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Written answers

Thursday, 13 December 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Oral Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the procedures for oral statements by Ministers.

    • Voting Rights

      To ask the Leader of the House what the Government's policy is on the right of right hon. and hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies to vote on matters relating to England where...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by her Office.

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Leader of the House what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of each meeting she attended with the Prime Minister in (i) the week commencing 19 November and (ii) the week...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Rape

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps she is taking to increase conviction rates for rape.

    • Anti-trafficking Legislation

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK's anti-trafficking legislation on the ability of the Crown Prosecution Service successfully to prosecute...

      "Undercover Mosque"

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions she has had with the Crown Prosecution Service over the decision of the west midlands Crown Prosecution Service and West Midlands Police to refer the...

      Criminal Justice Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made towards those elements of the Government's criminal justice system targets for which she has responsibility; and if she will make a statement.

      Trans-national Bribery

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of trans-national bribery are under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Church Appointments

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what representations the Church Commissioners have received on the Prime Minister's proposal to change the role...

  • Home Department

    • Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with (a) the police and (b) Ministerial colleagues on the establishment of a police central e-crime unit.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to protect people from domestic violence, since 1997.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people whose DNA is held on the national database that have committed no offence are (a) male and (b) female; and if she will make...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of passports were renewed more than a year before the expiry date in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prosecutions: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were in Easington constituency for the illegal sale of alcohol from off licence...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) apprenticeships, (b) level two apprenticeships and (c) advanced...

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which manufacturers' software is used in his Department.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in procurement of goods and services from the...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's public service agreement targets are for arts inclusion following the comprehensive spending review settlement.

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department are taking to encourage school students to participate in competitive sport.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by her Office.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Olympic Delivery Authority on reducing the carbon footprint of the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Olympic Delivery Authority: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the difference is in the carbon footprint of the original plans for portable facilities for the Olympic Games and the proposed single permanent venue at...

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library copies of all monthly financial updates against the respective budgets of the (a) London Organising Committee of the Olympic...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many performance indicators the Electoral Commission plans to set for local authorities.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Commission has commissioned from NOP into electoral registration; and what...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Demonstrations: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken by the Parades Commission in relation to offensive and blasphemous placards displayed at the Gay Pride march in...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of police forces in Great Britain were (a) seconded and (b) transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each...

      Prisoners: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the assessed level of numeracy and literacy rates were amongst prisoners in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Construction: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that the National Skills Academy for Construction will create by 2016.

    • Internet: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions Ministers and officials from his Department have had with internet service providers on the adoption...

      Partnership at Work Fund Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department commissioned any external assessment of applications for funding under the Partnership at Work...

      Partnership at Work Fund Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to his Department of administering the Partnership at Work Fund programme was in each year since 1999.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who was responsible for the decision to instruct Post Office Ltd. to postpone the post office network change programme...

      Post Offices: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timetable is for the Post Office to finalise assessments of sub-post offices in Lancashire; and if he will...

      Post Offices: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the timetable is for the Post Office to finalise assessments for sub-post offices in Tamworth constituency.

  • Prime Minister

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of Taliban members who have surrendered then subsequently returned to anti-coalition forces.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the recent military operations in Musa Qaleh.

      Armed Forces: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost was of providing a 24-hour ration pack in 2006-07.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Ministry of Defence accommodation is deemed uninhabitable.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency: Gosport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Defence Aviation Repair Agency at Fleetlands, Gosport.

      Defence Equipment and Support Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation on equipment programmes in each of the last three years.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons contract amendments relating to equipment acquisition programmes are proposed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances he would require would-be contractors to spend their own or third party funds on advancing the development of new equipment for...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons post design services contracts as they relate to equipment acquisition programmes are awarded by his Department; and if he will make a...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, columns 959-60W, on defence: procurement, what proportion of offer prices quoted by...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in procurement of goods and services from the private sector prohibit the...

      Fisheries: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on fisheries: Navy, for what reasons there were no river class offshore patrol...

      Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department made of the capability of the EADS Eurocopter UH-145 to fulfil the light utility role prior to awarding the Future...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what fuel with additives is being used for light A class, B class wheeled and C class platform vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan; who is contracted to...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on repairing (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems damaged in use in Iraq and...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for the RAF to resume daytime flights on the Jasper airbridge in Iraq.

