Written answers

Monday, 16 July 2007

  • Transport

    • Air Passenger Duty: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to end the practice of budget airlines (a) not to refund air passenger duty to their customers who do not use their flights and...

    • Bicycles: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) adult and (b) child cyclists who wear helmets; and what estimate she has made of those numbers...

      Bicycles: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Government's evaluation of cycle helmet effectiveness to be completed.

      Bus Services: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much subsidy was paid to bus service operators in Gravesham in each year since 1997.

      Buses: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of the re-registration of excursion services as local bus services using coaches when the Concessionary Bus...

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons were for the decision to change the way in which child pedal cycle injuries are recorded in the road casualty statistics published on...

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by her Department in the last 12 months.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that information obtained from driving licences using scanning equipment at commercial venues is not misused and...

      M1: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 motorway northbound was closed on 5 July 2007; upon whose authority the motorway was closed; and what investigation or inquiry...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will answer the letter to her predecessor of 24 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. J. Woolley.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will negotiate amendments to the Motor Insurers Bureau Untraced Drivers Agreement following the judgment in Byrne v MIB; and if she will make a...

      Motorcycles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcyclists were issued with a Certificate of Completion DL196 in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area; and if...

      Motorcycles: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Certificate of Completion DL196 certificates were reissued to motorcyclists following the expiry of a DL196 certificate previously issued in...

      New Cross Country Rail Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 10 July 2007, Official Report, columns 53-54WS, on the new cross country rail franchise, which North...

      Railway Stations: Lifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations from the 251st busiest to the least busiest in England have a passenger lift.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it remains the Government's policy that there should be three or four rail freight interchanges around London.

      Roads: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects (a) the negotiation of the Highways Agency to appoint a firm of consultants on fees to be completed and (b) the results of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed by the Environment Agency at the regional emergency control centre in Worthing; how many of these...

    • Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what evidential basis the Environment Agency reaches its conclusions about the probability of particular flooding...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he intends to revise the Government's first response to the Making space for water consultation following the recent...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what standards are required of water companies to ensure that pumping stations for drainage of low-lying areas are themselves...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information he has received from (a) the Environment Agency and (b) the insurance industry on the proportion of...

      Floods: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Environment Agency, (b) district councils and (c) Gloucestershire county council...

      Floods: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the condition of the drains in Gloucestershire following the recent floods in that...

      Floods: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the damage caused by flooding in Hertfordshire in the last five years; (2)...

      Floods: Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial support the Government plan to provide to assist Sheffield in the aftermath of the recent floods.

      Pesticides: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many charges were heard in court during the prosecution of John Rawlings for storing illegal pesticides; what the results...

      Recycling: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he plans to take to encourage small businesses to improve their recycling rate.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of waste emissions from eco-centres and recycling plants; (2)...

  • Defence

    • Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Export Services Organisation.

    • Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Export Services Organisation.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the future of the Defence Export Services Organisation.

      Ministerial Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will undertake his ministerial responsibilities in his absence on other official duties; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on mental health support services for members of the armed forces.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of levels of force protection in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Iraq.

      Troop Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase the protection of British armed forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made in development and reconstruction in Helmand province.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he next expects to discuss with military commanders the helicopter lift requirements for operations in Afghanistan.

      Dartmoor: Farmers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will increase the level of compensation his Department provides for hill livestock farmers within the Dartmoor National Park when live firing takes...

      Flooding Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the UK armed forces have played in assisting people during the recent floods in England.

      Fleet Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many destroyers and frigates are required by the fleet.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department will play in securing further overseas orders for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support he has provided to the African Union Mission to Darfur.

      Falklands Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the impact of the events held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Future Aircraft Carrier Programme to gain main gate approval.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are stationed in (a) Europe, (b) Africa, (c) the Middle East and (d) Asia.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average employment cost was of (a) an officer, (b) a member of another rank, (c) a non-industrial civil servant and (d) an industrial civil...

      Armed Forces: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information and statistics his Department records on Service families regarding (a) accommodation, (b) mobility, (c) education, (d) health care,...

