Written answers

Thursday, 12 July 2007

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many full-time non-manual staff of the House who are not officers of the House receive salaries of (a)...

  • Transport

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been allocated for the planning of road improvements along the A21 in the 2007-08 financial year.

    • A69: Greenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 1517W, on the A69: Greenhead, whether the A69 Greenhead diversion scheme contract...

      A69: Greenhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 1517W, on the A69: Greenhead, whether her Department authorised the Northumberland...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will review the findings of the Aviation White Paper on fuel efficiency per seat.

      Bus Services: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus journeys were made in Gravesham in each year since 1997; and how many passenger kilometres such journeys represented in each year.

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Government Shareholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1283-4W, on Government shareholding, what the nature and status is of the special...

      Great Western Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will initiate a review of the quality of the service offered by First Great Western.

      Motor Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths there have been and (b) serious injuries have been sustained in accidents involving a vehicle registered in another EU country in...

      Railway Stations: Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of accessibility at rail stations in (a) Leeds and (b) West Yorkshire; what plans she has to improve...

      Railways: Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements have been planned for the Brighton to London Victoria train line in 2007-08.

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances of train surfing were reported in each of the last five years, broken down by railway network.

  • Justice

    • Armley Prison: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many suicides have taken place in HM Prison Armley in each year since 1987.

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of verdicts returned by coroner's inquests (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each coroner's region were (i) death...

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many post-mortem examinations were carried out (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each coroner's region in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many assaults on prison officers or other HMP staff there have been in each of the last 10 years.

      Young Offender Institutions: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many assaults on staff there have been at young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.

  • Treasury

    • Regional Budget Allocations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to create regional budget allocations.

    • NHS

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the NHS hospital building and equipment budget; and if he will make a statement.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's targets on debt relief; and if he will make a statement.

      HMRC Office: Central Ayrshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the area of the relocation of HM Revenue and Customs office in Central Ayrshire constituency.

      Skills Improvement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic impact of expenditure on improving skills in the past three years.

      Disposable Household Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the trend in real disposable household incomes over the last 12 months.

      Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the economic impact of expenditure on schools in the last 10 years.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for a public service agreement on early intervention with parents and children.

      Financial Impact Statements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce financial impact statements alongside the publication of new taxation proposals.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the rules relating to capital gains tax on second homes.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people paid capital gains tax in each year since 1996-97.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with the Ministry of Defence on the future of the Defence Export Services Organisation.

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of people who will claim tax credits as a result of the abolition of the 10 pence...

      Tax Allowances: Transport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process tax rebates on mileage allowances was in each region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Northern Ireland were taken to court for recovery of overpayment of tax credits in each of the last three years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of tax credit customer service in Northern Ireland (a) before and (b) after the removal of the Tax Credit Customer...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business Council for Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated cost is of the establishment of the new Business Council for Britain.

    • Business: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to encourage closer working between business and universities.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many free-to-use cash machines have been located in the poorest 10 per cent. of wards in the UK.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the total cost has been of the change from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department for Business,...

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what date a new sign for his building was commissioned.

      Overseas Trade: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of (a) UK investment in Taiwan and (b) Taiwan's investment in the UK was in each of the last five...

      Public Participation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to enable consultees to respond to consultations electronically.

      Regional Development Agencies: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by (a) employees of, (b) board members of and (c) individuals...

      Trade: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he plans to take to reduce the UK's trade deficit with the European Union.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Clergy: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland has received (a) full details and (b) summaries of allegations of child sexual abuse by priests...

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to communicate crime prevention advice to the public in Northern Ireland.

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 515W, on Departments: official hospitality, from which external customers the...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to combat illegal drug use in Northern Ireland.

      Police: Crimes Against the Person

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what recent measures have been put in place to protect police officers from assault; (2) how many incidents of assault or abuse of police...

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to improve the facilities in prisons for prisoners with mental health problems.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources his Department has made available for the education of women on how to protect themselves from rape.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the (a) Armed Forces, (b) Army, (c) Royal Navy and (d) RAF (i) were deployed on operations in 1997 and (ii) are deployed on...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what topics were discussed at the meeting between Mike Turner, the Chief Executive of BAE Systems, and Lord Drayson, the Defence Procurement Minister, on...

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Explosions: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many awards of compensation were paid for damage to property caused by explosions at Shoeburyness to residents living in (a) Maldon District,...

