Written answers

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Domestic Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1659W, on domestic wastes: waste management, if he will...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Ballots: Trade Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many meetings the Certification Officer or his representatives have held with the...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of sick leave taken by her staff was stress-related in each of the last three years.

    • Short Money

      To ask the Leader of the House what estimated Short Money funding allocation she plans to make to Opposition political parties in the House of Commons for the 2008-09 financial year.

      Westminster Hall Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the merits of holding additional Westminster Hall sittings on Mondays.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1616-17W on aviation: Northern Ireland, what the reasons were for the three airprox...

    • Petrol Alternatives: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many filling stations in Ribble Valley are able to accommodate alternative fuel types for cars.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the resilience of the Mastiff vehicle for service in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel injured in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 are (i) awaiting payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been waiting (A)...

      Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support is available to the families of service personnel killed in armed conflict.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) percentage and (b) number of postings is with less than four months notice in (i) the armed forces and (ii) each service.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to restrict the disclosure of information about the future deployment into combat zones of armed forces personnel.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where he expects the mental health pilot schemes to be held; and what criteria will be used to assess their performance.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the total cost of defence pensions as a share of defence spending in each year from 2002-03 to 2050-51; and if he will...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of the war disablement pension in each year since 1997.

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans are in receipt of a war disablement pension, broken down by percentage assessment of disability.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of future rapid effect system vehicles will be required to be manufactured in the UK.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he intends (a) the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) and (b) the EU Defence Agency to play in the future rapid effect...

      Army Board: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs were of the housing provided by his Department for members of the Army Board in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many lobbying companies his Department engaged on (a) a paid and (b) an unpaid basis in each of the last five years; and for what purpose.

      Departments: Public Participation

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

      Departments: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Senior Civil Service Survey 2006.

      Ex-servicemen: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are to be put in place to monitor the health status, including DNA and gene damage, of serving and former servicemen and servicewomen...

      Future Rapid Effect System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the aim of keeping the intellectual property rights and the design authority of the Future Rapid Effect System within the UK is compatible with...

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a representative of his Department has attended meetings on the Galileo project in the last six months; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve the pensions of Gurkhas who have served more than 21 years with the British army.

  • Treasury

    • Departments: European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department are (a) involved in assisting European Council negotiations, (b) involved in assisting and advising the European...

    • Informers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1284W, on informers, when Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) commenced taking account...

      Inheritance Tax: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the limit of the annual exemption from inheritance tax for gifts; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the surplus or deficit on the National Insurance Fund was in each year since 1979.

      Public Expenditure: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public expenditure per head in real terms was for (a) Northamptonshire, (b) Wellingborough constituency, (c) Kettering constituency and (d) Corby...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was overpaid to recipients of tax credits in Peterborough constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much working families tax credit was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid due to (i) error and (ii) fraud in each year that the credit was available.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Ordnance Survey: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what revenue the Ordnance Survey raised from selling licensable or copyright material to (a) schools and public educational...

    • Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what action the Government are taking to support efforts by local public bodies and voluntary groups to strengthen their...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: European Union

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

      Departments: Pay

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

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Departments: Surveys

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

  • Wales

    • Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Work and Pensions on the level of assistance afforded to former Allied Steel...

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on waiting times for hospital treatment in England of patients from Wales.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce opium production in Afghanistan.

    • India: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support education in rural areas of (a) India and (b) Pakistan.

      Palestinians: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent (a) estimate has been made of the number and (b) assessment has been made of the humanitarian needs of Palestinian...

      Palestinians: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with international colleagues on Palestinian development, with particular reference to the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pilot Schemes: Data Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the trial introduced in North Tyneside following the GNN report, 'Data Sharing can lead to Faster, More Efficient Services', will be...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) individuals and (b) households who were in receipt of (i) housing benefit and (ii) council tax benefit were also in receipt of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) individuals and (b) households were in receipt of (i) income support, (ii) family credit, (iii) housing benefit, (iv) council...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals were living in households where one or more persons in those households received (a) an income-related benefit, (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of failed asylum seekers and their dependants removed to their country of origin under the assisted voluntary return (AVR)...

    • Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqis have (a) applied for and (b) been successful in gaining asylum in the United Kingdom in each year from 2003 to 2007.

      Departments: Good Communication Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what public expenditure her Department incurred to send staff to attend the Good Communication Awards on 30 May held at the Marriott...

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Illegal Immigrants: Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she had with her Mauritanian counterpart on assistance the UK can give to Mauritania to deal with illegal immigrants sailing...

      Immigration Controls: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes she proposes for the system of passport checks of people flying into the UK; and what steps she intends to take to reduce delays...

      Immigration: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested by the police for immigration offences in each year since 1997.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer question 109676, on Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre, tabled by the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam on...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007 to question 144841, on Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, how the prices charged by the contractor are...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007 to question 144839, on Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, for what reasons women are held in confinement...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Consultants

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 on the bingo industry; and if she will make a...

    • Cricket: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to facilitate the introduction of cricket into the wider state school sports education curriculum.

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.

      Holidays: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the British Tourist Board on increasing the number of pet-friendly (a) hotels, (b) bed and breakfast,...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each sports lottery contributor will contribute to the Lottery funding package for the 2012 Olympics.

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) the Youth Sport Trust, (b) the Association for Physical Education and (c) Sports Coach UK were consulted on the...

      Video Games: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on the regulation of violent video games.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in the care of a local authority have been reported to the police as missing; and for how many of these children...

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the National Children's database on data protection and confidentiality.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on (a) the development of social partnership arrangements to cover the children's workforce and (b) pay...

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent from the Transformation Fund for the development of the child care workforce.

      Education: Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the bids of local authorities shortlisted for unitary status on...

      Primary Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on primary education: drugs (1) what estimate he has...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children of compulsory school age in each local education authority area attended independent...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many bullying incidents took place in schools in each financial year since 2002-03.

      Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost has been of the Sure Start programme in each year since it began.

  • Justice

    • Cardiff Prison: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent on the detoxification unit in Cardiff prison in each year since it was established; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

    • Dartmoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons 90 cells in B wing at HM Prison Dartmoor are not being used; and for how long this has been the case.

      Domestic Violence: Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many specialist domestic violence courts there are; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of such courts; how many further such courts are...

      Employment: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 are applied to part-time members of the judiciary.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests for information under freedom of information legislation have been awaiting a decision by the Information Commissioner's Office for...

      Information Commissioner: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many press, marketing and communications staff are employed by the Information Commissioner's office.

      Information Commissioner: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what public expenditure was incurred by the Information Commissioner's office in hiring (a) public affairs companies and consultants and (b) public...

      Legal Aid: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases in each of the last three years the Legal Services Commission recommended exceptional funding for legal advice and representation for...

      Legal Aid: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Legal Services Commission pilot on frontloading legal advice and assistance in asylum cases will be (a) conducted, (b) evaluated and (c)...

      Legal Aid: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of legal aid provision in family law cases was in each of the last three years.

      Legal Aid: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost of the provision of legal aid services in family law cases was in 2006-07; and what the average length of a legally-aided case was...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what work is being conducted by his Department in relation to the Group of States against Corruption's review of party funding.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which (a) redundant military camps or other Ministry of Defence facilities, (b) ships or other floating vessels and (c) former secure hospitals were...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted prisoners have been detained in (a) police and (b) court cells in (i) Wrexham and (ii) Wales in each of the last 12 months.

      Prisons: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) deaths from natural causes, (b) deaths from accidents and (c) self-inflicted deaths have occurred in (i) prisons, (ii) young offender...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what target was set for the number of hours of purposeful activity to be completed by prisoners in each year since 1997.

      Prisons: Ships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when HMPS Weare was sold; to whom she was sold and at what price; what the original cost was of (a) acquiring and (b) refitting her for use as a prison...

