Written answers

Thursday, 26 July 2007

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means the Fleet will be protected against aerial attack prior to the advent of the Future Aircraft Carriers.

    • Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on researching enhanced blast munitions; what orders have been made for them; and what plans there are for future...

      Armed Forces: Desertion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were reported as absent without leave in each (a) month and (b) year since January 2004.

      Armed Forces: Desertion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel classed as being absent without leave since 1997 have not yet been accounted for.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the suitability of 36 Grays Lane, Headley Court for temporary service family accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will support the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Families Association in its application to the local council to make alterations to its property in...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to (a) support and (b) accommodate service families when visiting injured relatives at Headley Court.

      Armed Forces: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the section of the transcript of the Bulford Camp court martial relating to advice on application of the Human...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department made of the NHS's requirement for (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational...

      Armed Forces: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service families have been placed by MoDern Housing Solutions in (a) Premier Travel Inns and (b) other hotels in each year since 2005; and if...

      Army: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on travel costs for (a) members of the Army Board, (b) the Adjutant-General and (c) the Chief of the General Staff in 2006.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safeguards the Government have put in place to ensure that (a) national security and (b) sensitive design and manufacture systems are safeguarded...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason a direct fire capability prevents a rocket with a sub-munition capability from being defined as a cluster munition, with particular...

      Departments: Legislation

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

      Departments: Legislation

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

      Departments: Recruitment

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

      Departments: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was raised from the sale of departmental real estate for housing in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish his Department's guidance on answering written parliamentary questions.

      Ex-servicemen: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria have been established for assessing the success of the Community Based Mental Health Service for Veterans pilot scheme; what the cost is...

      Iraq-Kuwait Conflict: Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the case for establishing a public inquiry to examine illnesses resulting from the Gulf War; and if he will make a...

      Military Bases: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many standard (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4 accommodation units there are at UK bases in Germany.

      Navy: Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the cocaine seized by the Royal Navy in 2006-07 was disposed of.

      Navy: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) destroyers, (b) frigates and (c) attack submarines (i) currently deployed and (ii) available for short-notice deployment with...

      Navy: Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with planning for the use of dual crews for warships; and in respect of which classes of warships it is being considered.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many repatriations of bodies have occurred (a) via RAF Brize Norton and (b) via RAF Lyneham in each year since 2003.

      RAF Personnel Management Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) initial resource provision, (b) in-year variation and (c) resource outturn was for the RAF Personnel Management Agency in each financial...

      Territorial Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of Territorial Army (TA) posts which will not be filled as a result of the decision to freeze recruiting in...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make the first of the regular reports to Parliament on progress made in the Trident replacement programme, as referred to by the...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there has been a change in the intention to build eight Type-45 Destroyers.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected costs are of the Watchkeeper UAV system programme; and if he will make a statement on progress in delivering the programme.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Scientific Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of public funding for scientific research.

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what change there has been in the number of adult learning courses in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were (a) started and (b) finished in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of people applying for adult apprenticeships.

      Science and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made on the Government's 10-year strategy on science and innovation published in 2004; and if he will...

      Apprentices: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships there were in Westmorland and Lonsdale in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Basic Skills: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many organisations have signed up to the Skills Pledge scheme.

      Unemployment: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 16 to 19-year-olds in York were registered as unemployed in January 2007.

      Young People: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the provision of youth training opportunities in the public sector.

  • Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what criteria apply in deciding which ordinary written parliamentary questions of which no previous notice has been given shall be answered on the next day.

  • Wales

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Official Report: Paper

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate he has made of the amount of paper required to distribute copies of the Official Report to all...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Coal: Sulphur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will undertake research on the sulphur content of coal mined in the United Kingdom.

    • Electricity: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations his Department has made to electricity providers on disruptions to the electricity supply in the...

      Electricity: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what records his Department keeps of disruptions to the electricity supply.

      Electricity: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will have a meeting with the gas and electricity suppliers, smart meter manufacturers and environmental...

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness with the public and business of obligations and...

      Energy Development Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what measures are in place in the Energy Development Unit to govern gifts and hospitality provided by energy...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans the Government have to tighten end-use controls over the re-export of UK supplies components as part of...

      Housing: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations the South East England Development Agency has made to the South East England regional assembly on...

      Manufacturing Industries: Balance of Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the latest annual figure is for the trade deficit in manufacturing; and what steps his Department is taking to...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer of 4 July 2007, Official Report, columns 954-5, whether the Government...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of the renewables obligation on carbon dioxide emissions.

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with (a) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, (b) the Wildfowl and Wetlands...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask the Sustainable Development Commission to take evidence from right hon. and hon. Members representing...

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will (a) initiate and (b) evaluate research on the effect on the UK economy of the diminishing size of the UK...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 18, (c) 19 to 24, (d) 25 to 29, (e) 30 to 34, (f) 35 to 39 and (g) over 40 years of age in (i) Essex...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were carried out at each week of gestation (a) between four and 17 weeks and (b) from 24 weeks in 2006; what the (i) age of mother,...

      Abortion: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children under 18 years had (a) a third and (b) fourth abortion in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; (2) how...

      Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the independent-sector places which applied to be registered with the Healthcare Commission to perform abortions in each of the last 12...

      Admissions: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to hospital with congestive heart failure in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State on 15 May 2007, Official Report, column 203WH, on the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, whom the...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of smoke-free pubs on levels of binge drinking by women.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to incorporate alcohol monitoring in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish regular progress reports on the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which conditions are treated by ambulance trusts as Category (a) A and (b) B emergencies.

      Ambulance Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paramedics worked for the North West Ambulance Service and its predecessors in each of the last five years; and what the projected numbers are...

      Anaemia: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the negative guidance by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in its final...

      Arthritis: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment options are available to people with juvenile arthritis.

      Asthma: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were diagnosed with asthma in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Autism: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services were provided for autistic children in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Blood Transfusions: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of (a) the proportion and (b) the number of blood transfusions given to cancer patients in the latest period for...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce family history breast screening as part of the national breast screening programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the economic cost of working days lost due to cancer-related anaemia and fatigue.

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1437-40W, on cancer: drugs, what the date of licence in the UK was for each drug.

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in identifying a suitable risk assessment engine to calculate cardiovascular risk in patients in England and Wales; and what...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the reasons are for the delay in his Department's Vascular Programme and guidance on vascular assessment; and when he expects this to be...

      Chiropody: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has taken steps to protect the numbers of pre-registration training commissions for podiatrists.

      Chronically Sick People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of specialist nurses in the delivery of health and social care to those with long-term conditions.

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to make the use of prion removal blood filters mandatory in the UK should the tests on prion removal blood filters in blood...

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely number of vCJD blood transfusion transfer cases over the next two years.

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies have been carried out on prion removal of blood filters in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of vCJD have been recorded in the UK as a result of blood transfusions.

      Colorectal Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inquiries to the (a) NHS Direct telephone service and (b) NHS Direct online service on the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme have been made...

      Community First Responder Groups: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Community First Responder groups there are in each of the five counties in the north west region.

      Community Nurses: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community nurses experienced (a) physical abuse and (b) verbal abuse in each year since 1997; how many representations his Department has...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) type of section and (b) age of patient.

      Conal Timoney

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, column 1383W, on Conal Timoney, from which company Mr. Timoney's services are being contracted;...

