Written answers

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the numbers and movements of flights involving radioactive materials carried within UK airspace.

    • Departments: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what land she expects to be disposed of by (a) her Department and (b) Network Rail between 2007 to 2011; and whether she plans to require that land...

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Bills introduced by her Department in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has allocated in each of the next two years to raising awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving; and if...

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she (a) has made and (b) plans to make on the effectiveness of section 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in reducing the number...

      London Underground: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what future maintenance arrangements for the London Underground are being considered by her Department following the entering into administration of...

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 520W, on lorries, what level of heavy goods vehicle movements per day on (a) A-class...

      Metronet: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public sector finance commitment is expected to be incurred following the entering into administration of Metronet.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the MOT failure rate is for cars at (a) three, (b) four, (c) five, (d) six, (e) seven, (f) eight, (g) nine and (h) 10 years old.

      Railway Stations: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the proposals to build a railway station at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry; what discussions she has had with Coventry...

      Roads: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many roads originally built under private finance initiative contracts have had to undergo reconstruction in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Shipping: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times nuclear flasks were shipped from (a) Torness, Hunterston and Hartlepool power stations and (b) Bradwell, Sizewell and Dungeness power...

      Transport: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there were involving the transportation of radioactive material by (a) air, (b) road, (c) rail and (d) ship in each year since 1977.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in each of the last three years; and what percentage of these were employed on...

      Vehicle Data Recording Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the merits of requiring the installation of event data recorders in all new vehicles.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission if the Commission will publish (a) all papers originally supplied to it on the Comptroller and Auditor General's travel expenses and related...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular military personnel, (b) Territorial Army and other part-time military personnel and (c) civilian personnel were employed by his...

    • Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum number of submunitions is which a weapon must carry for it to be defined as a cluster munition.

      British Merchant Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the implications of likely future numbers in UK Merchant Navy officers for future...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have for the future of the Defence Export Services Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed by the Defence Export Service Organisation (DESO); what estimate he has made of the volume of UK defence exports which are...

      Defence Medical Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) requirement and (b) percentage of required personnel in post is in the medical corps of the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air...

      Departments: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what land he expects to be disposed of by his Department between 2007 to 2011; and whether he plans to require that land to be used for social housing.

      Departments: Public Transport

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

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of blue on blue incidents in which UK forces have been hit by depleted uranium munitions; and if he will...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Royal British Legion on Gulf War illnesses.

      Gulf War Syndrome: Ex Gratia Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an ex gratia payment to Gulf War veterans who have suffered illnesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research the UK has undertaken to assess the humanitarian impact of the use of cluster munitions containing M85 submunitions in (a) Iraq and (b)...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to increase the number of operationally deployable helicopters.

      Navy: Career Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there has been (a) a freeze (b) a slowdown in the rate of promotion of (i) officers and (ii) other ranks in the Royal Navy; and if he will make...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers received (a) up to £50,000, (b) £50,001 to £100,000, (c) £100,001 to £150,000,...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential effect of funding withheld by the EU in relation to the Single Farm Payment...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many outstanding single farm payments there are from (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 to be made to farmers in the South West.

      Air Conditioning: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of recent trends in the use of residential air conditioning in the UK.

      Animal Welfare: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the research projects funded by his Department into issues related to animal health and welfare in each of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued on the measures that cattle farmers can undertake under EU Council Directive 58/98/EC of 20 July...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been slaughtered as a precaution against bovine tuberculosis in the last five years; and what proportion...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine TB were recorded in each English region in each year since 2000.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to make a decision on measures to tackle bovine tuberculosis following the final report of the Independent...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new cases of bovine tuberculosis in the South West were recorded since 1997.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in developing a vaccine against bovine tuberculosis for (a) badgers and (b) cows; and if he...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of carbon emissions resulted from large commercial and public sector organisations in the latest year for which...

      Crops: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research he has evaluated on Tilletia Indica and Karnal Bunt disease of wheat; and if he will undertake a new...

      Departments: Common Purpose

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the...

      Departments: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since October 2006.

      Departments: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual budget is of the open access database; how many hits it has had per month since it came into operation; and...

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many ministerial red boxes his Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the...

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on overnight accommodation by civil servants within his Department's areas of responsibilities in the last...

      Departments: Publicity

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

      Disadvantaged: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of the 23 recommendations of the Commission for Rural Communities in the report Rural Disadvantage and Priorities...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has evaluated on the use of electric shock collars on dogs; when his Department will begin such research;...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason previously planned flood defence schemes for areas at risk did not go ahead in 2007.

      Food: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to encourage retailers to sell locally-grown food.

