Written answers

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

  • Education and Skills

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued on the application of the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 to chaperones of children...

    • City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what tax relief can be claimed by sponsors of academy schools on £2 million contributions.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many GCSEs are a (a) GCSE short course, (b) GCSE double award, (c) intermediate level GNVQ, (d) GCE AS-level, (e) GCE A-level, (g)...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to collect information on the number of children educated at home.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employers have participated in the development of the (a) Construction and Built Environment Diploma, (b) Engineering Diploma,...

  • Transport

    • Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of rail services from Brighton to Ashford International over the next five years.

    • Railways: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to reduce overcrowding on trains between Chelmsford and Liverpool Street Station.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to monitor the change in the number of fixed speed cameras resulting from the new guidance effective from 1 April.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the House of Commons Commission will adopt a policy of carbon neutrality; and if he will make a statement.

    • Flowers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what the total (a) volume and (b) value of flowers purchased by the House was in each year since 2001;...

      Palace of Westminster: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for how long the Commission expects Commons Court to be used for contractors' buildings.

      Parliament: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) whether there are any plans to replace the visitor stickers issued to visitors on the Parliamentary...

      Parliament: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many visitor stickers were used on the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last 12 months.

      Television

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many television licences are held across the Commons Parliamentary Estate.

  • International Development

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000;...

    • Departments: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in his Department are (a) involved in assisting European Council negotiations, (b) involved in assisting and...

  • Justice

    • Prisons: Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the average annual cost of a prison place is in (a) each prison establishment, (b) privately-run prisons and (c) publicly-run prisons.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 591W, on the Delivery Unit, whether joint reviews result in the drawing up of...

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff (a) were working in the Prime Minister's delivery unit on 31 March 2007 and (b) are expected to be working in the delivery unit on...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000; and which of...

      Departments: Marketing

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

      Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost was of producing and publishing the policy review document Building on progress: Energy and environment.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 652W, on general practitioners: working hours, (1) what work the Delivery Unit...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what bodies are funded within the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme; how much each is due to receive over the...

    • Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what public funds have been made available to the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens in each of the last five years.

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to implement section 84 and Schedule 1 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 relating to noise.

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on neighbourhood noise.

      Noise: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many environment protection officers there are responsible for noise in each London borough.

      Noise: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide an update on a proposed National Ambient Noise Strategy.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department has taken to increase the level of recycling of plastic in the UK; (2) what estimate he has...

  • Treasury

    • Al-Yamamah Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the departmental responsibilities of the Paymaster General since May 1997 have included authorisation of any aspect of the Al-Yamamah defence...

    • Capital Gains Tax: Venture Capital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the memorandum of understanding with the British Venture Capital Association on the application of capital gains tax relief...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections were made of non-North Sea corporation tax receipts in (a) the preceding Budget and (b) the Pre Budget report in each financial year from...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1879W, on Departments: correspondence, whether the 15 day target for responding to...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Direct Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the British Bankers' Association on the Direct Payments scheme since 2003; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average bonus payment made to HM Revenue and Customs staff in senior grades was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many migrant workers from the EU (a) arrived in the UK and (b) were in the UK in each month from April 2003 to April 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      VAT: Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discretion there is in applying exemptions from VAT for work carried out on a disabled person's home after the work has been completed.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the percentage of tax credits paid out for 2003-04 which is accounted for by fraud, error and overpayment; and if he will...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place to ensure that letters notifying clients of the cessation of tax credits are not sent in error; and how many such letters have...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters were written by HM Revenue and Customs demanding the recovery of overpaid tax credits in each month since January 2007; and if he will make...

  • Home Department

    • Agriculture: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many temporary agricultural workers permits have been issued to (a) Romanian nationals and (b) Bulgarian nationals since 1 January...

    • Airline Liaison Officers: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many airline liaison offices and returns liaison officers are stationed in Scotland; where they are located; and if he will make a statement.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2007, Official Report, column 1871, on asylum, how many applications of claims for extensions of...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the 400,000 to 450,000 unresolved records relating to asylum cases to which he referred in his statement to the House on 19...

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many outstanding asylum applications there are; and how many were first made (a) within the last (i) 12 months, (ii) two years and (iii)...

      Asylum: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has estimated any additional costs for interpretation services provided by his Department which might result from the decision to...

      Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) driver and (b) vehicle information held on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff were employed at the North Shields Enforcement Unit of the Border and Immigration Agency and its...

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the people having to retake Knowledge of Life in the UK tests have already been granted citizenship.

      Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: IPPR

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Older Workers

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by his Department on staff pay in each year since 1997-98; and how many staff were employed in each year.

      Departments: PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department over the lifetime of the...

      Departments: Written Questions

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

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many emergency telephone operators were employed by police in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the unit cost is of dealing with each category of in-country application.

      Entry Clearances: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the United States Department for Homeland Security on limits to the visa waiver programme for security...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time has been to an immigration enquiry from an hon. Member in 2007; and what the equivalent figure was in (a)...

      Immigration Asylum and Nationality Act 2006: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted under section 34 (3) of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedure (a) is followed by Border Control and Immigration Agency officers in relation to cases defined as 'work in progress hold' and...

      Immigration Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many full-time equivalent immigration officers there are in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate; (2) how many full-time...

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on enforcement action in the case of applicants for the family indefinite leave to remain exercise with criminal...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons (a) the letter of 16 April 2007 on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficking of Women and Children was not...

      Northumbria Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the general grant to the Northumbria police was in each of the years 2003-04 to 2007-08; and what the percentage change was between each...

      Northumbria Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home (1) Department what (a) special grants and (b) targeted initiatives were provided to Northumbria police in each of the years 2003-04 to 2007-08; and...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources were drawn from the Criminal Casework Team in the former Immigration and Nationality Directorate to improve the speed of...

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 975W, to the hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. Browne) on police: labour...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police are employed by Essex police in the Chelmsford area.

      Salman Rushdie

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent from the public purse on the protection of Salman Rushdie in each year (a) since the fatwa was announced and (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 the IT, communications and...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer question 134975, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 25 April 2007, on Miss Ketchanou; and what the...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints about (a) the food served and (b) those serving it were made at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in each of the last three...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre were disciplined in each of the last three years; for what offences; what action resulted...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of (a) sexual and (b) racial intimidation have been registered by inmates of Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departments: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the views of (a) language teaching staff in her Department and (b) staff in other departments were on the decision to...

    • Departments: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account was taken of the job requirements of staff (a) in her Department and (b) in other departments when making the...

      Departments: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the quality of the language teaching available from outside providers compared with that...

      Departments: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors are taken into account by her Department when calculating the cost of an average hour of language teaching to (a)...

      Departments: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average cost is of an hour of language teaching to (a) a single individual and (b) a group in a lesson provided by...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in her Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new initiatives she has recently discussed with (a) the Government of Israel and (b) EU member states in relation to (i)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Domestic Service: Legal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what legal protection for the rights of domestic workers have been introduced since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Community-based Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress he has made on the development of community-based sentencing as an alternative to prison in Northern Ireland.

    • Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will seek discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing the block grant to increase resources available for social...

      Terrorist Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the security threat posed by each of the Irish terrorist groups proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of Catholic officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year from 2007-08 to...

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what mechanisms are in place by which the Police Ombudsman's office can be held accountable in respect of complaints made against her office.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people under the age of 18 years were cautioned for underage drinking by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last...

      Departments: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials in his Department are (a) involved in assisting European Council negotiations, (b) involved in assisting and advising the...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which advertising and marketing campaigns were run by his Department in each of the last five years; which external agencies were involved; and...

      Departments: Older Workers

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what...

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many copies of the Northern Ireland Office publication Peacemaking in Northern Ireland: A Model for Conflict Resolution were produced; what...

      Departments: Remploy

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

      Prisoners Release: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners released early on licence in Northern Ireland have had their licences revoked in each of the last three years; and what the...

      Robert McCartney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in the investigation into the murder of Robert McCartney.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many mobile speed traps operated in (a) each constituency and (b) each council area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Broadband: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what correspondence he has had with internet providers about people in rural communities who cannot receive broadband and for whom dial-up...

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of providing for Government aid to industries in need of restructuring or short-term financial...

      Consumer Goods: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulatory regime governs the display of ingredients on (a) alcoholic, (b) tobacco and (c) cosmetic products; and if he will make a...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what figures his Department records relating to recent (a) investment levels and (b) business growth, broken down by constituency.

      Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1492-3W, on Iran: export credit guarantees, when the arrangement that...

      New Businesses: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new businesses established in Suffolk received Government funding assistance in each of the last five years.

      Post Offices: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the departmental annual report for 2006, page 188, J8, how much has been paid in fees to advisers in connection with the proposed...

      Regulations: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will set out how each recommendation of the 1998 Edwards report into the regulation regime in Britain's overseas dependent territories...

      South East Development Agency: Chelsea Flower Show

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what expenditure the South East England Development Agency has undertaken in relation to the Chelsea Flower Show in each of the last three years.

      South East Development Agency: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the South East Development Agency has spent on taxis in the last two years for which figures are available.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the security situation in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason military personnel have been transported by road from RAF bases in Scotland to Brize Norton for deployment to theatre; and how much rest...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were living in substitute single service accommodation in each year...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether families are allowed to view Ministry of Defence accommodation before occupying it.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service families have been moved from Modern Housing Solutions-maintained accommodation into temporary private accommodation in each of the last...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many gas leaks have been reported in Modern Housing Solutions-maintained accommodation in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the duty Minister was on the day the decision was taken to allow the service personnel released by Iran to sell their stories to the media.

      Armed Forces: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) serving personnel and (b) veterans passed through the Medical Assessment Programme in each year since it was established for (i) physical...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the future utility vehicles forming part of the Future Rapid Effect System are (a) expected to be air-transportable in one future A400M...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role and function of the future utility vehicle will be as part of the Future Rapid Effect System.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the future rapid effect system programme will include a tracked variant of the (a) utility, (b) reconnaissance and (c) heavy vehicles.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) development and (b) procurement programmes are being funded by his Department for the securing of effective armour for UK armed forces land...

      Chiefs of Staff: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what strategic (a) planning and (b) supervisory roles are currently assigned to the Chiefs of Staff (i) individually and (ii) as a committee; and if he...

      Defence Equipment: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which officials of the Defence Export Services Agency were interviewed by the Serious Fraud Office as part of its recent inquiry into defence sales to...

      Defence Export Services Organisation: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Defence Export Services Organisation staff work for the Saudi Armed Forces Project; what management fee was received from Saudi Arabia to cover...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether defence contractors are under any obligations to seek ministerial clearance for payments to overseas nationals in connection with defence contracts.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1068-69, on Iraq, on what date it was decided that troops in theatre in Iraq would...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK (a) civilian and (b) military personnel were (i) killed and (ii) injured in the Iraqi provinces of (A) Al Basrah, (B) Al Muthanna, (C) Dhi...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the operational ability of Lynx helicopters serving in the Persian Gulf has been affected by high air temperatures.

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with senior members of the armed forces on the operational suitability of combat footwear issued to UK forces in Iraq and...

      Missile Defence Technology Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on development of the Missile Defence Technology Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to order an eighth SSN.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason his Secretariat (Air Staff)/Defence Secretariat did not receive a copy of the report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena produced by the...

      Vanguard Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to prolong the operational life of the Vanguard class submarine beyond 30 years.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which applicants have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in bids to obtain funding to mark Veterans Day 2007; and the amounts received by each.

      Warships: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many jobs his Department estimates will be created in the UK through the construction of (a) Type 45 destroyers, (b) Astute class submarines and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many residential properties in England the Valuation Office Agency has (a) dwelling house codes and (b) value...

    • Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 475W, on the Valuation Office...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings in England are classified by the Valuation Office Agency with a Dwellinghouse code of CD (Caravan).

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition the Valuation Office Agency uses to classify a bedroom in a domestic dwelling for council tax valuation purposes.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 475W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether a room with a...

      Departments: Marketing

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in her Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of her Department's employee surveys for (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions (a) retained appliances have been off the run due to lack of staffing and (b) other appliances have then...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of all valid operational guidance issued to fire and rescue authorities.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Centre of Excellence for the Fire Service will be created; and what consultation her Department has held with the Fire...

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from what point response times are measured for the fire service in each regional control centre area.

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings were (a) constructed for private sale, (b) built by housing associations and (c) built by local...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by (a) local authorities in England and (b) City of York council on employing staff, including education...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority population estimates used in the calculations to inform the 2007-08 local government funding settlement...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities met the deadline of 31 May 2007 to apply for directions to capitalise equal pay back pay from 2007-08.