      Dementia: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional community-based services have been commissioned for people suffering dementia-related illnesses in Westmorland and Lonsdale since 2006.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 156-7W, on dental services, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that units of...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what value of dental services were commissioned, expressed as units of dental activity, in (a) the test year of 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005 and...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to primary care trusts on applying the index of orthodontic treatment need.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in (a) Westmorland and Lonsdale, (b) the Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust area, (c) the North West Region and (d) England are...

      Dental Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices (a) opened and (b) closed in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 235W, on Departments: contracts, how much was spent on contracts awarded to external...

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how his Department monitors contracts issued by public bodies reporting to his Department, with particular reference to the terms and conditions applied...

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1383-5W, on departments: contracts, what contractual advantage service category 27...

      Departments: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what disposals his Department made of land in Hampshire in each year since 1997; and whether he required any of the land to be used for social housing.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have not yet been brought into force; (2) what legislative provisions...

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) 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: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings that (a) he and (b) each of his Ministers has held with hon. Members in the last 12 months; and what was discussed in each case.

      Departments: Postal Services

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

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, for what reason a recurrent budget for 2007-08 is given for the English...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1385W, to the hon. Member for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois), on Departments: public...

      Diabetes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people participated in the (a) dose adjustment for normal eating and (b) diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed...

      Diabetes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Dietary Supplements: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2007, Official Report, column 1448W, on dietary supplements: Channel Islands, (1) what meetings are planned between...

      Doctors: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effects of independent sector treatment centres on the availability of junior doctor training posts.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department provided to HM Treasury on the Medical Training Application Service prior to its introduction.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which consultancy is involved in the processing of applications and appointments for hospital doctors' training posts in the London Kent Survey and Sussex...

      Drugs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on tackling (a) drug and (b) alcohol dependency in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Environment Protection: Dartmoor National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Minister for the South West will make an early visit to the Holne Common in Dartmoor National Park to see the results of the Environmental Agency's...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in York have had free eye tests since they were reintroduced.

      Gender Identity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 362W, on gender identity disorder, how many (a) men and (b) women from Wales received...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the statement by the right hon. Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) of 26 June 2007, Official Report, column 160, on GP...

      General Practitioners: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received reports of GPs levying a charge to countersign passports for patients; and whether his Department issues guidelines to GPs who...

      Health Professions: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether private-sector NHS contractors are required to ask for the same level of qualifications when recruiting staff as primary care trusts.

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those attending her Department's Call for Ideas event on medical and non-medical professional regulation in autumn 2005 were (a) from...

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements she expects to make for (a) periods of pre-legislative consultation and (b) provision of information and technical support to...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis his Department has carried out on the reasons for the fall in the number of pre-registration training commissions from 2004-05 to 2005-06.

      Health Professions: York Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent (a) medical consultants, (b) other medical staff, (c) nurses, (d) other professional staff, (e) administrative and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 5 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1148-49W, on health services, what provision there is for public and patient members of...

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to allocate the £1 billion funding proposed in the Public Health White Paper between (a) health trainers, (b)...

      Health Services: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in inspection fees for charitable multiple sclerosis treatment centres.

      Health Services: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of primary care services to prison establishments during night periods; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the competition for selection of the new chief executive of Connecting for Health will open; who will sit on the selection panel; what the starting...

      Health Services: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that local primary care trusts are helped to engage with strategic planning organisations on long-term major...

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the introduction of health trainers; and in which primary care trusts they have been employed.

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health trainers there are in (a) Southampton primary care trust, (b) Hampshire primary care trust and (c) Portsmouth primary care trust.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in tackling health deprivation in the spearhead primary care trusts.

      Health: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the progress towards the pledge to reduce health inequalities measured by infant mortality by 2010.

      Health: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle (a) overweight and obesity and (b) underweight in the adult population.

      Health: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of adults aged 16 years and over (a) in England and (b) in each primary care trust area who had a body mass...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time for a hearing test was in (a) Surrey, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) England in (i) 1997, (ii) 1998, (iii) 1999, (iv)...

      Henderson Hospital: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for Henderson hospital is in 2007-08; and what the proposed budget for the hospital is for 2008-09.

      Hip Replacements and Knee Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) hip replacements and (b) knee replacements on the NHS was in each of the last five years.

      HIV Infection: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of levels of transmission from mother to baby of HIV/AIDS in each of the last five years; in what proportion of cases...

      Home Care Services: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints Ministers received about domiciliary oxygen services in each of the last 18 months.

      Home Care Services: Oxygen

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

      Home Care Services: Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications of the changed arrangements for home oxygen therapy for (a) waiting times, (b) patient safety and (c)...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations were carried out with (a) the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, (b) patient representatives and (c) representatives of...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were per capita for (a) acute medicine, (b) general surgery, (c) orthopaedics, (d) maternity and (e) paediatrics in each (i)...

      Hospital Beds: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of occupied bed days was for patients admitted to hospitals with congestive heart failure in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts are not in compliance with the Royal College of Physicians' guidelines on consultants working at more than one hospital.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of hospital main meals were left untouched in (a) England and (b) each NHS provider organisation in each year from 2001-02...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have contracted hospital- acquired infections in the last 12 months, broken down by health trust.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 456W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, in how many hospitals the six deaths in 2005...

      Hospitals: Private Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospitals were opened with private finance initiative funding since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority region; (2) what the...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that clear guidance is given to primary care trusts on how girls can access human papilloma virus vaccines outside (a)...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation expects to provide a recommendation to Ministers on a potential human papilloma virus...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body will be completing the independent peer review of the cost benefit analysis for human papilloma virus vaccination; and when this review is due...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will involve primary care trusts and strategic health authorities in planning for implementation of a human papilloma virus vaccination programme...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 130W, on influenza, whether he has considered the practicalities of giving short courses...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to (a) businesses and (b) other organisations outside the health and social care sectors on the safe use of (i)...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the main headings of the information presented to the 14 February 2007 meeting of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the effectiveness of stockpiling (a) oseltamivir, (b) zanamivir, (c) other antivirals and (d) pre-pandemic...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department will publish its response to the consultation on the national framework for responding to an influenza pandemic; (2) pursuant...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the (a) manufacturing capacity, (b) distribution capacity and (c) storage capacity of the pre-pandemic...

      Injuries: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children (a) were admitted to hospital and (b) died as a result of unintentional injury in each of the last five years.

      Junior Doctors: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of vacancies for junior doctors are expected to be filled by 1 August, broken down by (a) deanery and (b) specialty; and if...

      Link Up Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions on the health benefits of the Link Up service.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct primary care trusts to make all treatments for wet age-related macular degeneration available to patients on the national health service.

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were treated overseas in 2006, broken down by (a) country in which treatment was obtained and (b) type of treatment; and what the...

      Medical Treatments: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients suffering from congestive heart failure were treated through (a) pharmacological management, (b) cardiac transplant surgery...

      Medical Treatments: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on (a) pharmacological management, (b) cardiac transplant surgery and (c) the use of medical devices in the treatment of...

      Medical Treatments: Heart Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost was of treating congestive heart failure in each of the last five years to the NHS, broken down by strategic health authority; (2)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 June 2007 on Type 1 diabetes.

      Mental Health Services: Children

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

      Mental Health Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers were employed by the NHS in each of the last...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases were dealt with by child and adolescent mental health services in each of the last five years.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of midwives working in the NHS in England.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for student midwives are planned to be provided in (a) the 2007-08 academic year and (b) subsequent years; what factors are...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the review on the use of the drug Sativex by multiple sclerosis patients will conclude; and if he will make a statement.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he will assess implementation of the Musculoskeletal Services Framework beyond the 18-week target.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions his Department has received on addressing musculoskeletal problems in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls were made to NHS Direct in each of the last five years; and what progress is being made on the development and implementation of the...

