Written answers

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

  • Wales

    • Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost has been of running his Department's...

    • Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many hits the (a) most popular and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007.

      General Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contingency preparations his Department made for the possibility of a general election in autumn 2007; and what the costs were of those preparations.

  • Scotland

    • Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on energy supply issues.

    • Drugs in Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet Ministers from the Scottish Executive to discuss policy on drugs in prisons.

      Economic Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of economic trends in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      International Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on international aid and development.

      Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid.

      Clean Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the future for clean coal in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on generation of electricity by wind farms in Scotland.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military and related personnel have been maimed or injured in Afghanistan since June 2006, broken down by (a) category and (b) severity of...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel have lost limbs, or parts thereof, from mine strikes in Afghanistan on (a) WMIK and (b) Snatch Landrover vehicles.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK infantry units in Afghanistan are not equipped with the Blue Force tracker system.

      Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits from the new Commonwealth have applied to have their (a) spouse and (b) children join them in the UK in each of the last five years;...

      Armed Forces: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances of lost mail between military personnel and their families have been recorded in the last 12 months.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will undertake a review of the provision of post-operative rehabilitation services available to members of the armed forces who have suffered...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the disposals made to fund the £80 million towards single living accommodation announced on 25 September; and how much was generated...

      Army: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the principal conclusions are of the 12 month study by the Directorate of Army personnel strategy begun in April 2006, with particular reference to...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason no debate, consultation or oral statement took place in the House before the decision announced in his written statement of 25 July to...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UK and US governments on the formal use of RAF Menwith Hill in the American Missile Defense...

      D Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many D-Notices were issued by the Defence Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee in each year since 1997.

      Defence Export Services Organisation: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the overseas offices of the Defence Export Services Organisation are situated; when each office was established; how many staff are employed in...

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are seconded to his Department from outside Government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and what the length is of each...

      Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals are for each unit deploying to Iraq in the autumn.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total annual cost was to the (a) defence budget and (b) reserve of payments made to servicemen arising from service in (i) Iraq and (ii)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft are in service in the RAF, broken down by type.

      Military Aircraft: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of those who set out to be pilots of (a) Eurofighter, (b) GR7 Harrier, (c) Merlin, (d) Lynx, (e) Sea King, (f) Chinook and (g)...

      Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether approval has been granted for the main gate business case for the Defence Nuclear Weapons Transportation Continuation project.

      Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the option to use a refurbished truck cargo heavy duty trailer for future high security vehicle or special nuclear material movements is still...

      Nuclear Weapons: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason it is his Department's policy that convoys carrying special nuclear materials should not look the same as convoys carrying nuclear...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many roulements have been delayed in entering theatre due to aircraft availability in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since 2001.

      RAF Blenheim Crescent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role is of RAF Blenheim Crescent; and for what reason it was divested to the United States Air Force on 1 October 2007.

      RAF Blenheim Crescent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many US (a) Army, (b) Navy, (c) Marines, (d) Airforce, (e) civilians and (f) contractors are working at RAF Blenheim Crescent.

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the age is of each Sea King helicopter operated by the Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of service and maintenance were needed to support one hour of flying for the Sea King helicopter fleet in each year from 1990-91 to...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2007, Official Report, column 1800W, on fisheries: protection, what factors were taken...

    • Floods: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government expects flood defences to be put in place for the river (a) Whitting, (b) Hipper and (c) Rother.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what guidance the Commissioners follow on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidance the Commission follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and...

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many people work on the Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate.

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will place in the Library a copy of the Commission's policy on whistleblowing.

      Escalators

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the original life expectancy was of the escalators installed to access Portcullis House; how long elapsed...

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what training and advice staff in the Refreshment Department receive on food allergies.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the Refreshment Department last reviewed its policies and procedures on food allergies.

      Portcullis House: Refrigerators

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the efficiency rating is of refrigerators installed in hon. Members' offices in Portcullis House; and...

      Press Gallery: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the refurbishment of the press gallery.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departments: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are...

    • Sports: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect he expects the establishment of a sporting village to have on the local community.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many diving pits there are in England; and where each is located.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, (1) how many diving pools have (a)...

