Written answers

Thursday, 15 November 2007

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the International Civil Aviation Organisation's proposals to provide insurance cover for third party casualties in the...

    • Daedalus Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response she has made to the joint planning statement for Daedalus airfield by Fareham and Gosport borough councils with particular regards to...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contracts her Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these contracts are for the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many civil servants in her Department and its predecessors (a) transferred to other Government departments and (b) left the Civil Service in each...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to encourage co-ordination of rail booking systems throughout Europe; and if she will make a statement.

      Repairs and Maintenance: A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the delay in the decision and announcement of the A1 motorway upgrade for Disforth to Barton; what her estimate is of the...

      Walking and Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are employed by her Department to work on policies to encourage more (a) walking and (b) cycling.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to protect birds of prey.

    • British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he expects to publish the Government's full response to the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs'...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and...

      Departmental Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts his Department signed on a consultancy basis with a net value of more than £20,000 in each of the last...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average hourly rate paid to consultants hired by his Department was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which companies have contracts to supply his Department with fish; and when those contracts will end.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration his Department has given to introducing a sustainable seafood procurement policy.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of cod from the North Sea or Eastern Baltic was procured by his Department in 2006.

      Direct Mail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the (a)...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to ban the sale of electric shock training devices for dogs; and if he will make a statement.

      Dolphins: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met his Japanese counterpart to discuss the killing of dolphins in Japanese waters; and if he will make a statement.

      Ducks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes he proposes to make in respect of the rules and regulations for keeping and breeding ducks for human...

      Environment Protection: EC action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to launch the next tranche of consultations on the Environmental Liability Directive.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of boats using inland waterways; and if he will make a statement.

      Inland Waterways: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on British Waterways' proposed increases in (a) licence and (b) mooring fees for boats...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to eradicate the illegal ivory trade in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the international trade in illegal ivory is eradicated.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies have been undertaken by his Department into the (a) affordability and (b) safety of high efficiency light bulbs.

      Packaging: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 apply to UK companies that sell products which...

      Packaging: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has considered the merits of compelling packaging on products sold in the UK to carry a compliance mark to signify...

      Paper: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to increase recycling rates for paper associated with direct mail.

      Recycling: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration has been given to the relative environmental merits of plastic milk bottles and re-usable glass...

      Seas and Oceans: EC action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has discussed the planned UK Marine Bill and associated White Paper with (a) the European Commission and (b)...

      Seas and Oceans: EC action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social...

      Seas and Oceans: EC action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social...

      Seas and Oceans: EC action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact the publication of the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European...

  • Wales

    • Departmental: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the full-time equivalent headcount in his Department is; what the forecast full-time equivalent headcount for his Department is for (a) 2008-09 and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Football: World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what documentation his Department has produced on the 2018 FIFA World cup bid since 27 June.

    • Music Mentoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have taken part in the Music Mentoring Programme.

      Music Mentoring Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many mentors have been appointed as part of the Music Mentoring Programme announced on 1 November 2006.

      Olympic Games 2012: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost was of the 2012 scholarship programme in each of the last three years.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these contracts are for the...

    • Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what efficiency savings projects his Department put in place under the Spending Review 2004 targets; on what date each was initiated; how much each was...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the full-time equivalent headcount in his Department is; what the forecast full-time equivalent headcount for his Department is for (a) 2008-09...

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his official engagements were between 8 and 31 October 2007.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants are employed in provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent implementing the ATLAS enterprise resource planning system.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in his Department (a) transferred to other Government departments and (b) left the Civil Service in each of...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development further to his letter of 1 August, when he expects to write to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield.

      Pakistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what stage has been reached in the implementation of his Department's financial support for the electoral process in Pakistan, as...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to visit the Island of St. Helena following the appointment of a new Governor; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Consultants: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these contracts are for the...

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of victims of crime reported satisfaction with the criminal justice system in each of the last 10 years.

      Crimes of Violence: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders released on end of custody licences from each prison in England and Wales since 29th June had been convicted of violence against the...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the full-time equivalent headcount in his Department is; what the forecast full-time equivalent headcount for his Department is for (a) 2008-09 and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to reply to the letter of 18 July from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to respond to the letter of 11 April 2006 from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield.

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons working for his Department have unspent criminal convictions.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average length of time has been spent on purposeful activity by those detained in each (a) prison and (b) young offender institutions in England...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure was incurred for maintenance and repair of prisoner accommodation in 2006-07.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on plea bargaining.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been (a) prosecuted for and (b) convicted of vice-related offences in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and how...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many business support staff were employed by statutory agencies operating within the Copeland area in the last...

