Written answers

Monday, 7 January 2008

  • Scotland

    • Christmas

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

      Departmental Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on special advisers in 2006-07; how much has been allocated for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Members' Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.

  • Wales

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment has been made of the Barnett consequentials arising from the Children's Plan for (a) Wales and (b) the Bridgend constituency, broken down...

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister in Wales on the £20 million Barnett consequential payment from support for disabled...

      Departmental Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30 June 2004, (b) 30 June 2005 and (c) 30 June 2006.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year;...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to ensure that (a) heating is not kept on in offices within the...

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much was spent on heating on the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last four years.

      Portcullis House: Fires

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many times the occupants of Portcullis House were directed to leave the building due to fire in 2007; on...

  • Transport

    • Aircraft: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimates she has made of the likely mean (a) nitrogen dioxide and (b) aircraft noise levels in each London borough under each of the...

    • Aircraft: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons were for the time taken to publish her Department's Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources report.

      Aircraft: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to provide for independent verification of whether aircraft noise limits are being exceeded at UK airports.

      Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the number of cars in (a) London and (b) South East England which have carbon dioxide emissions (i) under 120g/km and meeting...

      Cumbrian Coastal Rail Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used the Cumbrian coastal rail service between Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of her Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position within each...

      Departmental Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many illegal immigrants were discovered working for her Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by her Department and its predecessors (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each...

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the EU Lisbon treaty, once implemented, will have an effect on the EU's Galileo programme.

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the treaty basis is for the EU's Galileo programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Galileo: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the UK (a) has spent and (b) is expected to spend on the Galileo satellite navigation project.

      Heathrow Airport: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of flights into and out of Heathrow which were to destinations where there is a viable rail alternative in the...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was made available to support rural public transport in Cumbria in each year since 1997.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend the national concessionary fare scheme to community transport services.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 430W, on railways: standards, how many hits there have been on the website; and if...

      Refuse Collection Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the new tachograph regulations will apply to local authorities' refuse collection vehicles.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the projected traffic numbers are on the M25 approaches to the Dartford Crossing from Essex.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the lane restrictions on the M3 at its junction with the M25 came into force; what works were undertaken requiring the restrictions; when those...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the likely levels of road usage on the A595 between Greenodd and Whitehaven by (a) private vehicles and (b)...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents resulting in a fatality in Copeland involved (a) drivers under 25 years of age and (b) drivers within 12 months of passing...

      Roads: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of roadside pedestrian training schemes for children.

      Roads: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend roadside pedestrian training schemes for children on a national basis.

      Roads: Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to reduce congestion caused by heavy goods vehicles on roads.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many community groups she has met to discuss road improvements since her appointment; how many road improvement schemes she has visited since her...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much was spent on (a) road building and (b) road maintenance in Copeland in each year since 1997; (2) how much was made available to...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of UK road safety measures against EU member state benchmarks; and if she will make a statement.

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been to date of the consultancy contracts for road pricing policy; and how much is committed for future costs.

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by how many (a) Class 442 and (b) Class 444 units South West Trains has reduced its main line express rolling stock fleet since the renewal of the...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to require South West Trains to put Class 442 back in service in the interests of passenger comfort.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average speed is of London bound traffic on the M25 during the morning and evening peak hours between junctions 26 and 30.

      Sustainable Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding her Department has provided to the Sustainability of Land Use and Transport in Outer Neighbourhoods Project.

      Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the reliability of Reading's Class 458 train coach units; and if she will make a statement.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all NATO member states with forces serving in Afghanistan recognise the same international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan for military...

    • Afghanistan: NATO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many NATO personnel are serving in Afghanistan; and what percentage are of (a) British, (b) American and (c) other nationality.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the earliest date is by which the Future Lynx could be available in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what roles the Army employs native Pashtun speakers.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has conducted any review of the procedures governing to operations of private security companies in Afghanistan since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what outreach programmes are being carried out by British forces in Kandahar province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the small arms threat to aircraft in (a) Helmand and (b) Kandahar province.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) planned and (b) actual Apache flying hours were per month in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in 2007.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to send Vector armoured vehicles to Afghanistan; what the Vector's capabilities are; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters of each type were deployed in Afghanistan in each month since 1 January 2002; what additional deployment of (a) Sea Kings and (b)...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department uses (a) civilian and (b) military personnel during the take-off and landing phase of unmanned aerial vehicles operations in...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Of ficial Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what capabilities Sea King helicopters...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what plans his Department has to...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many of his Department's personnel...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by whom each soldier killed during the 1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment/2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiments' recent...

      Airborne Manned Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the Airborne Manned Surveillance urgent operational requirements; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Carriers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost to his Department is of extending the out-of-service date of (a) HMS Illustrious and (b) HMS Ark Royal caused by the delay of...

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current status is of the order for two future aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for concluding the review into hyperbaric experiments excluding the use of (a) goats and (b) any other animals; and which...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 394W, on armed forces: deployment, from which units the 200 regular army...

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much in near cash terms was spent on service retention in each financial year since 2002-03.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) by what means he monitors whether servicemen and women discharged with combat stress receive continuing treatment from the NHS; (2) what...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department of health provision for service men and women in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force was in 2006-07.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) single and (b) family defence estate accommodation is classed as (i) category 1, (ii) category 2, (iii) category 3 and (iv)...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to ensure that sufficient quantities of (a) influenza vaccines, (b) anti-virals and (c) face-masks are held by armed...

      Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to reduce leave entitlement during operational tours.

      Armed Forces: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether armed forces chiefs receive allowances for the commissioning of legal advice.

      Armed Forces: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal advice is available to armed forces chiefs for official purposes; and whether such advice was sought before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      Armed Forces: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 173W, on armed forces: personnel management, how many underpayments there were to...

      Armed Forces: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which less-than-lethal weapons and non-lethal weapons are available for use by armed forces personnel; how many personnel are qualified for those weapons...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Supercat vehicle is classed as a (a) protected, (b) unprotected or (c) patrol vehicle.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, column 1402W, on armoured fighting vehicles: Afghanistan, whether the 170 Vector vehicles...

      Army's Total Fleet Requirement 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Army's Total Fleet Requirement 2007.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operational restrictions have been imposed at AWE Burghfield following the report from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why AWE Burghfield did not meet the deadline of 27 September to address the shortfalls identified as a result of its periodic review of safety.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what safety care shortfalls were identified by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate at AWE Burghfield.

      AWE Burghfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what responses he has made to the letter from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate dated 9th May, Annex 1, with particular reference to its conclusions...

      AWE Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) function, (c) estimated cost and (d) projected in-service date is of each of the 23 new build projects in the Atomic Weapons...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests he has received from the United States administration to use RAF Menwith Hill as part of the US Missile Defense System since 1st January...

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter he received on 29 June 2007 from the United States requesting the use of RAF Menwith Hill as part of...

      Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what definition the Government uses of (a) smart and (b) dumb cluster munitions; what munitions it will ban in accordance with the Oslo process; and if...

      Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average rate of increase of indices used in variation of price formulae for fixed price contracts was in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which members of (a) the Defence Council, (b) the Defence Management Board, (c) Defence Equipment and Support, (d) Defence Estates, (e) Science,...

      Defence Analytical Services Agency: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will place in the Library copies of each of the Defence Analytical Service Agency's quarterly 'what if' fuel price forecasts issued since...

      Defence Analytical Services Agency: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which statistical publications have been produced by the Defence Analytical Services Agency since 1997.