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, how many of the diving pools referred to...

  • Women and Equality

    • Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has received on proposals for a combined equality duty.

    • Gender: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans she has to protect transgender people from discrimination, beyond those who have had, or seek, gender reassignment; and if she will make a...

  • Justice

    • Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for animal cruelty were brought in (a) Lancashire and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years.

    • Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to provide for an offence of causing the death of an unborn baby by dangerous driving; what recent...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether there are plans to require parties in children's cases to attend a meeting with a mediator; (2) whether there are plans to change family...

      Featherstone Prison: Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the usable operational life expectancy is of the rapid build residential units at HMP Featherstone.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places created since 1997 are in accommodation with an operational life expectancy of less than 10 years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison places created since 1997 have been created by putting more prisoners in existing cells.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many spaces in modular temporary units built between 2002 and 2006 the Ministry expects to reach the end of their useful operational life in each of...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison spaces are in modular temporary units; and how many of these have been in use for (a) more than five years, (b) between four and five...

      Prison Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many investigations are ongoing at HM Prison Service Investigation Support Unit; what proportion of these are staff disciplinary matters; and if he...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the evidential basis is upon which his Department projects the rate of expansion in the prison population to 2010-11.

      Prisoners Release: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners died of a drugs overdose or drugs related illness while on early release in each of the last three years.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government will publish its response to the Corston review.

      Prisoners: Transsexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidelines are in place for dealing with transgender prisoners; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government plans to legislate to give convicted prisoners the right to vote following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment his Department has made of the value of courses on enhanced thinking skills for convicted prisoners.

      Prisons: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what categories of information not held centrally within HM Prison Service are collected across (a) HM Prison Service regions and (b) HM Prison...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Public Defender Service and the role it will play in the criminal justice system.

      Repossession Orders: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mortgage repossession claims and (b) mortgage repossession orders were made in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures...

      Solicitors Regulation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Solicitors Regulation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the full membership of the Solicitors Regulation Authority is; and when members were appointed.

      Solicitors Regulation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received about the effectiveness of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

      Solicitors Regulation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he last met Mr. Antony Townsend, Chief Executive Officer of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

      Solicitors Regulation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from ethnic monitoring firms about their treatment by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

      Youth Offending Teams: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what future funding is planned for youth offending teams; and what change this represents compared with current levels.

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet Committee on London

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons the Cabinet Committee on London (MISC 26) has been abolished.

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reasons and on what date it was decided to not invite Sir Alistair Graham to serve a second term as Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life....

      Departmental Responsibilities: Offshore Industry

      To ask the Prime Minister what consideration he gave when he last re-organised Government departments and their responsibilities to giving the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Departments: Taxis

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent by his Office on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Foreign Relations: Video Recordings

      To ask the Prime Minister what record is kept of video conferences between him and the President of the United States; and if he will make a statement.

      Prime Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister which NHS hospitals he has visited since 27th June.

      Martin Howard: Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister who nominated Martin Howard for an honour.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will expedite the reply to the letter to him dated 2nd August from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. C. Fairhurst, which he forwarded...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Department Accountacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what accounts directions were issued by his Department in financial years (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

    • Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Office has provided any support to other national Governments dealing with community conflict.

      Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of buying new (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices for new Ministers in his...

      Economic Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what policies his Office has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.

      Northern Ireland Office: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09, broken down by cost...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many bonus payments were made to Child Support Agency staff in each year since 1997, broken down by value of payments.

    • Child Support Agency: Vertex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on performance in relation to Child Support Agency work carried out by Vertex at its offices in Bolton.

      Child Support Agency: Vertex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the performance of the Bolton office of the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account directions were issued by his Department in financial years (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed by his Department, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new Disability Living Allowance claims were processed between April 2006 and January 2007; how many were (a) rejected, (b) rejected...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of disability living allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many terminally ill people are receiving disability living allowance.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of adults of working age were claiming incapacity benefits in (a) each Welsh unitary authority, (b) each English region, (c)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to simplify the applications process for incapacity benefits; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans he has...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applications for incapacity benefits were successful in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of (a) the reasons for regional variations in incapacity payments and (b) the impact of regional...

