Written answers

Monday, 17 September 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Official Residences

      To ask the Leader of the House what the address is of (a) the offices and (b) any official residences she is entitled to use in her capacity as a Minister.

  • Prime Minister

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Prime Minister what the date was of the last day in office of the former Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life; for what reason his successor has not been announced;...

    • Poverty

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to fight poverty in the next 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK plans to provide to local civil society organisations working in the field of governance and democracy in the...

    • Eritrea: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make UK aid and development funds for Eritrea conditional on the improvement of the observance of (a) human rights and (b)...

  • Minister for Women

    • Breastfeeding

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on initiatives to support women who are breastfeeding; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departments: Ministerial Red Boxes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many ministerial red boxes were provided to her office in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of Taliban leader Naim Atallah, allegedly responsible for the killing of Captain David Hicks of the 1(st) Battalion the Royal Anglian...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Wimik land rovers issued to British forces in Afghanistan were written off in each of the last three years; how many were written off as a...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Wimik land rovers were issued to British forces in Afghanistan in each of the last three years.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Forces personnel in Afghanistan were (a) seriously injured and (b) killed while crewing Wimik land rovers as a result of (i)...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to increase the compensation paid to armed forces personnel injured in the line of duty; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether regulations are in place governing communications from officers commanding military establishments to (a) the hon. Member in whose constituency...

      Arms Trade: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of military exports have been purchased by the Channel Islands in the last three years from the UK; and what the costs were of such purchases.

      Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many internal flights were taken by the (a) Adjutant General, (b) Chief of the General Staff, (c) non-ministerial members of the Army Board and...

      Army: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises for (a) active duty regular forces and (b) the Territorial Army were suspended due to the recent foot and mouth outbreak;...

      Defence Export Services Organisation: UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) defence companies and (b) trade organisations he consulted before the decision was made to transfer the responsibilities of the Defence...

      Departments: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department has in the Joint Energy Security of Supply Working Group.

      Falkland Islands: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will amend the criteria to enable the South Atlantic Medal 1982 to be awarded to those who served on RMS St Helena in support of the UK Government;...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqi citizens have been trained at Sandhurst since 2003; how much the Government has spent on supporting the training of Iraqi officers at RMA...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the extent and scale of ordnance, explosives and other weaponry used against UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan over the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition he uses of overwatch, as used to describe the role of British armed forces in Southern Iraq.

      Kenley Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected cost is of the proposed fence at Kenley Airfield, Croydon.

      NATO: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the NATO Pipeline System; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding he intends to make available to (a) regional and (b) local organisations to mark the centenary of the Territorial Army; and if he will...

      Territorial Army: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the projects being planned to mark the centenary of the Territorial Army; and if he will make a statement; (2) what budget has...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what economies of scale he estimates could be made, per warship, if a flotilla of (a) six, (b) seven and (c) eight Type 45 Destroyers were to be built.

      Woolwich Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of Woolwich barracks.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which responsibilities of the former (a) Department for Education and Skills and (b) Department of Trade and Industry his...

    • Departments: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on what date a sign for his Department's headquarters was commissioned.

      Departments: Postal Services

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

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned over the last 12 months for policy...

      Further Education: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list the further education provision available for post 16-year-olds within the Leeds, West constituency.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students his Department has estimated will enrol in courses at higher education institutions in each academic year...

      Higher Education: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether the United Kingdom is a net importer or exporter of higher education.

      Higher Education: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what advice the Government have given to universities and education research facilities on the storage of radiological materials.

      Learning and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2007, Official Report, column 856W, on Learning and Skills, when he expects the...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his recent announcement on graduate loan repayments applies to both maintenance and tuition fee loans; and what the...

      Students: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of how many and what percentage of (a) female and (b) male (i) physics, (ii) chemistry,...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were prosecuted for the non-payment of council tax, broken down by (a) region and (b) ethnicity of the...