      NHS Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of operating walk-in centres was in each primary care trust in the latest year for which figures are available.

      NHS Treatment Centres: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated at York NHS walk-in centre in each year since it opened.

      NHS: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which dates the annual accounts of the NHS were published in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department put in place formal arrangements with the Department of Trade and Industry to ensure co-operation when representing the interests...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the per capita funding allocated to each primary care trust in England was in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department's 2002 Spending Review settlement set financial limits on the negotiation of a new contract for the delivery of general medical...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007, Official Report, column 1487W, on NHS: finance, if he will place in the Library copies of the guidance on the...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1670W, on NHS: finance, what the dates were of each meeting for which his Department...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1670W, on NHS: finance, what form these records take other than minutes of meetings.

      NHS: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many London hospitals that have completed or committed to private finance initiative (PFI) contracts may be affected by the Darzi proposals to...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) bonuses and (b) pension benefits the outgoing chief executive of Connecting for Health will accrue before leaving Connecting for Health; what...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the new Chief Executive of Connecting for Health will be empowered to renegotiate contracts with local service providers; (2) whether...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the tenure of the outgoing Chief Executive of Connecting for Health will overlap with that of his successor.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what team was put on standby to take over iSoft in the case of Connecting for Health exercising its step-in-rights; and at what cost the team was put on...

      NHS: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas he expects trials of the information prescription to take place; how many people will be involved in the trials; what funding has been...

      NHS: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which conditions he expects information prescriptions to be available.

      NHS: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to make an assessment of the information prescription trial.

      NHS: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he is making for the full roll-out of information prescriptions; and how much he expects the full roll-out of information prescription to cost.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent (a) in the NHS, (b) in each primary care trust area and (c) by each primary care trust on payoffs to staff in each of the last three...

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1320W, on NHS: sick leave, what the average sickness absence rate for NHS staff was in...

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the European working time directive on acute hospital services.

      Nurses: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2007, Official Report, columns 470-1W, on nurses: children, how many of the duplicate records identified paediatric nurses.

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district nurses, (b) nursing auxiliaries, (c) school nurses, (d) mental handicap nurses, (e) community psychiatric nurses, (f)...

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nurses were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to increase the number of specialist nurses employed in the NHS.

      Nurses: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the effect on the cost to the public purse of changing from current recruitment practices for nurses to an all-graduate intake for...

      Nutrition: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the costs to (a) the NHS and (b) society as a whole of (i) obesity and (ii) undernutrition.

      Nutrition: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to incorporate indicators of nutrition and diet in the Quality and Outcomes Framework of the new General Medical Services contract.

      Obesity: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the public service agreement target to halt the year on year rise in obesity among children under 11 by 2010...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what strategy is in place to increase the number of organ donors.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what models are used by his Department to determine patient flows between major general hospitals; and what assessment he has made of their accuracy.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average expenditure was on each patient main meal delivered in hospital in (a) cash terms and (b) current prices in each year since 1997.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average additional cost of treating a patient in hospital per episode of care if the patient is undernourished.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the joint departmental and stakeholder nutrition action plan; which stakeholders are involved in developing the plan; and if he...

      Physiotherapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in numbers of (a) junior physiotherapists and (b) senior physiotherapists employed in the NHS was between April 2001 and April 2007.

      Physiotherapy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapy graduates are registered with NHS Jobs.

      Pregnant Women: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to implement training programmes for health care professionals on the prevention, diagnosis and management of the full range of...

      Prescriptions: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) courses of contraception and (b) contraceptive devices were prescribed to persons (i) over 16 and (ii) in each age group under 16 in each...

      Prescriptions: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions the morning after pill was prescribed (a) in total and (b) to girls under 16 by (i) family planning clinics, (ii) general...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to tackle the spread of genital warts, especially among people between 16 and 25; (2) what assessment his Department has made of...

      Skills for Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts are running a skills for health programme; and how much this has cost.

      Smoking: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of smoking-related diseases including (a) lung cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was in (i)...

      Smoking: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has put in place to monitor the spending by local authorities of money allocated by his Department to enforce the smoking ban.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patient and (b) day case procedures were carried out (i) in England and (ii) in each strategic health authority area (A) for both...

      Vaccination: Aluminium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what levels of aluminium are contained in each vaccine provided to children; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the vaccines routinely given to (a) babies and (b) children.

      York Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 1189W, on York Hospitals NHS Trust, how many finished consultant episodes there were...

      York Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting time for (i) in-patient and (ii) day case admissions was at York Hospitals NHS Trust for the quarters...

      Westmoreland General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consider upgrading Westmorland General Hospital to full district general hospital status; (2) if he will consider supporting the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Parental Separation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans his Department has for ensuring the provision of information and guidance for families where parents have separated.

    • Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the school admissions code, with particular reference to places offered for...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for expenditure on youth services in Greenwich and Bexley.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent progress has been made on Sure Start programmes.

      School Transport: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will revise departmental guidelines to local education authorities so that the school bus service from Burton Latimer to...

      Family Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to develop a cross-government strategy on families policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve the educational achievement of children in local authority care.

      Fathers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward proposals to promote the involvement of fathers in decisions on educating their children; and if he will...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, columns 288-90W, on academies, what the contribution from private...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, columns 288-90W, on academies, what the (a) start date for building and...

      Academies: Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether (a) members of local governing bodies and (b) parents are entitled to ask to inspect the financial accounts of academy...

      Academies: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of capital investment on schools was accounted for by capital investment in academies in each year from 2001-02 to...

      Academies: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes there have been since 1 January 2007 in the freedoms enjoyed by academies in relation to the curriculum; and if he...

      Academies: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from what date academies were required to have one elected parent governor and one governor appointed by the local authority; and...

      Academies: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have been co-sponsored by local authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what total sponsorship each academy (a) has received to date and (b) has had pledged; and if he will make a statement.

      Adoption: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to unify funding streams for the provision of post-adoptive care.

      Bishops Park College: Clacton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his Department's involvement was in the decision to build Bishops Park College in Clacton; and if he will make a...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what average length of time was taken for preparation of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service welfare...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the ratio of staff to cases in (a) public and (b) private law is at the Children and Family Court Advisory and...

      Children: Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to simplify the system for the provision of care for adopted children with learning, behavioural or mental problems.

      Class Sizes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average pupil-to-teacher ratio in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in York was in each year since 2004.

      Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

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

      Departments: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in 2006-07.

      Departments: Sick Leave

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

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the (a) number and (b) proportion of (i) 17-year-olds, (ii) 18-year-olds and (iii) 16-year-olds...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what duties will be placed on (a) parents and (b) employers to ensure that all those under the age of 18 years are in education...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what sanctions will be used against parents who fail to take reasonable steps to ensure that their children participate in...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what inspection and enforcement powers will be granted in order to impose an obligation for all those aged up to 18 years to be in...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received from business groups on raising to 18 years the minimum age at which young people can leave...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of raising to 18 years the minimum age at which young people can...

      Further Education: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in Great Yarmouth went on to further education in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of GCSE entries from (a) independent schools and (b) state schools scored an A* or A grade in each year since...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average mark was necessary to secure an (a) A* grade, (b) A grade, (c) B grade and (d) C grade in GCSE (i) English, (ii)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what proportion of English secondary schools less than (a) 50 per cent., (b) 40 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 20 per...

