Written answers

Thursday, 5 July 2007

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with employers' organisations and trade unions on skills shortages in the construction...

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many voluntary and compulsory closures of post offices there will be over the next two years; and if he will make...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to reform the process of regulation.

      Enterprise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent measures he has introduced to encourage and support people who wish to start their own enterprise.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make a statement on progress in the World Trade Organisation talks.

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Insolvency Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms are in place to reduce the risk of corruption in the award or approval of contracts by his Department;...

      Asphalt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what volume of asphalt was produced in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what estimate...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what work his Department is undertaking on the research and development of carbon sequestration in the United Kingdom.

      Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Department spent on (a) management consultants and (b) other external consultants and advisers in each...

      Departments: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which agencies of his Department maintain offices overseas; in which countries each agency maintains an office; how...

      Homosexuality: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken by the Government to tackle homophobic bullying in the workplace.

      Post Offices: Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many free-to-use cash machines have been installed in sub-post offices.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many voluntary and compulsory closures of post offices he expects there to be over the next two years.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory Post Office closures there will be over the next two years; and if he will...

      Post Offices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much of the funding allocated to the post office network by the Government have been allocated for (a) training,...

      Post Offices: Stafford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many representations Post Office Ltd. received in response to its consultation on the moving of the Stafford Crown...

      Postal Services: Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much subsidy was provided by local authorities for Postbus services in the last year for which figures are available.

      Power Stations: Peterhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 144W, on Power Stations: Peterhead, what additional...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he plans to take to improve UK productivity over the next 12 months.

      Safety: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures the Government are taking to stop sofas and chairs which do not meet the fire safety regulations from...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Babies: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the number of newborn babies taken into care in North Tyneside in the last three months;...

    • Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in Key Stages 3 and 4 were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is responsible for workforce development on physical education and sport; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children who moved from primary school to secondary school attained an average of level 4 or below at key stage 2 in each...

      Primary Education: Teaching Methods

      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: teaching methods, (1) how much has...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent per pupil in Stockton-on-Tees in each year since 1997.

      Pupils: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) to how many GCSEs (a) a CACHE Foundation Award in Caring for Children and (b) a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the outcome was of the review of refuge for runaway children; and when he will publish the report of the review.

      Schools: Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the allocated budget is for school sport at non-specialist sports colleges.

      Teachers: Stockton-on-Tees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Stockton-on-Tees in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list all (a) consents and (b) refusals of consent since 1 May 1990 under the Allotments Act 1925 for the disposal...

    • Council Tax: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the liability for council tax is of a full-time student sharing one dwelling with three others.

      Local Government: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations of (a) support and (b) opposition have been received for the unitary bid for Somerset local government...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to support Local Sector Independence Day on 4 July.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how his Department plans to discharge its commitment to review the premises licence fees charged by local authorities under the Gambling...

    • Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's estimate is of the average premises licence fee charged by local authorities under the Gambling Act 2005; and what...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on recent conflict in the Myanishen district of Kandahar province; whether the Taliban is in control of this district; and...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters are dedicated for medical lift in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average time for medical evacuations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the capacity of medical facilities and supplies in Afghanistan to respond to an event with significant numbers of casualties.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Training Rationalisation Programme will support up-skilling throughout (a) Wales and (b) the rest of the UK beyond the Armed...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will require the Defence Training Review preferred bidder to hold discussions with Persimmon Homes and Barratts on planning gains for the Defence...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where he expects the new accommodation for trainees and military and civilian staff at the military training academy MOD St. Athan to be located.

      Army Board: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what expenses incurred by partners of members of the Army Board may be claimed for from his Department; and how much was spent on those expenses in 2006,...

      BAE: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the US Administration on the subject of contracts obtained by BAE Systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials from his Department applied to join BAE under the business appointments procedure in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Pay

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

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's top level budget holders and their related management groupings in each financial year since 1997.

      Depleted Uranium: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many depleted uranium shells were fired into the Irish Sea and the waters feeding into the Irish Sea in each of the last 30 years.

      Depleted Uranium: 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.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government plans to extend the eligibility for the HM forces Veterans' Badge to the Royal Observer Corps.

