Written answers

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many applications for installing a telecommunications mast were (a) granted and (b) refused in each parliamentary...

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will amend national planning guidance on mobile telephone masts to allow concerns over health issues to be taken...

      Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will require all mobile telephone companies to apply for full planning permission for installation of mobile telephone masts.

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department in each of the...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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: Performance Appraisal

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

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives she has considered to encourage staff in her Department to use public transport.

      Fire Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets her Department has issued to local authorities on the performance of fire services.

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets for building homes Bournemouth borough council is expected to meet; and by when.

      Housing: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public funds were spent on the Supporting People strategy in each year since its inception.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of affordable home completions in each of the last five years for which records are available were sold for (a)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the definition of affordable housing takes account of (a) average local wages, (b) geographical location and (c)...

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total back pay liability for all expected years is in respect of each local authority that has applied for a...

      Rates and Rating: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many mobile telephone masts were on the Valuation Office Agency's ratings list in the areas of (a) Guildford borough...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure was on armed forces accommodation in each year since 1997.

    • Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists each service employed in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget was provided to each of the armed forces for recruitment purposes in each year since 1992.

      Copthorne Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of Copthorne Barracks in Shrewsbury were in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Explosions: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints about noise caused by explosions at Shoeburyness were received from residents living in (a) Maldon District, (b) Chelmsford...

      Housing: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many calls received by Modern Housing Solutions were subsequently passed to Transco in each of the last 12 months.

      Military Bases: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what British military bases there are on the continent of Europe.

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on the discussions it has had with (a) business, (b) local...

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the principal surface access routes to MoD St. Athan will be (a) during and (b) after the construction of the new military training academy.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of the events of Veterans Day 2007.

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cash (a) provision and (b) outturn was for the (i) War Pensions Benefits Programme, (ii) War Pensions Benefits Programme—Far Eastern...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local flood protection and prevention schemes, for which cost benefit analysis has been undertaken, were cancelled or...

    • Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to improve the flood defence system in East Lancashire.

      Water: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for increasing the (a) funding and (b) staffing of the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme in meeting...

      Wood: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the UK's timber needs are met by imported material.

      Wood: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the Government's (a) domestic and (b) imported timber supplies are procured from sustainable sources.

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by her Department on bus subsidy in the north-west of England in the last 12 months, broken down by constituency.

    • Databases: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there is a national record of parking areas.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which her Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the...

      Railway Stations: Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will make a statement on progress being made on the development of a railway station at Buckshaw Village, Chorley; (2) whether an...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average load factor is, expressed as a percentage of seats occupied, on passenger trains running on the UK rail network.

  • Treasury

    • Crosby Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the report of the Crosby review of identity management to be published.

    • Departments: Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1879W, on Departments: hotels, if he will set out the figures for 2006-07 for (a) HM...

      Football Association: World Cup

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions (a) he or his predecessor, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) representatives of his Department met the Football Association to...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Treasury received recommendations from the Audit Commission in 2006 on changes to the resource accounting and budgeting system in the NHS.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance was given to the Department of Health on changes to the resource accounting and budgeting system in NHS trusts in 2006-07.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what preparations were made by HM Treasury for the introduction of the resource accounting and budgeting system in the NHS.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Higher Education

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many university places are funded for in-service courses for civil servants; if he will list the courses so provided; and what the cost is of...

    • Departments: Common Purpose

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

      Disadvantaged: Blackpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his officials plan to meet frontline staff and key stakeholders in Blackpool as part of his Department's Families at Risk review.

      Government Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the title is of each piece of guidance issued to Government Departments by the Cabinet Office since 27 June 2007.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.

  • International Development

    • Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with representatives in the Quartet on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories.

    • Aid Delivery

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to improve the mechanisms for the delivery of aid.

      Palestinian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the role of private sector initiatives as a means of sustaining international aid to the Palestinians.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of health care systems to tackle infant mortality in developing...

      Aid to Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to improve the mechanisms for the delivery of aid to Africa.

      Global Population Increases

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the projected increase in global population on levels of severe poverty; and if he...

      HIV and AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he is giving to sub-Saharan countries to tackle HIV/AIDS; and whether his Department coordinates its actions with the...

