate: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures the Planning Inspectorate has in place to achieve value for money in the procurement of external consultants...

      Planning Policy Statement 3: Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the regulatory impact assessment for Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) was published after PPS3 came into effect.

      Planning: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her timetable is for the (a) consultation and (b) legislation on reform of the planning system, following the publication...

      Refuges: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many recorded cases there were of women being housed in refuges and safe houses in West Lancashire constituency in 2006.

      Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on the Government's targets (a) to create 180,000 jobs and (b) to build 160,000...

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the (a) approval, (b) amendment and (c) ratification of each of the regional spatial strategies.

      Small Businesses: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the take-up rate was for small business rate relief in each year since its introduction.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether data on the location of subsidised housing from the National Register of Social Housing are used by the Valuation Office...

      Subsidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what policies her Department has in place with regard to local authorities dealing with widespread and severe subsidence...

      Subsidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance her Department has made available to local authorities affected by widespread and severe subsidence in...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have produced Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments deemed inadequate by her Department on...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to ensure that the Travellers' site at Ecton Lane is provided with the floodlighting and perimeter...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the quality of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation assessments which she has received to date; and...

      Westminster City Council: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1693W, if she will commission an independent assessment of...

  • Transport

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which properties have been purchased under compulsory purchase orders along the proposed route of the A21 upgrade.

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on the Weald Smokery, East Sussex, following its acquisition under blight provisions.

      Aviation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many scheduled flights took place between (a) Glasgow and London and (b) Edinburgh and London in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed on the likely change in number of speeding fines issued as a result of the new speed camera...

      Travel: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the carbon emissions which would be caused by a journey from (a) Glasgow and (b) Edinburgh to London...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision she is making for providing Dorset police authority with full funding for any security arrangements they provide for the...

    • Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much she has allocated to the development of British sportsmen and women until 2012; how many recipients of such funding live in...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Polygamy

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for polygamy there were in the last 12 months.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Churches: Fire Prevention

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what guidance has been provided on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in churches.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Absent Voting: Proof of Identity

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to check what proportion of postal vote...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much it has cost to commission the Russell Partnership to conduct a survey into catering services in the House.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 19W, on Departments: legal costs, how much of the expenditure on legal fees in...

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which destinations he visited in an official capacity between 17 May and 17 June.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's budget is in 2007-08; and what estimate he has made of the budget for 2008-09.

      Departments: Public Participation

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

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average sentence handed down by courts in Northern Ireland for rape was in each of the last three years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the political situation on a regional level in Afghanistan.

    • British Nationality: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British subjects are serving jail sentences in prisons in the European Union, broken down by country.

      Iran: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the extent and nature of the recent harassment of guests to the United Kingdom embassy in...

      Palestinians: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on providing aid to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on stability in the region of the newly formed Palestinian Government.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the mission in Helmand province was originally expected to end; and what the most recent estimate is of what that date will be.

    • Al Yamamah Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which organisations had drawing rights on the special account held at the Bank of England in relation to the Al Yamamah contract; and what information...

      Armed Forces: Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice is given to UK armed forces personnel serving in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq and (c) other theatres overseas on the buying and export from...

      Armed Forces: Desertion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) rank, (b) age, (c) sex, (d) regiment and (e) last theatre of operation is of those service personnel classed as being absent without...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of accommodation provided by his Department to non-ministerial members of the Army Board is considered to be of Standard 1 condition.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed services personnel (a) were barracked in the UK and (b) had a private residence that was not provided by the armed forces in each of...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of bringing all family accommodation at Pirbright barracks to an acceptable standard for habitation.

      Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was.

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence 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: Surveys

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

      Departments: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ordinary written questions tabled to his Department by hon. Members have been waiting for a substantive reply for more than (a) one month and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the capabilities of insurgents in Iraq to launch attacks on naval and maritime targets.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with senior army personnel on the death of Baha Mousa in Basra in 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Land: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1035W, on land: sales, on what basis a contaminated site is not remediated before sale;...

      Navy: Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the value was of illegal narcotics seized by the Royal Navy in all theatres in each of the last three years; (2) what value of illegal...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to question 134491, on land: sales, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 24 April 2007; and what the reasons are...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between her Department and the Northern Ireland Administration.

    • Voluntary Organisations: National Lottery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will make a statement on the impact of funding plans for the 2012 Olympics on lottery funding for voluntary sector organisations.

  • International Development

    • Departments: Credit Cards

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

      Departments: Older Workers

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Palestinians: EC Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the resumption of European Union aid to the Palestinian Authority.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the humanitarian requirements of the displaced people in the Gereida region of Darfur following the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of live calves exported since 1 January 2007 have formed part of (a) a consignment exported from a...

    • Climate Change: Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessments have been made of the impact of climate change on the life cycle of (a) bees and (b) insect populations.