    • Council Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio between central Government funding and council tax revenue was for (a) all London boroughs and (b) each London...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Devolution: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of (a) the merits of devolution outside the city regions and (b) Cornwall and the Isles of...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in (a) private and (b) public ownership were empty for more than six months in each year since 1997.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it a requirement for local authorities to publish an annual report listing the (a) new and (b) existing...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions have taken place with fire brigades on the implications for fire and rescue services of the changes in the...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many part-time and full-time firefighters there were in (a) England, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) Wellingborough in each...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government's Foresight report on future flood risk.

      Floods: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress the Government have made in securing funds from the EU Solidarity Fund in relation to the summer 2007 floods.

      Floods: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial assistance has been given to (a) Cheltenham and (b) Gloucestershire in relation to this summer's serious...

      Floods: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are (a) still living and (b) have lived in emergency accommodation as a result of the summer 2007 floods,...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of homes sold through property location agents.

      Housing: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what housing targets have been set for (a) Bournemouth, (b) Dorset and (c) the South West.

      Mortgages: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the take-up rate was of mortgage payment protection insurance by new homebuyers in each year since 1997.

      Planning: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning decisions were appealed against in each year since 1996; and how many such appeals were successful.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to seek an increase in the baggage liability limitations applicable to airline passengers; and if she will make a statement.

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by how much the (a) total and (b) average per person use of (i) bus and (ii) light rail in (A) England and (B) each region changed between (1) 2000,...

      Departments: Customer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much revenue each of her Department's executive agencies received from customer services calls in each of the last five years; (2) how much...

      Departments: Gateway Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of gateway reviews returned (a) red, (b) amber and (c) green colour coding in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Gateway Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent in total on Gateway reviews in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Gateway Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the cost of a gateway review is met by (a) her Department, (b) the budget for the project into which the review has been...

      Departments: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by her Department over the lifetime of the contract,...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to the Heathrow project board meeting note of 16 April 2007, item 8, what comments were received from BAA for inclusion in the public...

      Lorry Drivers: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign vehicles were inspected at the roadside in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; how many were served with an immediate prohibition; how many...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on the M25 widening project at the most recent date.

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the M25 widening projects are (a) on schedule and (b) late.

      Railways: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many members of the public lost their lives on the railway in the last three years; and how many deaths (a) occurred on Network Rail's Western...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) motor vehicles, (b) cars and taxis, (c) motorcycles, (d) buses and coaches, (e) light vans, (f) other goods vehicles and (g) pedal...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents there were involving (a) buses, (b) pedestrians and (c) cyclists in (i) Cheltenham constituency and (ii) other...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations she has held since taking office on motorway widening schemes.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the effect on costs to local authorities of the abolition by the Road Safety Act 2006 of the exemption from the private...

      Transport: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to replace vehicle signage compliant with the United Kingdom Hazard Information System with vehicle signage compliant with the...

      Transport: Wellingborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to improve transport infrastructure in Wellingborough under the South Midlands and Milton Keynes spatial strategy; and if she will...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will allow (a) independent schools, (b) successful secondary schools and (c) further education colleges to sponsor city...

    • Academies: Isle of Sheppey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of the funding commitments to the proposed federated academy on the Isle of Sheppey are dependent on the sale of local...

      Academies: Isle of Sheppey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) organisations and (b) individuals have lead responsibilities for taking forward the plans for a federated academy on...

      Academies: Isle of Sheppey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the team in charge of the development of the federated academy on the Isle of Sheppey has met the Commission for...

      Academies: Isle of Sheppey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans there are to appoint a client design adviser to the executive team responsible for the development of the federated...

      Curriculum: Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to ensure that the citizenship curriculum includes the teaching of (a) the words of the National Anthem and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the decision by the Joint Council for Qualifications to increase the proportion of lower demand...

      Pupil Exclusions: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in (i) Leeds and (ii) West Yorkshire were excluded from school for a...

      Pupil Exclusions: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in (i) Leeds and (ii) West Yorkshire were permanently excluded from...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average total amount of spending on each student throughout their school lives was for the 2007 GCSE cohort; and how many...