      UK Commission for Employment and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many places on the UK Commission for Employment and Skills will be guaranteed for commissioners from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland...

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time was for a person arriving at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick and (c) Stansted to clear airport procedures in (i) the last year for...

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the amount of emissions from each type of aircraft using UK airports; what plans...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of constructing the high speed rail link from Folkestone to St. Pancras.

      Crossrail Line: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when a decision will be taken on letting a construction contract for Crossrail.

      Crossrail Line: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps need to be completed before a construction contract can be let for work on Crossrail.

      Crossrail Line: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances the partners in the Crossrail project would not proceed with a construction contract.

      Crossrail Line: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the design work on Crossrail will be complete.

      Cycleways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding the Government has provided to local authorities in (a) England and (b) Wirral South for the establishment or maintenance of cycle...

      Cycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what resources have been allocated under the Comprehensive Spending Review for the Cycle City scheme.

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hits the (a) most and (b) least popular website run by her Department has received since 1 January 2007.

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are seconded to her Department from outside Government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and what the length is of each...

      Driving Tests: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assistance the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency makes available for people taking a driving test whose first language is not English.

      Lorries: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Truckstop Guide provided by the Highways Agency; (2) when her Department last assessed...

      M40: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why both carriageways of the M40 motorway were closed on 12 and 13 August when the incident being investigated by police occurred only on the...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding increases in real terms are proposed for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for each of the next five years.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the industrial action taking place affecting the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; what contingency arrangements are in...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcyclists there were in the UK in each year from 1997.

      Motorways: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will issue advice to chief police officers advising them of the necessity of keeping motorways open to vehicular traffic whenever possible.

      Railways: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times trains were (a) delayed, (b) delayed by more than one hour and (c) cancelled through mainline stations in Brent in 2006.

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will meet representatives from the oleochemical and soap industries to discuss the impact of the proposed Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation on...

      Road Signs and Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on highway signage on local authority-controlled roads.

      Road Traffic Offences: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to introduce the commencement order for section 9 and Schedule 2 of the Road Safety Act 2006 which makes penalty point endorsement...

      Roads: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she is planning to place restrictions on horse riders when using roads; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Lewes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Minister for the South East has to address the noise emanating from the Lewes by-pass; and if she will make a statement.

      Underground Railways: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions each London Underground station has been closed because of security alerts in each of the last 10 years.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departments: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what functions of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office have been transferred to the Cabinet Office following the recent machinery of government changes.

    • Government Departments: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to ensure that all Government departments fully comply with their equality duties.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to her answer of 9 July 2007, Official Report, column 1291W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, how much the consultants employed by the Olympic...

  • Home Department

    • Accommodation Addresses: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation she has made of the potential abuse of accommodation address agencies by perpetrators of (a) terrorism, (b) serious...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to tackle underage sales and irresponsible promotion of alcohol.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether (a) consent and (b) permission of (i) the police, (ii) central Government and (iii) regional government offices is needed for...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the (a) treatment and (b) proposed experiments on Felix the macaque monkey by compliance of the Oxford...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what method of record keeping she requires establishments with a certificate of designation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act...

      Drugs: Serious and Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many intelligence referrals on drug trafficking were (a) investigated and (b) brought to court (i) in each of the three years before...

      Hizb-ut-Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the merits of proscribing Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer the letter of 3 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. Butt.

      Northamptonshire Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the manpower levels are of the Northamptonshire Police Force; and what she estimates they will be after the conclusion of the ongoing...

      Offensive Weapons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many minors were arrested in possession of (a) a gun and (b) a knife in each of the last three years.

      Police: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to meet representatives of Cambridgeshire Police Authority to discuss funding of Cambridgeshire police in the next six...

      Police: Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from (a) Cambridgeshire Constabulary, (b) Cambridgeshire police authority, (c) Lincolnshire...

      Police: Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it Government policy to ensure that an increased proportion of police officers is deployed on road traffic enforcement duties.