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's personnel were assigned to the British provincial reconstruction team in (a) Basra and (b) Lashkar Gah in each year since...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will introduce safeguards to ensure that UK submarine commanders are unable to launch a nuclear attack on their own initiative under any...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what purposes he used each category of River Class offshore patrol vessels in each year since 1997; for how many patrol days in each category; and if...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what maximum number of patrol days each River Class offshore patrol vessel may undertake (a) operationally and (b) under the terms of his Department's...

      Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) for what purposes the River Class offshore patrol vessels have been used in addition to fisheries protection; how many patrol days this has...

      Puma Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for extending the life of the RAF's existing fleet of Puma HC1 helicopters; when the proposed Puma Mk 2 helicopter will...

      Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what formal procedure has to be followed for submarine commanders to launch Trident missiles; and what role security codes play in that procedure.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the merits of the use of pre-movement testing as a strategy for containing bluetongue disease; and if he...

    • Foot and Mouth Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account is taken of (a) county boundaries and (b) distance from outbreak in determining foot and mouth disease...

  • Women and Equality

    • Pay Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she will bring forward proposals to address the gender pay gap.

    • Public Bodies: Appointments

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress the Government has made on increasing the proportion of women appointed to public bodies.

      Women: Political Life

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government is taking to increase the representation of women in political life.

      Imprisonment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on alternatives to imprisonment for women.

  • Scotland

    • Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

    • Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since its establishment.

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for his Department in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Antisocial Behaviour: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people comprise the respect squad sent to the West Country; what work the squad will undertake; and whether it plans to...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in procurement of goods and services from the private...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget was of his Department's public communications unit in the latest period for which figures are available; and how...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to increase literacy rates since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for Billericay dated (a) 28 August, (b) 15 October and (c) 15 November...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many deaths of school children have been reported as attributable to bullying in each of the last 10 years; and if he will...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will place in the Library details of his Department's contracts with suppliers to provide telephone helpline services to the...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the average volume of carbon dioxide emissions per passenger, per kilometre for travel by air.

    • Aviation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what evidential basis there is for the Terminal Control South West Airspace Development change reducing delays in flights.

      Compton VHF Omnidirectional Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights using the Compton VHF omnidirectional radio (VOR) there were between September 2005 and September 2006; how many of these flights were...

      Departmental Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) beef, (b) lamb, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in her departmental headquarters were imported products in the most...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what teleconference facilities are available to (a) ministers and (b) officials at her Department; and how many ministerial meetings took place by...

      Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flights to (a) Brussels, (b) Paris, (c) Manchester and (d) Leeds were taken by Ministers and officials in her Department in each of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in her Department and its predecessors were paid over £100,000 in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its...

      Galileo Satellite Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to oppose the further development of the Galileo Satellite programme without the commissioning of an independent cost...

      Galileo Satellite Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to receive from the European Commission a full cost-benefit analysis of the Galileo satellite system.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government Car and Despatch Agency's latest customer satisfaction survey results.

      Heathrow Airport: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will release details of submissions to the public consultation on expanding Heathrow on a regular basis as the consultation progresses.

      Heathrow Airport: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take into account the number of responses to the public consultation on the expansion of Heathrow airport in reaching her decision on the...

      Navigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of whether introduction of precision radio navigation in the UK would make unnecessary the Terminal Control South West...

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the development of regional airports; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was (a) allocated to and (b) spent on mitigating the effects of noise generated by major roads and motorways in each year since 2000; how...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Conditions of Employment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 27-30WS, on mental health and employment, (1)...

    • Conditions of Employment: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 27-30WS, on mental health and employment, what...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which telephone contact centres are the responsibility of his Department; what mechanisms are in place to monitor their effectiveness; and how...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of vacancies in the UK economy that will be filled by British workers in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Employment: New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the flexible New Deal process outlined in "In work, better off: next steps to full employment" will accommodate the adult careers service...

      Employment: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the evidential sources for his statement that there are 600,000 vacancies in the economy in each month.

      Housing Benefit: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit in the Peterborough city council area in each month since January 2004.

      Jobcentre Plus: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the ease of access to Jobcentre Plus in rural areas.

      Minimum Wage: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on his Department's expenditure on benefits which would arise from an increase in the national minimum...

      National Insurance: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued to non-EU foreign nationals in each quarter since 1 January 2004; and what the percentage...

      National Insurance: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian citizens in each quarter since 5 April 2002.