      Livestock Industry: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the research projects which have been funded by his Department into the impact of livestock husbandry on...

      Natural England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was allocated to Natural England for 2007-08.

      Nature Conservation: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 887W, on nature conservation: EC action, if he will list the...

      Nature Reserves: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the monies for the recently opened Cranham National Nature Reserve in Gloucestershire will be paid.

      Organic Farming: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid to farmers in Yorkshire and the Humber to convert to organic farming in each year since 2003; how many...

      Potatoes: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage British supermarkets to buy British potatoes.

      Potatoes: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much of the potato crop has been destroyed by the recent adverse weather conditions; and if he will make a...

      Research: Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the published papers resulting from research funded by his Department at Woodchester Park into aspects of...

      Slaughterhouses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average distance that (a) pigs, (b) sheep, (c) cows and (d) poultry travel between farm...

  • Wales

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years.

    • Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people are employed in his Department to work on ministerial correspondence.

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on hospitality by his Department in the financial year 2006-07.

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on hospitality events in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

  • Solicitor-General

    • Price Fixing: Drugs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the costs have been so far of the Serious Fraud Office's ongoing Operation Holbein investigation.

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will ask the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate to review the decision to prosecute in R v. Payne and Others.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases the Crown Prosecution Service has re-presented to court which had initially been dismissed due to a technical error in the last 12 months; and if she...

  • Scotland

    • Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scottish people of 18 years and under have their DNA details retained on a national database.

    • Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings his predecessor had with (a) voluntary groups and charities, (b) businesses or business representatives, (c) Scottish parliamentary...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings he has had with (a) the First Minister of the Scottish Executive, (b) leaders of the Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Labour and...

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings he has had with representative organisations since his appointment.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many times he has visited Scotland on official business since his appointment.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings he has had with business and business representatives in his capacity as Secretary of State since his appointment.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent by the House on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years.

    • Paint

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) brand and (b) chemical composition is of the wall primers and paints (i) usually used for...

      Waste Disposal: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many electronic items were disposed of by the House in each year since 2001; how many were in working...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Employment: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what incentives are in place to encourage employers to spend money on on-the-job training; (2) what steps the...

    • Industrial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what measures are in place to identify skills shortages and train workers to address any shortages.

      Science: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) recruitment procedures and (b) arrangements to choose members of the selection boards are in place for the...

      Skilled Workers: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 10 employment sectors employ the largest number of foreign skilled labourers in the UK; and from which 10 countries the...

      Unemployment: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many 16 to 24 year olds in Poole are not in employment, education or training.

      Unemployment: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds in York were in education, training or work in 2005-06.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the Arts Council England North East's work in contributing to the renaissance of the North East region...

    • Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legislative provisions introduced by his Department's predecessors since 1997 have been repealed.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1428W, on digital broadcasting, whether the data released in...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) equipment and (b) upgrades people are entitled to under the programme of assistance in relation to digital switchover.

      Museums and Galleries: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the national museums in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York received in Government grants in each year since 1997.

      Museums and Galleries: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people visited each of the national museums in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997.

      National Lottery: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what will happen to any unallocated monies from the Big Lottery Fund funding for play projects when the September deadline for...

      National Lottery: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the rules governing the application process for grants from the Big Lottery Fund for...

      National Lottery: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of the money available under the Big Lottery Fund children's play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent.

      Planning: Broadcasting Reception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the account taken in planning decisions...

      Royal Opera House: Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in the appointment of the (a) chairman and (b) chief executive of the Royal Opera House what account was taken of the recommendation...

      Tourism: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) purpose, (b) date and (c) location was of each tourism event attended by Ministers in his Department in the constituency...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Charity Receptions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the official and charity receptions held at 10 Downing street in the financial year 2006-07.

    • Chequers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the guests entertained at public expense at Chequers since 1 April 2006.

      Ministerial Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will provide a list of ministerial gifts in the financial year 2006-07.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the overseas travel by Cabinet Ministers in the financial year 2006-07

      UK Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the UK visits made by his predecessor in the financial years 2006-07.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Boris Berezovsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from posts in the Russian Federation on threats to the life and security of Mr. Boris Berezovsky...

    • Burma: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the reports that the Indian Government has confirmed that negotiations are ongoing to...

      Gaza: Christian Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the status and safety of Christian communities in Gaza following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas;...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of President Bush's proposal for an international conference on the Middle East peace process; what...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) role and (b) functions have been given to the quartet's special envoy Mr. Blair; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial and logistical resources the European Union is providing to the quartet's special envoy Mr. Blair; what (a)...

      Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what suggestions were put forward by (a) the US and (b) France at the 2007 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory...

