Written answers

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

  • Wales

    • Prisoners' Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussion he has had with the First Minister on the provision of support for children in Wales whose mothers are in prison.

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister in Wales on the working of the Barnett formula as it applies to public funding in Wales.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has held with the Welsh First Minister on prescriptions written in England being filled in Wales.

      GP Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has held with Welsh Assembly Ministers on funding for the treatment of English patients registered with Welsh GPs.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the development of community policing in North Wales.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the level of public expenditure per head of population is in Wales in 2007-08.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1289W, on Departments: manpower, how many staff in his Department are classed as without posts.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost.

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Wales how many staff in his Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in the last...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussion he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the economic benefits for Wales arising out of the introduction of regional pay in the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Official Residences: Mr. Prescott

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East (Mr. Prescott) will be permitted to remain in his official residence in Admiralty House; and on what financial...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each year since 2000;...

    • Football: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families on increasing participation in football...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations his Department has received from (a) the gaming industry and (b) local authorities on the deadline for premises...

      Gaming Machines: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to permit the pre-testing of gaming machines prior to the implementation of the new machine categories...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the value of land at the Olympic site which will be available for resale after hosting the Olympic games in...

      Sport England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was provided to Sport England North East Region in each of the last five years; and what the projected funding allocation...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departments: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1216W, on Departments: Advertising, under what terms the...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 305W, to the hon. Member for Reading, East (Mr. Wilson), on...

      Saudi Arabia: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations were received by her Department about the Al-Yamamah military contract in the three months prior to the...

      Sierra Leone: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to ensure that elections in Sierra Leone are free and fair; for how long he expects...

      Sudan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK is making to the Government of Sudan on its commitment under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to...

      Sudan: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government intend to work with their counterparts in the UN to introduce a Darfur oil trust fund.

      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 combined African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force to Sudan.

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide details of the proposed mandate for the African Union-United Nations deployment to Darfur.

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on incursion into the Uganda High Court by security forces to re-arrest suspects previously given...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent advice she has had from TRANSEC on current hand baggage restrictions, with particular reference to the number of pieces of hand baggage...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals lodged in 2006 by bus operators under the concessionary travel appeal system in England have been successful; how many appeals were...

      Bus Services: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the provision of rural bus services of the real terms reduction in the rural bus subsidy grant to...

      Bypasses: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make available funding to help finance the construction of an eastern bypass for Kettering.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date she expects the Channel Tunnel to reach full capacity for (a) freight and (b) passengers.

      Departments: Pay

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Department in the last three years; and at what total cost.

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Lorries: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on tackling competitive distortions in the UK haulier market via a system of national road pricing.

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she or other Ministers from her Department last met the chairman of the Motorcycle Action Group to discuss policy issues; and when the next such...

      Motorcycles: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is her policy to introduce electronic tagging of motorcycles.

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what co-ordination exists between different regions of the Highways Agency to ensure that motorway lane closures in one region are notified to...

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice she has given on the use of overhead gantry signs to ensure that motorists using a motorway in one Highways Agency area are warned of...

      Official Cars: Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of Government Car and Despatch Agency vehicles are hybrid electric vehicles.

      Railways: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evaluation her Department has made of the (a) punctuality and (b) reliability of trains operated by First Great Western between London and South...

      Railways: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the standard of First Great Western's train services between London and South Wales.

      Shipping: ELL Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with her opposite numbers in other EU states about the EU's consultation paper "Towards a future Maritime Policy for the...

      Traffic Officers: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Highways Agency traffic officers have, in the course of their duties, been (a) caught speeding and (b) prosecuted for speeding in each of...

      Train Operating Companies: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent meetings her Department has had with train operating companies to discuss pricing structures for the railways; who attended; what the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken by UK forces in the Helmand province of Afghanistan to prevent the cultivation of opium.

    • Aircraft Carriers: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he intends that France will participate in the construction of the UK future aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to provide independent advisory panels to oversee welfare provision for trainee soldiers; at which barracks panels have been...

      Armed Forces: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vacancies there are for chefs in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army, (c) Royal Air Force and (d) Royal Marines.

      Chemicals: Ballast Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide funding for the clean up of chemicals and asbestos at Ballast Bank, Charlestown in Fife.

      Departments: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence 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: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many travel warrants were provided from Abbey Wood to Chippenham in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Ex-servicemen: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances discharged service personnel can be classed as vulnerable service leavers and eligible for priority housing.

      Ex-servicemen: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Gulf War I veterans suffering from mental health issues there are in the Stockport area; and what proportion are receiving treatment.

      Gibraltar: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association will be consulted in connection with the review of the Gibraltar Services Police.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people applied for service in the Gurkhas in each of the last three years; and what the average selection time was.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to be in a position to make a detailed report of the (a) costs and (b) other aspects of UK involvement with Operation Telic; and if he...