      Iraq: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed in Iraq since March 2003.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the rate by which (a) vehicles, (b) helicopters and (c) fixed-wing aircraft in service in Iraq and Afghanistan are not...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 17 May 2007 on an issue related to the Grievance Appeal Panel.

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to secure the future operation and maintenance of the runway at MOD St. Athan.

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the preferred bidder for the Defence Training Academy, MOD St. Athan has to re-open St. Athan Halt or construct a new railway station.

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will require the Defence Training Review preferred bidder to make an assessment of the impact of the new build at the Defence Training Academy, MOD...

      NATO: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to move NATO joint headquarters from Rheindahlen to RAF Innsworth; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Personnel: Psychiatric Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what facilities are available for psychiatric treatment of troops on return to Stockport after service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) NATO, (b) European Union and (c) UN colleagues on the ending of offensive Sudanese flights over Darfur.

      Territorial Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the level of recruiting has been to the Territorial Army for other ranks for the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many of...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the Cabinet Office's responsibilities with regard to the 2012 Olympics.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Shows: Minsterley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to visit the Minsterley Show in 2007.

    • Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution of energy supply companies to energy efficiency.

      Pesticides: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the likelihood of the acute reference dose for pesticides being exceeded by an individual consumer.

      Pesticides: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to advise consumers of the importance of washing or peeling fruit to reduce herbicide and pesticide...

      Pesticides: Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the maximum residue level for commonly used pesticides was last reviewed.

      Pesticides: Residues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account is taken of individual fruits having levels high enough to exceed the acute reference dose when determining the...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the advice and guidance given by his Department to regional development agencies on axes 1 and 3 of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he plans to make to the United States on Guantanamo Bay.

    • Burma: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the use that the Army and Air Force in Burma will make of military material and training...

      Departments: Common Purpose

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

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: European Union

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and...

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Ethiopia: Treason

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by the Government on the progress of the treason trials in Ethiopia; and if he will make a...

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ministers took part in discussions of the Amending Treaty agreed at the June European Council in the two months prior...

      Group of Eight: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions Ministers in his Department held with African leaders during the recent G8 meeting in Germany.

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider further the merits of releasing into the public domain the draft of the September 2002 dossier on Iraq...

      Jamaica: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Ms Vanessa Ann Marie Brown, date of birth 17 May 1979, of Jamaica to receive student entry clearance arising...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on governmental relations with Hamas if its policy towards Israel does not change; and if he...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to visit Poland.

      Robert Tweyambe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the (a) health and (b) ability to access medical treatment of the detained Uganda Forum for...

      Uganda: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the deaths in Makindye military barracks of three Forum for Democratic Change members, Denis...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Bishop Auckland Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the accident and emergency unit at Bishop Auckland General Hospital.

    • Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were diagnosed with cancer of the bowel in each year since 2001, broken down by acute trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) patient and public interest groups and (b) professional healthcare regulators have met (i) Ministers and (ii) officials from his Department to...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department expects to allocate to the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (a) for communication purposes and (b) to promote public...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budgetary allocation is for expenditure by the Government on healthcare from private sector providers in 2007-08.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the rules governing the choose and book system allow for the names of individual clinicians within a particular service and their indicative...

      United Health Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2199W, on United Health Group, in which salary band Mr Channing Wheeler's salary falls;...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 1 May to the Minister of State about Nexavar.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders imposed at magistrates' courts in each of the last three years were overturned on appeal.

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions she has had with those hosting social networking sites on adopting mechanisms to prevent child abuse; (2) what...

      Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely impact of serious crime prevention orders proposed in the Serious Crime Bill, if enacted, on the...

      Homicide: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of so-called honour killings in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nationality.

      Homicide: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for so-called honour killings there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Homicide: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategy her Department has in place to tackle so-called honour killings; and how long it has been in existence.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans the Government have to increase the number of disadvantaged young women entering apprenticeships.

    • Foundation Degrees: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of those qualifying with foundation degrees were employed by local authorities in each of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) low-participation neighbourhoods and (b) socioeconomic classes 4-7 (i)...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many (a) girls and (b) boys were accepted to study (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biochemistry, (iv)...

