Written answers

Monday, 1 October 2007

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Public Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department has carried out any studies into Public Service Entitlement since 2004.

  • International Development

    • Departments: Departmental Coordination

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

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints she has received from airline passengers in relation to delayed and lost baggage in each of the last six months; and if she will...

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average (a) number of trips and (b) trip length taken each year (i) by bus and (ii) in total was for people in each income decile and in...

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

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

      Departments: Tribunals

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

      Heathrow Airport: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints she has received from passengers about Heathrow Airport in each of the last three months; and if she will make a statement.

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected cost is of each of the sections of the project to widen the M25.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has held following the report of the Office of Rail Regulation on the increase in rail defects caused by heavier trains introduced...

  • Health

    • General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by primary care trust the medical GP practices which use 0844 revenue-shaving telephone numbers; and what guidance he has issued on the...

  • Justice

    • Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals convicted of benefit fraud in the last 12 months had (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more previous convictions.

  • Treasury

    • Departments: Early Retirement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each...

    • Health Spending Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1183W, on the Health Spending Team, whether this team has its own specific list of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy towards the Sydney Declaration on Climate Change.

    • Energy: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government spent on energy conservation in (a) York and (b) Yorkshire in each year since 2004-05.

      Flood Control: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review (a) flood defences and (b) sea defences in the Bournemouth area following the summer 2007 flooding.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) properties and (b) businesses were affected by the summer 2007 floods, broken down by county.

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of the fluoridation of public water supplies.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to which organisations and projects the £20 million announced in the Budget 2006 to help local authorities and other to...

      Institute for Animal Health: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration was given to prioritising the repair and maintenance of the effluent pipes at Pirbright in the context of...

      Institute for Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what central Government funding to the Institute of Animal Health estate was in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to answer the letters to him dated 17 July from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many reports and publications the Department published in 2006-07; and how many of these were printed on 100 per cent....

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many compensation claims were made under the (a) War Pensions Scheme in each year from 1997 to 2006 and (b) the Armed Forces Compensation...

    • Army: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicles for use by the Army were purchased by his Department in 2006-07, broken down by country of manufacture.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fatalities each unit that has served in Iraq has experienced; and how many of those (a) died in Iraq and (b) subsequently died of wounds elsewhere.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the crew (a) requirement and (b) strength is for each helicopter type in the (i) Army Air Corps, (ii) Navy and (iii) RAF.

      Military Bases: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to locate further units of 16 Air Assault Brigade at Colchester Garrison; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current establishment of each (a) regiment, (b) corps and (c) sub-unit of the Territorial Army is.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded in respect of retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18 years in each year since 1997; how many police...

    • Asylum: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies have been undertaken into the effect of appellant asylum seekers who have been denied benefits on social services departments.

      Burglary: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were (a) reported and (b) successfully detected in Surrey in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Cars: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in England and Wales were charged for the recovery of their stolen vehicle from police, and police approved, car pounds in...

      CCTV: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much central government funding has been spent on closed-circuit television in York since 1997.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on public pay since her appointment; and if she will make a statement.

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

      Deportation: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were removed under immigration law to (a) Democratic Republic of Congo and (b) Congo (Brazzaville) in each of the last six...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU citizens who reside in the UK gained entry to the UK through applying for a UK visa from another European member state.

      Extradition: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the steps which must be taken, and the requirements which must be met, for the relevant authorities of the Russian...

      Fines: Cinemas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded in respect of cinemas allowing underage children into age-rated films in each year since 1997; how many...

      Fines: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded in respect of retailers selling video games or DVDs to under-age customers in each year since 1997; how many...

      Foreign Workers: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued to overseas nationals in each of the last 10 years.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of individuals on the DNA database are under 16; and if she will make a statement.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual cost was of (a) storing and (b) processing (i) DNA samples and (ii) DNA profiles taken for the National DNA Database in...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made by (a) the Paladin team, (b) the Maxim team and (c) the Human Smuggling Unit since their inception; and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the establishment is of the Serious Organised Crime Agency; how many staff are dealing with human trafficking issues; and if she will...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra resources have been given to local authorities to provide safe housing and special support to child victims of trafficking...

      Identity Cards: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which and how many locations in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland will be used for the capture of UK...

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of incidents of gang-related kidnappings has been since April 2005, broken down by police area.

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of gang-related kidnappings (a) which were unreported and (b) where no charges were forthcoming...

      Minister for Women

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

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted criminals were deported to their own country in each of the last five years.

      Offensive Weapons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years were murdered as a result of (a) gun crime and (b) knife crime in each London borough in each of...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Government expects to pay Equifax for the contract to provide reference information on passport applicants in (a) financial...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forged or false passports were seized at Heathrow and Gatwick airports in each of the last three years; and how many of those were...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales from (a) outside and (b) within the EU, other than the UK and Ireland, have been identified as...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the earliest stage is at which a foreign prisoner becomes liable for deportation during his sentence.

      Special Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects to complete the review of Special Branch; and if she will make a statement; (2) if she will make a statement on the...

      Stop and Search: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were the subject of stop forms used by police officers in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area in each year since 2001;...

  • Work and Pensions

    • UK Commission for Employment and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) annual budget and (b) number of staff for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills will be when it is established in 2008.

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households received less than (a) 20 per cent. and (b) 30 per cent. of median income in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.

      Child Support Agency: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents from whom the Child Support Agency is seeking to collect maintenance have arrears of over (a) £100,000,...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of the information and support service on child maintenance to be established by his Department by...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to the possibility of contracting out the child maintenance information and support service to the private or...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many non-resident parents were required, having had their Child Support Agency maintenance payments deducted from their...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of children living in poverty.