      Exservicemen: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are on the waiting list for a redress of their veterans disability entitlements.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the possible obligations the Government have to nuclear test veterans under the EU Directive Euratom 96/29.

      Military Police: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the approved complement is of Ministry of Defence police at Colchester Garrison; and what plans he has to change this complement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated ongoing in-service costs are of the Trident replacement over its 30 year life span how much is accounted for by (a) facilities and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Public Transport

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

    • Football Association: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what occasions (a) he or his predecessor, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) representatives of his Department met the...

      Gambling: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what restrictions are to be put in place to prevent advertisements promoting gambling-related activities during children's television...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications the Heritage Lottery Fund has received for projects that are run by (a) not-for-profit organisations and (b) all...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many grants have been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to projects that are run by (a) not-for-profit organisations and (b)...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what verification process is used for projects that make applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund to assess the accuracy of (a)...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the level of priority that the Heritage Lottery Fund gives to funding of private sector projects.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria the Heritage Lottery Fund uses to assess the viability of projects that have already received (a) public funding, (b)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which providers will deliver support and advice to recently parted parents on making private arrangements for child maintenance; and if he will...

    • Chronically Sick: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to bring forward provisions to strengthen the legal rights of people with (a) rheumatoid arthritis and (b) other...

      Incapacity Benefit: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of his Department's progress in improving the adequacy of medical reports following recommendations made by the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of public companies with underfunded company pension schemes.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average proportion of (a) expected and (b) core pension being received is for people who have begun to receive their full-entitled...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people eligible for initial payments, and whose pension scheme trustees have applied for initial payments,...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of 65 years have died while their pension scheme has been going through (a) the qualification process for the...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what analysis has been undertaken of the impact on future means-tested benefit entitlement for people on low incomes who save through his...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children in lower-income working families using formal childcare.

    • Children: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of young children (a) in each Sure Start Local Programme area and (b) in England lived in households in which...

      Financial Services: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on his Department's plans to improve financial literacy in schools.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the future of the Learning and Skills Council.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Bournemouth are under special measures; and how long this has been the case in each instance.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the projected cost of all previous and proposed student loan sales to the public purse over their...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18-year-olds were not in education employment or training, broken down by (i) parliamentary...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what additional student numbers were awarded for (a) foundation degrees and (b) honours degrees in each of the last five...

    • Degrees: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the non-completion rates were for (a) female full-time students studying for first degrees, (b) female part-time...

      Degrees: Social Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of people aged (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21 to 24, (e) 25 to 30 and (f) over...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's responsibilities are for technology.

      Departments: Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list the European Community committees and working groups for which his Department will be responsible.

      Departments: Council of Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on the agenda of the next Council of Ministers which he will be attending.

      Departments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list the draft legislation under discussion at EU level pertaining to his Department; and what the current status...

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will assess the merits of giving prisoners access to virtual classroom technology; and if he will make a statement.

      Educational Institutions: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when the rules relating to capital funding announced in the Learning and Skills Council news release issue 411 came into force.

      Educational Institutions: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criteria have to be fulfilled by a further education college applying to receive the additional 5 per cent. of building...

      Further Education: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has, following the restructuring of the Learning and Skills Council, to ensure there is sufficient Government...

      Higher Education: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many English universities have campuses in (a) China and (b) India.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much Learning and Skills Council funding there was for non-prescribed higher education courses in each of the last 10 years.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans his Department has to maintain the dual-support system.

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 10 sectors of employment have the greatest acknowledged skills shortage; and what the manpower shortfall is in each case.

      Skilled Workers: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 10 sectors of employment have the greatest acknowledged skills excess; and if he will estimate the level of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what measures the Government has introduced to ensure repayment of student loans by EU domiciled students.

  • International Development

    • Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the Governance and Transparency Fund is expected to be released in year 1.

    • Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to announce which organisations were successful in their applications for funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund.

      Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many successful applicants there have been for funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund; and how much funding has been...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what decisions have been made about the eligibility for restored EU funding of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza who were...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007 to the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson), Official Report, columns 184-85W, on...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid to Somalia is (a) agricultural and (b) medical in nature.

      Sudan: Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the long-term support needed for the provision of psychosocial care for victims of torture and sexual...

      Sudan: Crimes Against Humanity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to support the provision of psychosocial care for victims of torture and sexual violence in Darfur.

      Thailand: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid to Thailand goes to pro-democracy groups.

      Tsunamis: Early Warning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made by international partners in developing a tsunami early warning system in the South Pacific.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

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

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2007, Official Report, column 780W, on departmental travel, how many foreign trips have...