      Armed Forces: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel are providing close protection for EU mission staff.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of training specifically for operations is included in the costs of operations funded from the Treasury Reserve.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces training (a) accidents and (b) deaths were investigated by the Land Accident Investigation Unit between June 2006 and June 2007.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of new candidates to the armed forces were school leavers aged 16 and a half years in the last 12 months.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Future Rapid Effect System to enter service.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British companies are involved in the Future Rapid Effects System project; and in what capacity each plays a part.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the Future Rapid Effect System programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Army: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) lowest and (b) average period of time between operational tours was for each army infantry battalion over the last three years.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) assessed requirement and (b) numbers of personnel in post is for each Army infantry battalion.

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the standard programmes regarding the number of rockets per ripple are when CRV-7 cluster munition rockets are fired in a pre-programme ripple; and...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what body conducted the tests to establish the six per cent. failure rate for the M261 submunitions carried on CRV-7 cluster munition rockets; how many...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2007, Official Report, column 61W, on Departments: private finance initiative, when each preferred bidder was selected.

      Galileo Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2007, Official Report, column 955W, on Galileo project, what the wider issues in relation to Galileo are on which his...

      Helicopters: Spare Parts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force was cannibalised in each of the past 12 months.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 125W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, what the estimated replacement costs of military...

      Military Aircraft: Spare Parts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times a (a) C17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules C-130K, (c) Hercules C-130J, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod MR2 has been cannibalised...

      Military Bases: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Special Forces Support Unit at MOD St Athan; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) escort ships, (b) major ships and submarines, (c) minor war vessels and (d) RFA ships were commissioned into the Royal Navy and Royal...

      Navy: Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planning assumption is for the service life of (a) Type 23 frigates, (b) Type 45 destroyers and (c) future surface combatants.

      Navy: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for publishing the results of the naval bases review.

      University Officer Training Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of the University Officer Training Corps was at 1 March.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) financial and (b) other assistance was provided to the Government of Afghanistan to tackle the narcotics industry in...

    • Colombia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Colombia.

      Convention on Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the United Nations Convention on Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism entered into force; when the United Kingdom (a)...

      Cuba: Biological Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his Cuban counterpart on Cuba's biological warfare programme.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to publish a record of his activities on the Department's website; what estimate he has made of the (a) cost...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and...

      Electronic Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on cyber-warfare.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance is given to embassies and consulates on dealing with requests from people wishing to enter the UK.

      EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Portuguese counterpart on the EU constitutional treaty.

      Indonesia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on counter-terrorism operations in Indonesia.

      Internet: Censorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he and Ministers in his Department have had with the EU on internet censorship; and what was discussed.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to Arab Governments to secure an end to attacks on Israel; what response has been...

      Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Pakistani authorities on the treatment of lawyers and the families of...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Pakistani Government on the conflict at the Red Mosque in Islamabad.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he has put in place to ensure that there is a Darfur-Darfur dialogue in place before the forthcoming peace talks...

      Venezuala: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on Venezuela's oil supply offer to Iran.

      Zimbabwe: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has sought clarification of the policy of the Government of Portugal on whether to invite Robert Mugabe and other...

  • Minister for Women

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the future role of (a) the Committee on Standards in Public Life and (b) the Business Appointments Committee.

    • Contracts for Services: Religion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate how many faith-based organisations (a) received grants and (b) were contracted to deliver (i) local authority and (ii)...

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in the former Deputy Prime Minister's Department were (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet...

      Departments: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the requests made to the Cabinet Office under the (a) Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and (b) Environmental Information...

      Government: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what overarching studies he plans to undertake as part of his responsibility to make Government work better.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to issue a revised version of the Special Advisers' Code.

      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how the (a) officials and (b) budget of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister are deployed.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many complaints have been received concerning possible breaches of the regulation protecting the use of the Olympic symbol, motto and other words relating...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans she has to visit the National Sports Academy at Lilleshall in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Social Exclusion Unit: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1673W, on the social exclusion unit: pilot schemes, what pilot projects were (a)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Film Institute: Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the future of the British Film Institute and its role in conserving archive material.

    • Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, column 1360W, on departmental studies, when he intends to place the rest of...

      Departments: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since October 2006.

      Departments: Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 90W, on Departments: non-departmental public bodies, what the (a)...

      Films: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the change in the level of violence portrayed in films, particularly of torture, in the last 10 years;...

      Gun Sports: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made in discussions with the Home Department on Olympic target pistol shooters; and if he will make a statement.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, in what form the ongoing advice provided...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1783W, on Olympic Games: Greater London, in what ways the advice...