      New Deal for Young People: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Suffolk registered for new deal for young people in each of the last five years.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which groups of benefits claimants will be fast tracked to the gateway stage of flexible New Deal under the proposals outlined in "In work,...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether all strands of current New Deal programmes will be subsumed into flexible New Deal under the proposals outlined in "In work, better...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the flexible New Deal programme proposed in "In work, better off: next steps to full employment" will affect the delivery of the city...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children there were in families in work earning less than the average national weekly income in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Unemployed: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued to Jobcentre Plus on the circumstances in which availability and affordability of childcare is to be taken into...

  • Treasury

    • 11 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on which dates in 2006 the facilities at 11 Downing Street were used by outside charitable bodies to hold events; and which charities held each event;...

    • Carbon Markets Expert Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the members are of HM Treasury's Carbon Markets Expert group.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of paying the carer of twins, triplets or higher multiple births (a) the higher level of child...

      Child Benefit: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which civil service grades have permission to download to CD-ROM information on the child benefit database at HM Revenue and Customs; what checks they are...

      Child Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the evidential basis was for his estimate that 14,000 A8 nationals in the UK claim child benefit in respect of children living abroad, as...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) taxpayers and (b) recipients of tax credits or pension credits whose personal details have been...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what security procedures are in place governing the transport of discs and documents containing personal tax related information.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of disks containing data protected by the Data Protection Act that were sent to the National Audit...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which version of which computer software was used for the Child Benefit database within HM Revenue and Customs (a) in March 2007 and (b) in October 2007.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of password to access the Child Benefit database within HM Revenue and Customs was capable of being encrypted.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate HM Revenue and Customs made of the cost of de-sensitising the data held on the Child Benefit database prior to its transfer to the National...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what process an IT operator could have extracted data from the HM Revenue and Customs child benefit database in the form requested by the National Audit...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what personal data in relation to child benefit awards were provided to KPMG as part of the National Audit Office's 2006-07 resource accounts audit for HM...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to help alleviate concerns of child benefit recipients whose data were lost by HM Revenue and Customs on possible use of the...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions discs containing personal data were lost by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors in each year since 1997; and whether in each case...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Wales had their data downloaded onto the discs that have gone missing from HM Revenue and Customs.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what extra security measures have been put in place as a result of the recent loss of data sent between HM Revenue and Customs and Standard Life; what...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs data consisting of (a) names and addresses of tax credit and child benefit claimants, (b) bank account details of such...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions data from the child benefit database have been posted to recipients outside HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff have been...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, how many discrete physical searches for the two...

      Child Benefit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff worked on HM Revenue and Custom's Child Benefit Helpline on each day since 1 October 2007.

      Child Benefit: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were handled by the Child Benefit Helpline on each day between 22 November and 6 December 2007 inclusive.

      Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.

      Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional training has been provided in the last two weeks to the staff of HM Revenue and Customs on the safe handling of data to counteract identity...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place in his Department to ensure that personal information relating to members of the public is (a) stored and (b) transported...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many discs containing personal data were lost in total by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes to review how his Department transports data; and whether his Department uses TNT to transport data.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people of each grade have (a) partial and (b) full access to data held by (i) his Department and (ii) HM Revenue and Customs on child benefit...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of each grade have access to electronic databases in his Department which contain personal information on members of the public.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times databases in his Department containing personal information on members of the public were accessed in each month of the last five years.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times databases in his Department containing personal information on members of the public were transferred (a) physically and (b) electronically...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests his Department received from the National Audit Office for access to its databases containing personal information on members of the...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007 , Official Report, column 1492W, on departmental telephone services, if he will provide the information his...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of UK performance against the five economic tests for entry to the euro; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the (a) reductions in tax credit expenditure and (b) additional taxation and national insurance revenue which would result from an...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many stillbirths there were as a percentage of all births in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Population: Staffordshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population is of (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency, broken down by age group; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) the lowest rate of economic return is on an approved existing Government expenditure project in each Government Department and (b) the size of...

      Revenue and Customs: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions legal proceedings have been instigated against HM Revenue and Customs for alleged offences not directly related to assessing tax...

