Written answers

Monday, 22 October 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House whether she plans to facilitate the accountability of regional Ministers through written parliamentary questions.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Legal Opinion: Armed Conflict

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will take steps to make independent legal advice available to the House and to hon. Members on the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed by his Department on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent...

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

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

      Departments: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what policy changes his Department has implemented since 27 June 2007.

      Departments: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are available;...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of overall force protection in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress made by the armed forces in Helmand province over the last three months.

      RAF Boulmer

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

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the volume and value has been of drugs seized by British naval vessels involved in drug operations in 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent initiatives to improve shared and single accommodation for armed forces personnel and their families.

      Armed Forces Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces of other countries are training at British training facilities alongside British troops.

      Blackwater USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his US and Iraqi counterparts on private military company, Blackwater USA.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on future troop levels in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Iraqis the armed forces have employed since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Food Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) beef, (b) lamb and (c) pork supplied to the armed forces is sourced from British farms.

      Special Forces Housing Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many calls have been made to his Department's special forces housing helpline in the last 12 months.

      Veterans Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans badges have been issued.

      Weapons Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on UK Trade and Investment's role in...

      Joint Personnel Administration System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the joint personnel administration system; when he expects it to be fully operational; and if he...

      Amphibious Vehicles: Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consideration his Department has given to basing the four Bay class landing ship dock (auxiliaries) alongside the Royal Navy's other...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what main reasons are cited by service personnel for leaving the armed forces.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to contribute his Department's funds towards the (a) capital cost and (b) revenue expenditure of civilian hospitals and...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the extra planned funding for Combat Stress will be provided.

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the United States Administration on options for United Kingdom involvement in the US National Missile Defense Programme;...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the self-destruct failure rate of the M85 dual purpose bomblet.

      Defence: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the results of his Department's most recent public attitude survey.

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the last three years; which...

      Departments: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the spectrum charge paid by his Department in near cash terms was in each year from 1999-2000 to 2007-08; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Departments: Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what representations his Department has received from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Ministers or officials on public...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees,...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

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

      Departments: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of (a) his Department's Corporate Planning Assumptions, (b) the Defence Programme...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the 140 Mastiff vehicles whose purchase was announced by the Prime Minister on 8 October 2007 will be (a) delivered and (b) in use by frontline...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he plans to take to assist in the identification of Iraqis who have worked for the British Army in relation to investigation of asylum...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued to the armed forces on terms in contracts for Iraqi workers relating to entitlements to assistance in resettling in (a) the...

      Military Aid: Belize

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of the assistance provided by the British Army Training and Support Unit to the manatee conservation project in Belize; and what...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme visits were (a) cancelled and (b) reduced in size in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in each year since 2001,...

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition his Department uses of (a) special nuclear materials and (b) other radioactive materials.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) people and (b) non-UK Commonwealth citizens have been recruited to the Royal Regiment of Scotland in each year since its creation.

      Shipping: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will audit records of the number of collisions between commercial vessels and (a) Royal Navy warships and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels in...

      Territorial Army: Armed Forces Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Combat Fitness Test is undertaken at the start of the Potential Junior NCOs course for Territorial Army personnel.

      Territorial Army: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations cover the driving hours per week of Territorial Army drivers with private carriage vehicles and heavy goods vehicle licences who also...

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) outflow and (b) inflow of the Territorial Army was in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK...

      Territorial Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes in the Territorial Army structure he plans to make; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many stakeholders the team carrying out the review of the UK Hydrographic Office has met during the course of their work thus far.

      UK Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the outcome of the review of the UK Hydrographic Office.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future number of warships required by the Royal Navy.

  • Transport

    • Bicycles: Helmets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to make it mandatory for children under 14 to wear a helmet when cycling on a public highway.

    • Bus Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the costs of equipping all buses in England with smartcard readers.

      Driving Offences: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many penalty charge notices resulted in bailiffs being called to recover fines.

      Fisheries: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the process is for fishermen to make claims under the London Gateway Port reclamation area disturbance payment compensation scheme; and if...

      M3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1266W, on the M3, what estimate she has made of the level of road traffic noise...

      M3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average daily traffic flow was (a) between junctions 5 and 6 of the M3 motorway, (b) between junctions 6 and 7 of the M3 motorway and (c)...

      Motor Vehicles: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of motorists who used their vehicles to drive (a) fewer than five miles, (b) between five and 25 miles and...