      Royal Opera House: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to monitor the fulfilment by the chief executive of his contractual obligations as full-time chief...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funding has been made available for sports clubs and facilities in Ribble Valley; and what proportion of these funds is...

      Sports: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the sport national governing bodies attending the Labour Party fundraiser at Wembley on 12 July.

      Sportsgrounds: Seating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to change the regulations to allow safe standing at football grounds; and if he will make a statement.

      Sportsgrounds: Seating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to meet the Football Supporters' Federation to discuss its report on safe standing at football grounds; and if he will...

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to extend the existing protection from ticket touts to other sports; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourists: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by (a) domestic and (b) foreign tourists in England in each year since 1997.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if his Department will provide funding for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service to enable dispute...

    • Conditions of Employment: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which business leaders he and the former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry have met in the last 12 months to...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will provide the revised budget for his newly-formed Department for 2007-08, broken down by main budget heading.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.

      Disciplinary Proceedings: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if his Department will bring forward proposals to simplify the rules governing employment disciplinary procedures.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of distributors of electrical and electronic equipment are members of a distributor...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what percentage of distributors of electrical and electronic equipment have initiated a take-back...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance his Department provided on the waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations to distributors of...

      Google: Doubleclick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he has had discussions with (a) the Information Commissioner on the issues of privacy and data protection in...

      Government Shareholding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1283-84W, on Government Shareholding, what the...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the low carbon potential of electric heating is realised.

      Industrial Disputes: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the merits of making mediation a compulsory step in employment disputes.

      Iran: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2007, Official Report, column 621W, on Iran: export credit guarantees, whether his...

      Maternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of mothers eligible for maternity leave have taken maternity leave in the last 12 months; and what the...

      Minimum Wage: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) the UK, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Tamworth whose...

      Parental Leave: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department holds figures on the number of employment disputes with (a) paternity leave and (b) maternity...

      Parental Leave: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the number of people from low income families taking (a) paternity leave and...

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of fathers eligible for paternity leave have taken paternity leave in the last 12 months; and what the...

      Post Offices: WH Smith

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

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households and businesses with a telephone connection provided using a line...

      Tidal Power: Severn Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to commission an independent strategic evaluation of all the options for exploiting...

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if his Department will undertake an assessment of the law of procedural unfairness in unfair dismissal employment disputes.

      Warwick Manufacturing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 136W, on the Warwick Manufacturing Group, whether the...

      Warwick Manufacturing Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the Government provide financial support to the Warwick Manufacturing Group; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Boris Berezovsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons Boris Berezovsky was granted political asylum.

    • Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on which social networking sites have (a) adopted and (b) not adopted mechanisms to prevent child abuse.

      Crime: Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what redress is available to a UK citizen against alleged criminal activities by Swiss banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

      Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much and what proportion of anti-drugs spending the Government allocated to the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the information given to British victims of crime when their assailant is released from prison...

      Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was.

      Essex Police: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of legal action brought against Essex police are awaiting a hearing; and how many cases against Essex police were (a) settled...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times she has used discretionary powers to allow an individual (a) to come to the UK and (b) to remain in the UK in each of the...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1713-14W, on industrial health and safety: coroners, what steps she has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer the letter to her predecessor of 16 May 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. M. Akhtar.

      Police: BNP

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost of policing the British National Party Red, White and Blue Festival in Sawley, Lancashire in each of the last...

      Police: BNP

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers and other police staff were involved in policing (a) during and (b) in preparation for the British National Party...

      Police: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of custody offices in police stations are equipped with fully functioning audio and visual CCTV in (a)...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to police forces in (a) Essex, (b) Southend and (c) England and Wales of defending (i) complaints and (ii) litigation...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) about its target for conclusion of a complaint...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is collected by her Department about complaints made against police officers; what changes are planned; what recent...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken by (a) her Department and (b) police forces in England and Wales to learn any necessary lessons from cases...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by (a) Essex and (b) Southend police on (i) own force investigations, (ii) supervised investigations, (iii) managed...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of funding of additional year-on-year posts of (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers in...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of regular police officers to residents is in (a) Southend, (b) each borough in Essex and (c) England and Wales; and what...

      Police: Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is issued by her Department on the circumstances and manner in which it is safe to set up a rolling police road block on...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forward facing speed cameras were deployed in (a) Southend and (b) Essex police force area in the last year for which figures are...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of forward facing speed cameras in (a) reducing accidents and (b) reducing the...