      Separation: Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of women from the Indian sub-continent left destitute and on the street after failed marriages; and...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 977W, on stop and search, what the (a)...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Criminal Record Bureau checks were carried out in each year from 2000 to 2006.

  • International Development

    • China: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on the one child policy; and if he will make a statement.

    • China: United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Population Fund in promoting non-coercive approaches to family...

      Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to identify and cancel outstanding international illegitimate debts.

      Departments: General Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency preparations his Department made for the possibility of a general election in autumn 2007; and what the costs of those...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost has been of...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many hits the (a) most popular and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January 2007.

      Foreign Workers: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations have been made to his Department regarding the wages paid to the workers of UK high street fashion suppliers based...

      Foreign Workers: Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with UK high street fashion stores on (a) the wages paid to the workers of their suppliers in...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Audio Equipment: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 764W, on audio equipment: health hazards, what the...

    • Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of the Supply of Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods Order 2005...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the likely change in (a) export sales and (b) research and development spending as a...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on what date the Transfer of Function Order detailing the changes in his Department was laid before Parliament for...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what...

      Departments: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's projected spending is on advertising and promotional campaigns for (a) 2007-08 and (b)...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the amount of electricity that could be generated through the capture and use of gas...

      Electronic Commerce: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate his Department has made of the amount of money lost to online identity theft and fraud in the UK...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps he is taking to assist those households living in fuel poverty that are not connected to the mains...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of Ofgem's conclusion in its factsheet number 67, Prepayment Meters and Fuel Poverty, that...

      Hearing Aid Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what date he expects the registration of private sector audiologists to transfer from the Hearing Aid Council to...

      Hearing Aid Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what arrangements will be made for consumer protection for people purchasing private hearing aids following the...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list his Department's and its predecessors' (a) executive agencies, (b) executive non-departmental public...

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he plans to make an announcement on the 24th round of oil and gas licensing in Cardigan Bay and the Moray Firth.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budgets were for each regional development agency in each year of their operation.

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2259W, on seals: animal products, what...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether a feasibility study of a proposed Severn Barrage will include a cost benefit analysis of similar levels of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supports recent US proposals to increase the spraying of opium fields in Afghanistan; and if he will make...

    • Burma: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made at the United Nations for a comprehensive and mandatory arms embargo on Burma.

      Chechnya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of support for rebel groups in Chechnya from UK (a) assets, (b) groups and (c)...

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chevening scholarships were granted in each of the last three years, broken down by country of origin of recipient.

      Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the expenditure on Chevening Scholarships was in each year since 1997.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when an official from the British High Commission in Cyprus last visited the closed area of Famagusta; and what reports of that...

      David Manning: Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of the function organised by UK ambassador to the US Sir David Manning to mark the 50th...

      Departments: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), (c) advisory...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will break down in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash terms columns 1 to 8 of the subhead detail tables for his Department...

      Egypt: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Egyptian counterpart on the recent jailing and fining of independent journalists and...

      EU Countries: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to implement the European Grouping for Territorial Co-operation.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement on Iraq of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 21-38, how many Iraqis are...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqis worked for the British Government in each year since 2003 but do not qualify for a package of financial payment...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the packages of financial payment for resettlement to begin to be made to Iraqi staff.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps were taken to ensure (a) the safety of and (b) recognition of the contribution made by local Iraqi staff prior to 2005.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the approving authority is in determining which Iraqi staff qualify for a package of financial payment to aid resettlement.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement on Iraq of 8 October 2007, (1) which occupations qualify as professional staff. (2)...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what coordination he has had with his counterparts in the local region on the resettlement of local Iraqi staff.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement on Iraq of 8 October 2007, which countries are included in his definition of local region.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the cost of a single financial payment to aid resettlement for an Iraqi in (a) Iraq and (b) elsewhere...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from where the aid resettlement package for local Iraqi staff will be funded.

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the agreed circumstances are in which local Iraqi staff may receive admission to the United Kingdom.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Russian government's intention to veto any UN Security Council resolution that would give...

