Written answers

Monday, 23 July 2007

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for financial support for coastal clear-up in Cornwall.

    • Domestic Wastes: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to encourage all councils to provide residents with a second bin for recyclables.

      Fisheries: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the volume of fish caught by Cornish fishing crews was between (a) 2001 and 2006, (b) 1996 and 2000 and (c) 1990 and 1995.

      Fisheries: Industrial Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries were sustained by Cornish fishermen at work between (i) 1977 and 1986, (ii) 1987 and...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 553W, on fisheries: protection, what estimate he has made of...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average number of hours per (a) week and (b) month the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Service was operational in UK...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answers of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 553W, on when he expects to conclude discussions with the...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, column 1663W, on fisheries quotas, for what reasons no (a)...

      Flood Control: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where urgent calls dealt with by the Worthing emergency control centre of the Environment Agency will be routed following the...

      Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect on carbon dioxide emissions of commercial and residential buildings...

      Lighting: Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will issue quantitative guidance on the levels of obtrusive light which constitute a statutory nuisance.

      Marine Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a draft Marine Bill.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his policy is on the promotion of single-stream recycling by local authorities; (2) what research he has...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made payments to Flint Bishop solicitors since 1997.

    • Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many ministerial red boxes the Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his official engagements were for the week of 9 to 15 July.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid in fees to recruitment agencies for (a) temporary and (b) permanent staff in each year since 1997.

    • National Assembly for Wales: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on holding a referendum on extending the powers of the National Assembly for Wales.

      Revenue and Customs: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the likely effect on economic development of proposals to move HM Revenue and...

      Welsh Language: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to bring forward new legislation on the Welsh language; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • East Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what support is available for local authorities in the east midlands to develop their strategies and policies for London 2012.

    • Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how she expects the recent departmental reorganisation to affect the delivery of London 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Legacy Plans

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what legacy plans have been put in place for the venues to be used for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Cabinet Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the work programme of the Better Cabinet Office programme.

      Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Government's policy on funding for the third sector.

      Departments: Direct mail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many contracts for direct mail his Department has entered into since November 2005; and what the value was of each.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants have been transferred from HM Treasury to (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) No. 10 Downing street since 27 June 2007.

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many ministerial red boxes her Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what tendering...

      Departments: Task Forces

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which task forces were (a) established and (b) abolished by Government departments since the last general election.

      Departments: Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether items in his Department worth more than £100 have gone missing since May 2005.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the role of special advisers is in producing answers to written parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who occupies the office previously occupied by Lord Birt.

      Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for which official residential properties used by Ministers the council tax liability was met (a) by the Minister or Ministers occupying the...

      Official Residences: Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any (a) works of art and (b) (i) valuable furniture, (ii) porcelain and (iii) other items have been reported missing from (A) 10 Downing...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the National Sports Academy at Lilleshall, Shropshire on the prospect of it being used as an Olympic regional training...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Carbon Footprint

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what steps the Commissioners are taking to reduce their carbon footprint.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Commission: Annual Reports

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the annual report of the Electoral Commission for 2006-07 is to be published by the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carter Ruck and Partners

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the Commission paid in legal bills to Carter Ruck and Partners in each year since 1997.

    • Legal Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent on legal (a) advice and (b) actions on behalf of (i) the Commission as a whole and (ii)...

      Proof of Identity

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will take steps to replace the visitor stickers issued to visitors to the parliamentary estate with...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Diarrhoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the recent outbreak of diarrhoea in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Diarrhoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to increase the availability of medical supplies to combat the recent diarrhoea outbreak in...

      Africa: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the nature is of his Department's relationship with the Africa Progress Panel.

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what volume of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department runs in (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Tunisia and (c) Thailand.

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration is given to an individual's tax status by his Department and its executive agencies when offering (a) employment and (b) a...

    • Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what volume of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last five years; and what...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanism is in place to levy road tax on vehicles used in the UK but registered in other EU member states.

      First Solution Money Transfer: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on UK residents of the collapse of First Solution Money Transfer Ltd.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the inquiry into the future of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices; whether there are plans to relocate the Chelmsford HMRC...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the written submissions by HM Revenue and Customs to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in (a) inheritance tax revenue and (b) stamp duty revenue on property due to fiscal drag since 1997.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which taxes are levied for reasons which include an aspect of meeting an environmental policy objective; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many economically inactive 18 to 24-year-olds there were in (a) 2006 and (b) 1997, broken down by (i) region and (ii) gender.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many VAT registration applications were received in each of the last five years; what the average time taken to process such applications was in each...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid tax credits in each year since their inception in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Hereford

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was overpaid to recipients of tax credits in Hereford constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was overpaid to recipients of tax credits in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in City of York constituency receive (a) child and (b) working tax credit; and what the average value of tax credits to those households...

  • Transport

    • A27: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there were on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate in each of the last 10 years.

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment her Department has made of the environmental impact and noise pollution caused by private aircraft; (2) what plans she has to...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much biofuel the UK produced in 2005-06; and what the estimated level of biofuel production is for 2007-08.

      Departments: Early Retirement

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

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislative provisions introduced by her Department since 1997 have not yet been brought into force.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislative provisions introduced by her Department's predecessors since 1997 have been repealed.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by her Department since October 2006.

      Departments: Official Visits

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

      Departments: Racial Harassment

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

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within her responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, columns 394-5W, on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury, how long the...

      Driving Under Influence: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) car drivers and (b) passengers died in drink driving-related accidents in (i) December and (ii) January in each year since 2003, broken...

      Driving Under Influence: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by drink-driving in each year since 2003, broken down by local authority area.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the implications of the arrangements by which a Chinese driving licence can be exchanged for a British licence, via a...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to terminate the franchise held by First Great Western; and if she will make a statement.