      Stop and Search: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission a study of the final outcomes of arrests that follow stop and searches under the Terrorism Act 2000.

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many terrorist suspects have been detained for more than 14 days since the implementation of the relevant legislation; and if she will...

      Traffic Officers: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were employed on speed enforcement duties in (a) Southend and (b) Essex police in each of the last three years.

      Yarl's Wood Detention Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many representations she has received from (a) the Black Women's Rape Action Project and (b) Legal Action for Women on (i) conditions...

  • Prime Minister

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and Strategy Unit within the Cabinet Office.

  • Treasury

    • Cornwall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross value added of Cornwall was in each year since 1979.

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit has conducted a review of financial management in the NHS; (2) pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2007,...

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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: Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criminal offences have been introduced by his Department in primary legislation since October 2006.

      Departments: Public Transport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.

      Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what applications the UK made to the European Union Solidarity Fund in each of the last five years.

      Finance: Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what mechanisms were put in place in his Department prior to March 2003 to estimate the likely cost of military operations in Iraq; (2) what...

      Identity Cards: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) legal and (b) other costs have been of dealing with Freedom of Information requests for the publication of the Gateway review on the identity...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy was of (a) men and (b) women in each primary care trust area of England for the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy of (a) men and (b) women in England was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy is of (a) males and (b) females in each of the 25 (i) most and (ii) least deprived electoral wards; and how many, on average, of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reply to the letters dated 23 April and 23 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton to the Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs on Mr....

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Council of Economic Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to continue the arrangements for special advisers to work on a Council of Economic Advisers.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) gross domestic product and (b) gross value added per head was in each (i) region and (ii) county of the UK in each year since 1998.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many national insurance cards are in circulation in the United Kingdom.

      Remittances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's mechanisms for the monitoring of agencies specialising in international money...

      Revenue and Customs: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with which (a) Government Departments and (b) local authorities HM Revenue and Customs shares (i) individual tax liability records and (ii) capital...

      Taxation: Casinos

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the increase in casino taxation on existing small and medium sized casinos; (2) what taxation...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of 19 to 21-year-olds were (a) economically inactive and not in full-time education and (b) unemployed in each year since...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) individuals and (b) households were in receipt of either child tax credit or working tax credit in each year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: IT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the technical issues are which are affecting tax credit IT systems entitlement calculations.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departments: Pensions

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

    • Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department has had discussions with the Community Development Foundation on the appropriateness of religious...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire services provide no whole-time fire cover at night across their entire service area.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of levels of night-time fire cover across the country; and if she will make a statement.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an application has been made to the European Union Solidarity Fund as a result of the recent flooding across the UK.

      Floods: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) Milton Keynes Council and (b) Stoke Goldington Parish Council will be eligible following the severe flooding in...

      Floods: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the residential properties affected in the recent flooding in the north of England were built in the last 10 years.

      Homelessness: North East region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress is being made towards tackling homelessness on Wearside; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to increase targets for future house building in Bournemouth.

      Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many vulnerable households lived in non-decent homes in Essex in the latest period for which figures are available;...

      Housing: Low Incomes

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

      Housing: Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of domestic residential properties in multiple occupation as a percentage of the total...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to seek the views of the Northern Ireland Assembly before any legislation is brought forward at Westminster which would...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what powers Parliament retains to legislate on abortion in Northern Ireland.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on community policing in Northern Ireland.

      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, if he will provide a breakdown by...

      Departments: Racial Harassment

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

      Police: County Armagh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on (a) policing and (b) the security situation in South Armagh;...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid to prisoners who were released early from prison under the terms of the Belfast Agreement.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid to prisoners under the provisions for the resettlement of offenders since 1998.

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary-style assaults took place in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down...

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many acts of criminality took place in Northern Ireland by paramilitary groups in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much was spent on (a) managing the Child Support Agency's (CSA) corporate identity in each year since 1997-98 and (b) branding of...

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 450W and 455W, to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, on children: poverty, if...

      Departments: Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many files (a) Capita and (b) other private contractors are holding for his Department and its agency; what the cost is of this service;...

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departments: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what...

      Departments: Official Visits

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

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in his Department and its agencies are paid more than £100,000 per annum.