      Departments: Departmental Co-ordination

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

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has for using citizens' juries as part of the policy making process.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Welfare to Work proposals set out in In Work, Better Off: Next steps to full...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus districts there are; how many Jobcentre Plus districts reached their job outcome target point total in the last period...

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus staff were employed in (a) call centres and (b) frontline offices in each of the last 10 years.

      Jobseekers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1868W, on jobseekers allowance, how many and what percentage of new deal...

      Lone Parents: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment made to lone parents was in each of the in-work credit pilot areas; and what the average hourly pay was of the lone...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) participated in and (b) found permanent full-time employment following their participation in each New Deal...

      Pension Credit: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an estimate of the (a) number and (b) proportion of pensioners who will be eligible for pension credit in each year up to 2050.

      Pensioners: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many UK pensioners resident abroad have their pensions (a) frozen and (b) uprated in line with those living in the UK.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to paragraph 14 of the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on the National Insurance Fund account 2003-04 (HC 197 2004-05),...

      Pensions: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost of compensation to pensioners whose pension schemes were underfunded and who are eligible for...

      Pensions: Females

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

      Pensions: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reasons his Department used a private sector company to deliver pension cheques to sub-post offices during the recent postal...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition his Department uses of child poverty.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely reductions in fraudulent benefit claims from the use of voice risk analysis technology.

      Social Security Benefits: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements he has made for individuals with personal computers using (a) Microsoft Windows and (b) Apple Macintosh operating systems...

      Social Security Benefits: New Deals Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of those people who had left each New Deal for Work, how many and what proportion were claiming benefit for the second or more time in (a)...

      State Retirement Pensions: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many men aged (a) 65, (b) 66, (c) 67, (d) 68, (e) 69, (f) 70, (g) 71, (h) 72, (i) 73 and (j) 74 are currently...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2007, Official Report, column 895W, on tax credit, how many (a) individuals and (b) households were...

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what Government welfare to work programmes have been instituted since 1997; what the (a) duration and (b) cost of each programme has been;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legislative provisions introduced by his Department since 1997 have not yet been brought into force.

    • Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library a copy of the direction issued on behalf of the Prime Minister on the flying of the Union Flag from...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with football authorities on the number of overseas players registered to play with English clubs; and if he...

      Gaming: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many prosecutions have been brought against online gaming companies for breaking existing legislation on advertising internet gambling.

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many libraries were closed in the last 12 months in (a) each Government region and (b) each parliamentary constituency; and...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list the overseas offices of regional development agencies which deal with tourism.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what responsibility Mr. Neil McDonald in her Department (a) has and (b) had for home information packs.

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the consultation on supplementary business rates.

      Planning: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to ensure that local communities are involved in decisions about the spending of section 106...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) funded on the (i) South West Regional Spatial Strategy and (ii) East...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to outsource work undertaken by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

    • Education Maintenance Allowance: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many residents of Wansdyke constituency have been in receipt of educational maintenance allowance in each year since its...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many residents of Wansdyke constituency are (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of education maintenance allowance.

      Education Maintenance Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students at education institutions in York are receiving education maintenance allowances; and what the total expenditure...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students at education institutions in York were receiving education maintenance allowances in 2006-07; and what the total...

      Education: Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission a study on whether teaching children bridge in school can lead to the start of a gambling addiction.

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average primary school class size in English schools was in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the value is of the unitary payments of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department over the lifetime...

      Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the (a) mean and (b) median total point score was in England at Key Stage (i) 2 and (ii) 3 in each year since 1997;...

      Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of children who did not improve their level of attainment between the end of Key Stage...

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools experienced persistent unsatisfactory behaviour in each reporting period from 1996-97 to 2007-08.

      Schools: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many spare school places in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools there are within (i) Cheltenham constituency and (ii)...

      Schools: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average area of playing fields per school in the state sector is in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Ribble Valley.

      Schools: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Poole use (a) streaming and (b) setting.

      Specialist Diplomas: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with representatives from universities on the content of the Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equality on the decision to require mature students born before...

      Teaching Methods: Gravesend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Gravesham use (a) streaming and (b) setting.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departments: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many officials in his Department are (a) involved in assisting European Council negotiations, (b) involved in assisting...

    • Departments: Flowers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he plans to increase the number of civil servants employed in his Department.

      Departments: Press

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

      Graduates: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average level of debt is of a university graduate on graduation.

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average time taken for a university graduate to find employment following graduation has been in each of the last 10...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills following the oral statement of 5 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1108-10, on Higher Education, what estimate his...

      Higher Education: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding was given to (a) higher education institutions, (b) further education colleges for higher education...

      Mature Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) which European legislation regulates the provision by local authorities of age-related subsidies for educational...

      Student Wastage: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the non-completion rates were for students enrolled in teacher training courses at UK universities in each year between...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of higher education institutions are charging annual tuition fees in excess of £1,125; and how much...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the cost of (a) providing fee deferral to students at HE institutions and (b)...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Companies House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much income Companies House received from the late filing of accounts in each of the last 10 years.

    • Electronic Games: Epilepsy Warning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the percentage of electronic games publishers which include warnings on their products that they could...

      Workers: Additional Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many workers in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex have received additional training under the Engineering...

      Private Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each...

  • House of Lords

    • Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans there are to address the issue identified in the Luce review, Fundamental Review of Death Certification and Coroner Services, June 2003, of a lack of...

    • Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the implementation of an out-of-hours bereavement service by the coroners service in Coventry to accommodate those from the Jewish and Muslim...

      Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the draft Coroners Bill would not make compulsory the provision of a 24-hour service to accommodate religious sensitivities.

      Coroners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering any legislation to reform HM Coroners Service.

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish their response to the consultation document Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims—Justice for Victims of Rape, which was published...

      Cyprus: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch- Brown on 11 July (WA 221), what assessment they have made of (a) the infringement of the human rights of Turkish...

      Driving: Over-75s

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the death and serious injury rates and conviction rates for motoring offences by drivers over the age of 75 compare with other driver age groups, in particular...

      Education: East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much, on a per head of population basis, each county in the East of England region received from central government for education in the last financial year.

      Energy: Off-grid Households

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many households in the United Kingdom are not connected to national distribution networks for water and electricity; and What incentives they offer households...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 July (WA 242), whether the research project into the measurement of dental fluorosis and its...

      Health: Clinical Academics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the relatively small number of academic clinical fellowships, clinical lectureships and senior lectureships which have been approved, what steps they...

      Health: Junior Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide in future years for a significant number of entry points above specialty training year 1 for (a) those doctors who secure fixed-term...

      Health: Podiatry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the extent to which moving the funding for podiatric care for diabetics from secondary to the primary sector will, as the National...

      Israel and Palestine: Rafah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they received from the Government of Israel when the United Kingdom embassy in Israel on 28 June raised the issues of the closure of Rafah crossing...

      Mercury: Barometers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Parliament will be given an opportunity to vote on the proposed European Union regulation banning the sale of new mercury barometers and thermometers.

      Mercury: Barometers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they were able to form a view on the justification for banning the manufacture of mercury barometers for domestic use if there is no estimate of the numbers of...

      Northern Ireland: Captain Nairac

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it remains their intention to bring to justice all those who were responsible for the killing of Captain Nairac.

      Schools: Academies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 16 July (WA 7), whether, for the convenience of Members who receive Hansard by post and others with an interest in...

      Traffic Commissioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 24 July (WA 84) on traffic commissioners, whether, as the formulation of future government policy...

      Transport: Drivers' Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25 July (HL5034), whether on-the-spot fines will reflect the competitive advantage gained by...

      Transport: Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps with their international partners to achieve a higher rate of freight transport by ships than by aviation in the long term.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 5 July (WA 190), of the heavy goods vehicles involved in accidents in 2006, how many were left-hand...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current assessment of the integrity of the digital tachographs used in heavy goods vehicles.

      Young Offender Institutions: Rochester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 12 July (WA 252), for how long the young offenders will have no access to sporting facilities whilst...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the implications of the conclusion by the Local Government Association in their 2000 report A New Future for Allotments 2000 that...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, further to their response to the report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs, The Future for Allotments...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of people currently on waiting lists for allotments in each local authority in England.

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the carbon emissions reduction that would be achieved each year if all of those currently on waiting lists for allotments were...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the research undertaken by the London Assembly Environment Committee that suggests a loss of 6.9 per cent of allotment...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to increase the number of allotment sites in the City of Westminster from zero; and how many inquiries have been made about allotment...

      Armed Forces: Warrior Fighting Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom soldiers have been treated for heat stress immediately after periods spent working in Warrior vehicles; and Whether they have any plans to...

      Army: Combating Racism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to combat possible racism in the Household Division; and whether through enhanced public relations they are tackling any perception of racism...

      Bridges Community Ventures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated internal rate of return per annum to date, taking realised capital returns and unrealised capital appreciation or depreciation together, on...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the Coal Health Compensation Schemes report by the National Audit Office, published on 18 July, and in particular its findings that in...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings in the Coal Health Compensation Schemes report by the National Audit Office, published on 18 July, that the total forecast...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the legal services provided by Nabarro solicitors in the negotiation of a tariff for claimants' solicitors' fees in the...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total sum, by way of legal and other fees, paid to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and its claims handling company, Vendside Limited, in respect of...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total amount of legal costs paid to (a) Beresfords; (b) Raleys; (c) Wake Smith; (d) Ashton Morton Slack; (e) Avalon; (f) Thompsons; (g) Mark Gilbert...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the average sums paid in respect of claimants represented by (a) Beresfords; (b) Aston Morton Slack; (c) Moss Legal LLP; (d) Avalon; (e) Union of...

      Crime: Computer Misuse

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the recent statistics showing a rise in crime related to computing, they will review existing computer crime legislation and assess the...

      Defence Industrial Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the Ministry of Defence's interim policy paper, following the Defence Industrial Strategy, on the...

      Employment Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a list of new jurisdictions acquired by industrial and employment tribunals in each of the years 1972 to 2006, and the legal source of...

      Energy: Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the rate of introduction of lower carbon energy efficient light bulbs in United Kingdom households is satisfactory; and whether the efforts of private...

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are still of the opinion that a Severn barrage is not viable for the reasons given by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 21 March (Official Report, col. 131).

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they reconcile the statement by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon in her Written Answer on 12 July (WA 242) that dental fluorosis does not affect "the extra...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Warner on 24 July 2006 (WA 240) and Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 July (WA 242) on fluoridation, whether infants and...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Warner on 24 July 2006 (WA 240) and Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 July (WA 242) on fluoridation, what is their response...

      Food: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold talks with United Kingdom food and drink industry representatives to increase public usage of the new guideline daily amount nutrition labels.

      Government: Secretary of State for Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what proportions the Secretary of State for Defence and for Scotland plans to divide his working time between those two responsibilities.

      Health: Black and Ethnic Minority Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to increase the number of primary care trusts which operate a Race for Health programme for black and ethnic minority patients.