      Garage and Petrol Stations: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many filling stations in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex are (i) able to accommodate and (ii) offer alternative fuel types for cars.

      M3: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the volume of traffic (a) on the M3 motorway between junctions 6 and 7 and (b) entering and leaving the motorway at those junctions was in each...

      Metronet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the public financial liabilities which may arise from Metronet going into administration.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirements for (a) MOT and (b) vehicle insurance are placed on owners of vehicles used in the UK but registered in other EU member states.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of vehicles other than HGVs and LGVs failed the MOT test for reasons limited to exhaust emissions in the last 12 months.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to consult on changes to the UK's MOT testing regime.

      Motorways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost per mile is to resurface a motorway with (a) noise reducing materials and (b) non-noise reducing materials; and if she will...

      Official Cars: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Ministers have opted not to take up the use of a ministerial car since May 2005.

      Railways: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timescale will be covered by the UK's proposed derogation from the EU proposal 2004/0048 (COD) for a European Parliament and Council directive on...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Scottish Executive on the development of high speed rail links between Scotland and London.

      Railways: Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions there were for (i) vandalism, (ii) informed vandalism and (iii) trespass on rail lines in each...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what percentage of road accidents resulting in the death or serious injury in each of the last five years vehicle defects were found to be a...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make an assessment of the potential of the proposed Severn Barrage to provide a new rail link from South Wales to London and the South...

      Transport: Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many transport projects were funded by private finance initiatives in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the study by Deloitte and Touche into the possible outsourcing of elements of the work of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency to...

      Vehicle and Operators Services Agency: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her estimate is of the value of the land and buildings used by the Vehicle and Operators Services Agency for its annual HGV and PSV inspections.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to be able to make an announcement on the order for the Future Aircraft Carriers; and what the reason is for the time taken to do so.

    • Armed Forces: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1456W to the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean, on the armed forces: council tax, what...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel are (a) deployed and (b) stationed in each country outside the UK.

      Armed Forces: Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the uniformed participation of members of the armed forces in Gay Pride events.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are eligible for the key worker discount; and how many used the discount in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Key Worker Living Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel are eligible for the key worker discount in Tamworth constituency; and how many have used the discount in the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the ban on smoking in enclosed public places applies to military vehicles.

      Army Board: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on alcohol for entertainment at the homes of the non-ministerial members of the Army Board in the last year, broken down by...

      AWE Aldermaston: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of holding the media open day at AWE Aldermaston in June 2007; what plans he has to hold other such open days at...

      Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original estimated cost was of the Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System when the project was originally undertaken; what the latest...

      British Merchant Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the strategic implications of the decline in the number of British Merchant Navy vessels.

      British Merchant Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the ability of (a) the Merchant Navy and (b) the UK maritime skills base to provide adequate strategic assets to...

      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 Medical Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme has cost to date; and how much he expects it to have cost to establish once fully operational.

      Departments: BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1132W, on Department: BAE Systems, how many of those applicants granted permission to...

      Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what office accommodation standards apply to civilian staff in his Department's buildings.

      Departments: Flint Bishop

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made payment to Flint Bishop Solicitors since 1997.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legislative provisions introduced by his Department's predecessors since 1997 have been repealed.

      Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his official engagements were for the week of 9 to 15 July.

      Departments: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what volume of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last five years; and...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months; (2) what assessment he...

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British military units formed the EU battle group in 2005; and which units will form the EU battle group in 2008.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter of 19 June 2007 (MOD Reference: MC03439/2007) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Aldershot (Mr. Howarth) of 7 February 2007, Official Report, columns 924-6W, on military attaches, what...

      Military Exercises: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military exercises were cancelled due to a lack of blank ammunition in each of the last two years.

      Military Police: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police were employed at Colchester Garrison in (a) May 1997, (b) May 2001 and (c) May 2005; and how many are now employed...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Nimrod MRA4 project against the original timetable for work; what effect the time taken on the project has had on the...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what problems have been encountered with (a) the software and (b) operation of the MRA4 trainer facility at Kinloss; and if he will make a statement.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the lifetime budget is for the MRA4 trainer at Kinloss.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions departmental Ministers have had with BAE Systems on progress on the MRA4 trainer; and when such discussions took place.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent from the public purse on the development of the Nimrod MRA4 since his announcement of the decision to procure the aircraft.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Nimrod MRA4 trainers at Kinloss have been since the project commenced.

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the length is of the contract with BAE Systems for the Nimrod MRA4 trainer at Kinloss; and what contractual provisions are in place to deal with the...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has allocated further funds to the Nimrod MRA4 trainer facility at Kinloss to assist its development and against contingencies.

      Nuclear Weapons: RAF Lakenheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on reducing the number of US free-fall nuclear bombs stored at RAF Lakenheath.

      Shipping: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the recent report of the French judicial investigation into the loss of the Bugaled Breizh off...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to applicants is of a licence to conduct animal experiments under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; how the monies...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents there were of antisocial behaviour in (a) Southampton and (b) Hampshire in each year since 1997.

      Burglary: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic burglaries there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years.

      Departments: Racial Harassment

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

      Departments: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what land in Wales is owned by her Department.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drink-driving tests were carried out in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the past five years.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how she plans to reduce drink driving rates.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what controls exist on the use of equipment outside buildings capable of listening in on conversations inside buildings but which is not...

      Fingerprints: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Suffolk had had their fingerprints held on file in each of the last five years.

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long the process of identifying an individual through analysis of a DNA profile takes.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK nationals recorded on the National DNA Database have been identified as having their DNA found on bomb parts and fragments in...

      Identity and Passport Service: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security checks are made of a recruited member of Identity and Passport Service staff responsible for approving passport applications;...

      Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received notification from the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal of its decision in the case of Ms L.K., wife of Mr. P.H. of...

      Immigration: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration advice centres there are; and how much Government funding is provided to them.

      Immigration: Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the number of Philippine nationals working in the (a) NHS and (b)...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been allocated to the police per head of population in (a) Sussex and (b) the South East of England for 2007-08.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the full implementation of the agreed police funding formula without floors and ceilings.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police resources in (a) England and Wales and (b) each region was allocated to traffic policing in the last period for...

      Police: Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will increase the number of police forces in the UK which are trained and equipped to use Taser stun guns; and if she will make a...

      Pornography: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to accelerate international co-operation to ensure the swift closure of websites hosted overseas which...

      Stop and Search: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007 to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam, Official Report, column 1344W, on stop and search: vehicles,...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 979W, on Terrorism: detainees, if she will seek the information requested...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether HM High Commission Harare has received notification of the judgement of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in the case...

    • Chile: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on Chile's observance of human rights with regards to the Mapuche population; and if...

      European Court of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which institutions of the European Union do not fall within the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

      India: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of Indian citizens employed by his Department in India are Dalits.

      Iran: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of the review of UK relations with Iran announced in April 2007.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the multilateral enrichment of uranium for the production of nuclear power in Iran; and if he...

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the adjournment debate in Westminster Hall of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 288WH, on the Iraq Dossier...

      Israel: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it Government policy to sell arms to Israel to assist that country in fighting terrorism; and if he will make a...

      Isreal: Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage Israel (a) to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and (b) to allow entry to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter to his predecessor dated 7 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Ms...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to reply to the letter to his predecessor dated 4 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr....

      Mercenaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to introduce measures to control and regulate UK-based private military and security companies...

      Mordechai Vanunu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli government on Mordechai Vanunu.

      Rizana Nafeek

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia on the execution of Rizana Nafeek; and if he will make a...

      Russia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many diplomats Russia was authorised to have in the United Kingdom or accredited to the Court of St James on 13 July; and...

      Russia: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will undertake to make a written statement to the House should the number of authorised Russian diplomats in London vary...

      UN Resolutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimates his Department has made of likely visitor numbers to Blackpool in the next five years.

    • Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to secure further provision of playing fields.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on live music; and if he will make a statement.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has allocated to the promotion of tourism for 2007-08.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1709W, on tourism, when his Department plans to publish the tourism...

      Museums and Galleries: Free Admission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of free admission to national museums and galleries on the number and range of visitors to...

      Community Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding his Department has provided for community football projects in 2007-08.

      Bookmakers' Pitches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures he plans to take with regard to the certification system for race course bookmakers' pitches.

      Sports Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many young athletes in (a) England and (b) Tamworth constituency have received financial support from SportsAid.

      Artists with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department provides for artists with disabilities.

      Decibel Penguin Prize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the future of the decibel Penguin prize.

      British Library: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action his Department is taking to promote the Business and Intellectual Property Centre at the British Library as a resource for...

      Culture: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what events will be held in Poole as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012; and which of these events were planned before London secured...

      Departments: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of (a) beef, (b) sheep meat, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in his Department in the most recent period for...

      Departments: Flint Bishop

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made payment to Flint Bishop Solicitors since 1997.

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were:...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Digital Broadcasting: Islwyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the percentage of homes in Islwyn constituency which have digital television.

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many English Heritage sites he and his predecessor visited (a) in the UK and (b) in Poole in each of the last five years.

      Fashion Industry: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to support the British fashion industry.

      Libraries: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to assist in the establishment of the European Digital Library.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects that received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund were subsequently abandoned in each year since 1997; how much funding...

      Radio: Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will commission research into the use of digital radio mondiale compared to digital audio broadcasting.

      Sport England: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding was provided to Sports England East Sussex in each of the last five years; and what the projected funding allocation is for...

      Sports: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community sports coaches there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex; and what steps he is taking to increase the number...

      Visual Arts: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote art as a way of improving the wellbeing of elderly people.

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister what the date was of each reception he and his predecessor have held since May 2005; what the (a) venue and (b) purpose was of each; who (i) hosted and (ii) paid for...

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 28 June 2007, Official Report, column 39WS, on machinery of Government: departmental organisation, for what reasons the...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when his Office sent to the Home Department the correspondence dated 4 April from Mr R.N.R. of Aylesbury HP22 5NL, about the registration of a child as a British...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) responsibilities, (b) units and (c) personnel he is transferring to the Cabinet Office from his purview.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister how many overseas visits were made by officials within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date the Deputy Prime Minister vacated Dorneywood; and to what use the building is now being put.

      Former Ministers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will establish the practice of holding exit interviews with Ministers leaving the Government.

      Government Bills

      To ask the Prime Minister what procedures were followed in relation to informing HM the Queen about the announcement of the draft legislative programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) nuclear weapons reductions and (b) non-proliferation matters were discussed at his meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General on 11 July.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on his plans for the future use of (a) Chequers and (b) the official residential properties used by ministers; (2) who the present...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy when answering written questions by reference to a comment made by his official spokesman in a press briefing to include the full relevant...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much Child Support Agency arrears have been contracted out for private sector collection in each month from January 2005 to June 2007; and...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) all parents with care and (b) all lone parents with care were receiving child support payments from the non resident...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish his Department's research on the effects of (a) curfews and (b) naming and shaming on child maintenance compliance; and if...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy that under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, a person whose maintenance assessment is based on...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to introduce (a) a measure of severe poverty and (b) a severe child poverty action plan; and if he will make a...

      Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in his Department receive assistance from employee assistance programmes; and which firms provide the programmes.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have not yet been brought into force.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such...

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Departments: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) translation services and (b) translators in each of the last five years.