      Navigation: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the availability of pilots for the river Thames and the Thames estuary.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new rail vehicles for (a) inter-city services, (b) commuter services in London and (c) local regional rail services were procured in each...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to meet Virgin Trains to discuss improvements to speed and reliability of trains between Euston and Wolverhampton.

      Road Traffic: Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what levels of road traffic pollution were (a) estimated and (b) recorded in the vicinity of junctions 5 to 7 of the M3 motorway in each year since...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the decision to allow the Morning Miracle to transfer to the UK Shipping Register; and what assessment was made of her...

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been collected by the aggregates levy in (a) Stroud constituency, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) England and (d) the United Kingdom in each year...

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for unclaimed assets in dormant bank and building society accounts.

      Death: Clostridium

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths were recorded where clostridium difficile was (a) mentioned and (b) the underlying cause of death in (i) Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the level of personal debt was as a percentage of disposable income (a) before and (b) after housing costs in each year since 1997; and if he...

      Departments: Accountancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of his Department's employees possess a professional accountancy qualification; and what proportion of employees at each of the six most...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

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

      Departments: Official Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has visited each region in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Employment: Clackmannanshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the level of youth employment in Ochil and South Perthshire since 2005; (2) what assessment he has made of the level...

      Floods: Reconstruction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value to the Exchequer of VAT receipts arising from repair and reconstruction work made necessary by the 2007 summer...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised in income tax in the last year for which figures are available.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow transfers from equity into cash individual savings accounts.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy was for people in (a) the five most deprived areas in England and (b) England in each year since 1979.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the UK's structural deficit in comparison with those of other EU member states.

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he has ceased to produce an estimated GDP deflator at market prices for financial years 2007-08 to 2010-11; if he will place a copy of his...

      Population: Southend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population is in (a) Southend on Sea and (b) Southend West constituency; and what estimate he has made of the likely equivalent figures in (i)...

      Revenue and Customs: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent from the public purse on staff parties at HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last three years.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs under the settlements legislation were stopped as a result of the House of Lords judgment in the...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of the Jones v. Garnett case, including all legal fees and associated charges.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigations under the settlements legislation was in each of the last three years, including legal charges...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister was responsible for approving the original decision for HM Revenue and Customs to pursue the Jones v. Garnett case under the settlements...

      Taxation: Domicile

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which team in his Department is responsible for developing policy on the taxation of non-domiciled individuals.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what matters in respect of the use of fiscal instruments to combat climate change were discussed at the meeting of G7 finance ministers in Washington DC on...

      Unemployment: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of long-term adult unemployment was in each London constituency in each year since 2005.

      Unemployment: Reading

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the 18 to 24-year-old population of Reading East constituency was not in education, training or employment in each quarter since the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has made in the resolution of the tax credits case of Mr. Morgan of St. Albans constituency; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) grant-in-aid and (b) National Lottery funding was allocated to the Arts Council England (ACE) in each of the last five years;...

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many arts organisations in each London (a) constituency and (b) borough received Arts Council England funding in each of the last...

      Culture: England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to promote English folk dance and song; and if he will make a statement.

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff are seconded to his Department from outside Government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and what the...

      English Heritage: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many English Heritage staff were located at Bunhill Row, London in each year since 2004.

      English Heritage: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many English Heritage staff were located at 1 Waterhouse Square, London in each year since 2004.

      English Heritage: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by English Heritage from Legal and General in respect of the break made in their lease on offices at 23 Savile...

      Floods: Sportsgrounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the cost of repairing flood damaged (a) cricket pitches and (b) other sports facilities; and what...

      Information Officers: English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers are employed by English Heritage.

      Internet: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made on the implementation of recommendation 39 of the Gowers Review, on internet service providers'...

      Internet: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to ensure that internet service providers share responsibility with rights holders for combating online copyright theft.

      Olympic Games: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times and on what dates the Tourism 2012 Group has met to discuss its Tourism 2012 Strategy.

      Royal Parks Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what targets were set by his Department for income generation by the Royal Parks Agency for each year since 2001; and what targets have...

      Tour Operators: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to require UK tour operators to (a) check that staff employed in hotels abroad are screened to ensure...

      Treasure Trove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of treasure finds were reported via a finds liaison officer in 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department provided to (a) Visit Britain and (b) Visit London in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people were employed by his Department on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a)...