      Health: Blood Donation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of blood and blood products used by the National Health Service comes from donations made in the United Kingdom; and How the proportion of blood...

      Health: Blood Donation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much is spent annually on advertising and marketing blood donation.

      Health: Cancer Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which advice takes precedence in managing cancer treatment-related anaemia: that of the Chief Medical Officer to conserve blood stocks or cost-effectiveness...

      Health: Cost-effectiveness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to appraise cost-effectiveness with reference to the actual price paid for...

      Health: East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much, on a per head of population basis, each county in the East of England region received from central government for National Health Service services in the...

      Health: Erythropoietin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the preliminary recommendation by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, if it permits erythropoietins only for Jehovah's Witnesses,...

      Health: Erythropoietin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the survey of National Health Service professionals undertaken in July by Professor Nick Bosanquet, which shows that clinicians...

      Health: Ovarian Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether women with ovarian cancer are recognised as a distinct subgroup of cancer patients; and what is their response to the rejection of this group by the...

      Health: Regulation of Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the regulation of healthcare professionals is still a reserved power in all four countries of the United Kingdom in the light of recent devolution legislation.

      Health: Regulation of Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what process members were appointed to the seven work streams of the National Advisory Group on Professional Regulation.

      Health: Regulation of Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will ensure that all the regulators of healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom have the same range of sanctions.

      House of Lords: Select Committees

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether there is a convention that membership of the European Union Committee and the Science and Technology Committee is reserved to Back-Bench Members; and, if...

      Housing: New Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they took account of immigration when drawing up their plans for providing three million new homes by 2020; and, if so, what was the net annual immigration...

      Immigration: Entry Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Home Office has taken almost five months to consider the compassionate and medical cases of Ms Helen Berhane and her sister for entry clearance (UK Visas...

      Immigration: Family Removal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18 May 2006 (WA 63-64), whether following the review of processes for effecting family removal,...

      Immigration: Yarl's Wood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received reports of a solicitor who has been allowed into Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) on two occasions and has taken money from...

      Navy: Frigates and Destroyers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they chose to reduce the total of frigates and destroyers from the 32 referred to in the Strategic Defence Review to 25; and whether they propose any further...

      Office of Science and Innovation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the implications of the relocation of the Office of Science and Innovation for the scrutiny of scientific matters in Parliament.

      Planning: Eco-towns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that the planned eco-towns will be inhabited by people living an eco-lifestyle.

      Telephone Numbers: Home Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25 June (WA 120), what revenue has been received by them between September 2004 and September 2006...

      World War II: Bevin Boys

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which non-military organisations have received some form of recognition for their efforts in the 1939-45 war, whether of medals, ribbons or lapel badges; and...

      Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total number of children eligible for child benefit in the United Kingdom in 1997, 2001 and 2006, or the latest year for which there is information...

      Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the amount per week of child benefit for the first child and for each other child in the family in 1997, 2001 and 2006, or the latest year for which there...

      Children: Films and Television

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have a strategy in respect of the production of films and television programmes for children; whether they will set up a fund for the production of...

      Children: Television Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to reinforce the latest Ofcom restrictions on irresponsible television advertising of unsuitable food and drink products to children.

      Equality: European Race Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times the European Commission has written to them asking for explanations of gaps in the implementation of the European race directive; and what response...

      Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 23 July (WA 67), whether they will set out those considerations which led them to conclude that it was...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the call, made by Lord Owen at the hearing on 11 July of the Independent Public Inquiry into Contaminated National Health Service Blood...

      Health: Erythropoietin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisal consultation document (ACD) on Erythropoietin will facilitate the ethical duty of...

      Health: Erythropoietin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will issue guidance setting out the range of discounts between which purchase of Erythropoietin...

      Home Office: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-United Kingdom citizens are employed in (a) the Identity and Passport Service, and (b) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office;...

      Home Office: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have applied or will apply positive vetting procedures to all employees of the Identity and Passport Service and the Immigration and Nationality...

      Housing: Flood Plains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much housebuilding, sanctioned by planning authorities, is in progress on flood plains in England.

      Housing: Flood Plains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much housebuilding, sanctioned by planning authorities, has been carried out in (a) 2005; (b) 2006; and (c) 2007 to date on flood plains in England.

      Housing: Right to Buy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of their policy to provide and retain the stock of social housing for rent, they intend to withdraw the right of social housing tenants to buy.

      Immigration: Random Stops at Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 July (WA 245) stating that "information on charges or convictions arising from stops at ports of entry...

      Iraq: Export of Antiquities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since the promulgation of Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) Order (SI 2003/1519), they have issued licences permitting the export from the United Kingdom of...

      Licensing: Live Music Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of the Live Music Forum; and what plans there are for further meetings of the forum following the publication of its report Live Music...

      National Lottery: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Big Lottery Fund awarded in (a) 2005; (b) 2006; and (c) 2007 to date, to projects in north-west England.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13 June (WA 20-1), how many passports were included in the packages recorded as lost or stolen in...

      Police: East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much, on a per head of population basis, each county in the East of England region received from central Government for policing in the last financial year.

      Sri Lanka: Home Office Guidance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Home Office country guidance on Sri Lanka was last updated; and whether it reflects the recent deterioration of the humanitarian situation there and the...

      Sudan: Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the overall level of trade between the United Kingdom and Sudan each year for the past five years.

      Taxation: Fuel Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the extent to which marker dye is washed out of agricultural diesel obtained inside and outside the United Kingdom for use on...

      Allotments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the demand for allotment plots in inner London; and whether they have any plans to increase provision of green spaces in general...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions the Secretary of State for Transport has had with the Civil Aviation Authority following the publication of the Aviation Contaminated Air...

      Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in prioritising their wildlife health strategy, they will take note of the need for the development of a polymerase chain reaction test that can identify...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25 July (Official Report, col. WA 88), whether, as local government is already engaged in the...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ian Grattidge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Mr Ian Grattidge, former finance director at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dismissed following the introduction of the single...

      Driving: Maximum Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25 July (WA 90), whether the power to impose a maximum age for the holding of motor vehicle driving...

      Energy: Air Conditioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the amount of energy used for air conditioning in the United Kingdom each year; what is their prediction for the energy use for air...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial incentives they have introduced to encourage the uptake of renewable energy technologies for heating domestic properties.

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of energy used for space heating in domestic properties is taken from local renewable energy sources.

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord Rooker on 23 July on flooding (Official Report, cols. 564—74), whether they will introduce legislation to give the...

      Immigration: Dublin System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the provisions of the Dublin system for dealing with asylum applications are consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights; and whether their...

      Immigration: Handcuffs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether asylum applicants being transferred from Belfast to Strathaven in Scotland, or elsewhere, are routinely handcuffed while on board the ferry; whether a...

      Immigration: Torture and Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action was taken between January and July 2007, following the submission of 703 reports from detention centres to the Border and Immigration Agency concerning...

      Immigration: Yarl's Wood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in view of the assurances given on 23 October 2006 by the Minister for Immigration, Mr Liam Byrne, that breastfeeding children should not be separated from...

      Immigration: Yarl's Wood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why Ms Maseko, an unsuccessful asylum-applicant and mother of two small children, was forcibly evicted from council accommodation and then separated from her...

      Mariners: Alcohol and Drugs Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Baroness Crawley on 19 July (Official Report, col. col 368) about alcohol and drugs limits for mariners, what are the details of the...

      Mental Health: Council of Europe Recommendation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their reasons for tabling qualification (Note 1) made to the Committee Ministers' Recommendation 2004/10 concerning the protection of human rights and...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many replacement United Kingdom passports were issued in each of the past 12 months in respect of passports which were reported (a) lost, or (b) stolen; and,...

      Regulators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken following the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force "that government should allow all independent regulators sufficient...

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

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

      Transport: Drivers' Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making arrangements for the United Kingdom registration and enforcement agencies responsible for holding data relating to drivers, vehicles and...

      Transport: Drivers' Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will ensure that agency drivers working for several employers within the European Union do not flout the drivers' hours regulations.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any limits on the amount of road fuel which may be brought into the United Kingdom in the fuel tanks of heavy goods vehicles; and whether it is...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that, when checks are carried out on heavy goods vehicles and drivers using roads giving access to ports, such checks are co-ordinated...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in ensuring that heavy goods vehicles registered outside the United Kingdom contribute to the costs of the roads, thus creating a fair...

      Water Quality: Beaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose changes to European Union bathing water directives 76/160/EEC and 2006/7/EC to increase the protection to the public from sewage...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in respect of firms of solicitors dealing with claims under the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, the British Coal vibration white finger...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By reference to the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, the British Coal vibration white finger litigation and the British Coal industrial deafness...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many complaints were dealt with by the Legal Complaints Service in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and the British Coal vibration white finger...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the workload handled by the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales and the Office of the Legal Services Complaints...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Penalties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial or other penalties have been imposed in each of the past five financial years by the European Union on the Department for Environment, Food and...

      Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Penalties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the penalties imposed by the European Union on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had on the budgets of Defra-sponsored...

      Elections: Ballot Papers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2007, whether they have any plans to extend the powers of the Secretary of State to the...

      Employment Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 March 2001 (WA 50), whether they will publish a similar table showing the annual number of...

      Guinea: Child Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations made in the recent Human Rights Watch report on girl domestic workers in Guinea, Bottom of the Ladder, especially...

      Housing: National Distribution Networks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: The following Answer was printed with the wrong Question on Wednesday 25 July. The correct Question, with the Answer, is as set out below. Whether they will...

      International Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much United Kingdom bilateral development assistance per capita, omitting the cost of defence and security where possible, was spent in (a) India; (b)...

      International Development: Civil Society

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What definition they now apply to "civil society" in international development; and how they sub-divide categories of assistance to civil society within the...

      International Development: India

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What bilateral or multilateral assistance they have given to India for (a) social exclusion projects, and (b) Dalit organisations in the latest two financial years...

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the government of Syria and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about the health, educational and other needs of...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to enable the recommencement of works in Gaza by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.

      Licensing: BMRB Live Music Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultations were held with the Live Music Forum concerning the 2007 British Market Research Bureau's live music survey.

      Licensing: BMRB Live Music Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the research methodology and interview questionnaire of the 2007 British Market Research Bureau's live music survey.

      Licensing: BMRB Live Music Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Live Music Forum will be asked to consider the 2007 British Market Research Bureau's live music survey; and, if not, what plans they have for an...

      North Korea: Humanitarian Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to encourage the European Commission to fund health and water programmes in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

      North Korea: Humanitarian Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the current humanitarian situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; and whether they have assessed the likelihood of a...

      North Korea: Humanitarian Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the EuropeAid Co-operation Office and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) about ECHO ending its humanitarian...

      Pensions: Annuity Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 403 pension schemes which provided information on their assets to the Andrew Young financial assistance scheme review team have already made...

      Prisons: Suicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those who committed suicide while in custody in the past 12 months were serving indeterminate imprisonment for public protection (IIP) sentences.

      Sport: Centres of Excellence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many centres of excellence for sport are situated in England.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional humanitarian assistance they will provide in Gereida refugee camp following the withdrawal of Oxfam from that camp; what assessment they have made...

