Written answers

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to improve local bus services.

    • Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the implications of Crossrail for London's rail passengers.

      Railway Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of levels of overcrowding on the rail network.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the future of Heathrow Airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the future of Heathrow Airport; and if she will make a statement.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to improve road safety in urban areas.

      Railways: Passenger Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of levels of passenger satisfaction with the railways; and if she will make a statement.

      Freight Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to implement her policy of seeking a substantial shift of freight traffic from road to rail.

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made on reducing disruption and congestion caused by street works.

      Railways: Accessibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress her Department has made in improving the accessibility of the rail network for passengers with disabilities and those with reduced mobility.

      Concessionary Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers she estimates will use the concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Durham Tees Valley-Heathrow Route

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make the air travel route between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Heathrow a public service obligation route.

      Thameslink and Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected timetable is for work in London to deliver Government commitments on Thameslink 2000 and Crossrail.

      A14: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Highways Agency is seeking to restrict the access of local traffic to the A14 around Kettering.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is Government policy that development of a second runway at Stansted Airport should precede the development of a third runway at Heathrow...

      M1: Motorway Service Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the services adjacent to junction 22 of the M1 motorway are not signposted on the motorway; and if she will arrange for signage to be...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to improve rainwater run-off on motorways; and if she will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what reviews have been undertaken of No. 10 Downing street's rules on data protection in the last two years; if he will place in the Library a copy of the report...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Department in each year since 1997; which organisations staff were seconded...

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the police establishment in North Belfast consisted of (a) full-time reserve officers and (b) part-time reserve officers at...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) on licences and (b) off licences to sell alcohol under the Licensing Act 2003 were subject to (i) review and (ii)...

    • Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the percentage turnover of staff was in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies in (i) the last 12-month period and...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel he plans to be stationed in Northern Ireland as of the end of 2008, broken down by location.

    • Colombia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units of the Colombian security forces UK military assistance is not provided to; and for what reasons.

      Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which Government Departments officials have met with the team carrying out the review of the UK Hydrographic Office; and how many such meetings have...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the policy is on the temperature at which each working area of each building on the parliamentary estate...

    • Portcullis House: Fire Alarms

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on how many occasions the fire alarm in Portcullis House has been set off since May 2005; and how many times...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, column 312W, on departmental consultations, when he plans to place copies of the 18 responses...

    • Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the percentage turnover of staff was in his Department in (a) the last 12-month period and (b) the last 24-month period for which figures are available.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent by No. 10 Downing Street on advertising in the last 12 months.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what reviews have been undertaken of his Department's rules on data protection in the last two years; if he will place in the...

    • General Certificate of Secondary Education: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of 16-year-olds who had been in custody for more than one year was entered for GCSE examinations in each year...

      Sector Skills Council: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 573W, on sector skills council: licensing, whether the...

  • International Development

    • ACP Countries: Economic Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings have occurred between his Department and officials from the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries about economic...

    • ACP Countries: Economic Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how economic partnership agreements will be ratified if signed; and what the role of Parliament will be in the ratification process. [R]

      ACP Countries: Economic Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that any African, Caribbean or Pacific country unable to sign an economic partnership...

      Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK spent on provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan in each of the last five years; and what projects such funding...

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of funding for the (a) first and (b) second phase of the humanitarian response to the cyclone in Bangladesh was paid...

      Burma: Human Rights

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

      China: Bears

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to (a) Animals Aid Foundation and (b) China Wildlife Conservation Association in relation to...

      Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK assistance to Colombia is provided for projects which are not related to the Colombian security forces in 2007-08.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department's information technology and data management systems are BS7799 compliant.

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the percentage turnover of staff was in his Department in (a) the last 12-month period and (b) the last 24-month period for...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on the Government's strategy on global health.

      Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to (a) finalise and (b) publish his Department's regional assistance plan for Latin America for 2008-2011.

      Latin America: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance his Department will allocate to each Latin American country in 2008-09.

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received about the humanitarian situation in Somalia; what the response of his Department has been; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers were prosecuted for breaches of biosecurity in each of the last five years.

    • Agriculture: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claimants there are under the single payment scheme in Ribble Valley constituency; and how many farms this represents.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure full payment of the single farm payment to farmers in England in December 2007.