      Schools: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the capital investment in schools in the City of York was in each year since 1996-97.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary schools, (b) junior schools and (c) infant schools have been (i) placed in special measures and...

      Teachers: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers of modern foreign languages in secondary schools have degree level qualifications in (a) Mandarin and (b) Urdu.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in reducing pregnancy rates among under 18-year-olds since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when and for what reasons the decision to end nationally co-ordinated truancy sweeps was taken; (2) what measures his...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the conditions for which extended travel times on blue light emergency ambulance journeys are (a) material and (b) immaterial to mortality.

    • Ambulance Services: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of response staff in each ambulance NHS trust are (a) ambulance technicians, (b) paramedics and (c) emergency care practitioners.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets his Department set for access to NHS dentists under the new dental contract.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children in each primary care trust have access to NHS dentistry.

      Dental Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of dentist surgeries offered NHS services in Cornwall in each of the last 10 years.

      Dental Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children were treated by NHS dentists in Cornwall, broken down by the smallest available areas for which data are...

      Departments: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by his Department to liaise with the Ministers...

      Dietary Supplements: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the addition of fluorosilicates to the public water supply in relation to the requirements of the EU Food...

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioners have received formal training in the provision of family planning services.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the making of medical claims by NHS employees in relation to the fluoridation of the public water supply.

      Health Services: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds the UK has sought from (a) Poland, (b) Romania, (c) Hungary and (d) Brazil for treatment of their citizens by the NHS in each of the last...

      Health Services: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) French and (b) Spanish governments on health care costs of UK citizens resident in each such country.

      Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to primary care trusts on the funding of the care of patients that are incapacitated and would rather stay at home and be cared for...

      Infant Foods: Fluoride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the use of fluoridated water to make infant formula milk.

      Infant Mortality: Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the correlation between the presence of a functioning incinerator and the incidence of infant mortality in that area.

      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: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses from overseas countries have (a) entered the UK to work in the NHS and (b) subsequently returned to their own country in each of the...

      NHS: Labour Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many of the 10 strategic health authority visits by Lord Darzi's review group the NHS has agreed a filming opportunity for the Labour Party.

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the operation of citizens' juries on the NHS will (a) reflect and (b) affect the terms of the devolution settlement in Wales.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to consult with asthma sufferers as part of its review of prescription charges; (2) what plans his Department has to...

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what training healthcare staff receive on the prevention, detection and treatment of pressure sores; and what part of this training is a mandatory...

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department funded into pressure sores in each of the last 10 years.

      Worthing Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a Minister from his Department last visited Worthing Hospital.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated (a) number and (b) value is of new payment entitlements following the abolition of the fruit, vegetable...

    • Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff there were in (a) complement and (b) post at the Health and Safety Executive allocated to the task of...

      Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) on how many occasions in each month in the last five years (a) the high security unit, (b) incinerators and (c)...

      Bees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of bee colonies in the UK affected by colony collapse disorder.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people have been appointed to his Department outside of Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Training

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

      Dogs: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made a recent assessment of the merits of the reintroduction of dog licensing.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much central government funding has been spent on energy efficiency measures in (a) council, (b) housing association...

      Environment Agency: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on (a) hotel bills, (b) trips to the Belfry Golf Course, (c) trips to Henley...

      Flood Control: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to improve flood defences in North Northamptonshire.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the economic impact of the summer 2007 floods on the (a) agriculture industry, (b)...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the amount of uninsured losses arising from the summer 2007 floods.

      Floods: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions on (a) the insurability of properties in Worcestershire and (b) the availability of loss adjusters the...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 946W, on fly-tipping, how many incidents of fly-tipping were...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which recommendations of the Spratt Review into the outbreak of foot and mouth disease the Government do not intend to take...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the Government of the measures put in place during the most recent...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the total financial cost to the cattle industry of the latest outbreak of foot and...

      Government Laboratories: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what biosecurity breaches have occurred over the last five years at Government-funded laboratories conducting research into...

      Lorries: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 85W, on lorries: exhaust emissions, what plans he has to...