    • Indonesia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what value of additional aid has been provided to Indonesia following the recent series of earthquakes in the region.

      Indonesia: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what expertise the UK has shared with Indonesia on effective and safe disposal of household waste.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK gave to (a) Jamaica, (b) Nigeria and (c) Pakistan in each of the last five years.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Darfur.

      Windward Islands: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid he has allocated to the Windward Islands in relation to the summer hurricanes; what financial assistance he plans to make...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Vetting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the HM Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards for vetting staff with Criminal Records Bureau checks.

    • Departments: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people will be working in the office building at 35 Great Smith street; (2) if he will make a statement on the planned use of the...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the contracts his Department signed on a consultancy basis with a net value of more than £20,000 in 2006.

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many invitations to tender the Cabinet Office has issued since June 2001; and for what purpose in each case.

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target...

      Departments: Departmental Organisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether he plans to make structural changes within his Department; (2) if he will place in the Library an organogram showing the staff...

      Departments: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse has been of legal fees and advice for (a) the previous Prime Minister, (b) Downing Street staff and (c)...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people were employed by his Department on 1 January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by (a) the Prime Minister's Downing street offices and (b) offices of the Prime Minister which...

      Departments: Speeches

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance the Cabinet Office has produced on assistance to Ministers in the preparation of speeches at party conferences by civil servants who...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans exist to use (a) regular and (b) reserve elements of the armed forces in support of security at the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans exist to use non-UK (a) police forces and (b) military units in support of security of the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the (a) bid book estimate, (b) bid book estimate adjusted to 2012 prices and (c) current estimate is for (i) the main Olympic stadium, (ii) the...

      Planning Permission: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish departmental guidelines on obtaining planning permission for the installation of air conditioning units in Government buildings.

      Strategic Priorities for the UK

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the proposals in the Strategy Unit's Strategic Priorities for the UK: the Policy Review are under review.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Czech counterpart on the proposed EU Reform Treaty.

    • EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Dutch State Council's report on the EU Reform Treaty.

      Foreigners: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether foreign citizens who are made honorary knights or dames are entitled to use the titles associated with those honours...

      Gaza: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of (a) poverty and (b) unemployment levels in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      House of Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the establishment of a House of Europe in London; and if...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 255W, on Iraq: armed forces, what changes were made to plans...

      Iraq: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals have been put forward for the creation of an international contact group for Iraq with a permanent secretariat;...

      Iraq: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was committed by the UK to projects aimed at young people in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each of the last five years.

      Israel: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was informed of the recent Israeli attack on the alleged Syrian military installation; and what representations he has...

      Israel: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the Israeli attack on Syria on or about 6 September.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Mr. Blair as Middle East Envoy on (a) Libya's approach to the Arab League's initiative on...

      Occupied Territories: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to include the issue of the occupation of the Golan Heights in the proposed November peace conference.

      Republic of Ireland: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether titles awarded to citizens of the Irish Republic are deemed to be honorary in circumstances where the recipient was born...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the police force of the Turks and Caicos Islands was last inspected by HM Inspectorate; and if he will place a copy of the...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the change in the level of the resident population of the Turks and Caicos Islands was over the past 20 years, broken down...

  • Health

    • Antibiotics: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for human health of the prevalence of antibiotic (a) use and (b) resistance in farm animals.

    • Antibiotics: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use in livestock production of antibiotics of last resort for humans; and if he will make a statement.

      Baby Care Units: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions there were to neonatal units in England in each year from 2002 to 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Clostridium: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of clostridium difficile there were in hospitals in each London constituency in each of the last five years.

      Clostridium: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of Clostridium difficile there were in hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years; (2) how many patients in Lancashire...

      Hospitals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of best practice in hospital infection control in the UK private hospital sector.

      Hospitals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted MRSA or clostridium difficile in (a) NHS hospitals, (b) military hospitals and (c) private sector UK hospitals in 2006.

      MRSA: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA there were in hospitals in each London constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departments: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are available;...

    • Departments: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices bought for the use of departmental Ministers have...

      Departments: Secondment

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

      Departments: Visits Abroad

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

      Employment: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what publicly-funded assistance is provided to help people with a severe stammer to gain and retain employment.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly expenditure is on jobseeker's allowance claimants, excluding the benefit, by Jobcentre Plus (a) for the first three...

