Written answers

Thursday, 28 June 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration the Valuation Office Agency and her Department have given to the merits of moving to annual revaluations for...

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects regional directors to be appointed for each of the regional control centres; and what the target date is for...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the staffing model to be produced for each of the regional control centre companies; what change in job numbers...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place the business case for the Fire Control Project in the Library.

      Fire Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on the specification of the Firelink project; and what recent consultation she has held with...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households in the UK living in (a) boats, (b) caravans or camper vans, (c) tents...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 129W, on non-domestic rates: agriculture, whether she plans to...

      Tax Rates and Bands: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government has to re-rate agricultural land and buildings.

      Tetra: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has carried out into the potential long-term health implications of using (a) hand-held radio...

      Village Halls: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support she plans to make available for the protection and enhancement of village halls following her recent announcement...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) funded organisations and (b) project to project grants will be affected by the reduction in Arts Council England forecast...

    • Gaming Machines: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the summary of responses to the consultation on the section 240 machine regulations under the Gambling Act 2005 will be published;...

      Licensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to publish a response to the Report of the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether an 80,000 seat stadium at the Olympic Park is required in order to fulfil the London 2012 host city contract.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with devolved authorities on development of a single UK tourism strategy.

  • Defence

    • Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much depleted uranium ammunition has been used by British forces in (a) Operation Telic and (b) Operation Herrick since 2003.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much Government funding was allocated to third sector organisations for the delivery of public services in (a) education and (b) health in...

    • Treaties: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library a copy of the recently announced UK-US Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty.

  • Education and Skills

    • Free Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to increase the entitlement of three and four-year-olds to free nursery provision.

    • Higher Education Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of trends in higher education admissions; and if he will make a statement.

      Educational Achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received on the influence of ethnicity and social class on educational achievement; and if he will make a...

      Trade Union Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the role of trade union learning representatives in promoting lifelong learning.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures the Government plan to take to improve the outcomes for children in care.

      PFI Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he has made an evaluation of the private finance initiative programme for school buildings.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on adult education.

      Overseas Trained Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of overseas trained teachers who will not have gained qualified teacher status in England before...

      Child Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation on child employment and child performances.

      Adult Education: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of provision of adult education in Liverpool.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academy schools he expects to be opened in the next 12 months.

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of the additional student numbers (a) applied for and (b) awarded were for (i) foundation degrees and (ii)...

      Education: Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the educational attainment by children in care.

      Higher Education: Anti-semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of universities' compliance with equality legislation, with particular reference to anti-semitism.

      Higher Education: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government have taken to make clear its opposition to an academic boycott of Israel.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to ensure that all individuals involved in providing home education are qualified teachers.

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding was allocated to Sure Start, child care and early years in each of the last three financial years; (2) what total...

      Reading: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to improve reading skills among teenage boys.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been allocated to Warrington for capital expenditure in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve drugs education in schools.

      Schools: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of procedures to evacuate pupils from school buildings in an emergency.

      Schools: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.

      Sports: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to increase levels of physical or sporting activity by children to help combat obesity.

      Teachers: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many biological sciences graduates who had an A in biology A level began teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will examine the relationship between trends in teenage pregnancy rates and trends in educational attainment over the last four...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether bovine tuberculosis can be carried from farm to farm by people and animals walking...

    • Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Floods: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the flood protection and water drainage infrastructure serving Kingston upon...

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the packaging recovery note system is monitored.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the packaging recovery note system is only applicable to companies that exceed an annual turnover of £2...

      Valpak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether his Department monitors how VALPAK uses its licence fee income from the use of the Green Dot trademark; (2)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will support the appointment of a special rapporteur with an ongoing mandate to publish regular and public reports on the...

    • Kashmir: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on the prosecution in civilian courts in India of members of the army and other security...

      Saudi Arabia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1481-82W, on Saudi Arabia: Terrorism, if she will list the...

  • Health

    • Care Homes: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to improve standards of nutrition and hydration of residents in care homes.

    • Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into account in deciding not to proceed with the review of the national minimum standards for care homes.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse has been arising from legal action in relation to the medical training application service, broken down by main budget...

      Elderly: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent the rate of ageing of a population is taken into account when calculating adult social care budgets; and what proportion of (a) over 65...