      Climate Change: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on advertising the Department's climate change campaign act on carbon dioxide; and how much has been...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dairy farms went out of business in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of...

      Departments: Credit Cards

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

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many memoranda of understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers...

      Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list his official engagements with (a) non-governmental organisations and (b) private companies in the last...

      Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many copies his Department printed of (a) reports and (b) consultation documents in the latest financial year for which...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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...

      Farmers

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

      Farmers: Income

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

      Farmers: Income

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

      Fisheries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the Government have allocated to the inshore, under 10 metre fishing fleet in the last 10 years.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to introduce a code of practice for tethering; and if he will make a statement.

      Livery Yards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to require livery yards to be licensed; and if he will make a statement.

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the senior management and (b) the trades union representatives of the Environment...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects the statutory instrument enabling the transfer of private sewers in the area including Lime Grove,...

      Water Sports: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to grant a licence to Bournemouth for the operation of the artificial surf reef.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of (a) full compliance, (b) partial compliance and (c) non-compliance by the partner without care were recorded by the Child...

    • Child Support: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which electoral wards in West Lancashire have the highest numbers of Child Support Agency claimants.

      Children Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was collected in maintenance by the Child Support Agency in each year since 1993-94; what the cost of running the agency was in each...

      Children Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many liability orders the Child Support Agency (a) applied for and (b) obtained in each (i) year and (ii) quarter since 1997; how many of...

      Children Support Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total staff numbers at the Child Support Agency were in each quarter since 1997; what he expects the total staff numbers at the agency...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition the Child Support Agency uses of unfair and inappropriate when it decides not to recover debt owed by a non-resident parent.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the £3.5 billion debt owed to parents with care which was due to official delay or error.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents with care were affected by a fully or partially non-compliant non-resident parent in each year since 1997.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deductions from earnings orders were (a) applied for and (b) successfully implemented by the Child Support Agency in each month...

      Jobcentres: Chard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the environmental impact of closing the jobcentre in Chard; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Contributions: Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department has capped the level of contracted-out rebates for contracted-out appropriate personal pensions and money...

      National Insurance Contributions: Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what effect on costs to the public purse the Government have achieved from capping the age-related national insurance rebate to...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average cost per participant was on the New Deal for young people in each year since 2001; (2) what the average cost per...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been on the (a) New Deal for young people, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) New Deal 50 plus, (d) New Deal for disabled...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he expects to be able to take between the publication of the initial report in the summer of 2007 on pension scheme assets held by...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what survey work has been carried out to establish the retirement income replacement rate which individuals are prepared to fund by...

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many home visits have been carried out by the Pension Service in each year since 1997, broken down by type of visit and local area.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of the Pension Service's outbound telephone campaign.

      Pensions: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Pension Service's (a) method of home visits, (b) outbound telephone campaign and (c)...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures his Department has taken in conjunction with the financial assistance scheme (FAS) to raise the profile of the FAS among members...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department briefed Financial Times journalists on 13 June 2007 about...

      State Second Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on national insurance revenues of recent changes in the number of people contracted out of the state...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of (a) delays caused in adoption to fostered children going through the court process without a care...

    • Cache Foundation Award in Caring for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils at the end of key stage 4 were entered for a Cache Foundation Award in Caring for Children in each of the last five years.

      Children in Care: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were forcibly removed from their parents by social services in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on co-operation between European Union countries on preventing sex offenders from gaining employment with...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received on the ability of sex offenders in the European Union to move between countries and take up...

      City Academies: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) GCSE and (b) GCSE equivalent examination results for each city academy were in 2006; how many pupils were entered for each...

      Class Sizes: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of classes in the West Chelmsford area for five to seven year olds exceed 30 pupils in size.

      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, what the (a) start date and (b) end...

      Departments: Families Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Minister has responsibility for the Families Unit; what its current annual budget is; how many staff it employs; what its aims are;...

      Departments: Northern Ireland

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

      Departments: Older Workers

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

      Faith Schools: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to prevent the verbal or physical abuse of children in faith-based learning environments before the implementation...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foster family arrangements in all local authorities (a) remained as a stable family unit and (b) have broken down with the...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children are in private foster care arrangements in England.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils attending the 200 highest performing comprehensive schools by unweighted attainment of five or more A*-C grade...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students at (a) state comprehensive schools, (b) state grammar schools, (c) state secondary modern schools, (d) other state...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) independent, (b) maintained and (c) grammar schools received a grade A in two or...

      GCE A-level: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils took A-levels in (a) French, (b) German, (c) Italian, (d) Spanish and (e) Russian in each year since 2000.

      GCSE: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) girls and (b) boys in maintained schools were awarded (i) 5 A*-C at GCSE and (ii) 5 A*-C at GCSE...

      Home Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to fund and support children receiving home education.

      National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have joined the National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth since July 2006.