      Departments: European Union

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

      Departments: Pay

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

      Floods: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with local authorities in Shropshire on special funding support to tackle the aftermath of the...

      Government Office for the South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the running cost was of the Government Office of the South West in each of the last five years.

      Government Offices for the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people work for each of the Government offices for the regions; and what the staff cost is of each in 2007-08.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1354W, on housing, what proportion of the allocation...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings she has had with Ministers from the devolved administrations to discuss housing in the UK.

      Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private housing lets were made by each local authority in Hampshire in each year since 1997; and what assessment she...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes have become available on Wearside since 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.

      Parish Councils: Hextable

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she received Hextable's application for separate parish status; and when she expects to make a decision on the application.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what processes are in place to enable (a) councillors and (b) the public to monitor the quality of decisions made on planning...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what action is open to members of the public to challenge planning decisions made by planning officers under delegated powers,...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the Supporting People programme in each year since its inception.

  • Home Department

    • Biometrics: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition her Department uses of basic biodata; who collects this information; who this information is shared with; and in what...

    • Community Support Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish data on the recruitment and retention of police community support officers since the post's inception; and on numbers...

      Crime: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2007, Official Report, columns 1324-25W, on crime: intellectual property (IP), how many police forces have...

      EU Law: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK will ratify the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

      Identity Cards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected budget is for development of the identity cards and biometric passports scheme in 2007-08.

      Identity Cards: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision she plans to make for homeless people to register for a national identity card.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1512W, on the National Identity Register, how she plans to ensure that...

      Northumbria Police: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many candidates of ethnic minority origin applied to the Northumbria police force in each year since 1997; and how many were successful.

      Police Stations: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are plans to close police stations in Bournemouth.

      Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force in England and Wales have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) racism, (ii)...

      Police: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to close the protective services gap among East Midlands police forces identified by Denis O'Connor in his 2005...

      Police: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what national police responsibilities are tasked to Essex Constabulary; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding has been allocated per head of population on police in 2007-08 for police authorities in (a) Derbyshire, (b)...

      Police: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities in England and Wales have a mounted police section.

      Police: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2007, Official Report, columns 772-74W, if she will break down the figures for those leaving as a result...

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to bring forward proposals to amend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the associated guidance.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on road safety, when the report will be published.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for her comment on 1 July that the recent terrorist incidents in London and Glasgow were not related to United...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which buildings within one mile of the House are occupied by his Department; and what the (a) address, (b) floor area and (c) function is of...

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in his Office have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using...

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Personnel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average fully loaded cost is of a full-time equivalent member of staff of his Department working in Whitehall.

      Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in the...

      Ministers Private Offices: Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to what use the office space previously used as the private office for the Deputy Prime Minister is being put.

      Ministry of Defence: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the contribution that the Ministry of Defence could make to post-Gershon...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects to be in a position to begin making payments of the 2007 Single Farm Payment; (2) what steps he will...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects all single farm payments for (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 to be resolved.

      Animal Welfare: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 61W, on animal welfare: transport, when four calves were...

      Animal Welfare: Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has held on the manufacturing, sale and use of animal snares; and if he will make a statement.

      Beef: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tests are performed on beef imports from Brazil to detect residues of (a) pesticides, (b) veterinary medicines and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to visit farms in (a) England and (b) Shropshire which have been affected by bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine tuberculosis were recorded in Shrewsbury constituency in (a) 2000, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004,...

      Coastal Erosion: East Riding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned on the effects of coastal erosion in the East Riding...

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1361W, on departments: manpower, what the estimated annual...

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Domestic Wastes: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) likely future change in the amount of exported domestic waste, broken...

      Flood Control: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how the increase in spending across Government of £200 million on flood-risk management and defences will be...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for future funding for the Environment Agency for flood defences; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of (a) the savings which will be generated by and (b) the sum to be paid in redundancies...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his oral statement of 2 July 2007, Official Report, columns 689-93, on floods (England), what additional funding...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the flood defence budget was directed to controlling surface water flooding in each of the last five...

      Floods: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the criteria are for awarding monies under the small scale small business recovery scheme for flooded areas; to which...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of properties which are deemed uninsurable due to high risk of flooding.

      Forests: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice, training and support are available to local and small woodland businesses.

      Leopards: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Iran ahead of the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

      Lighting: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to consult on draft guidance concerning light pollution.