      Local Government Finance: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was provided in grants from central Government to Swindon borough council in 2006-07; (2) how much she expects...

      Local Government: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the impact on coterminosity of boundaries between primary care trusts and local government areas will be a criterion for...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many best value performance indicators in total have been required of local authorities in each year since the introduction...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many shire counties moved to a rating for excellent in the comprehensive performance assessment by the Audit Commission in...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance or training manual produced by the Valuation Office Agency for...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the funding for the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund is additional funding that was not previously granted...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which company is making good the work on the Travellers' site at Ecton Lane following the completion of the refurbishment contract.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who is responsible for the management of the Ecton Lane Travellers' site.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the Valuation Office Agency's electronic image management bespoke application went live for operational use.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total estimated expenditure has been by the Valuation Office Agency on its automated valuation model on (a)...

      Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that the District Auditor's report on the dismissal by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council of Peter Francis...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding from the public purse was provided for cancer treatment research in each year since 1992.

    • Cholesterol: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the effects of cholesterol on the health of older people; and if she will make a statement.

      Community Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has for community health care services in Coventry.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed with diabetes, broken down by type, in each year since 1997.

      Health Professions: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) midwives, (b) doctors, (c) nurses, (d) occupational therapists and (e) physiotherapists who have graduated or completed their...

      Health Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the most recent figures are for the financial position of (a) the Mid Essex Hospital Trust and (b) the Mid Essex primary care trust; (2)...

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding she provided for prison healthcare in each of the last three years.

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of access to (a) prescription medicines and (b) psychiatric care prisoners have.

      Heart Diseases: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the trainers proposed in the 2004 White Paper, Choosing Health, Making Healthy Choices Easier, will be trained to give advice on lifestyle changes...

      Hospital Beds: Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are available within the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust; and if she will make a statement.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births took place at (a) Sussex County hospital, Brighton, (b) Worthing hospital, (c) St Richards hospital, Chichester, (d) the Conquest...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to assess Dasatinib for the treatment of chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia (a) in the first instance and (b) after...

      Maternity Services: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of maternity services at the Conquest hospital in East Sussex.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost has been of establishing an NHS hospital as a foundation trust.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were classed as clinically obese, broken down by (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust in each...

      Psychology: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government have set waiting times for access to psychological therapies on the NHS.

      Strokes: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to increase funding allocated to research into the long-term care and rehabilitation of people who have had a stroke; and if...

      Tuberculosis: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are made for the screening for tuberculosis of immigrants arriving (a) legally and (b) illegally if apprehended at the Port of Dover.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since establishment; and which of these...

    • Departments: Home Working

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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: Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1671W, on what date the Deputy Prime Minister last attended a meeting of the Joint Ministerial...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time contracts of employment in...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each year since establishment.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter to him from Buckinghamshire county council of 22 March 2006, which enclosed a petition from residents of Aylesbury and the Bypass...

      West Indies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to the public purse was of his recent trip to the West Indies.

  • House of Lords

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, having regard to Section 7 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, the British consulate-general in Hong Kong is advising refused applicants for...

    • Crime: Fuel Laundering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue has been lost as a result of fuel laundering and smuggling in County Armagh in each year since 2000.

      Housing: Home Information Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to date of preparing for the introduction of home information packs.

      Iran: HMS "Cornwall"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord Drayson on 19 June, how the Government can disseminate lessons learnt from the Fulton report to coalition partners when the report...

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the view expressed by the Government of Sweden that the Iraqi refugee crisis could be solved in part by the use of "pooled...

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Iraqi asylum seekers have been granted (a) asylum, and (b) leave to remain in the United Kingdom each year since 2003, and how these figures compare with...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a person who makes a valid application for a British passport, which is refused, is not given written reasons for such refusal.

      Shipping: Ferry Operators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which ferry operators and routes across the southern North Sea and Dover Straits offer services for (a) roll-on roll-off freight; (b) unaccompanied trailers; and...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider the 2006 St Andrews agreement to be an international agreement; and whether they will publish the agreement as supported by all parties in...

      Universities: Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a British passport holder domiciled in another European Union member state qualifies for university education in Scotland without payment of fees.

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