Written answers

Monday, 9 July 2007

  • Transport

    • Cycleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many dedicated cycle routes have been brought into use since 1997.

    • Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she has taken...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff in her 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...

      Driving Offences: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in the West Chelmsford area had nine points on their driving licence at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines from traffic cameras in (a) the Chelmsford local authority area and (b) Essex in each of the last five years; and how...

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were fined for speeding in (a) Chelmsford local authority area and (b) Essex in each of the last five years.

      Exhaust Emissions: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) selective catalytic reduction and (b) exhaust gas recirculation technologies as measures to reduce...

      Exhaust Emissions: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from vehicles.

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 motorway was closed in both directions in South Yorkshire on 26 June; on whose authority such closure was made; and if she will...

      Motorways: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what systems are in place to ensure that motorways are not unnecessarily closed for precautionary reasons when no incident, emergency accident or...

      National Roads Telecommunications Services Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1461W, on the National Roads Telecommunications Services project (NRTS), whether the...

      National Roads Telecommunications Services Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1461W, on the National Roads Telecommunications Services project (NRTS), whether the...

      Ports: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what objections were lodged by statutory consultees to port applications in respect of (a) London Gateway, (b) Dibden Bay, (c) Liverpool and (d)...

      Ports: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many objections from local residents and third parties were submitted in respect of port applications in respect of (a) London Gateway, (b)...

      Railways: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations her Department has received on the train services operated by Great Western between London and south Wales.

      South West Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of South West Trains' franchise are on penalty fares; what assessment she has made of the company's compliance with its franchise on...

      Tankers: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the potential for pollution along the east coast arising from the transfer at sea of oil from small carriers to...

      Town and Country Planning Order 1995

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Highways Agency has used powers under Article 14 of the Town and Country Planning Order 1995 on her behalf; and if she will place in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bass: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to increase the minimum landing size for bass.

    • Biodiversity: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a partnership body has been established to coordinate work between the Forestry Strategy and the Biodiversity Action Plan.

      Biodiversity: Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Woodland Trust and Natural England on the potential loss of European woodland to...

      Carbon Emissions: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received since the launch of the Act on CO2 calculator; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Coastal Erosion: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether additional funds will be allocated to Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth for coastal protection.

      English Nature: Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many judicial reviews brought against English Nature between 1997 and 2007 in the (a) High Court, (b) Court of Appeal...

      Farms: Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory duties relating to surface water drainage are placed upon farmers.

      Fisheries: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Belgian, (b) Dutch, (c) German, (d) Norwegian and (e) Danish counterparts on...

      Fly Tipping: South Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of fly-tipping were reported in each local authority in the South East of England in each of the last four...

      Ivory: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking on the international trade of ivory; and what discussions he has had with his...

      Lighting: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has made for the safe disposal of mercury-containing energy-efficient light bulbs when the changeover...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the revised life cycle assessment (LCA) for disposable and reusable nappies in the UK will be published; and what plans...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if his Department will reassess the adequacy of financial support for the promotion of reusable nappies following the...

      Pollution: Liverpool Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total tonnage of sewage sludge was dumped in Liverpool Bay in each of the last 30 years; what assessment he has made of...

      Tin: Irish Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of tribulyte tin from the bulk of ships on the marine environment in...

      Urban Areas: Land Drainage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department allocated to (a) researching and (b) implementing sustainable urban drainage systems in...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department has given on the content of core strategies for waste disposal and waste treatment.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department will be taking to reduce the amount of household waste not re-used, recycled or composted by 29 per...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the 59(th) annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

      Wildlife: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide funding for the workshop on wildlife trade on the internet to be established following the fourteenth...

      Wood: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward measures to require timber procured for use in the (a) public and (b) private sector to...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of the education maintenance allowance on recruitment to work-based learning...

    • Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1823W, on nanotechnology, what the split is between...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department classifies responsive mode nanotechnology funding in the same category as direct nanotechnology funding.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many long-term grants for nanotechnology of (a) over four years duration and (b) over £5 million in value the...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much of the £100 million invested in nanotechnology on collaborative research and development since 2005 was...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of responsive mode funding for nanotechnology research on the research base;...