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

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

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Departments: Racial Harassment

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

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of his Department were made compulsorily redundant in each year since it was established.

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees in each service or agency of his Department were made compulsorily redundant in each year since it was established.

      Departments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the headcount target figure is for the number of employees in his Department in Scotland for 2007-08; and how many staff are in post.

      Hazardous Substances: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which sites in Castle Point the Health and Safety Executive considers to be potential hazards due to storage of combustible materials; and when...

      Incapacity Benefit: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there were in south west Bedfordshire constituency (a) at the latest date for which figures are...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to make public liability insurance a legal requirement for Corgi-registered gas installers.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps in response to the shortcomings in the Pension Service identified by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in Cornwall; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) start and (b) end date was of the Prime Minister's delivery unit's review of the Building Schools for the Future...

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the parties to whom the Prime Minister's delivery unit's recent review of the Building Schools for the Future...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) total value and (b) estimated cost is to the public purse in each financial year until 2050 of private finance...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on progress on Building Schools for the Future.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 537W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme: how much...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools are in the process of being (a) built and (b) refurbished under the Building Schools for the Future...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department will assume lead responsibility for policy on reducing child poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many individuals registered on List 99 have home addresses in Wales.

      City Academies: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools are being (a) built and (b) refurbished under the Academies programme; and how many in each category are being...

      City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance documents his Department has issued to local authorities on co-sponsorship of schools under the academies programme.

      Departments: Atkins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) date, (b) value and (c) purpose was of each payment by his Department to Atkins (formerly WS Atkins) since 1997.

      Departments: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance he has given to schools on the flying of the Union flag on a daily basis; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the departmental responsibilities are of each Minister in his Department; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the real terms increases in his Department's budgets for (a) all spending, (b) spending on schools and...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the education budget is for 2007-08, broken down by main budget heading; what percentage of the budget is allocated to...

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the departmental circulars, guidance notes and other communications sent by his Department and its predecessors to...

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the data releases planned to be made by his Department over the next 12 months; what the expected date is of each;...

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what priorities have been set for his Department by the Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement.

      Education: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children did not reach a good level of development at the end of the Foundation Stage, defined as a score of six points...

      Education: Tamworth

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

      Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) 16 year olds, (b) 17 year olds and (c) 18 year olds were in full-time education or training in each year...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will bring forward measures to abolish the practice of maintained faith schools of giving priority to children on the...

      Faith Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of its (a) revenue and (b) capital funding each maintained secondary school designated as having a particular...

      Financial Services: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether financial education in schools will be delivered through personal, social and health education; and if he will make a...

      Foster Care: Gravesend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many foster parents are required in the Gravesham area to meet current demand for placements.

      Further Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which aspects of further education in England are the responsibility of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what records his Department holds on the number of students at (a) state comprehensive schools, (b) state grammar schools, (c)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained mainstream schools who gained (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the reasons for girls performing on average more highly than boys in GCSE examinations; and if he...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the grammar schools in England as at 1 January 2007, broken down by local education authority.

      Local Education Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the performance of local education authorities in England; which authorities have been assessed by...

      Partnerships for Schools: City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies that (a) have opened have been and (b) are under development will be delivered through Partnerships for Schools.

      Partnerships for Schools: City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the Department for Education and Skills to Partnerships for Schools...

      Performing Arts: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what discussions he has had with the entertainment industry on the effectiveness of child performance licensing by local...

      Playing Fields: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what area of school playing fields in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Ribble Valley has been sold in the last 10 years.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of Key Stage 2 pupils are in classes of 30 pupils or more.

      Primary Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children achieved (a) level 4 and above and (b) level 5 in Key Stage 2 (i) mathematics, (ii) English and...

      Primary Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if the review of primary and early years mathematics teaching led by Sir Peter Williams will carry out a systematic review...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children were educated in independent schools in each year from 1997 to 2007.

      Private Education: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average area is of playing fields per school for independent schools in (a) the North West and (b) England; (2)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the major causes were of permanent exclusions from English schools in the latest 12 months for which information is...

      Pupils: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the provision by schools of emergency medical treatment for pupils; and if he will make a...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the average level of funding per pupil in (a) state funded secondary schools and (b) private sector day...

      Pupils: Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the Government's policy is on asking 10-year-olds about drink and drugs in official surveys.

