Written answers

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for UK aviation security policy differing from that aviation security policy recommended by the EU; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departments: Recruitment

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

      Departments: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Gateway reviews were undertaken by her Department in each of the last five years.

      Highways Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of the Highways Agency's regional directorates over-spent on their budgets in each of the last five years.

      Highways Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on each of the 21 projects listed currently as on hold on the Highways Agency website.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many recorded accidents there were on the A264 between Lington Green and Rusthall in each of the last 10 years.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received from teaching unions on his Department's academies programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research he has commissioned into the impact of assessments and testing on children's future engagement with education.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his answer of 2 August 2007 to question 152922, on City Academies, when officials from his Department first discussed...

      Departments: Catering

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of staff formerly employed by the Department for Education and Skills are now employed by his Department.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in Tamworth claimed education allowance in each year since it was introduced, broken down by ward of residence.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what evaluation he has made of the policies of schools on entering students to GCSE examinations other than English and Mathematics.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research he has commissioned into the effectiveness of (a) state pre-school education and (b) privately funded pre-school...

      Primary Education: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of state primary schools in England offer teaching in a modern foreign language other than French.

      Schools: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to address school uniform shop monopolies, including shops run by (a) schools and (b) external enterprises.

      Teachers: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of teachers of modern foreign languages in state secondary schools have a degree level qualification in the...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on teachers' pay since his appointment; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Contracts: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the savings accrued as a consequence of the Pan-Government Office solutions tender earlier this year; and if he will...

    • Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what changes in his Department's practice have resulted from the signing of the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the savings accrued as a consequence of the use of reverse auctions as a procurement mechanism by his Department; and...

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office departmental report 2007 Making Government Work Better cost to design, produce and publish.

      Government: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what criteria are used to determine whether to use (a) preferred suppliers or (b) reverse auctions in Government procurement projects; and if he...

      Government: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he plans to increase the use of reverse auctions as a procurement mechanism for Government (a) projects and (b) supplies; and if he will...

      Ministers: Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many nights Ministers have stayed at (a) Chevening, (b) One Carlton Gardens, (c) Hillsborough Castle and (d) Lord Chancellor's Apartments...

      Office of the Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will undertake an assessment of the attributes of successful social enterprise models; and if he will make a statement.

      Offices: Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what use will be made of the former Deputy Prime Minister's offices.

      Redundancy: Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any staff from the Deputy Prime Minister's Office will be made redundant.

  • Wales

    • Departments: Aviation

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

    • Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters he and his predecessors sent in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Disabled

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

      Departments: Flowers

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

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to review the appearance and content of the Wales Office website.

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.

      Departments: Press

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

      Departments: Railways

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

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

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

      Departments: Taxis

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

      Departments: Training

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

      Departments: Training

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

      National Assembly for Wales: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether a referendum to give primary law-making powers to the National Assembly for Wales would be subject to the Political Parties, Elections and...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on the role of quangos in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many projects for which the UK Government are responsible have been built in Wales under the private finance initiative.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) capability and (b) membership of the Afghan police force and the Afghan armed forces;...

    • Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what targets have been set for reform of policing in Afghanistan; what progress has been made towards reaching these targets;...

      Iran: Baha'i Sect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the UK Government have made of the impact of the changes in recent years in Iran's treatment of Baha'is in...

      Iran: Baha'i Sect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been (a) received and (b) made by the UK Government regarding the effects on Baha'i students...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with his US counterpart about extending (a) financial, (b) trade and (c) travel sanctions...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs following the UN Security Council's passing of Resolution 1769, authorising the deployment of 26,000 peacekeepers to Darfur,...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • British Gas: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will seek to obtain from the chairman of British Gas replies to letters sent to him on 23 July, 23 August and 31...

    • Departments: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of staff in his Department were over 60 years of age in each of the last three years.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

      Electricity: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average annual domestic electricity bill for a typical consumer in (a) Cheltenham constituency and (b) each...

      Exports: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber region export goods and services.

      Foreign Investment: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much foreign investment was received in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York in each year since...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure that the cost of gas and electricity is affordable to fuel-poor households; and if...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which miners' compensation claims are to be outsourced to India; and when they were first registered with his Department.

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what restrictions there are in his Department's contract with Capita in relation to the outsourcing of miners'...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many miners' compensation claims remain unsettled in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) nationally.

      Natural Gas: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the average annual domestic gas bill for a typical consumer in (a) Cheltenham constituency and (b) each region...