      Schools: City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what role his Department will play in helping the Government to meet their targets on creating trust schools and academies.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what representations he has received on raising the cap on university top-up fees.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) average and (b) maximum student loan was in (i) Cornwall, (ii) the south-west and (iii) England in each year...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the Government expect the average debt to be of university students graduating in each of the next five years.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university students received student loans in (a) England, (b) the South West and (c) Cornwall in each year since...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what plans he has to expand the number of businesses making the Skills Pledge in relation to Train to Gain; whether...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what training and qualifications skills brokers in the Train to Gain scheme must have.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his targets for academies are on (a) the total number of (i) institutions and (ii) pupil places and (b) geographical...

    • City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies he expects to be opened in each of the next five years.

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which buildings his Department occupies; and which buildings were occupied by the Department for Education and Skills on 26 June 2007.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of creating signs displaying his Department's name for ministerial offices.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what date a new sign for his building was commissioned.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on external consultancy fees involved in the (a) relocation and (b) re-branding of his Department,...

      Departments: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) he and (b) Ministers or officials from his Department attended the meeting of the National Missing Persons Strategic...

      Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which responsibilities of the former Department for Education and Skills his Department holds; whether responsibilities have been...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Portacabin classrooms are in use in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority area in England.

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to set a target for clearing repairs to school buildings identified as required but unfunded in the Asset...

      Secondary Education: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with Essex local education authority on secondary education provision...

  • Treasury

    • Agriculture: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the financial value was to the agricultural industry of the agricultural building tax relief in the years between 2000 and 2006.

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the percentage of average earnings growth in each month of financial year 2006-07 which was attributable to bonuses.

      Bacterial Diseases: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many deaths (a) clostridium difficile, (b) MRSA and (c) acinetobacter has been reported as (i) contributing to and (ii) causing death.

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people aged (a) 0 to 18, (b) 18 to 24, (c) 25 to 50, (d) 50 to 65, (e) 66 to 84 and (f) 85 years and over held current bank accounts in each...

      Census: Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that the number of carers is counted in the 2011 Census.

      Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) financial aid and (b) assistance was provided by the Government to each of Her Majesty's Crown dependencies in 2005-06.

      Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected...

      Employment: Mothers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many mothers are in employment.

      ICT: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the regional distribution was of software-related employment according to the Labour Force Survey (a) in 2001 and (b) in the most recent period for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to answer the letter to his predecessor of 11 May 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. A. Bange.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what continuing financial commitments the UK has towards countries which gained independence from the British Empire.

      Stamp Duties: Edinburgh

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised from residential stamp duty on properties within the City of Edinburgh local authority area in each year since 1997.

      Stamp Duties: Edinburgh

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties within the City of Edinburgh local authority area were subject to (a) 1 per cent., (b) 3 per cent., and (c) 4 per cent. residential...

      Unemployment: North East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working age workless households with couples without dependent children there were in the north east region in each year since 1992.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sample size was used for 2004-05 tax credit awards to check the level of tax credit fraud and error; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1890W, on welfare tax credits: overpayments, from how many people who have been declared...

  • Justice

    • Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the openness of proceedings in the family courts; and if he will take steps to increase access to such proceedings.

    • Family Law: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 346W, on family law, legal aid scheme, how much of the legal aid bill for family law...

      Graffiti: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions were made and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued by (i) each police force and (ii) each local authority for graffiti under...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase the number of offences that fall within the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for which offences prisoners may be included in the Home Detention Curfew Release Scheme.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007, Official Report, columns 910-11W, on home detention curfews, how many of those prisoners were returned to prison...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many law practices in Wales received funds through the Crown courts in Wales for (a) legal aid advice and assistance and (b) legal aid including...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many law practices in Wales received funds through the Legal Services Commission for (a) legal aid advice and assistance and (b) legal aid...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average time was between the first hearing after charge in the magistrates' court and the date when magistrates committed a case for trial...

      Prisoners: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on prisoners: facilities, how many prisoners categorised as vulnerable...

      Prisoners: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what support there is from within the Probation Service for people on probation with learning disabilities; (2) what support there is from within...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoner on prisoner and (b) prisoner on officer assaults were recorded in each month in each year since 2002, broken down by prison...

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how often the (a) figure of four hold and (b) double basket hold was used in each secure training centre in each of the last seven years.

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what response was made by (a) the Youth Justice Board and (b) the Home Office to the representations from NCH on the risks of restraint in secure...

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions pain distraction techniques to the (a) nose, (b) thumb and (c) rib were used in each secure training centre in each of the last...

