Written answers

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will ensure that grants to local authorities to cover the concessionary bus pass scheme fully reflect the number of (a) qualifying residents in...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what modelling her Department has undertaken of runway lengths in relation to Heathrow airport's expansion; and if she will make a statement.

      Lorries: A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the merits of restricting heavy goods vehicles to the inside lane of the A1 dual carriageway between Grantham and Newark.

      Lorry Drivers: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether foreign lorry drivers given on-the-spot fines will be required to pay the fine before the vehicle is allowed to proceed.

      Road Works: A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects work to be completed in the vicinity of the Gonerby Moor roundabout on the A1 in Lincolnshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians and cyclists aged between 0 and 15 years (a) died and (b) were seriously injured on UK roads in 2006.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there was in the number of road deaths of children aged up to 15 years between 2000 and 2006.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children aged up to 15 years (a) killed and (b) seriously injured on UK roads in each of the last 10 years were killed (i) on their journey...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Anniversaries: Oliver Cromwell

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans he has for Parliament to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the death of Oliver Cromwell.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 October, on the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, how much was allocated to each recipient...

    • Agriculture: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the funding of the South West Rural Enterprise Gateway to help farmers diversify.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims for the single farm payment remain to be validated, broken down by year of application; and if he will make a...

      Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to implement the recommendations of the 2005 Securing the Benefits report on the fishing...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for measures to regulate the activities of the trainers and exhibitors of performing...

      Animal Welfare: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the recent fatal shooting of a chimpanzee at Whipsnade Zoo; and if he...

      Animal Welfare: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines are in force to advise zoo owners of appropriate action to take when an animal escapes; whether requirements...

      Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will list the improvement notices issued by the Health and Safety Executive to the Institute for Animal Health...

      Bluetongue: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on progress in developing a vaccine for the bluetongue strain BTV8; what the involvement of (a)...

      Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will include annual targets for carbon reductions in the Climate Change Bill.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the National Audit Office report The Climate Change Levy and Climate Change Agreements.

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what...

      Departments: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work his Department has undertaken to identify the efficiency savings suggested in the Comprehensive Spending Review as...

      Departments: Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which...

      Environment Protection: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received of the meeting in Vienna on 30 September on nuclear safety and the environment held by his...

      Fisheries: Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has commissioned studies on the effects of commercial catching practices on recreational sea angling.

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what compensation is available to (a) cattle hauliers and (b) other industries allied to farming adversely affected by the...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at how many premises during the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease culling was undertaken before the receipt of test...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many test results which were available before culling during the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease were negative.

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there are any plans to revise the rules covering the movement of livestock following the latest outbreaks of foot and...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the British economy resulting from the ban on farming exports during the most recent...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will lift the restrictions placed on drag hunting during the foot and mouth outbreak.

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will ensure that there is parity in the financial assistance packages introduced for farmers in the UK following...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to relax the 20 day standstill rule for livestock outside the foot and mouth controlled zones.

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much is available for contaminated land grants in 2007-08; and how much was available in each of the previous four years.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of carbon emissions generated by storing (a) ultra high temperature milk and (b)...

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to stop the rise in the number of species threatened with extinction and on the IUCN Red...

      Pets: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to take steps to warn the public about the dangers of leaving pets outdoors around 5 November.

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a Sow Welfare Disposal scheme.

      Rural Payments Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints the Rural Payments Agency has received in the last 12 months.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to prevent the felling of trees on sites of special scientific interest.

      Waste Management: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what health and safety guidance has been provided to local authorities in relation to manual handling in kerbside collection...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in establishing which countries are being approached by Japan to join the International Whaling...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in engaging in discussions about whaling with countries that vote with Japan at the International...

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress is being made in recruiting more pro-conservation countries to join the International Whaling Commission.

      Whales: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had discussions with Japanese government ministers on the killing of whales for alleged scientific research.

      Whales: Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Prime Minister of New Zealand on Japan's whaling activity in the Southern Ocean...

      White Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the volume of wild bass stocks.

  • International Development

    • EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether UK aid channelled through the EU may be earmarked by the UK for specific (a) purposes and (b) countries; and if he will make...