    • Chocolate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward measures to ensure that all chocolate manufacturers adopt minimum standards for transparency,...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) budget and (b) remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; who the...

      Departments: Disabled Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 691W, which buildings occupied by his...

      Entertainments: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the Office of Fair Trading on (a) the improvement...

      Imports: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value was of renewable energy generating equipment imported into the UK in the last five years; and what the...

      Infosec

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings of the Infosec forum on nuclear security information have been held in the last 12 months; which...

      Manufacturing Industries: Automation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on promoting the automation of British manufacturing; and what incentives are available for those...

      Overseas Trade: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK registered businesses trade (a) with Pakistan and (b) in Pakistan.

      Radioactive Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish an update on the review of security arrangements for nuclear waste storage being undertaken by the...

      Small Businesses: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new small businesses have been established within Copeland in the last five years; and how many received...

      Small Businesses: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of business start up grants made to new businesses in Copeland was in the last five financial years.

      Small Businesses: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of new job opportunities that have been created by the small business sector...

      Toys and Games: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to strengthen the regulation of the safety of toys; and what discussions he has had on the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel are working with operational mentoring and liaison teams in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces personnel there are on operational duty in each foreign country; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what system is used to ensure resupply of the combat 95 clothing system and other individual equipment in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.

      Iraq: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many third country nationals of each nationality have been employed by his Department in Iraq in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft there were in the RAF in 1997, broken down by aircraft type on the same basis as the answer provided on military aircraft on 9 October...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-year budget was for helicopter procurement in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1999-2000 and (d) 2001-02.

      Military Equipment: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of UK military-related imports from Israel in each of the last five years.

      Military Equipment: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what types of armaments and military equipment have been exported to Libya from the United Kingdom in each of the last three years; and how much was paid...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for reducing the number of Trident warheads to below 160.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departments: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will break down the figures referred to in the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 221W, on Departments: official hospitality, giving the...

    • Parliamentary Year

      To ask the Leader of the House what the names and local authorities are of the schools whose holiday dates were analysed in her preparation of the proposed House of Commons calendar of sittings...

  • Home Department

    • Drugs: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack houses in Hertfordshire have been closed in the last five years.

    • Parenting Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) acceptable behaviour orders and (b) parenting orders were issued in (i) Peterborough and (ii) Cambridgeshire in each year...

      Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many permits were granted in each of the last five years under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme; (2) how many permits were...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the backlog for determining licence applications by the Security Industry Authority is, broken down by type of licence.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of likely (a) insured and (b) uninsured costs to (i) London and (ii) any other UK cities of a terrorist attack...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained without charge on suspicion of terrorist offences for 28 days; and how many of these were (a) charged and...

      Terrorism: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any suspects detained without charge on suspicion of terrorist offences for 28 days and then released without charge have been...

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether investigators from the (a) US Department of Justice and (b) other US officials have held meetings with (i) her Department and (ii) staff from the Serious...

    • Mohammed Salih

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps she is taking in relation to Mohammed Salih from Iraq, wanted in the UK in connection with the killing of Banaz Mahmood; and if she will make a statement.

      Young Offenders: Fines

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service is on financial penalties for juvenile offenders where a parent of the offender was the victim of the offence.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what departmental assets are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and...

    • Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what efficiency savings projects her Department put in place under the Spending Review 2004 targets; on what date each was...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 105W, on homelessness, when she expects to publish the...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress is being made on the self-financing Housing Revenue Account pilot scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on the definition of affordable housing to be used by planning authorities when...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the description is of each national indicator for which a description is available.

      Maps: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many licences were granted under section 107 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 for people to use Ordnance...

      Non-domestic Rates: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many small businesses in Copeland have applied for small business rate relief over the last five financial years.

      Rented Housing: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of her policy of rent restructuring.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of English conceptions which ended in terminations in each of the last five years.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was available for alcohol rehabilitation services in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) accident and emergency doctors were employed by Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) accident and emergency nurses were employed by Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust in each of the last 10 years.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what extra funding he plans to make available to primary care trusts to allow them to extend breast cancer screening to women between the ages of 47 and...

      Broomfield Hospital: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive Treasury approval for the Broomfield hospital private finance initiative scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer specialists were recruited in each year since 2000; how many full time equivalent cancer specialists there were in each year since 2000;...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these contracts are for the...