      National Council for Educational Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the responsibilities are of the National Council for Educational Excellence; (2) how members of the National Council...

      Primary Education: School Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average number of hours (a) primary school age and (b) secondary school age pupils spent in school in each year since...

      Private Education: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of public spending on private education for children with special educational needs in each year since...

      Schools and Pupils: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps are being taken by the Government to reduce the number of students in possession of a weapon on school property;...

      Pupils: Per Capita Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each English local education...

      Pupils: Per Capita Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the average level of funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and what...

      Pupils: Per Capita Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average amount spent on each school pupil was in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      Pupils: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information is held by (a) schools, (b) local education authorities and (c) the Government on the family circumstances of...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools appealed against their local education authority number on the basis of its being too (a) low and (b) high in...

      Schools: Capital Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital expenditure there was on schools in each local authority area in each year since 2003-04, excluding spending on...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of school kitchens which need (a) rebuilding and (b) capital investment.

      Schools: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many drug tests were administered on (a) teachers and (b) students by schools in each local education authority in each of...

      Schools: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much schools funding was allocated per pupil in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much deprivation-related funding is available to English schools in 2007-08; (2) how much deprivation-related funding...

      Schools: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on upgrading teaching facilities and new build in schools in Great Yarmouth in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many times assault or attempted assault with a weapon occurred in school grounds in each (a) local education authority...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of (a) building and (b) maintaining a school (i) under a private finance...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of estimated payments under his Department's private finance initiative contracts is projected to be spent on...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost to the public purse was in the last 12 months of paying off contracts with private finance initiative investors for...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools categorised as a school causing concern in each of the last 10 years was built and maintained (a)...

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to issue guidance to schools on the supply of school uniforms following the Office of Fair Trading investigation;...

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the capital investment in schools in City of York was in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the future of the 14 to 19 Education and Skills Agenda.

      Secondary Education: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 124W, on which dates between 1 January and 22 May 2007 senior...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the evidential basis was for the statement by the Chief Executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that critics...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what evidential basis there is for the statements by the Chief Executive of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority that the...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what international research evidence demonstrates that the new curriculum is the key to growth in educational performance as...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 335W, on secondary education: curriculum, for what reasons...

      Secondary Education: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether assessments for the third key stage will assess factual knowledge not explicitly identified in the new programmes of study...

      Secondary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils at the top performing 100 secondary schools qualify for free school meals; what proportion of pupils in...

      Secondary Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on the retention of high schools in rural and remote areas with school rolls of less than 500.

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to raise standards in secondary schools.

      Sixth-form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has lead responsibility for sixth form colleges; what role the Learning and Skills Council has in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of special educational needs pupils in class in each local education authority was in each of the last 10...

      Special Educational Needs: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average SATS test scores of special educational needs pupils taught at (a) special schools and (b) mainstream schools...

      Special Educational Needs: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils with special educational needs statements in each (a) local education authority and (b) type of school came from...

      Students: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in each (a) local education authority and (b) type of school came from single parent families in each of the...

      Sure Start Programme: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on Sure Start in York; and how many parents have participated.

      Teachers: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research has been undertaken by his Department on the rate of and factors behind teachers retiring early from leadership...

      Teachers: Great Yarmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers there were in Great Yarmouth in each year since 1997.

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers in each local education authority had their employment terminated...

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the drop-out rate is of newly qualified teachers from the profession; (2) how many teacher vacancies there were on...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average teacher's salary was in Norfolk in each of the last 10 years.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average full-time equivalent gross pay of teachers in York schools was (a) in cash terms and (b) at current prices in...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many graduates entered teacher training courses in each year since 2000.

      Young People: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged 16 and 17 are in employment, broken down by (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large size employers; and if...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent by her Office on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months.

    • Departments: Expenditure

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how much was spent by her Office on flowers in the last 12 months; (2) how much was spent by her Office on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months; (3)...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Leader of the House how many people have been appointed to her Office outside civil service grades in the last 30 days.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Leader of the House how many press officers are employed by her Office.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House what the names are of each special adviser in her Office.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

      Draft Legislative Programme

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 11 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, what discussions she...

      Draft Legislative Programme

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the oral statement by the Prime Minister of 11 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1449-51, on the draft legislative programme, how many Bills she is...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions since November 2006 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with representatives of the...

    • Coastal Areas: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding local authorities received for (a) coastal and (b) flood defences in the latest period for which figures are...

      Council Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will make an assessment of the merits of allowing local authorities to build council houses without recourse...

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 152W-3W, on Departments: contracts, if she will place...

      Departments: DVDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what DVDs have been produced by her Department and its predecessor in the last 24 months; how many copies were produced; and at...

      Derelict Land: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the (a) availability, (b) location and (c) size of brownfield sites in London suitable for...

      Empty Property: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in (a) private ownership and (b) public ownership have been empty for more than six months in each local...

      Fire Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many black and minority ethnic firefighters there are, broken down by (a) brigade, (b) race and (c) religion.

      Fire Services: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision is being made to reimburse fire services for their costs in dealing with the recent flood emergencies; and what...

      Floods: Tewkesbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Severn Vale Housing on providing help to residents who have been flooded in the Tewkesbury...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the Audit Commission has given to local authorities in relation to the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and what...

      Housing: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of residential development in England was on floodplain land in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Housing: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statistics her Department compiles on residential development on flood plains.

      Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of domestic property sales in London in the last period for which figures are available were for a...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of planned new housing will be social housing.

      Housing: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of estimated payments under her Department's private finance initiative contracts is projected to be spent on...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether properties assessed as a category 1 hazard under the housing health and safety rating system will not meet the decent...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to introduce new (a) league tables and (b) inspection regimes for (i) council housing and (ii)...

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation has been awarded the contract by English Partnerships to conduct a study of the National Land Use Database;...

      Local Government: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department and its agencies have given to (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations on providing...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to reply to the letter of 20 June 2007 from the hon. Member for Hertsmere on gypsy and traveller sites in...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government have made of the number of mortgage lenders who offer fixed rate mortgages for terms of 10 years or...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for her Department's review of the business rate exemptions for agricultural land and buildings.

      Ordnance Survey: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the last technology tracking system report produced by Ordnance Survey.

      Planning Inspectorate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the effect of delays in setting start dates for appeals is on the Planning Inspectorate's performance against the...

      Planning Inspectorate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at what point in time consideration of an appeal by the Planning Inspectorate is deemed to have commenced for the purpose of the...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications have been drawn to her attention as a consequence of the provisions of section 8 of planning...

      Planning Permission: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications in England for development on floodplains have been (a) refused and (b) approved by the...

      Planning: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes the Planning Inspectorate has made to the practice of setting start dates from when an appeal is received in the...

      Planning: Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Stakeholder Advisory Group on Electro-magnetic Fields' report to...

      Refuges: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many women were recorded as being housed in refuges and safe houses in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend the draft Regional Spatial Strategy for the South East by increasing the annual building target...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to amend the South East England Regional Assembly's draft Regional Spatial Strategy.

      Smoking: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether outdoor smoking shelters require planning permission; and what guidance her Department has given to local planning...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the concerns raised about the Thames Gateway project in the evidence taken by the Public...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) title and (b) date was of the European Court of Human Rights ruling which requires legislation proposed to be...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is her policy to approve unitary status only for those councils which command broad stakeholder support.