    • EU Aid: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of EU aid to Commonwealth countries was in each of the last five years; and what proportion was attributable to...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each of the districts of County Durham qualify for council tax benefit but do not claim it.

    • Departments: Advertising

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

      Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of contracted provision being delivered by a private sector provider for which his Department is responsible was...

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's public service agreement targets (a) take and (b) do not take account of rural proofing.

      Disability Living Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Peterborough constituency were in receipt of disability living allowance in each year since 1997.

      Disability: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what publicly-funded assistance is available to young people with a disability who wish to move from education into work.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to link the lower limit of the earnings disregard of incapacity benefit with (a) the minimum wage and (b) average earnings.

      Incapacity Benefit: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the lower limit of the earnings disregard of incapacity benefit on benefit recipients' (a)...

      Incapacity Benefit: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of adults of working age in Peterborough constituency were claiming incapacity benefits in each year since 1997.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Formaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government will adopt the recommendations of the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits to...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Formaldehyde

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) Disease Reduction Programme has concluded its benchmarking exercise; what steps the HSE plans...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent research from the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Commission and...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he is making in updating Health and Safety Leaflet INDG209 to contain information on the use of automated tanning salons.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Complaint Review Team, Falkirk Child Support Agency office will reply to the fax of 17 September 2007 from the hon. Member for...

      National Insurance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers were issued to non-UK citizens resident in Peterborough City Council area in each month since January 2004.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to protect (a) jobs in and (b) contracts held by Remploy.

      Social Security Benefits: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average annual cost has been of administering (a) a fuel direct payment under the Third Party Deductions scheme and (b) each payment...

      Televisions: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many free television licences were issued in (a) Warley constituency and (b) Sandwell Metropolitan borough council in each of the last...

  • Scotland

    • Departments: Citizen's Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many citizens' juries were arranged for (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies in each year since 1997; which organisations were...

    • Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was...

      Departments: ICT

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

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 employees,...

      Departments: Policy

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

      Departments: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many citizens' juries have been arranged by his Department since June 2007; which organisations were commissioned to conduct each citizens' jury;...

      Departments: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many official visits he and his predecessor made to (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many overseas meetings he (a) has attended since his appointment and (b) plans to attend in his role as Secretary of State.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings with charities and voluntary groups he has had since his appointment.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) off-licensed premises and (b) on-licensed premises had their licences revoked for selling alcohol to underage customers...

    • Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) station name, (b) licence area and (c) character of service is of each of the radio stations licensed for broadcast in...

      Digital Broadcasting: Gaelic Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expected cost is of launching the Gaelic digital television service; and what the estimated annual running costs are.

      Digital Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the amount of radio listening which occurs through digital platforms.

      Licensed Premises: Take-Away Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many take-away restaurants which do not sell alcohol have been licensed under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) ministers and (b) officials plan to attend the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final in an official capacity.

      Talented Athlete Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people received funding from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme in each year in which it has been running; and how much...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many frontline personnel were casualty evacuations during 12 Brigade's operational tour in Helmand Province.

    • Armed Conflict: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition he uses of killed in theatre; and whether it is used of those who sustain injuries in theatre but who die later.

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Treaty between the Government and the US Administration concerning defence trade co-operation includes transfers of component parts for (a)...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the stationing of interceptor missiles at USAF Lakenheath or other US bases in the UK;...

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what strategic military capabilities his Department will seek to develop in the next 10 years.

      Defence Estates: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors are taken into account by Defence Estate officials when reviewing in detail the background to a charity event to be held on defence...

      Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was...

      Departments: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departments: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy, when answering a written question by reference to written answers previously given by him or junior Defence Ministers to...

      GCHQ: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the alternative arrangements for electricity are at (a) GCHQ and (b) AWE Aldermaston in the event of a catastrophic failure of the National Grid;...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 71W, on Iraq: armed forces, what changes were made to plans agreed before the invasion...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the number of incidents of intersectional violence in Basra in (a) July, (b) August and (c) September.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times British or coalition military forces have intervened militarily in (a) Maysan, (b) Dhi Qar and (c) Al Muthanna since the handover...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army have been killed in operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since 2003.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the NATO and Egypt Individual Cooperation Programme.