      Milk Marketing Board: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Milk Marketing Board TB testing station in Longford, Gloucestershire was closed; what the reasons were for its...

      Milk: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reasons were for his Department commissioning Agra Leas Consulting to produce a report into the potential for future...

      National Bee Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding the National Bee Unit received in each of the last five years; and how much it will receive in the next...

      National Bee Unit: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how many beekeepers each National Bee Unit inspector is responsible in the six months of the year when inspections are...

      Pirbright Laboratory: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the last inspection of biosecurity standards at the Pirbright Laboratory in Surrey took place before August 2007; and...

      Marine Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date he expects to bring forward a Marine Bill.

      Warm Front Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of the recommendation in the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group for England's fifth annual...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of people from (a) black and minority ethnic, (b) disabled and (c) socially excluded groups were considered to be (i)...

    • Artworks: Prime Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) title and (b) artist is of each piece of artwork that has been (i) added and (ii) removed from Number 10 Downing street...

      Hotels: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) hotels and (b) bed and breakfasts that have declared themselves insolvent...

      Monuments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward legislation to amend the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to require public consultation...

      Olympic Games: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been allocated to a tourism strategy for the 2012 Olympics.

      Tourism: Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made by the Government of the impact on tourism caused by the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease; and...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Political Activities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department's Ministers have met Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to discuss the rules relating to political campaigning by charities.

    • Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Government (a) Departments and (b) Ministers there were in each of the last 10 years.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the likelihood that the proposed venue for Olympic shooting events at the Royal Artillery Barracks will meet the necessary...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she has taken to ensure that small businesses benefit from the 2012 Olympics; and what estimate has been made of the number of small businesses who...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assistance is being provided to employers in London in relation to training local people, in respect of the skills and services that will be required in...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many public affairs consultancies have been shortlisted for the position of London 2012 Public Affairs Advisor; and whether any of those agencies have...

      V Charity: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster following the Final Report of the Third Sector Review, how much in public funds was allocated to 'v' (a) in each financial year since it was...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which organisations have been allocated funds from the Office of the Third Sector Strategic Partners Programme in 2007-08; and how much each...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the level of Government funding was for the main voluntary sector umbrella groups in each financial year since 1996-97.

  • Treasury

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a windfall tax on the armaments industry to fund (a) enhanced compensation payments for members of the armed forces injured in...

    • Bank Notes: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints he has received on non-acceptance of Scottish bank notes in other home nations of the UK in each of the last five years; (2) what...

      Child Benefit: EC Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent estimate is of the annual cost of paying child benefit to EU nationals who are resident in the UK though their children are not.

      Child Benefit: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many children in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) City of York child benefit was received (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for...

      Child Benefit: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in (a) Yorkshire and Humber and (b) the City of York received child benefit (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures...

      Civil Servants: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent civil servants were employed in City of York by each Government Department or Executive agency in each year since 1996-97.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Services grades in the last 30 days.

      Departments: Minister for Women

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by the Treasury to liaise with the Ministers for...

      Departments: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which periodicals his Department subscribes.

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff training and (b) communication training in the last 12 months.

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will abolish the differential between the duty paid on cider and that paid on beer; (2) what the reasons are for the differential between the...

      Forfeiture: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidelines are given to Customs officers on the impounding of vehicles.

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections the Government have made of levels of net immigration in (a) 2008, (b) 2013, (c) 2018 and (d) 2023; and if he will make a statement.

      Immigration: EC Enlargement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people from the 2004 EU accession countries entered the UK in each year since the accession, broken down by country of origin; what the average...

      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 households with an income (i) lower and (ii) higher than (A) 95...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the value for money of the Aspire contract in relation to services provided to the Valuation Office Agency.

      VAT: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 25 June 2007, Official Report, column 400W, on VAT: home information...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of the cost of administering the (a) working and (b) child tax credit systems that relates directly to the...

  • Justice

    • Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how participants in citizens' juries will be chosen; and who is responsible for the (a) process and (b) decisions.

    • Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the operation of citizens' juries will comply with the Code of Practice on Consultation.

      Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to publish (a) transcripts and (b) reports of citizens' juries.

      Citizens' Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the dates and subject matters of citizens' juries to be held by the Government.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average waiting time for offenders joining unpaid work groups has been since January, broken down by probation area.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many unpaid work appointments have been cancelled since January, broken down by probation area. [Official Report, 18 November 2007, Vol. 468, c. 3MC.]

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the adequacy of supply of unpaid work supervisors between January and August, broken down by probation area.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours of unpaid work were ordered by the courts during 2006-07.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many orders for unpaid work were completed during 2006-07.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were sentenced to unpaid work during 2006-07.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any national probation areas have experienced difficulties in transporting offenders to unpaid work placements since January 2007.

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been stood down during any period of unpaid work in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) Cheshire, (c) Warwickshire, (d) Avon and...

      Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders sentenced to unpaid work since 1 January 2007 have been unable to commence their sentences owing to a lack of supervising staff or...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many payments of compensation to victims were ordered by courts for (a) young and (b) adult offenders in each of the last three years; (2)...

      Custody Plus Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to introduce Custody Plus.

      Departments: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of people convicted of drug offences as a result of the Misuse of Drugs Act 2005; and how many such people have...

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government will publish its review of electoral systems in use in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Firearms: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many firearm-related offences were recorded in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contingency plans are in place to meet the needs and requirements of legal aid clients in circumstances where significant numbers of legal aid...

      Legal Aid: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research his Department has conducted on the impact of fixed legal aid fees on the provision of legal aid since the publication of Lord Carter's...

      Lord Chancellor: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid to the last Lord Chancellor as a lump sum on termination of his employment.

      Magistrates Courts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Libra computer system will be operational in all magistrates courts in England and Wales.

      Mobile Phones: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) arrested and (ii) prosecuted for using their mobile phones while driving since the legislation banning...

      Offenders: Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any probation areas in England and Wales have issued policy statements since 1 January 2006 on (a) the existence of or the attitude to be taken...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people detained at open prisons have been granted permission to keep and use a car for work assignments; and how many have been convicted...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how managed moves authorised by the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service are monitored; who is responsible for monitoring them; to whom they...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of staff moves to (a) deputy governor and (b) governor grades were by managed appointment in each of the last five years; and if he...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how Companies House is expected to report on its activities to (a) the public and (b) Parliament following the...

    • Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2007, Official Report, columns 619-20W, on Departments: Aviation, how many flights...

      Departments: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days.

      Electricity Generation: Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the total cost to energy companies of supplying power lines and other infrastructure to...

      Industrial Disputes: Arbitration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of mediated employment disputes were successfully concluded at that stage in the latest period for...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 16 July on a constituent, Ref 625784;...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 5 July on a constituent, Ref 624991;...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from (a) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (b) other...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the renewables obligation will be banded in order to provide different levels of support for different...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will introduce a national ban on the import and sale of seal products.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many wind turbines were installed in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years; what total installed wind...

      Wind Power: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the total subsidy paid to the owners of wind turbines under the Renewables Obligation Certificate Scheme has been...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) documents and (b) procedures govern the relationship between the Department and the Child Support Agency.

    • Child Support Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are available for hon. Members to take when dissatisfied with the response by the Child Support Agency to their representations.

      Child Support Agency: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the net cost of the Child Support Agency in each year since 1993-94, including administrative costs and the effect...

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Child Support Agency has to recover arrears which are more than six years old; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the cost in (a) cash and (b) real terms of running the Child Support Agency and its successor for each...

      Child Support Agency: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Child Support Agency applications are for cases where only one parent is named on the birth certificate; and if he will make...

      Child Support Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were allocated a Child Support Agency enforcement worker in each quarter from 1997 to June 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases resulted in the Child Support Agency (CSA) in each of the last three years; how many such payments the CSA made in each year;...