      Animal Welfare: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 28W, on animal welfare: codes of practice, what the...

      Animal Welfare: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 22 to 23 October 2007, when he expects a legislative...

      Arable Farming: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the financial state of arable crop farming in the Eastern region.

      Avian Influenza: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on accommodation for his Department's officials at Ickworth Hotel, per room, during the recent visit in...

      Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of funding he plans to provide to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in each of the...

      Construction: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to encourage the building and construction industry to cut carbon emissions in its activities.

      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 Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on management consultants working on projects in the West Country since 2002.

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what efficiency savings projects his Department put in place under the spending review 2004 targets; on what date each was...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress his Department is making towards meeting the Gershon efficiency savings targets.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the considerable budgetary problems as a result of unfunded pressures in the 2006-07 financial year referred to in the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which manufacturers' software is used in his Department.

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage turnover of staff was in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies in (i) the last 12-month...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish his Department's autumn performance report.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which telephone contact centres are the responsibility of his Department; what mechanisms are in place to monitor their...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department collects and monitors in relation to the telephone contact centres for which his Department...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much each telephone contact centre for which his Department is responsible has (a) cost and (b) generated in income in...

      Fisheries: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will set out the Government's proposals for the application of the European Fisheries Fund in the United Kingdom for...

      Fisheries: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government support Eyemouth and the Berwickshire coast being designated as a fisheries dependent area eligible...

      Institute for Animal Health: Pirbright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who signed the most recent licence authorising the holding or working with restricted pathogens in respect of (a) the...

      Irish Sea: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Irish Discard Project to be completed; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine and Fisheries Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the long-term objectives are of the Marine and Fisheries Directorate; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine Fisheries Science Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which stakeholders form the membership of the Marine Fisheries Science Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Organic Farming: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organic farmers there were in each county in the East of England in each year since 1997.

      Science Advisory Council: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Science Advisory Council last met to discuss (a) biofuels and (b) bovine tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement.

      Science Advisory Council: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice he (a) has sought and (b) has been provided with by the Science Advisory Council on (i) biofuels and (ii)...

      Sea Fisheries Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his plans are to modernise sea fisheries committees (SFCs); whether they include proposals to change the...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department provided for marine biodiversity science in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Sugar Beet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he or his Ministers have had with the EU Commissioner or her officials on the possible use of sugar beet...

      Tortoises: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of wild tortoises imported from Slovenia in the latest period for which figures are...

      UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy to be implemented; and if he will make a statement.

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the cod recovery plan; and if he will make a statement.

      White Fish: Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he decided to keep the minimum landing size for bass at 36cm; and if he will make a statement.

      Wildlife: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to tackle the trade in wildlife on the internet in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) globally.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) the Police Federation on the...

    • Arrests: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years were (a) arrested and (b) charged with possession of Class (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C drugs in...

      Cambridgeshire Alcohol Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the applicability of the methods utilised in the Cambridgeshire Alcohol Project on a national scale.

      Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representatives she has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public calling for the (i) removal and (ii)...

      Crime: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to receive the report she has commissioned from the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, on gun and gang crime.

      Crime: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which community projects have been identified to receive the £1 million of additional funding announced on 9 September to help combat...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of inquiries received by her Department from the public were responded to within (a) one week, (b) 14 days, (c) 28 days,...

      Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for using a handheld mobile telephone while driving since the offence was introduced, broken down by...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seizures of (a) methamphetamine, (b) cannabis, (c) cocaine and (d) heroin were made by police forces in England and Wales in...

      Drugs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give a breakdown of callers to the FRANK helpline by category of relevant drug in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) London and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men were (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for crimes arising from them paying for sex in each of the last five years.

      Rape: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) reports of, (b) arrests for and (c) convictions for drug rape were made in London in each of the last 10 years.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there were in (a) England and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Swords and Daggers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will introduce regulations to restrict the sale, re-sale and importation of samurai swords; and if she will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the findings of the Taylor Review into the financial management of Brent Primary Care Trust.

    • Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to make adjustments to the distribution of units of dental activity across different dental functions in light of the experience of the...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the April 2006 dental contract on the provision of maintenance dental activities, including screening for...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the April 2006 dental contract on (a) existing and (b) newly-established dental practices.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total shortfall of units of dental activity (UDAs) was among NHS dentists in England who did not undertake the contracted number of UDAs in...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dentists and (b) orthodontists provided services to the NHS in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people were registered with an NHS dentist in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account is taken in primary dental care service funding allocations of unmet demand for NHS dentistry provision.