      Livestock: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received of MRSA infections in domesticated farm animals.

      Packaging: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether regulations are in place to oblige retailers (a) to take back and (b) to take back and recycle the packaging of...

      Packaging: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps were taken to establish a protocol for reporting the progress made by signatories to the Courtauld Commitment on...

      Packaging: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual total packaging use of each of the signatories to the Courtauld Commitment was in each year for which figures...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 307W, on the Rural Payments Agency, when he will make...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Government of Colombia on a negotiated peace settlement of that country's civil war;...

    • Iran: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations about the statements made by the President of Iran on...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what commitments have been made by Iran to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency in resolving outstanding...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether HM High Commission, Islamabad, has received the test results in the case of the family of Mr. S J of Aylesbury...

      Palestinians: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian authorities on incursions by Palestinian terrorists into Israel; what...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on (a) the (i) strength, (ii) leadership and (iii) political objectives of the Ugandan People's...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the transition to multi-party democracy in Uganda; whether the ideological training institute at...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the availability of alcohol misuse services.

    • Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has (a) to assist and (b) otherwise to contact the management of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals to discuss infection control; and...

      Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take following the Healthcare Commission findings at Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust on factually incorrect management reporting of...

      Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients at (a) Barnet and (b) Chase Farm hospitals contracted (i) Clostridium difficile and (ii) MRSA in (A) each of the last three years and...

      Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of the Healthcare Commission's (a) improvement notice and (b) report relating to infection control at Barnet and...

      Blood: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what approaches he has received from Lord Archer of Sandwell requesting papers and information to help his inquiry into the contamination of blood...

      Bone Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to his answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 990W, on bone diseases: medical treatments, when he expects a final approval...

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many beds funded by his Department were provided in social services care homes in (a) England and (b) Shropshire in (i) 1997, (ii) 2000, (iii)...

      Departments: European Union

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

      Departments: Missing People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he and (b) Ministers or officials from his Department attended the meeting of the National Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group on 27...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, what the (a) whole-time equivalent numbers and...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, whether the figures included consultants; and...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-34W, on Departments: public bodies, whether NHS Direct, for the purposes of the...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, who administered the budget originally allocated...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the final submission setting out his Department's financial needs for the period covered by the 2002 spending...

      Health Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) health visitors, (b) nursery nurses, (c) support workers and (d) midwives there were in Hertfordshire in each year since 2001.

      Hearing Aids: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are waiting for a hearing aid; and what the average waiting time is for such provision.

      Home Care Services: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to review the current arrangements for home care for pensioners.

      Homeopathy: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients who live in the areas covered by West Kent Primary Care Trust will continue to be able to receive homeopathy from the Tunbridge Wells NHS...

      Hospitals: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in the Greater Manchester area have acted on his Department's recommendations to provide free or reduced price parking for patients...

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received objecting to the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill; and what objections have been made in those representations.

      Medical Treatments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to allocate funds to the development of photodynamic therapy.

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners/ Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent in England on providing (a) additional secure psychiatric beds, (b) medical services for prisoners, (c) drug and...

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners were reported as requiring psychiatric care in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners were transferred to hospital for psychiatric care in each of the last five years; and what the average waiting time for the transfer...

      Mentally Ill: Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 583W, on mentally ill: cannabis, how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds...

      Mentally Ill: HM Prison Armley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prisoners currently in HM Prison Armley has been diagnosed as having (a) mental health, (b) alcohol-related and (c) drug-related...

      Methylamphetamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps he has taken to prevent the sale of over-the-counter medicines for the manufacture of methylamphetamine; and what assessment he...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total NHS expenditure on medicines and (b) NHS spending per head on medicines has been in each year since 1997-98 (i) for England and (ii)...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records are being held by his Department on the discussions with HM Treasury on changes to the resource accounting and budgeting system announced in...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on changes to the resource accounting and budgeting system.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the detailed report relating to the final sign-off on the financial plans of NHS organisations in 2007-08 referred to on page...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the capital budget was of each (a) NHS trust and (b) primary care trust in 2006-07; and what the actual capital expenditure was in 2006-07 of each.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely level of top-slicing in 2007-08 of primary care trust revenue allocations in each strategic health authority area.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 2006-07 in-year financial position was of each (a) strategic health authority, (b) NHS trust and (c) primary care trust.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) full-time equivalent (i) doctors and (ii) nurses were working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Nutrition: Fruit and Vegetables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research has been conducted into the health effects of drinking fruit juice (a) made from concentrate and (b) not made from concentrate; and...