      Tuvalu: Sea Level

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will assist Tuvalu so as to protect the islands from rising sea levels.

      Young Offenders: Chemical Incapacitant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions the chemical incapacitant known as PAVA has been used in incidents involving (a) juveniles, and (b) young offenders; how many of these...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the derogation for helicopter applications of asulam will be continued in the face of a possible European Union ban on aerial...

      Government: Odysseus Trust

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Odysseus Trust has been in receipt of public money, or of a donation from a person who is, or was at the time, a serving member of the Government; and,...

      Immigration: Hunger Strikes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Sri Lankan immigration detainees have been refusing food and fluids since 23 July; in which United Kingdom detention centres; and what is the Government's...

      Local Government: East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much, on a per head of population basis, each county in the east of England region received from central Government, including agencies, for flood and sea...

      North Korea: Humanitarian Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the EuropeAid Co-operation Office and the European Community Humanitarian Office about their support for the work of...

      Water Supply: Ptaquiloside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs currently funds or plans to fund independent research groups to enable further studies of...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Natural England is empowered to issue licences to wing-tag or web-tag wild birds for research purposes under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

      Armed Forces: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the increase in the United Kingdom's military commitments, why defence spending as a proportion of gross domestic product has fallen from 2.9 per cent...

      Army: Officer Selection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 23 July (HL4794) on Territorial Army commissions, what proportion of candidates interviewed were interviewed for a...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 50 firms of solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation have registered the highest number of claims; and whether they will set out by...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 50 firms of solicitors in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation have registered the highest number of claims; and whether they will set out by...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the finding in the Coal Health Compensation Schemes report of the National Audit Office, published on 18 July, that through...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide the names of each firm of solicitors which served on the panel of solicitors operated by the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and its...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will put into the public domain the agreement signed in 1999 between the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and the Department of Trade and Industry in...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Having regard to the recommendations of the Boys Smith report cited by the National Audit Office in its report, Coal Health Compensation Schemes, what plans they...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the recommendation of the Boys Smith report cited by the National Audit Office in its report, Coal Health Compensation Schemes, that if...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the amounts of compensation paid to claimants represented by Beresfords Solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken down as...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the amounts of compensation paid to claimants represented by Wake Smith Solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken down as...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the amounts of compensation paid to claimants represented by Avalon Solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken down as between...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the amounts of compensation paid to claimants by the Union of Democratic Mineworkers in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken down as...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the amounts of compensation paid to claimants represented by Ashton Morton Slack Solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the amounts of compensation paid to claimants represented by Watson Burton Solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation, broken down as...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any assessment of the amount of money deducted by solicitors from compensation awarded to retired miners and widows in the British Coal...

      Computers: Viruses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold talks with representatives of computer manufacturing and sales companies to combat the rise in household computers affected by virus invasion.

      Energy: Micro-generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average price of electricity sold from the grid per kilowatt/hour; and what is the average price of electricity paid to operators of microgenerators...

      Government: Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will amend the ministerial code to regulate the role of Members of the House of Lords who are named as advisers to the Government; and whether there...

      Government: Salaries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 12 July (WA 242), why some Ministers have had their salaries reduced or removed; and what the reasons are...

      Gulf War Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 23 July (WA 69) about the text of the letter sent to Gulf War veterans by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...

      House of Lords: Reform

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether she will provide further details before the Summer Recess on how she proposes that Back-Bench Members should be involved in evolving proposals for a wholly...

      Iraq: Military Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the Army's sleeping accommodation in Iraq has roofs capable of withstanding a direct hit from a mortar or small arms fire; and How many soldiers...

      NATO: Reserve Battlegroups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the Secretary of State for Defence's announcement in February that NATO has made a request for two manoeuvre reserve battlegroups, one of which the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Scrutiny

      asked the Leader of the House: Whether specific arrangements have been made for Members of the House of Lords to scrutinise the Government on developments for the London Olympics in a similar...

      Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will invite the Waste and Resources Action Programme to publish the amounts they have provided by way of grants, loans, investments, joint ventures...

      Waste Management: Recycled Aggregate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the impact of the Waste and Resources Action Programme's promotional campaign encouraging local authorities to use recycled aggregate.

      Afghanistan: Rules of Engagement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent efforts they have made to persuade other NATO members to reduce the number of caveats in some countries' rules of engagement in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Armed Forces compensation scheme has paid out in each year since its inception; what were the highest and lowest amounts the scheme paid; and what was...

      Aviation: Air Quality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the Cockpit Fumes—Fault Finding Instruction INFO 010/07 issued by the freight company DHL to all pilots on 26 January.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Malloch-Brown on 18 July (WA 24) on British citizenship, whether they will publish in the Official Report paragraph 5 of...

      Broadcasting: Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to impose restrictions on violent scenes in films and television dramas.

      Bulgaria and Libya: Death Penalty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Bulgaria over their continued use of the death penalty.

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are able to vary that part of the Domestic Drivers Hours Regulations which affects local bus services without recourse to European Union regulations;...

      Chad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with European Union Ministers on the deployment and potential mandate of the international peacekeeping troops to Chad and their...

      Chad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to commit (a) troops or (b) civilian personnel to a European Union or other international peacekeeping force in Chad.

      Cleaning: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they anticipate any adverse effects on the United Kingdom cleaning and hygiene industry resulting from the forthcoming agreement on the globally harmonised...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 2 July (HC Deb, col. 41WS) on the single farm payment, how...

      Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to improve the working of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pit bull terrier dogs have been imported into the United Kingdom from the Republic of Ireland in each of the past five years; and how these dogs are...