      Mordecai Vanunu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Israeli Government on the continuing imprisonment of Mordechai Vanunu in...

      Palestinians: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the visa applications of the Palestine under-19 football squad.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the provision of support and information to the US Administration in...

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and the Russian Government on human rights in Russia; what...

      Russia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on human rights violations in Russia; what assessment he has made of those reports; and if...

      Russia: Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and the Russian government on the position of non-governmental...

      Russia: Non-Governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to support the position of non-governmental organisations in Russia; and if he will make a...

      Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the attack on African Union...

      USA: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) advice and (b) guidance his Department has issued to UK citizens with past drugs offences who wish to travel to the...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he intends to publish the fourth report by PricewaterhouseCoopers into the academies programme.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy that local authorities may be providers and sponsors of academies; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have begun sharing their facilities with (a) other schools and (b) the local community following the changes...

      Academies: Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have charitable investment funds established by their sponsors following changes to the programme announced in...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects (a) Leyton and Leytonstone schools and (b) Wanstead and Snaresbrook schools to be included in the Building...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding from the Building Schools for the Future initiative has been spent on modern sports facilities.

      Departments: Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what independent reviews have been commissioned by his Department and its predecessors since 1 May 1997.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the policy objectives of the educational maintenance allowance were; what evaluation has been undertaken of its performance...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was allocated to the provision of educational maintenance allowance (EMA) in each financial year since inception...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of 15 year olds were (a) on school rolls, (b) entered for one or more Key Stage 4 qualification and...

      Education: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to increase the percentage of young people between 16 and 18 years old in Warrington education.

      European Schools Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the evolution of the European Schools programme, with particular reference to its activities in England.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in Suffolk passed five GCSEs including English and mathematics at A* to C grade in each of the last five...

      GSCE and A-level: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of students studied GCSE sports studies in each local authority in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Primary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the criteria are for the one-to-one tuition of 300,000 primary school pupils recently announced by the Prime Minister; and...

      Schools: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many combined cadet force units there were in mainstream schools in each local education authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Extracurricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the percentage of schools that offer after school activities until 6 pm in England, broken down by...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his latest estimate is of the total cash balances held by all schools in each year between 1990-91 and 2007-08; and if...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he plans to publish the results of his Department's consultation on a proposed levy of 5 per cent. on school surplus...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) competition managers and (b) sports co-ordinators for schools have been appointed.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many climbing walls there are in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools.

      Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average amount of time taken was for a Criminal Records Bureau check to be completed on a potential member of school...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils who attained level 5 or below in the 2007 Key Stage 3 tests in (a) English, (b)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • National Affordable Housing Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which housing organisations received funding from the National Affordable Housing Programme; and how much each has been awarded.

    • Northumberland Unitary Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects elections to take place for a Northumberland unitary authority.

      Planning White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on the Planning White Paper.

      Migration: Housing Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will hold discussions with the Home Secretary on the potential impact of migration on the Government's plans for housing.

      Local Government Settlements: Broxtowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will review the impact of floors and ceilings in the local government settlements on Broxtowe local authority.

      Planning Appeal: Longford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to be able to determine the planning appeal by Hitchens in Longford.

      Local Government Structures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for further reform of local government structures; and if she will make a statement.

      Building Control Documents: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public authorities, including Executive agencies and Government Departments, will have access to the data from the...

      Buildings: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her proposals for enabling electronic communication of building control documents will include data on specific domestic...

      Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons her Department has declined to give local authorities greater powers to use temporary stop notices to tackle...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plan to issue a formal response to the Quirk review of Community Management and Ownership of Assets.

      Community Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the £50 million for community cohesion announced in her Department's press release of 6 October is (a) new...

      Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will set a target for clearing the backlog of council house repairs.

      Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change there has been in the council housing repair backlog since 2001; how many houses were awaiting repair in 2001; and...

      Council Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of (a) housing association properties, (b) directly managed properties and (c)...

      Departments: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on (a) champagne and wine and (b) alcohol in the last year for which audited figures are available.

      Departments: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on staff members flying (a) first class, (b) business class and (c) economy class.