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets his Department sets for local authorities, including under the public service agreement, local area agreement and best value...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give a breakdown by nationality of the number of national insurance numbers issued to non-EU foreign citizens (a) since 1997 and...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many foreign nationals in (a) Reading, (b) Wokingham and (c) Berkshire were issued with national insurance numbers in (i) the last year...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have been members of occupational pension schemes which have been closed (a) to new...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged 50 years and over moved off benefits and into work in each of the last 10 years.

      Pensioners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women pensioners in each five-year age cohort would receive an additional weekly pension increase of (a) less than £5, (b)...

      Pensioners: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) males and (b) females living in Glasgow, East constituency are drawing state retirement pension.

      Pensioners: Means Tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number and proportion of pensioners subject to some form of means testing for a part of their income.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the level of pensioner poverty in Ochil and South Perthshire since 2005; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in finding additional funding to improve the Financial Assistance Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      State Retirement Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many International Pension Centre clients are the spouse or dependent of a UK citizen.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost of the winter fuel allowance has been in each year since the scheme was established; (2) what the estimated cost of the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administrative cost was of the Audit Commission in each year since 1996.

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to encourage the introduction of choice-based lettings in (a) council housing and (b) housing...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average council tax was (a) per dwelling and (b) on Band D properties in Great Britain in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) 2007-08.

      Elections: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has for local elections in the areas where unitary bids have been approved; (2) what the timetable is for...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to review Planning Policy Guidance 25 on flooding.

      Floods: EC Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much EU assistance in respect of flooding in the UK in 2007 has been (a) committed and (b) spent.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for publishing the conclusions and research relating to the Home Information Pack dry-runs and trials.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average length of time it takes for a home information pack to be assembled.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements there are on sellers to update or replace the search element of home information packs when a property is on...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) mortgage lenders and (b) solicitors she has been informed do not accept personal searches included in a home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government has received representations that mortgage lenders are refusing to accept information contained in home...

      Home Information Packs: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authority trading standards departments will retain the revenue raised from fines on estate agents for...

      Home Information Packs: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities may keep the income raised from home information pack fines levied by trading standards officers.

      Home Information Packs: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimates were made when drafting the home information pack regulations of the number of (a) appeals to the County Court...

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which locations home information pack dry-runs or pilots were conducted.

      Home information Packs: Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what submissions or representations the Valuation Office Agency has made to her Department and its predecessor in relation to...

      Hostels: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to ensure that women living in hostels have privacy and security.

      Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will provide additional finance to local authorities with military bases in their area to enable them to offer social...

      Housing: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many homes were built in (a) Cheadle constituency and (b) Stockport local authority in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; (2)...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an energy performance certificate for a private sector rental property which does not already have a certificate will be...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what manner the Criminal Records Bureau checks for accredited home inspectors differ from those for accredited domestic...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of home inspectors who have become voluntarily redundant; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the locations of the proposed 10 eco-towns are.

      Housing: Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to ensure that people who move on from hostels into more permanent forms of accommodation receive...

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) her Department and its predecessor and (b) the Standards Board for England have provided to local...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what Parliamentary procedure the implementation orders for local government restructuring will be subject.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the efficacy of the regulatory and legislative framework in respect of houses in multiple...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written statement of 9 October 2007, Official Report, columns 25-7WS, on planning, what the Government's policy...

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local planning authorities have adopted policies requiring onsite renewable energy in proposals for major developments.

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many legal challenges have been made to local authorities implementing the Merton Rule requirement for onsite renewable...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her timetable is for legislating to introduce a supplementary business rate; and whether primary or secondary legislation...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1156W to the hon. Member for Beckenham, on the Valuation...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much agricultural land in England, in hectares, was given for best and most versatile status in (a) 1997 or the nearest...

    • Agriculture: Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to support the UK mushroom farming industry; (2) what steps his Department is...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in developing the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for detecting bovine...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to tackle the increase in the incidence of bovine TB in Shropshire.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for standardising the reporting mechanisms by which business and industry account for their emissions of...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the operation of the proposed carbon offsets scheme of (a)...

      Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which private consultancy firms (a) his Department and (b) agencies which report to his Department engaged in each of the...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many websites his Department operates; how many it operated at 1 January 2005; and what the estimated annual cost has...

      Departments: Internet

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental...

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are seconded to his Department from outside Government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and...

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent the sale of puppies from unlicensed farms and rearing establishments.