      Primary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 498W, on primary education: teaching methods, what information his...

      Procedures Relating to Soham Murders Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to introduce a central scheme pursuant to recommendation nineteen of the Bichard Inquiry Report.

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will bring forward plans to carry out research to assess best practice in (a) preventing and changing bullying behaviour and (b)...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will bring forward plans to audit how different schools across the country respond to bullying in schools.

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have achieved a Level 1 qualification in Providing a Healthier School Meal Service in each year since it was introduced.

      Schools: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much will be spent on providing independent school-based counselling services for children and young people in each of the next...

      Schools: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many text books are available in electronic form to enable schools to convert them to Braille; and what plans he has to make more...

      Schools: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools in England teach non-European modern languages to (a) GCSE and (b) A-level standard.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) the provision of sport equipment, (b) the training of teachers in sports-related activities and (c) the...

      Secondary Education: West Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the allocation to each secondary school in West Lancashire constituency was for extended schools development in (a) 2006-07 and (b)...

      Special Educational Needs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children aged five to 16 attending schools in the Ribble Valley are registered with a statement of special educational needs.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Bridgend

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of antisocial behaviour there were in Bridgend constituency in each of the last 10 years.

    • Anti-terrorism Control Orders: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date he became aware that individuals subject to control orders cannot have their fingerprints and DNA taken by the police.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1351W, on asylum, when he expects to be able to say how many asylum...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Afghan asylum seekers cited membership of the Taliban as grounds for (a) claiming asylum and (b) it being unsafe for them to...

      Bicycles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) sentenced for bicycle thefts in each of the last five years.

      Demonstrations: Whitehall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which organisations applied to mount protests in Whitehall on the afternoon of 15 June 2007; when the applications were (a) made and...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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: Northern Ireland

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

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of the uncompleted research paper IND Customer Survey.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of the unpublished research paper Dispersal: Facilitating Effectiveness and Efficiency.

      Departments: Surveys

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

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on first class travel in each year since 2004.

      Domestic Violence: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of cautions in domestic violence cases usually defined by prosecutors as common...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain received before 31 December 2006 have not yet been determined; what the principal...

      Harmondsworth Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of the damage to Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre during the disturbances on 29 November.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his policy is on the enforcement of the Hunting Act 2004; (2) what recent meetings he has held with (a) Chief Police Officers,...

      Immigrants: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of interpreters for immigration services at St Judes, Plymouth in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department has received on the proposed new points-based system of immigration from community groups who will be...

      Immigration: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to case workers on granting leave to remain to vulnerable women who have been (a) trafficked from and (b) raped in...

      Immigration: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many expert level meetings took place between his Department's officials and the (a) Romanian National police and (b) Romanian...

      National Black Police Association: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Department expects to complete its analysis of the auditor's final report on funding for the National Black Police Association; if...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals were successfully deported due to committal of a criminal offence in the UK following completion of their prison...

      Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on the implementation of the Off-Road Vehicles (Registration)...

      Passports: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of a passport was in each of the last 10 years; and what the reason was for each change.

      Police Air Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are employed in police air support units in each police authority area.

      Police Air Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding was provided for police air support units in each police authority area in each of the last five years.

      Police High Potential Development Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Police High Potential Development Scheme.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female chief constables there are in England and Wales; what steps he is taking to encourage greater numbers of...

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of (a) 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 503W and (b) 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 618W, on the...

      Proceeds of Crime: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been recovered by the (a) Assets Recovery Agency and (b) Proceeds of Crime Department of the Serious Organised Crime Agency...

      Security Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2007, Official Report, columns 618-20W, on security measures, what assessment he has made of the progress...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of sexual assault were reported in (a) England and (b) each of the regions (i) in total and (ii) in each parliamentary...

      Sexual Offences: Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate was for (a) rape and (b) other sexual offences in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Sexual Offences: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to prevent registered sex offenders using social networking sites to access or groom children.

      Sexual Offences: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many official cautions were issued for (a) rape and (b) other sexual offences in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire,...

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of sexual assault were reported in Wales (a) in total and (b) in each parliamentary constituency 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, by what means his Department estimates the...

      Stop and Search: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1518-20W, on stop and search: vehicles, when the figures on vehicle stop...

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the number of drivers falsely accused of motoring offences because of the fraudulent cloning of number...

      Vehicle Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of the pilot scheme Operation Laser using automatic number plate recognition; which police forces...

      Vehicle Number Plates: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of crimes involving number plate fraud in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has received on the legality of automatic number plate recognition systems.

      Vehicle Number Plates: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the level of number plate theft in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how money which has been sent to detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre is (a) secured and (b) accounted for; and how many complaints...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in terms of (a) access to medical records,...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of British troops currently serving in Afghanistan did not have the expected two-year interval between such tours of duty.

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the correspondence from the Home Office Nationality Directorate to the High Commission of India, London dated...