      Urban Areas: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her Department's policy is on siting wind turbines in urban areas; (2) what planning guidance her Department issues...

      Valuation Office: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency submitted a bid to the tendering process to set up and maintain the (a) home condition...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Correspondence: Cabinet Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many items of correspondence were received by Cabinet Office Ministers from right hon. and hon. Members in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; what the...

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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: Community Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which social enterprises, excluding registered social landlords, have contracts awarded by his Department; and what the value is of each such...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the energy consumption was of the Cabinet Office (a) in total and (b) per square metre of building occupied in each year from 2001 to date.

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many vehicles are (a) owned and (b) leased by (i) the Cabinet Office and (ii) the Prime Minister's Office, broken down by (A) fuel type and...

      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which public service agreement targets were (a) met and (b) missed by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the 12 months prior to it being...

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what process the Office of the Third Sector will adopt to ensure that funding for social enterprise research reaches the most appropriate...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what funding has been allocated to (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games; and what assessment she has made of the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the Saville inquiry has been to date; when he expects it to report; and if he will make a statement.

    • Department: Legislation

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

      Department: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have been repealed.

      Departments: Agencies

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

      Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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: Official Hospitality

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

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.

      Monuments: County Armagh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the case for the creation of a permanent memorial in the village of Bessbrook, County Armagh to recognise the...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners were released from each prison in Northern Ireland before completing their full sentences in each month since January.

      Prisoners: Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid to prisoners in Northern Ireland who were imprisoned for scheduled offences connected to a paramilitary organisation in each...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Agencies

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

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of people employed by his Department are disabled.

      Departments: Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Official Hospitality

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

      Dover House: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 188W, on Dover House: official hospitality, how many receptions held at Dover House in...

      Sewel Motions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedure the Government uses to notify the Scottish Parliament of its desire for a Sewel motion to be considered by the Parliament; and what...

  • Treasury

    • Customs: Tour de France

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the customs arrangements were for the Tour de France UK leg in terms of drugs and medicines being (a) brought in and (b) taken out of the UK by teams.

    • Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.

      Employment: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women were in work in (i) City of York parliamentary constituency, (ii) City of York Council area and (iii) Yorkshire and the...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs debt recovery offices closed in each year since 2001, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of HM Revenue and Customs were employed in (a) call centres and (b) frontline offices in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed by call centres used by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2001.

      Identity Cards: Advisory Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the costs so far incurred on advisory services in relation to the development of the identity card scheme.

      Office for National Statistics: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people work in the division of the Office for National Statistics responsible for producing consumer price index and retail prices index figures;...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how revenue from planning gain supplement is planned to be allocated to local authorities in two-tier areas.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely cost of administering planning-gain supplement for (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of revenues from planning gain supplement is planned to be retained by the Government.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent from the public purse on the Government's private finance initiative contracts in each of the last 10 years; and what proportion was for...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are eligible to receive a public sector pension.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what controls exist on the amount of borrowing that local authorities can undertake from the Public Works Loan Board.

      Public Works Loan Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consent from central government departments local authorities require to borrow funds from the Public Works Loan Board.

      Self-Employed: Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average amount of time worked each week by self-employed people in the UK.

      Stamp Duties: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue was raised on stamp duty on property in 2006-07 in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) England; (2) how much revenue was received from...

      Tax Allowances: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give consideration to introducing tax reliefs for exterior building cleaning.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate (a) direct and (b) indirect taxes as a percentage of gross income for all households by income decile; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made to residence and domicile rules relating to taxation as a consequence of the review of such rules launched in Budget 2002; and...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when the last estimate of the tax foregone in the UK as a consequence of the use of the remittance basis by those not domiciled in the UK was made;...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated turnover and profit of spread betters based in the UK was in 2006-07; how much tax was paid by them in that year; and whether any of them...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the rate of (a) youth and (b) adult (i) employment and (ii) unemployment was in (A) Jarrow constituency, (B) South Tyneside, (c) the North...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) 20 Parliamentary constituencies and (b) 20 local authorities were with the lowest employment rates in the latest period for which figures are...

      Unemployment: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of tenants in social housing were (a) unemployed and (b) economically inactive in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 16 to 24-year-olds not in full-time education were economically inactive in each year since 1997; and what proportion of the 16 to 24-year-old age...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has undertaken on the relationship between receipt of tax credits and levels of deprivation.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of claims for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit were made (i) over the telephone, (ii) using a paper form and (iii) in...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2007, Official Report, column 957W, on welfare tax credits, if he will make it his practice to provide answers including...

      Young People: Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many young people (a) under the age of 18 and (b) aged 18 to 19 years committed suicide in each of the last five years, broken down by gender.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • African Union: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is Government policy that the Prime Minister will not attend the EU-AU Summit in Lisbon this year if Zimbabwean...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when HM High Commission Islamabad received notification from the Home Office of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal's decision...

      China: Tigers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Chinese counterpart on (a) Chinese policy on tiger conservation and (b) the manner in...

      Departments: Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future...

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years did not contain sunset clauses; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months.

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which embassies had the seniority of their ambassadors downgraded in each of the last five years.

      European Reform Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which areas will powers of national veto over European legislation and policy cease if the treaty agreed at the EU Council on...

      European Union: Constitutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition he uses of (a) constitutional concept and (b) constitutional treaty in relation to the European Union.

      Guatemala: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he made to the government of Guatemala on the safety of trade union activists in that country; and...

      Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the draft Iraq dossier written by Mr. John Williams of 9 September 2002 was requested by the chairman of the Joint...

      Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what formal mechanism the final version of the Iraq dossier was agreed by the members of the Joint Intelligence Committee;...

      Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a copy of the draft Iraq dossier written by Mr. John Williams dated 9 September 2002 and given to the Hutton inquiry on...

      Iraq: Hezbollah

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Hezbollah activity in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will give support to the establishment in the Nineveh Plains and the Al-Shikhan and Al-Handaniya districts of...

      Iraq: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will provide support to the Christian community of Iraq against attempts forcibly to Islamicise them; and if...

      Israel: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 708W, on Israel: Non-Proliferation Treaty, whether Israel is a...

      NATO: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on steps to be taken by the UK following the content of the final communiqué of the NATO...

      Pakistan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of recent violence in north Waziristan for the security situation in...

      Prince Charles: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what basis Mr. Michael Fawcett was included in the process for the selection and purchase of official gifts given by HRH the...

      Prince Charles: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether official gifts presented by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their visit to the USA in 2007 were...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Abyei County, Sudan, with particular reference to the implications of the...

      Sudan: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of Mr. Oman Ibrahim, spokesperson of the Committee Against the Kajbar Dam, in...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the activities of the National Salvation Front in Syria; whether his Department has contact with...

      Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2007, Official Report, column 529W, on Uganda: Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference,...

      USA: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the blanket overflight clearance for American military flights for operations against terrorism granted by the UK along...

  • Justice

    • Departments: Air Conditioning

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

    • Departments: Consultants

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

      Departments: Employment Agencies

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

      Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

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

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Bills introduced by his Department and its predecessors in areas within his Department's responsibility in the last five years did not contain...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average fine has been for persons convicted of an offence under section (a) 14(3) and (b) 41D of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what means the manpower needs of the National Offender Management Service are assessed; and what processes are in place to ensure such needs are met.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) very high risk and (b) high risk prisoners are serving sentences in open prisons.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) high risk and (b) very high risk prisoners are housed at Leyhill open prison; and how many in each category are housed in open prisons...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many three-bed cells are in use in each institution being used by the Prison Service in England and Wales.