      Child Support Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unprocessed Child Support Agency cases there were in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last 12 months.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what restrictions there are on the Child Support Agency accessing HM Revenue and Customs information about non-resident parents' (a) income,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents being pursued by the Child Support Agency (a) have moved abroad and (b) are untraceable; and if he will make a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Child Support Agency compliance rates are in cases where the parent with care is on benefits with (a) a complete clawback of...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much income support was recovered by the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of parents with care who received any form of regular child maintenance from the non-resident...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many and what percentage of cases that were dealt with by the Child Support Agency in the last 12 months it was impossible to establish...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of non-resident parents whose child maintenance payments will rise by more than (a) 10 per cent.,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the current rate of deduction for child maintenance is for non-resident parents on benefits by the Child Support Agency; when the rate was...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's targets were for lifting children out of poverty in each year since 1997; and whether each target was met.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people, (b) senior citizens and (c) families (i) were entitled to and (ii) received council tax benefit in each borough in the...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households are in receipt of council tax benefit, broken down by region; and what estimate he has made of the number of households...

      Council Tax Benefits: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of black and minority ethnic households that are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of council tax...

      Council Tax Benefits: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum number is of pages of the council tax benefit form a person is required to complete to claim the benefit.

      Council Tax Benefits: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to change the council tax benefit system to redistribute unclaimed benefit to the poorest households.

      Council Tax Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was provided to the Scottish Executive for the payment of council tax benefit in each of the last five years.

      Departments: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions the Department had its accounts qualified by auditors in the last 10 years.

      Departments: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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: Aviation

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

      Departments: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which criminal offences have been introduced by his Department in primary legislation since October 2006.

      Departments: Delivery Services

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

      Departments: Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 84W, on Departments: Departmental Records, what estimate he has made of the...

      Departments: Departmental Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 84W, on Departments: Departmental Records, what mechanisms are in place to...

      Departments: Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of his Department in receipt of statutory sick pay moved on to incapacity benefit in each year since 1997, broken down by...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many individuals recruited by his Department from new deal programmes since the inception of the scheme left within (a) six and (b)...

      Departments: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has...

      Departments: Press

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average duration was of an absence from work through sickness in his Department in each year since 1997.

      Departments: Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what total amount of statutory sick pay was received by employees of his Department in each year since 1997; (2) how many and what...

      Departments: Tribunals

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

      Departments: Westmorland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider locating or relocating additional departmental jobs to Westmorland and Lonsdale.

      Disability Aids: Departmental Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to improve the delineation of responsibility between the Social Fund and other public agencies in connection with the...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for disability living allowance there were between April 2006 and January 2007.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for disability living allowance were made in each year since 1997; what proportion were approved; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances an individual's eligibility for disability living allowance is reassessed; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the earnings disregard for disability living allowance was in April of each year since 1997.

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance claimants appealed against decisions made on their claims between April 2006 and January 2007.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to list the groups in the working age population which he thinks should not be expected to work.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he plans to make of the analysis of the barriers to work set out in the National Audit Office report Helping People from...

      Employment Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for pilot studies of private and voluntary sector involvement in the provision of employment support; what the timetable is...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in piloting the redesigned personal capability assessment; and what evaluations he has made of the results of the...

      Employment: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of individuals in employment over state pension age who want to work; and what research he has (a)...

      Employment: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which retailers have been chosen (a) in Scotland and (b) throughout the UK to supply the incentive vouchers used by engagement consultants...

      Government Departments: New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department keeps a record of the recruitment of individuals from New Deal programmes by other Government departments.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what year rental valuations are based for the purpose of calculating housing benefits.

      Housing Benefit: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of housing benefit paid to (a) local authority tenants, (b) housing association tenants and (c) private sector...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials an incapacity benefit claimant has to deal with on average before he or she can claim the benefit; and if he will make a...

      Incapacity Benefits: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support is available to assist (a) able-bodied and (b) disabled people who stop work at short notice due to incapacity in paying the...

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices closed in each year since 2001, broken down by Parliamentary constituency.

      Jobcentre Plus: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there are plans to close Jobcentre Plus offices in Scotland.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed by (a) the Employment Service and (b) Jobcentre Plus in each year since 2002, broken down by region.