      Uganda: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2007, Official Report, column 1029W, on Uganda: politics and government, what recent...

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the £50 million funding for education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced on 5 April will go to...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of when he expects conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to permit the release of the £50...

      Developing Countries: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of ecotourism's potential to boost the economies of developing countries.

      Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many bids have been received for the Governance and Transparency Fund; (2) how many UK based organisations have bid for...

      Governance and Transparency Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the total value is of the combined bids for the Governance and Transparency Fund; (2) what the total monetary value is of...

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of anti-retroviral drugs in programmes (a) run and (b) supported by his...

      HIV Infection: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1248W, on HIV infection: medical treatments, what his policy is on the...

      Lesotho: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the debt status of Lesotho.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will seek discussions with the Pakistani authorities on the level of UK aid to Pakistan following statements by Pakistani...

      Sudan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimates his Department has made of the numbers of Darfuri refugees who have left Sudan for each neighbouring country; and if he...

      Tanzania: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information he has received on the shortfall in the Bank of Tanzania's external payment arrears account for 2005-06; how much...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent by her Office on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years.

    • Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office paid in fees to recruitment agencies for (a) temporary and (b) permanent staff in each year since 1997.

      Draft Legislative Programme

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 11 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, which of the planned Bills will...

      Draft Legislative Programme

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will make it her usual policy to subject Bills to pre-legislative scrutiny.

      UK Youth Parliament

      To ask the Leader of the House whether a Minister intends to make a visit to the forthcoming session of the UK Youth Parliament; and if she will make a statement on progress on the proposal...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Jobcentre Plus: Argyll and Bute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff there were in post in each Jobcentre Plus office in Argyll and Bute at the end of each of the last five years.

    • Jobcentre Plus: Scotland

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

      Jobcentre Plus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his target is for the number of full-time equivalent staff in each Jobcentre Plus office in Scotland at the end of 2007-08.

      Lung Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were diagnosed with pleural plaques in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in...

      Pensioners: Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to make arrangements to ensure that eligibility arrangements for (a) disability living allowance and (b) vehicle excise duty...

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of the (a) top and (b) bottom quartile of pensioners was in each year since 1997.

      Pensions Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the statement by the Minister for Pensions Reform on 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 194, on the Pensions Bill, how many...

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many instances the Pensions Regulator has ordered employers to cease the accrual of further benefits by pension scheme members.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many instances the pensions regulator has offered clearance to those involved in corporate reconstructions; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many trustees the Pensions Regulator has (a) removed and (b) replaced.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many funding schedules the Pensions Regulator has imposed.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many scheme-specific funding plans agreed between the trustee and company the pensions regulator has approved.

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance applies to engagement consultants employed by Working Links with regard to the selection of incentives offered to potential...

      Working Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on providing incentive vouchers for use by engagement consultants employed by Working Links to offer to potential...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children were adopted in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last three years; (2) what the average age was of children...

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people the Government estimate will have access to ContactPoint.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what additional resources he is providing to ensure the delivery by 2010 of the planned Sure Start children's centres; and what...

      National Council for Educational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) membership and (b) remit is of the new National Council for Educational Excellence; and if he will make a statement.

      Parents: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has made to HM Treasury on changing the tax system to support families; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total capital spending on (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 1996-97 in real terms; what the...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many fixed period exclusions were made in each year since 1994-95, broken down by local education authority (LEA); and...

      Pupil Exclusions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many exclusions per pupil from schools there were in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Government spent on supplying free fruit and vegetables in school in each year since 1996-97; what assessment has...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority area have no on-site facilities for producing hot...

      Young People: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 17-year-olds in England are not in education, employment or training.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1524W, on...

    • Best Value

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1524W, on...

      Computers: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has allocated to the Green Shift cyber-warming programme.

      Council Housing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing projects were funded by private finance initiatives in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority.

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many households there were on local authority waiting lists for social housing in each Government office region in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in (a) average council tax per dwelling and (b) average Band D...

      Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department and its agencies on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department carbon off sets foreign visits made by its staff; at what cost for visits made in the last 12 months; and...

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the salary bands are of each pay grade in her Department.

      Departments: Publicity

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

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

      East of England Development Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts the East of England Development Agency has with Luton-based social enterprises; and what the value is of each...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the Fire and Rescue Service's preparations for responding to a chemical, biological, radioactive...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 1139W, on Regional Fire Control, what the expected date is...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio was between the number of social housing new lets and the number of households accepted as homeless in the last...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's target is for increasing the number of domestic dwellings with (a) value significant code...

      Housing Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the carrying out of additional licensing under the Housing Act 2004.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the market demand for zero-carbon homes.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of construction costs of (a) a zero carbon home and (b) an average non-zero carbon home.