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Youth Justice Board has placed in the Library statistics on the use of restraint in secure training centres other than in...

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Youth Justice Board has released information about the use of restraint other than in response to a parliamentary question in...

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment was made of the level of risk to trainees in incidents of restraint in secure training centres examined by an external expert reporting...

      Young Offenders: Restraints Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what occasions the expert panel advising the Youth Justice Board on restraint met between 1996 and 2007.

      Voting Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of voter turnout among people with English as a second language.

      Witnesses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements there are in relation to the conduct of court cases in EU countries involving minors from other member states intervention in (a)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what duty of care the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission owes to parents with care in respect of maintenance entitlement; and if he...

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of non-resident parents each year who would be eligible for an adjustment to their child...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his policy is on charging parents with care an upfront fee to use the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to exempt non-resident parents using the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission from paying fees if they have (a)...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to give the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission powers to pursue maintenance from non-resident parents who have...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what analytical mechanism underlies the choice of the shares of gross income which will be applied to calculate the child maintenance amounts...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget will be allocated to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to assist and enable parents who have broken up to establish...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department plans to give the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission the power to seek curfews; and if he will make a...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children in families receiving child maintenance (a) before and (b) after the introduction of the...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to place a legal duty on non-resident parents to report a change of income which is above the threshold for revised...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it will be necessary, under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, to carry out an annual income variation review for...

      Child Support Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has periodically to review the standard percentage rates of income for child maintenance under the New Child Maintenance and...

      Child Support Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide his assessment of the Child Support Agency's performance against its performance targets in the 12 months to 31 May 2007.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of collecting child maintenance directly from earnings as an addition to the pay as you earn system...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons he plans to allow enabling consent orders for child maintenance made by a court to be overridden by a Child Maintenance and...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimates he has made of the expected reduction in caseload under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and what...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what threshold has been set for shared care to affect a child maintenance assessment under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on shared care arrangements in relation to child maintenance payable under the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission;...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what penalties will be applied by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission when false information is supplied by non-resident parents...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the Government are delaying the increased child maintenance disregard to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of lone parents (a) in employment (b) out of employment are receiving child maintenance in the UK.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps are being taken to ensure that a greater proportion of non-compliant non-resident parents face enforcement action; (2) what...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many jobseeker allowance recipients have refused jobs on grounds of (a) conscientious and (b) religious...

      Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been issued with gender recognition certificates in the last 12 months.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department has received from the Rent Service on the impact on housing benefit rates of the switch from using the median...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of the local housing allowance on differences between housing benefit...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether rent officers are required to take into account actual rent levels when setting (a) broad market rental area boundaries and (b) local...

      Immigration: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average amount of benefits taken up by an immigrant from (a) a European Union country and (b) another...

      Learning Disability: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of loss of benefits by people with a learning disability wishing to take up work on their...

      Pensioners: Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in Warrington who received energy efficiency grants in the last 12 months for which...

      Recruitment: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of online job searches made via Jobcentre Plus facilities in March resulted in placements.

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of income support back to work bonus payments in each year since their creation.

  • Prime Minister

    • Olympic Games: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with Olympic stakeholders before making the decision to move the Olympics Minister to the Cabinet Office.

    • Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to invite Parliament to have confirmation hearings for major public appointments.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Low Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants (a) are receiving the minimum wage and (b) earn less than £6 per hour.

    • Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of staff in the Prime Minister's Office are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff in his Office have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days in the...

      Disadvantaged: Blackpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many families in Blackpool, South have been classified as at risk as part of her Department's Families at Risk review.

      Disadvantaged: Blackpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many projects in Blackpool have received funding from her Department since the launch of the Social Exclusion Plan.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which board positions were filled by Government Ministers on (a) the Olympic Board, (b) the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, (c) the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics which civil servants are responsible for the Government's London 2012 Olympics budget; how many civil servants work on the project; in which (a) Departments...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1831W, on policy review, for what reason the Economic Dynamism group did not...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answers of (a) 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 543W and (b) 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1831W, on the policy...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Energy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) for what reasons the Government have recommended the use of real time displays in its proposals for meeting the...

  • Northern Ireland

  • Solicitor-General

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist farmers in Afghanistan who were once involved in cultivation of opium.

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how UK funds previously directed through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Burma are being allocated since the...