      Prison Service: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of the planned replacement of the uniform of prison officers working in young offender institutions.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of a crime while serving a prison term in each of the last 10 years, broken down by category of offence.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reoffending rate was of prisoners from each prison in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Secure Psychiatric Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the possible use of spare capacity in secure psychiatric hospitals to accommodate...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of businesses in the UK which are not fully compliant with the asbestos regulations.

    • Asbestos: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions have been brought in the last five years against businesses failing to comply with asbestos regulations; and how many...

      Average Earnings: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of those aged over 65 years (a) was in 1997 and (b) is now.

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what obligations will be placed on non-resident parents to report changes of (a) employment, (b) income and (c) address under the new Child...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Child Support Agency liability orders contained inaccuracies in the most recent period for which figures are available; and...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the responsibilities are of the hon. Member for Warwick and Leamington (Mr. Plaskitt) with regard to the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Support Agency (CSA) has authority to make advance payments of arrears in cases where the arrears are due to error on the...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount of Child Support Agency arrears which is recoverable; how much of that he expects to be recovered by...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases involved committal proceedings in each of the last five years.

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) liability orders, (b) county court orders, (c) third party debt orders and (d) property charging orders were secured by the...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what projections he has made of the level of disregard for child maintenance necessary to lift 100,000 children out of poverty.

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 206W, on children: maintenance, if he will investigate the Chief Executive of...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the effectiveness of the policy of naming and shaming non-resident parents on his Department's website for not meeting Child...

      Departments: Common Purpose

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

      Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

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

      Departments: Legislation

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

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the expenditure by his Department on managing and rehabilitating sick employees of his Department in the last 12...

      Departments: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much each of the agencies of his Department spent on foreign travel in each of the last five years.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the implications for employment policy of the report by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield...

      Employment: Absent Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken into the employment rate of non-resident parents.

      Hazardous Substances: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) additional and (b) amended advice has been issued on the separation from each type of hazardous material storage of (i) other...

      Hazards: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on separation distances needed between Control of Major Accident Hazard sites...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants have transferred from claiming incapacity benefit to (a) pension credit and (b) any other benefit in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) 20 Parliamentary constituencies and (b) 20 local authorities were with the highest number of incapacity benefit claimants in the...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people lived in households earning less than 40 per cent. of median income (a) in 1997 and (b) in 2006, broken down by region.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people died from mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north east and (d) England in each year...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will link the permitted work upper earnings level to the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Funds: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness with which pension fund trustees are carrying out their functions in relation to divorcees...

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly income of (a) a pensioner couple and (b) a single pensioner in (i) the UK, (ii) Yorkshire and Humber and (iii) City...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in the UK are not eligible to receive a full state pension.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the Financial Assistance Scheme asks qualifying pension schemes to provide information which could enable it to determine whether...

      Pensions: Low Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners in the UK receive the minimum level of weekly income in retirement as defined by the Government.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children under 16 years old, (b) adults and (c) pensioners were living in severe poverty in each year since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) income support were made (i) over the telephone,...

      Social Security Benefits: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcome is of the disability equality impact assessment of the personal capability assessment.

      Unemployment Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of unemployment benefits was (a) at current prices and (b) as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year since 1979.

      Allowances Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) City of York received (i) winter fuel payments and (ii) free television licences in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer questions (a) 147300 and (b) 147298, on the Abingdon Carpets pension fund, tabled by the hon. Member for Islwyn on...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been issued with more than one antisocial behaviour order.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of people in receipt of antisocial behaviour orders had previously received (a) a criminal conviction, (b) a police...

      Asylum: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to Zimbabwe in the last six months.

      Boris Berezovsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 53W, on Boris Berezovsky, if she will take steps to enable parliamentary...

      Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was ordered in costs against her Department in the House of Lords cases (a) Huang (FC) v. Secretary of State for the Home...

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

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

      Departments: Official Visits

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department following the judgments in (a) Huang (FC) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) Kashmiri (FC) v. Secretary of State for...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of deaths caused by uninsured drivers.

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, columns 2073-74W, on drug seizures, what the (a) date and (b) weight was of each...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) quantity and (b) street value of illegal drugs was seized by (i) the Serious Organised Crime Agency, (ii) its predecessor agencies...

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the change in the quantities of illegal drugs in the UK over the last 10 years; and what assessment she...

      Firearms: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of gun crime have occurred in each London borough since 1997.

      Immigration: Bulgaria and Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target processing time is for applications for (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian nationals under each of the different application...

      Immigration: Bulgaria and Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average (a) cost and (b) time taken to process applications for (i) Romanian and (ii) Bulgarian nationals under each of the...

      Immigration: Bulgaria and Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many different application processes and pathways there are through which Romanian and Bulgarian nationals can apply to work and remain...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the use of immigration removal centre places for non-immigration-related detainees.

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a determination on application for naturalisation of A1079396, acknowledged by her Department on 21 December 2005, will be made.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps (a) her Department and (b) the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has taken to improve the IPS detection of passport fraud...

  • International Development

    • Angola: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the (a) level of poverty, (b) access to basic health care, (c) access to a basic education and...

    • Thailand and Burma: Karen Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the Government are making to support the work of non-governmental organisations working with Karen refugees on the...

      Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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: Employment Agencies

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

      Departments: Legislation

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

      Departments: Legislation

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people have been appointed to his Department outside civil service grades in the last 30 days.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months.

      Developing Countries: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much developing countries' debt was written off by the UK Government in financial year 2006-07.

      Developing Countries: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding the UK provided for (a) education, (b) healthcare and (c) clean water in developing countries in financial year 2006-07.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 June 2007 on the global water crisis.

      North Korea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with the European Aid Co-operation Office and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO)...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the Government has made to the relief effort for those displaced by the floods in Central and Eastern Sudan; and if...

      Vaccinations: Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the new tuberculosis vaccine developed by the Global Plan to Stop TB will be available worldwide; and what assessment he has...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Barbecues: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the annual carbon emissions from barbecues based on figures for the total annual sale of charcoal and...

    • Buildings: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the per capita annual carbon emissions resulting from the (a) space heating and (b) air...

      Conservation: Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the Government's paper consumption by 2010.

      Domestic Wastes: Environmental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) any change in incidence of vermin and (b) risks to public health following...

      Environment Agency: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how people with disabilities are being consulted in relation to the disability equality duty by the Environment Agency in the...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the case for extension to other areas of the flood alleviation scheme in Scunthorpe constituency where...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues to discuss future flood prevention.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on flood defence schemes announced for construction in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on flood protection measures in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) city of York in each...

      Flood Control: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the expected total expenditure was when the scheme was approved of each (a) capital and (b) resource expenditure...

      Flood Control: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on flood defences in the South West region since 1997.

      Flood Control: Tewkesbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) the Environment Agency on drawing up a list of buildings...

      Flood Control: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent (a) in England and (b) in the Ouse catchment area on flood protection and alleviation measures by (i)...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 10W, how his Department defines significant flooding.

      Floods: Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether a full assessment is planned of the damage caused by the recent floods in England; (2) if he will establish an...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes there are (a) in designated development sites in each standard region, (b) in such sites that are situated...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the insurance industry on the number of homes considered to be uninsurable due to...