      Defence Analytical Services Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of all extant Defence Analytical Services Agency service level agreements.

      Defence Equipment and Support Organisation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many secondees from the private sector are working within the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation at Abbey Wood.

      Defence Equipment and Support: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in what ways Defence Equipment and Support encourages competition in the supply chain in order to ensure value for money; (2) in what ways the...

      Defence Equipment: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the programmes for (a) Type-45 destroyers, (b) Astute submarines, (c) MARS and (d) CVF; and what is expected to be spent...

      Defence Estates: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department charges charitable organisations for public liability insurance for events held on departmental property; (2) what...

      Defence Manufacturers Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidelines his Department issues to staff at (a) his Department, (b) Defence Equipment and Support staff and (c) members of the armed forces on...

      Defence Suppliers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Suppliers' Service maintains a list of preferred suppliers.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions he has had with HM Treasury on payments for urgent operational requirements; (2) whether urgent operational requirements...

      Defence: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of switching to the Defence Information Infrastructure version F computer system from the Defence Information...

      Defence: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost is of changing from Defence Information Infrastructure version F to Defence Information Infrastructure version C; and how many...

      Defence: Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance is in place for (a) his officials and (b) officials at (i) the Defence Suppliers Service and (ii) Defence Equipment and Support...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for each of the last four years the principal items of military equipment acquired under the Urgent Operational Requirements procedures...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on spare parts for equipment by (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each of the last five financial years.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria have to be fulfilled for a would-be defence supplier to become a prime contractor; and how a decision on the matter is made.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what total value of (a) land and (b) facilities is surplus to his Department's foreseeable purposes in Northern Ireland; and what plans he has to...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value of (a) land and (b) facilities gifted, donated or loaned to local community initiatives by his Department was in each region of...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what total value of his Department's (a) land and (b) buildings was sold in each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanism exists for liaison between his Department and the Northern Ireland Office when considering disposal of departmental (a) land and (b)...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account is taken of community cohesion when considering the disposal of departmental (a) land and (b) buildings in Northern Ireland.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will consider gifting his Department's land and facilities to local communities to promote inter-community cohesion initiatives.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of the total amount of...

      Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 309W, on Departmental Coordination, on what date his Department was consulted by the...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for...

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), for what reasons he plans to transfer £70 million from voted capital departmental...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will break down his Department's RfR1 near cash resource expenditure by (a) value and (b) standard industrial classification for each...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of the Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in the last 12 months were answered with (a) the...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the office costs for his Department's special advisers for 2007-08 are expected to be, including costs of support staff; and how many full-time...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on special advisors in 2006-07; how much has been allocated for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total expenditure in near cash terms was in each financial year since 2000-01 as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in each London constituency have received the veterans' badge in each of the last three years.

      Hazardous Substances: Fort Halstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for the removal and transport of hazardous materials from Fort Halstead in Kent; what such materials have been removed...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) planned and (b) actual average flying hours for each helicopter type in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force was in...

      Helicopters: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated average cost is of each of the Future Lynx helicopters to be delivered under the contract with the Finmeccanica group.

      Helicopters: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises were conducted by Apache and Chinook helicopter crews in each of the last five years; and what the (a) location and (b)...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what documents dealing with contingency arrangements for an influenza pandemic have been (a) prepared by and (b) commissioned by his Department since 1...

      Iran: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Government will take steps to sequester assets of the government of Iran in the UK to the value of the British military equipment which was seized...

      Iraq Conflict: Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 840W, on Iraq conflict: legal opinion, whether such advice was commissioned using...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 481W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, what the estimated cost of providing medical...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many convoy escort missions were conducted by British forces along Military Supply Route Tampa in Britain's area of operations in each month in 2007.

      Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent, in near cash terms, on (a) legal fees, (b) legal fees incurred in relation to land acquisition/disposal and (c) legal...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.

      Mercian Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the peace establishment was of the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment before its deployment to Afghanistan; what the strength was of the Battalion;...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contribution he expects the purchase of a sixth C-17 Globe Master to make to his Department's heavy lift strategy.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many accidents have taken place involving (a) Puma, (b) Merlin, (c) Chinook and (d) Sea King RAF helicopters since 2001; how many British service...

      Military Bases: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the total cost incurred by military bases in the UK in relation to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

      Ministerial Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average percentage of his working week has been taken up by his duties as Secretary of State for Defence.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the job descriptions of his special advisers.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to make use of data on the national identity register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the review into the Nimrod conducted by Mr. Charles Haddon-Cave QC to be published.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13th December 2007, Official Report, column 778W, on nuclear submarines, what safeguards are in place to prevent UK submarine...

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the decommissioning of the Vanguard Class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much he plans to spend on a replacement for the UK strategic nuclear deterrent in each year of procurement; and whether this spending is included in...

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his official engagements were between 1 and 21 November 2007.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his official engagements were from 22 to 28 November; (2) what his official engagements were from 22 November to 10 December.

      Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's RfR 1 operating cost statement (level 4 view) for each financial year since 2001-02.

      Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's RfR 1 balance sheet (level 4 view) for each financial year since 2001-02.

      Operational Readiness Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units form the UK's commitment to the Operational Readiness Force (ORF) for KFOR; whether they are fully equipped; whether the ORF is deployed; and...

      Phantom Clocking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of phantom-clocking in each year since 1997.

      Princess Mary's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many patients have been treated at the Princess Mary's Hospital in RAF Akrotiri in the last 12 months; what the hospital's establishment is; how many...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much in near cash terms was spent on civilian recruitment in each financial year since 2002-03.

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much in near cash terms was paid out in severance payments in each financial year since 2002-03.

      Reserve Forces: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to allow recruitment to the Parachute Regiment Reserve in Wales.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts have been entered into by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Support Integrated Project Team since 2004; and what the value was of each contract.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Support Integrated Project Team; and how many of them are (a) serving armed forces personnel, (b)...

      Territorial Army: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 314W, on Territorial Army: military decorations, what guidance he has issued to...

      Type 45 Destroyers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has changed his plans in respect of the number of Type 45 destroyers to be ordered; and when a decision will be made about ships seven and eight.

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why there was no call for evidence as part of the early stages of the departmental review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.

      Warships: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been undertaken of deployment schedules for (a) aircraft carriers, (b) assault vessels, (c) destroyers, (d) frigates and other (e)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of the total amount of...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many miles he and other Ministers in his Department travelled on short haul flights in the last 12 months; and what estimate he has made of...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and...

      Civil Disorder: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were (a) arrested for and (b) charged with riotous behaviour arising from civil disturbances in Belfast city centre on the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of posts in his Department have been recategorised from back office to frontline posts as classified by the Gershon...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Motor Vehicles: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles were stolen in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) reports, (b) charges and (c) convictions for rape there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect on farmers in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency of the costs...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of his Department's ability to meet its target under the EU commitment to halt biodiversity loss...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many convictions there were for offences involving illegal theft of protected bird species from the wild in each year...

      Carbon Emissions: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the planned extension of Heathrow airport will contribute towards his Department's emission reduction targets; and if...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the introduction of a flood risk management innovation fund.

      Floods: River Derwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the fluvial study of the lower Derwent to be published.

      Fly Tipping: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to reduce incidents of fly-tipping in the North East; and if he will make a statement.

      Inland Waterways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to incorporate provision for water-borne freight into his Department's climate change agreements.