      Housing: Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department's Sustainable Buildings Division has carried out on the development of local heat distribution from...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 166W, on housing:...

      Housing: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were on waiting lists for homes in Cornwall in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum cost of housing deemed affordable in Cornwall is; and how many houses (a) built in Cornwall in the last 10...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what minimum standards of (a) quality and (b) availability of services apply to affordable housing provided by (i) private...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has placed any financial limits on her Department's definition of affordable for the purpose of the granting of...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations from John Hill's report on social housing she expects to be implemented by her Department.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) councils and (b) housing associations are offering Extended Open Market Homebuy schemes.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the average price of a dwelling purchased by a first time buyer in England.

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties in England have (a) small-scale wind turbines and (b) solar panels, according to Valuation Office...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department provides to assist the work of home improvement agencies.

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings with four or more bedrooms were sold in England in the last 12 months according to figures held by...

      Judicial Review: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's expenditure was on legal fees for the judicial reviews brought by (a) the Royal Institute of Chartered...

      Local Authorities: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts with social enterprises each council in England has; and what the total value is of such contracts.

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what annual efficiency savings have been set for local authorities in each year from 2008 to 2011.

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which indicators her Department collects information from local authorities.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) why local authorities may not securitise their revenue streams to help finance capital projects; (2) what powers local...

      Local Government: Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what resources are available to local government to meet the cost of equal pay.

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bodies are responsible for negotiating local government (a) pension and (b) pay settlements.

      Local Government: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the (a) Electoral Commission, (b) Office for the Surveillance Commissioner, (c) Food Standards Agency and (d)...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to eligibility and entitlements under the Local Government Pension Scheme since May 2005; and on...

      Local Government: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local referendums have been held by local authorities under the provisions of the Local Government Act 2003.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the review of non-domestic rate reliefs and exemptions; and whether the Government intend to publish a...

      Planning Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the merits of a tariff system in place of Section 106 agreements and planning-gain...

      Rates and Rating: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007 to the hon. Member for Guildford, Official Report, column 1474W, on rates and rating:...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of (a) PPG3 and (b) PPS3 on the supply of flats in the housing market;...

      Regional Planning and Development: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the oral statement of 17 July 2007, Official Report, columns 161-2, on economic reform, if she will direct the West...

      Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1280W on rented housing, what recent meetings her Department has...

      Small Businesses: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department holds records on the take-up of small business rate relief.

      Social Sector Working Party on Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what further consultation she carried out before taking decisions on the social sector working party's interim report on major...

      South East England Development Agency: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the South East England Development Agency spent on hospitality and entertainment in each year since it was created.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect on communities of being designated as unsustainable as a consequence of...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response she has made to the National Audit Office report "Thames Gateway: Laying the Foundations", with particular regard...

      Travelling People: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department provides on the (a) definitions and (b) methodology for calculating the (i) regional, (ii)...

      Urban Areas: Cheltenham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 182W, on urban areas: Cheltenham, whether the information...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 817W,...

  • Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which case in each coroner's district has been waiting the longest time for the opening of an inquest; and if he will make a statement.

    • Courts: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2007, Official Report, column 707W, on courts: Nottingham, whether the assessment of the impact of powers under section...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to implement the section of the Road Safety Act 2006 on causing death by careless driving.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were cautioned for drug-related offences in each of the last 10 years; what average prison sentence was awarded for each different...

      Employment: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2007, Official Report, column 983, on employment: equality, who conducted the review; when it (a) was established and...

      Google: Doubleclick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 47-48W, on Google: Doubleclick, whether he has held discussions with the Information...

      Irish Sea: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what matters relating to environmental protection and control of liquid discharges to the Irish Sea were discussed at the British-Irish Council on 16...

      Judicial Appointments Commission for England and Wales: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the staff seconded from his Department to the Judicial Appointments Commission are of (a) senior leadership, (b) policy and (c)...

      Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of the damage caused during the recent outbreak of disorder at Lancaster Farm young offender institution.

      Local Government: Electorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average electorate is for a single member (a) district council ward, (b) county council ward, ( c) unitary council ward, (d) London borough...

      Pornography: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many children have been (a) prosecuted, (b) given custodial sentences and (c) placed on the sex offenders register in each of the last five...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) prison service orders, (b) prison service instructions and (c) other written directions have been issued to (i) police, (ii) prison, (iii)...

      Prisoners: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of prisoners held in prisons are prescribed medication for mental health-related reasons.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who underwent treatment programmes for addiction in prison were referred to outside programmes on their release from prison in each of...

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of the prisoners released under the Government's early release scheme were undergoing treatment for drug or alcohol-related problems; and how...