      Pupils: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent per pupil in Tamworth in each year since 1997.

      School Leaving: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in the Ribble Valley constituency left full-time education at the age of 16 in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to give schools additional flexibility on school testing; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of capital spending in real terms on schools in each year from 1996-97 to 2010-11; and if he will...

      Schools: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) West Chelmsford and (b) Chelmsford local authority area are at (i) primary and (ii) secondary school.

      Schools: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes there were to the schools curriculum in each year from 1992-93 to 9 July 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what real terms change in schools funding he plans for each year from 2007-08 to 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on the health impact of interactive whiteboards.

      Schools: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the implementation of personalised learning in schools.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the increased flexibility of the proposed Key Stage 3 programmes of study...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average size, by pupil numbers, of English secondary schools was in each year from 1990 to 2007; and if he will make a...

      Secondary Education: Carlisle

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

      Secondary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of secondary school pupils were in classes with over (a) 30 pupils, (b) 25 pupils and (c) 20 pupils in each...

      Secondary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his most recent estimate is of the pupil-teacher ratios in secondary schools in the (a) state and (b) private sector;...

      Secondary Education: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1218W, on secondary education: Colchester, if he will list...

      Specialist Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist schools there were in each year from 1997 to 2007; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of...

      Teachers: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) to which key stage level in the national curriculum each of the qualified teacher status skills tests is roughly equivalent;...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pay scale was of a qualified teacher with seven years' experience in each year since 1996.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average salary was of (a) a primary school teacher, (b) a primary school head teacher, (c) a secondary school teacher...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pay scales for a newly qualified teacher were in each year since 1996.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect on the educational attainment of pupils of being taught by teachers who have no formal...

      Teachers: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2007, Official Report, column 1099W, on teachers: science, what steps he is taking to ensure...

      Teachers: Tamworth

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

      Young People: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish his strategy on teenage parents; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Central America: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to promote the welfare of street children in Central America.

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many complaints of racial abuse relating to staff for which his Department is responsible have been (a) investigated and (b)...

      Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the estimated cost is of administration of the funding distribution mechanism of the Governance and Transparency Fund; and from...

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what bodies his Department consulted in or before March 2003 on the likely cost of the reconstruction of Iraq in the event of...

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on reconstruction in Iraq in each financial year since 2002-03.

      Liberia: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources his Department has provided for (a) children's services projects and (b) child protection programmes in Liberia over...

      Palestinians: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects the final decision on the terms for the restoration of EU funding to the Palestinian Authority under the Temporary...

  • Justice

    • Bedford Prison: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released early from HM Prison Bedford in each month since January 2007; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bombings: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints he has received from hon. Members on the level of compensation offered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to those injured...

      Committal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the average cost of an adjourned committal hearing.

      Departments: Official Visits

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

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned (a) by his Department and (b) in relation to policy areas for which...

      Departments: Racial Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Drugs: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted for drugs-related offences committed in Ribble Valley constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applicants to the family courts were referred for (a) mediation, (b) early intervention and (c) reports in public law in the 2006-07...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications there were to family courts in the last financial year.

      Fines: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department provides to magistrates on administering fines to minors who are unable to pay them.

      Homicide: Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will abolish the mandatory life sentence for murder.

      Police Custody: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much and on what dates (a) South Wales police, (b) Gwent police, (c) Dyfed Powys police and (d) North Wales police have invoiced his Department...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population in England and Wales was on (a) 20 June 2007 and (b) 27 June 2007.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who were released under the End of Custody Licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007 had previously been refused parole or release on...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who were released under the end of custody licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007 were originally convicted of (a) a violent...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released under the end of custody licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007; and how many of those prisoners were serving (i) less...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which categories of prisoner are eligible for early release from prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what period of time the Government's early release scheme for prisoners will be in operation; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners Release: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether probation staff were required to carry out accommodation checks in respect of prisoners who were released under the end of custody licence scheme...

      Prisoners Release: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assistance with rehabilitation and resettlement was given to prisoners released under the end of custody licence scheme after 27 June 2007.

      Prisoners Release: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who were released under the end of custody licence on 29 June 2007 and 2 July 2007 have subsequently been rearrested for further...