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with non-governmental organisations which operate within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether there are any plans to review British aid to Ethiopia with a view to enhancing the programme when the treason trials are...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has committed to improve the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ports

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

    • Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to improve the rate of literacy amongst prisoners; and what other measures are in place to increase the prospects of...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what figures the Northern Ireland Certification Officer holds on the (a) number and (b) proportion of trade union members, of each union,...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to reduce the incidence of criminal damage in Northern Ireland.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Common Purpose

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

    • Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy not to have a Prime Minister's resignation honours list; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what percentage of staff in his Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years; (2) how many people aged (a) over 55 years...

    • Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland 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...

      Departments: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on stationery in each of the last five years.

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings he and his predecessors have held with Scottish Executive Ministers in each of the last five years.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work...

    • Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the last 12 months.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on monies from Objective 1 funds returned to the Welsh Assembly Government by Welsh local authorities;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the budget for the Access to Work scheme in order to meet the Government's aspiration of getting a further...

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of unmet demand has been in relation to applications for support under the Access to Work scheme during the last five years.

      Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has undertaken of the (a) value for money and (b) effectiveness of publicity undertaken to promote the Access to Work...

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether private enforcement of maintenance debt will be permitted under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he...

      Child Support Agency: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to pay compensation to parents with care who are owed large arrears through the Child Support Agency which may never be...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the longest repayment schedule for Child Support Agency (CSA) arrears is which has been agreed by the CSA to date; and if he will make a...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of non-resident parents owing arrears through the Child Support Agency who are now deceased.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of compliance rates for Child Support Agency maintenance paid by (a) manual means, (b) direct debit, (c) standing...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to reduce the backlog of cases awaiting action by the Child Support Agency.

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of children living in poverty in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the 2010 target of halving child poverty.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which foreign countries civil servants from his Department have visited over the last 12 months in order to study the design and impact of...

      Females: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to help women from disadvantaged backgrounds enter jobs that will lift them out of poverty.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ranking is of local authority housing benefit services by comprehensive performance assessment rating for each year since its introduction.

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the change to the use of the 0845 number for Jobcentre Plus on (a) Jobcentre Plus local...

      Redundancies: Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus staff have been made redundant since July 2006.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools were built or refurbished outside the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme in each year since the...

    • Child Minding: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the provision of training for child minders; and what guidance he provides to local...

      Class Sizes: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size was in (a) comprehensive, (b) grammar and (c) independent schools in (i) the Ribble Valley and (ii)...

      Classroom Assistants: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 783W, on classroom assistants: mathematics, (1) what assessment...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many employees of the former Department for Education and Skills moved (a) within his Department and (b) out of his...

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Drama: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes are planned to the number of Shakespeare plays that may be offered for study by schools at Key Stage 3 from 2009...

      Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for which public service agreement targets his Department is now responsible which were not previously the responsibility of the...

      Howard Goodall: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance has been given to the singing ambassador, Mr. Howard Goodall, on responding to correspondence from hon. Members.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) Steiner, (b) Waldorf and (c) Montessori pre-school institutions are registered in each local authority area; whether...

      Primary Education: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average reading age was of pupils aged (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight, (e) nine, (f) 10 and (g) 11 in...

      Primary and Secondary Education: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many primary school pupils were excluded in (a) the Ribble Valley and (b) England in the last five years; (2) how...

      Pupils: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to improve the standard of basic skills of school leavers.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding per head was provided to school children up to 18 years of age in (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency and...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what amount in (a) percentage and (b) real terms the Government have spent on (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools from its...

      Pupils: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 were entered for a qualification provided by the awarding body CACHE in the last...

      Pupils: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether parents will need to demonstrate that (a) they are registered disabled and (b) that they have been assessed for a...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surplus places there were in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority on 1...

      Schools: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to tackle the incidence of school populations dominated by one ethnic type in English schools; and if he...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his predecessor's answer of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 331, which pupils in North Oxfordshire have...

      Schools: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress has been made on the review of the national literacy strategy; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Schools: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his predecessor's answer of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 331, (1) what the locations are of the six new...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the implementation of his Department's proposals for reform of the 14-to-19 curriculum.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to change the functional skills requirement of the level 2 specialised diploma.