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) 2005 and (b) 2007 editions of the guidance produced by Waste Resources...

      Environmentally Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that Natural England has sufficient resources to cope with the re-negotiation of...

      Farmers: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to farmers of the cost sharing mechanism for animal health and welfare announced in the...

      Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the 40 tonnes of Area VII anglerfish swapped away from the under 10 metres pool has been swapped for.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the size of the domestic fishing industry in each European Economic Area country.

      Fisheries: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time fishermen there are in each European Economic Area country.

      Fisheries: White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's assessment is of the optimum minimum landing size for sea bass required to promote the creation of a...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) under-10 metre and (b) over-10 metre fishing vessels there are in each European Economic Area country.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the mechanism by which the funds for flood defences will be dispersed throughout the country.

      Fly-tipping: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion and number of fly-tipping incidents recorded on the Flycapture database were associated with traveller sites...

      Insects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the populations of the (a) pea mining bee (andrena lathyri), (b) dark guest ant (anergates...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the forecast change in landfill tax receipts is for each of the next three years.

      Landfill: Methane

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of the UK's renewable energy emissions that comes from using methane...

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the incidence of the use of antibiotics as a surrogate for growth promoters in livestock; and if...

      Livestock: Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission a review of the extent of the prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock production; and if he will...

      Livestock: Botulism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many cases of botulism have been reported in livestock in 2007; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he...

      Nature Conservation: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Scottish Executive on preserving and developing wildlife nature reserves in Scotland.

      Paté De Foie Gras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ban the importation of foie gras under article 30 of the treaty of Rome, with particular reference to (a) public...

      Pirbright Laboratory: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2007, Official Report, column 2221W, on Pirbright Laboratory standards, what issues...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to revise the Government's policy on the EU ban on battery cages from 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      River Severn: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the dredging of the River Severn in Shrewsbury.

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the Draft Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement.

      Severn Trent Water: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to prevent Severn Trent Water from back-dating bills for five years.

      Trees: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the spread of Cameraria o hridella.

      Wastes: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase awareness of the potential benefits of (a) waste incineration and (b) energy from waste...

      Water Charges: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average percentage change in domestic water bills has been in each local authority area in the East of England since...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has (a) to update the publication Protecting Whales: A global responsibility and (b) to distribute it in...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU Ministers on Japan's killing of whales.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Advantage West Midlands: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department provided for Advantage West Midlands to subsidise the move by Severn Trent Water plc from...

    • Debts: Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the debt owed to the Export Credits Guarantee Department by the Maldives was (a) in each of the last five years...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will consider the merits of providing support and assistance to the furniture industry to take account of recent...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many former miners' compensation claims cases are awaiting responses in relation to employment records enquiries...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on coal mining operators and the claims handling agreement; and what steps the Government...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many former miners' health compensation claims are unresolved.

      Micro-generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his assessment is of the role local authorities can play in increasing the use of micro-generation for supplying...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was allocated for training for the Ministry of Defence Police in each of the last five years for which...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) if he will make a statement on the progress being made by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the...

      Overseas Trade: Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to increase trade between the United Kingdom and the Maldives; how...

      Overseas Trade: Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many officials in his Department of each grade worked on the promotion of trade between the United Kingdom and the...

      Paedophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures were in place before 2005 to prevent known paedophiles from opening a children's agency specialising in...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what contractual requirements relating to disability access have been placed on WH Smith as a result of the franchise...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether Post Office Ltd. will publish a disability equality scheme in relation to the proposed Crown post office...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the (a) health and safety, (b) fire safety and (c) disability...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with organisations representing older people or those with disabilities on the...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with Post Office Ltd. on consulting older people or those with disabilities on...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what arrangements will be in place to assist customers with special access needs in post office branches which are...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings took place between his Department and Post Office Ltd. in which the franchise agreement between WH Smith...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether as a result of the franchise agreement reached between Post Office Ltd and WH Smith, Post Office Ltd retains...

      Post Office: WH Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department has had discussions with Post Office Ltd on the completion of a disability equality impact...

      Post Offices: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funds Post Office Ltd has made available to improve disability access to stores and new sites to meet its...

      Post Offices: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he had with Post Office Ltd on its obligations as a public body under the Disability Discrimination...

      Post Offices: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether Post Office Ltd. has an obligation under the Disability Equality Duty to publish a disability equality scheme...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of the proposed Post Office closures so far announced in public consultations are located within retail...