      Prisoners Release: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released from each of the prisons in Wales before completing their full sentences in each week since 1 January 2007.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will respond to the proposals made in the Corston review.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to address overcrowding in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) research he has commissioned into the health and safety impact of the use of body orifice scanning machines...

      Prisons: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the possibility of the use of body orifice scanning machines in prisons and young offender institutions following the...

      Sexual Offences: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers are involved in the monitoring of sex offenders in each police force area in Wales.

      Terrorism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of the bombings on 7 July 2005 have had their compensation claims paid in full.

      Victim Support Schemes: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the operation of victim surcharges; and what representations he has had from the magistracy on the effectiveness of...

      Young Offender Institutions: Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the rate of re-offending was of people held in each young offender institution in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders: Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advice the Department offered to those authorities issuing conditional cautions to ensure that a responsible adult is always present when a caution...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members have sought a reduced parliamentary salary since 1997.

    • Members: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House what the procedure is in circumstances where an hon. Member wishes to take (a) a reduced and (b) no parliamentary salary.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public consultation (a) her Department has undertaken and (b) her Department requires regional ambulance services to undertake in their...

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2145W, on cancer, if he will make it his policy to conduct such an assessment.

      Cancer: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support parents of children with cancer.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS hospitals in the UK offer photodynamic therapy as a treatment for cancer; and what assessment the NHS has made of the effectiveness of...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2148W, on cardiovascular system: diseases, which recommendations made to officials...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to meet patient groups representing those diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease; (2) what programmes are (a) planned and...

      Children: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Gateway Approval (ref 7698) concerning consent for a dental screening epidemiological survey for school children was issued; for what reasons the...

      Consultant Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 863W, on consultant midwives, how many consultant midwives there were in the NHS in...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what will happen to unused units of dental activity at the end of the contract year.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of units of dental activity is which an NHS dentist with a majority NHS patient list is expected to undertake in a year.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value of NHS orthodontic treatment was in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.

      Dental Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dental practices and (b) dentists in Hampshire provide NHS treatment; how many hours of NHS dentistry they offered in each (i) week and...

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many orthodontists worked in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity were allocated to Stockport primary care trust area for financial year (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) England and (b) Hampshire are waiting for orthodontic treatment; and how many have been waiting for treatment for (i) up to...

      Dental Services: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of patients per NHS dentist was in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists worked within the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many provided (a) primary and (b) secondary care.

      Dentists: Romsey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of NHS dentists in the Romsey constituency.

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1383-5W, on Departments: contracts, whether service category 27 excludes services under...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 235-36W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, how many copies of the final report of each...

      Departments: Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 235-36W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, how many recommendations were made by each of...

      Departments: Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2168W, on Departments: Opinion Leader Research, for what reason the payment quoted for...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Department's delegated expenditure limit above which expenditure must be approved by HM Treasury was in each year since 1993 for which...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1899W, on Departments: Public Expenditure, for which private finance initiative schemes...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Treasury on the reprofiling of his Department's budget before the 2006 Budget; and who...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which third parties are represented in his Department's National Stakeholder Forum.

      Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the review of community equipment for disabled people and wheelchair services to report.

      Disability Aids: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of communication aids to disabled children; and if he will make a statement.

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who chose the 5 February 2007 date set for the Home Office stamp to be placed in the passports of Highly Skilled Migrant Programme doctors; why it was...

      Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has considered to increase the number of organs retrieved from (a) heart-beating and (b) non-heart-beating donors.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to each health authority of implementing the fluoridation of public drinking water.

      Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training commissions there were for the main health service professions, including podiatry between 2001 and 2006.

      Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2178W, on health services: training, if he will publish validated data relating to...

      Health: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of people in Stockport who have long-term illnesses.

      Hospitals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which major hospital schemes with a capital value over £20 million reached financial close in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 so far; which are expected to...

      Hospitals: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals in Greater London do not have private finance initiative debts.

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people (a) received an estimated glomerular filtration rate test for kidney function, (b) were referred to a nephrologist for further...

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has undertaken of whether the standards and markers of best practice identified in the National Service Framework for Renal...

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received renal replacement therapy in each year since 2000; and what estimate his Department has made of the number of people likely to...

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people with established renal failure waited longer than six months to be referred for assessment and surgery prior to receiving...

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is issued to GPs concerning estimated glomerula filtration rate test results for kidney function.

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dialysis machines were available for use within the NHS in each year since 2000; and how many were located in (a) hospital renal units, (b)...