      Specialised Diplomas: Take-Up

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of the functional skills requirement on the potential uptake of the specialised diploma;...

      Teachers: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in Warrington (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the last date for which...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the minutes of the meeting of the Third Sector Forum for Children and Young People on 23 April to be published;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work...

    • Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value is of (a) all payments by his Department to Opinion Leader Research since 1997 and (b) the payment to Opinion Leader...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Gambling: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the time period necessary for the gambling industry to implement fully the regulations to be...

      Licensing Laws: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the regulations contained within the Licensing Act 2003 lead to a growth in live...

      Museums and Galleries: Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the impact on the standards and...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress his Department has made towards its public service agreement target to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) overseas and (b) domestic tourists visited England in each year since 1997.

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total expenditure from the public purse was on promoting England as a tourist destination (a) domestically and (b)...

      Tourism: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of VisitBritain's overseas marketing budget was used to promote tourism to (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d)...

  • Home Department

    • Amphetamines: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for manufacturing methylamphetamine in the past five years; and how many such cases involved the use of...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which point of the asylum process her Department considers a decision on an asylum claim to be final.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department considers an individual who has made a fresh asylum claim to be an asylum seeker with an active case.

      Asylum: Assisted Voluntary Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her projection is of the numbers who will take assisted voluntary return packages to their home country in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c)...

      Asylum: Assisted Voluntary Return Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people returned to their home country under the assisted voluntary return system in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments have been made to each local authority from the (a) Challenge Fund for Refugees and (b) Purposeful Activities for Asylum...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England have been transferred from the original...

      Community Support Officers: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals who were recruited as police community support officers in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England have subsequently...

      Community Support Officers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were recruited in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England during the period (i) January to June...

      Departments: Council of Europe Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings Ministers from her Department have had with the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe in the last 12 months; and what matters...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which her Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what...

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what incentives she has considered to encourage staff in her Department to use public transport.

      Driving Under Influence: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether roadside drug-screening devices will be available for use by police forces within the next three years.

      Driving Under Influence: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the timescale for type-approval of roadside drug-screening devices.

      Driving Under Influence: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in type-approving roadside drug-screening devices.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times an European arrest warrant has been used to extradite foreign nationals back to the United Kingdom for prosecution.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on progress with the national identity card scheme.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers were granted leave to remain in the UK as a result of amnesties in each of...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overstayers there have been in the UK since 1997, broken down by estimated period of overstay.

      Immigration: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many qualified medical doctors have been granted permission to remain in the United Kingdom under the Fresh Talent scheme following...

      Passports: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reasons photographs accompanying passport applications may be rejected; and what proportion have been rejected for each reason...

      Safety Belts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enforcement campaigns have been carried out on child car seats following the introduction of new child car seat legislation since 18...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 10 (a) companies and (b) trades have provided the largest number of apprenticeships.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were not completed in the last year for which figures were available; what the principal categories...

      Apprentices: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the variable unit cost is of providing an (a) level one and (b) level two apprenticeship course; (2) what the...

      Biotechnology: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which research projects his Department has conducted on agricultural biotechnology in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the total costs associated with the division of (a) staff, (b) office space, (c) office equipment and (d)...

      Departments: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in providing training for end-of-service military personnel.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many employees there are in his Department, broken down by pay grade.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many special advisers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the prison sector.

      Departments: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which properties his Department occupies.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in developing guidance for providers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) on the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the procedure is for granting university status; and how many applications have been approved in the last 12 months.

      Literacy: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of prisoners were recorded as illiterate over the last 10 years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of farmers were declared bankrupt in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) the north-west and (c) the...

    • Business Council for Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what expenses members of the new Business Council for Britain will be able to claim.

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many directors of phoenix companies were disqualified in each year from 2005; and how many of these...

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many calls have been received on phoenix companies by the enforcement hotline in each year since 2005; and how...

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many directors of companies have been prosecuted for offences relating to phoenix operations.

      Departments: European Union

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

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to replace the banners in the window of his Department's building at 1 Victoria Street.

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their...