      Probation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, columns 2132-34W, on probation: manpower, if he will estimate how many vacancies not classified...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who was consulted prior to the introduction of Statutory Instrument no. 1709, 2007.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what role the departmental controller in each of the secure training centres plays in (a) monitoring and (b) reporting on the use of physical...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times oxygen has been offered, or applied to, detainees following the use of restraint in secure training centres in each of the last three years.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what consultation process was undertaken when deciding whether to extend the physical restraint procedures in the 2006 Youth Justice Board code of...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries occurred in juvenile secure units as a result of physical restraint in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unannounced inspections of each secure training centre have been carried out by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each of the last...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children have been injured during physical restraint in each of the secure training centres in each quarter since January 2006.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what use was made of the chemical incapacitate known as PAVA to end the rooftop demonstration at Huntercombe Young Offenders Institution on 15 June; and...

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what responses he has received about the piloting of the Victims' Advocate Scheme.

      Young Offender Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum capacity of young offender institutes was in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) male and (b) female accommodation.

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government are taking to help young female offenders get back into employment.

      Young Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures in place to rehabilitate young offenders on their release from prison; and if he will make a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the process is for agreeing a new EU treaty; and if he will make a statement.

    • UN Drugs Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the objectives of the United Nations drugs organisations.

      Non-proliferation Treaty Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking in preparation for the non-proliferation treaty review conference in 2010.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve the political situation in Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on Iran.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the middle east peace process.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Israel on incursions by Israeli armed forces into Palestine.

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the growth of illegal settlements in the west bank and east Jerusalem since 2002.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the security situation in Afghanistan.

      African Union: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on increasing co-operation between the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security...

      Australia: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart since January.

      Bermuda: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the arrest and detention of the Auditor General for law and order in Bermuda.

      Burma: UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what diplomatic steps the United Nations has taken on Burma since a resolution was vetoed in January.

      Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart.

      Cayman Islands: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the US Administration in the last 12 months on the Cayman Islands and companies...

      Central African Republic: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports and representations he has received on armed groups seizing children for ransom payments in the Central African...

      Darfur Oil Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other members of the Government on the proposal for a Darfur Oil Trust Fund.

      Darfur Oil Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other members of the Government on the proposals for a Darfur Oil Trust Fund; and if he will...

      East Timor: Democracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the conduct of the parliamentary election campaign in East Timor and its conformity with the...

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the cost of a national referendum on an EU treaty.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future of the middle east peace process.

      Palestinian Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 211W, on Palestinian arms trade, if he will list the items...

      Russia and UK-EU Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Russian relations with the UK and the EU.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Saudi Arabian officials on the country's human rights record.

      Sierra Leone: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of prisoners' rights and living conditions in Sierra Leone.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) representations he has made and (b) reports he has received on the (i) imprisonment and (ii) welfare of Simon Mann in...

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with colleagues in (a) NATO, (b) the European Union and (c) the United Nations Security Council...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the timetable for the full deployment of the combined African Union-United Nations peacekeeping...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) proposed mandate and (b) command and control structure will be for the joint African Union-United Nations...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with colleagues within NATO, the European Union and the UN Security Council on ending offensive...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for the full deployment of the African Union-United Nations force in Darfur; and what progress was made at...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to (a) expedite the deployment of the full African Union-United Nations force to Darfur and (b)...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of whether the Joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan will be under overall...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of the likely timetable for the full deployment of the Joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the proposed mandate for the Joint African Union-United Nations deployment to Darfur.

      Uganda: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to President Museveni of Uganda following the President's statement that the UK was responsible...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what views have been expressed by (a) the London Development Agency and (b) other advisers on the redevelopment of the...

  • Health

    • Chiltern Health Profile 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate the ecological footprint of a Chiltern resident as set out in his Department's publication, Chiltern Health Profile...

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what bio-medical research (a) his Department and (b) the Medical Research Council has funded into the cause or causes of chronic fatigue...

      Health Profiles: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the indicator ecological footprint included in Health Profiles of Local Authorities issued by the Public Health Observatory will be used by local...

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have been denied IVF treatment on the grounds of the 'need of that child for a father' in accordance with 13 (5) of the Human Fertilisation...

      Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of the Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill on Government...

      Meat: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with trading standards representatives on the regulation of businesses which insert water and protein into meat.

      Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place for testing imported meat for MRSA contamination.