      Kidney Patients: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received (a) haemodialysis and (b) peritoneal dialysis in NHS facilities in each year since 2000.

      Maternity Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) maternities and (b) full-time equivalent midwives there were in England in each year since 1997; how many full-time equivalent midwives per...

      Medical Treatments: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to improve the online application service for European health insurance cards; (2) how many complaints his Department has...

      Midwives: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide job opportunities in the NHS for new midwives on graduation.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1637W, on NHS treatment centres: standards, what the evidential basis is for the...

      NHS: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commemorate the 60(th) anniversary in July 2008 of the founding of the national health service; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1314W to the hon. Member for Rayleigh on NHS: consultants, what the names were of...

      NHS: Consultants

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

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on service provision by health trusts of the clawing back of funding.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which items of expenditure were included in the NHS bundle for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and what the overall value of the NHS bundle was in each year.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the planned capital expenditure for the NHS in 2007-08 was in the (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 Budget; and what the reasons are for the difference between...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 747W, on NHS: ICT, in which document the Cabinet Office best practice is set out.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to review NHS purchasing processes, with particular reference to enabling clinicians to commission appropriate...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS suppliers have been awaiting outstanding payments for (a) up to (i) 30, (ii) 60, (iii) 90 and (iv) 120 days and (b) more than 120 days; and...

      Osteoporosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of women who do not respond to alendronate as treatment for osteoporotic fractures; (2) what guidance his...

      Patients: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether rurality and travelling distance for patients are considered alongside national clinical guidelines during acute services reviews.

      Thyroid Disease: Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the incidence of thyroid disease in fluoridated areas; (2) what plans he has to...

      Transplant Surgery: Kidneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were removed from the national transplant list for kidneys without completing an organ transplant in each of the last three years for...

      Transplant Surgery: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of renal and transplant units are participating in national comparative audits and benchmarking by submitting data to the UK Renal...

      Water: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the (a) provision of water in schools and (b) effect of...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Vector Patrol Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Vector patrol vehicles are currently deployed to Afghanistan; and whether the full complement of Vector vehicles will still be deployed to Afghanistan by...

    • Army: Wessex Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association budget for the necessary building works to accommodate 155 (Wessex) Transport Regiment RLC(V); and To what extent...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 26 June (WA 125), how many staff remain to be considered for assimilation prior to vesting day for the...

      Government: Collective Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the doctrine of collective responsibility applies to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Home Office with responsibility for Security, Lord West of...

      Government: Departmental Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they have made to enable Lord Drayson to divide his duties between those with the Ministry of Defence and those with the Department for Business,...

      Immigration: Unaccompanied Minors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering the appointment of legal guardians for children entering the country (a) where there are grounds for believing that they have been...

      Met Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Meteorological Office has proposed that the United Kingdom renounce its 29-year membership of the European Centre for Medium-Range Forecasts, bearing in...

      Met Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the implications of the possible discontinuance of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Centre for Medium-Range Forecasts...

      Mobile Phones: Pay-as-you-go

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it compulsory for proof of identity to be produced when individuals apply for a pay-as-you-go mobile telephone SIM card.

      Nappies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare on 2 February (Official Report, 614W), what basic...

      People Trafficking: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to tackle trafficking of children following the report on this subject by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, published...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 19 June (WA 60), whether there is a direct line of accountability that applies to the Police Ombudsman for Northern...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many serving police officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been waiting (a) more than a year; (b) more than two years; (c) more than three...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 20 December 2004 (WA 112-3), whether all court and disciplinary issues relating to an incident...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why access has been denied to Lord Maginnis of Drumglass by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, or senior officers under his command, to...

      Roads: Names

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they issue to local authorities regarding the geographical, local and historical criteria to be fulfilled in advance of the naming of new roads.

      Schools: Academies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to academy schools founded in 2002, 2003 and 2004, how many pupils were entitled to free school meals in the year in which the academy was founded...

      Schools: Performance Tables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pupils with key stage 2 results but no subsequent recorded attainment and no pupil-level annual school census record there were in the data underlying the...

      Sector Skills Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the measures taken by sector skills councils in the areas of chemicals, polymers and petroleum, and artificial textile compounds are sufficient to cope...

      Waste Management: London

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for co-ordinating a pan-London approach to litter function under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 over the next 10 years.

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