      Territorial Army: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Territorial Army personnel on weekend training are expected to pay for their meals.

      Warships: Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions over the last 12 months Royal Navy ships ported in Devonport have been required to sail to Portsmouth or Marchwood in order to...

      Warships: Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions during the last 12 months Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels have been required to remain outside Devonport harbour and...

      Warships: Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions over the last two years it was necessary to divert Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels due alongside in Devonport to other...

      Warships: Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions during the last 12 months it was necessary to stop Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel movements within Devonport harbour as...

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new (a) cluster munitions and (b) weapons employing explosive submunitions the Government are in the process of (i) developing and (ii) procuring.

  • Home Department

    • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) acceptable behaviour contracts and (b) parenting orders were issued in (i) Reading, (ii) Wokingham and (iii) Berkshire in each...

    • Animal Welfare: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to provide security for the Appleby Horse Fair in future; what the outcome of inquiries into events at the last...

      Animals Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of whether the threshold of moderate pain in animal experimentation is being adhered to; (2) how the...

      Arrests: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department into the numbers of children arrested for alleged violence...

      Asylum Seekers: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to investigate recent reports of abuse of failed asylum seekers during forced removal.

      Asylum: Sandwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of asylum seekers living in the Borough of Sandwell.

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent percentage failure rates are for biometric (a) fingerprint, (b) iris scan and (c) facial recognition data.

      British Nationality: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will provide a breakdown of the cost of processing applications for British citizenship; (2) if she will list all changes made...

      Crime Prevention: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in crime levels where CCTV has been introduced; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests relating to crimes committed by members of gangs there were in 2006.

      Crime: Homophobia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homophobic hate crimes were reported to police forces in England and Wales in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Departments: ICT

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

      Departments: Internet

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

      Departments: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department have taken (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five...

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department's public service agreement targets (a) take and (b) do not take account of rural proofing.

      Departments: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which establishments and offices within the Border and Immigration Agency and the Immigration Detention Estate Ministers in her Department...

      Deportation: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will consider the case of Mr. O.S. (Ref S1202771), who is awaiting the re-issue of asylum refusal papers in order to make an appeal.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportation recommendations conducive to the public good were made by (a) criminal courts and (b) her Department in each of the...

      Detection Rates: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of CCTV cameras on crime detection in areas where they have been introduced; and if she will make...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average time taken was to process applications for indefinite leave to remain designated as priority cases in the last period...

      Entry Clearances: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for indefinite leave to remain were received from individuals domiciled in Peterborough constituency in each quarter...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what involvement Tayside and Central Scotland police will have in Operation Pentameter2.

      Human Trafficking: Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the next meeting of the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on Human Trafficking to be held.

      Identity Cards: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the costs were of the identity card scheme in each year since 2003-04; what proportion of the set-up costs has been met from...

      Illegal Immigrants: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign former prisoners were housed in immigration removal centres on 20 July 2007.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies are being evaluated as potential service providers for the e-borders programme.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the e-Borders contract to be awarded.

      Immigration Controls: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for certificates of approval for marriage in the UK were received in each of the last six months; how many applications...

      Immigration Controls: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the application by Chervonne Cole (reference: CA2768005762/001) for a certificate of approval to be married in the UK will be determined.

      Immigration: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what means are provided to employers by her Department to enable the checking of the immigration status of prospective employees; and if she...

      Mikhail Cherney

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis Mikhail Cherney was banned from entering the UK after May 1995; and what factors led to that decision being subsequently reversed.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place a copy of the special National Criminal Intelligence Service report on money-laundering in the Library.

      National Asylum Support Services: Leeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private landlord properties in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds, West were used by the National Asylum Support Service in the last 12...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many judicial recommendations for deportation of convicted criminals were (a) made and (b) carried out in each of the last two years.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the practicality of deporting foreign nationals convicted of drugs and gun offences.