      Post Offices: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many sub-post offices closed in the East of England in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

      Post Offices: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices closed in each London constituency in each of the last five years.

      Prices: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which stakeholders he has met as part of the study being carried out with HM Treasury on the economics of information...

      Prices: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department's study of the economics of public sector information pricing will be completed.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of the UK contribution to the 20 per cent. renewables obligation by 2020 he expects to be generated by...

      Seals: Animal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1267W, on seals: animal products, what progress has...

      UK Trade and Investment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what UK's budget for 2007-08 Trade and Investment is, broken down by sector; and how many staff it employs, broken...

      Unfair Practices: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses have been identified as holding bogus closing down sales in the last 12 months; and what steps...

      Unfair Practices: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the implementation of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive on...

      Unsolicited Goods and Services: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what regulation is available to UK households to prevent unsolicited sales telephone calls from overseas; and...

      VAT: Warley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many VAT (a) registrations and (b) de-registrations there were in Warley constituency in each of the last five years.

      Winfrith Nuclear Research Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what effect the time taken to decommission the Winfrith site will have on future decisions on a new generation...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what options his Department considered for the delivery of the academies programme other than Partnerships for Schools.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which Minister took the decision to transfer the delivery of the Academies programme to Partnerships for Schools.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether funding for the running costs of a city academy co-sponsored by a local authority is provided directly by his Department...

      Assessments: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what effect the introduction of Key Stage 2 tests has had on the number of hours spent teaching non-tested subjects to Key Stage 2...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent under the Building Schools for the Future programme on sports facilities.

      Children: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects (a) to roll out the new nurse-family partnerships and (b) to allocate the £670 million two year provision...

      Class Sizes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the pupil-teacher ratio was in each local education authority in the East of England at key stage (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3...

      Class Sizes: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average (a) middle school and (b) upper school class size was in each constituency in the East of England in each year...

      Curriculum: Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) his counterpart in the Scottish Executive on...

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many citizens' juries have been arranged by his Department since June 2007; which organisations were commissioned to conduct...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons the national basic need allocation of £400 million has not been increased since 1995.

      Education: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the minutes of the meeting held between the Secretary of State for Education and the delegation from Milton...

      Education: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the basic need capital allocations are for Milton Keynes Unitary Authority for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2010-11; and what they...

      Heartsease School Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on consultation exercises carried out by (a) Cambridge Education Associates and (b) Norfolk county...

      Nursery Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1-5WS, on schools, early years and 14-16...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what recent representations he has received on introducing road safety as a compulsory part of the national curriculum; and...

      Runaway Children: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children ran away from their homes in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and how many have subsequently...

      Schools: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was allocated to schools in 2006 in Shropshire Local Education Authority area.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who is responsible for monitoring the implementation of school travel plans; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of schools have school travel plans in place.

      Sports: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist sports colleges have been established.

  • Justice

    • Deaths in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles died in custody as a result of (a) natural causes, (b) self-harm, (c) accidents and (d) violence committed by a third party in...

    • Departments: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Electoral Register: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that returning officers are maximising participation in the compilation of electoral registers in Scotland.

      Police Custody: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average cost per prisoner night was of holding prisoners overnight in facilities in Cardiff court buildings since the start of 2007; and...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) where women prisoners from North Wales have served their sentence in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (2) where...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners housed in Wales had home addresses in other parts of the United Kingdom immediately prior to their imprisonment in each of...

      Prisoner Transfers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders attached to Welsh young offending teams were transferred between secure accommodation units during their sentence (a) in each...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of the prison population is undergoing treatment for drug addiction.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) non-UK nationals and (b) non-EU nationals there are in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what physical restraint techniques are permitted for use on adult prisoners.

      Prisoners: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the nose distraction technique has been approved for use on adult prisoners.

      Prisons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are in prison in the Greater London area; and what the capacity of Greater London prisons is.

      Prisons: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of staff in prisons resigned from each prison establishment in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the National Offender Management Service has taken in response to representations from the Prisoners' Families Helpline as regards visit...

      Prisons: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will commission a report from the National Offender Management Service on the steps it is taking to provide an effective booking system for...

      Voting Rights: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the issue of lowering the national voting age to 16.

      Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what physical restraint techniques are permitted for use on juvenile prisoners.