      Departments: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason her Department failed to meet its service delivery agreement target for paying undisputed bills on time in 2006-07.

      Departments: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of invoices for undisputed bills for her Department were paid within 30 days of receipt of the...

      Departments: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham, of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1139W, on Departments:...

      Departments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the resource accounts for her Department for 2006-07 were published.

      Departments: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many ministerial cars are allocated to her Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

      Departments: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what engagements have been undertaken by her and her departmental Ministers in the last three months.

      Departments: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's expenditure was on honoraria payments in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide a breakdown of the central Government public expenditure by her Department listed as development of English...

      Departments: Religious Sects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received on cultish behaviour in the (a) Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, (b)...

      Departments: Road Traffic offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of her Department in the last year for which figures...

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff are seconded to her Department from outside government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and what...

      Departments: Speeches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance civil servants who are not special advisers provided to her and her Department's Ministers in preparing speeches...

      Departments: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham of 3 September 2007, Official Report, column 1650W, on departments:...

      Documents: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on the provision of public documents in English; and if she...

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 75W, on the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund, what...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire control staff are planned in (a) each regional fire control centre and (b) each region following the...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire control room staff there are in (a) each fire authority and (b) England.

      Fire Services: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the risk of (a) co-ordinated terror attacks and (b) collective systems failure at the...

      First Time Buyers: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the ratio between the mean average price of a house for first time buyers and mean average household income was in (a)...

      First Time Buyers: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of first time buyers took out mortgages of 100 per cent. or more of the purchase price of the...

      First Time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of first-time buyers making purchases in the housing market in England in the most...

      Greenbelt: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications decided by the First Secretary of State involving development on the Green Belt have been (a)...

      Hostels: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to encourage employers to give equal consideration to job applicants with a hostel address.

      Hostels: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of residents in hostels are women.

      Hostels: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of hostel places is reserved for women only; and how many (a) women-only hostels and (b) places in women-only...

      Housing Associations: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether public requests to order disposal apply to empty properties owned by housing associations.

      Housing Associations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many housing associations in England receive public funding.

      Housing Associations: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on (a) mergers and (b) property exchanges between housing associations; and what...

      Housing Data Domain Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times her Department's Neighbourhood Statistics: Housing Data Domain Group has met in the last 12 months.

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the market for sales of domestic properties was made up of (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedroom, (c) three...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tonnes of carbon are emitted each year by an average home built in accordance with (a) current building regulations...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the location is of each of the 550 sites owned by central Government being examined for housing development.

      Housing: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the Supporting People regime on the choices open to older residents who wish...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) interim and (b) full empty dwelling management orders have been issued; and which local authorities have issued them.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the third sector on provision of social housing in (a) the West Midlands and (b)...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times she has attended meetings with representatives of (a) the Home Builders' Federation and (b) the Renewable...

      Housing: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's estimate is of the marginal cost per household to the developer of installing an average sized domestic...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make the stock condition survey assessment model used by her Department accessible to local authorities in the same...

      Housing: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to help those living in hostels who are ready to move on to more permanent settled accommodation.

      Local Authorities: Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's initiatives to encourage local authorities to support...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter of 16 July 2007 from the hon. Member for Fareham on the strategic gap between Portchester and...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's most recent estimate is of the number and proportion of outstanding mortgages which are sub-prime.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which planning applications the Minister for Planning in her Department has (a) called in, (b) resolved not to call in,...

      Planning: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase local involvement in the planning process; and if she will make a statement.

      Polytunnels: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has given to local planning authorities on planning permission for polytunnels; and if she will...

      Prisons: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether planning permission is required for the docking and location of a prison ship.

      Rough Sleepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology is used to distinguish migrant rough sleepers from A2 and A8 countries from tourists for the purposes of rough...

      Temporary Accommodation: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been provided by her Department on charging for entry to homeless shelters.

      Vehicles: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many deliberate road vehicle fires there were in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women who attended a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) consultation centre were refused an abortion against the criteria in the Abortion...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the research referred to on page 3 of his Department's document Reforming Emergency Care: First steps to a new...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under 14 year olds were treated for alcohol-related health problems in each county in the East of England region in the last 12 months.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on treatment and rehabilitation of people outside the criminal justice system who were dependent on alcohol in each of the last 10 years.