      Regional Development Agencies: Boston, Massachusetts.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many regional development agencies have offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of energy produced in the UK between 1 January and 30 June came from renewable sources.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel have lost limbs during operations in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to reimburse Royal Mail to enable parcels to be posted free of charge to military personnel serving in Afghanistan and...

      Armed Forces: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces approaching retirement had applications for extension of service declined in each year since 2000.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role and function the future utility vehicle under the Future Rapid Effect System programme will play in counter-insurgency.

      BAE Systems: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests his Department has received from the US Department of Justice for assistance with its investigation into BAE Systems; and if he will make a...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from (a) hon. Members, (b) members of the public and (c) campaign organisations on his written ministerial...

      Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure on his Department's communications and media personnel was in 2006-07.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Government officials were authorised to speak to BBC Newsnight in respect of that programme's item on Wednesday 8 August about the provenance of...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will put in place increased and improved counter-indirect fire measures to protect UK service personnel serving at Basra air station in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a Government official responded to the attribution by BBC Newsnight of remarks during its programme on 8 August about the provenance of weapons...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters there are in the UK armed services, broken down by (a) type and (b) role; and how many helicopters in the UK armed services are...

      Nuclear Weapons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when development work began on the high surety warhead at Aldermaston; how much has been spent on the warhead; and what the total projected cost for the...

      Royal Military Academy: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors were taken into account in deciding not to waive the liability charge for the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Music on Fire charity.

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the gender pay gap was for part-time employees in (a) the public sector and (b) the private sector in the last 12 months for which figures are...

    • Females: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice on implementing the recommendations of the Corston report.

      Public Sector: Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress is being made to ensure equal pay for women working in the public sector.

  • Health

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether recent action has been taken to remove the restrictions on local authorities in England which do not allow them to make and pay for residential...

    • Dental Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental patients were treated in Cornwall in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated for providing general dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS) dentistry in 2006-07 net of patient charge...

      Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Gloucestershire primary care trust (PCT) had waited longer than 18 weeks between general practitioner referral and hospital...

      Health Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to publish the terms of reference for the Independent Reconfiguration Panel's review of Suffolk Primary Care Trust's plans for...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure sufficient supply of seasonal influenza vaccine for the 2007-08 winter.

      Maternity Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio is of maternity nurses to births in each health authority area.

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his letter of 27 July to the hon. Member for Wellingborough, what the evidential basis was for his statement that Mrs. Waterer has had the...

      Midwives: Gloucestershire

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

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) dentists were employed in the NHS in (i) full-time equivalent terms and (ii) headcount terms in (A) 1979,...

      NHS: Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trusts have waived their rights to recovery of maternity pay as set out in part 3, section 15.30 of Agenda for Change: NHS terms and...

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has undertaken into the cost of sick leave to the NHS.

      NHS: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the variety in the interpretations and determinations of the European Working Time Directives in relation to hospital staff...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Maternal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the conclusions of the Healthcare Commission were on the contributory factors to maternal deaths at Northwick Park following the merger with Central...

      Prescriptions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that strategic health authorities are integrating approaches to prescribing across primary and...

      Prescriptions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that strategic health authorities are integrating approaches to prescribing across primary and secondary...

      Primary Care Trusts: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of local drug anti-wastage practices in primary care trusts; (2) pursuant to the answer of...

      Tinnitus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tinnitus clinics there are in England.

      Tinnitus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on research into tinnitus in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trust: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reasons he was given for the resignation of the chairman of the West Sussex primary care trust, Mr. David Taylor.

      Wheelchairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines have been produced by his Department which would indicate NHS funding for wheelchair users should be awarded on the basis of home-use only.

      Worthing Hospital: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where Worthing hospital maternity service is positioned in the national rates of still births and neonatal mortality; and how many qualified consultants'...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Hertfordshire University: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what role Hertfordshire University has in the development of policy on business facing universities.

    • Hertfordshire University: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the employability of Hertfordshire university graduates following the...

      Hertfordshire University: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the pilot making Hertfordshire university a business facing university.

      Higher Education: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps are being taken to encourage co-operation between universities and business.

      Higher Education: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department takes any measures to encourage social entrepreneurship at universities.

      Schools: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many colleges (a) have sprinklers and (b) do not have sprinklers fitted within them.

      Vocational Training: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he plans to commission research on skills deficiencies and training needs within the Leeds, West, constituency in the...