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the procedure is for signing up to receive flood warnings from the Environment Agency; and whether it is free to use.

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on recruiting voluntary wardens to distribute flood warnings in person.

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the reliability of automatic flood warning systems via (a) landline, (b) answer phone to a...

      Forestry: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase the funding for new woodland creations and new woodland management under the English Woodland...

      Industrial Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on what date he expects the final version of the Quality Protocol for Pulverised Fuel Ash to be published; (2) on what...

      Nature Conservation: Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what liaison there is between the Agriculture Department of the Scottish Executive and his Department's officers in England...

      Nature Conservation: Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make funding available for the protection of red squirrels in England and, in selected areas, the eradication of...

      Office of Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the terms of reference are of the Office of Climate Change; what work it has undertaken; and what further work is planned.

      Office of Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget is of the Office of Climate Change for 2007-08; and what budget is planned for future years.

      Pest Control: Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research is being undertaken by his Department on the control of grey squirrels.

      Radio: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential environmental impact of a switch from analogue to digital radio in terms of the...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to finalise the appointment of the members of the reconstituted Committee on Radioactive Waste Management.

      Recycling: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the provision of community recycling centres in Coventry.

      Recycling: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of waste from central Government buildings is recycled.

      Recycling: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to increase the percentage of waste from central Government buildings that is recycled by 2010.

      Recycling: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage rate of (a) household recycling and (b) household composting was in each London borough in the most...

      Recycling: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase recycling rates.

      Recycling: Toner Cartridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to implement measures which will increase the recycling of printer cartridges.

      Recycling: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of waste collected in city of York was recycled in each year since 2003-04; what financial assistance was...

      Recycling: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of waste was recycled in each local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 2004-05.

      Refrigerators: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the energy efficiency of mini-fridges; and what assessment he has made of the merits of...

      Severn Barrage: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the potential environmental impact of the proposed Severn Barrage project, with particular...

      Water Demand: Showers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the impact on per capita demand for water within households of the use of power showers.

      Water Demand: Domestic Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the impact of trends in the numbers of swimming pools, jacuzzis and other water spa pools...

      Water Supply: Tewkesbury and Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has held with Severn Trent on restoring water supplies to households in the Tewkesbury...

      Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) advertising and other promotion, (b) grants for households and...

      Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons for recent trends in the per capita demand for water in households.

      Water: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) research his Department has undertaken into and (b) support his Department has given to the development of water...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to request the BBC to publish the Balen report.

    • Commonwealth Games: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there are any plans to transfer the association right if Glasgow wins the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games; and if he...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when his Department plans to answer the letter sent to it by the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers on 31 May.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guarantees Ofcom has given to major broadcasters on access to the digital interleaved spectrum; and if he will make a statement.

      Flags: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his exhortation to fly the Union flag over public buildings extends to public buildings in Scotland.

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what budget has been agreed for the new Government ambassador for the 2018 Football World Cup bid; and from which Department's...

      Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions took place with the Football Association prior to the announcement of the new Government ambassador for the 2018 World...

      Leisure: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on sport and culture in (a) Southampton and (b) Hampshire since 1997.

      Licensing Act: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licences issued under the Licensing Act 2003 have since been revoked in each London borough.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licence applications were (a) granted and (b) rejected in each local authority area for (i) late night takeaway premises,...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licence applications have been (a) granted and (b) rejected in each local authority area for (i) late night takeaway...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of licence applications have been granted in each local authority area for (a) late night takeaway...

      Lilleshall National Sports Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for the future of Lilleshall National Sports Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Mass Media: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with the BBC and other media organisations on the potential use of their public interest role to further the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 15 June 2007, DCMS ref: 72199.

      Museums and Galleries: West Midlands and Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether funding for Renaissance in the West Midlands is planned to be continued following the Comprehensive Spending Review; (2)...

      National Lottery: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects have been funded under the Big Lottery Fund children's play initiative.

      RAF Ibsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on the listing of RAF Ibsley control tower; and if he will make a statement.

      Recreation Spaces: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the recent flooding on public and community sporting facilities; and if he will make a...

      Sport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date his Department agreed a new target of raising the time allocated to school sport from four hours per week to five hours.

      Sports: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance the Government has given to (a) amateur sports clubs and (b) sport in schools in York since 1997.

      Sportsgrounds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new sporting facilities have been provided for children in each London borough in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Airborne Global System for Mobile Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the European Aviation Safety Authority granted airworthiness certification for the Airborne Global System for Mobile Equipment; when the House was...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated set-up cost is of the new concessionary bus travel schemes set up under the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill per individual smart card;...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will fund the new bus schemes arising from the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill by specific grants direct to local transport authorities.

      Departments: Air Conditioning

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

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of people employed by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.

      Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departments: Flint Bishop Solicitors

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

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many press officers are employed by her Department.

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

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

      Departments: Postal Services

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

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport to which periodicals her Department subscribes.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by her Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by her Department on staff away days in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by her Department on (a) business class and (b) first class flights in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of miles travelled by cars in the Government Car and Despatch Agency in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2001-02; and how...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of motor vehicles being used on the road without (a) road tax, (b) insurance and (c) a driving licence.

      Driving Offences: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hit and run accidents there were in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of people who were stopped for using mobile telephones while driving (a) vans and other light goods vehicles...

      Driving: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of increasing the legal driving age to 18 years.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints were received by (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), (b) her Department and (c) other bodies on the process by...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many level busts where planes landing or taking off at Heathrow lost their vertical separation by deviation of 300 feet or more from the...

      Heathrow Airport: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many overseas residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited at Heathrow airport to (i) an overseas destination and...

      Heathrow Airport: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) UK residents and (b) overseas residents who were transfer or transit passengers through Heathrow were (i) travelling between a UK origin...

      Heathrow Airport: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) transfer and (b) transit passengers used Heathrow airport in (i) 1976, (ii) 1986, (iii) 1996 and (iv) 2006.

      Heathrow Airport: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK residents on (a) leisure and (b) business trips transferred or transited at Heathrow airport to (i) an overseas destination and (ii)...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will meet London First to discuss the impact of security arrangements at Heathrow Airport on business travellers.

      Highways Agency: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Highways Agency was notified by the Meteorological Office of the warning of severe weather on and around 20 July; and what information was...

      Highways Agency: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency took in response to the recent bad weather warning and information provided by the Meteorological Office; when these...

      Highways Agency: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the policy is of the Highways Agency on acting upon warnings received from the Meteorological Office on adverse weather conditions.

      Lorries: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to prepare for the introduction of mandatory retro-reflective markings on all newly registered heavy goods...

      Lorries: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to prepare for the introduction of mandatory retro-reflective markings on all new types of heavy goods vehicles by...

      Lorries: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of (a) the effects on human health of increased levels of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic and (b) the level of HGV...

      Luggage: Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bags were reported by passengers (a) lost, (b) damaged and (c) delayed using Scotland's airports in each of the last five years.

      Office of the Rail Regulator: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list the (a) technical and financial contracts, (b) technical consultants used on a call-off basis and (c) financial consultants used on...

      Official Cars: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 674W, on official cars: Ministers, which Minister was referred to in the answer.

      Railway Stations: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of railway stations in each region were accredited under the Secure Stations Scheme in each year since 1998.

      Railways: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the case for expansion and modernisation of the local rail network that serves Tees Valley from Darlington.