      Revenue and Customs: Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions court proceedings, now completed, have been instigated against HM Revenue and Customs in the last three years.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what standard procedure is used at HM Revenue and Customs for the transportation of personal information outside secure offices; (2) how many copies...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how CDs are identified as carrying secure personal information by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have dispatched discs containing confidential data to solicitors dealing with HMRC prosecutions in the same package as...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of security measures taken by HM Revenue and Customs in respect of the transportation of discs containing (a) confidential and...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of removing the data which was not required by the National Audit Office from the discs that recently went missing...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what systems HM Revenue and Customs has in place to track deliveries placed with mail carriers.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what systems are in place within HM Revenue and Customs to flag up suspicious use of data by its employees; (2) what internal policies HM Revenue and...

      Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many sick days were taken by Tax Credit Office staff in each of the last 12 months; and what the average number of sick days was per staff member in...

      Self-employed: Tamworth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income of a self-employed person in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the UK was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Trading Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the findings of the review of trading funds commissioned from Cambridge University.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1500-01W, on welfare tax credits, how many tax credit overpayments have been written...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of overpaid tax credit where a joint award was made but the couple have since separated there have been where HM Revenue and Customs has...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Chequers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance on the use of Chequers by civil servants when the Prime Minister is not resident; (2)...

    • Civil Service Agencies: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance he has issued on the creation and operation of separate press offices with Departments' Executive agencies.

      Departmental Records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Department is responsible for the files and records formerly held by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bulgaria: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on conditions for children in care in Bulgaria; and whether he plans to make...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive...

      Colombia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason British military assistance has been provided to the High Mountain Battalions of the Colombian Army.

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the observance of human rights in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many unique visitors there were to each departmental blog in the last month; how many full-time equivalent staff work on...

      Ethiopia: Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Ethiopia and Eritrea border dispute.

      International Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has advanced for internationally agreed procedures to prevent breakdowns of states and societies, as...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what decisions were taken at the meeting of E3+3 Political Directors in Paris on 1 December about the next stage in discussions...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether Iran is meeting its commitments under the IAEA-Iran work plan of August 2007; and if he...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the most recent United States intelligence agencies' National Intelligence Estimate Report, Iran:...

      Kuwait

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's personnel were based in Kuwait in support of Operation Telic in each year since 2003.

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the UK made to UN peacekeeping operations in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Projecting British Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work has been undertaken by Projecting British Islam delegations abroad; who the members of each delegation were; what the...

      Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the UK's proposal for an international standby civilian force which could be deployed...

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) opposition parties and (b) civil organisations in Russia on reports of voting...

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the EU on...

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Russian election result on the wider region.

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK relations with Russia following the Russian parliamentary elections.

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many election observers were sent from the UK to monitor the recent Russian elections.

      Russia: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on the conduct of the recent elections...

      South Africa: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with the South African Government on fatal accidents involving mineworkers.

      Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government of Sudan has approved landing and night flying rights to all UNAMID aircraft.

      Sudan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress made by the Southern Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission in facilitating...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has (a) made and (b) received on the adequacy of helicopter numbers for the UNAMID mission to...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's budget for translating Government publications and online services into other languages (a) was in...

      Tristan da Cunha: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is providing to the people of Tristan da Cunha; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to raise the issue of human rights in Zimbabwe at the EU-African Union Summit in Lisbon; and if...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the final report by his Department and the World Bank into possible economic incentives to reduce opium production in Afghanistan...

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on recycling.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Economic Agreements: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on the inclusion of provisions on intellectual property rights in economic partnership agreements; and...

      Gaza: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the availability of medical stocks in hospitals and clinics in Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 9 October 2007, Official Report, columns 437-38W, on Iraq: Overseas Aid; (1) how much of the...

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the distribution on food aid in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.

      Sudan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the status is of the Eastern Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund.

      Tanzania: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will review the UK aid programme to Tanzania in the light of the Silverdale case.

  • Health

    • Adult Dental Health Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the next Adult Dental Health Survey will be published; (2) what funding his Department has committed to the forthcoming Adult Dental...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to (a) West Suffolk hospital, (b) Addenbrookes hospital and (c) Ipswich hospital as a consequence of (i) alcoholic...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) start and (b) end date is of each activity he has planned for next year to tackle excessive alcohol consumption; and what the expected cost...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure by (a) his Department's research and development budget and (b) the Medical Research Council on research into rheumatoid arthritis...

      Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis were dispensed in the community in each year since 1997; and at what net ingredient cost.

      Bacterial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce mandatory reporting of cases of the health care associated infection pseudomonas.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS plans to use stereo mammography as a means of detecting breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means his Department plans to extend the NHS breast cancer screening programme to all women aged 47 to 73 years by 2012.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the ages of people to whom the (a) breast cancer and (b) bowel cancer screening programmes apply.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of lowering the entry level age of the breast cancer screening programme.