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect upon residents and visitors in nitrate vulnerable zones of the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the contribution the UK will make by 2020 to the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy...

      Reptiles: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list imported reptiles by (a) wild caught, (b) captive bred and (c) ranched CITES listed categories imported...

      Sustainable Development: Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) Ministers and (b) staff were invited to participate in the project for the sustainable development of Heathrow;...

      Thames and Severn Canal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help residents whose property has been affected by the proposed Thames and Severn...

      Waste Disposal: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest estimate is of the funding for the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) programme in each of the...

      Waste Disposal: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste Programme's campaign on waste crime in London cost; how long the campaign...

      Waste Management: Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to bring forward proposals for regional development agency waste performance targets.

      Waste Management: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) targets for and (b) outputs of each organisation in the business resource efficiency and waste partnership...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to provide further assistance to people who have lost their occupational pensions.

    • Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase access to occupational pensions for those on low incomes.

      Independent Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to assist disabled people to live independently.

      Pensioners: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he next plans to meet pensioner groups from East Anglia to discuss payments of pensions and related benefits.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to improve the administration of housing benefit by local authorities.

      Barriers to Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the barriers to employment facing families in temporary accommodation.

      Incapacity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of long-term claimants of incapacity benefit.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in replacing the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Provision for Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people not saving for retirement; and what steps his Department is taking in response.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to support lone parents in finding work; and what plans he has for further assistance.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the role played by voluntary organisations in securing benefits for individuals.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department plans to publish the final report on the Financial Assistance Scheme: Review of Assets; and if he will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Labour Turnover

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

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff work in his Office's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Office in the procurement of goods and services from the private sector prohibit the assignment of debt.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Prime Minister how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Office in each year since 1997; which organisations' staff were seconded (i) to and (ii) from; how many...

      Local Government

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has had meetings in the last 30 days with (a) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Boundary Committee to discuss local...

      Ministers: National Lottery

      To ask the Prime Minister how many complaints there have been of breaches of section 4.8 of the Ministerial Code of Practice, on ministerial support for National Lottery bids, in the last 12 months.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the 2012 Olympic Games on UK economic growth over the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what levels of EU funding will be available in relation to the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the existing contingency fund within the Olympic budget; and if she will make a statement.

      Olympic Review Group

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) what the date was of each meeting of the Cost Review Group at which updates to financial estimates were made after 25 April 2006; (2) what the date was...

      Olympic Review Group

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics (1) in what form financial estimates were presented to the meeting of the Cost Review Group of (a) 26 January and (b) 25 April 2006; (2) what material...

      Olympic Review Group

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what records have been retained of the meetings of the Cost Review Groups of 26 January 2006 and 25 April 2006.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprentices were registered in each construction trade in the last year for which figures are available.

    • Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) lip reading and (b) sign language courses are offered by each local authority in England; and what the average...

      Students: Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of people who took up engineering courses were (a) male and (b) female in each of the last 10...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) with reference to his written statement of 11 October 2007, Official Report, column 39WS, on higher education...

      UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the contracts relating to the sale of the British Library site on which it is...

      Vocational Training: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many formal complaints have been received by his Department about skills brokers.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Catering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the expenditure by the Deputy Prime Minister's Office on food and drink was in 2006-07.

    • Communication: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the annual Number 10 digital communications budget is, broken down by main headings.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in procurement of goods and services from the private sector prohibits...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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 Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recycling scheme is in operation in each building operated by the Cabinet Office.

      Licensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which buildings for which his Department is responsible have premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what plans...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many of...

      Afghanistan: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom recognises the 1893 Durand Line as the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan; and if...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions he has held with and (b) representations he has received from (i) ministerial colleagues, (ii) the...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Chernobyl-affected children received visas to visit the UK in 2007 (a) prior to 31 August and (b) since 1 September;...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with (a) the Belarus ambassador to London and (b) directly with the Belarus Government on...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from (a) charities and (b) others on the effects of changes to visa arrangements and...

      Chernobyl: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 19 October 2007, Official Report, columns 1375-76W, on Chernobyl: children, at what level in...

      Cyprus: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the duties and responsibilities are of the Government's Special Representative to Cyprus, the hon. Member for Enfield North.

      Defence: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the regulatory impact assessment carried out by his Department pursuant to the...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes have been made in the geographic distribution of British diplomatic posts overseas in the last 10 years; what...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 159W, on embassies, which countries no longer have a...

      EU-Africa Lisbon Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what waiving of EU sanctions was required in order to permit the attendance of a Zimbabwean delegation, including President...

      EU-Africa Lisbon Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what formal discussions of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe took place during the EU-AU summit in Lisbon; and what...

      European Gendarmerie Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to raise at the European Council with colleagues from member states contributing to the European...

      European Gendarmerie Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise with colleagues at the European Council the conditions that will be applied to any use of the European...

      European Gendarmerie Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to those governments contributing to the European Gendarmerie Force that it should not be...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the next report of the Director-General on Iran's co-operation under the August 2007 Work Plan is due; and if he will make...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the proliferation risk posed by Iran's heavy water nuclear research reactor at Arak;...

      Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the differences between the draft Iraq dossier written by Mr. John Williams dated 9 September...

      Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1470-1W, on Iraq: documents, whether the copy of the draft...

      Iraq: Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1470-1W, on Iraq: documents, whether the Government requested...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in his Department received language training in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Lisbon Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he proposes to deposit the UK's instruments of ratification of the Lisbon Treaty with the relevant body.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what mechanism will be put in place to monitor the implementation of both sides of the performance-based road map to a permanent...

      Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK contribution has been to the budget of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in every year...

      Russia: British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Russian government against the closure of British Council offices in Russia.

      Serbia: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of levels of observance of human rights of disabled people in Serbia; and if he will make a...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to co-ordinate communication between the UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur and the UN-EU...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Government of Sudan is co-operating fully with efforts to deploy the UNAMIS force to...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made recent representations to the Sudanese government to expedite the deployment of a joint UN-African Union...

      Turkey: Armenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Turkey on the closure of its border with Armenia.

      Turkey: Armenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the people of Armenia of the closure of its border with Turkey.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 305, on Afghanistan, how much of the cost...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the role of diaspora communities in the UK in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, columns 493-94W, on ambulance services: Hampshire, how he monitors ambulance trusts'...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to NHS trusts on the minimum level of care which should be available to people with autism; (2) what research his...

      Broadmoor Hospital: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths recorded as suicide there have been at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.

      Cancer: Mortality Rate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the statement in paragraph 1.4 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy on the fall in cancer mortality in under 75s between 1996 and 2005,...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to monitor the proposed extension of the 31-day waiting time standard to cover all cancer treatments as described in his Department's...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to establish the national audit in primary care of all patients diagnosed with cancer as described in paragraph 3.61 of his Department's...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the consultation on the level of personal expenses allowance contained within the Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide consultation...

      Children: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risks to the health of children in London from the level of performance of the Child Health Interim Application system.

      Chiropody: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of provision of chiropody services for older people in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London borough of...

      Commission for Social Care Inspection: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the results of the Commission for Social Care Inspection's 2007 employee survey; (2) what equality impact...

      Departmental Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what land surplus to his Department's requirements it is (a) selling, (b) leasing and (c) intending to (i) sell and (ii) lease; and what the size and...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines issued to staff maintaining his Department's and its agencies' corporate identity; and what the...

      Drugs: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that members of teams competing in the 2012 Olympics (a) do not bring proscribed drugs or medicines into the UK prior...

      Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what continuing obligations his Department has for the medical care of servicemen and women injured in the course of service after they have been...

      Health Services: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much in financial savings made by Hertfordshire's acute trusts in (a) the 2007-08, (b) the 2005-06 and (c) the 2006-07 financial year; and what the...

      Health Services: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) the procurement process and (b) compensation payments for the nationally procured clinical assessment and...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which dates the monthly meetings held between the 13 trusts that will be early achievers of his Department's 18-week target were held; and if he will...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what manual systems are being used by primary care trusts (PCTs) to support the Child Health Interim Applications (CHIA) system; and whether PCTs...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (PCTs) in London use the Child Health Interim Applications system; and what other systems are used for the same purpose in each...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the Richs system was replaced by the Child Health Interim Application (CHIA) system; what functionality the CHIA system has that...

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts use manual processes alongside their child health applications; and what those processes are.

      Healthcare Commission: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints the Healthcare Commission and its predecessor bodies received in each year since 1997.

      Henderson Hospital: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) services funded by the Henderson hospital and (b) proposals to provide those services via alternate means.

      Home Care Services: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many households received domiciliary care in Eastbourne in (a) 1987, (b) 1992, (c) 1997, (d) 2002 and (e) at the most recent date for which...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether dispensing contractors will be allowed to contract out a full dispensing service of appliances to other organisations under proposed amendments to...

      Independent Sector Procurement Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the role is of the independent sector procurement forum; what funds were allocated to it for 2007-08; who is on the forum; and what remuneration each...

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of industrial disease prevalence in determining resource allocation in the NHS.

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Information Centre for Health and Social Care to commence development of a dataset for urgent and emergency care, as described on page...

      Living Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to members of the public on living wills; and what plans he has to revise such advice.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the full implementation of the Summary Care Record is expected to take place; and if he will make a statement.

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which categories of NHS staff working outside GP surgeries will have direct access to information in detailed care records created by clinicians working...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Health Commission star rating is for each London mental health trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been detained involuntarily for treatment under the Mental Health Act in each London mental health trust in each of the last five...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for talk therapies in each London mental health trust in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for a first appointment with a mental health professional following referral by a GP in the last five years, broken down...

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to improve the quality of services for mental health patients since 1997.

      Mental Health Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dedicated beds were available for mental health patients in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under 18-year-olds were admitted to adult mental health wards in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Midwives: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery academics there were in each year since 1997.

      NHS Treatment Centres: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs); what mechanisms are in place to monitor the undertaking of...

      NHS: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total cost incurred by hospital trusts in relation to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are being recorded under the RiO patient care records system.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure there has been on the National Programme for IT and Connecting for Health in each year since the...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital trusts have installed Cerner's Millennium system; on what date it was installed; which hospital trusts are expected to install the system...

      NHS: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of (a) inflation and (b) wage inflation was in the NHS in each year since 1995.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals in senior administrative roles in all NHS bodies in the East of England were paid (a) over £100,000 and (b) over £150,000...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of the joint Office of Government Commerce and NHS Purchasing Supply Review; when the review will be completed; and...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the result of the Strategic Review of Collaborative Procurement in the NHS was; and if he will publish the report of the review.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expected NHS expenditure on medical supplies and equipment is for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the support and development framework for primary care trusts, supporting his Department's proposals for world class commissioning, to be...

      Private Finance Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which projects under the private finance initiative his Department's Private Finance Unit has categorised as having not established clear...

      Prosthetics: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what provision is made for the continuing care of armed forces veterans with C-leg limb prostheses; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of Human Givens as a form of psychotherapy; whether Human Givens treatment may be provided by the NHS; and what...

      Psychiatry: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatrists were employed by each London mental health trust in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will...

      Psychiatry: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatrist nurses were employed by each London mental health trust in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he...

      Psychiatry: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant psychiatric posts there are in each London mental health trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Richard Granger

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the resignation of Mr. Richard Granger had on the renegotiation of the Department's Connecting for Health contract with BT.

      Sheep: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last reviewed scientific advice on the removal of specified risk material from sheep over 12 months old or with permanent incisors erupted; and...

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that electrically powered indoor and outdoor wheelchairs are made available to children with spinal muscular atrophy on the basis of...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are used by GPs to identify children who are due for immunisation and who have not received it.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responsibility general practitioners have to inform parents and guardians that children are due for vaccination.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets he has set for reducing waiting times between a patient being placed on a consultant's list and the operation taking place; and what his...

      Walnuttree Hospital: Hospital Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many wards at the Walnuttree hospital, Sudbury are not in use.

      West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust: Heart Disease Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart failure nurses are (a) employed and (b) on maternity leave in West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Association of Electoral Administrators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the recent meeting between his Department's officials and the Association of Electoral...

    • Chelmsford Crown Court: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what facilities are available at Chelmsford Crown court for (a) defendants, (b) families of defendants and (c) victims of crime; what such facilities...

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) adults and (b) young offenders there are in Chelmsford Prison.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in 2007.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for (a) interim reviews of parliamentary boundaries in particular parts of England and Wales and (b) the ratification of...

      Courts: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to provide new court buildings in London; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress has been made on the private finance initiative project for a new courthouse in Colchester; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of successful claims from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme have been awarded to (a) private and (b) public sector workers in...

      Crown Courts: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to establish a Crown court in Milton Keynes.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the terms of reference are of the review into the way that personal information is shared between and protected by the public and private sector.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what reviews have been undertaken of his Department's rules on data protection in the last two years; if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies confidential data have been downloaded on to compact discs (i) without and (ii) with...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Information Commissioner was contacted by his Department to report breaches of data protection security in each of the last...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many breaches of data protection security there were in (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies in each of the last five years; and if...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Secretary of State for Justice how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from...

      Departmental Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessor (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of...

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) parliamentary questions and...

      Departmental Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many items of post sent by his Department and its predecessor were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department collects and monitors in relation to the telephone contact centres for which his Department is responsible.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much each telephone contact centre for which his Department is responsible has (a) cost and (b) generated in income in each financial year since...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the longest period is for which a child under 16 has been detained in (a) prison awaiting trial and (b) an immigration detention centre awaiting a...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government has taken to increase conviction rates for domestic violence.

      Driving Under the Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many road accidents in Copeland resulted in prosecutions for driving under the influence of alcohol in each year since 1997.

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to undertake further electoral innovation pilot schemes in the 2008 (a) local and (b) Greater London Authority elections.

      Elections: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment has been made of the consequences for retail competition policy of voting pilots in supermarkets.

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish the review of electoral systems; and if he will make a statement.

      European Convention on Access to Official Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what differences there are between the requirements of the Council of Europe's draft European Convention on Access to Official Documents and the...

      Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fixed penalty notices for disorder were issued by Humberside police in each year since their introduction, broken down by category.

      Fraud: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for the full implementation of provisions on requiring signatures in polling stations.

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department, or the former Department for Constitutional Affairs, provided on the maximum amount of time a public authority can take to...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will use his powers to designate regional chambers as public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      High Court: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to reply to the letter of 3 November from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield on a permanent high court in Birmingham.

      Hollesley Bay Prison: Prisoners Escape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how long on average prisoners who have absconded from HM Prison Hollesley Bay in the last six years have been at large.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what records the Land Registry keeps of the number and location of zero carbon homes.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding has been allocated to Lord Goldsmith's citizenship review.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Land Registry is introducing new triggers to require compulsory land registration.