      Financial Assistance Scheme: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the use of with profits insurance funds in support of the Financial...

      Financial Assistance Scheme: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make a statement on the findings of the Young review.

      Home Responsibilities Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1226W, on home responsibilities protection (HRP), what estimate he has made...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 477W, on jobseeker's allowance (JSA), what proportion of JSA claimants have...

      New Deal for Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on the New Deal for Disabled People were taking part in the scheme for the second time or more in each month since 2001.

      New Deal Schemes: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants left the new deal (a) voluntary service, (b) environmental task force, (c) full-time education or training and (d)...

      New Deal Schemes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the (a) new deal scheme, (b) new deal 25 plus scheme and (c) new deal for lone parents programme in each year since 1998.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of private sector employers offered pensions to their employees in each year since 1997.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average pension paid from occupational pension schemes was in each year since 1997, expressed in real terms.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to enable voluntary and private sector providers to deliver Pathways to Work services at a sub-regional level.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average payment will be under the Financial Assistance Scheme for a member of the Abingdon Carpets pension scheme; (2) how many...

      State Retirement Pensions: Wansdyke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of the state retirement pension there are in Wansdyke constituency.

      Taxation: Fringe Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury on the taxation of employee assistance programmes as a benefit in kind.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new mobile telephone masts were erected in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since 1997.

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the level of anti-Semitism in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Council Housing: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many council houses are planned to be built (a) in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and (b) in Newcastle upon Tyne North...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of council houses were classified as non-decent (a) in 2004 and (b) at the latest date for which...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the reasons for the council tax collection rates of (a) Manchester, (b) Salford and...

      Council Tax: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities pursue council tax arrears using petitions for bankruptcy; and if she will make a statement.

      Council Tax: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to local authorities on the pursuance of council tax arrears using petitions for bankruptcy; and if...

      Departments: Berkeley Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the right hon. Member for Hull East met (a) directors, representatives or lawyers acting for and (b) employees of (i)...

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many ministerial red boxes her Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the...

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Derelict Land: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for housing developments in London on brownfield sites were rejected by the Planning Inspectorate...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average age of (a) males and (b) females, when they move out of the parental home; and what...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 77W, on Floods: Milton Keynes, (1) why Milton Keynes Unitary...

      Floods: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the Fire and Rescue Service's capability to respond to incidents of flooding.

      Hazardous Substances: Castle Point

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) objections and (b) letters of support were received within the specified time limit in respect of the Calor Gas...

      Hazardous Substances: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what advice her Department gives on the siting of control of major accident hazards sites to planning authorities and...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were sleeping rough (a) three months ago, (b) six months ago, (c) 12 months ago and (d) at the most recent...

      Homelessness: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding (a) Leeds city council and (b) voluntary sector organisations in Leeds have received from the Homelessness...

      Homelessness: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government spent on organisations to help the homeless in (a) Southampton, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each...

      Housing: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes there were in Bournemouth in (a) 2001, (b) 2003 and (c) 2007.

      Housing: Combined Heat And Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the opportunities for...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses were built by (a) the private sector, (b) housing associations and (c) local authorities in each year since 1990.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the national calculation methodology for delivering the energy performance of buildings to be made available;...

      Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of (a) local authority, (b) housing association, (c) private sector and (d) all housing in (i) Castle Point...

      Housing: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the average rent levels in Essex for (a) council, (b) housing association and (c) private...

      Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what land holdings disposals were made by each council district, unitary and county council area in Hampshire between 1997 and...

      Housing: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what land is planned to be disposed of by each council district, unitary and county council in Hampshire between 2007 and 2011;...

      Housing: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on separation distances between sites with potential for...

      Housing: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent assessment is of the likely impact of net immigration on housing demand in England over the next 20 years;...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of all planning permissions granted (a) for part or full residential developments and (b) for all homes in...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what mechanism she monitors local planning authority decisions on affordable housing in Cornwall.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1340W, on housing: low incomes, what the (a) estimated and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1340W, on housing: low incomes, how many affordable homes are...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new social housing units were built in the last (a) one, (b) two and (c) five years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements her Department makes of local authorities wishing to renegotiate section 106 agreements.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the sites being considered by the Government for release for development of affordable homes include sites owned by the...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of houses were sold by the Government in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south west and (c) England in...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that the Planning Inspectorate make clear to developers and local authorities that low quality...

      Housing: Sutton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she received the Sutton Housing Partnership's decent homes funding bid; when she expects to acknowledge its receipt; and...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response she has made to the recommendations made by the Williams Commission in its report, Quality First: The Commission...

      Industrial Development: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidelines she plans to issue to local authorities on the effect of the climate change targets for 2010 on...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to assist local authorities in implementing their obligations under the single status agreement.

      Local Government: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that a current Minister in her Department meets representatives from Cumbrian district councils before any...

      Multiple Occupation: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses in multiple occupation there were in each local authority in Tyne and Wear in each year since 2001 as recorded...

      Planning Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to be in a position to publish the Planning Reform Bill.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what administrative support her Department is providing to the new Ministers for the Regions.

      Regional Government: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the duties and responsibilities of the Minister for the south-west region; what the budget is for that...

      Right To Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to restrict tenants' right to buy council and housing association properties in England.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the independent Planning Commission proposed in the White Paper Planning for a Sustainable Future will have the power to...

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many second homes there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south west and (c) England in each year since 1997; and what...

      Social Policy: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with her Australian counterpart on lessons which can be drawn from public policy on matters of...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision is planned for traveller sites within the proposed eco-towns.

      Travelling People: Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the Government's announcement of the abolition of regional assemblies on...

      Tree Preservation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a tree preservation order may be placed on a tree or series of trees, subsequent to a planning application being...