      Prisons: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of providing an additional 10,000 prison places by 2012.

      Prisons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on prisons in each of the last three years; and what estimate he has made of the cost for the next three years.

      Young Offenders: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) playstations (one or two) and (b) Xboxes were purchased for inmates of young offender institutions (YOIs) in each of the last three years;...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average caseload is of an asylum case owner; and what the figure is in each regional asylum team.

    • Border and Immigration Agency: Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what records (a) are kept of the performance of the Border and Immigration Agency and (b) were kept of the performance of the...

      Community Policing: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the impact of safer neighbourhood teams in Great Yarmouth.

      Community Support Officers: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of employment as a police community support officer was of police community support officers employed in...

      Departments: Legislation

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

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2007 to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam, Official Report, column 1234W, on the DNA Database, (1)...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantity of illegal drugs was seized by the police in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for the reduction in the Young People Substance Misuse Grant in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.

      Fraud: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in how many cases in which credit card fraud is alleged in respect of suspects identified during Operation Ore had such suspects...

      Fraud: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) identity and (b) online fraud were recorded in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the direct financial contribution from her Department was to the Police National Missing Persons Bureau in 2006-07; and what the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of passport applications were rejected in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) ethnicity of...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of passport applications sent through the Check and Send service were rejected in each of the last five years.

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the time taken to verify (a) a biometric passport and (b) a non-biometric passport at passport control (i)...

      Police: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime scene investigators are in post in each police force in East Sussex; and what percentage of those are civilians.

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers were dedicated traffic police officers in each year since 1999, broken down by region.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who transferred to the Serious Organised Crime Agency as sworn constables left the agency in each month since its formation;...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were fined for speeding in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.

      Support Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 2029W, on support orders, if she will place in the Library the results of...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such clauses.

    • Departments: Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what role his Department plays in providing (a) guidance and (b) assistance to other departments on the provision of answers to written...

      Duchy of Lancaster: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the disbursement from the surplus of the Duchy of Lancaster to the Queen was in each year from 1979.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 36W, on ministerial policy advisers: standards, whether the code will be published...

      Official Residences: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent on entertainment from the public purse at (a) One Carlton Gardens, (b) Chevening, (c) Admiralty House, (d) Hillsborough...

      Public Appointments: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who has been appointed to the board of a public body since 27 July 2007; and on what salary in each case.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Prison Staff: Religious Affiliation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of (a) prison officers and (b) other prison service staff in Northern Ireland are from each religion or community in Northern...

    • Historical Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of the ongoing historical inquiries in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Dissident Republican Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the security threat posed by dissident republican groups.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on the Saville inquiry.

      Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received on the application of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.

      Parades Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the findings of the Review of the Parades Commission.

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the policing of 12 July parades in 2007.

  • Treasury

    • 11 Downing Street: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 361W, on 11 Downing street: charities, on how many occasions each of those charities has...

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Treasury achievement targets take account of rural proofing.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

      EC Internal Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions representatives of HM Revenue and Customs have had with the European Commission on cross-border shopping.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the case for a tariff system in place of section 106 agreements and planning gain supplement.

      OECD: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to support the application of Israel to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); what...

      Revenue and Customs: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what access HM Revenue and Customs has to the Valuation Office Agency's (a) Automated Valuation Model and (b) property databases to assist it in its...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his most recent estimate is of the costs of making the personal allowance transferable between couples; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Valuation Office Agency has spent on (a) network support offices and (b) data capture centres; (2) what the addresses are of the...

      Valuation Office: Manuals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Referencing Manual.

      Valuation Office: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Training Events Catalogue.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment was made of the likely impact of fast-track voluntary arrangements on the level of annulled...

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment has been made of the impact of fast-track voluntary arrangements for bankruptcy; and if he will make a...

      Bankruptcy: Fee and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints were received by the Insolvency Service in each year since 2002; how many of these complaints...

      Business: Islwyn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many residents of Islwyn constituency started their own business in each of the last five years; (2) how...

      Business: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses there are in York; how many there were in 1997; and how many businesses have (a) started and (b)...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 264W, on children: protection, what steps the...

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.

      Employment: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research he has conducted on (a) the average time for an employment dispute to be resolved, (b) the average...

      Industrial Disputes: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has conducted any research on user satisfaction in mediated employment disputes.

      Industrial Disputes: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average total cost of (a) mediating and (b) litigating an employment dispute.

      Industrial Disputes: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many employment dispute mediators there were in each of the last three years; and what he expects to be the trend...

      Industrial Disputes: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will commission research into the effect of the practice of employment tribunals not awarding costs to employees...