      Official Residences: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what costs were incurred for maintenance at the official residence of the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in implementing the recommendations from the Deepcut Review report produced by Sir Nicholas Blake, QC, published in...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular and (b) Territorial Army staff work in the Inspector General's Territorial Army department, broken down by (a) appointment and...

      Territorial Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the strength of the various sections of the Territorial Army have seen active deployment, broken down by (a) officers and (b) other...

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce a campaign medal for the servicemen and women involved in the Bomber Command campaign in the second world war; and if he will make a...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued since the enactment of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 in (a) England, (b) the...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were breached in each local authority area in each of the last three years.

      Antisocial Behaviour: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the levels of perception of anti-social behaviour in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) Stockport and (c) Cheadle...

      Asylum: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research she has commissioned into the skills and qualifications held by (a) asylum seekers and (b) refugees.

      Burglary: Northumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic burglaries there were in (a) Houghton and Washington, East and (b) Northumbria police authority area in each of the last...

      Crime: Northumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recorded level of crime was in (a) Houghton and Washington, East constituency and (b) Northumbria police authority area in each of...

      Crimestoppers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions she has had on Crimestoppers; and what steps she is taking to promote and increase awareness of the service;...

      Departments: European Union

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

      Departments: Pay

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

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on the proposals to provide Europol with access to commercial data in the absence of a specific and credible...

      Proof of Age Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the (a) availability and (b) misuse of fake proof of age cards; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Immigrants: Malta

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial assistance has been given to Malta for tackling illegal African immigrants coming to that country.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to encourage chief constables to undertake similar exercises to Operation Foist in their areas.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of Operation Foist in the London area.

      Racially Aggravated Offences: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what type of offences with racial motivation were recorded by Wiltshire Constabulary which (a) were taken to court and (b)...

      Road Traffic Act 1988: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given by her Department to police forces on the exercise of the powers contained in section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      Theft: Bicycles

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

      War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 144W, on war criminals, (1) whether the police have contacted Vladimir...

      War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 146W, on war criminals, whether progress has been made with the request...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Autism: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to raise the level of autism awareness among the (a) Northern Ireland Prison Service, (b) Police Service of Northern...

    • Autism: Judiciary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has assessed the partnership between Dyfed Powys Police, North Wales Police and Autism Cymru to develop an assessment of the needs of...

      Customs Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many uniformed HM Revenue and Customs officers are deployed in a full-time capacity in Northern Ireland, excluding intelligence and...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vessels from (a) EU states and (b) non-EU were searched by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland ports in each of the last two years.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1263W, what the outcome was of his discussions with the Chancellor of the...

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles were detected smuggling fuel into Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what total quantity of fuel being smuggled into Northern Ireland was seized in each of the last three years.

      Smuggling: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what volume of fuel being smuggled from Northern Ireland to (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) mainland Great Britain was seized in each of...

  • Justice

    • Asylum: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for statutory review of a refusal to grant asylum were submitted in each year since 1997; how many such applications were granted;...

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria were used by his Department to determine the paybands of departmental staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many persons currently ordered by the courts to be tagged (a) as part of their bail conditions, (b) as part of an early release scheme and...

      Electronic Tagging: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences were committed by tagged offenders in Stockport in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many children, and which organisations representing children, responded to the Confidence and Confidentiality consultation on family courts;...

      Prisoners Release: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been paid in compensation for board to prisoners who have been released early in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Prisoners Release: Winchester Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are to be released from Winchester Prison under the Government's recent early release proposals in the next 12 months.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners received treatment through the detoxification unit at Cardiff Prison in each year since it was established; and if he will make a...

      Prisons: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rate of staff turnover in the Prison Service in prisons in Wales was in each month since 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to respond to the report by the Welsh Affairs Committee on the prisons estate in Wales.

      Victim Support Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1733W, on victim support schemes: expenditure, what his estimate is of the annual total...

      Young Offender Institutions: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of levels of overcrowding at young offenders institutions; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Babies: Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) births and (b) terminations there were of babies with Down's Syndrome in each of the last five years; (2) how many (a) births and...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1495W, on departmental expenditure, whether the £50,955 is in addition to the...

      Departments: Block Grant

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual block grant was for the Home Department in each year since 2002.

      Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for internal review made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have taken longer than 40 working days to complete.

      Departments: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister agreed to each use by his Department of a section 36 exemption to withhold information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and on...

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the...

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.

      Ministers: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what advice HM Revenue and Customs has provided on the tax status of official ministerial residences; (2) what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has...

      Planning Gain Supplement: Local Authorities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation his Department has undertaken with local authorities on the distribution of planning-gain supplement.

      Planning Gain Supplement: Local Authorities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of planning-gain supplement he proposes to return to the local authorities within whose area it is generated; and whether the remainder will...