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the Valuation Office Agency requested access to the Home Condition Report register in its submissions to the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students who (i) applied and (ii) were accepted for (A) honours degrees, (B)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Historical Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the historical inquiries which (a) are being undertaken and (b) are about to be commenced in Northern Ireland; and if he will...

    • Historical Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by (a) the police and (b) other agencies on historical inquiries in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to locate the remains of those considered disappeared; and if he will make...

      Missing Persons: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland are classed as disappeared; what percentage are (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant; and if he will make a...

      Police: Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's budget has been spent on historical inquiries in the last two years; and if he will...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many rapes have been committed by individuals under the age of 17 years in Northern Ireland in the last 10 years.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1175W, on sexual offences, how many and what percentage of allegations of rape...

  • Justice

    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal notified (a) the Home Office and (b) HM High Commission, Harare of its decision in the case of Ms L.K., wife...

    • Aylesbury Prison: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released from HMP Aylesbury under the end of custody licence scheme since 27 June 2007; how many of those released have...

      Bailiffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that local authorities, magistrates courts and bailiffs (a) are aware of and (b) comply with the 2002...

      Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average number of court hearings per child care case was in each of the last five years; (2) how many child care cases have come to court...

      Care Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost per case of providing legal aid to those involved in childcare cases was in each of the last 10 years.

      Care Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) applied for and (b) received legal aid for the costs of representation in care cases involving children in each of the last five years.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the Boundary Commission's mechanisms for co-ordinating its work on parliamentary constituencies and local government boundaries.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the proposed non-statutory Chief Coroner would enforce decisions; whether such decisions would be subject to judicial review; and if he will make a...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who is responsible for providing coroners' court facilities; and who will be responsible under his Department's proposals for reform.

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many coroner's inquests arising from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been completed; and how many were completed by coroners other than the...

      Departments: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criminal offences have been introduced by his Department in primary legislation since October 2006.

      Departments: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to make a statement on discussions with the working group of the judiciary on creation of his Department.

      Departments: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 percentage of each...

      Dispute Resolution Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry's dispute resolution procedures; and if he...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of tagged offenders (a) disarming their tags and (b) breaking curfews while tagged have been reported to police in each of the last...

      Electronic Tagging: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offences were committed by tagged offenders in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 2003.

      General Commissioners of Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of Clerks to the General Commissioner who will be involved in the final year scheme.

      General Commissioners of Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse of the Clerks to the General Commissioner of Taxes was in 2006-07.

      General Commissioners of Income Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of the remuneration will be under the proposed final year scheme for Clerks to General Commissioners.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the legal aid budget dedicated to public law Children Act matters was spent on expert witnesses in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Expert Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the legal aid budget was spent on expert witnesses in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Legal Services Commission used sanctions against solicitors for not providing advice to clients on mediation in family disputes...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends to answer the letter to his predecessor of 29 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Paul Southworth.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the letter of 12th June 2007 (Ministry of Justice Reference: 162453/13868) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.

      Oakhill Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 69WS, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, what recent assessment...

      Prison Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent assessment is of levels of corruption within the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) on what date Michael Spurr was interviewed as part of the Tasker investigation; and if he will make a statement; (2) pursuant to the answer of 5...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers were working in the Prison Service in each year since 1997; what the average prison officer to prisoner ratio was at each (a)...

      Prison Service: Overtime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on staff overtime in (a) the Prison Service and (b) the Probation Service in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Prison Service: Professional Standards Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 951W, on the Prison Service: Professional Standards Unit, who has the responsibility for...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what projection he has made of (a) the operational prison capacity and (b) the certified nominal accommodation of the prison estate in England and...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice from which prisons prisoners have been released under the End of Custody Licence Scheme; and how many prisoners have been released under the scheme,...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released under the End of Custody Licence Scheme on each day since 27 June 2007; and how many of those released have since been...

      Prisoners: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) certified normal capacity and (b) current prison population for prisons is in Dorset.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were being monitored by each local probation service in each of the last 10 years.

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was of each local probation service in each of the last 10 years.

      Probation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) members of staff and (b) probation officers were employed by each local probation service in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Defender Service: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of establishing the Public Defender Service Office in St. John's Street, Liverpool; and what its running costs have been since...

      Public Defender Service: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the expected completion dates are of the public defence pilots in (a) Swansea, (b) Middlesbrough, (c) Birmingham, (d) Cheltenham and (e) other...

      Public Defender Service: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment the Government have made of the Public Defence Office pilots.

      Public Defender Service: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the comparative (a) cost and (b) quality of service of the Public Defender Service Office and private sector criminal defence lawyers.

      Repossession Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders were issued for the repossession of homes by each London county court in each of the last three years.

      Road Traffic Offences: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for convictions in relation to which types of motoring offence prisoners are eligible for early release under the early release scheme.

      Theft: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) sentenced for bicycle thefts in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Thorn Cross Young Offender Institution: Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inmates of Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute have acquired vocational qualifications whilst detained at the institute.

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent estimate he has made of the cost of setting up the new tribunals service under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill if enacted.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of patients seeking advice and treatment for alcohol related illnesses since 2004.

    • Barnet Primary Care Trust: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to improve payroll arrangements at Barnet primary care trust, with particular reference to the time taken to correct errors;...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the use of photodynamic therapy cancer treatments compared with other cancer...

      Chemicals: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has conducted into the impact on (a) indoor air quality and (b) human health of the use of air fresheners.

      Clostridium: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent advice his Department has given to hospitals on the (a) prevention and (b) treatment of clostridium difficile.

      Dehydration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of mild dehydration on mental performance in (a) children and (b) adults.

      Dental Services: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists practised in Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by constituency.

      Dental Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust and (b) North Lancashire NHS Trust are registered with an NHS dentist.