      Intellectual Property: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made on the UK/India intellectual property rights programme since its signing in 2004.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to discourage farmers in Afghanistan from growing opium for use in illegal drugs.

    • Departments: Common Purpose

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

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria are used to determine whether a country is a heavily indebted poor country.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contact his Department has had with Applied Scholastics since 1997.

      Gambia: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much money from the public purse has been provided to the Gambian Government for education programmes (a) by the Government...

      Gambia: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the Gambian education system's adoption of the Applied Scholastics programme.

      Namibia: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the European Commission over EU aid to Namibia.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the most recent visit took place by a Minister in his Department to Nepal; and what the outcomes were of the visit.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was provided to Nepal in each of the last five years, broken down by sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Nepal: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what national programmes his Department funds in health and education which reach Jiling, Nuwakot in Nepal.

      Nepal: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to people living in Jiling village in Nuwakot district in Nepal.

      Pakistan: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the situation caused by the cyclone in the Balochistan province of Pakistan; and what...

      Sierra Leone: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on illegal uses of aid funds in Sierra Leone.

      Somalia: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his estimate is of the number of Somalian refugees living in (a) Ethiopia and (b) Kenya; and what assistance is being provided...

  • Justice

    • Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects the database under development by the Pre-Release Section to be operational.

    • Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      High Court: Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the purpose was of the ceremony he attended at the High Court on 4 July; what undertakings he gave; what oaths he swore; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how legal aid funding was spent across Wales through the Crown courts in each of the last seven years, broken down by (a) the lowest possible...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of legal cases in Wales were in receipt of legal aid in each of the last seven years, broken down (a) to the lowest possible...

      Police Custody: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Welsh police forces have spent on housing prisoners under Operation Safeguard in each month since it began; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice why different targets have been set for prisons run in the (a) public and (b) private sectors for the percentage of prisoners held in accommodation...

      Prison Service: Prison Officers' Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse has been of the recent case brought by the Prison Service against the Prison Officers Association; what response he has...

      Prisons: Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of living increase in 2007 will be for forensic psychologists (in training) in the prison service.

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that information about a defendant's status as a persistent and prolific offender is disclosable to the court...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in her Office in each year between 1997 and 2006; and at what total cost.

  • Minister for Women

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the merits of encouraging employers to advertise posts as available for flexible working to help lone parents and carers...

    • Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of levels of awareness of flexible working rights amongst eligible parents.

      Local Authority Employment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the reasons for the under-representation of women on local authorities.

      Ethnic Minorities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to tackle inequalities affecting ethnic minority women in the workplace.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 June, Official Report, column 327-8W on alcoholic drinks: young people, when he expects the Police Service of...

    • Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 17-18W, on sexual offences, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Smuggling: Fuels

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers are unpaid; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the provision of facilities for them to carry out their ministerial duties.

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on security of the energy supply (a) to and (b) in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedures he will adopt to determine how to prioritise his responsibilities as Secretary of State for Scotland against his other ministerial...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether free concessionary travel will be available to older and disabled passengers on open-top tourist buses registered as local bus services under...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to allocate the £212 million additional funding being made available to local authorities for the 2008 English National...

      Bus Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of introducing smartcard readers to the English bus fleet; and what discussions she has had with representatives...

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many high occupancy vehicle lanes have been brought into use since 1997.

      Departments: European Union

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

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

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

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which projects originally valued at more than £5 million her Department has funded since 1997, broken down by Government Office region; and what...

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what data her Department has on the number of accidents in each year from 1997 to 2005 that were caused by drivers whose blood alcohol level was (a)...

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Galileo project will have the functionality to facilitate the implementation of a national road-pricing scheme; and if she will make a...

      M6: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which routes Lancashire county council submitted to the Government in July 2005 as part of the county council's major business case for the Heysham to...

      M60: Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 727W, on M60: road signs and markings, whether legislative changes are necessary in...

      Public Transport: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the contribution of late night public transport to public safety, particularly from town and city centres; and if she...

  • Treasury

    • Al-Yamamah Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 362W, on the Al-Yamamah project, how many different bank accounts were examined as part of...

    • Buildings: Cabinet Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Cabinet Office on Project George in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was allocated to offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions estimated to have arisen from his Department in respect of flights in (a) 2005-06 and...