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Land Registry is taking to prevent the online register from being (a) abused and (b) accessed illegally.

      Land Registry Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and (c) the Valuation and Lands Agency are business users of the Land Registry...

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to increase funding allocated to legal advice for travellers on planning issues.

      Legal Aid Scheme: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the value is of the IT contract for a new online reporting system for legal aid claims by solicitors; (2) which company was awarded the...

      Legal Aid: Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) who informed the press that the Australian Government would be paying the legal expenses of Kellie Merritt at the forthcoming inquest into deaths...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what payments have been made by (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) the Legal Services Commission to the Community Legal Partnership in each...

      Members' Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many letters his Department and its predecessors received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

      Ministerial Duties: Public Sector

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

      New Hall Young Offenders Institution: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what injuries were incurred by girls held in New Hall Young Offenders Institution during control and restraint in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Offenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are serving indeterminate sentences for public protection for (a) sexual assault, (b) sexual assault against a child, (c) sexual...

      Personal Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department has taken to protect the personal data on members of the public which it holds.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings he has held on party funding with Mr. Peter Watt in the last 12 months.

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answers of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 515W, on political parties: finance, if he will place in the Library copies of the...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 524W, on trade unions, whether the funding of political parties was discussed on any...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what meetings and discussions he has had with Sir Hayden Phillips and his representatives on electoral law on donations to political parties.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many temporary promotions have been authorised by the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service in each of the years since he took the appointment...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will reinstate purposeful activity as a key performance indicator in the Prison Service.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many investigations by the prisons and probation ombudsman have been assisted by the lead investigator for the Tasker inquiry; and if he will make a...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many inquiries into deaths in custody by the prisons and probation ombudsman have been (a) led and (b) assisted by the lead investigator for the...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether those conducting investigations for the prisons and probation ombudsman may also conduct investigations on behalf of HM Prison Service; and if he...

      Prison Service: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 787W, on prison service: sick leave, how many staff are currently off work sick in...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners absconded from each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in London in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of all released prisoners were reconvicted for further offences committed in the first 18 days after release in the last year for which...

      Prisoners Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1259-60W, for what offences the 11 prisoners transferred to prisons in England and...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the number of foreign national prisoners who will qualify under the exemptions contained in the UK Borders Act...

      Prisoners: Diets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will eliminate fast and convenience foods from the diets of those in custody in (a) prisons and (b) young offenders' institutions; and if he will...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who have served jail sentences for drug related offences later re-offended in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of those persons serving community service sentences are doing so for drug-related offences; (2) how many people are serving...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what proportion of those persons on remand are on remand for drug-related offences; (2) how many people are on remand for drug-related offences;...

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to combat the circulation and possession of illegal drugs in Chelmsford prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will introduce a key performance indicator target for prison establishments to provide a full working day for prisoners.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection for an offence of rape or attempted rape have a tariff of (a) under two years,...

      Prisoners: Mentoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans the Government have to expand the role of mentoring in helping prisoners develop employable skills.

      Prisoners: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were held in police cells in each police force area in each of the last five years; and at what estimated cost in each year....

      Prisoners: Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases the current residential address of a (a) former convicted prisoner and (b) foreign national former prisoner subject to supervision...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many existing prison places he plans to withdraw in each year until 2014.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made in expanding the programme of business-led training of prisoners provided by National Grid Transco.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been released to take part in educational programmes in the community in 2007; and what plans he has to increase that number in...

      Prisons: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will increase the prison rules targets of one hour minimum exercise per week for adult prisoners and two hours minimum for young offenders.

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost is of the daily food allowance for prisoners in (a) prison cells and (b) police station cells; and when they were last changed.

      Prisons: Therapeutic Residential Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on prison-based therapeutic residential units in each of the last five years; and how many beds are in each prison-based unit.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for future levels of funding of the Probation Service.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what was spent on central IT for the Probation Service in England and Wales for each financial year since 1997-98.

      Probation Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the expenditure of the Probation Service in England and Wales was in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 on (i) drug treatment...

      Probation Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on accredited programmes for the Probation Service in England and Wales in each financial year since 2003-04.

      Probation Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on central infrastructure, including IT, estates and approved premises, for the Probation Service in England and Wales in each year...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many plastic bags his Department has procured, and at what cost, since it was created.

      Prosecutions: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) convictions for and (b) prosecutions of drug-related offences took place in Easington constituency in each year since 2000.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment (a) officials in his Department and (b) the Hayden Phillips review have made of trends in the average level of spending in real terms...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of school buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a)...

      Security Breaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many confirmed data security breaches there have been in his Department in the last 36 months; and what action was taken after each occurrence.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders have been given a custodial sentence in West Chelmsford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the timetable is for consultation on and implementation of Schedule 12 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 in relation to the role of...

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what pilots have taken place in relation to the use of personal identifiers for absent voting.

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to consult on weekend voting in elections.

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to extend the use of (a) e-counting and (b) remote electronic voting to future (i) local, (ii) European Parliament and (iii) general...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many disposals were reported by youth offending teams in 2006-07, broken down by (a) pre-court, (b) first tier, (c) community and (d) custodial...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children aged (a) 10, (b) 11, (c) 12 and (d) 13 were brought before the juvenile courts in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006 and (A) were...

      Young Offenders: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females under 18 years old were convicted for (i) vehicle crime, (ii) domestic burglary and (iii) robbery in each...

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average number of days from arrest to sentence in cases involving persistent young offenders was at the most recent date for which figures are...

      Youth Justice Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many performance indicators the Youth Justice Body has instructed local authorities to monitor as part of their local area agreements.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of the...

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by his Department on international flights in each year since 1997.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in 2007.

      Club and Coaching Development Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the administrative costs to each of the national governing bodies of implementing the Club and Coaching...

      Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many copies of Adobe Photoshop software were purchased by his Department in the last period for which figures are available.

      Cultural Heritage: Textiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his policy is on the maintenance and preservation of collections of historic textiles in public ownership; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times databases containing personal information on members of the general public were transferred by his Department to other...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many branded plastic bags his Department has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (1) (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years; (2) how much and what...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system such as ISO 14001 or EMAS (a) for its...

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when the Switchover Programme Group decided to change the digital switchover programme alert from Red to Amber; and if he will...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in the Library copies of the letters he has received since 1 September 2007 on (a) gaming machine stake and prize...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the (a) size and (b) remit of the Gambling Commission.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from (a) the Gambling Commission, (b) the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, (c) Gamcare and (d)...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the economic effect of the Gambling Act 2005 on seaside arcades.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average premises licence fees levied on (a) family entertainment centres and (b) adult gaming centres by local authorities...

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many different statutory notices licensed premises must display.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) publicly funded and (b) charitably funded (i) art galleries, (ii) museums and (iii) archives (A) closed and (B) opened in...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources have been made available to museums in the West Midlands since 1997.

      Portable Antiquities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the reporting of treasure in England and Wales of the proposal by the Museums,...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of public funding for (a) sport and (b) women's sport has been in each of the last five years; and which sport received...

      Stonehenge: Visitors' Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost has been to (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies of (i) public enquiries, (ii) public...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the maturity and practicality of carbon capture and...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether carbon capture and storage technology will be eligible for capital allowances.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether carbon capture and storage technology will be eligible for capital grants.

      Coal: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much Government funding the UK coal industry received annually since 1997; and what plans there are to continue...