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what analysis his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.

      Disabled: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people who retired from the coal industry due to ill health under the age of 50 years have been informed they...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many whistleblowers in the public services have sought redress from their employer using the Public Interest...

      Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to amend or repeal the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last met representatives of the recruitment industry.

      Employment Agencies: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received in the last 12 months from representatives of the recruitment industry on the law...

      Employment Dispute Resolution Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department expects to respond to the Gibbons review.

      Employment Dispute Resolution Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he plans to publish the evidence considered by the Gibbons Review.

      Employment Dispute Resolution Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library all representations received on the Gibbons Review.

      Employment Dispute Resolution Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has estimated the effect on the costs of (a) employees, (b) employers and (c) the Government...

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of individual voluntary arrangements were made (a) pre-bankruptcy and (b) post-bankruptcy in each...

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the insolvency provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002;...

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankruptcy orders have been made in each year since the implementation of the Enterprise Act 2002.

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) fast-track voluntary arrangements and (b) post-bankruptcy individual voluntary arrangements were made...

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has assessed the volume of (a) individual voluntary arrangements and (b) fast-track voluntary...

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the preliminary conclusions of the Insolvency Service's interim evaluation of the Enterprise Act 2002 were in...

      Enterprise Act 2002: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to publish the results of the Insolvency Service's evaluation of the Enterprise Act 2002; and if he...

      EU Law: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of registration fees for the distributor take-back...

      EU Law: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he made an assessment of the (a) likely cost to and (b) other implications for small businesses of...

      EU Law: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) other impacts of the implementation of the...

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with major supermarkets on ensuring that food packaging is user friendly for...

      Industrial Relations: Disputes Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures his Department has taken to increase the use of mediation in employment disputes.

      Industrial Relations: Disputes Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the availability of mediation services for employment disputes; and whether...

      Industrial Relations: Disputes Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether guidance published by his Department on employment disputes contains information on local mediation services.

      Industrial Relations: Disputes Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department expects to bring forward proposals on the procedure to reform unfair dismissal employment disputes.

      National Grid: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the carbon content of grid electricity is reduced.

      Overseas Trade: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of UK (a) exports to and (b) imports from Taiwan was in each of the last five years.

      Performing Arts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether children's agencies specialising in theatre, TV and modelling have to register with a Government Department or...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what opportunities post offices have to expand the range of goods and services they offer.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what new products and services have been developed by the Post Office with the aim of encouraging the recruitment of...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were carried out at each week of gestation between 18 and 32 weeks in 2006; what the (a) age of mother, (b) residency of mother, (c)...

    • Abortion: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure equality of access to NHS abortion services; (2) how many women in England waited (a) less than a...

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what counselling is offered to women (a) contemplating, (b) during and (c) after an abortion.

      Abortion: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been committed to the improvement of abortion services in 2007-08.

      Contracts: Cirencester Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the second wave independent sector treatment centre contract for Cirencester hospital to be signed.

      Departments: DVDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the titles of all DVDs produced by his Department in the last 12 months; what the cost to the public purse was of developing each; how...

      Departments: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what cost to the public purse his Department is sponsoring a float in the Pride London parade on 30 June 2007 as stated in his Department's 'Single...

      Departments: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what cost to the public purse his Department's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group commissioned the taking of (a) lesbian, gay and...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the requests made to his Department under the (a) Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and (b) Environmental Information regulations in...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in his Department are classified as without posts, broken down by directorate in which they are employed.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the payscale is of (a) civil servants and (b) those employed on a contractual basis in his Department's Commercial Directorate.

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has issued to staff on procedures for working with (a) HM Treasury; and (b) HM Treasury's Health Spending Team.

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.

      Departments: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent advice he has issued on security checks on (a) existing and (b) prospective staff in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer given by the Prime Minister on 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1375W, on engagements, what the evidential basis is for the...

      Health Professions Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department made to the Health Professions Council prior to April 2004.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will request the UK professional healthcare regulators to publish their recent research on the public's access to professional registers.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those attending her Department's Trust, Assurance and Safety event on 5 June 2007 were (a) from healthcare professional regulatory...