      British Citizenship: Ascension Island

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether people living on or born on Ascension Island are entitled to British citizenship.

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will be fit to operate from 1 October, and in particular (a) how many of the staff in the existing...

      Crime: Honour Killings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to strengthen protection for potential victims of honour crimes; and, if so, in what ways.

      Eggs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the ban by the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre of the proposed 50th anniversary re-issue of the advertisement "Go to work on an egg", whether they...

      Elections: E-voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have, in light of the recent report from the Open Rights Group on the May 2007 elections in England and Scotland, for continued e-voting in United...

      Elections: Expenses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 14 June (WA 271), under what powers returning officers in local elections are issuing to election...

      Elections: Party Descriptions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the registered description of a political party as the National Liberal Party, the Third Way complies with the relevant legislation; and whether they have...

      Elections: Postal Votes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reconsider the standard level of charge for providing copies of the marked register and lists of returned postal votes at elections; and whether...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 8 June (WA 223), whether they will explain how research can be both embryonic and adult and at the...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 18 June (WA 9—10), why they have permitted the genetic modification of embryos to study...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 June (WA 29), how they maintain confidence in the regulation of nuclear transfer if no data are...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 18 June (WA 9), how removal of any nuclei or pronuclei from an embryo would not have significantly...

      Enforced Disappearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to sign the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to sign and ratify Protocol 7 to the European Convention on Human Rights in accordance with the Written Statement by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on...

      EU: Berlin Meeting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to hold debates in Parliament on the contents of (a) the mandate which will be agreed in Berlin on 21 and 22 June, and (b) the content of...

      EU: Mobile Phone Roaming Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under which article of the treaty of the European Union the cost of mobile phone roaming charges could be fixed throughout the European Union; and whether this...

      EU: Mobile Phone Roaming Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will answer the Question for Written Answer tabled by Lord Stoddart of Swindon on 23 May (HL4010).

      EU: Treaties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under which clauses in the European treaties changes to those treaties and all European Union legislation are negotiated in private by the Governments of the...

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional measures they will propose to the Environment Agency to deal with the recent increased incidence of summer flooding and to afford more protection...

      Health: Hydatid Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will monitor levels of hydatidosis in humans, in order to establish whether levels have risen following the Government's decision not to make the...

      Home Office: Border and Immigration Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of letters before claim are responded to by the Home Office Border and Immigration Agency within the normal time limit set out in paragraph 13 of...

      Housing: Empty Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many empty homes there were in England in each of the past five years; and what proportion of these were buy-to-let properties in each case.

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 June (WA 38) regarding the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill, on what date the draft bill was...

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 June (WA 39—40), bearing in mind that the response of the Royal College of Obstetricians and...

      Immigration: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange independent inquiries whenever migrant or asylum-seeking children go missing from local authority care with special emphasis on those...

      Immigration: Repatriation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the voluntary assisted return and reintegration programme or the assisted voluntary return of irregular migrants schemes allow for a British citizen child...

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by the Lord President on 1 June (Official Report, col. 1464) that "we have contributed some £744 million since the conflict in Iraq...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Israel concerning (a) the construction of illegal settlement houses in Revava, Yaqir, Qarney Shomron...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What immediate action they, the European Union and United Nations agencies are taking to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Gaza.

      Local Government: Mayoral Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide, in respect of each mayoral election which has taken place using the supplementary vote system (a) the number of votes cast and...

      Paternity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who, for the purposes of Section 50(9A) of the British Nationality Act 1981, would be treated as a child's father, if the child is born in the United Kingdom or a...

      Paternity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who, for the purposes of Section 50(9A) of the British Nationality Act 1981, would be treated as a child's father, if the child is born abroad on or after 1 July...

      Police: Motor Accident Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that motor accident fraud becomes a policing priority within the national community safety policing plan, as recommended by...

      Police: National Black Police Association

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 June (WA 171) regarding government financial assistance to the National Black Police Association,...

      Prisons: Escapes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons have been (a) prosecuted, and (b) convicted of (i) assisting a person to escape from prison or other custodial institution, and (ii) bringing a...

      Rainforest Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the £50 million rainforest initiative announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget speech.

      Residence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under English law, a person who leaves his usual place of residence temporarily and solely for the limited purpose of studying elsewhere ceases to be...

      Telecommunications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to the telecommunications industry on (a) what is an acceptable time frame for the repair of a pensioner's telephone line, and (b)...

      Translation: Home Office

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

      Vietnam: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Vietnam about the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of the human rights lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and Le...

      Waste Management: Illegal Operators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the Environment Agency will take to ensure the elimination of illegal operators of waste disposal services, which are allegedly still functioning in...

      Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their practice to send failed asylum-seekers back to Zimbabwe by train, as proposed in the notice dated 3 April 2007 served on the person whose Home...

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