      Fossil Fuelled Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the level of effect on carbon emissions of construction of fossil fuel plants without...

      Fuel Poverty: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many households are classified as living in fuel-poverty in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire.

      Gambling: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to assess the effects of the Gambling Act 2005 on competition in the gambling market.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will reply to the letters of 4 July and 17 September 2007 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare on behalf...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information his Department holds on statutory national minimum wages in (a) each EU member state, (b) the...

      Nuclear Reactors: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what projections he has made of flood risk to each of Britain's nuclear power and waste processing plants over the...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has made of the number of trade unions which...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with (a) the Post Office and (b) others on the timetable for the Network Change...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations his Department has received on security provision in the event of (a) an accident and...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criteria were used to allocate the funding referred to in the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column...

      Renewable Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much money has been allocated for research into renewable energies in each of the last five years.

      Sakhalin Island: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on underwriting the Sakhalin II oil and gas development; when he expects to make a decision on...

      Social Security Benefits: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions on the timetable of...

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned, (b) undertaken and (c) evaluated on the effects of...

      Utilities: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps Ofgem is taking to encourage improvements in consumer complaint-handling by energy suppliers; what...

      Utilities: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates he has made of the average UK household (a) electricity and (b) gas bill in 2007-08; and if he will...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has carried out into mapping the potential for heat capture in the UK.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the cost of decommissioning a 2MW wind turbine, including the cost of removing concrete...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest long-term target for the number of academies is; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils aged (a) three to 15, (b) 14 to 15 and (c) 16 to 19 there are expected to be in academy schools in each year...

      Academies: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of academies in targeting the most disadvantaged pupils.

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what external assessments of the academies programme will be (a) completed and (b) published in the next 12 months; and if he...

      Assessments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations will be marked overseas in whole or in part in 2008; whether any have been in...

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the Government's policy is on the inclusion of sprinkler systems within schools being rebuilt under Building Schools...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of times Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff will be...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what representations he has received on the workload of service managers at the Children and Family Courts Advisory and...

      Children: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the waiting times are for disabled children in receipt of direct payments, who have been reassessed and are waiting for...

      Children: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the reading ability of school children in England.

      Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the cost of the education maintenance allowance has been in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much expenditure on education maintenance allowance (EMA) was provided to people in each local education authority in...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people in (a) Warrington, South and (b) Warrington received the education maintenance allowance in each year...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effects of education maintenance allowances on educational attainment; and if he will make a...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many learners in programme-led apprenticeships have received an education maintenance allowance.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is the policy of his Department to regard trends in examination results in England as reliable quantitative indicators...

      Faith Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of religious schools select pupils for admission by faith; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time was to complete a (a) private law and (b) public law case in the family courts in the latest period for...

      Free School Meals: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils on free school meals achieved five grade A*-C GCSEs in (a) Manchester and (b) Greater Manchester in each of the...

      Free School Meals: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of students in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East Region are eligible to receive free school meals.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many maintained mainstream schools did not submit any pupils for a foreign language GCSE in each year since 2002; (2)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of white British boys eligible for free school meals failed to obtain at least five GCSEs at any level in each...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many secondary schools in Kent over 70 per cent. of pupils did not achieve five A*-C GCSEs, including English and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East achieved more than five A* to C grades at GCSE in...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the (a) top 20 and (b) bottom 20 maintained secondary schools in England on the basis of the proposition of...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools had fewer than (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 40...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local education authority area had fewer than (a) 30 per cent. and (b) 40 per cent. of pupils achieving...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which secondary schools had less than 30 per cent. of pupils securing five A*-C GCSEs including mathematics and English in the...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of students at Key Stage 3 achieved (a) no GCSE passes and (b) fewer than five GCSE passes in each year between...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils failed in GCSE exams in (a) history, (b) geography, (c) mathematics, (d) French, (e) science, (f)...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many requests to open new grammar schools were received from each local authority in each year since 1997; what approval is...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue new guidelines for local authorities on home education.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities have one or more mainstream institutions offering the international baccalaureate.

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to improve standards of foreign language education in schools since 1997.

      Languages: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will require all maintained schools and colleges with sixth forms to offer modern languages to A-level; and if he will make...

      Literacy: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent guidance has been given to schools on the use of synthetic phonics; and if he will make a statement.

      Literacy: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidelines he has issued to Ofsted on monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the Rose review.

      Lord Adonis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether Lord Adonis attended the academies seminar on 1 November 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Mandarin: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers with a language specialism in Mandarin Chinese qualified in the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to reply to the letter of 16 October 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Cedar Mount High School.

      Personal Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the number of parents who opted their children out of personal social and health education in...

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the levels of numeracy and literacy were among primary school leavers in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) each London borough...

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the five (a) highest and (b) lowest performing primary schools in England were in each of the last 10 years in terms of (i)...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of additional primary school teachers required in each of the next 10 years;...

      Primary Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of primary teacher trainees who gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) were shown as in service in the...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of school age there are who are bilingual learners or have English as a second language, in each local authority.

      Pupils: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what formats educational material for visually impaired and dyslexic children are provided by his Department; how much has been...

      School Leaving: Newcastle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make an assessment of the likely costs to the Newcastle local education authority of raising the school leaving age to 18.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many competitions for new schools were won by (a) academies, (b) local authority schools and (c) other schools in each...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much deprivation-related funding is allocated to each school in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of science teachers in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools have a GCSE science...

      Specialised Diplomas: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure from the public purse has been incurred to date by (a) the Learning and Skills Council, (b) the sector skills...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) secondary and (b) primary Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) teachers were in service at any time during their first...

      Vocational Training: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that residents from the city of Sunderland will have the necessary skills to take...

      Young People: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding he plans to allocate to Hertfordshire to assist young people with disadvantaged backgrounds; and if he will make a...

      Youth Citizenship Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the Youth Citizenship Commission referred to in the Governance of Britain Green Paper will be launched; who the members of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether it is her Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on...

    • Closed Circuit Television: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what permitted development rights exist for CCTV cameras (a) on a fixed pole and (b) affixed to a building.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she has taken to improve community cohesion and integration since 2005.

      Community Relations: Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to improve community cohesion in West Chelmsford constituency.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of posts in her Department were recategorised from back office to frontline posts as classified by...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes she is making to the requirement for local authorities to have a register of empty homes returned to use.

      English National Land Use Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of derelict land are recorded on the English National Land Use Database, broken down by government office region.

      English Partnerships: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much English Partnerships has spent since its establishment in each parliamentary constituency in England.

      Environment Protection: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to amend legislation to meet the requirements of the EU Directive on Environmental Impact Assessments.

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what instructions were given by her Department's staff at the oxyacetylene fire incident on the A12 at Eight Ash Green on Friday...

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire-fighters have been (a) killed and (b) injured by explosions caused by oxyacetylene cylinders in the last 10 years.

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which occasions trunk road motorway or rail closures of more than three hours have been caused by fires involving...

      Floods: Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information the Ordnance Survey's Mastermap product holds on the flood risk of individual properties.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 9 October 2007, Official Report, columns 563-4W, on green belt, what the loss in hectares of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) proportion and (b) number of first time buyers in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) England and Wales purchased...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the range of the additional build costs of a zero carbon home in addition to Part L...

