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Written answers

Monday, 12 November 2007

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for funding of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in the period 2008 to 2012; what plans he has to provide support for...

    • Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been allocated to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in each of the financial years to 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in recording archaeological finds made by...

      Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council on the future funding of the Portable Antiquities...

      Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the next meeting of the organisations taking part in the Where We Live programme will take place; and whether a representative from...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport at which functions during the last 12 months his Department incurred hospitality expenses and how much has been incurred on each occasion.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the report by Mike Dixon on the appointment of a departmental chief scientific adviser; and if he will make a...

      Digital Broadcasting: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the take-up of digital television in (a) Suffolk and (b) the east of England was at the most recent date for which figures are...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of households he estimates will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in (a)...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much the TV Licensing authority has taken in fines in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004; (2) how many fines the TV Licensing...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the TV Licensing authority is able to estimate the number of people who own a television but do not have a licence.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in each constituency in Northern Ireland were in receipt of the free television licence for over 75s at the latest...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Northern Ireland were penalised for not having a valid television licence in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate has been made of the value of tourism to the UK economy.

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the marketing budget for VisitBritain is in 2007-08.

  • Home Department

    • Community Support Officers: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police community support officers there were in each Welsh police force in each year since they were introduced; (2) how many...

    • Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 18 in Milton Keynes have been charged with assault in each year between 1995 and 2007.

      Neighbourhood Watch Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Neighbourhood Watch schemes are active; how many of those receive Government funding; how many there are in each Government region;...

      Police: Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers retired on grounds of ill health in each year since 1997.

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian staff serving with English police forces live in Wales.

      Prosecutions: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports to police of criminal activity in Milton Keynes have not led to prosecution in each year between 1997 and 2007.

      Terrorism: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to amend the Terrorism Act 2000 to include the use of radiological weapons in the list of weapons and substances that fall...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to make a decision on the continuation of the Bird Registration Scheme under section 7 of the Wildlife and...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK was from (a) power generation, (b) road transport, (c) air travel,...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account is taken of initiatives to reduce emissions and develop clean energy technologies in determining policy on...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the system on which funding is allocated for flood defences.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who has responsibility for measures to (a) avoid and (b) mitigate surface water flooding.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from insurance companies on a review of the statement of principles in relation to flooding.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to ensure that people who live in flood risk areas can afford insurance excesses following claims made as a...

  • Treasury

    • Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of the indexation relief claimed on the disposal of (a) business assets and (b) non-business assets in each year since 1997.

    • Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of taper relief since inception on the length of time (a) business and (b) non-business assets were held.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the receipts from capital gains tax were in each month since May 1997.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to introduce tax relief from the new flat rate of capital gains tax announced in his pre-Budget report for gains made on investments...

      Civil Servants: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs in the Civil Service there were in (a) Yorkshire and Humberside and (b) Huddersfield in 1997; and how many there are in each area.

      Death: Eastern Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many winter excess deaths there were in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Industrial Building Allowances: Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many hotel businesses are claiming the industrial buildings allowance.

      Inheritance Tax: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many estates of persons resident in Wales were liable to inheritance tax in each of the last three financial years.

      Manpower: Government Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the employee surveys relating to his Department for (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised from national insurance contributions in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid by his Department to Goldman Sachs for its advice on Northern Rock.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of earnings growth was for (a) male and (b) female employees aged (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49, (iv) 50 to 59 and (v) 60...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who were born in Wales now live in England; and how many who were born in England now live in Wales.

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors are taken into account in decisions on consolidation of the HM Revenue and Customs estate at regional level.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the value of unutilised indexation relief.

      Taxation: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review (a) the upper ceiling on mileage payments for volunteer car drivers of 40p per mile and (b) the threshold of 10,000 miles above which...

      Taxation: Self-Assessment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fines were issued for the late return of income tax returns by each tax office in England and Wales in each year from 2000 to 2005; and how many of...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what proportion of VAT registration applications were processed within the target time in each of the last three calendar months; (2)...

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he had discussions with Ministers from other EU states to consider co-ordinated action to outlaw the activities of vulture funds; and if he will...

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the activities of vulture funds were discussed at the recent annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank; and if he will make...