      Departments: Pensions

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

      Indian Ocean Tsunami: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress in reconstruction in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department is providing to help the peace process in Nepal.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was.

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in her Office in the last three years; and at what total cost.

      Departments: Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Leader of the House how many staff in her Office did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Leader of the House what estimate she has made of the number of her office staff using public transport to commute.

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Leader of the House how many staff in her Office 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 12 months.

      Parliamentary Questions: Olympic Games

      To ask the Leader of the House what arrangements have been made for hon. Members to question the Olympics Minister.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of council houses which will be built in 2007-08.

    • Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has for the large scale resumption of building council houses; and if she will make a statement.

      Council Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council homes were built in Essex in each year since 1997.

      Council Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are waiting for council homes in (a) Essex and (b) the London borough of Havering.

      Council Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the Government's target is for numbers of new council homes to be built in (a) Essex and (b) Romford; (2) how many...

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average level of discount on council homes was in (a) Essex and (b) England when bought under the right-to-buy scheme...

      Emergency Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what duty fire and rescue authorities are under to respond to calls for assistance from the general public to incidents of flooding.

      Fire Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the relevant experience held by the contractors designing the new computer systems for the proposed regional...

      Fire Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the delivery of software and information systems for the regional fire control centres.

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff in full-time equivalent terms will be required for each Regional Fire Control Centre.

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how she intends to resource those tasks currently undertaken by staff in existing fire control centres which will not be handled...

      Fire Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what total costs have been incurred by Firebuy since its launch as the procurement arm of the fire and rescue service in...

      Fire Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the preferred bidder proposals for Firebuy's first 15-year Integrated Clothing Project contract;...

      Fire Services: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the proposed regional fire and rescue control centre in the East of England; and what...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of building houses on run off and flash flooding areas; and if she will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider making it a condition of section 106 planning agreements to improve drainage in order to reduce the effect...

      Floods: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reasons Annex D of Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk included a list of substances classed...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether clients of property location agents will be required to put a home information pack in place; and if she will make a...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government affordable housing schemes administered by housing associations are in operation.

      Housing: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new dwellings were built in the Chelmsford local authority area in each year between 2000 and 2007.

      Housing Construction: Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the contribution of the five planned eco-towns towards the Government's target of building 200,000...

      Housing Construction: Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the 10,000 to 20,000 new homes in each planned eco-town will be social homes.

      Housing: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her estimate is of the number of dwellings sold in Cornwall, broken down into those sold (a) as second homes, (b) for...

      Housing: Electricity and Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households do not have access to (a) mains power and (b) piped water supply.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of homes in England do not have any cavity walls.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings built in Chelmsford between 2000 and 2007 were classified as affordable housing.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Government-run affordable housing schemes, administered by housing associations, are in operation.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to create an Affordable Housing Strategy Group; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of key workers living in the Peterborough city council area.

      Housing: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for planning permission in respect of houses designed to be operated unconnected to mains electricity, gas...

      Key Worker Living Scheme: Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants are eligible for the key worker discount on housing; and how many have used the discount over the last...

      Landlords: East Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of absentee private landlords in (a) Pendle and (b) east Lancashire; and how many...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have brought in schemes to license private landlords in designated areas.

      Mobile Homes: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were surveyed in the Park Homes Commission Consultation; and how many votes were cast for each of the three...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the quality of information gathering and collation of data on houses in multiple occupation by...

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the toolkit of good practice guidance for local authorities in respect of houses in multiple occupation to be...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications were approved against Environment Agency advice in each year since 2000.

      Planning Policy Statement 25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications subject to Planning Policy Statement 25 were referred to the Secretary of State in each year...

      Planning: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to planning authorities on the provision of recycling points in new developments.

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the building of housing for rent by local authorities; and if she will make a statement.

      Squatting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many cases of squatting were reported by local authorities in England between June 2006 and June 2007.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to regional government offices and the Planning Inspectorate on the content of local...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many mosquito nets are available to troops in Afghanistan; and how many are required; (2) how often mosquito nets provided to troops deployed...

    • Afghanistan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds of ammunition have been purchased for grenade machine-guns since they have been in use; and how many of them have been provided to troops...

      Alderman Blaxill School: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions officials in his Department have had with Essex Local Education Authority on the proposed closure of the Alderman Blaxill School...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress he has made on the Defence Training Review since his statement of 17 January 2007, Official Report, columns 787-802, on Defence...