      Cancer: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the planned start date is of the (a) National Cancer Survivorship Initiative and (b) National Cancer Equality Initiative; and what the expected...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy will address inequalities between regions in cancer (a) diagnosis, (b) treatment and (c) survival rates.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy is expected to improve cancer detection in primary care.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of private sector care homes are owned by companies who own more than one home; (2) how many (a) private, (b) public...

      Care Homes: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes in Suffolk have closed in the last five years.

      Care Homes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will fund a trial of a partnership model for funding social care in East Sussex.

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Commission for Social Care Inspection is required to undertake a new inspection of a care home when the registered manager of a care provider...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will review the (a) efficacy and (b) effect on service users of the new inspection methodology introduced in April 2006 by the...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered nursing inspectors were available to inspect nursing and care homes in England in each of the last five years.

      Children: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the National School Pedometer Programme; how much is planned to be spent; what estimate he has made of pedometer use by...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in...

      Commission for Social Care Inspection: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the inspections carried out by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in the last 12 months were carried out by locum inspectors;...

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the costs of providing community care (a) in people's own homes and (b) at a single central location in...

      Community Care: Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid in direct payments under the Fair Access to Care Services scheme in the last 12 months, broken down by local authority area; how...

      Community Care: Direct Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how often local authorities are required to carry out a review into the distribution of direct payments under the Fair Access to Care Services...

      Departmental Responsibilities: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he (a) has taken and (b) intends to take by (i) 2012 and (ii) 2020 in relation to adaptation to the effects of climate change as they affect...

      Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours per week a full-time equivalent staff member is expected to work for each of the groups listed in paragraph 3.4 on page 20 of his...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the tax liabilities of junior doctors receiving (a) partially and (b) fully...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, if he will place in the Library the relevant sections of...

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on Doctors: Housing, when the guidance within the terms and conditions for...

      Doctors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the competition ratio for training posts for registrar group doctors was in 2007, broken down by region and specialty.

      Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to resolve the dispute between maintenance craft workers and Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust.

      Drugs: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died from drug overdoses while on the waiting list to receive hard drug substitutes in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Eating Disorders: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts provide specialist eating disorder services for those aged under 13 years.

      Elderly: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to provide any incentives to (a) GPs, (b) district nurses and (c) other professionals in primary care settings to provide...

      Elderly: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members of his Department's Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board are.

      Females: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Ministers from his Department (a) attended and (b) spoke at the Women Deliver conference held in London from 18 to 20 October; whether his...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with meningitis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.

      Health Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to reduce health inequalities between the richest and poorest quartiles of the population since 1997.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plan to take to increase the availability of cardiac rehabilitation services.

      HIV Infection: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to encourage scientific research into HIV since 1997.

      HIV Infection: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to educate young people about HIV infection since 1997.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether changes have been made to (a) the definition of the term delayed discharges and (b) the procedures in determining a delayed discharge since the...

      Hospital Beds: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bed spaces there were on average at (a) Addenbrookes, (b) West Suffolk and (c) Ipswich hospitals in (i) 1997, (ii) 2002 and (iii) at the...

      Hospital Beds: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds there were in each primary care trust area in the East of England in each year since 1997.

      Hospital Beds: Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures were used in determining the status of a delayed discharge patient in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in (a) 2002 and (b) the...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions there were to hospitals in each primary care trust area in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and what proportion...

      Hospitals: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled at (a) Addenbrooke's hospital, (b) West Suffolk hospital and (c) Ipswich hospital within (i) seven days and (ii) 24...

      Hospitals: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 1055W, on...

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he intends to publish Patient Environment Action Team scores for 2007; (2) whether the National Patient Safety Agency's Patient Environment...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has budgeted for the costs associated with the new measures in the Flu Pandemic Plan in each financial year from 2007-08 to...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the percentage of old age pensioners who receive an influenza vaccine.

      In-vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of providing one cycle of in-vitro fertilisation treatment in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Malnutrition: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made in establishing a nationally-agreed standard malnutrition screening tool, as stated in section 5.0 of the National...

      Malnutrition: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received from (a) NHS staff, (b) social care staff and (c) other interested parties on the (i) availability and...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts in England provide maternity services.

      Medical Treatments Abroad: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions Ministers have had with their EU counterparts on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on (a) the...