      Offensive Weapons: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of crime involving knives were reported in each London constituency in each month since April.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries she expects to be issuing passports which are not capable of being read by electronic or automated or electronic passport...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of passports issued by other countries which are not capable of being read by automated...

      Protest: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government classifies offences committed by organisations that define themselves as pursuing animals' rights as acts of...

      Rape: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to address the differential conviction rates for rape in different police force areas.

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

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

      Work Permits: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1940W, on work permits: health professions, how many work permits were...

      Work Permits: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued to doctors and nurses from Africa by the Government in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999.

  • Leader of the House

    • Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will direct regional ministers to answer written parliamentary questions on matters within their responsibility.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Communication Workers Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the date was of each meeting held by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department with the Communication...

    • Departments: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the contracts his Department signed on a consultancy basis with a net value of more than £20,000...

      Unsolicited Goods and Services: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on telephone call charges incurred by UK households who receive unsolicited sales calls...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will provide the (a) details and (b) conditions of the economic recovery package for Burma that the Prime Minister has...

    • Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2007 on Chevening scholarships, what criteria are used to determine the number of Chevening...

      Chevening Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2007 on Chevening scholarships, what the reasons were for the number of scholarships...

      David Manning: Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 999W, on David Manning: gifts, what the cost was of the...

      Far East: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to change arrangements for applications for visas at British diplomatic posts in (a) Ulan Bator, (b) Hong...

      Iraq: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has put forward for EU financial, technical and political support for Iraq, including to the Iraqi...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 838-9W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, whether he has...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received representations from the Iraqi government on its intentions to change Iraqi law governing the operation...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written statement of 9 October, Official Report, columns 27-8WS, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff,...

      Pakistan: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the convenience of the location of UK diplomatic posts in Pakistan for people submitting visa...

      Palestinians: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has put forward for EU efforts to re-engage and expand the EU mission to support the Palestinian civilian...

      United Nations: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to mark United Nations Day on 24 October.

  • Justice

    • Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the prison population in each year until 2012 and the places needed to accommodate it.

    • Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are being held in police and court cells.

      Governance of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on 'The Governance of Britain', Cm 7170.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what conclusions he has drawn from his review of the rules relating to the privacy of family court proceedings.

      Wiltshire Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed by the Wiltshire coroner; and how many military inquests are outstanding at that court.

      Armley Prison: Prisoners on Remand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in HMP Armley prison are (a) on remand for offences related to (i) fine defaulting, (ii) violence, (iii) damage to property, (iv)...

      Criminal Defence Service: First Assist Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Legal Services Commission remains in contract with First Assist for services relating to the delivery of CDS Direct.

      Criminal Defence Service: First Assist Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of the Legal Services Commission's contract with First Assist with services related to the delivery of CDS Direct was in each of the last...

      Democracy: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost to the public purse was of the speed dating youth conference held on 9 October (a) venue hire and (b) payments to external firms;...

      Driving Offences: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many drivers in the Peterborough constituency lost their licences through disqualification under the penalty points system in the last five...

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the impact of attaining (a) a level 2 qualification, (b) a level 3 qualification and (c) a degree in prison has on...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 188W, on Departments: publicity, (1) whether the public awareness campaign on human...

      Legal Services Commission: First Assist Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what services are being delivered under the contract between the Legal Services Commission and First Assist.

      Legal Services Commission: First Assist Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the end date is of the contract between the Legal Services Commission and First Assist.

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners are on whole life tariffs; (2) how many prisoners have been sentenced to life imprisonment on a whole life tariff in each year...

      Parliament: Duration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the merits of the introduction of fixed-term parliaments.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2007, Official Report, column 1160W, on prison accommodation, whether any modular temporary prison units will be...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentenced receptions there were in prisons in England and Wales for offences related to (a) violence against persons (b) sexual offences, (c)...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in England and Wales had sentences which were of (a) under three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six months to a year, (d)...

      Prison Service: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1684W, on the Tasker inquiry, when he expects the final report to be submitted.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in England and Wales are in immediate custody for offences related to (a) fine defaulting, (b) violence, (c) damage to property and...

      Prisoners: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many serving prisoners have children; and how many children have a parent currently serving a prison sentence.