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she will take in response to the publication of Facing the Future, a review of the role of health visitors.

      Midwives: Mid-Essex Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed by the Mid-Essex hospital trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery training places there were in each English region in academic year 2006-07.

      Muscular Dystrophy: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2006, Official Report, column 554W, on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, what recent assessment has been made of...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been paid to Care UK for the NHS walk-in centre at Jury's Inn, Newcastle; what the reasons were for the delay in opening the centre;...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement that the NHS IT programme is the largest civilian IT programme in the world, which non-civilian IT programmes are larger; and...

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on management consultancy contracts by the NHS in 2006-07.

      Strokes: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to help raise awareness of the increased risk factors for stroke in people from (a) African Caribbean and (b) South Asian...

      Strokes: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to encourage the participation of more (a) hospitals and (b) patients in stroke research studies.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in the criminal justice system area most closely corresponding to Chelmsford in each year...

    • Police: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources have been allocated to police forces for traffic policing to meet the Government's road casualty reduction targets.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Government's Safety Camera initiative on the numbers of police officers employed...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Art Works

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the Works of Art Committee acquisition budget is for 2007-08.

    • Lifts

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans are being made to repair the lifts in 1 Parliament Street; and how often all of these lifts have...

  • International Development

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made in meeting the millennium goals.

    • International Assistance: Group of Eight

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1251W, on international assistance: Group of Eight, if he will break...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has for the provision of aid to the people of Gaza.

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial assistance has been provided to support Palestine in each year since 1995.

  • Justice

    • Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners are resident in Chelmsford prison.

    • Data Protection: Enforcement

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the maximum penalty is that the Information Commissioner can impose on a direct mailing company that is in breach of section 11 of the...

      Departments: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what ministerial visits have been made to prisons in Wales; and what the date of each such visit was.

      Lawyers: Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many law firms in Wales have (a) signed and (b) not signed new contracts with the Legal Services Commission.

      Peterborough Prison: Reoffenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what procedures have been put in place to undertake risk assessments in respect of those prisoners released early from HMP Peterborough and the...

      Prison Population

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the statement of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1241, on prison population, how many prisoners will be released from prisons...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what measures will be put in place to monitor those prisoners who will be released early from prison.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many foreign national prisoners were imprisoned at the latest available date, broken down by (a) European Union nationals, (b) non-European...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what consultations were undertaken on changes to the use of restraint in secure training centres before the laying of the Secure Training Centre...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many reviews the Youth Justice Board has undertaken of the use of restraint in secure training centres in the last five years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Firearms: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firearms certificates were (a) held, (b) granted and (c) extinguished in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years for which...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Public Participation

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

      Identification of Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has made to the First Minister of Scotland on the retention of DNA samples of suspected criminals; and if he will make a statement.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Criminal Justice Pilots

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the early findings are of the Criminal Justice: Simple, Speedy, Summary pilots on speeding up prosecutions in north Northamptonshire.

    • Law Officers

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on the future role of the Law Officers.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve prosecution rates in cases of alleged human trafficking.

      Media Reporting: Criminal Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General what his policy is on enforcement of the contempt laws on media reporting of criminal cases.

      Administration of Justice

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance his Department has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on procedures for the reinstatement of trials which have been aborted due to technical error.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions the Crown Prosecution Service has instigated for breaches of criminal anti-social behaviour orders since 2004.

      Departments: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will place in the Library a copy of the concordat governing the relationship between his Department and the Northern Ireland administration.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was raised from the sale of the Law Officers' Departments departmental property in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was received by the Law Officers' Departments from the letting of its properties in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Solicitor-General what properties the Law Officers' Departments has (a) owned and (b) rented in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent estimate has been made of the value of the Law Officers' Departments' property portfolio.

      Terry Lloyd

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1047W, on Terry Lloyd, by what date he expects the Crown Prosecution Service to make a decision on...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Nuclear Power Stations: Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department plans to carry out a consultation in Sussex on the feasibility of locating new nuclear power stations in the county.

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the objectives are for the second stage of the EU/US aviation negotiations; and what plans he has in the eventuality of no agreement being...

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which noise monitors in (a) Wandsworth, (b) South West London and (c) West London have provided data used in noise pollution modelling as part of...