  • Home Department

    • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) acceptable behaviour contracts and (b) parenting orders have been issued in Cambridgeshire in each year since their introduction.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prosecutions there were for delivering alcohol to children in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in each...

      Animal Experiments: Protests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many animal rights extremists have been arrested over the past 12 months; (2) whether there have been any arrests of animal rights...

      Assaults on Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Asylum: Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications from Burmese citizens were successful in each of the last five years.

      Community Support Officers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there are under the age of 18 years.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed per head of population in each police force area in each year since 1997.

      Crime Prevention: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effectiveness of the experiment initiated by East Renfrewshire Council in appointing of police officers to three...

      Crimes Against Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of recorded incidents of criminal damage in England and Wales in the most recent year for which...

      Custodial Treatment: Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in each year since 1997, broken down by police authority.

      Custodial Treatment: Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers convicted of driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the East of England in each year since 1997 had...

      Departments: Accountancy

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

      Departments: Road Traffic Offences

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

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rates were for reported crime in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken...

      Driving Offences: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents there were of a vehicle failing to stop at the scene of a crime in the Greater London area in each of the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were cautioned or charged for the offence of driving while unfit under the influence of drugs in the Greater London area in...

      Driving: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for driving cars while uninsured in each police authority area in the East of England in each year since 1997.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given to police forces on actions to be taken when trafficked minors present themselves at police stations to seek assistance.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the number of minors who were illegally trafficked into the UK in each of the last four years.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many minors trafficked into the UK were (a) taken into social services or foster care and (b) subsequently deported from the UK in each...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) prosecuted for illegally trafficking minors into the UK in each of the last four years.

      Human Trafficking: Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been successfully prosecuted for trafficking of women to work as prostitutes in each of the last five years.

      Immigration Controls: Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects the Government to make a decision on whether to continue the restrictions placed on migrant workers entering the UK...

      Immigration Controls: Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers are employed in Britain; and what the change in numbers has been since accession of those...

      Police: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time to 999 calls made to the police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend was in each year since 1997.

      Police: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance her Department issues on the policing and marshalling of local events; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what total grant was allocated to each police authority in each year since 1997; (2) how much funding was allocated per head of...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2007, Official Report, column 718W, on police: firearms, how many operations there were in which...

      Proceeds of Crime: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each police force area in the East of...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means the Government plans to implement its commitment in Section 5.6 of the 2006 document A Coordinated Prostitution Strategy,...

      Runaway Children: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children under the age of 18 years ran away from their homes in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sexual assault referral centres there are in each police force area in England and Wales (a) in absolute terms and (b) per...

      Shoplifting: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of shoplifting in the East of England in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and...

      Stop and Search: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions police used stop and search powers contained in section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each London constituency in...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister what guidance his Office follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent...

    • Departments: Secondment

      To ask the Prime Minister 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 secondment.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 15th October 2007, Official Report, column 820W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, for what reason he has not identified any of the factors he...

      Members: Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) hon. and right hon. Members and (b) Government Ministers have received honours while in post in the last 10 years.

  • House of Lords

    • Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding they currently provide and intend to provide in the future to the national charity Citizens Advice.

    • Aerospace

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been invested in research and development in (a) the civil aerospace industry; and (b) the military aerospace industry for each of the last 10 years.

      Afghanistan: Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the United Kingdom's aid budget in Afghanistan is spent in Helmand province; and whether they intend to support more development projects in the...

      Afghanistan: Media Portrayal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to publicise development projects in Afghanistan through the British media, and to counter negative images resulting from civil war and...

      Agriculture: Hedges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why farm hedges cannot be trimmed under the cross-compliance conditions of the European Union single farm payment scheme until 1 August when similar hedges under...

      Agriculture: Slaughter of Lambs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the welfare slaughter of lightweight lambs in Scotland; and, in particular, whether they have a financial responsibility in this area.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 1 October (WA 192), whether "protected animal" in Section 2(b) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 includes birds that...

      Armed Forces: War Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will subject war pension claimants who suffer from (a) post-traumatic stress disorder; (b) any mental illness; or (c) any terminal illness to covert...

      Armed Forces: War Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sick or disabled ex-service personnel will be subject to covert surveillance.

      Banking: Financial Stability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the Bank of England's role and responsibilities in relation to financial stability; and where are such responsibilities documented.