      Dental Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) 18 to 65-year-olds and (b) under 18-year-olds were registered for NHS dental treatment in (i) Uxbridge constituency, (ii) Hillingdon...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department absorbed its full near-cash overspend in 2005-06 from within its central budget; (2) how his Department's near-cash overspend in...

      Disabled: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will meet ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions to discuss the relationship between benefits paid to people with...

      Doctors: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the ability of Foundation Year (a) 1 and (b) 2 doctors to make interest payments on their student loans.

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places were provided for registrar group doctors in 2007, broken down by region and specialty.

      Eye Care Services Steering Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the membership is of the Eye Care Services Steering Group; and how many times it has met.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions received (a) a drug-eluting stent and (b) a bare metal stent in each year...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of bed days spent in hospital by patients receiving (a) coronary artery bypass operations and (b) percutaneous coronary...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cardiac rehabilitation programmes there are, broken down by NHS trust.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will provide funding to the National Heart and Lung Institute for a study of gender bias in cardiac treatment.

      Heart Diseases: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of using beating heart transplant technology in transplant units for one year; and if he will make a statement.

      Heart Diseases: Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect on waiting times for cardiology treatment if the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Heart Diseases: Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients waiting for (a) coronary artery bypass operations and (b) percutaneous coronary intervention were treated within the target...

      Heart Diseases: Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for patients waiting for (a) coronary artery bypass operations and (b) percutaneous coronary interventions was in each...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mean age of patients admitted via accident and emergency was in 2005-06 in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust area.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is planning to take to enable (a) matrons and (b) ward sisters to report concerns about hospital cleanliness.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily cost to the public purse was of food provided to each hospital patient in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the rates of antibiotic resistant infections in hospitals.

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice is given by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to primary care trusts on the prescribing of the drug Lucentis to treat Macular...

      Marfan Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to raise awareness of Marfan syndrome among medical professionals.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy periodically to review the funding of maternity services in those areas with live birth rates significantly above the...

      Maternity Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of (a) birth conditions and (b) training opportunities provided by each type of childbirth unit.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who has been invited to sit on the four national review groups contributing to Lord Darzi's review of the NHS; (2) which patient groups will be...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the effect on NHS staff numbers in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008 of meeting the target that patients should not have to wait longer...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts (PCTs) have at least one full-time year round qualified school nurse for each cluster or group of primary schools and related...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been made centrally available to meet the target of having a school nurse in each primary care trust by 2010; and how many school nurses and...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on the Register of Organ Donors.

      Ritalin: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 837-8W to the hon. Member for Yeovil, on ritalin: children, if he will break down...

      Specialist Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to reimburse private employers for the cost of specialist nurse visits.

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the domestic heating needs of persons suffering from high lesion spinal cord injuries; and if he will make a statement.

      Suffolk NHS Trust: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) dentists and (d) non-medical staff were employed in Suffolk NHS Trust in each of the last five years.

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on a waiting list for a transplant of each type of organ in each primary care trust area.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan Compact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether an assessment has been made of the effectiveness of existing arrangements for the strategic co-ordination of the...

    • Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government were contacted by the United States to request use of Menwith Hill as part of its missile defence system;...

      Beijing: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the freedoms that journalists are likely to have at the Beijing Olympics next year; what...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will call for a definition of cluster munitions to be banned under the Oslo process encompassing both dumb and...

      Burma: Human Rights

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

      Burma: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, column 313W, on Burma: sanctions, when he expects the report by EU...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the...

      Colombia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department provided to the Colombian authorities for counter-narcotics operations in each year from 2004 to...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the implementation of European Union sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular...

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the percentage turnover of staff was in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies in (i) the last 12-month...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the office costs for his Department's special advisers for 2007-08 are expected to be, including costs of support staff;...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b)...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 14 November 2007, Official Report, column 318W, on Iran: sanctions,...

      Iraq: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqi civilians have worked for the British Government since the invasion of Iraq in 2003; how many of these were...

      Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent representations he has made to the Government of Indonesia on the situation in West Papua; (2) if he will...