      River Dart

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will reply to the emails from the Secretary of the River Dart Non Beneficiary Group of 26 June, 1 July and 9 July inviting an official from...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents including fatal accidents there were in Coventry in each year since 1995.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road fatalities have occurred in (a) each police authority and (b) each operational command unit in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents involved drivers aged (a) 17 to 21 and (b) over 60 years old in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred on or near pedestrian crossings in each London borough in each of the last five years; and how many involved...

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the scheduled date for (a) start and (b) completion of construction is for each scheme in the Highways Agency's Targeted Programme for Improvements.

      Roads: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government are on track to achieve its target of delivering (a) 100 new bypasses on trunk and local roads and (b) 130 major local road...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research she plans to undertake into the under-reporting identified in Road Safety Research Report 69; and if she will make a statement on the...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment her Department has made of road safety in the Coventry area.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to (a) increase the numbers of (i) British registered merchant ships and (ii) merchant navy officers and (b) to increase the...

      South West Trains: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with South West Trains on the 20 per cent. fare increase for mid-morning passengers to London from (a) Southampton, (b)...

      Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents involved commercial coaches in London in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement; (2) how...

      Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authority major transport schemes have departmental approval; whether each scheme has (a) full and (b) provisional approval; what the...

      Transport: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the (a) safety and (b) security of (i) trains, (ii) aircraft and (iii) road freight transporting radioactive...

      Transport: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she received the application for funding the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor; how much funding was requested; and when she will make a...

      Travel: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the changes have been in her Department's carbon footprint policy in the last three years as a result of (a) the fall in the relative price of...

      Vehicles: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding was allocated to promoting the use of low emission vehicles in each of the last five years.

      Vehicles: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to promote the use of low emission vehicles in London.

      Vehicles: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) low emission cars and (b) cars were owned in London in each of the last five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will resist any proposal to extend the scope of the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland.

    • Agriculture: Artificial Insemination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Scottish Ministers have been removed from the list contained in the Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination) (Amendment) Order 2007 (SI 2007/1767) of...

      Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 19 June (WA 25) concerning the time taken for passengers to pass through security control at Heathrow...

      Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the report in the Emergency Medical Journal of a significant rise in the number of attendances at the accident and emergency department...

      Armed Forces: Arms and Hardware

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will draw up long-term plans to reduce United Kingdom total spending on arms and military hardware, to bring this spending closer to the levels found...

      Arms Trade: Al Yamamah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the decision to discontinue the investigation into BAE Systems plc, in relation to the Al Yamamah defence contracts with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,...

      Army: Chaplains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current manning levels of Royal Army chaplains for (a) the regular Army, and (b) the Territorial Army; and what are the required manning levels of the...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for new research into the contamination of cabin air on commercial aircraft; what is the budget for such research; and on what basis it will...

      Benefits: Child Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated United Kingdom revenue that could be raised in 2008-09 if a hypothecated government tax for child benefit of (a) 0.25 per cent, and (b) 0.5...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25 July (WA 97), whether the environmental targets set for prospective railway franchisees amount...

      Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the United Kingdom total government expenditure, as a percentage of gross domestic product, in 1997, 2001 and 2006, or the latest year for which there is...

      Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total number of children in the United Kingdom estimated to be in households in poverty, according to the European Union standard of less than 60 per...

      Crime: Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the quantity of illegal drugs entering the United Kingdom from Guinea-Bissau.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 June (WA 129-30), whether definitions in the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill only apply in...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 June (WA 129-30), what assessment they have made of the House of Commons Science and Technology...

      EU: Cross-border Transport Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Article 95 of the treaty establishing the European Community contains powers to control cross-border passenger fares or freight rates.

      Fishing: Shark Fins

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many special permits have been issued since 1997 derogating from the European Union common fisheries policy regulations, including Council Regulation (EC) No....

      Flooding: Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that dogs for blind people, helper dogs for disabled people and household pets are provided with emergency accommodation...

      Health: Chemotherapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to the implications of allowing co-payments for treatments such as chemotherapy available on the National Health Service.

      Health: Complementary Medicine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What strategic plans are in place with respect to the management of research into complementary medicine.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 June (WA 204), whether they will ensure that, should the independent public inquiry into...

      Health: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the application forms for round 1 recruitment to medical specialty training posts are not used in round 2 following an...

      Health: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they will give to an inter-deanery transfer scheme which is sufficiently flexible to allow junior doctors to move region.

      Health: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-training medical jobs will be available to applicants to medical specialty training who have been unsuccessful after round 2.

      Health: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they anticipate that some National Health Service trusts may have junior doctor training posts unfilled by 1 August; and, if so, what steps they are taking...

      Health: Optometrists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to redress any imbalances in payments to optometrists for eye examinations in England, compared with those made in Scotland, Wales and Northern...

      Health: Paediatric Palliative Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they have made for the continued funding of those community paediatric palliative care teams set up with Big Lottery funding.

      Health: Second-hand Smoke

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14 May (WA 8), how many individuals in the United Kingdom are estimated each year to die prematurely...

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Mr Francis Kahiga was held in immigration detention for over nine months, despite evidence of previous torture; what the effect of detention has been on his...

      Immigration: Exclusion and Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in relation to the denial of entry and the removal of persons from the United Kingdom they regard the word "excluded" as having the same meaning as the...

      Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the extension of the Financial Services Authority's recommendation for compulsory commission disclosure by independent financial advisers...

      Marine Environment: Sharks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the success or otherwise of measures taken to protect the endangered tope and basking shark (a) in United Kingdom waters, and (b)...

      Marine Environment: Sharks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions have been brought and convictions secured against those charged with breaching regulations on shark fishing since 1997.

      Mercury: Dental Fillings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Rooker on 16 July (Official Report, cols. 1-4), how and when the proposals to reduce the mercury in dental fillings were communicated...

      Navy: Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to conduct a formal review of the current size and organisation of the Royal Navy.

      NHS: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the anticipated outturn figures for 2007-08 of the National Health Service regional authorities in England and the anticipated results for each regional...

      Olympic Games 2012: Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in acquiring the land for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and for the long-term regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley.

      Pensions: Retirement Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of abolishing the frozen pensions regulations for United Kingdom citizens who have retired to the Falkland Islands and Dependencies; and...

      Pensions: Retirement Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they last received representations from the Government of Canada concerning the frozen pensions regulations for United Kingdom citizens who have retired to...

      Pensions: Retirement Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the three meetings held recently with Australian Ministers and officials at which the issue of not uprating the United Kingdom state...

      Railways: East Midland Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 18 July (WA40), whether, while stations in the East Midlands franchise area remain without ticket...

      Railways: Yeovil to Salisbury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as part of their new investment strategy for the railways set out in the White Paper of 24 July, they intend to replace the single track line between...

      Roads: A13 and A130

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to upgrade the intersection between the A13 and the A130 to increase the safe flow of traffic.

      Roads: Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the extent of the current backlog of road maintenance; what are the estimated costs of removing that backlog; and what is their estimate of the time needed...

      Roads: Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of lorry journeys made in relation to carrying out all road repairs in England each year.

      Roads: Maintenance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to reduce the volume of landfill waste resulting from the disposal of asphalt during road repairs.

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the most recent year for which figures are available, what would be the gain to the Exchequer of reducing the generosity of capital gains tax taper relief for...

      Taxation: Non-domiciled Taxpayers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy, on 12 July (HC Deb, col. 1605), how long was the period to which she was referring...

      Transport: Construction and Licensing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether European Union law places any constraint upon the unilateral adoption of higher road safety, vehicle construction and use requirements or driver licensing...

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