      Dental Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) North Lancashire NHS Trust and (b) Morecambe Bay have NHS patients.

      Departments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the final settlement letter his Department received from HM Treasury as part of the 2002 Spending Review process.

      Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have made payments to Flint Bishop Solicitors since 1997.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas visits were made by (a) officials and (b) Ministers within his responsibility, and at what cost, in each year since 1997.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations his Department has received from doctors on problems with (a) Modernising Medical Careers and (b) the Medical Training...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Health Minister on the Commissioning Directive on Epilepsy Services developed in response to the...

      Exercise: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on promoting physical activity among children in each of the last 10 years; and which projects have been funded.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of provision of family planning services by primary care trusts; (2) what steps he...

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the promotion of fluoridated water supplies following the passing of the Water Act 2003.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts reduced their spending on community sexual health services from the amounts initially allocated in the 2006-07 financial year.

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times are for community sexual health clinics.

      Health: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of school children spent at least two hours a week on high quality PE and school sport within and beyond the curriculum; and whether the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) hepatitis A, (b) typhoid and (c) hepatitis B were diagnosed in each month since January 2001.

      Home Care Services: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the new domiciliary oxygen service in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each health trust in its first...

      Home Care Services: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were dependent on a domiciliary oxygen system in their homes in each of the last 10 years.

      Home Care Services: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average delivery time for (a) routine and (b) emergency oxygen supplies to outpatients (i) before and (ii) after the...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mean length of stay was for patients admitted to hospital in each year since 1997-98 (a) in England and (b) broken down by strategic health...

      Hospitals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 173-34W, on hospitals: finance, on what date in 2008 he expects the financial close of...

      Hospitals: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what knowledge (a) the central NHS and (b) his Department had of the hurdles for hospital services set out in the current consultation in West Sussex in...

      Hospitals: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for further disposals of land at the Southlands hospital site in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper summarising the published scientific data currently available on pre-pandemic and pandemic vaccines...

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Billericay, dated 31 May, on the subject of testosterone deficiency.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) why MRSA is not a recognised cause of death; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will make it his policy to adopt the recommendations of the...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and what its budget is for 2007-08.

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of foundation hospitals whose boards met wholly in private; and what percentage this figure represents of the...

      NHS Trusts: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse has been of (a) early retirement and (b) redundancy agreements for (i) chief executives and (ii) executive directors...

      NHS: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraises the cost-effectiveness of the price paid for treatments by the NHS; (2)...

      NHS: Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected cost is of converting the NHS e-mail system to Microsoft Exchange; and what added functions will be provided by the new system.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the accuracy of data used to calculate local health allocations.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the future of Cerner's products and services within the NHS IT system; (2) in which NHS hospitals Cerner's...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in the NHS in (a) England and (b) Suffolk; and what percentage of each is employed in (i) management, (ii) administrative,...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in the NHS in (a) England and (b) West Sussex; and what percentage of each is employed in (i) management, (ii)...

      NHS: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of car parking facilities for NHS staff who (a) work at NHS sites and (b) visit people in their homes.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the (a) obesity and (b) smoking rate in (i) England, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) Southampton.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese by the age of three years (i) at the present time and...

      Ovarian Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what appraisal the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has carried out on treatments for ovarian cancer.

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of physiotherapists the NHS in England will need to employ in each of the next three financial years.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were prescribed a methylphenidate in each of the last 10 years.

      Royal Brompton Hospital: Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of clostridium difficile in the Royal Brompton hospital was in each of the last three years, broken down by age category of patient.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the long-term effects of the school free fruit and vegetable programme.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the free fruit and vegetable programme in schools in each year since it was introduced.

      Simvastatin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has produced on the use of statins; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population of (a) Hampshire, (b) England and (c) Southampton that smoke, broken down by (i) sex,...

      Smoking: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on treating patients with smoking-related illnesses in Hereford constituency in the last 12 months.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of the West Sussex Primary Care Trust Fit for the Future hospital reconfiguration consultation.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library the guidance issued by his Department to local authorities in each month since January 2005 on the...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what value for money assessment of academies has been (a) completed and (b) planned; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what financial provision for academies has been made for each year from 2005-06 to 2012-13 in his Department's budget; and if he...

      Adoption: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of the targets on adoption on the numbers of children remaining with their birth families.

      Babies: Care Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under the age of one had care proceedings initiated for them in each of the last three years.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the (a) annual and (b) net present value costs of the Building Schools for the Future...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been (a) in care and (b) taken into care in each year since 1990-91; if he will place in the Library a...

      Children in Care: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many looked after children are accommodated in independent children's homes; (2) how many independent children's homes...

      Children in Care: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average annual cost is of housing a looked after child in an independent children's home.

      Children in Care: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many newborn babies were taken into care in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in the last 12 months.

      Children in Care: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he received on the number of newborn babies taken into care in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in the...

      Children: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been adopted in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.

      Children: Care Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children subject to a care order attend (a) a community school, (b) a foundation school, (c) a specialist...

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what circumstances sensitive material, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998, will appear on the ContactPoint database.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how the effectiveness of the ContactPoint Audit system will be monitored.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what circumstances people will have access to ContactPoint without having first undergone a Criminal Records Bureau check.

      Children: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for children; and if he will make a statement.

      City Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with which potential sponsors of city academies his Department is holding discussions.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what change there has been in the number of teaching assistants in England since 1996-97; what assessment he has made of the...

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants are employed in each (a) Government region and (b) local education authority.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many classroom assistants were employed by each local education authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Climate Change: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what provision is made in the national curriculum for educating children about renewable energy; and what measures are in place to...

      Creative Partnerships Initiative: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the ability of schools in disadvantaged communities to pay 50 per cent. of the costs of...