      Mi6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the work and function of the IOps section of MI6.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason the Government voted against the resolution on decreasing the operational readiness of nuclear weapons in the...

      Occupied Territories: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to discuss the situation in Pakistan with his ASEAN counterparts; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Russia with reference to (a) the recent changes to...

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has made to the Russian Government on (i) independent...

      Russia: Nuclear Forces Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his policy to seek the widening of the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty to include countries other than...

      Serbia: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the implementation of European Union sanctions on (a) Serbia and (b) Montenegro, with particular...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • East of England Brussels Office: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the expenditure of the East of England Brussels Office was in the last year for which figures are available.

    • EU Trade: Huddersfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many jobs in Huddersfield he estimates are dependent on (a) exports and (b) investment from other EU member states.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage fathers of young children to take advantage of the right to...

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to encourage fathers of young children to exercise their right to parental leave.

      Parental Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many men have exercised their right to take paid paternity leave in the last three years; and what proportion of...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what reasons he has instructed Post Office Ltd. not to make announcements on proposed post office closures during...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the findings of the consultation on proposed post office closures in west Suffolk will be published.

      Post Offices: Opening Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has made to Post Office Limited in respect of (a) sub and (b) Crown Post Office branches'...

      Royal Mail: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of European Court of Justice case C-357/07, 2007/C 247/15, with particular...

      Small Businesses: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the London low emission zone on small and medium-sized businesses;...

      Trade Unions: Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures his Department uses to select trade union representatives appointed to regional development agencies.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Care Homes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how often (a) local authority children's homes and (b) privately run children's homes are required to be inspected.

    • Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are being taken to ensure the security of the Contact Point database.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops have been stolen in 2007; and what the value of those items was.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reviews have been undertaken of his Department's rules on data protection in the last two years; if he will place in the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many employees of each grade in his Department (a) have access to confidential or sensitive data and (b) are authorised to...

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes were made to his Department's upper pay spine as part of the Spending Review 2004 efficiency programme.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils were entitled to free school meals in each school in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy to retain (a) GCSE and (b) A-level qualifications.

      Gifted and Talented Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of students in each London borough were on the gifted and talented programme in the latest period for which...

      Languages: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in reviewing the standards of GCSE modern language examinations and their level of difficulty in...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils who were given a permanent exclusion were sent to another mainstream school in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children readmitted to school by an independent appeals panel after expulsion were expelled again within (a) one...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils received more than one fixed term exclusion in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Pupils: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what transport support provision is available for journeys from home to school or college for students in further education in...

      Religion: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to improve the way that faith and culture are addressed through the national curriculum as...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the review commissioned by his Department of existing evidence on the merits of raising the education...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes will be made to the eligibility criteria for education maintenance allowances when the raising of the participation...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children living in each local education authority area attended a maintained school in a different local authority area...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish research his Department has completed into teachers' workload in the last five years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff of the former Department for Education and Skills are employed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

      Teenage Pregnancy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pregnant teenagers under the age of 18 were being housed in (a) bed and breakfast accommodation and (b) hostels for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bristol International Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department plans to carry out an area action plan on Bristol International Airport.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what mechanisms her Department has in place to ensure that databases containing personal information on members of the...

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage turnover of staff was in (a) her Department and (b) her Department's agencies in (i) the last 12-month...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the in-house staff magazine of her Department from the last 12 months.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will announce her conclusions and intentions in response to the consultation on modernising empty property relief.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) enforcement notices have been served and (b) prosecutions have been brought as a result of non-compliance with...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will set out her response to the concerns of the European Commission which have led to the suspension of European...

      Fire Services: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on consultants' fees for the Firelink project to date, broken down by consultancy.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost of the FiReControl project team has been to date including (a) staffing costs, (b) secondment costs, (c)...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on the (a) staffing costs, (b) secondment costs, (c) payments made to fire consultancies under the...

      Haven Gateway Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) she and (b) her officials have had with (i) Haven Gateway Partnership and (ii) lobbyists engaged by Haven...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of new builds in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) each London borough and (c) England were built on (i)...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that provision of new affordable housing matches housing needs analysis in relation to the need...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria her Department uses to determine whether a (a) one, (b) two and (c) three bedroom property is overcrowded.

      Hutchinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) she and (b) her officials have had with (i) Hutchinson Ports and (ii) lobbyists engaged by Hutchinson Ports...

      Independent Infrastructure Planning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many members the proposed independent Infrastructure Planning Commission will have; and how many of them will be appointed...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations have been made to her Department on the use of temporary events notices; what assessment her Department has...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Minister for Housing to reply to the letter of 1 August 2007 from the right hon. Member for West...

      Office for Tenants and Social Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposed Office for Tenants and Social Landlords will (a) set and (b) monitor performance targets for (i) local...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 139, on planning, if she will place in the Library copies...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from (a) representatives of Durham Green Developments Ltd. and (b) Mr. David...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the development of the Durham Green Business Park, near south Durham, entails development on green belt land according...

      Planning Permission: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when her Department last reviewed the guidelines or regulations on how local councils communicate with residents about...

      Regional Planning and Development: Government Office for the South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government Office for the South East has to (a) review and (b) designate Areas of Great Landscape Value in...

      Regional Planning and Development: Green belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy that no regional spatial strategy approved by her will entail (a) developments on the green belt...

      Religious Buildings: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of mosques in the UK which are funded by groups or organisations in the Kingdom of...

      Religious Buildings: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of mosques in the UK which promote Wahhabism.

      Religious Persons: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of imams in the UK who were (a) born in Saudi Arabia and (b) educated or trained in...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Right to Buy capital was set aside in each year since the scheme started; and to what extent each local authority has...

      Sustainable Development: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the proposals from Leicester city council for a sustainable community at Ashton...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to issue guidance on translation services for local authorities, Departments and their agencies; and if she will...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of community care grant applications were granted (a) in total and (b) at each benefit delivery centre in 2006-07; (2)...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which manufacturers' software is used in his Department.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its agencies spent on staff working on (a) marketing and (b) branding in the last 12 month period for which...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its agencies spent on managing their corporate identities in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Disability Living Allowance: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the ease of completing disability living allowance application forms; and if he will (a) bring forward...

      Disabled: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding has been (a) made available and (b) spent to make the buildings occupied by his Department fully accessible to disabled people.

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the median housing benefit payment made to claimants was in the private rented sector in each London local authority in 2006.

      Housing Benefit: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims were made for discretionary housing payments in each London local authority in 2006; how many such claims were accepted; and...

      Incapacity Benefit: Vale of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit payments were made in each of the last three years in the Vale of York; and if he will make a statement.

      In-work Premium Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of all recipients of in-work premium payments remained in work for the full year for which the payment applied; and what...

      In-work Premium Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received an in-work premium payment in each quarter since its inception.

      Jobcentre Plus: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff in Jobcentre Plus have been dismissed in the last 12 months due to their attendance record.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people there are on each grading of Jobcentre Plus's customer assessment tool.

      Jobcentre Plus: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the 56th Report of the Public Accounts Committee, Session 2006-07 HC 312, if he will monitor the performance of Jobcentre Plus by...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a claimant may be refused jobseeker's allowance on the grounds of having voluntarily left employment where they have done so following...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances the jobseeker's allowance regime permits claimants to participate in (a) full or (b) part-time education or training.

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many companies are participating in local employment partnerships.

      Peel Park House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the designed staff capacity is for his Department's offices at Peel Park House near Blackpool.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what information was used to calculate invoices for the Pension Protection Fund in 2006-07; (2) what information was used to calculate...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many service calls on invoicing issues were recorded by the Pension Protection Fund in each month since the fund began operating.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners and (b) pensioner households (i) were eligible and (ii) took up pension credit in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision he has made for claimants to collect their benefit for the week commencing 24 December in the week commencing 17 December.

      Social Security Benefits: Wrexham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of children lived in families claiming benefits in each ward in Wrexham in each year since 1997; (2) what percentage of...

  • Justice

    • Bailiffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the conduct of the bailiffs, Phillips Ltd.; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which local authorities cover the cost of reinstatement of gravestones after they are deemed to be unsafe through topple testing.

      Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Crown courts there are; where each is located; and how many judges are attached to each court.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Government's response was to the European Commission's infringement letter indicating that the UK's data protection law was deficient and that...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the total cost of creating his Department.