      Prisoners: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost of determining how many prisons fingerprint inmates on reception; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Conservative Party: Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many copies (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) the Prime Minister's Office holds of the Conservative party's policy review group reports.

    • Departments: Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what policy changes his Department has implemented since 27 June 2007.

      Olympic Games: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what preparations have been made for handover ceremonies at Beijing 2008; how much money has been set aside for such ceremonies; and how much has so far been...

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what proportion of the Cultural Olympiad budget is allocated to Tier 1 events; and how much has already been spent.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the cost has been of developing the Olympic canoeing facilities at Broxbourne that have now been cancelled, broken down by main column heading.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what progress has been made in constructing facilities for shooting sports at the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics to what uses the shooting facilities being constructed for the 2012 Olympic Games will be put following the games.

      Olympic Games: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the estimated cost is of the shooting facilities required for the 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departments: Accountancy

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

    • Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance...

      Departments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of employees in (a) her Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental...

      Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department on official hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Departments: Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what policy changes her Department has implemented since 27 June 2007.

      Departments: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of redundancies in the Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30 June 2004, (b) 30 June 2005 and (c) 30...

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 24W, on departments: redundancy pay, what the (a) average,...

      Departments: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 24W, on departments: redundancy pay, what the reasons were...

      Fire Safety Order 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of the Fire Safety Order 2006 on the intended outcome of the integrated risk...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effects of introducing regional call handling centres for fire emergencies; and if she will...

      First Time Buyers: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the average (a) buyer's income and (b) first time buyer's income went into mortgage payments in (i) 1996-97...

      Housing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the most recent (a) actual and (b) estimated outputs are for (i) demolitions, (ii) repairs, improvements and...

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have received the disabled facilities grant in the last 12 months.

      Housing: Low Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on building new affordable homes for rent in the most recent period for which figures are available; how many...

      Housing: Low Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the social housing waiting list of Peterborough city council was on 1 October in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her Department's timetable is for finalising the Climate Change Planning Policy Statement; and if she will make a...

      Local Government: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings on local government reorganisation in the northern region have been attended by the Minister for the North East.

      Local Government: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy for local government public documents to be provided in English-language versions only.

      Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff support each of the Ministers for the Regions in their regional roles, broken down by grade; what the engagements...

      Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her criteria are for assessing the effect of the activities of (a) Muslim and (b) other community organisations on...

      Planning Authorities: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what advice her Department is giving to local planning authorities wishing to adopt a Merton planning rule requiring...

      Planning Authorities: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what her Department's estimate is of the total cost to local planning authorities of developing Merton planning rules as...

      Planning Authorities: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on...

      Planning Authorities: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many non-governmental organisations opposed the continuation of the Merton planning rule in their responses to the...

      Planning Authorities: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will list the representations she has received on the Merton Rule since January 2007; (2) what representations her...

      Planning Authorities: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what advice she has received from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the role of the Merton...

      Renewable Energy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many developments in Greater London have been built with onsite renewable energy as a result of the Merton planning rule;...

      Renewable Energy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from the Greater London Assembly on the future of the Merton planning rule; and if she...

      Renewable Energy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the London Borough of Merton adopted its planning rule requiring onsite renewable energy; and how many appeals...

      Sleeping Rough: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of rough sleepers in (a) Leeds and (b) West Yorkshire on the most recent date for...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what response she has made to the recommendation made by the Williams Commission in its report, Quality First: The Commission on...

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding was allocated from her Department's budget for the (a) Pathways to Work and (b) Train to Gain programmes in...

  • Health

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received from (a) NHS staff and (b) other interested parties on (i) NHS continuing care and (ii) NHS-funded...

    • Community Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authorities only fund social care at a critical level of need; and how many sufferers from (a) multiple sclerosis, (b) epilepsy and (c)...

      Departments: Public Bodies

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

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down by subheading the £8.2 billion efficiency savings identified in the Comprehensive Spending Review for his Department; how each...

      Departments: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas funding in his Department's budget has been ring-fenced; and what the (a) amount ring-fenced and (b) purpose of the ring-fence was in...

      Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's public service agreement targets (a) take and (b) do not take account of rural proofing.

      East of England Strategic Health Authority: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected cost of running and administering the East of England Strategic Health Authority was in each year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Conditions of Employment

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

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the level of funding required to introduce 100 new GP practices into the 25 per cent. of primary care trusts with the...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to commissioners of healthcare services for assessing the predicted health needs of the populations they serve.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether decisions on the methods used for deep-cleaning hospitals will be made according to national or local guidelines.

      Medical Treatments Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in England had operations abroad approved in advance and funded by the NHS in each of the last three years.

      Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records his Department holds on the number of people with mental illnesses in each year since 1997.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the guidance documents which are issued to staff answering calls at NHS Direct.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the reduction in NHS expenditure arising from the two-year price freeze on products in part IX of the drug tariff;...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) income per patient, (b) nurse to patient ratio and (c) doctor to patient ratio was for each (i) primary care trust and (ii)...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which 20 areas of the country his Department will be rolling out psychological therapies in 2008.

      Radiography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) radiographers are employed by each NHS trust; what change each figure represents on the previous year; and what...

      Royston Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans there are for the future of Royston Hospital; (2) what plans his Department has to develop Royston Hospital in the same way as Hertford...

  • Treasury

    • Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, columns 1967-8W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme, how many of the half dozen...

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what preparatory work has begun in (a) Southend on Sea, (b) Essex and (c) England for the 2011 census; what representations he has received since 2005 on...

      Census: Essex

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of figures for (a) Southend on Sea and (b) Essex in each of the last two censuses; what representations...

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how civil service annual pay increases to basic pay rates are calculated within overall earnings growth amounts.

      Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the (a) basic increase elements and (b) overall earnings growth figures for civil service pay are calculated in the same way as other parts of the...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the number of small companies which have faced larger corporation tax bills as a result of changes to the associated...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 July 2007, Official Report, column 932W, on Defence: Finance, what the Ministry of Defence's upper limit for non-cash to near...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what mechanism primary care trusts will bid for the extra GP surgeries announced in his statement of 9 October on the pre-Budget report and Comprehensive...

      Immigration: Bulgaria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office for National Statistics projections of net migration into the UK assume a change in arrangements for workers from Romania and Bulgaria.

      Income: South West Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimates of household incomes are in (a) Cheltenham constituency, (b) each of the Gloucestershire constituencies and (c) the South...

      Inheritance Tax: South West Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) people who have died and (b) estates subject to inheritance tax in (i) Cheltenham...

      Intelligence Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Security and Intelligence Agencies' (a) administrative expenditure, (b) other current expenditure, (c) grant expenditure, (d) operating...

      Intelligence Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash terms columns 1 to 8 of the subhead detail tables for the Security and Intelligence Agencies...

      Legal Aid: Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the single anti-terrorism budget announced in the 2007 pre-Budget report includes funds for the provision of legal aid in terrorist cases.

      Metronet: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury has authorised additional borrowings by Transport for London to help them meet liabilities relating to the administration of Metronet.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission an analysis of recent trends in the gap between executive and shop-floor pay.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to publish estimates of total public service pension liabilities on a regular basis in the future; (2) what the total...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the figures are that underlie the chart at the web address http://csr07.treasury.gov.uk/spending-by-age/.

      Public Expenditure: York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the implications of the Comprehensive Spending Review for (a) police and (b) defence in the Vale of York.

      Public Sector: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public sector workers have been relocated (a) outside London, (b) outside London and the South East, (c) in the three Northern regions, (d) in...

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) overall paybill increase, (b) average basic pay and progression increase and (c) average performance pay of annual pay increases for (i) the...

      Revenue and Customs: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much compensation was paid to (a) companies and (b) individuals following investigations against them by HM Revenue and Customs and by each of its...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether a Task Force, Steering Group or any other regular series of meetings was set up to consider the transfer of the delivery...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates liaison meetings were held between the academies and schools capital divisions in his Department and Partnerships...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department gained the approval of (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Prime Minister for the transfer of the delivery of the...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has issued to (a) schools, (b) local authorities and (c) partnerships for schools on the action...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance documents his Department, and its predecessor, issued to (a) local authorities and (b) schools on (i) the Building...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) policy and (b) delivery issues led to the Building Schools for the Future programme being delayed.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) capital and (b) resource expenditure was spent on the Building Schools for the Future programme in each financial...