      Smoking: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 55 years he expects to give up smoking as a result of the public smoking ban.

      Smoking: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether accommodation used in reality television programmes are enclosed public places for the purposes of the forthcoming smoking ban; and if he will...

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1008W, on vCJD, what the name is of each prototype vCJD assay that is being evaluated;...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how frequently real time electricity displays will communicate data to customers under his proposals to extend...

    • Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he expects the smart-meters proposed in his Energy White Paper will be fully broadband enabled; and what...

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the EU on a common energy policy.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many civil servants, and of what pay grade, worked on restructuring the low carbon buildings programme.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why his Department has cut the maximum limit for grants offered to householders through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget is for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and what the...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent under phase one of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) in total and (b) in each region in the...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent to date under phase two of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) in total and (b) in each...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to increase funding under phase 1 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans the Department has to raise the cap on grants per household under Phase 1 of the Low Carbon Buildings...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent under Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) in total and (b) in each region of...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding under Phase 1 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has not yet been allocated; and if he will make a...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Department expects all the funding under Phase 1 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme to be allocated; and...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much money under Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme has not yet been allocated; and if he will make a...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding was allocated to the low carbon buildings programme for 2006-07.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps the Government have taken since 1997 to encourage mortgage lenders to offer flexible types of loan;...

      Mothers: Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what work he is undertaking to promote flexible working hours for new mothers.

      Sun Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what legislation covers (a) the sale of tanning equipment to private individuals for use in the home and (b) the...

  • House of Lords

    • Crime: Mr Terry McCormick

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the statement made by Mr Terry McCormick on BBC Northern Ireland on 19 June that he was involved in the interrogation and murder of Captain...

    • Elections: Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which councils in England hold elections for half the membership at a time; and in which years they hold them.

      Elections: Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which councils in England which previously held elections for a third of the membership at a time now hold whole-council elections; and in which years they hold them.

      Elections: Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which county councils in England have some electoral divisions which elect more than one member.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish statistics on the number of evictions of Gypsies and Travellers in each of the years 2000 to 2006 under Section 61 of the Criminal...

      Housing: Buy-to-Let

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the increasing proportion of mortgages and loans for the purchase of housing for buying-to-let.

      Housing: Buy-to-Let

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce measures to restrict the amount of lending for buy-to-let housing purchases, or to tighten the tax regime in relation to...

      Housing: Security of Tenure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to increase the level of security of tenure of tenants of private housing, and in particular holders of assured tenancies, and the...

      Housing: Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the statistical basis for the Statement by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 20 June (Official Report, col. 220) that "housing supply has increased by over...

      Immigration: Bail Hearings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of escorting immigration detainees to and from bail hearings in 2007-08; what financial penalties were imposed on the contractors for...

      Immigration: Campsfield Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the practice at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre routinely to handcuff patients attending external medical appointments.

      Immigration: Campsfield Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a reward and sanctions system in place in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre which sanctions detainees for non-compliance with...

      Immigration: Campsfield Removal Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether staff and detainees who eat in the same dining room at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre are issued with different cutlery.

      Immigration: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What childcare provision is made during substantive asylum or immigration interviews of women with small children, or when a woman gives evidence corroborating the...

      Immigration: Removal Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of installing video conference facilities in the 10 immigration removal centres.

      Immigration: Yarl's Wood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of reports that 100 women at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre are refusing food, 70 per cent of women had reported previous...

      Local Government: Parishes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many parishes in England with between 150 and 1,000 electors have (a) a parish meeting, and (b) a parish council; and what is the size, in terms of number of...

      Local Government: Parishes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many parishes in England with more than 1,000 electors have a parish meeting, but no parish council; and what is the size, in terms of number of electors, and...

      Local Government: Parishes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which district council areas in England they are considering recommendations for changes to the pattern of parish councils following parish reviews in those...

      Northern Ireland Office: Press Contact Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following devolution of power to the Northern Ireland Assembly, how many press contact staff still work for the Northern Ireland Office in the Province; and where...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the School Governance (Parent Council) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1330), whether these regulations may result in a greater workload for...

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