      Broomfield Hospital: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which individuals and organisations other than civil servants and NHS bodies have (a) made written representations to and (b) had meetings with...

      Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress on the development of the new clinical assessment treatment and support centre at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has for further medical and scientific research into the cause or causes of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic...

      Dental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health of the teeth of schoolchildren since Gateway Approval (ref 769800) was issued and...

      Dental Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists doing NHS work were practising in East Lancashire in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Dental Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were employed under (a) general dental service contracts and (b) personal dental service contracts in each year since 1997; and how...

      Dental Services: Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reverse his decision on consent for dental screening epidemiological surveys for school children to enable the scheme to operate on a parental...

      Dental Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust area have been required to pay back money to their primary care trust because they...

      Dental Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust area have completed (i) 96 per cent. and (ii) 100 per cent. of the number of units of...

      Dental Services: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in England for orthodontic appointments was for the (a) first consultation and (b) start of treatment in the most recent...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what stakeholders regularly consulted by his Department are known to take a (a) pro-life and (b) pro-choice position on abortion-related issues; and if...

      Drugs: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the problem of counterfeit drugs in the NHS supply chain; and if he will make a statement.

      Avastin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that Avastin eye injections should be available on the NHS free of charge to (a) all patients and (b) pensioners who require...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many proposed claims have been submitted to the Food Standards Agency for consideration for authorisation for use on products under the provisions of...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the Food Standards Agency assists manufacturers submitting applications for authorisation of claims under the...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when officials of the Food Standards Agency last met representatives of (a) manufacturers of specialist herbal food supplements and (b) specialist...

      General Medical Council: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines his Department has issued to ensure that complete independence and objectivity apply to all General Medical Council disciplinary hearings;...

      General Practitioners: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 285W, on general practitioners: rents, who is responsible for monitoring compliance...

      Health Professions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has undertaken into the sufficiency of link worker services connecting health provision and ethnic minority communities in those areas...

      Health Services: Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the case for full implementation of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guideline of the...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) number of beds and (b) bed category rate was in the NHS (i) in total and (ii) broken down by bed occupancy in (A) England and (B) each...

      Hospital Beds: Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average bed occupancy rate was for paediatric units at district general hospitals in England in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age for hospital admissions was in England for the last year for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the policy of deep cleaning NHS wards, as stated in his Department's press release of 25 September 2007, entitled Johnson...

      Hospitals: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken in the last two years on the (a) minimum size and (b) staffing needs of (i) an accident and emergency unit...

      Hospitals: Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance there is for NHS staff to relocate to work in alternative healthcare facilities in the event of the closure or downgrading of district...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that young women who left school in summer 2007 before the human papilloma virus vaccination...

      Infant Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department has taken to restrict the promotion of breast milk substitutes.

      Internet: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the NHS Choices website has been since its establishment.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many roadside births have taken place (a) in England and (b) in each primary care trust area in each year since 1997.

      Medical Treatments: Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure that the full range of biologics is available to patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

      MRSA: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA were reported in (a) each London hospital and (b) each London primary care trust in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Ancillary Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) caretakers, (b) hospital porters and (c) cleaners were employed by each London Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the gateway reviews of the NHS IT programme.

      NHS: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules or guidelines his Department has in place governing the length of time that NHS employees are allowed to take paid leave on (a) compassionate...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy that all consultations on NHS service reconfiguration will contain as one option the retention of services in their...

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of staffing costs were spent on agency staff in each London primary care trust in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on agency staff by each NHS trust in London in each of the last five years.

      Paramedical Staff: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) paramedics and (b) paramedics in training there are in Lancashire; and how many there were in each year since 2000.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many linear accelerators he expects to be available to the NHS in each year of the next 10 years.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all radiotherapy centres have plans in place to deliver the 4-tier skills mix model.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many radiotherapy departments have more than eight linear accelerators.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of fractions per linear accelerator was in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by radiotherapy...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many linear accelerators were available to the NHS in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what average number of fractions per...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of hybrid virtual environments on radiotherapy training sites.