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the (a) accessibility and (b) efficiency of Jobcentre Plus services since the move to centralised...

      Jobcentre Plus: Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice on benefit entitlement is available at Jobcentre Plus offices; and how that advice may be accessed.

      Jobcentres: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Scottish Jobcentre Plus offices with (a) full-time and (b) part-time opening hours were closed in each of the last five years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claims were repeat claims (a) in the last year for which figures are available and (b) in each of the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of jobseeker's allowance claimants identified with basic skills needs by JobCentre Plus screening acquired a basic skills...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed jobseeker's allowance in (a) the Black Country district and (b) the Marches district in each month between June 2006...

      Labour Market

      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 job vacancies in the latest period...

      Labour Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from the Migration Advisory Committee since its inception; how many times (i) he and...

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how environmental sustainability will be taken into account in developing the 30 local employment partnerships announced on 18 July 2007,...

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 18 July 2007, Official Report, column 280, what his definition is of high-quality wrap-around childcare.

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people lived in households earning (a) less than 30 per cent., (b) less than 40 per cent., (c) less than 50 per cent., and (d)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a reply will be sent to the constituent of the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight whose reference is CSA 321031224246/NR 185956A.

      Migrant Workers: Labour Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of migration on the labour market; and what assessment he has made of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours a week (a) a lone parent with one child and (b) a couple with two children earning the minimum wage would have to work to...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many national insurance numbers there are in the national insurance database; (2) how many people are registered in the national...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many duplicate national insurance numbers there are in the national insurance database.

      National Insurance Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 23 July 2007, Official Report, columns 47-48WS, on national insurance credits, what his...

      National Insurance: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been reported of (a) an individual using more than one national insurance number and (b) a national insurance number...

      National Insurance: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian citizens since 1 January.

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants on the New Deal for Young People were taking part in the scheme for the second or subsequent time in each month since 1998.

      New Deal for Young People: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the interim results of the outcome-related funding pilots currently running in the New Deal for Young People...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people leaving (a) the new deal scheme, (b) the new deal for lone parents scheme and (c) the new deal 25 plus scheme...

      New Deal Schemes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has compared the relative performances in returning numbers of people to work of the New Deal self-employment programme...

      New Deal Schemes: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people participated in new deal training in each of the last 36 months.

      New Deal Schemes: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in City of York constituency have found work through each of the Government's new deal programmes since their introduction.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many adults were members of occupational pension schemes in each year from 1997 to 2007.

      Pathways to Work: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of work-focused interviews in the Pathways to Work programme have been given by (a) private sector providers and (b)...

      Pathways to Work: Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the demand for (a) cognitive behavioural therapists and (b) other appropriate therapists in the implementation...

      Pension Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the overall cost is of the 24 new pension centres.

      Pension Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed in the 24 new regional pension centres.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take further to encourage eligible pensioners to claim the pension credit to which they are entitled.

      Pensioners: Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to raise the council tax benefit savings limit for pensioners.

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of adults over the age of 65 was in each region in each year since 1997 in real terms.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the powers of the Pensions Regulator; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) financial support direction and (b) contribution notices the Pensions Regulator has imposed.

      Pensions: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account he takes of changes in the level of council tax in setting pension rates.

      Pensions: Lil-Lets UK Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the pensions funds situation of Lil-Lets UK Ltd, following the closure of the production facilities by...

      Pensions: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average value of benefits in kind provided by the state was to (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in York in 1996-97...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage change in net income of each income decile has been in the UK since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) national average rate of absence from work, (b) public sector average rate of absence from work through sickness and (c)...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of long-term sick leave which is due to arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.