      Nursery Schools: Blackpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend free early years education places for two-year-olds piloted in local authorities in 2007; when the...

      Private Education: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in (i) each local authority in the Eastern...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method rating is of each school that has opened so far under the...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools (a) have closed and (b) are planned to close to be replaced with new schools under the (i) Building Schools for...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 3 September 2007, Official Report, column 1704W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme:...

      Schools: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department plans to spend per school pupil in each local education authority in the East of England in 2007-08; and...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many vacancies for school nurses there are in each local education authority; and how many of those vacancies are for...

      Schools: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints his Department received in each of the last 12 months on private finance initiative arrangements in schools.

      Schools: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice he has received from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the installation of renewable...

      Schools: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will increase funding for schools in Shropshire to the national average.

      Specialist Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the evidential basis is for his statement on 10 July 2007 that specialist schools are driving up standards across the country.

      Sure Start Programme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets and indicators for Sure Start are contained in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) (a) 2004 and (b) 2007; what...

      Teachers: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teacher vacancies there were in local authority maintained (i) primary and (ii)...

      Teaching Aids: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government intend to take in response to the judgment in the case of Stuart Dimmock v. the Secretary of State for...

      Vocational Training: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department and the Learning and Skills Councils are taking to ensure the learning and skills sector meets the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of adult education courses available in the UK in each year since 1997.

    • Apprenticeships: Sandwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprentices there were in Sandwell in 2005-06.

      Connexions Service: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many interventions by the Connexions Service involved (a) a face-to-face meeting with the individual only, (b) a...

      Connexions Service: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) text messages, (b) e-mails, (c) telephone calls and (d) face-to-face meetings there were as part of an...

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what impact counterfeit goods made in China are having on British businesses.

      Departments: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what accounts directions were issued by his Department's predecessors in financial years (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Departments: Broadcasting Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what television programmes have been sponsored by his Department, its predecessors and its executive agencies in each year...

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled.

      Departments: Manpower

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

      Departments: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the cost was of establishing his Department; and how much is accounted for by (a) relocation expenses and new...

      Departments: Training

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

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many prisoners in British prisons obtained (a) level 2 qualifications, (b) level 3 qualifications, (c) level 4...

      Further Education: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people claiming incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance or disabled living allowance have taken courses at...

      Get On Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the targets of the Get On campaign are; and how much money has been allocated to the campaign.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of university students have parents in the (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) C1, (e) D and (f) E social groupings.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of young people are undertaking degrees and other advanced courses at universities.

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students graduated with a (a) first and (b) advanced degree in each of the last 15 years.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of the adult population is participating in university education as mature students.

      Medical Research Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the total allocated budget is for the Medical Research Council for the years 2008-09 to 2010-11.

      Museums: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what provision he plans to make for core funding of university museums from 2009.

      Office For Fair Access: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Office of Fair Access cost in each year since it was set up; and what the budget is for the next three years.

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what financial support is made available by the Government to support post-graduate students.

      Qualifications: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many students aged 20 or over took (a) GCSEs and (b) A-levels in (i) English Literature, (ii) English Language...

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the total (a) private and (b) public spending on research and development was as a share of GDP in each year since 1992.

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students entered university in each of the last five years.

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students, aged 21 years and under, withdrew from their higher education course in each year since 2003; and for what...

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students left university without finishing their courses in each year since 1997; and how many of these left due to...

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the dropout rate from university courses was in each of the last 15 years.

      Students: East Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time students registered for higher education courses at universities in East Sussex in...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost of student grants was in each of the last 15 years; and what the estimated cost is for each of the next three years.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of students per year who will be eligible for a maintenance...

      Students: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students who applied for (a) student loans and (b) grants from Suffolk local education authority for the...

  • House of Lords

    • Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the extent of the unmet need for independent advice in the United Kingdom; and whether they anticipate that this need will...