      Waiting Lists: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for (a) general surgery, (b) ear, nose and throat surgery, (c) neurosurgery, (d) geriatric medicine and (e)...

  • Treasury

    • Cancer: North East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) were diagnosed with and (b) died from (i) cancer and (ii) breast cancer in (A) Jarrow constituency, (B) South Tyneside and (C) the...

    • Departments: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list all accounts directions issued by his Department between 2001-02 and 2005-06; (2) what accounts directions were issued by his...

      Departments: Rents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what income (a) his Department and (b) the Government receive from rental property; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage: Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many employees employed by the Government and Government agencies are in receipt of no more than the minimum wage; and if he will list the titles of...

      Revenue and Customs: Darlington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) individuals and (b) members of the armed services or their families visited the Enquiry Centre at Regent House, Darlington in each year since...

      Second Homes: Highlands of Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he took into account the likely effect on demand for second homes in the Highlands in formulating his proposals to reduce the rate of capital...

      VAT: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. member for North-East Bedfordshire of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2243W, on VAT: Home Information Packs,...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written statement of the Financial Secretary of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 62WS, on tax credit administration, what estimate he...

  • House of Lords

    • Aerospace

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have invested, in the field of aerospace, in advanced materials technology development in each of the past three financial years.

    • Agriculture: Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the package of money made available to the English agricultural industry following the latest outbreak of foot and mouth disease triggers a need to...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What restrictions are imposed by the Armed Forces on past offenders who wish to join up; and where potential recruits can access this information on the internet.

      British Citizenship: Alisher Usmanov

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Mr Alisher Usmanov holds British citizenship, whether honorary or not; and, if so, when and why it was granted.

      Criminal Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with the production of the Official History of the Criminal Justice System.

      Energy: Low-carbon Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the report by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) entitled The Disrupters; and how the report contributes...

      Energy: North Sea Oil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the revenue from North Sea oil receipts are estimated to come from waters off the Scottish coast.

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive proposals from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority about the future use of sites of Magnox reactors already being decommissioned or...

      Food: Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the Food and Drink Advertising and Promotion Forum has made in developing and encouraging responsible marketing policies for the promotion of food to...

      Government: Draft Legislative Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the response from the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust to their draft legislative programme; what replies are being sent by Ministers in...

      Health: Alzheimer's

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the response of the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society to the High Court ruling of 10 August on access to Alzheimer's...

      Health: Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 1 October (WA 224-5), what is their response specifically to the findings of Diabetes UK's recent survey...

      Ira

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have that the Provisional IRA Army Council and all other terrorist command structures have been disbanded.

      Libraries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask all public libraries to review their collections of books and other publications in all languages in light of the public interest in...

      Libya: Lockerbie Bomb

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they took against the Government of Libya as a result of the Lockerbie bomb.

      Northern Ireland: Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made to achieve decommissioning of arms by the Ulster Defence Association.

      Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated percentage of the population aged over (a) 65 years, and (b) 85 years in (i) England; (ii) the east of England region; and (iii) Essex; and...

      Pensions: Occupational Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the Pensions Regulator to publish a good practice guide to support trustees and administrators who are in the process of winding up occupational...

      Railways: Eurotunnel Freight Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to hold bilateral talks with the Government of France and the management of the reconstituted Eurotunnel company on the need to expand freight...

      Serbia: Cluster Munitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 9 July (Official Report, col. 1231), that if NATO had not yet provided the information on the location of...

      Skills

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Adonis on 18 October 2005 (WA 122) and 7 November 2005 (WA 63-4), what evidence has emerged from the most recent National...

      Sudan: Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the overall level of trade between the United Kingdom and Sudan each year, for the past five years; and to what extent pension funds controlled by...

      Universities: Medicine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) regarding the requirement for students to take United Kingdom clinical...

      Universities: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to increase the Doctor of Philosophy maintenance grant conferred by Research Councils UK from the current £12,300 per annum to...

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