      Housing: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many houses in multiple occupancy there were in Cleethorpes constituency in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what central Government public expenditure on housing was in each year since 1996-97; and what the forecast levels are for each...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planned expenditure is on the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Scheme in each of the next three years.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of affordable housing; and what changes have been made to the definition since May 1997.

      Housing: Parking

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

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average price was of a property purchased by a first time buyer in England in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the latest...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have made a contingency plan for responding to a influenza pandemic.

      Law and Order: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of the Government's antisocial behaviour legislation in...

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) targets and (b) performance indicators (i) English Partnerships and (ii) its successor agency is developing for local...

      Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes the Government have made to the Local Authority Business Growth Incentives Scheme since its introduction; and what...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many letters her Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to make use of data on the national identity register when it is established; and what the...

      Planning Permission: Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will end the practice of deemed planning consent for mobile telephone masts where telecommunications companies do not...

      Planning: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessor spent on research, consultancy and preparation costs for planning gains supplement.

      Population: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the density of population in the Borough of Tamworth, excluding the flood plain area, is expressed in acres per 100,000 people.

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of billing authorities have established a regularly-maintained link from their Local Land and Property Gazetteer...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether funds raised by the Milton Keynes tariff on developers and landowners may be used for the capital funding of new schools.

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library copies of letters sent by her Department to Northumbria police authority on the new 101 pilots.

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made by her Department of the level of funding required to roll out each of the 101 non-emergency number pilots under...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been committed by her Department for maintaining the national 101 telephony infrastructure; and if she will make a statement.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been allocated by her Department for each 101 non-emergency number pilot in each month since their initiation, broken down by...

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of the non-emergency 101 telephone number pilots was.

      101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls there have been to the new 101 service in each of the local authority areas in the Northumbria Police Authority area (a) in...

      Airwave Radio System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will write to the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Authority urging them to agree protocols with non-Home Office...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional money has been made available to the police in the last 12 months for tackling alcohol-related crime in addition to alcohol...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding has been made available to each police force specifically to tackle binge drinking and alcohol misuse in each...

      Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of the regulated procedures conducted in Scotland in 2006 under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the rate of breach of antisocial behaviour orders in 2006 will be published.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in (a) the city of Sunderland and (b) the north east in each year since 2001.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Cleethorpes constituency and (b) Great Grimsby constituency in each year since...

      Assets Recovery Agency: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Assets Recovery Agency has to hold a Christmas party or parties in 2007.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 1930W, on asylum, what further information is being solicited...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum cases the Case Resolution Directorate is dealing with; how many of these have been brought by residents of London...

      Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been deported to (a) Sudan, (b) Burma, (c) Zimbabwe, (d) Iraq, (e) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (f)...

      Asylum: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give a break down of the categories under which discretionary leave to remain has been granted to asylum seekers in each year...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in her Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate she has made of the total...

      British Nationality: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of valid UK passports were (a) resident in the UK and (b) resident abroad at the most recent date for which figures are...

      Christmas

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

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for future funding to police authorities to update CCTV schemes.

      Closed Circuit Television: Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested and (b) given anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOS) as a result of evidence from CCTV on buses in London...

      Closed Circuit Television: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make provision for closed-circuit television images to be copied for use by the police in criminal investigations.

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to respond to the letter of 22 November 2007 from the hon. Member for Twickenham about bribery and corruption; what the...

      Council Tax: Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average Band D council tax was for each police authority in England and Wales in 2007-08.

      Crime: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the trends in crime clear-up rates in (a) Southend and (b) Essex since 1997; and what representations she...

      Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the trends in the number of (a) racial and (b) rape crimes reported in the Metropolitan Police Service...

      Crime: Racial Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of racial violence were reported in the Durham police authority area in each year since 2000; and how many resulted in conviction.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has conducted into the prevalence of violence between 9.00 pm and 5.00 am.

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the levels of violent crime in London in the year ending in October 2008.

      Demonstrations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which hon. Members have applied under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 to demonstrate on College Green; and when each applied.

      Demonstrations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether news media organisations have applied to demonstrate on College Green; (2) who applied for an application to demonstrate in...

      Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are followed for authorising policies with significant financial implications for her Department, with particular reference...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Kent and (b) England who fraudulently obtained indefinite leave to remain were deported in the last 12 months.

      Deportation: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations her Department has made in the Council of Europe on revision by international instrument of Article 3 of the European...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made with plans to introduce a new national three digit non-emergency phone number for contacting the police; and if...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to revoke the status of a person granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK if it can be demonstrated that...

      Essex Police Authority: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what relevant specialist qualifications the chief executive of Essex police authority holds; what his or her career has been to date; what...

      Essex Police Authority: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what relevant specialist qualifications each member of the Essex police authority holds; what the career of each has been to date; when each...

      Essex Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to improve the performance of (a) Southend Police and (b) Essex Police following the Police Performance...

      Essex Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the performance of police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each of the last seven years; and if...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms were (a) surrendered to and (b) seized by the police in each London borough in each year since 2001.

      Firearms: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will establish a central register for firearms (a) seized and (b) disposed of by police services in England and Wales.

      Foreigners: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the planned identity card scheme will enable NHS managers to check the eligibility of non-EU citizens for NHS outpatient care.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is European legislation relating to the liberalisation of forensic science services.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the Forensic Science Service since it acquired the status of a Government-owned company in 2006.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what performance targets were set for the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; and how the FSS performed against its...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have personal data relating to fingerprints or DNA stored on national police computers; and what percentage of these...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 14, (ii) between 15 and 24, (iii) between 25 and 34, (iv) between 35 and 44, (v) between...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many and what proportion of the DNA samples from the National DNA database that have been used for research projects undertaken using...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples from the National DNA database have been used for each research project undertaken using data from the National DNA...

      Humberside Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average waiting time was for a Criminal Records Bureau check in the Humberside police authority area in the latest period for...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the first identity cards are likely to be issued in the UK.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the operational costs of the identity card and biometric passport scheme she estimates will be covered by fees charged for...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the cost of using (a) three separate databases for the identity card project and (b) creating a single...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what the annual volume of products issued in table 4 of the November 2007 identity cost report refers; and whether a joint identity card...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 678W, on identity cards: costs, why the estimate of passports issued in...

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the introduction of mandatory identity cards for foreign nationals on access to...

      Identity Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for destroying their identity documents on arrival at a UK airport in each of the last five years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the likely effect of the most recent extension of the Schengen area on the number of people attempting to enter...

      Immigrants: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the numbers of skilled restaurant staff (a) China and (b) South Asian restaurants need to recruit annually to...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) public and (b) private sector organisations which are likely to apply for...

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) airlines and (b) airport operators have offered the Border and Immigration Agency financial assistance to pay for extra...

      Immigration: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to ensure Olympic athletes do not stay in the UK illegally after the 2012 Games.

      Marriage to Partners from Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the proposals in the consultation paper Marriage to Partners from Overseas with the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on 1 November transferred from the Foreign and...

      Metropolitan Police: Impounded Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles in the Metropolitan Police area were impounded following reference to the motor insurance database in each of the last two...

      Metropolitan Police: Motor Insurance Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Metropolitan Police accessed the motor insurance database in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement.

      Migration Impacts Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which groups, public bodies and organisations have submitted reports to the Migration Impacts Forum.

      Mr. Chanceless Takaruva

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the residency status is of Mr. Chanceless Takaruva of Skelmersdale and his family (Home Office ref: T1095080).

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people with entries in the National DNA Database are resident in Wirral West constituency.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the Government expects to publish an updated implementation timetable for the National Identity Scheme; (2) whether she expects...