      Departmental Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the criteria are for determining the bonus payable to the Director General of the Commercial Directorate of his Department.

      Digoxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recommendations have been made by his Department on (a) the use of digoxin in the treatment of heart conditions and (b) the monitoring of patients...

      Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of table 18, referred to in his Department's evidence to the review body on doctors' and dentists' remuneration.

      Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down table 2.3 on page 16 of his Department's evidence to the review body on doctors' and dentists' remuneration by expenditure on each...

      Drugs: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients treated on the NHS for drug addiction in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk emerged free of addiction...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of amending the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Charging Regulations 1989 to extend the period of absence...

      Hearing Aids: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for hearing aid assessments in (a) Mid Essex and (b) England in the last period for which figures are available.

      Influenza: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of pensioners in Suffolk received a free influenza vaccination in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the...

      Influenza: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of take-up by pensioners in London of influenza vaccinations in each of the last 12 years.

      Mentally Ill: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of what percentage of deaths occurring in mental health institutions inquests were held in the last five years.

      Mentally Ill: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to mental health trusts on (a) procedures to be followed and (b) inquiries to be made following deaths of patients held...

      Methyl Methacrylate: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of the use of methyl methacrylate in nail bars on health.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost to public funds of training a student midwife was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      NHS Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on recent developments in NHS Plus services for private sector employers.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts are part of his Department's turnaround programme for organisations in particular financial difficulties; and how much funding has been...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the multi-professional education and training levy allocated to strategic health authorities in 2006-07 was not spent on workforce development...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the NHS surplus in 2006-07 was accounted for by lower than expected expenditure on items classed as non-cash or capital; and how much of the...

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS trust spent on external financial consultants in the last five years.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change in the number of NHS staff directly employed in the NHS he expects to result from the decrease in the percentage of NHS revenue spending being...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations he has included in the list of suppliers on the Framework for External Support in Commissioning.

      NHS: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition of a vacancy he uses in relation to the NHS workforce.

      Pharmacy: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what dispensing pharmacies there are in Hampshire; and what volume of products each dispensed in each of the past five years.

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was top-sliced from primary care trusts in 2006-07, broken down by trust; how much of these top-sliced funds have so far been paid back, broken...

      Primary Care Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is being top-sliced from primary care trusts in 2007-08, broken down by trust.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of each sexually transmitted disease were diagnosed in the South Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust area in each of the last three years.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people between the ages of 16 and 18 years have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the South Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many locally engaged staff are employed by his Department in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Manpower

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

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funds the UK has provided to the Afghan reconciliation programme, Programme Takhim-e-Solh; and if he will make a statement...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on whether a co-ordinator to head international reconstruction and development work in Afghanistan at the UN...

      Afghanistan: United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the replacement of the UN representative in Afghanistan; what discussions he has had with his...

      Asma Jahangir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will intervene in the case of Asma Jahangir, who is in prison in Pakistan.

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UN/EU High Representative's decision to improve the functioning of state institutions in...

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conclusions of the Peace Implementation Council on 31 October on the situation in...

      Bosnia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the EU and (b) the US on the political situation in...

      British Council: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the British Council's policy is on conducting Criminal Records Bureau checks on (a) its employees and (b) people working...

      Chechnya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the changes to the constitution proposed in the forthcoming referendum in Chechnya, Russia; and...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to publish his Department's autumn performance report.

      Departments: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1316W, what reasonable adjustments the Department has...

      EU-African Union Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions have been made about the level at which the UK will be represented at the EU-African Union summit; and if he will...

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) Iraqis and (b) non-Iraqis remain in British custody in Iraq; what arrangements have been made for the handover of...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress being made in negotiations on the final status of Kosovo.

      Law Making

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on implementing the European Inter-institutional Agreement on better law making 2003, with...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial and logistical resources the European Union is providing to the Quartet's special envoy Mr. Blair; what (a)...

      Pakistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to urge the Pakistani authorities to release all non-violent democracy and human rights activists...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise the current political and security situation in Pakistan at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the number of Pakistani citizens who have been detained by the authorities in Pakistan under the state...

      Parvaiz Aslam Chaudhry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make representations to the Palestinian authority in the case of Parvaiz Aslam Chaudhry recently arrested in...

      Wael al-Haj Ibrahim

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made or plans to make to the Government of Sudan on the recent expulsion of the head of the UN...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to raise issues relating to Zimbabwe at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Uganda;...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these contracts are for...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the sponsoring firm is of each external consultant working in his Department.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) budget and (b) remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; who the chairman is of each; and to what...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what items of EU branded material were purchased by his Department in the last 12 months; and at what cost.