      Industrial Disputes: Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many representations containing concerns on increasing the use of mediation in employment disputes his Department...

      Industrial Disputes: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effect of employment disputes on small firms.

      Industrial Relations: Disputes Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007, Official Report, column 1545W, on industrial relations: disputes procedures,...

      Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) of 17 July 2007, Official Report,...

      Mediation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what factors were taken into account in deciding not (a) to promote and (b) to provide information on mediation in...

      Mediation: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has assessed the merits of introducing statutory (a) registration and (b) qualifications for...

      Small Businesses: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small businesses there were in City of York (a) constituency and (b) local authority area in each year...

      Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research he has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on the possible use of wave energy systems in the UK.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the reasons for repeat abortions; and if he will make a statement.

    • Agency Nurses: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on agency nurses providing temporary cover in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many teenagers were admitted to accident and emergency in (a) Hampshire and (b) England as a result of drinking alcohol in the last (i) 12...

      Assertive Outreach Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) distribution and (b) effectiveness of assertive outreach services.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to collect national figures on the number of people with autism.

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect costs of a blood transfusion.

      Cancer: Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of cancer patients who suffer from anaemia; (2) what assessment his Department has made of...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for implementing the cancer reform strategy.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) state and (b) privately-funded care home places in (i) Eastbourne, (ii) East Sussex and (iii) England per...

      Care Homes: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupied and (b) available extra care housing places there are in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex.

      Chemicals: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on human health of man-made chemicals found in household goods, with particular reference to (a) perfluorinated...

      Children: Deviance and Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has adopted to ensure that agencies working with under 18-year-olds with conditions that can cause severe behavioural...

      Children: Deviance and Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what facilities there are to provide support, assistance and respite care for the families of under 18-year-olds with conditions that can cause...

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the national screening programme for chlamydia has been rolled out completely in all trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the additional time spent in hospital by those who contracted clostridium difficile in the last 12 months.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the hubs and centres involved in the NHS bowel cancer screening programme which are operational; and what the timeframe is for...

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information has been provided to (a) GPs and (b) the media on the roll-out of the national bowel cancer screening programme.

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients, subject to sectioning orders, have absconded from secure mental hospitals in each of the last five years.

      Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were fitted with a contraceptive implant in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) type of device and (b) age of patient.

      Contraceptives: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15 and (f) 16 years were given the morning after pill in each of the last three years.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department categorises teeth bleaching carried out by dentists as a health procedure.

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the average waiting time for NHS dental work in (a) Southampton, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year since...

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were registered with NHS general dental practices in York as at March 2007.

      Dental Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioners there are in York.

      Doctors: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) Criminal Records Bureau, (b) security, (c) health and (d) registration status checks are carried out on overseas doctors seeking to work in...

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many appointments there have been (a) at family planning clinics and (b) for family planning domiciliary visits in each health trust in each...

      Genito-Urinary Medicine: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made and what the timetable is for future steps to be taken towards the commitment in the White Paper "Choosing Health" that...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1148W, on health services, by what means research required by the working groups on the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1148W, on health services, whether documents made available to the working groups on the...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1148W, on health services, by what means the patient and public stakeholders on the...

      Health Services: West Sussex Primary Care Trust

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

      Health Services: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the provision of NHS care for failed asylum seekers who are temporarily unable to leave the UK.

      Health Services: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) out-patient appointments and (b) operations there were in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish the results of its scoping study of the burden of disease that will inform future work on health priorities; how...

      Health Services: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote travel health consultations.

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full and (b) part-time health trainers there are in each trust.

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of employing NHS accredited health trainers; and what estimate he has made of the number of health...

      Health: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on what progress has been made and what the timetable is for future steps towards all schools reaching healthy status by 2009...

      Henderson Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were (a) referred to and (b) funded for treatment at the Henderson hospital in each of the last five years.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received domiciliary care packages in each health trust in each of the last five years.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the guidance relating to home care to ensure that assessment of means is separate from assessment of needs has been changed.

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to extend the consultation on the partial regulatory impact assessment on the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England)...

      Infectious Diseases: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of healthcare-acquired infections there were while in (a) hospital and (b) care homes in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each of...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of additional call handlers in England required to maintain 24/7 access to local health services during an influenza...

      Influenza Pandemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2284W, on influenza pandemic, which research groups have been (a) offered and (b)...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what further discussions he has held with (a) EU Health Ministers and (b) the European Commission on the subject of building an EU-wide stockpile of...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the names are of each strategic health authority's influenza lead, as described on page 13 of the Chief Medical Officer's 2006 Annual Report, On the...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the scope is of the audit of NHS pandemic preparedness described on page 13 of the Chief Medical Officer's 2006 Annual Report, On the State of Public...