      Health Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long the Framework for Procuring External Support for Commissioners project team has been in existence; and for how long Simon Morgan has been the...

      Homeopathy: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were treated at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the NHS has issued in the last two years on the use of mobile telephones in hospitals.

      Leicestershire Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis decisions were made on Leicestershire Primary Care Trust's per capita allocation of funding.

      Maternity Services: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are for increasing the number of neonatal nurses at (a) Stoke, (b) Wolverhampton and (c) Shrewsbury hospitals over the next two years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to answer the letter to his predecessor of 18 May 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. Ameen Hadi.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's intervention on 3 July, Official Report, column 854, in the Access to the NHS Services...

      National Media Evaluations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 442WA, on national media evaluations, if he will place in the Library a copy of his...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 324, on the NHS, what the (a) type and (b) location is of each of the 26 different...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) value and (b) total gross internal area was in each of the last three financial years of the building stock on the NHS estate built (i)...

      NHS: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons his Department's Gender Equity Project had difficulty gaining access to a contact list of England's Directors of Public Health, as stated...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Capital Challenge Fund Scheme funding allocations are of (a) University Hospital, Birmingham NHS Trust, (b) Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons were for the increase in the gross deficit in the primary care trust sector between 2005-06 and 2006-07.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the long-term plans for the 17 NHS trusts which cannot service and repay loans over an acceptable period, as referred to in his...

      NHS: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fires were reported on the NHS estate as required by FIRECODE policy and principles in each of the last three financial years.

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the repair backlog was of the NHS estate, broken down by (a) high risk, (b) significant risk, (c) moderate risk and (d) low risk in each of the...

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of building and engineering maintenance on the NHS estate in each of the last three financial years.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has undertaken any analysis of the NHS's performance relative to other countries' health care systems in the last two years.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that data collected through the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the new General Medical Services contract should require...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist (a) stoma, (b) diabetes, (c) kidney, (d) Parkinson's disease and (e) cancer nurses were employed in each of the last five years,...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many collaborative commissioning groups for specialist services were established by primary care trusts in each of the last three years for which...

      Primary Care Trusts: Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what functions exceptional circumstances committees of primary care trusts (PCTs) have; how they operate; what guidance his Department provides to PCTs on...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the National Audit Office on its draft report on the private finance initiative.

      Shropshire Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) original budgeted figures and (b) actual budget figures were for Shropshire Primary Care Trust in 2006-07.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were carried out in NHS hospitals in each of the last five years.

      Tomography: Stockport Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) CT and (b) MRI scanners are installed in facilities in Stockport Primary Care Trust.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the merits of enforced curfews as an alternative to imprisonment.

    • Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the Data Protection Act 1998 prevents the Parole Board from putting information into the public domain on individual prisoners which might...

      Driving Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions prosecutions for driving without (a) insurance and (b) due care and attention were abandoned as a result of the expiration of the...

      Flexible Working: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the adequacy of workplace rights for parents of children with cancer, with particular reference to rights to leave to care for their...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers there were in each year since 1992.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there are in England, broken down by age.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was in each year since 1992.

      Prisoners: Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners gave birth in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners there are over 65 years old, broken down by category of offence committed.

      Prisoners: Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of hepatitis B occurred in prisons in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many pregnant female offenders (a) applied for and (b) were granted permission for their children to remain with them in prison after birth in each...

      Prisoners: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of female prisoners with children under five years old.

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners (i) attempted and (ii) committed suicide in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of tuberculosis occurred in prisons in each of the last five years; and what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons are located in England and Wales.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the number and percentage of the prison population using (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy, (c) heroin and (d) cocaine.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were caught in possession of narcotics while serving prison sentences in each of the last five years.

      Prisons: Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what access prisoners have to (a) condoms, (b) sexual health advice and (c) testing for sexually transmitted infections.

      Probation Officers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the numbers of people in training as probation officers in each probation service region in each year since 1997; and at...

      Probation Officers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies for new entry probation officers in each probation region in each year since 1997.

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 357W, on rape: sentencing, what his assessment is of the reasons for the differences in...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase young offender institution capacity.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of trends in the young offender institution population over the next 10 years.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders under the age of 21 years found guilty of an offence were given a (a) custodial sentence and (b) non-custodial sentence in each of...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Set-aside Payments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they will make to recent requests from representatives of United Kingdom farmers for European Union suspension of set-aside payments next year to...

    • Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local authorities have not yet submitted an action plan to improve air quality; and what action is being taken in each case to protect the health of citizens...

      Army: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Army has ready access to a suitable video to aid training in conduct after capture.

      Children: Every Child Matters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to enable working parents to spend quality time with their school-age children with the Every Child Matters strategy.

      Cyprus: British Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the British Council has assisted and financially supported (a) education; (b) the arts; (c) environmental or scientific programmes; and (d)...

      Cyprus: British Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the British Council has supported visits to the United Kingdom by those involved in (a) the arts; (b) sport; (c) educational advancement; and (d)...

      Cyprus: British Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the British Council has assisted practically or financially in the teaching of English in (a) primary, and (b) secondary schools in Northern Cyprus...

      Cyprus: Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ministers will maintain the precedent set by the former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Jack Straw, when he visited the...

      Ecosystem Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will increase the human and financial research resources provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to clarify the connections...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 22 January (WA 129—30), why data on the number of embryos created using cell nuclear replacement...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 22 January (WA 204) and 26 June (WA 129-30), whether the remit of the Human Fertilisation and...

      Energy: Oil Depots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the annual report and accounts 2005-06 of the Environment Agency, whether the Buncefield oil terminal had been assessed, prior to its destruction, under...

      Health: Dementia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to make services for dementia patients a priority for physical and mental health providers.

      Health: Prescription Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current estimate of the volume and value of drugs supplied under prescription to non-British nationals in the United Kingdom which are then taken...

      Human Rights: Freedom of Association

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to ensure that citizens of the United Kingdom are free to exercise their right to marry or associate with individuals of whom their...

      Human Rights: Freedom of Religion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to ensure that citizens of the United Kingdom are free to exercise their right to change their religion without threat of violence or death.

      Local Government: Enactments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which enactments have been, by order of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (a) amended; (b) repealed; (c) revoked; or (d) disapplied...

      Local Government: Enactments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which enactments have been, by order of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (a) amended; (b) repealed; (c) revoked; or (d) disapplied...

      Local Government: Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they issued to local authorities under Section 3(5) of the Local Government Act 2000; when they issued such guidance; and which parts of such...

      Local Government: Statutory Responsibilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which strategies, plans, frameworks and similar documents local authorities in England are statutorily responsible for producing; on what legislation the...

      Mercury: Barometers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 25 June (WA 111), whether, after 2009, United Kingdom residents will be allowed (a) to acquire new mercury...

      Older People: Health Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the national development of services for (a) frail older people, and (b) people with dementia.

      Older People: Health Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures acute service providers can take to address the needs of older people with delirium.

      Older People: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have, in light of the British Geriatrics Society's Behind Closed Doors campaign, to ensure that the human rights of older people are met.

      Roads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the function within the United Kingdom road network of the A329(M) south of the M4 motorway; and why it was built; and What is the function within the...

      Roads: Lay-bys

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum time for which trucks are permitted to park on lay-bys which are part of the public highway.

      Royal Prerogative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose, as part of their programme of constitutional reform, that the royal prerogative should no longer be used in decision-making on overseas...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise the issue of the closure of the prison on Imrali Island in the European Union-Turkey dialogue and in other appropriate human rights fora.

      Turkey: UK Residents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated population of Turkish ethnicity in London; and how many visas were issued in each of the last three years to Turks wishing to reside in the...

      Uzbekistan: Death Penalty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Uzbekistan regarding their continued use of the death penalty.

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the findings of the investigation by UKvisas into the disappearance of files containing sensitive personal information sent to London by diplomatic...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which diplomatic missions (a) are now collecting visa applicants' biometric and other data, and (b) will be doing so at the completion of phase two of the...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which diplomatic missions subcontract the collection and transmission of visa applicants' biometric and other data; and, in each case, what are the names and...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the code of practice applying to contractors involved in the processing and transmission of visa...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the call from the Archbishop of Bulawayo for the United Kingdom to invade Zimbabwe.

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