      Strategy Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what projects are being undertaken by the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Melli

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps will have to be taken by the UK in response to the 25 October designation of Bank Melli and its branches and subsidiaries by the United States in...

    • Banks: Iran

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the implications are for Iranian banks based in the UK of the designation of Iranian entities and individuals for proliferation activities and support...

      Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases of ovarian cancer were (a) diagnosed and (b) cured in (i) Gateshead and (ii) Sunderland in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of recipients of child benefit draw it from post offices (a) nationally and (b) in Oxfordshire.

      Clostridium: Elderly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over the age of 85 died from (a) clostridium difficile and (b) MRSA infections in each year since 1997.

      Colorectal Cancer: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from bowel cancer in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) budget and (b) remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; who the chairman is of each; and to what salary,...

      Foreign Workers: Eastern Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who have entered the UK in the last 10 years are included in the figures for employment in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk.

      Government Buildings: Access

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 889W, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated extra annual revenue to the Exchequer would be if income tax were levied at (a) 50 per cent. on incomes over £100,000, (b) 60 per...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self-employed Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers there are in the UK.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many skilled public sector jobs have been filled by Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers since the accession of their countries to the EU.

      Public Sector: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of public sector employees in the UK have been (a) British-born UK nationals, (b) overseas-born UK nationals, (c) nationals of other EU...

      Terrorism: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of proposals to limit the liability of UK airlines in the event of an airborne terrorist attack involving a UK airline in (a)...

      Unemployment: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Wales were (a) unemployed and (b) economically inactive, broken down by (i) age group and (ii) sex, in each year since 1997.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the average time for a new applicant to be registered for VAT in the last three-month period for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments resulted from tax credit office error in each year since 2003; and of these how many are deemed recoverable.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have agreed co-sponsorship arrangements under the academies programme.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to place academies under local authority oversight; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will allow local authorities to direct school academies to admit pupils who have a statement of special educational needs.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid by the Department for Education and Skills to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

      Children: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what arrangements are in place in England for teaching children in school about safe browsing of content on the internet; and if...

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to his answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, columns 834-36W, on curriculum, if he will make an estimate of...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to require all teachers to undertake training on teaching children with dyslexia as part of their...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will reduce the age limit for education maintenance allowance eligibility.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many unqualified teachers marked (a) A-level, (b) GCSE, (c) Key Stage 3 SATs and (d) Key Stage 2 SATs examination papers...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has issued to exam boards on employing people overseas to mark exam papers; (2) what...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what evidence he has assessed from international surveys of improvements in educational standards in England since 1997; and if he...

      Educational Institutions: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many specialist music colleges there are.

      Educational Visits: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average cost of insurance taken out by schools in respect of school trips was in each year since 1997.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children claiming free school meals achieved five or more GCSEs in each year since 1997.

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what qualifications are required to be an examiner for (a) A-levels and (b) GCSEs.

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of pupils gained five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in each of the last five...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils gained five A* to Cs at GCSE including a modern language in each year since 1997.

      GCSE: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has received about grade boundaries...

      Languages: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what minimum level of qualification is required to teach a modern foreign language in a primary school.

      Mathematics: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified (a) mathematics, (b) physics and (c) chemistry teachers there were in maintained schools in England in each...

      Music: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much has been spent on the Music Standards Fund in each year since 2004; (2) what funding the Music Standards Forum is...

      No Outsiders Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions his Department has had with the No Outsiders Project; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what share each local authority will receive of the additional money for deprived pupils who attend schools in less deprived local...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what costs were incurred by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for the hire of outside meeting rooms, broken down by (a)...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which London hotels have been used by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for conferences and off-site meetings in each...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of additional school places required in each local education authority area if the school...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of those who did not stay on in education after the age of 16 years in 2007 had five or more A* to C grade GCSEs;...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for the future of the educational maintenance allowance if the education leaving age is raised to (a) 17 and...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of 17-year-olds participated in education and training in 2006; what estimated proportion he expects to...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimates he has made of the number of attendance orders which would be issued as a consequence of the raising of the...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment has been made of the likely economic costs to (a) individuals and (b) businesses of raising the education...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assumptions underlie his estimate of a £10 million cost of annual enforcement in relation to raising the education...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how he calculated the estimated additional annual costs to local authorities of implementing the plans to raise the education...