  • Justice

    • Burglaries: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those convicted for a burglary committed in Surrey in each of the last five years were sentenced to a custodial sentence; and how many...

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that future elections in new parliamentary constituencies with recently revised district council ward boundaries are...

      Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring outstanding sections of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 into effect.

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Electronic Conveyancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to prevent the emergence of a monopoly in the provision of e-conveyancing through the chain matrix system.

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in England and Wales were sentenced for offences, committed when over the age of 18 years, under sections 5(1)(a), (ab), (aba), (ac),...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released early under the home detention curfew scheme in each of the last five years; and for which offences those released had...

      Home Detention Curfews: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals normally domiciled in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire have been released early from the prison estate under the Early Release scheme...

      Illegal Broadcasting: Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for the supply of video works to individuals who are under the age of the designated...

      Magistrates: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to improve the accountability of local magistrates for the decisions which they take in relation to bail applications where the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 12 July from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. K. Kerry.

      National Offender Management Information System: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on commissioning and procuring the C-NOMIS IT system; how much of that total sum has been spent (a) on outside...

      Prison Accommodation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what resources his Department has made available to cover the cost of new prison places in each of the next seven years.

      Prison Accommodation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which sites in Wales have been identified for consideration for future prison expansion.

      Prison Governors: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines apply to the use by prison governors of first class accommodation on the railways; if he will place a copy of those guidelines in the...

      Prison Service: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the net cost to his Department was of industrial action by prison officers on 29 August.

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers he expects to be employed in prisons in England and Wales in each of the next seven years.

      Prisoners: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in prisons in England gave their last registered address in Wales.

      Probation Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers he expects to be employed by the National Offender Management Service in each of the next seven years.

      Reoffenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people in England and Wales were sentenced for second serious offences covered by s.2 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 to a sentence of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

    • Departments: Training

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

      Disabled: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of households with at least one disabled person that have an income of less than 60 per cent. of...

      Employment: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people gained employment from jobcentre referrals in each London constituency in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Employment: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means the Government's target of an 80 per cent. employment rate was arrived at; and what research his Department has carried out into...

      Incapacity Benefit: Beverley and Holderness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Beverley and Holderness were registered for incapacity benefit in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost was of dealing with a single incapacity benefit claimant in the last period for which figures are available; and if he...

      Jobcentre Plus: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many doctors are contracted to Jobcentre Plus to assess incapacity benefit applicants, broken down by each local benefits agency; and if he...

      Jobcentre Plus: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the terms of contract are for doctors contracted to Jobcentre Plus with respect to incapacity benefit assessments; and if he will make a...

      Official Visits: Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job centres he has visited since his appointment; and which job centres he plans to visit before 8 October 2007.

      Pensioners: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners entitled to the UK state pension whose pensions are frozen because they have retired outside the UK live in each of the...

      Pensions: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision is afforded to divorcees who, at the age of 60, are unable to claim an enhanced pension based on their ex-husband's national...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many women aged (a) 60, (b) 61, (c) 62, (d) 63, (e) 64, (f) 65, (g) 66, (h) 67, (i) 68 and (j) 69 are...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons the national insurance contributions of women who have remarried are not fully taken into account in determining their state...

      Pensions: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension cheques destined for pensioners living in (a) Orkney and Shetland, (b) Scotland and (c) the UK were posted to the wrong...

      Social Security Benefits: Highland Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 255W, on social security benefits: Highland council, what information has...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers would take lead responsibility for the operation of Government in the event of the Prime Minister's unforeseen incapacity.

    • Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Wilson Doctrine extends to a ban on UK Government departments and agencies instructing/requesting or handling intercept material from a foreign power that...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with President Bush concerning the location of US missile sites in Czech Republic and Poland; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Participation

      To ask the Prime Minister by what method jurors would be selected for service on a citizens' jury; and how that method would ensure that jurors were representative of their local community.

      USA: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to invite President George W. Bush to the United Kingdom before the President leaves office.

  • International Development

    • AIDS: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in ensuring universal access to AIDS treatment for all by 2010.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK has offered to Congolese nationals recently expelled from Angola.

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy for the UK Government to make a three year contribution of at least £700 million to the Global Fund...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what reports he has received of Syrian plans to change visa requirements for Iraqi refugees; what assessment he has made of the...

      Overseas Aid: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which islands have received relief from the UK following Hurricane Felix.

      Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of the indicators for the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness his Department is not on target for; when he expects his...

      Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards the target of spending 90 per cent. of aid on the poorest countries; and what percentage...

      Overseas Aid: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards the target of allocating 50 per cent. of UK bilateral aid to developing countries for...

  • Home Department

    • Cycling: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were fined for carrying more than one person on a bicycle not constructed or adapted for that purpose in each of the last 10...

    • Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Press

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

      Departments: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Tribunals

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

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal guns have been seized or otherwise received by police forces since 1997, broken down by police authority area.

      Firearms: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward amendments to firearms legislation to allow potential Olympic competitors in shooting events to train in advance of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that the trafficking of human beings is recognised as a separate and distinct category for the compilation...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that the tackling of human trafficking is included in the immigration services business plan.

      Immigration Controls: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the conclusions of the race equality impact assessment into the changes in the immigration rules for postgraduate doctors and...

      Immigration Controls: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether consultation with overseas doctors will take place before any future changes in immigration rules relating to opportunities for...

      James Dawute

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police investigation into the actions of James Dawute while at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has concluded.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal knives were seized or otherwise received by police forces in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority area.

      Offensive Weapons: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knife-related crimes were recorded in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what total amount of funding was provided for each police authority in (a) 1997, (b) 2002 and (c) 2007.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to announce the 2008-09 funding settlement for police authorities.

      Work Permits: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permit applications for foreign (a) nurses and (b) doctors from each country in North Africa and the Middle East for which...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have notified her Department of their intention to apply for Bellwin scheme funding following the recent...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much council tax was raised in the last year for which figures are available.

      Council Tax: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of administering the council tax system in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Council Tax: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the impact of council tax on pensioners.

      Departments: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by her Department to...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's legal, constitutional and management responsibilities are for (a) each of its non-departmental public...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers her Department has with regard to each of its non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies and the Government...

      East of England Development Agency: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) quarterly and (b) annual cost was of producing and distributing the East of England Development Agency magazine...

      Flood Control: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £14 million relief package promised by the Prime Minister for those areas affected by the recent flooding...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's latest estimate is of the number of fully trained and accredited (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a (a) spare room, (b) study and (c) box room will be classified as a bedroom for the purposes of the commencement of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expected date is for the publication of the reprinted Home Information Pack Toolkit.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of home condition reports commissioned to date.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a room formerly used as a bedroom will be classified as a bedroom for the purposes of the commencement of home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to issue revised statutory instruments relating to home information packs; and what the timescale is for the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether additional funding has been provided to local authority trading standards departments to enforce the home information...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from the local authorities co-ordinators of regulatory services on (a) home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a home information pack will be required at the point of sale.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department will retain the revenue from fines for breaching the home information pack regulations.

      Home Information Packs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 26 June 2007, Official Report,...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (a) what the lower quartile price was for new dwellings sold, (b) how many new houses were built and (c) how many new...

      Housing: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average age of first time house buyers in (a) the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what minimum equity stake must be purchased under the (a) Social Homebuy, (b) New Build Homebuy and (c) Open Market Homebuy...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many foreign nationals were granted a social housing tenancy in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland have received assistance under the Homebuy scheme.

      Housing: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of new homes to be built as part of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands spatial...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings in (a) England and (b) each local authority area in England are coded by the Valuation Office...

      Infrastructure: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans there are to improve infrastructure in Wellingborough under the South Midlands and Milton Keynes spatial strategy;...

      Land: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local planning authorities in each (a) region and (b) county have local planning reviews or unitary development plan...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local planning authorities in each (a) region and (b) county ceased work on the reviews of their local plans or unitary...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how long the pilot schemes on participatory budgeting will last.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to select local authorities taking part in the participatory budgeting pilots.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government over what frontline services residents will be given a direct say in her plans for participatory budgeting.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what form consultation with councils taking part in the participatory budget pilots took.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities listed increased revenue from (a) parking fines and (b) fly-tipping fines as an efficiency gain in...

      Planning Permission: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, columns 968-9W, on planning permission: Cornwall, what quarterly...

      Planning: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the (a) viability of Multi-Area Agreements (MAAs) between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and...

      Playing Fields: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 226W, on playing fields: planning, when the consultation on the...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what representations the Minister for the South West has made to (a) the Department (i) for Transport, (ii) of Health,...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Minister for the South West's most recent assessment is of the priorities for the South West.