      Vulture Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on calls by the Finance Ministers of heavily indebted poor countries for (a) codes of conduct to be agreed for creditors...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has set HM Customs and Revenue a date by which to complete the review of tax credit cases referred to in the written statement of 25 July...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the written statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, columns 62-3WS on tax credit administration, (1) how many tax credit claimants...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of compensation payments due to errors and delays in tax credit office administration in (a) 2003-04, (b)...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals in the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency were overpaid tax credits in each financial year since the inception of tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) England and Wales, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) the UK received overpayments of each type of tax credit in each of the last three...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in the UK received overpayments of more than £2,000 in each type of tax credit in each of the last three years; (2) how many...

      Working Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each parliamentary constituency have been in receipt of the incorrect level of working tax credit; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Charles Roy Taylor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) for what reasons Charles Roy Taylor has been committed in HMP Nottingham; for how long he has been committed; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

    • Children: Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on its 2001 review of the effect of computer games on young children.

      Crown Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff working in Crown Courts in England reside in Wales.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted prisoners have been held overnight in police cells or custody suites in Wales; and for how many nights each prisoner has been so held,...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers in each of the Welsh prison establishments (a) retired on ill health grounds, (b) took early retirement and (c) were...

      Youth Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of the proposed pilot on youth juries is; what the objectives of the policy are; whether there are any plans to extend this beyond...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles on the roads of Northern Ireland are estimated not to have road tax paid on them; and what assessment he has made of how this...

    • Police: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will, with the Policing Board, review the underlying basis for consideration of the location of the police training college in the light...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters employed by fire authorities in England reside in Wales.

    • Fire Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to improve fire services in the West Midlands.

      Floods: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial assistance her Department provided to the town of Boscastle following flooding there.

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish guidance on local area agreements.

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the minimum number of national indicators is that local authorities will be able to select to set targets for their performance.

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many employees of local government in England reside in Wales.

      Quarrying: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to issue Hampshire County Council with revised tonnages for sand and gravel extraction for the purposes of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to schools Forums on the proportion of a local authority's Bellwin threshold costs which they ought...

      Thames Gateway Bridge: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the cost of the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the costs of setting up the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission as a non-departmental public body.

    • Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance claimants stopped claiming benefit in each month since 1992.

      New Deal Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list those contractors who have won contracts under the New Deal in each of the last three years; and what the value of each...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether women who draw a retirement pension based on their husband's contributions receive a higher rate of pension if their husband defers...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Welsh speakers his Department employs.

    • Entry Clearances: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of applications for a holiday visa to visit the UK were rejected for the most recent period for which figures...

      European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to implement their responsibilities under the European Charter for Regional or Minority...

      Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on his request for the release of Shaker Aamer, Jamil El Banna,...

      Guatemala: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Guatemala on the level of violence against street children in that...

      Iraq: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's personnel are in each province of Iraq; what role they are playing in each province; and if he will...

      Iraq: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many third country nationals of each nationality have been employed by his Department in Iraq in each year since 2003; and...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the assistance package to locally employed staff in Iraq is limited to staff who have attained 12 months or...

      Iraq: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what private contractors have provided protection services for his Department in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Pakistan Government following the decision by President Musharraf to suspend that...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with President Musharraf of Pakistan on the situation in that country; and what steps he...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Pakistan.

      Saudi Arabia: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse was of the recent visit of the Head of State of Saudi Arabia.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what tests are carried out on commercial aircraft to measure levels of tricresyl phosphate in cabin air.

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects Regulation (EC) No. 2320/2002 to be fully revised and implemented.

      Motor Vehicles: Glass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness amongst drivers of the existence of the visual light transmission standard for vehicle window...

      Motor Vehicles: Glass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers were subject to sanctions by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency enforcement examiners for using vehicles which failed to meet...

      Motor Vehicles: Glass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to include the Visual Light Transmission standard in the MOT test.

      Railway Stations: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many additional trains under the new timetable will be stopping at central Milton Keynes station once the work at the station is complete.

      Railway Stations: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps she is taking to increase (a) car parking capacity and (b) platform availability at York railway station; and if she will make a...

      Railways: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department made of railway passenger numbers in London in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if she will...