      Driving Test

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to restructure the driving test to allow suitable training on driving on the motorway system.

      Energy: Combined Heat and Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial incentives they have in place to increase the installed capacity of combined heat and power to 10 gigawatts by 2010.

      Energy: Gas Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to reach a decision on the planning appeal concerning a proposal to construct a gas storage facility at Caythorpe in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

      EU: Article 308

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the forthcoming intergovernmental conference will propose the repeal of Article 308 of the European Community Treaty.

      EU: Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission is entitled to take (a) legislative, and (b) executive decisions in cases where the Council of Ministers is unable to reach...

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 18 July (WA 26), whether, when they signed the European Union Constitutional Treaty in 2004, they agreed...

      EU: Constitution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of opinions expressed by other European heads of government and framers of the European constitutional treaty that the new proposals agreed...

      Food: Child Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure (a) that chocolate sold in the United Kingdom is produced without the use of child slave labour; and (b) that consumers of...

      Food: Child Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom chocolate industry has fulfilled its obligations as detailed in the Harkin-Engel Protocol to prevent the use of trafficked children on...

      Food: Child Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking within the international community to ensure that children in cocoa-producing areas and areas from which children are trafficked have...

      Food: Child Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure transparency within the cocoa supply chain to farm level; and what is their assessment of the effectiveness of this action in...

      Food: Fair Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to encourage the production of Fair Trade chocolate.

      Government: Electronic Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to harmonise electronic communications across Government by (a) eliminating the "gsi" string from department websites; and (b)...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept recent Pensions Appeal Tribunal decisions on "Gulf War syndrome" that this is the right label in cases where symptoms or signs have been...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Drayson on 16 July (WS 4), what investigations they have undertaken into the prevalence of motor neurone disease among...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comment in note 4 to the data on mortality among Gulf War veterans set out in the Written Statement by Lord Drayson on 16 July (WS 4) that "cases...

      Health: Children's Palliative Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will accept all of the recommendations in the review of palliative care services for children in England by Sue Killen and Professor Sir Alan Craft;...

      Health: Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Department of Health last consulted Diabetes UK about cuts in diabetes specialist services; and what is their response to the findings of the charity's...

      Health: National Co-ordination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to co-ordinate National Health Service services between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      Health: National Co-ordination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that national borders between Scotland and England, and Wales and England, will not restrict the availability of medical services.

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have on progress made (a) in the dialogue between the Prime Minister of Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; and (b) by the Arab...

      Israel and Palestine: Tony Blair

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Mr Tony Blair is responsible, in the mandate given him by the Middle East quartet, only for helping to improve the condition of the Palestinians or, in...

      Kenya: Daniel Moi

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have investigated, or will now investigate, any United Kingdom bank accounts in the name of, or controlled by, ex-President Moi of Kenya or his associates.

      Kosovo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the potential challenges that could arise once the Ahtisaari comprehensive proposal for the Kosovo status settlement is...

      Marine Environment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under rule 12 of the Home Information Pack (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1667) the public advertisement will contain details that enable readers to...

      People Trafficking: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Missing Out study, published earlier this year by ECPAT (UK), concerning child trafficking in three English regions; and what plans...

      Prisoners: Internet Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place for persons serving custodial sentences to have access to (a) the internet, and (b) e-mail facilities.

      Prisons: Dartmoor

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, due to the pressure on prison places, they intend to refurbish and reopen C wing of Dartmoor Prison with its 125 vacant units; and, if so, within what...

      Railways: Metronet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they gave to Transport for London before the public/private partnership administration relating to Metronet as to whether the financial arrangements...

      Railways: South West Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 26 July (WA 123), what conclusions they have drawn concerning (a) the beneficial, and (b) the adverse...

      Regulators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Jones of Birmingham on 11 August (HL4976), whether the recommendation of the Better Regulation Task Force that...

      Roads: A47 Dyke Relocation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What in-depth consultations Atkins, as consultants to the Highways Agency, has had with environmental stakeholders about the proposal to investigate a trial site...

      Sierra Leone: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Sierra Leone on (a) the security, and (b) the risk of intimidation of voters, during the presidential...

      Sierra Leone: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Sierra Leone on the risks posed to the security and stability of that country in the event of any disputed...

      Sierra Leone: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the International Military Advisory and Training Team (Sierra Leone), IMATT(SL), will have in the upcoming presidential elections in Sierra Leone;...

      Sierra Leone: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone will have in the presidential election to be held in August.

      Skills: East of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much, on a per head of population basis, each county in the east of England region received from central government for skills in the last financial year.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide details of known violations of United Nations Resolution 1591 prohibiting offensive military flights in and over the Darfur region since...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they intend to take to follow up the second international meeting on Darfur, held in July, in order to assist the international community as it begins...

      Terrorism: 21 July Bombers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of imprisonment of Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussein Osman for one year.

      Terrorism: 21 July Bombers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of the payment of social security benefits to the families of Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussein Osman for one...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sufficient facilities are provided throughout the United Kingdom where long distance lorry drivers can park their vehicles in safety, with appropriate rest...

      Transport: Moorsbus Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation they have made of the Moorsbus Network in the North York Moors National Park and of the savings that the network has made in private car miles and...

      Zimbabwe: Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that loans to agencies of the Government of Zimbabwe and the purchase of Zimbabwean treasury bills and government bonds by...

      Zimbabwe: Political Dialogue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the progress made by President Mbeki of South Africa with regard to the mandate to facilitate dialogue between the Opposition and...

      Zimbabwe: Visa Ban List

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Minister of Trade, Mr Ian McCartney, on 26 March (HC Deb, col. 1164) that the Government expect there to be progress on the...