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people in his Department and its predecessor have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of...

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what legislative provisions introduced by his Department's predecessor since 1997 have been repealed.

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many ministerial red boxes his Department and its predecessor bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each...

      Departments: Racial Harassment

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

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what evidence he has evaluated on whether there has been grade inflation in (a) GCSEs and (b) A levels since 1990; and if he...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the use of multiple choice questions in GCSE English exams; and if he will make a statement.

      Education: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for which public service agreement targets of the former Department for Education and Skills his Department now has responsibility.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools he expects to provide extended hours services in each year to 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish in full responses received to the Government's consultation on improving transparency and privacy in family...

      Foster Care: Poole

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

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have taken up (a) foundation and (b) trust status.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the mark required for an A grade in GCSE in mathematics was in each year since 1988-89; (2) what average mark was...

      Head Teachers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of headteachers in England are within (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) five years and (e) 10...

      Health Education: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he has allocated for the provision of alcohol awareness programmes in schools over the next three years; and how much was...

      Health Education: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on (a) drug awareness, (b) alcohol awareness and (c) volatile substance abuse programmes aimed at...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment he has made of the teaching of sex and relationships education in schools; and what plans he has to...

      Local Education Authorities: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on his plans for the inspection of local education authorities.

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools sold their playing fields in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the annual cost of reducing class sizes at Key Stage 1 in English schools to (a) 20 or fewer and...

      Private Education: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of capital spending per pupil by independent schools in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupil Exclusions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school exclusions there were in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total number of unauthorised absences was in each (a) government region and (b) local education authority in each year...

      Pupils: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will commission research on the performance of pupils with hay fever at (a) GCSE and (b) A level; and if he will...

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to use Ofsted to improve behaviour in schools.

      Pupils: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued to schools about the collection of fingerprints from children.

      Pupils: School Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were placed in schools other than their first place preference school in each local education authority in each...

      Pupils: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of schools have more than (a) 50 per cent. of pupils on the special needs register, (b) 30 per...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his estimate is of the cost to the Exchequer in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d) 2010-11 and (e) 2011-12 of...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of English school pupils taking (a) hot and (b) cold school lunches in...

      Schools: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mobile telephone masts in each local education authority area are sited (a) on and (b) within one mile of (i) primary...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many new schools were established in England in each year since 1980-81.

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools in each local education authority (a) have been built since 1997 and (b) are planned to be built; (2)...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discretionary funding schemes there are for schools administered by his Department; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools funding is distributed without reference to pupil numbers; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what schemes will be funded in 2008-09 with the (a) Standards Fund, (b) School Standard Grant, (c) Information and...

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase the representation of parents on school organisation committees; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools have adopted UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools Programme; and if he will list them; (2) what his policy...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Ofsted school inspections took place in each year from 1992-93 to 2006-07; how many have taken place in 2007-08; and if...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time school nurses were employed by local authorities in each of the last three years.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been built with private finance initiative funding since May 1997.

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of pupils attending private finance initiative funded schools was in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many private finance initiative funded schools have experienced a fall in pupil numbers since opening in each of the last 10...

      Schools: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance has been given to local education authorities in relation to surplus school places and the reintroduction of new...

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to separate the assessment of and funding of special educational needs in schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government are taking to promote competitive school sports.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools were classed as requiring significant improvement in each reporting period since 2005.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the expected cost to the public purse of school improvement partners in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what additional resources his Department provides to schools classified as causing concern to help them improve.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools which are private finance initiative funded were (a) categorised as causing concern and (b) placed in special...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of secondary schools contained more than 1,000 pupils in each year from 1990-91 to 2007-08; (2)...

      Secondary Education: Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy to make all secondary schools independent specialist schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time taken was to carry out an assessment for a statement of special educational needs in each year since...

      Special Educational Needs: Free Schools Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of pupils receiving free school meals in each (a) local education authority and (b) type of school had...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist schools there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Specialist Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist sport schools there are; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are at least 400 sports...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people failed to complete teacher training courses in each year from 2000 to 2007.

      Truancy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total spending by his Department was on anti-truancy programmes in each year since 1996-97; and what assessment of value...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many trust schools there are; and how many are planned to be built in the next five years.

      Young People: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children and young people under the age of 18 years were admitted to hospital due to the ingestion of (a) illegal drugs...

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of (a) all children and (b) looked-after children over the age of 16 years were in full-time education in each...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many disputes and claims were handled by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service in each of the regions...

    • Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service employees there are in each region.

      Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which regions are covered by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

      Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many bankrupt individuals were advised by the official receiver of the fast track voluntary agreement option in...

      Business: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the schemes available to support entrepreneurs in Torbay; and what the budget is of each.

      Coal: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to ensure the use and sale of cleaner coal and gas across the UK.

      Combined Heat and Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the opportunity to install combined heat and power and associated heat grids in the new...

      Competition: Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask the Serious Fraud Office to investigate allegations of the abuse of market share of (a) brewing...

      Departments: EU Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what responsibilities he has delegated to regional Ministers in respect of European Union funding; and if he will make...

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many ministerial red boxes his Department and its predecessor bought in each of the last five years; what the cost...

      Electricity Generation: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of electricity was generated by renewable sources in the UK in the last period for which figures are...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what in-store facilities are being made available in Staffordshire for customers to return white goods under the Waste...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department plans to take to increase and improve the energy security of the UK.

      Energy Supply: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made with his Department's consultation with gas and energy suppliers on the introduction of...

      Energy Supply: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the energy demand research project trials will have an impact on the timetable for the roll-out of smart meters.

      Energy Supply: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will bring forward legislation for the introduction of domestic smart meters; (2) when he expects the...