      Driving Offences: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) speeding and (b) dangerous driving offences were recorded in Gloucestershire in each year since 1979.

      Fixed Penalties: Drunkenness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of revenue likely to arise from fixed penalty fines levied on people found drunk in public houses in the next 12 months.

      Office of the Information Commissioner: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 303-4W, on the Office of the Information Commissioner: finance, if he will review...

      Police Custody: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) police cells and (b) custody suites in West Chelmsford constituency were occupied by prisoners remanded in custody by the courts in the...

      Prison Service: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information is used by the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service in authorising managed moves; who is responsible for providing that...

      Prison Service: Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the policy is of HM Prison Service on the employment of members of organisations it classes as racist.

      Prison Service: Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which organisations HM Prison Service classes as racist.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prisoner to officer ratio was at each prison establishment at the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners are being held (a) on indeterminate sentence for public protection after the expiry of their tariff, (b) on life...

      Prisons: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 787W, on Prison Service: pay, for what reason the information on breaches of the...

      Sexual Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people serving indeterminate sentences with a tariff of under 24 months were convicted of sexual offences against children.

      Victims: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much has been raised from victims surcharge on fines payable in magistrates courts since its introduction on 1 April; (2) who is responsible...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries were incurred by boys held in (a) Feltham, (b) Foston Hall, (c) Hindley and (d) Huntercombe Young Offender Institution as a result...

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many injuries were incurred by girls held in (a) Down View Young Offender Institution and (b) Eastwood Park Young Offender Institution as a result...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) receptions to and (b) releases from young offender institutions located (i) nationally and (ii) in London took place in each of the last...

  • Treasury

    • Academies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role his Department is playing in the review of the academies programme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Child Benefit Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Child Benefit Office has spent on (a) potted plants, (b) taxis and (c) staff parties in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Child Benefit Agency: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Child Benefit Agency spent on staff travel overseas in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; and which destinations were...

      Child Benefit: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the helpline number 0845 302 1444 for enquiring about child benefit database concerns is a premium rate line; if he will ensure that people...

      Child Benefit: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many child benefit claimants there are in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) Kettering constituency.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information the National Audit Office (NAO) is entitled to request from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on child benefit claims; and by what mechanisms...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information from the child benefit database was requested by the National Audit Office from HM Revenue and Customs in October; and in what respect the...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the measures HM Revenue and Customs have taken to (a) prevent, (b) detect and (c) prosecute identity...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the grade was of the HM Revenue and Customs official who downloaded and posted discs containing confidential child benefit information.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the role of TNT in the loss of two discs containing personal details of families claiming tax credits; and if he will...

      Child Benefit Helpline

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls there were to HM Revenue and Custom's Child Benefit Helpline on each day since 19 September 2007.

      Child Benefit: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his announcement of child benefits in pregnancy in his 2006 pre-Budget Speech, if he will place in the Library copies of (a) representations he...

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households were in receipt of childcare tax credit in each local authority in England in April 2007.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops have been stolen in 2007; and what the value of those items was.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of encrypting all sensitive e-mails sent from his Department.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when each electronic database in his Department containing personal information on members of the public was first created.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's most recent estimate is of the levels of (a) fraud and (b) waste in expenditure under the EU budget in 2007.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much underspend there was on the European Communities annual budget in each year since 1997; and how much of that underspend was (a) carried over into...

      EU Law: Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that European Union legislation on the regulation of the commercial insurance brokerage industry is not gold-plated in...

      Foreigners: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-UK domiciled persons became resident in London in each of the last 10 years for (a) fewer than 12 months and (b) more than 12 months.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1101-2, on HM Revenue and Customs, how many of the individuals' records missing in...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage of income tax payable which was collected in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK in 2007.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the cost of raising the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million while maintaining the married couples transferable...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost to the Exchequer would be of raising the individual inheritance tax allowance to £1,000,000 if (a) allowances were...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 23 June 2006, 1 September 2006, 29 November 2006 and 20 June...

      National Insurance Contributions: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason women who had stopped receiving deficiency notices prior to 1996-97 and who did not receive a letter in 2004-05 as part of the deficiency...