      Afghanistan: Opium Production

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing to mitigate the problem of opium production in Afghanistan; and how their efforts differ from the policy of the Government of the United States.

      Africa: Peacekeeping Brigade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of (a) the proposal of the countries of the Southern African Development Community to create a peacekeeping brigade; and (b) the proposed...

      Agriculture: Defra Leaflets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government bodies and non-governmental bodies are issuing Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs leaflets, Do you know what's happening in your...

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether funding will be available for the development of sustainable approaches for the control of non-statutory bee pests, such as varroa mite; and Whether the...

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the control of non-statutory pests, such as varroa, will be included in the new bee health strategy currently under development; and, if so, whether...

      Bees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether United Kingdom bee researchers, under the new bee health strategy, will be able to make applications in open competition for research funding.

      Bracken

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total hectarage of bracken cover in England, Wales and Scotland; and how this compares with the total for 1997 and 1987.

      Chagos Islands

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost, from 2000 to date, of their legal actions concerning the right of the Chagos people to return, including the anticipated cost of the most...

      Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated total number of children who would have been in poverty in the United Kingdom, according to the European Union standard of less than 60 per...

      Climate Change: Peat Bogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have prepared for the rehabilitation of peat bogs in the United Kingdom, as part of their strategy to combat global warming; and what priority they...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much expenditure has been incurred through the use of external consultants since April 2006 in respect of the establishment of the Commission for Equality and...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cause of the delay in their response of 18 July to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's report of 29 March on the Rural Payments Agency...

      Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions there have been each year in Northern Ireland under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government department is leading on equality legislation; and what plans it has for the location of responsibility for overseeing the work of the Commission...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of their statement in A Framework for Fairness that there would be a need to exclude specific activities from any future Single Equality Bill, what plans...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the Disability Rights Commission's reaction to the Single Equality Act Green Paper; and whether they will take steps to ensure that the existing...

      Equality

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reintroduce a satisfaction index concerning forms of discrimination; and whether they will encourage the Commission for Human Rights and Equality...

      EU: Wine Lake

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the plans announced by European Union Commissioner Fischer Boel on 4 July to dig up sufficient vineyards in the European Union to...

      Fire and Rescue Service: Firebuy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in supporting the decision of Firebuy Limited to award the 15-year contract to a single preferred bidder supplying personal protective equipment for the...

      Fire and Rescue Service: Firebuy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the stage 3 review of the integrated clothing project (ICP) by 4ps (Public Private Partnerships Programme) gateway review team undertaken over 18 to 20...

      Firearms: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons who have fulfilled the suitability requirements of Article 2 of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 are current or former members of the...

      Food: Child Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the findings of the United Nations Internal Labour Organisation's report Combating child labour in cocoa growing that an...

      Health: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they made prior to 8 May to establish a Northern Ireland Health Authority; what appointments were made; and whether the necessary legislation was...

      Health: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they made prior to 8 May to appoint a chief executive designate and directors designate to a Northern Ireland Health Authority; what duties they...

      Health: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they made prior to 8 May for the chief executive designate and directors designate of a proposed Northern Ireland Health Authority to make...

      Health: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When each appointee designate of the proposed Northern Ireland Health Authority commenced duties; what is the annual salary for each appointment; what has been the...

      Infrastructure Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How and by what criteria specialists in community engagement will be selected for the proposed national planning commission designed to fast-track large...

      Isle of Man: Revenue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue they received from the Government of the Isle of Man in each of the past five financial years; and what services were provided to the Isle of Man...

      Justice: Public Order Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to relinquish the Attorney-General's power to sanction prosecutions (a) in proceedings brought under Part III of the Public Order Act...

      Kenya: Daniel Moi

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from or on behalf of the Government of Kenya in relation to United Kingdom bank accounts containing alleged proceeds of...

      Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 23 July (WA 74) and 9 July (WA 202), whether it is normal practice when planning the distribution of a document,...

      Pensions: Investment in Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent pension funds controlled by them have been divesting from businesses that support the Government of Sudan.

      Pensions: Investment in Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent Civil Service pension funds and any other funds controlled by the Government have been divesting from businesses that invest in the Sudanese...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 101), why the Answer differed substantially from a Written Answer to the same Question given by the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 16 July (WA 6), whether the disciplinary proceedings against Constable Purcell, which the Answer indicated had been...

      Taxation: Top Rate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 10 October 2005 (WA 87-8), whether they will publish in the same form the top rate of direct tax in the...

      Uganda: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Uganda regarding the recommendations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights...

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek emergency financial assistance from the European Union allocations available to member states to help with the recent floods in England.

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families which include children are currently held in detention.

      Immigration: Fast-track Procedure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult with the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees concerning new evidence on alleged injustices arising from the fast-track for...

      Iraq: Deaths in Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Iraqis have died while in the custody of United Kingdom Armed Forces in each year since 2003 inclusive; what are the comparable figures for Iraqis held by...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange for the Identity and Passport Service routinely to collect information on how many applicants for replacements for passports lost or...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many blank United Kingdom passports have been lost or stolen in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Identity and Passport Service routinely checks whether every applicant for a replacement for a lost or stolen passport has previously reported a...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Identity and Passport Service is routinely informed when passport holders are given custodial sentences; and whether it is technically possible, and...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners placed in detention or removal centres at the end of their sentences have been repatriated in each month of the current year.

      Terrorism: 21 July Bombers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to award United Kingdom citizenship to Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Hussein Osman citizenship at the end of...

      Terrorism: Deportations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 20 July (WA 60) stating that nine individuals considered to pose a threat to the United Kingdom's...

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