    • Airports: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions the Department for Transport has had with BAA since September 2006 in connection with its work on the project for the sustainable development of...

      Broadcasting: Allocation of Spectrum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that charities, educational bodies and other socially valuable organisations will be able to secure spectrum in the auction...

      Broadcasting: Allocation of Spectrum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that proper parliamentary consideration is given before spectrum is sold or allocated by Ofcom as part of the Digital Dividend Review.

      Broadcasting: Social Value

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that socially valuable broadcasting content remains freely available across a wide range of channels after the transition to digital...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any mechanism exists which could oblige property developers to provide compensation for the physical inconvenience caused to bus travellers when bus stops...

      Elections: Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, by asking the Electoral Commission to consider the matter or otherwise, they are considering changes to the arrangements for electoral registration in...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the 20 per cent renewables target agreed with the Council of Europe in March should be taken as the target for domestic energy supply by 2020 as well as an...

      Energy: Sewage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new steps they will take to promote the use of new technologies for producing energy and fuel from sewage treatment separation and processing, including...

      Energy: Thermal Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evaluation they have made of the use of thermal-energy cells in power generation for domestic use.

      Energy: Thermal Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contact they have had with Ecowatts of Lancing, West Sussex, on the development of thermal-energy cells.

      Energy: Thermal Cells

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contact they have had with the University of York on their research into the technology used in thermal-energy cell power generation.

      EU: Regional Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Commission is considering fining the United Kingdom or reclaiming or withdrawing grant in relation to schemes in the North West of England; if...

      Families

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered or will consider encouraging a limit to the size of families by the use of incentives.

      Government: Regional Assemblies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their timetable for the abolition of the English regional assemblies.

      Government: Regional Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much each regional assembly spends annually on internal administration; and what is this figure expressed as a total of the annual budget of each assembly.

      Government: Regional Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which central government departments are represented in each Government Office in each English region; and what is the approved staffing establishment in each...

      Housing: Flood Plains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure appropriate methods of construction and infrastructure are used during development of new housing in areas prone to flooding;...

      Housing: London Gateway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount of funding they are planning for the London Gateway housing developments over the next five years.

      Isle of Man: Revenue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 October (WA 253), what is the background to the £260,000 paid to the Government of the Isle of Man...

      Isle of Man: Revenue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 October (WA 253) concerning contributions from the Government of the Isle of Man, how the annual...

      Northern Ireland: Victims Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the review by Peter Scott QC of the appointment of Bertha McDougall as interim victims commissioner for Northern Ireland, whether a copy of the review...

      Post Offices: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the terms and conditions, including levels of financial compensation, currently being offered by Post Office...

      Post Offices: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the six-week consultation period relating to each round of post office closures currently being conducted by Post Office Limited is long enough to allow...

      Post Offices: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the policy of post office closures currently being conducted by Post Office Limited is compatible with its stated goal of reducing both rural and urban exclusion.

      Post Offices: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many shops, stores or other enterprises co-located with post offices they estimate will close due to the closures of the co-located post offices planned by...

      Pre-Budget Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What calculations, if any, have been made on the cost of public expenditure allocated to Scotland in the Pre-Budget Report, both in terms of population-based and...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of the House: What action she has taken or intends to take with those departments responsible for answering the eight Questions for Written Answer, tabled in July, which remain...

      Railways: Traffic Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 11 October (WA 24), whether the potential benefits of the European Rail Traffic Management System level...

      Roads: Abnormal Load Bays

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Highways Agency ensures that all reasonable steps are taken by motorway service area operators to prevent or discourage ordinary lorries from parking in...

      Roads: Pricing Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest policy regarding road-user pricing as it affects (a) motor cars, and (b) lorries.

      Roads: Recovery of Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Transport or the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions commissioned research from any Ministry of Defence research...

      Telecommunications: Charging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will draw the attention of the Office of Fair Trading to the charging by telecommunications companies with minimal notice or consultation of a payment...

      Waste Management: WEEE Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which waste collection authorities in England have set up arrangements to collect waste electrical and electronic equipment from domestic premises.

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