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of claims made for expenses by the (a) Adjutant General, (b) Chief of the General Staff and (c) Army Board in 2006.

      Army: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many laptop computers are available to (a) officers and (b) other ranks in the army.

      Army: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he intends to make to the availability of laptop computers to the army to facilitate the new system of pay.

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will consider the recommendations of the naval base review in respect of Faslane, when published, from the point of view of his role as (a)...

      Departments: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by staff in his Department via departmental (a) credit, (b) procurement and (c) fuel cards in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 168W, on departments: manpower, whether any staff in his Department are classified as...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 845W, on Hercules aircraft, what percentage of Hercules C-130K aircraft has (a) returned...

      Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when definition of (a) torture and (b) abuse he uses in the context of the activities of British armed forces in Iraq; and what account he took of the...

      Peace Keeping Operations: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many injured British service personnel were returned from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of the last 12 months.

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to discuss the implementation of the recommendations from the Deepcut Review with Sir Nicholas Blake QC, in the...

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will request publication of the contents of the Devon and Cornwall Police review into Surrey Police's handling of the investigation into the deaths...

      Transport: AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was transported in the convoy which moved from AWE Burghfield to RAF Brize Norton on 11 June 2007; what the destination was of the transported...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards meeting his Department's public service agreement target to increase significantly the take-up of...

    • Arts: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 39W, on Arts: National Lottery, how much National Lottery (a)...

      Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, columns 740W, on Big Lottery Fund, what (a) proportion and (b) percentage of...

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions his Department's offices were refurbished in each of the last five years; what work was carried out; and what the...

      Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost was of all consultations held by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultants have been employed by (a) his Department, (b) the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and (c) the...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department consulted Ministers at HM Treasury before approving the logo for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, whether the cost review had reached its...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, which other Ministers attended meetings of...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1179W, on the Olympic Games, what output the cost review group produced.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, at which of the meetings (a) powerpoint...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which sites have been identified in London to manage (a) building waste from and (b) refuse arising from or created as a consequence...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of playing fields of an area of less than 0.4 hectares in each year...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether representatives of (a) UK Sport, (b) Sport England, (c) Youth Sport Trust and (d) English Institute of Sport plan to attend...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on progress in raising the £100 million from the private sector for elite sport announced in the 2006...

      Youth Sport Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) current and (b) anticipated future budget of the Youth Sports Trust is; and from which sources it draws its funding.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: International Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what action he is taking to urge the Burmese military regime to permit unhindered access to prisons in Burma by the...

    • Burma: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the objectives are of the EU sanctions against Burma; and what assessment he has made of progress made towards meeting...

      Chechnya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on the political situation in Chechnya.

      European Constitution Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to discuss the new EU treaty with his (a) Czech, (b) Polish and (c) Dutch counterpart.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with his Spanish counterpart on the future sovereignty of Gibraltar in (a) March, (b) April, (c) May...

      Human Trafficking: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2205W, on human trafficking: conferences, how many people...

      Iran: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Irian Jaya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Indonesian Government on their decision not to allow Congressman Faleomavaega to visit...

      Kyrgyzstan: Radioactive Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance is being given by the UK and international agencies to Kyrgyzstan to help it manage its nuclear waste.

      Libyan Arab Republic

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

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK officials will be seconded to support the work of the Quartet representative as set out in the Quartet statement of 27...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance is being made available to aid the (a) Ethiopian military and (b) infrastructure reconstruction in...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Sudanese Liberation Movement and (b) Justice and Equality Movement on seeking...

      Sweden: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential for (a) Swedish and (b) Finnish membership of NATO; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role he expects British police officers to have in Uganda (a) before and (b) during the Commonwealth Conference; and if...

      Uganda: Group of Eight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department received representations on whether President Museveni of Uganda should have been invited to the latest...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the 2005 constitutional amendment in Uganda on the position of that country's...

      UN Resolutions: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1719, on UN resolutions: frontiers, how many further...

  • Health

    • Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 230W, on blood: contamination, what (a) written and (b) verbal communications his...

    • Breast Cancer: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in Portsmouth (a) did not accept an invitation to routine breast screening, (b) did not attend appointments made, (c) were diagnosed...

      Breast Cancer: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what account he has taken of trends in the demographics of Portsmouth in the operation of the NHS Breast Screening programme there; (2) what the...