      Mental Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provision of healthcare by his Department to former servicemen and women with combat stress.

      Mental Health Services: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of suicides committed by people who have received treatment for mental illness in each of the last...

      Mentally Incapacitated: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adult protection referrals have taken place in each local authority in England, broken down by the assessment level of the provider involved.

      Methadone: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were prescribed methadone and other hard drug substitutes in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency in each year since 2000.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of training student midwives in the 2006-07 financial year.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery training places were commissioned in each academic year since 1997-98.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which higher education institutions offer training in midwifery.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence intends to publish a review of its guidance on "Fertility: assessment and treatment for...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total wage cost of employing managers in the NHS was in the latest period for which figures are available; and what it was in 1997.

      NHS: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people and (b) children who would be denied access to medical care if the proposal to exclude...

      Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting times for (i) inpatient and (ii) daycase admissions were in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average wage of nurses outside the NHS in (a) the last year for which figures are available and (b) 1997.

      Nurses: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk of increased patient infections if visits from specialist nurses are capped as proposed in his Department's...

      Nutrition: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the inter-agency round table group met to raise issues around training, as described on page 17 of his Department's document, Improving...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date he expects the cross-Government strategy to tackle obesity to be published.

      Paramedical Staff: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of (a) vocational training courses and (b) degree-level courses to train paramedics; and if he will make a statement.

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways his Department has supported BAPEN's screening initiative, as referred to on page 14 of his Department's document, "Improving Nutritional Care".

      Patients: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1244W, on patients: nutrition, what the barriers to nutritional screening in hospitals...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Orthopaedics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for elective orthopaedic surgery in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Peterborough District Hospital: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions to the accident and emergency department of Peterborough District Hospital by the East of England NHS Ambulance Trust...

      Pregnancy Complications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of ectopic pregnancy there have been in each year since 1997-98.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are routinely collected by (a) the Commission for Social Care Inspection and (b) the Healthcare Commission on the prevalence and severity of...

      Provider of Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether there are plans to review the Commission for Social Care Inspection's current practice of referring complaints from members of the public...

      Ritalin: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk were prescribed Ritalin in each of the last five years.

      Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to the Sunsmart campaign in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11.

      Social Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason expenditure on grants for adult personal social services in 2006-07 was £267 million less than the plans set out in his Department's...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the report of the review by the Social Care Funding Group.

      Social Services: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many providers of adult social care services are regulated by the Commission for Social Care Inspection; and what proportion of all providers of adult...

      Social Services: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what social care information the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has identified as being relevant at a (a) national and (b) local level,...

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many officials in his Department work on policy on encouraging mass participation in sport.; (2) what changes in the allocation of...

      STDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 1015W, on sexually transmitted diseases, if he will break down the figures supplied...

      Surgery: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS operations were cancelled in each primary care trust in the east of England as a result of (a) administrative errors, (b) shortages of...

      Tobacco: Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last held discussions with the National Association of Cigarette Machine Operators.

      Wheelchairs: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) longest and (b) average waiting time for electric wheelchair provision was in the last 12 months; and what steps he is taking to reduce...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the aggregate yearly additional revenue that would be raised were every local authority...

    • Council Housing: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the historic debt outstanding against council house construction was in each year since 1990 in (a) cash terms and (b) as...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual percentage change in average Band D council tax was in England in real terms in each year since its introduction.

      Council Tax: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the presence of ground source heat pumps would be taken into account in the valuation of a property for council tax...

      Councillors' Commission: Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent civil servants from her Department are seconded to the Councillors' Commission.

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's internal guidance on (a) answering written parliamentary questions...

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to reply to Question 165129, on the Thames Gateway Forum tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 13 November 2007.

      EU Grants and Loans: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the European Commission suspended approval for European Regional Development Fund payments to the Government Office...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to revise Regional Spatial Strategies' flood risk assessments, in light of (a) recent flooding, (b) climate...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of domestic dwellings with (a) wind turbines and (b) solar panels.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the changes in local authority expenditure on adult social services expected to result...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of the £5 billion reduction in ring-fenced and specific grants by 2010-11 will be re-allocated to...

      Local Government Finance: Herefordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to announce the local government funding settlement for Herefordshire council; and if she will make a statement.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government has made of the expected yearly increase in business rate receipts if a supplementary business rate...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason her Department paid £2,260,000 to Ordnance Survey in 2006-07.