      School Leaving: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of places which will be required at educational establishments in Colchester constituency...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the price elasticity of demand for school lunches; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of surplus places there were in (a) primary, (b) middle (where appropriate) and (c) upper schools in the last...

      Schools: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to introduce standards of sustainability for new school buildings.

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many assaults there were on adults in schools in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2006-07 which led to exclusions, broken down by (i)...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the area cost adjustment factor is for schools in each local authority in England; what (a) assumptions and (b) data were...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list in tabular form the value of the guaranteed per pupil unit of funding for each local education authority in order...

      Schools: Fruit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on providing fresh fruit in schools for four to six-year-olds in each financial year since 1997-98 for which...

      Schools: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of inward migration on schools in Chipping Barnet constituency over the last 10 years.

      Schools: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of meetings per pupil per year that schools hold with parents or guardians...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the average number of hours spent on school sports per pupil in (a) primary and (b)...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what annual improvement targets he has set for failing schools in 2007-08, broken down by school.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools were closed due to poor performance on instruction from Ministers in each year since 1992.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proposals he plans to bring forward to implement the Prime Minister's announcements in relation to failing schools of 31...

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of secondary schools were oversubscribed for admissions in 2007.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average SATs test scores by special educational needs pupils taught in mainstream schools were in each of the last...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the proportion of young people who are expected to start the new vocational diplomas in 2008; and...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools are designated high performing specialist schools.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons there are differences in teacher pay rates between local authorities in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on teachers' pay from September 2008.

      Teachers: Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many dedicated physical education teachers have (a) been appointed and (b) left schools in each of the last four...

      Truancy: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of unauthorised absences pupils with (a) special educational needs and (b) a physical disability accounted for...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list each (a) trust school and (b) foundation school in England as at (i) 1 September 2006 and (ii) 1 September 2007;...

      Young People: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds in Devon are in (a) education, (b) training and (c) employment.

      Young People: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18- year-olds were recorded as not being in education, employment or training in each of the last 10 years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Business and University Collaboration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the economic value of collaboration between universities and business over the last 10 years.

    • Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the global competitiveness of the UK skills base.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what progress has been made in encouraging greater participation in higher education by people from under-represented groups....

      Part-time Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of the decision to withdraw funding from institutions for equivalent or lower...

      Government Research Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on progress made in knowledge transfer between research institutions and industry as part of the...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what consultation was undertaken with (a) Camden council and (b) local residents on the proposed move of the National...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the proposed time scale is for the move of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to central...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which organisations are planned to be housed alongside the National Institute for Medical Research in the event of a move to...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether sites at the rear of the British Library have been secured for the future location of the National Institute for...

      National Institute for Medical Research: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects the appointment of a permanent director of the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, to be...

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his plans are for public funding for science and innovation; and if he will make a statement.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what research his Department is undertaking on the effect of university tuition fees.

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of prospective students who have been unable to access funding offered by the Arts...

      Students: Industrial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans his Department has to work with employers to ensure that the higher education sector equips students with...

      University of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what matters he discussed with the university of York during his recent visit to York; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Development Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there will be an independent audit of official development assistance to Afghanistan; and, if not, what auditing processes are now in place.

    • Afghanistan: Development Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the extent of their support for the national Afghan ministries, and reconsider the balance between capacity building at the centre and...

      Afghanistan: Development Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial or other support they are giving to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance in Afghanistan; and what expectations they have of its influence...

      Arms Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are introducing to prevent the use of United Kingdom-sourced equipment for terrorist acts and torture.

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the smallest levels for which statistics are kept, how many applications have been made for exclusions to access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the smallest levels for which statistics are kept, how many 28-day restrictions on access have been notified under Section 22 of the Countryside and Rights of...

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether further action is necessary to tackle the continuing use of hand-held telephones by individuals driving motor vehicles; and, if so, what action is proposed.

      Emergency Services: Sirens

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 10 October (WA 18), whether they will remind the police and other emergency services that the Road...

      Energy: Nuclear Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have replied to the letter dated 2 November to the head of the radioactive substances division of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Personal Accounts Delivery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have appointed only one non-executive director to the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority to date; and when they expect to make further non-executive...

      Police: Level 2 Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they intend to take to improve police response to level 2 crime.

      Police: Senior Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to consider management of the careers of senior police officers in England and Wales along the lines of systems employed in Sweden and...

      Zaire: RAF Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the dates, times and purposes of flights by Royal Air Force aircraft over eastern Zaire in November and December 1996; and whether they will publish the...

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