      Breast Cancer: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in Portsmouth were invited for breast screening on a routine basis in 2006-07; how many such invitations he expects to be issued in (a)...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's cancer strategy is for the next decade; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual expenditure per capita was on cancer drugs in each of the last 10 years; and what benchmarking analysis she has undertaken of expenditure...

      Cancer: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to tackle financial hardship affecting cancer patients.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to issue guidance on abdominal aortic aneurysm screening; and if he will make a statement.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that mortality rates for abdominal aortic aneurysm operations are reduced prior to the introduction of a national...

      Care Homes: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cases of healthcare-acquired infections and (b) deaths where the death certificate refers to a healthcare-acquired infection in care homes...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average unit of dental activity value is in each primary care trust.

      Dental Services: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS funding was allocated to dentistry provision in Stockport in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are working in Stockport; and how many there were in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental surgeries there are in the Stockport Primary Care Trust area; and how many of these are accepting new NHS patients.

      Dental Services: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients are registered with NHS general dental practitioners in the Stockport Primary Care Trust area.

      Diseases: Thyroid Gland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the diagnosis and management of hypothyroidism.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many specialty training posts will be available in round 2; and how many of those are (a) run-through training posts and (b) fixed-term...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will create further specialty training posts for autumn 2007 beyond the 215 extra specialty training posts already announced.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether junior doctors who failed to obtain a run-through training post this year will be able to apply for them in subsequent years.

      Hazardous Substances: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Best Practice Guidance on the Transport of Infectious Substances published on his Department's website on 1 June 2007, Gateway reference...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cases of C. difficile and (b) deaths where the death certificate refers to C. difficile there were in each acute hospital trust in England...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cases of clostridium difficile that were caused by in-hospital contamination in each of the last three years.

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1920W, on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, when the minutes are...

      Maternity Services: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many additional nursing posts were created in the neonatal units at (a) Stoke, (b) Wolverhampton and (c) Shrewsbury hospitals in (i) 2005,...

      Maternity Services: Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the impact of proposed changes to neonatal care at Royal Shrewsbury hospital on babies born under 27 weeks' gestation...

      MRSA: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued to hospital trusts on whether patients with MRSA infections should be nursed in single rooms.

      MRSA: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of using ozone to combat the threat of MRSA; how many representations on the subject he has...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2007, Official Report, column 278W, on NHS finance, whether rates of clostridium difficile were taken into...

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost of required maintenance in the NHS was in each financial year since 1997-98; and what this figure was for 2006-07, broken down by...

      Sight Impaired: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance is available for (a) the elderly and (b) people on low income who need spectacles; what the eligibility criteria are; how much was (i)...

      Vaccination: Side effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) deaths and (b) other adverse reactions to vaccines were reported in each of the last 30 years; and whether there were any deaths in each...

  • Home Department

    • Serious and Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

    • Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department If she will make a statement on the findings of the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre scoping project on child trafficking in the UK.

      Immigration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the implementation of her Department's immigration review.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to banks on reporting credit card fraud following the changes to the reporting procedures for such fraud which...

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the DNA of children under 10 years old may be included on the national DNA database.

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) fixed penalty notices were served in the last 12 months for which figures are available;...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the new grounds for deporting people for fomenting extremism under the 12 point plan...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on warnings for the public following the recent terrorist attacks.

      National Identity Card Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress has been made on the National Identity Card Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      National Identity Card Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress has been made on the National Identity Card Scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat drug-related crime.

      Police: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the level of funding for police authorities in the East Midlands region.

      Respect Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the work of the Respect Taskforce on reducing...

      Databases: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of creating a national database of incidents of graffiti dealt with by local authorities.

      Police Interrogation: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has (a) asked for and (b) received any estimate of the total cost of providing translation facilities in police stations for...

      Police: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the funding of airport policing.

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the merits of his Department compiling and publishing statistics on police complaints in conjunction with the Independent...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on police: complaints, if he will make a statement on his meeting...

      Police: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued to police forces on the prosecution of police drivers who are caught speeding when not on an emergency call; and...

      Police: Driving Under Influence

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

      Police: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1967W, on police health, when he expects the Police Advisory Board for...

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers left each police force in each year since 2001 due to (a) retirement, (b) resignation, (c) transfer to another...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her written answer of 22 June 2007 (145928), on police in Chelmsford, how many full-time equivalent police officers in the...