      Banking: Northern Rock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When, how and against what contingencies the tripartite arrangements which operate between the Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether sufficient funds have been made available in England to enable relevant local authorities to meet their commitment to fund free local bus travel to...

      Childcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the requirement of the scheme Care to Learn that parents must be under 20 years old on the day their course or learning programme begins allows young...

      Committee on Toxicity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why responsibility for the committee on toxicity has been transferred from the Department of Health to the Food Standards Agency.

      Committee on Toxicity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the current investigation of the committee on toxicity into the effects of organophosphates on human health is limited to papers submitted by the Veterinary...

      Consumer Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether consumer credit guidelines require amateur golf and other amateur sports clubs to obtain a consumer credit licence; and, if so, whether they will amend...

      Cyclists: Footpaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is an offence to cycle on a footpath which is beside a road used by traffic.

      Defence: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the latest version of the cost of defence output categories taxonomy.

      Defence: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the latest versions of the Joint Service publications JSP 462 and JSP 472.

      Disabled People: Housing Adaptations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on issuing the comprehensive guidance on the funding of major adaptations in housing associations as promised in their response to...

      Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many stray dogs are destroyed annually other than for veterinary reasons under current legislation (a) in England and Wales as a whole; (b) in each local...

      Education: Not-for-profit Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the recent comments by Sir Mike Tomlinson, retiring chairman of the Learning Trust in Hackney, what action they intend to take to replicate across...

      Embassies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals there are to sell the British embassies in Paris and Washington DC; and whether any consideration is being given to such sales.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data concerning in vitro fertilisation patients who have produced 20 or more eggs are held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), in...

      EU: Reform Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange for parliamentary debate and scrutiny of the draft European reform treaty before it is agreed by the Council of Ministers.

      Food: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in achieving healthy food diets for children at school.

      Food: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold discussions with United Kingdom food industry representatives to increase public knowledge and usage of guideline daily amount nutritional...

      Food: Salt Content

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further action they will discuss with the industry to secure further falls in the salt content of food and drink ingestion, particularly for children and old...

      Health: Community Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much each local authority has paid in penalties for failure to meet their obligations under the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Act 2003 in each year...

      Health: Lyme Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lyme disease and any other tick-borne diseases in humans are increasing in number; whether infected ticks are spreading; and, if so, what are the reasons...

      Health: Lyme Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice is given to general practitioners and other medical practitioners on the identification and treatment of Lyme disease.

      House of Lords: Guests' Dress Code

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the current dress code for guests of Members of the House of Lords; how it is monitored; and by whom it is monitored.

      Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Draft)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the view of the Joint Committee on the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill that denying the existence of a biological...

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many deaths have occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan among British troops as a result of road traffic accidents which were unrelated to any military action or...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with their European Union quartet partners an initiative to deter land acquisitions in the West Bank by Israeli military and other...

      Libya: IRA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking, or will take, to support those who are taking action against the Government of Libya for their encouragement and arming of Irish...

      Pensioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the percentage of the population in each parliamentary constituency in England and Wales aged over (a) 65 years, and (b) 85 years.

      Pensions: Capital Disregard

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of raising the full capital disregard for pension credit from the current £6,000 to (a) £10,000; (b) £15,000; (c)...

      Pre-Budget Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Pre-Budget Report Notes (PBRN) of 9 October, whether the proposed capital gains tax reform (PBRN 17) includes shares in Alternative Investment...

      Railways: South West Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 1 October (WA 230), in respect of the decision by South West Trains to operate hourly services from...

      Research and Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the level of growth in research and development since 2005 in (a) the public, and (b) the business sector, broken down by industry.

      Research and Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made since 2005 in public and business research and development towards the government target of 2.5 per cent research and development intensity.

      Roads: Upkeep Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that those vehicles registered outside the United Kingdom contribute to the costs of providing and maintaining the highway network.

      Schools: Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the School Food Trust's memorandum and articles of association.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to make smoking in a public place in England an offence.

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the likely consequences of the decision by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to suspend its involvement in the national...

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why repairs to listed buildings attract value added tax (VAT) when there is no VAT payable on extensions to listed buildings.

      Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the value of trade has changed in the past 10 years between (a) Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland; (b) Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and (c) the...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with the Government of Israel concerning exit visas for students wishing to study in Britain.

      Waterways: Thames Diesel Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency was informed by the water companies as to the contents of reports by them which led to the stopping of the extraction of water over...

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