      Information Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government has spent on (a) sexual health information and (b) travel health awareness in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England since 1997.

      Kidney Patients: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has (a) to replace, (b) to refurbish and (c) to expand renal units in Portsmouth.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has taken a decision on whether to procure and stockpile face masks centrally.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children are receiving cognitive behavioural therapy funded by the NHS; (2) how many accredited child specialist mental health...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health beds there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by trust.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health beds there were for (a) children and (b) female patients in each of the last 10 years.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health beds there were in (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high secure units in each of the last 10 years.

      Mental Health Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attacks there were on (a) staff and (b) patients (i) on mental health wards and (ii) in specialist mental health units in each of the last 10...

      Mental Health Services: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health patients moved on to independent living in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to increase the funding allocated to Hertfordshire's mental health services; (2) what the total amount of NHS funding made...

      Mental Health Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the Hertfordshire Partnership Mental Health Trust is not making a disproportionate financial contribution towards...

      Mental Health Services: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of patients and staff on mental health wards.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services cases underwent treatment which lasted under (a) under one month, (b) under three months,...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many strategic health authorities offer a child and adolescent mental health services specialist on 24-hour call out service; (2) which child...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is allocated to child and adolescent mental health services for each of the next three years.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) health professionals and (b) administrators were employed by the child and adolescent mental health services in each of the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were to see a child and adolescent mental health services specialist in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children treated by a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services specialist in each of the last five years was prescribed (a) a...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have set up projects within the last year to work jointly with (a) schools, (b) youth offending teams...

      Mentally Ill: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been diagnosed with mental health disorders, broken down by type of disorder.

      MRSA: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of using photodynamic therapy to treat patients with MRSA within the NHS.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to implement the Musculoskeletal Services Framework; and if he will make a statement.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he communicates Government health policy to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); and what requirements are placed on NICE...

      NHS Next Stage Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his oral statement of 4 July 2007, Official Report, columns 91-3, on NHS next stage review, if he will refer the decision of the Oxfordshire...

      NHS: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual carbon dioxide output of the NHS; and whether his Department is meeting its set targets to reduce carbon dioxide...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is considering phasing out national clinical directors.

      Osteoporosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publish mandatory alternative treatment options for patients for whom Alendronate is unsuitable; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescriptions: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued for emergency contraceptives in each month since January 2001.

      Prescriptions: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women were (a) given prescriptions for the oral contraceptive and (b) given depot contraceptive injections in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Primary Care Trusts: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of redundancy payments associated with the reconfiguration of primary care trusts in the East of England in the financial year 2006-07;...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections there were in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each month since January 2001.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children and young people under the age of 18 years have been diagnosed with (a) chlamydia, (b) gonorrhoea, (c) genital herpes, (d) genital...

      Smoking: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths there were in (a) England, (b) Hampshire and (c) Southampton as a result of (i) the consumption of alcohol and (ii) smoking in each of...

      Social Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in adult social care in the ( a) public and (b) private sector in (i) Leicestershire, (ii) the east midlands and (iii) England.

      Solvents: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the stakeholder group set up under the Volatile Substance Abuse Framework has met; and if he will place in the Library the minutes from...

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases cold perfusion of body parts has been (a) started and (b) continued to transplant in each year since 2000; and what the success rate...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis were diagnosed in England between 2000 and 2006.

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the main limiting factors are in the timescale of the development of new tuberculosis vaccine.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to publish data provided by local wheelchair services in England to inform the new model of wheelchair service delivery; (2) when he...

      Wheelchairs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has included additional funding to improve the stock of wheelchairs provided to young children and young people in its submission...

      Wheelchairs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many requests for new wheelchairs for children and young people in each of the last five years were granted (a) within a month, (b) within...

      Wheelchairs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the review of community equipment and wheelchair services will address the specific needs of children and young people; and if he will make a...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: GM Potatoes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the issue of licensing the commercial growing of genetically modified potatoes will be submitted to the European Commission for decision; and, if so,...

    • Agriculture: GM Potatoes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether genetically modified potatoes have been grown in the European Union on a limited experimental scale; and, if so, who authorised such activity.

      Arms Trade: Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether supply by India to Burma of the Advanced Light Helicopter, containing many components made in Europe, would breach the current European Union arms embargo...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration the Civil Aviation Authority has given to advising pilots to submit an aviation safety review to their airline and a mandatory occurrence report...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions the Civil Aviation Authority has had with its counterparts in other countries, including the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, to ensure...

      Aviation: Carbon Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How their aviation policy complements their stated aims of safeguarding the environment and reducing carbon emissions.