      Police: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the EH20 Escape Hood, with particular reference to its use in a (a) chemical,...

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were recruited by each police force area in each year since 2001.

      Police: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to encourage police officers to join police sports teams in order to enhance physical fitness levels; how many police...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities are equipped with Hydra suites for the training of police officers; what assessment she has made of the...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which police forces are participating in the Employer Supported Learning scheme; and in which towns the scheme is operating; (2) how...

      Police: Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the creation of new unitary councils on co-terminosity of police basic command units and local...

      Police: Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the co-terminosity of boundaries between police forces and local government structures.

      Police: Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the bids of local authorities shortlisted for unitary status on policing in those areas.

      Police: Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the local authorities seeking unitary status...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken in response to the recommendations of the (a) 2002 House of Lords Select Committee Report on Animals in...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of (a) producing and (b) publishing the Animals Procedures Committee's (i) 2001 report on openness, (ii) 2003...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum legacy cases have been resolved since the establishment of the dedicated directorate within the Border and Immigration Agency.

      Asylum: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children who had applied for asylum in the UK and had their application refused were deported in each of the last five years.

      Asylum: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to deport failed Iraqi asylum seekers living in Plymouth; how many were deported in each of the last two years; and if she...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the contents of her oral statement of 7 June 2007, Official Report, columns 421-37 on...

      Crime Prevention: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants were provided to the (a) Crime Reduction Partnership in Newcastle, (b) Newcastle city council and (c) the Newcastle Local...

      Crime: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife crimes were recorded in each police authority area in each of the last five years for which figures are published.

      Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department provides to police on limiting access of the media to information on the removal of material as evidence during...

      Databases: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of people whose DNA is held on the national database who have committed no offence.

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which external consultants have carried out work for her Department under contracts in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) she and (b) Ministers or officials from her Department attended the meeting of the National Missing Persons Strategic Oversight...

      Departments: Pay

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

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she...

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of the unfinished research paper Review of Current Business Crime Research.

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of the unpublished research paper Evaluation of the ACU Mentoring Programme.

      Detainees: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1508W, on detainees: transport, how much was spent on in-country escorts for...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department is taking to investigate misuse of Ritalin and other methylphenidate-based drugs for recreational purposes;...

      Firearms: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are employed on Operation Trident; what assessment she has made of the merits of rolling out the programme to other large...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether fast track immigration controls apply to individuals travelling by helicopters and private aircraft.

      Immigration Controls: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what formal consultation process was undertaken before deciding on (a) the need for a new uniform and (b) the design of the uniform for...

      Immigration Controls: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Border and Immigration Agency last changed its uniform.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter of 30 May from the hon. Member for Walsall North (ref M11832/7).

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter of 30 May from the hon. Member for Walsall North (ref M11719/7).

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter dated 29 May 2007 from the hon. Member for Woking on Mrs. A. Day, ref. B14852/7.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to letters from the hon. Member for Woking dated 26 February, 30 March and 8 June concerning Mr. Lika, ref...

      National Policing Improvement Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1236W, on the National Policing Improvement Agency, when he expects the...

      Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the Pilot Evaluation Report on the operation of section 9 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum (Treatment...

      Northumbria Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers there were in the Northumbria police force area in each of the last 10 years.

      Offensive Weapons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries were caused by knife attacks in each London borough in (i) 2007 and (ii) each of the last...

      Security: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the evaluation of the miSense scheme.

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered sex offenders in Wales are recorded as not living at their registered address.

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders are registered in Wales, broken down by police force area.

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered sex offenders are being monitored by police in Wales, broken down by police force.

      Stop and Search: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil, on 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1518-22W, on stop and search: vehicles, how...

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been re-arrested for a terrorist-related offence having previously been released before the end of the 28 days maximum...

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000, broken down by (i) year, (ii) gender,...

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 have been charged (a) within the first seven days, (b) between days 8 and 14, (c)...

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions have been made for terrorist-related offences after a warrant had been executed...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) detained, (b) released and (c) charged within the first 28 days of arrest under the Terrorism Act 2000 in...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases a suspect has been released before the end of the maximum 28 days pre-charge detention period under the Terrorism Act 2000...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases suspects detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 have been released because of insufficient time to decrypt heavily-encrypted...