      Bridges: Downton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Tannery bridge replacement project at Downton, Wiltshire is funded by his Department under the EU bridge strengthening programme; and what...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age is of public service buses in service in England.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are available to each of the Traffic Commissioners to monitor the reliability of bus services in each of the English regions.

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of the bus fleet received an unannounced inspection allocated on a random basis by the Traffic Commissioners in each of...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many buses were inspected by VOSA officials in each of the last five years; and how many such buses were consequently subject to an (a) immediate...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the distribution of responsibility for delays to bus services between (a) congestion, (b) mechanical failures and...

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents on the subject of cycle helmets.

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote the wearing of cycle helmets by (a) children, (b) teenagers and (c) the general population.

      Cycling: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage of cyclists in the UK who wear protective headgear; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whom he has designated as responsible for the management of inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from (a) hon. Members and (b) other...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the Motor Insurance Database.

      Public Transport: Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are for improvements in access to the Gosport peninsula.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many locomotives in use on the rail network are older than 10 years old.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been allocated for the construction of the proposed Bexhill to Hastings link road; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies paid to recruitment consultants in each year since 1997.

    • Departments: Taxis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on taxis in 2006-07.

      Mid-Essex Hospital Trust: Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies were born in hospitals run by the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Tax Allowances: Armed Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claims made by members of HM armed forces for laundry allowance while on deployments and exercises were granted in each of the last five...

      Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the long-term financial effect of (a) reducing the basic rate of tax from 22p to 20p and (b) abolishing the 10p...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the reform of taxation for older people on low incomes; if he will commission further research on the matter;...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many instances there have been of debt caused by overpayment of tax credits being (a) generated and (b) subsequently cancelled, broken down by (i)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means a woman whose husband reaches 65 years is advised of her right to claim a pension based on his contributions to replace the...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol: Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the new rules published on 19 June which strengthen the code on the naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks by banning...

    • Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many local authorities are not fulfilling their statutory obligations under Section 8 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908.

      Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and if so to what extent, the use of anti-social behaviour orders has increased the number of mentally ill people serving prison sentences in England and...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis for the statement in paragraph 4.9.4 of Chapter 14 Annex D of the Home Office Nationality Instructions that it can be presumed that a person...

      Children: Severe Learning Disabilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations within each primary care trust area in England are providers of (a) specialist National Health Service services, and (b) social care services...

      Crime: Drink-driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the enforcement by the police of drink-drive legislation is being reviewed.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the creation of an animal embryo that has been altered by the introduction of one or more human cells comes under the reserved matters set out in the...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 June (WA 29), how many children have been born using embryos created since 1991.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19 June (WA 29), why no data are held regarding embryos created using cell nuclear replacement...

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Health and Safety Executive has to involve private sector experts in the regulators' generic design assessment of new nuclear power stations.

      Firearms: Ex-Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any ex-prisoners have been granted firearms certificates for high velocity rifles for sporting purposes or other use; if so, how many ex-prisoners have...

      Housing: Buy-to-Let

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effect of the buy-to-let market on (a) the price of housing in the past five years; (b) the amount of housing left empty; and...

      Immigration: Country-specific Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will amend the country-specific operational guidance for all relevant countries to reflect the recent changes made to the country guidance relating to...

      Immigration: Family Indefinite Leave to Remain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will repeat the family indefinite leave to remain exercise of 2003; and Whether, in deciding whether to repeat the family indefinite leave to remain...

      Immigration: Republic of Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what way the movement of illegal immigrants into the United Kingdom is controlled at the land border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland; and...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the compliance of the Government of Israel with (a) their international obligations as regards the occupied West Bank and controls over...

      Local Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis for the statement by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 20 June (Official Report, col. 222) that the evidence shows that executive governance...

      Local Government: Parishes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many parishes in England have (a) fewer than 150 electors, and (b) a parish council; and what is the size in terms of number of electors and location of each...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Lord Davies of Oldham on 21 June (HL Deb, cols. 404—5), whether they support measures to enable members of the public to bring...

      Waste Management: NHS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of (a) the amount, and (b) the cost of disposing of clinical waste generated by National Health Service trusts in the United Kingdom...

      Waste Management: NHS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to National Health Service trusts on the purchase of reusable products to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

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