      Aviation: Policy Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will undertake a review of aviation policy.

      Benefits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to ensure that no European Union citizen seeking work and accommodation in the United Kingdom becomes destitute.

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the experience of the operation of the present concessionary bus fares scheme for pensioners and the planned extension of the scheme in April...

      Crime: Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 July (WA 169) that "it is Government policy to neither confirm nor deny whether an extradition request has been or...

      Cyprus: UK Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 11 July (WA 221), how they define their policy of "non-recognition" towards the Turkish Republic of Northern...

      Cyprus: UK Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 11 July (WA 221), whether their policy towards the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus provides for a...

      Drivers: Age Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the power to impose a maximum age for the holding of motor vehicle driving licences resides with member states or with the European Union.

      Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the consultation timetable for the "modern template" for learning to drive, announced in the Department for Transport's second three-year review of...

      EU: Transfers of Competence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the European Council in June, what, if any, competence is to be transferred under the proposed treaty from the member states to the European Union.

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following decisions on the creation or siting of a regional casino, whether any additional regeneration and other investment in Blackpool will result in less...

      Health: Rheumatoid Arthritis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society's recently published survey on Employment and Rheumatoid Arthritis: a national...

      Housing: National Distribution Networks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce a planning category for low-impact, low-density housing that is not connected to national distribution networks for water and electricity.

      Housing: National Distribution Networks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many planning applications for housing that is not connected to national distribution networks for water and electricity were submitted in the last two years;...

      Housing: Unconventional Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families in the United Kingdom live in boats, caravans, camper vans, tepees, yurts, tree houses, benders, or other forms of unconventional accommodation.

      Iraq: Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have taken place with Strathclyde police about possible legal proceedings against the Weir Group for breaches of United Nations sanctions...

      Israel and Palestine: Rafah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action is being taken by the international community to assist Palestinians stranded at the Rafah crossing.

      Israel and Palestine: Rafah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning the opening of the Rafah crossing.

      Local Government: Unitary Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will deal with proposals for the creation of unitary councils where such proposals fail to command a broad cross-section of support from partners and...

      Local Government: Unitary Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will approve bids to create new unitary authorities on the basis that proposals meet their five criteria of affordability, a broad cross-section of...

      Local Government: Unitary Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In determining whether a bid for unitary status commands a broad cross-section of support from partners and stakeholders, how much weight they attach to the...

      Local Government: Unitary Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In their assessment of the responses received from the consultation on proposals to create new unitary councils, whether they are using a methodology to weight...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the National Insurance Fund surplus at the end of each tax year since 1997—98 for which figures are available.

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 17 July (WA 18) on railway franchises, how environmental performance is assessed so that a monetary...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 17 July (WA 18) on railway franchises, whether the final stage of the evaluation of bids includes a...

      Republika Srpska

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What view they have taken of the long-term status of the Bosnian entity of Republika Srpska.

      Roads: A12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Highways Agency has to upgrade the Hatfield Peverel junction on the A12.

      Roads: A12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many accidents, fatal or otherwise, have been recorded at the Hatfield Peverel junction on the A12 in each of the past 10 years.

      Roads: Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of local authorities' budgets for road maintenance are recommended for allocation to road preservation.

      Roads: Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the carbon footprint of different methods of road surface repair, including methods that incorporate road preservation...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publication, Set-Aside Handbook and Guidance for...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publication, Set-Aside Handbook and Guidance for...

      Schools: One-to-one Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How one-to-one tuition for low-attaining pupils in English will be delivered under the Making Good Progress pilot schemes; and what use will be made of voluntary...

      Schools: One-to-one Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of organisations delivering one-to-one literacy support in primary schools; and what role these organisations will play in...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much income tax is paid on earned income from employment by people over the state retirement age at (a) the starting and basic rate of income tax; and (b) the...

      Trade: Overseas Promotion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will undertake a review of the effectiveness of each trade promotion activity in overseas posts, including the possibility of closure of trade-related...

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the current level of qualified support staff available to the Traffic Commissioners is sufficient for them to maintain a satisfactory service both to...

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the arrangements by which the Traffic Commissioners determine whether an applicant is satisfactory before a new licence is granted.

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider amending the duties and responsibilities of the Traffic Commissioners by amending the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 when drafting...

      Transport: Drivers' Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 17 July (WA 20) on drivers' hours, whether on-the-spot fines will involve the driver being required to...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution they are making to the European Commission secure European truck parking operational services project; and what expectations they have of...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether those licensing applications which have centralised processing in Leeds at the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency are thoroughly examined.

      Voluntary Organisations: Combating Extremism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will enable voluntary organisations to make direct applications to their £6 million fund for combating violent extremism; or whether local...

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