      Sick Pay: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in the provision of employment advisers in GP surgeries to advise on sick notes for statutory sick pay; and what...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking in liaison with the Social Fund Commissioner to improve the accuracy of decision-making with regard to the Social Fund.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the amount of customer error underpayments was for (a) pension credit, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) income support due to...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the amount of customer error and fraud overpayments were for (a) pension credit, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) income support due...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) housing benefit, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) jobseeker's allowance, (d) carer's allowance and (e) disability...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those in receipt of (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) jobseeker's allowance in each year since 1997 had been on...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people receiving (a) disability living allowance, (b) severe disablement allowance, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of working age were (a) claiming out-of-work benefits, (b) claiming unemployment benefit, (c) lone parents claiming income...

      Social Security Benefits: EC Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down by nationality the number of national insurance numbers issued to EU citizens since 1st January 2004.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was lost due to (a) benefit fraud and (b) error in the granting of benefits in each year since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of fraudulent claims for (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel payment, (c)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the initiatives taken by the Government since 1997 to tackle benefit fraud; and what the (a) cost of the initiative, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who were investigated for benefit fraud were subsequently (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted and convicted in each year since...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total value of benefit fraud was in respect of cases investigated resulting in (a) cautions and (b) prosecutions in each year since...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit fraud were detected in each year since 1997; and how many successful...

      Social Security Benefits: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes (a) have been made and (b) are planned to IT systems in order to enable the delivery of the employment and support allowance.

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single (a) women and (b) men with children had their benefits withdrawn in each of the last five years.

      State Retirement Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK state pensions were paid to people residing in each country outside the European Economic Area with which the UK does not have a...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken into the merits of time-limited unemployment benefits.

      Unemployment Benefits: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on benefits for unemployed people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in (i) April 1997 and (ii) in the most recent...

      Unemployment Benefits: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of benefits paid to people who were unemployed and seeking work in the City of York in (a) 1996 and (b)...

      Unemployment: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the incidence of unemployment and economic inactivity in social housing tenants.

      Vacancies: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unfilled job vacancies there were at York Jobcentre at (a) 1 January and (b) 1 July in each year since 2000.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Charter of Fundamental Rights (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will list the representations made to him on the justiciability of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the United...

    • China: Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information the Government have collected on the hacking into of (a) Government, (b) Parliament and (c) UK commerce and...

      Departments: Minister for Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) ministerial committees and (b) permanent groups involving senior civil servants have been set up by his Department to...

      Iraq: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in reviewing the applications of Iraqi interpreters who have worked for British forces in Iraq; and...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) action the UK Government has taken and (b) discussions it has had since 1 July on the future status of Kosovo; and if...

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the implementation of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement; whether the deadlines in Appendix A of...

      Turkey: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the killing of Kurdish civilians in Turkey by Turkish armed forces and law enforcement agencies...

      Zimbabwe: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions British ambassadors, high commissioners or other diplomatic staff have met (a) Robert Mugabe and (b)...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 284-85W, on asylum seekers, (1) whether the working group on asylum...

    • Border and Immigration Agency: Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assistant directors of immigration services are in post; and where they are based.

      Border and Immigration Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance indicators are used for the immigration services.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 June 2007, Official Report, column 670W, on Departments: Manpower, what the estimated yearly cost is of...

      Departments: Training

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

      EU Law: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer given on 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1635W, on EU Law: Human Trafficking, what changes to domestic...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those imprisoned since 1997 have their records on the national DNA database.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many injuries were caused to lorry drivers by attempted illegal immigrants at the Channel ports in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004;...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many attempted illegal immigrants were detected in lorries passing through the Channel ports in (a) the first six months of 2007, (b)...

      Immigrants: Criminal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entry refusals there were of (a) EU and (b) non-EU nationals on the basis of their criminal records in each of the last three...

      Immigration: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of people resident in the United Kingdom who will be affected by the retrospective...

      Immigration Officers: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration officers were prosecuted for corruption in each of the last five years.

      Immigration: Ministers of Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will break down the Ministers of Religion in Table 2.2 of Control of Immigration Statistics UK 2006, by faith group.

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths there were in police custody in each of the last five years.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) civilians staff were employed per capita of general population...

      Police: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer profiles were removed from the database on retirement or resignation in each year since 2000.

      Proof of Identity: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 694W, on genetics, what the average length of time taken by her Department's...

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