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many offenders (a) in prisons and (b) in the community were receiving treatment for drug or alcohol problems in each of the last five years;...

      Offenders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many detoxifications of prisoners took place in each of the last five years; what the average length of time for detoxification was; and what the...

      Reproduction: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) reference numbers and (b) titles of (i) statutory instruments, (ii) departmental circulars and (iii) other documents distributed...

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the trend in the number of Ritalin prescriptions issued; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has...

      Royal Pharmaceutical Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew), of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1008W, on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society,...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the adult social care budget was for (a) England and (b) Shropshire in each year since 2002-03.

      Supermarkets: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will discuss with major supermarkets labelling food packing with larger type of pricing and ingredients for the elderly and the visually impaired.

      Water: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to review and access the provision of water in schools following his Department's Food in Schools Water Provision project.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will be in a position to make an announcement on the future carrier main gate before the Comprehensive Spending Review.

    • Armed Forces: Tactical Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the possible introduction of a small tactical surveillance satellite as an aid to protect the interests of British forces in the...

      Army: Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Army regularly ensures that all its personnel are fit for their duties.

      Crime: Cyberspace

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and, if so, when, they intend to ratify the Council of Europe's 2001 Convention on Cybercrime.

      Demonstrations: Parliament Square

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 3 July (Official Report, Commons, col. 818) that there will be consultation concerning changes to the laws that...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 25 June (WA 101-2) on the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill, whether they have assessed the...

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support an initiative for all civic offices within the union to fly the union flag on a permanent basis.

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Warner on 24 July 2006 (WA 240) (a) what progress they have made with their own research programme into water fluoridated...

      Government: House of Lords Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which members of the Government serve in the House of Lords; and what are their salaries.

      Health: Former Putney Hospital

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is now responsible for the former National Health Service hospital in Lower Richmond Road, Putney, which has been empty and derelict for a number of years.

      Health: Henoch-Schönlein Purpura

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 18 June (WA 15), what is the detail of the research into Henoch-Schönlein purpura which is...

      House of Lords: Select Committees

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What was the total cost of producing the report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures in 2002 (HL Paper 150, Session 2001-02).

      House of Lords: Summer Recess

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they will make to communicate to the House events occurring between 26 July and 8 October affecting the United Kingdom Armed Forces deployed to...

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Mr Peter Etame was held in immigration detention for over eight months, despite claiming previous torture on arrival in England; whether he was denied access...

      Immigration: Pilot Studies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the evaluation report on the three pilot areas for Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 will be published.

      Immigration: Random Stops at Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons, if any, have been charged or convicted of an offence as a result of random stops for questioning at British ports of entry since 2001.

      Immigration: Random Stops at Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any instructions have been given concerning random stopping and questioning of United Kingdom Muslims at ports of entry; and, if so, whether there are any...

      Parliament Square

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their proposed response to the encampment on the grass area of Parliament Square; and How many tents are now erected on the grass area of Parliament...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why on 1 July only two passport personal interview offices, those in Glasgow and Belfast, were operational.

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, of the 55 personal passport interview officers already employed, only nine, three at Belfast and six at Glasgow, were engaged in their duties on 1 July.

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to review the policy and implementation of passport personal interview offices.

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to 1 July of setting up and operating the scheme for passport personal interviews.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Assuming that all eligible individuals were receiving the means-tested benefits due to them, what is the estimated net cost of replacing the means-tested system...

      Police: IPCC

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who monitors the work of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Police: IPCC

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who ensures that the commissioners' investigations within the Independent Police Complaints Commission are proportionate and fair; and What is the role of the...

      Ports: Multi-agency Alerts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the decision criteria used before a multi-agency alert is issued regarding persons or cargoes due at British ports of entry.

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of the House: What steps were taken to reduce the number of Written Questions remaining unanswered after more than 14 days from 254 from 17 government departments on 17 April to...

      Shipping: Light Dues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Baroness Crawley on shipping light dues on 18 April (Official Report, cols. 216-7) and the study between the Department for Transport and...

      Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to monitor the activities of Islamic charities in the United Kingdom, in light of the alleged links between some Islamic charities and...

      Waste Management: Litter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide the ratings of English regions in order of their cleanliness for litter as reported through the relevant best-value performance indicator.

      Young Offender Institutions: Rochester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to use the playing fields at Rochester young offender institution (YOI) for building new prison accommodation; and, if so, what additional...

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