      National Insurance Contributions: Holiday Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on what basis he decided to abolish the national insurance contributions exemption for holiday pay schemes outside the construction industry from 30...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements are in place for Northern Rock to pay interest on monies advanced to it by the Bank of England; what interest rate applies; and when it...

      Northern Rock: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make representations to the pensions regulator to ensure that existing and future liabilities of the pension schemes of those employed by...

      Personation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the vulnerability of tax correspondence to identify theft.

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 57W, on public expenditure: Wales, what elements of spending in relation to...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training procedures are in place for staff at HM Revenue and Customs on security of information.

      Revenue and Customs: Stroud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff there are at the Stroud tax office; and how many there were in each year since 1997.

      Smuggling: Convictions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of HM Revenue and Customs investigations into the smuggling of (a) drugs, (b) people, (c) tobacco, (d) alcohol and (e)...

      Wealth: Peterborough

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of millionaires resident in the Peterborough city council area.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit (a) maladministration payments and (b) consolatory payments were made in each of the last 12 months.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters on tax credits from hon. and right hon. Members to (a) Ministers and (b) the Tax Credit Office were not sent a substantive reply within...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters were written by HM Revenue and Customs requesting the recovery of overpaid tax credits in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Provincial Reconstruction Team

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the United Kingdom Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Helmand provides security for non-government organisations in rural areas; and in what ways the PRT...

    • Children: Council of Europe Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not yet signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children Against Sexual Abuse and Exploitation; and by when they expect to be...

      Children: Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many families, and how many children, are currently living in poverty, as defined by the Government.

      China: North Korean Repatriation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of China about the case of Yoo Sang-joon, a North Korean human rights activist, who faces repatriation...

      Crime: Fuel Laundering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fuel-laundering plants have been closed down in County Armagh each year since 2000.

      Defence: RAF Menwith Hill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 22 November (Official Report, cols. 924-6), whether the proposed United States missile defence bases in...

      Disabled People: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional people who are registered disabled have been able to find workplace employment in the past year; and how this breaks down by gender.

      Employment: Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the employment and support allowance rates for (a) those in the support group; (b) the work related group; and (c) youth groups, who would have claimed...

      Employment: Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provisions they will make to compensate or provide backdated payments following the period of reduced rate of benefit for those being assessed for a move on...

      EU: Reform Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that a full official consolidated text of the European Union reform treaty signed in Lisbon showing all changes to previous treaties in...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Counter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people visit the public counter service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Legalisation Office.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Public Counter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To where they are proposing to move the public counter service of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Legalisation Office.

      Government: Dual Ministerial Roles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what proportion Des Browne MP has divided his time as Secretary of State for Defence and as Secretary of State for Scotland.

      Immigration: IND and BIA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any people employed in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office or the Border and Immigration Agency who are not entitled...

      Iraq: Extradition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take action to secure the extradition from Iraq of Mohammed Ali for his alleged involvement in the murder of Banaz Mahmod.

      Israel and Lebanon: Cluster Munitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Israel has provided to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon the co-ordinates of all cluster munitions fired into Lebanon in 2006; whether the...

      Licensing: Alcohol Consumption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect their November 2005 extended drinking hours legislation has had on reducing the incidence of (a) binge drinking; (b) underage consumption of alcohol;...

      Local Government: Unitary Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment the Department for Children, Schools and Families has made of representations by the Association of Directors of Children's Services about the...

      Pakistan: Broadcasting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Pakistan on the censorship of Geo TV by the United Arab Emirates authorities on news and views programmes;...

      Schools: Lack of Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the costs of the schooling of all students who left education, aged 16 plus, at the end of the summer term in July 2007 without a single qualification.

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Governments of those countries with mainly Muslim populations to take steps to relieve the growing humanitarian...

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Government of Somalia to ensure that they fulfil their responsibility to protect civilians and allow humanitarian access.

      Terrorism: Repatriation of Suspects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by the Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) on 14 November (Official Report, cols. 477-95), what action has been taken, by whom...

      Treasure Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the impact on (a) the voluntary recording of archaeological finds by the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and (b) the operation of the Treasure Act 1996...

      Uganda: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the 7,500 complaints of torture and cruel or inhuman treatment documented by the Uganda Human Rights Commission; and when they...

      Uzbekistan: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the report by Human Rights Watch Nowhere to Turn, published in November, concerning torture and ill-treatment in...

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