      Railways: Skipton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to re-open the railway line between Skipton and Colne; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many car accidents there were in Huddersfield in each of the last five years; and how many of those accidents resulted in death.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the relationship between the number of speeding convictions and the number of road traffic accidents in each of the...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much capital has been allocated by local authorities to new road projects in Huddersfield since 1997.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on highway maintenance and improvement in each year since 1997-98.

      Speed Cameras: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras there are in the Huddersfield constituency.

      Taxis: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress she has made on the publication of draft guidance for local licensing authorities on the impact of the repeal of private hire...

      Waterloo Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the increased platform capacity will be for Waterloo station when Eurostar services move to St Pancras International.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role ISAF forces have in securing the Afghanistan-Iran border; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contact he has had with his Italian counterpart on the security situation on the Afghanistan-Iran border in Herat province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much monetary compensation was paid to service personnel who had personal belongings stolen en route to Afghanistan as referred to in the answer of...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition of (a) military equipment and (b) military property was used in the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 940W, on...

      Air Force: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel are based in (a) each state of the USA, (b) Ascension Island, (c) the Balkans, (d) Cyprus, (e) Diego Garcia, (f) the...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel were stationed in (a) Gibraltar, (b) the Falklands, (c) Belize, (d) Brunei and (e) Cyprus on 1 October 2007.

      Armed Forces: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women are serving in HM Armed Forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) women and (b) men were recruited to HM Armed Forces in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total number of women who have served, including those currently serving, in HM Armed Forces.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation are in each standard for condition grade.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pairs of cold weather boots will be issued to the next roulement of British service personnel in Afghanistan.

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual manning figure is of each infantry battalion.

      Chad: EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many RAF (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft will be used in the...

      Chad: EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which EU member states are contributing to the EU military mission to Chad and the Central African Republic; and what each is contributing.

      Defence: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of Package 1 of the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Welsh speakers his Department employs.

      Servicemen and Ex-servicemen: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) active and (b) discharged military personnel have committed suicide following return from operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private sector stakeholders the team carrying out the review into the UK Hydrographic Office's structure and ownership have met during the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many humanitarian airdrops have been conducted by the Royal Air Force in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since 2001.

      Service Personnel and Veterans Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been made to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and its predecessors on veterans' matters since 2001.

      Slovenia: EC Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contacts he has had with his Slovenian counterpart on Slovenia's EU presidency in the first half of 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) age and (b) proposed date of decommissioning is of each of the Trafalgar Class submarines.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether access to the skills account for advanced apprentices announced in his speech of 31 October 2007 will be means-tested.

    • Apprentices: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeship schemes are operating in the Peterborough city council area; and if he will make a statement.

      Intellectual Property: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) timetable and (b) content is of the bilateral action plan agreed with the Indian intellectual property rights...

      Religion: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funds were paid to which (a) Jewish, (b) Muslim and (c) Christian seminaries by his Department and its predecessors...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the additional support budget of the Train to Gain programme was spent in each English region by the...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the £75 million earmarked for reducing cancer waiting times and providing a named midwife for all pregnant women over the period...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any applicant company for a contract with the NHS or his Department has been excluded because of convictions for a criminal offence or cases of...

      Health Professions: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the Healthcare Commission on the provisions to regulate health professionals to be contained...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will negotiate a reciprocal agreement with the French government to enable retired British citizens living in France to access French...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) NHS hospital and community health services, (b) NHS maternity services and (c) other NHS costs in 2006-07.

      Orphan Drugs: EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how Regulation (EC) 141/2000 on orphan medicinal products is being implemented; and if he will make a statement.

      West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will direct the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust to give weight to the petition organised by the Worcester News on service restructuring...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Buildings: Carbon Emissions

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

    • Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost has been of re-branding his Department following the change in name from the Department of Trade and...

      Exports: Siera Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what value of British goods were exported to Sierra Leone in (a) 2002 and (b) each subsequent year.

      Fireworks: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what restrictions there are on firework manufacturers and importers to limit the height at which fireworks can fly to...

      Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988;...

      Imports: Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what value of goods was imported from Sierra Leone into the UK in each year since 2002.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of how many employees in the manufacturing industry working in England reside in Wales.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to reply to the letter of 16 July 2007 from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean to the right hon....