      Road Traffic Control: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the grant awarded by her Department in 2007 towards improving the operation and co-ordination of traffic lights in...

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she intends formally to establish any rural or non-metropolitan equivalents of city regions.

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the level of financial support provided through the Supporting People programme; and if she will make a...

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households are living in temporary accommodation.

      Thames Gateway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget was for the Thames Gateway project in each year since its inception, broken down by main budget heading.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Casinos: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new applications for casinos made under the Gambling Act 1968 were made in 2006; and how many have been made in 2007.

    • Cricket: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England has given to cricket clubs affected by flood damage during the summer 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Legislation

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

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was provided for problem gambling services in the UK by (a) the Government and (b) the gambling industry in each of...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the proposal to include a helpline number on all gambling adverts shown in the UK; whether he plans such...

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to review the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 after it becomes law.

      Gambling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he made of the aspects of the Responsibility in Gambling Trust and the Royal College of Psychiatrists' submissions to...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many internet gambling companies are registered in the UK.

      Horserace Totalisator Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to announce the privatisation of the Tote.

      Mass Media: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed into links between the portrayal of violence in the media and...

      National Lottery: Play

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

      Panathlon Challenge: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress he has made in finding a sponsor for the Panathlon Challenge.

      Play: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards his Department's target of providing £200 million towards Children's Play; and if he will make...

      Sport and Recreation Division: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of staff his Department allocates to the Sport and Recreation Division; how much time they spend on (a) direct...

      Sport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made towards the establishment of Sport Direct; and how Sport Direct will differ from the Active Places website.

      Sports: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many publicly-funded athletes in the Olympic disciplines have missed two out-of-competition drug tests.

      Sports: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of people who live within 20 minutes of a good multi-sport facility; which mode of transport...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 79W, on abortion, whether Parliament will be able to pass legislation changing...

    • Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on recent violent attacks; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters he and his predecessors sent in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Information Officers

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

      Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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: Legislation

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

      Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

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

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many receptions were held at 11 Millbank in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

      Departments: Press

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

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

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

      Departments: Stationery

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

      Departments: Training

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

      Departments: Training

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

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the proportion of police time expended on (a) historical criminal activity and (b) current criminal activity...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the establishment is of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Full Time Police Officers; how many officers are serving; how many are to be...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current establishment is of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Part Time Police Reserve; how many officers are currently serving;...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the establishment is of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Full Time Police Reserve; how many officers are serving; how many are to be...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget was for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the RUC in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Floods: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance has been given to rural communities in Worcestershire to assist them following the July floods, with...

    • Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to revise the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy in light of the upward price movements in the energy market since its...

      Packaging: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will assess the likely effects on (a) plastic bag use and (b) the waste stream of a plastic bag tax being...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on implementation of the new rural development programmes in England for the period 2007-13.

      Rural Development Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when spending bodies will be allocated their budgets under the Rural Development Programme in England for the period 2007-13;...

      Water Charges: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful applications there were for the vulnerable groups tariff in each of the water, and water and sewerage,...

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which locations information relating to formal reprimands of staff for failing to follow departmental procedures in relation to calculating the (a)...

    • Departments: Flowers

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

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many IT contracts in his Department were put out to competitive tender in each year since 1997; how many bidders there were for each tender; and...

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Taxis

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

      Departments: Tribunals

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

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which constituencies have seen the greatest (a) growth and (b) fall in the total number of (i) jobs and (ii) public sector jobs between 1997 and the...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main...

      General Practitioners: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1183W, on general practitioners: conditions of employment, what his Department's (a)...

      Income Tax: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of (a) all pensioners and (b) pensioner households pay income tax.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many lone parents there were in each local authority in each year for which figures are available, broken down by five year age band.

      Manufacturing Industries: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the manufacturing industries in each local authority in each year for which figures are available, broken down by five year...

      Office of Government Commerce: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Office of Government Commerce in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total...

      Stamp Duties: South East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the level of stamp duty for first-time home-buyers in the south east; and what steps he is taking in response to...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) women aged 60 to 64, (b) women aged 65 and over and (c) men aged 65 and over complete a self assessment tax return; and what proportion of...

      Tobacco: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 259W, on tobacco: counterfeit manufacturing, which tobacco companies already use the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many finalised tax credit awards for (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05 were re-opened under the notification procedure set out in section 19 of the Tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written statement of the Financial Secretary of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 62WS, on tax credit administration, (1) how many...

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