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1881W to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on Departments: property, from...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Departments: Telephone Numbering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by each of his departmental agencies; and what revenue was received from them in each year since 2001.

      General Practitioners: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment HM Treasury had made of the cost of a new GP contract prior to his 2002 Budget announcement that the new funding settlement for the NHS...

      Health Spending Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the objectives are of his Department's Health Spending Team.

      Industrial and Agricultural Building Allowances Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he has received on the changes proposed in the Budget to the industrial and agricultural building allowances scheme; and what...

      Inheritance Tax: Edinburgh

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was raised from inheritance tax on estates within the City of Edinburgh local authority area in each year since 1996; (2) how many estates...

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1313W, on NHS: consultants, which of his Department's...

      Public Expenditure: Home Office and the Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of annual average real growth is for the budget of (a) the Home Office and (b) the Ministry of Justice for the years covered by his...

      Public Expenditure: Shropshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total Government spending was for (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham, (b) Worcester and (c) Telford constituency in 2006.

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library the results of the research commissioned by his Department in April 2005 on the economic and fiscal effects of...

      Taxation: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which officials in his Department are responsible for the ongoing review into non-domicile taxation; (2) which external advisers are involved in the...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration the Office of Government Commerce has given to procurement of waste treatment and disposal services.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit (a) maladministration and (b) consolatory payments were made in each month between October 2006 and June 2007.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.

    • Police: Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many police officers in Wales were (a) prosecuted, (b) disciplined and (c) dismissed for drink driving related offences in each of the last three years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance claims have been made in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance claims have been turned down in the last 12 months; how many of these have gone to appeal; how many cases...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance awards in the last 12 months have been for (a) a fixed period and (b) an indefinite period; and if he...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been asked to attend a disability living allowance medical examination in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which publications his Department will be placing advertising as part of the Employability Initiative.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes claimed incapacity benefits in each year between 1995 and 2007.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of jobs advertised through Jobcentre Plus referred the applicant to (a) an employment agency and (b) an employment...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the statement by the Agency Co-ordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) on 19 June that at least 230 civilian deaths have been caused by...

    • Agriculture: Pigs and Poultry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether discussions between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency will result in integrated pollution prevention...

      Armed Forces: Airbridges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times the current Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Logistics) travelled as an ordinary passenger on the airbridge (a) from the United Kingdom to...

      Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the collaboration with the French on design development for three Future aircraft carriers, they have decided to collaborate on the construction...

      Bridges Community Ventures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the responsibility of Bridges Community Ventures Limited for £20 million of taxpayers' money, which members of its board are either (a) not...

      Equality: Age Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether age discrimination legislation prevents local councils that run weekly two-hour walks as part of their adult education programme from giving concessions to...

      Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Convention on Human Rights applies to extradition cases involving United Kingdom citizens.

      Internet: Names Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to expand the management capacity for country code United Kingdom top civil domain names by Nominet and JANET(UK) for enhanced internet names...

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the full terms of reference for Mr Blair as the quartet's representative in the Middle East.

      Taxation: Overseas Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what legislative authority HM Revenue and Customs is able to respond to requests from overseas tax authorities for information from United Kingdom...

      Taxation: Overseas Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers HM Revenue and Customs has in the event that informal requests made by it for assistance from United Kingdom organisations or companies in connection...

      Taxation: Overseas Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards are in place to ensure that only reasonable and proportionate requests by overseas tax authorities for the provision or the exchange of information...

      Taxation: Overseas Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which countries they have bilateral agreements which facilitate the provision of information by HM Revenue and Customs at the request of overseas tax authorities.

      Taxation: Overseas Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether HM Revenue and Customs invariably responds positively to requests made by the tax authorities of the Government of Russia for the provision or exchange of...

      Taxation: Overseas Authorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests for the provision or exchange of information from the tax authorities of the Government of Russia they have received in the past 12 months; and...

      Translation: DWP

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much Jobcentre Plus, and previously the Employment Services, spent on translation services in each of the past five years; and How much the Disability and...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the last three years for which figures are available, how many cyclists and pedestrians have been (a) killed, or (b) seriously injured in road accidents...

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