      Mining: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many miners' compensation claims he expects to be resolved with the implementation of the UK coal dust calculator...

      North West Development Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget is for the North West Development Agency in financial years (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) for what reasons the provisions permitting companies to take private action through the courts against...

      Postal Services: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effects on rural areas of ending postal collections on Sundays.

      Power Stations: Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration the Government have given to the merits of adding combined heat and power to (a) Port Talbot, (b)...

      Severn Barrage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his appraisal of the feasibility of a Severn Barrage will include an appraisal of alternative methods of...

      Sports: Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether sports clubs whose members pay for their membership by instalments are required to hold consumer credit...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Policy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to begin the next Policy Review programme.

  • Leader of the House

    • Leader of the Opposition: Travel

      To ask the Leader of the House whether funds are provided from the public purse for travel by (a) rail and (b) air by the Leader of the Opposition in his capacity as such.

    • Legislative Process

      To ask the Leader of the House when she will publish a summary of consultation responses to the draft legislative programme.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent by her Office on official hospitality since its establishment.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether any of the £2.7 billion contingency fund announced as part of the Olympic budget in March 2007 is drawn from the National Lottery.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the forecast of (a) VAT, (b) contingency and (c) legacy transportation costs of the main Olympic stadium will be, with reference to the answer of 22...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics with reference to the answer of 18 April 2007, Official Report, columns 638-39W, on London Olympics (Ref 129383 and 129384), if she will provide a more...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Literacy Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on literacy standards in primary schools.

    • Educational Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to raise standards in primary schools.

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils took at least one (a) GCSE and (b) A-level in a modern language in the last five years; and if he will make a...

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools in England teach a modern foreign language.

      Children's Homes: Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children went missing from children's homes in each of the last three years.

      Capital Expenditure: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average annual capital expenditure was in respect of York schools since 1997-98; and how much was spent in 1996-97.

      Education Leaving Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the Government's proposals that all young people should remain in education or training until the...

      Basic Needs Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he intends to review the formula for the basic needs allocation; and if he will make a statement.

      Creative Partnerships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of the Creative Partnerships Programme on schools.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will respond to the Education and Skills Committee Report on Special Educational Needs: Assessment and Funding.

      Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to improve the provision of advice, information and support to parents with particular reference to material in...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve education provision for children born with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the accounting arrangements are for the Building Schools for the Future budgets allocated to local authorities.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of the transformation fund on levels of qualifications held by the childcare and early...

      Languages: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken since 1997 to encourage more students to learn foreign languages at school.

      Pre-School Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the likely demand for specialist qualified early years teachers for early years settings in each of...

      School Improvement Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been paid to Capita for that firm's work in assessing and selecting school improvement partners since the inception...

      Schools: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction of the basic need allocation for Milton Keynes on the future school...

      Supply Teachers: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the amount paid by schools in England to teacher supply agencies in each of the last five years for...

      Teaching Aids: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the guidance referred to in the answer of 24 October 2007, Official Report, column 425W, on teaching aids: climate change,...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister who he has officially entertained at Chequers since 28 June.

    • Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Sir Alistair Graham indicated his willingness to serve a second term as Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

      Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will provide a list of Government special advisers since 27 June 2007 with pay bands and costs, including support costs, on a comparable basis to the information...

      Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the (a) content and (b) application of the rules in the Ministerial Code of Conduct relating to the requirement for (i) Ministers and...

      Public Relations: Prime Minister

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what arrangements are in place for (a) giving notice and (b) seeking leave by the Director General of the Security Service (DGSS) in relation to the making of...

  • House of Lords

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the British Embassy in Kathmandu has had any communication with the Government of Nepal since 1 September pertaining to clarification on points of Nepalese...

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong has had any communication with the Consulate-General of Nepal in Hong Kong since 1 September pertaining to...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 29 October (WA144-5) regarding Medical Research Council expenditure, why a total of £760,000 might now be...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 29 October (WA144-5) regarding Medical Research Council expenditure on somatic cell nuclear transfer research,...

      House of Lords: Paper Usage

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What proposals he has to reduce, for environmental purposes, the amount of paper used in the House of Lords.

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