      Public Services Productivity Panel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what contribution John Miskelly made through work on the Public Services Productivity Panel; (2) over what periods John Miskelly was employed on the...

      Revenue and Customs: Kettering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider (a) amalgamating the tax offices in Kettering into one building and (b) not relocating the staff to Northampton or Leicester.

      Revenue and Customs: Sunderland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Mapeley about the feasibility of finding alternative uses for Shackleton and Gilbridge Houses in Sunderland if HM Revenue...

      Revenue and Customs: Sunderland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the economy of Sunderland city centre of the proposed closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices in...

      Teenage Pregnancy: Stockport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the teenage conception rate was for (a) the Stockport Primary Care Trust area and (b) Cheadle at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of 18 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training in (a) the UK, (b) Northamptonshire and (c)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes were classed as unemployed in each year between 1997 and 2007.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 19, (e) 20 (f) 21, (g) 22, (h) 23 and (i) 24 year olds were (i) economically inactive and not in full-time...

      Valuation Office: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1323W, on Valuation Office: contracts, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      VAT: Disability Aids

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on value added tax and the purchase of aids and equipment for the elderly.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimates he has made of the proportion of tax credit overpayments which are caused by official error; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls to the tax credits helpline were dealt with by private sector companies in each month from January 2003 to June 2007; how many of these were...

  • International Development

    • Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist (a) Uganda and (b) Senegal in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

    • Bangladesh: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department in conjunction with the Asian Development Bank to alleviate poverty in Bangladesh.

      Departments: Pay

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in his Department in the last three years; and at what total cost.

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 International Development what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to travel to work.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than...

      HIV Infection: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government are giving to UNICEF's efforts for a greater supply of the necessary medication to prevent the transmission...

      South America: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department are undertaking to alleviate poverty in (a) Uruguay, (b) Argentina, (c) Brazil and (d) Peru.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN Joint Logistics Centre in providing non food items for humanitarian...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage those in employment to engage in further educational study.

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students (a) enrolled for and (b) were awarded higher national certificates in each of the last 10 years.

      Higher Education Funding Council for England: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what proportion of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's annual budget was spent on Higher National...

      Higher Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the student to lecturer ratio is in (a) Russell Group, (b) pre-1992 and (c) post-1992 universities, broken down by...

      Higher Education: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils in receipt of disabled students' allowance from (a) all schools, (b) maintained...

      Higher Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what average number of contact hours students received per week in (a) Russell Group, (b) pre-1992 and (c) post-1992...

      Research: Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding for research into the development of treatment using (a) embryonic stem cells and (b) stem cells from...

      Students: Part-Time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of undergraduate students who were in part-time work in the (a) first...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • City Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of the average Level 3 qualification and curriculum authority point score for pupils attending state city...

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the relationship between class size and pupil achievement at (a) Key Stage 1, (b) Key Stage 2 and...

      Classroom Assistants: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 783W, on classroom assistants: mathematics, how many placements...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1702W, on Departments: delivery unit, what the (a) start date,...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much is being spent on (a) personalised learning, with special weighting for deprived areas, for low achievers and (b) one...

      Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was allocated for capital expenditure on education in Stockton-on-Tees in each year since 1997.

      GCE A Level

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

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained mainstream schools who gained five good GCSEs in 2006 gained (a) five, (b)...

      Intimidation: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps he plans to take to encourage schools to (a) record all incidents of bullying and (b) report the statistics to...

      Learning Disability: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are being taken to prevent bullying among young people with learning difficulties.

      Local Education Authorities: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local education authorities lost records in the fire at the Iron Mountain facility fire at Bromley-by-Bow on 12 July 2006;...

      Primary Education: Teaching Methods

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

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the relationship between pupil achievement and pupil attendance at (a) Key Stage 1, (b) Key Stage...

      Pupils: Guardianship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what mechanisms are in place to regulate or assess the quality of commercial guardianship services provided by UK organisations...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to tackle bullying in schools.

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated to the North East of England to tackle bullying in schools in the last 12 months for which...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 797W, on pupils: intimidation, (1) on what date his...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent per pupil in Warrington in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what capital expenditure has been allocated to (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in each local authority area in...

      Schools: Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individuals teaching or managing in schools are paid through personal service companies (IR35), broken down by local...

      Schools: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what religious groups his Department has corresponded with in the past 12 months over possible sponsorship of (a) an academy and...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teaching posts were removed by each local education authority area in each year...

      Teachers: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology and (d) biochemistry graduates began teacher training in each of the last 10...

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect on the educational attainments of pupils of being taught by unqualified teachers.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what training in teaching reading is provided to student teachers at university.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers in the maintained sector have been trained by the Applied Scholastics programme; (2) what assessment his...