      Energy Supply: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make representations to his European Union counterparts on the involvement of Russian energy companies and...

      Energy Supply: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will review the involvement of Russian energy companies in the UK market.

      Energy Technologies Institute: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which external consultants have been appointed by his Department to assess private sector bids for involvement in the...

      Energy Technologies Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost has been of establishing the Energy Technologies Institute.

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many applications for Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) cover were received in the periods (a) 1 July...

      Industrial Disputes: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department holds a record of all mediation services providing employment dispute resolution services; and...

      Internet: Privacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with counterparts in other countries on the promotion of internet privacy practice.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been allocated under phase one of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) in total and (b) in each...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much funding was allocated to be spent under (a) stream 1, (b) stream 2A and (c) stream 2B of the Low Carbon...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate was made of the (a) value and (b) area of the Temperance Hospital site in Camden when his Department...

      Overseas Companies: Chile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK-registered companies currently operate or have a base in the regions of (a) Araucania and (b) Los Lagos...

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the merits of increasing statutory paternity leave.

      Small Businesses: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the businesses affected in the North Yorkshire area by the recent flooding will be eligible for the...

      Tidal Power: Severn Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the (a) advantages and (b) disadvantages of tidal power generation in the Severn...

      Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of whether the number of Mandarin speakers in the UK will be enough to cope with the...

      Unsolicited Goods and Services: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the merits of requiring companies to display their telephone number when making...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the future use of wind power.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many windfarms there are in the UK; and where they are located.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking with business to encourage the creation of wind farms.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what further wind farm developments are planned.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with his colleagues in HM Treasury on tax incentives related to wind power.

  • House of Lords

    • Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which local authorities have not submitted an action plan to improve air quality as required by Part IV of the Environment Act 1995; and what action is being taken...

    • Armed Forces: Coroner's Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding they have provided to the Swindon and Wiltshire coroner since April 2007 to assist the conduct of inquests into the deaths of members of the Armed...

      Armed Forces: Coroner's Inquests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding has been provided to the Oxfordshire coroner between 2001 and 2007, broken down by year.

      Arms Trade: Philippines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the value of arms and military supplies exported to the Philippines in each of the past three years by (a) the United Kingdom, and (b) other European...

      Army: Officer Selection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many candidates the Army Officer Selection Board, or its predecessor, has interviewed for a Group A Territorial Army commission in each of the past five years...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers are still awaiting their (a) full 2005, or (b) part payment of the single farm 2005 payment.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are on course with their timetable for the announcement and delivery of the Comprehensive Spending Review; and, if so, whether this provides adequate...

      EU: Regulations and Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the General Election of 1997, how many European Commission legislative proposals have failed to reach the statute book.

      Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out those considerations which led them to conclude that it was not in the public interest to reveal whether or not applications have been...

      Former Yugoslavia: International Criminal Tribunal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What incentives they have offered (a) bilaterally and (b) through the European Union to the Government of Serbia to secure Serbia's co-operation with the...

      Government: Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Chancellor's adviser on constitutional reform, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, will be required to submit to the Cabinet Secretary texts of any...

      Government: Collective Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the doctrine of collective responsibility applies to the Lord Chancellor's adviser on constitutional reform, Lord Lester of Herne Hill; and whether he will...

      Gulf War Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation took place between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice about the text of the letter sent to Gulf War veterans by the...

      Health: Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they anticipate a gap in service provision at the beginning of August when doctors in training will change jobs; and What support there will be for (a)...

      House of Lords: Electricity

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What measures are being taken to ensure that all non-essential electrical equipment is switched off when not in use during the Summer Recess.

      Housing: Permitted Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What permitted development rights would be enjoyed at basement level for an unlisted terraced house in a conservation area under the proposals contained in the...

      Immigration: N v Home Secretary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to comply with the judgment of the High Court on 2 July in N v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2007] EWHC 1548 (Admin).

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the Iraqi refugees in Syria are thought to be the victims of torture; and what discussions they have had with the Government of Syria and the United...

      Iraq: Turkish Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether NATO or the European Union have recently considered the presence of Turkish forces near the Turkey-Iraq frontier and the possible consequences of any move...

      Kosovo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had recently with their (a) United States; (b) European Union; and (c) Russian counterparts regarding the adoption of a United Nations...

      Kurdistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether repeated offers of ceasefires by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since 1993 have been discussed within NATO or any other inter-governmental forum; and...

      Madagascar: UK Representation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they anticipate that future long-term United Kingdom representation in Madagascar will be made through the offices of the European Union diplomatic service.

      Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the number of households in (a) the city of Manchester, and (b) each constituency in the city of Manchester with an income of (i) up to £25,000 per...

      Marine Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to introduce a Marine Bill; and, if so, when.

      National Parks: South Downs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the event of the West Sussex Weald being excluded from the proposed South Downs National Park, all those areas of the Weald which are currently...

      Navy: Base Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the findings of their naval base review.

      Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 9 July (WA 202), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the distribution list for the...

      Rural Payments Agency: Chief Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much severance pay was made to the chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency following his dismissal from that agency.

      Rural Payments Agency: Chief Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Mr Johnston McNeill, former chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency, was subsequently employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Savings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to launch an official campaign to increase the United Kingdom savings ratio.

      Schools: Class Sizes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received representations during the past three years from St Leonard's Church of England primary school in the London Borough of Lambeth about...

      Serbia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have re-examined their visa policy to permit short visits to, and educational opportunities in, the United Kingdom for more people from Serbia.

      Turkey: General Election

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union, the Council of Europe or the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe are sending observers to the forthcoming general...

      Zimbabwe: Africa-EU Summit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the European Commission director-generals' meeting in Estoril, Portugal, on 12 to 13 July regarding the invitation to Zimbabwe to attend...

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