      Terrorism: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions her Department has had with the Russian Government on security strategies to deal with terrorist threats.

      Terrorism: Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of stop and search there have been under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year, broken down by (a) city or other...

      UN Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for removing the UK's immigration reservation on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in 2004.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider removing the UK's immigration reservation on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2007, to question 145164, on Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, when the last occasion was that the (a) Border...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, columns 624-5W to the hon. Member for Hendon on Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, if she...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long each child held at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre had been there as of 2 July 2007.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children aged (a) under five years, (b) five to 12 years and (c) 13 to 16 years passed through Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in...

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many official complaints were received by the operator of Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in each month of the financial year 2006-07.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the telephone at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre was not staffed and outside calls were left unanswered between 10.30am and 12.00pm on 28...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bovine Semen

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to Section 40 of the Bovine Semen (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1319), whether the requirement for the Secretary of State to examine all bovine semen...

    • Agriculture: Pigs and Poultry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will initiate surveys of British pigs and poultry to discover the extent, if any, of infection by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.

      Agriculture: Pigs and Poultry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will test imported live farm animals together with meat, in particular pig and poultry meat, for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, in the...

      Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the importance of the future aircraft carrier programme to the defence industrial strategy in terms of maintaining a core...

      Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they require the maritime industry to consolidate before an announcement on the future carrier is made; what discussions they have had with the VT Group and...

      Army: Lisanelly Barracks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been spent in the past five years on the maintenance and upgrading of Lisanelly Barracks, Omagh; and, for each year, in what respects, if any, the...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the website of the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong states that a person who became a British overseas citizen at birth under Article 6(2) of the Hong...

      Colombia: Captives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Colombia regarding the recent proposal for humanitarian exchanges of captives in that country put...

      Commission for Rural Communities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 18 June (WA 7), which policies have changed as a result of advice from the Commission for Rural Communities.

      Cyprus: Mayors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Europe, Mr Geoff Hoon, on 23 May (1314W), whether the only mayor democratically elected by the people who live in...

      Cyprus: Mayors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have taken steps to recognise Mr Oktay Kayalp and Mr Sumer Aygin as the democratically elected mayors of Famagusta and Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus.

      Cyprus: Property Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has approved the property compensation scheme established by the Government of the Turkish Republic of Northern...

      Cyprus: Property Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to encourage Greek Cypriot claimants to property in Northern Cyprus to apply for compensation or reinstatement to the Property Commission in...

      Cyprus: Tourism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the police (a) were consulted, or (b) gave advice to the management of The Bullring, Birmingham, in relation to the cancellation of a Northern Cyprus...

      Food: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4 June (WA 156-7), how the Food Standards Agency ensures that all necessary enforcement of labelling...

      Food: Meat Hygiene Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to have an independent audit of the Meat Hygiene Service inspection system; if so, when this will be completed; and whether such a review will...

      Food: Meat Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the results from the United Kingdom border inspection posts in respect of imported poultry meat for each of the years 2003 to 2006 respectively; and from...

      Health: Cardiovascular Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to consult National Health Service planning officials and relevant interest groups on reducing rates of cardio-vascular disease among black...

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 June (WA 106) concerning the Irish Language Bill, whether the only group which lobbied for such a Bill was...

      Mental Health: Care Levels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the David Bennett case and subsequent inquiries, care levels for black and minority ethnic groups in mental health cases have now reached the...

      Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Office bore the publication cost of the text of the speech "Peacemaking in Northern Ireland: A model for conflict resolution?" given...

      Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the intention behind the publication of the text of the speech of the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Peter Hain, "Peacemaking in...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the prison capacity in Northern Ireland; and what is the percentage occupation at this time.

      Roads: Heysham M6 Link

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the latest estimate of the cost of the Heysham M6 link road; and when they expect to make a decision on approval for programme entry of the scheme...

      Roads: Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the validity of evidence from Gatso speed cameras bearing in mind that such evidence is based on the second of three photographs taken...

      Transport: Smartcard Ticketing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to enable smartcard bus concession passes in England to be capable of use for paid-for tickets for other smartcard-enabled services, including rail.

      Transport: Smartcard Ticketing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will require smartcard bus concession passes in England to be capable of being loaded onto railway-compatible smartcards.

      Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of registered vehicles in the United Kingdom are commercial vehicles or company cars; what proportion are privately owned cars; and what is their...

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