      Planning Permission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department is providing guidance to local authorities following the ruling of the Information Tribunal upholding the...

      Planning: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's recommended maximum limit is on the number of parking spaces for new residential developments, following...

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many grants have been made from the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund to each local authority since the fund was...

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what sums the Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder have requested to support regeneration in the west of Newcastle.

      Sleeping Rough: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the increase in rough sleeping in London arising from changes in the immigration from east...

      Small Businesses: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated take-up rate is of small business rate relief in England.

      Social Rented Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total financial contribution from the public purse to registered social landlords was in each year since 1997; and how...

      Stakeholder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of a stakeholder.

      Tamworth Borough Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was spent by Tamworth borough council in each of the last four financial years; (2) what revenue Tamworth...

      Temporary Accommodation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department has published a summary of responses to its May 2003 consultation paper, Improving Standards of...

      Thames Gateway Forum: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the dinner at the Thames Gateway Forum on 28 November at Excel,...

  • Justice

    • Courts: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to provide new court buildings in Gwent.

    • Divorce Courts: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government has taken to minimise the burden of court proceedings relating to divorce for children affected.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals are electronically tagged in (a) England and (b) Wales, broken down by the companies carrying out the monitoring.

      Fatal Accident Inquiry System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on its plans to reform the Fatal Accident Inquiry system in order to allow inquiries into the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 513W, on national identity cards, what budget has been allocated for the...

      Legal Services Commission: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are registered to use the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and solicitors' claims for costs.

      Legal Services Commission: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the reason was for the delay in the launching of the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and...

      Ministerial Duties: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Minister has responsibility for public sector information.

      Offenders: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the piloting of withdrawal of benefits from unemployed offenders who do not comply with the terms of a community order made under section 177 of the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of people who will be sent to prison in the first 12 months after the abolition of suspended...

      Prisoners: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers were serving custodial sentences in UK prisons in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Prisoners: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many allegations of prisoners being (a) raped and (b) sexually assaulted have been received by the Prison Service in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sentenced receptions in prisons in England and Wales were for (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of prison based cognitive behavioural treatment programmes on reconviction rates.

      Secure Training Centre: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times handcuffs have been used on (a) boys and (b) girls in each secure training centre since January 2006.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether food served in young offender institutions and secure training centres complies with the nutritional standards delivered in schools; and what...

      Young Offender Institutions: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what injuries were incurred by boys held in (a) Parc, (b) Lancaster Farms, (c) Warren Hill, (d) Thorn Cross and (e) Stoke Heath Young Offender...

      Young Offenders: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the proportion of young offenders who have significant communication difficulties which prevent them from engaging in...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Ministry of Defence expects to complete a full condition-based survey of all service family accommodation.

    • Armed Forces: Cost of Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 22 November (Official Report, col. 997) that "the reserve will continue to pay all additional costs of...

      Armed Forces: Cost of Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 22 November (Official Report, col. 997), what is the mutually agreed total beyond which the Ministry of...

      Armed Forces: TA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 22 November (WA 87), whether the "commissioning target" differentiates between Group A commissions,...

      Civil Service: Ethnicity and Gender Balance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy that the higher ranks of the Civil Service should be more representative of the population of the United Kingdom as a whole in terms of...

      Congo: Deforestation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take action with their international partners to bring about the cessation of deforestation in the Congo basin.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to conclude service-level agreements between the Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Business, Enterprise and...

      Defence Industrial Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What metrics the Ministry of Defence is using to measure the success of the defence industrial strategy; and whether they will place a copy of these metrics in the...

      Environmental Sustainability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether environmental sustainability has been integrated into the agenda of issues to be discussed during this week's European consultation by the Commission on...

      Government: Focus Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a summary of each topic subject to a focus group commissioned by or on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government and...

      Houses of Parliament: State Opening

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the total cost of the State Opening of Parliament.

      Israel and Palestine: Relief Efforts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent plans to harmonise and integrate public services provided (a) by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East,...

      Planning: Flood Plains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many homes have been built in areas designated as being at high risk of flooding in each of the last five years.

      Railways: Public Performance Measures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Network Rail is playing its part in reducing the minutes lost in the public performance measure monitoring data; and, if not, what action they propose to take.

      Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the resignation of the chairman of Sport England will lead to a shift of policy towards more support for competitive sport as opposed to the goal of...

      Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the announcement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr Purnell, on 27 November about shifting priorities from encouraging...

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