      Teachers: Working hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the hours an average (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher spends on planning,...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what contact his Department has had with Applied Scholastics since 1997.

  • Health

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) state funded and (b) privately funded care home places in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England per head of...

    • Care Homes: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many extra care housing places there are (a) taken up and (b) available in Cornwall.

      Dental Services: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what spare capacity expressed in patient numbers is available for (a) under 18, (b) over 18 fee paying and (c) over 18 charge exempt people who want to...

      Departments: Older Workers

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

      Departments: Older Workers

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Departments: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Parliamentary Questions were tabled to his Department between 1 January and 30 June 2007, broken down by (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named...

      Disabled: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) Cornwall's and (b) England's (i) total, (ii) adult and (iii) child population was registered disabled on the latest date for...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department expects to allocate to (a) the Healthcare Commission, (b) the National Patient Safety Agency, (c) the General Social Care...

      Hearing Impaired: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress on the Government's target to reduce waiting times for audiology assessments to six weeks by March 2008.

      Mentally Ill: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies he has (a) reviewed and (b) commissioned on levels of mental illness in young people, with particular reference to levels of clinical...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts have led a health economy-wide approach to implementation of the DH Musculoskeletal Services Framework; and how many...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why musculoskeletal services are excluded from the Quality and Outcomes Framework; and whether consideration will be given to including them in the next...

      New Deal for Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) over what time period the funding package announced in the written ministerial statement of 21 February 2007, Official Report, column 49WS, on the...

      Osteoporosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of the cost to the NHS of treating patients with osteoporotic fractures of the (a) hip, (b) wrist and (c) vertebrae in the...

      Osteoporosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the time taken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to develop guidance on...

      Pregnancy: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many amniocentesis procedures were carried out in each of the last three years; how many of the procedures resulted in a diagnosis for Down's Syndrome...

  • Minister for Women

    • Females: Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for Women what work is undertaken by the taskforce on women's enterprise; and what progress has been made towards the recruitment of a national network of 1,000 female...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • British Telecommunications: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the outcome was of discussions between his Department and Ofcom on British Telecom's decision to introduce an...

    • Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many energy saving lightbulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and...

      Energy: Black Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support his Department has given to UK energy companies developing new energy resources in the Black Sea.

      Manufacturing Industries: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what new market opportunities for manufacturing exports were offered by Brazil and India at discussions with the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the level of the national minimum wage was for (a) adults and (b) younger workers (i) at its inception and (ii)...

      Post Offices: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies the Post Office has undertaken into the impact on surrounding sub-post offices of establishing post offices in WH Smith branches.

      Post Offices: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when details will be announced of the compensation to be made to sub-post offices whose businesses are adversely...

      Postal Services: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had (a) with ministerial colleagues and (b) at the European level on (i) the...

      Trade Unions: Ballots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library copies of the scrutineers' report on union ballots on political fund retention, held...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made for the future of the World Trade Organisation Doha Round following discussions between...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Voluntary Work: Kettering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will visit the Kettering voluntary network to discuss the challenges faced by the third sector in Kettering.

  • House of Lords

    • Army: Drumadd Barracks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the military bases at Drumadd Barracks, Armagh City, will be vacated; and what proposals there are to dispose of these barracks.

    • Ascension Island

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, and by what authority, the Governor of Ascension Island has suspended the Island Council (Ascension) Ordinance 2002 and has decided that in place of an...

      Ascension Island

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the members of the governor's advisory group on Ascension Island; what are their terms of reference; and how they reconcile the appointment of the body...

      Aviation: Galway Air Show

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the circumstances of the incident at the Galway air show on 24 June when the door to a Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter in flight was reported to have...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 14 June (WA 267) regarding Nepalese citizenship law, and having regard to paragraph 4.86(3) of the Companion to...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances the British consulate-general in Hong Kong does not forward every document submitted by a person in support of an application for British...

      Crime: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British citizens convicted of (a) serious, and (b) minor or technical offences committed in the United States have been deported from the United States to...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Sierra Leone about the incidence of female genital mutilation of girls, and in particular the exclusion...

      Iran: HMS "Cornwall"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What protective marking appears on the first page of the Fulton report.

      Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many selective licensing zones have been approved; what is the location and size, in terms of the number of properties, of each one; and with which local...

      Prisoners: Release Under Licence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people on licence from prison are recalled by a probation officer for a single breach where no further criminal offence is alleged.

      Railways: Tickets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new franchise for the East Midlands railway includes arrangements for providing adequate facilities for passengers to purchase tickets on the day of travel.

      Zimbabwe: EU-AU Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What position they intend to adopt in relation to the attendance of President Mugabe at the European Union-African Union conference scheduled for November in...

      Zimbabwe: Money Laundering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have evidence that senior Zimbabwean government personnel have transferred assets outside the country; and what steps they and their European Union...

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