      Offenders: Deportation

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

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on the streets since 1997.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to ensure young people are unable to purchase knives.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives have been recovered in knife amnesty initiatives in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area in each of the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries do not issue passports that are capable of being read by electronic or automated passport readers; what estimate her...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reason was for the reduction in the forecast of future passport volumes in the November 2007 identity cards cost report; and for...

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many interview centres for new passport applicants are operational.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on acquiring premises for passport application interview centres.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been recruited to work in passport interview centres.

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forged UK passports, including biometrics, have been detected and cancelled since November 2006.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of service is of serving police officers in England.

      Police: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers there were in (a) Cumbria and (b) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of an influenza pandemic on the operational capacity of the police service.

      Police: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers worked in each London borough in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) ethnicity,...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police community support officers were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age of retirement was for police officers in England retiring in the last 12 months; and what average pension is being paid...

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) offered early retirement schemes and (b) accepted early retirement schemes in each of the last 10 years.

      Project Semaphore

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which carriers provide both travel document information and passenger name record data under Project Semaphore.

      Prosecutions: Driving Under the Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) stopped on suspicion of drink-driving and (b) prosecuted for drink-driving on UK roads last year.

      Public Order Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) convictions obtained for offences under sections 21 and 22 of the Public Order Act 1986 in...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered (a) sex offenders and (b) paedophiles were resident in each police authority area in each of the last five years.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment has been made of the accuracy and consistency of the LTI 20-20 speed camera system.

      Speed Enforcement Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's requirements are for the visibility and conspicuousness of speed enforcement operations; whether all police forces are...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and account forms have been issued since their introduction in each police force area.

      Stowaways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were seized as stowaways in trucks in each of the last 10 years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria she uses to decide whether national or regional liberation movements should be proscribed organisations under terrorism...

      Terrorism: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential terrorist threat to the Olympic Games.

      Violence Against the Person

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the relationship between (a) recorded and (b) estimated actual levels of (i) violence against the person,...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the UK's implementation of the provisions of EU Directive 2004/38/EC, with particular...

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths from an alcohol-related underlying cause took place in (a) each nation of the UK, (b) each region of England and (c) Darlington in each...

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the effect of proposed changes to capital gains tax on gross revenue raised by the tax when developing the proposals; and if he...

      Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much his Department has spent on the review of approved mileage allowance payments to date; which non-governmental individuals and organisations...

      Car Allowances: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on the tax treatment of the provision of cars for public sector employees.

      Carers: Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that no change is made in information requested about carers in the 2011 census return from that requested in the 2001 census return.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the European Commission or Eurostat will have access to the data collected by the 2011 census; (2) what the timetable is for the census test...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people whose data were on the child benefit discs have yet to be sent a letter of apology.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs staff first searched premises of the National Audit Office looking for the missing computer discs.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many representations he received directly from banks requesting a postponement of the announcement of the loss of computer discs containing the personal...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls have been received by the Child Benefit helpline since the loss of personal records by HM Revenue and Customs; and what the average length...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which years since 1977 the number of live births in England exceeded the number of births in England in 2006.

      Civil Servants: North East Region

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of civil service jobs in the north-east were at each grade in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take by (i) 2012 and (ii) 2020 to adapt to the effects of climate change as they affect his...

      Customs Officers: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of staff satisfaction amongst customs officers in HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.

      Customs Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs customs officers were employed combating (a) missing trader intra-community and (b) excise fraud in each year since 2003;...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many officials in (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs are responsible for monitoring and reviewing security arrangements to ensure...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many attempted hacking, suspected cyber attacks or other malicious computer security breaches were committed against the computer systems of (a) his...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate...

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30 June 2004, (b) 30 June 2005 and (c) 30 June 2006.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Department in each year since 1997; which organisations staff were seconded (i) to and...

      Direct Debits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance has been provided by (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority to banks and building societies taking part in the direct...

      Disposable Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average UK household disposable income was in each of the last five years, broken down by region; what proportion of disposable income on average...

      Divorce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of divorced women over pension age who divorced (a) aged under 30 years, (b) aged 30 to 39 years, (c) aged 40 to 49 years,...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate of (a) men and (b) women was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate for (a) men and (b) women with fewer than five GCSEs at grade A to C or equivalent in each region was in each quarter for the...

      Employment: Darlington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the (a) public expenditure consequences and (b) economic effects of measures introduced to increase employment in Darlington since...

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate for disabled (a) men and (b) women was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.

      Employment: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate of (a) male and (b) female members of each ethnic minority was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.

      Employment: Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate of (a) male and (b) female lone parents was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.

      Employment: Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate of (a) men and (b) women aged over 50 years was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of businesses that will be affected by the changes in the Enterprise Investment Scheme as a result of...

      Enterprise Investment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies used the Enterprise Investment Scheme (a) in 2005-06 and (b) in 2006-07; and how many have used it in total.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce duty on petrol and diesel to reflect recent changes in oil prices.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will freeze the rate of fuel duty; what recent representations he has received about the issue; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people born abroad have gained employment in the UK since 1997.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the reasons for recent increases in the price of (a) heating oil, (b) petrol and (c) diesel; and if he will make statement.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the retail price of (a) heating oil, (b) petrol and (c) diesel is accounted for by tax.

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, column 1413W, on Government Departments: Property, how much (a) total floor area and (b)...

      HM Revenue and Customs' Data

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, to Question 172044 on HM Revenue and Customs' data, what guidance he has given to his officials on responding to...

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average (a) total and (b) percentage change in house prices was in each region in each month in 2007.

      Immigrants: France

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of French nationals living in the UK.

      Insurance Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will initiate an investigation into the use of captive insurance companies by accountancy firms.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much of the revenue generated from landfill tax revenue in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 has been allocated to the Business Resource Efficiency...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 19 October 2007, Official Report, columns 1353-55W, on migrant workers, how many...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people paid voluntary national insurance contributions in each of the last 10 years.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many computer—generated letters were sent out by HM Revenue and Customs notifying a shortfall in national insurance contributions for the 2005-06...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much is payable in annual national insurance contributions by a person with gross annual earnings of (a) £12,000, (b) £24,000, (c)...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has provided to employers on whether employees should pay reduced national insurance contributions.

      National Insurance Contributions: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women paid reduced national insurance contributions in each year since 1977.

      Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what studies have been (a) considered and (b) evaluated by his Department on the economic implications of the peak oil phenomenon; and if he will make a...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people earn more than the minimum wage but less than £6.75 per hour; how many of those work in the (a) private and (b) public sector; and if...

      Prescription Drugs: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from (a) overdoses of prescription medicine, (b) adverse interactions of prescription drugs, (c) overdoses of herbal medicine and...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Tax Credit Office targets there are for responding to letters from right hon. and hon. Members; and how many letters received responses outside the...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of sending letters to the families affected by the recent loss of data by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Poynter Review will interview Ministers in his Department as part of its work.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what staff from (a) HM Treasury, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) other Government Departments are working on the Poynter Review.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) deploying software and (b) implementing procedures to encrypt all data sent out of HM Revenue and Customs on...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what control HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has over the access to and use of data after it has left HMRC's computers and been sent to (a) the Student Loans...

      Revenue and Customs: Huddersfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of relocating Huddersfield HM Revenue and Customs staff from local offices to Bradford.

      Revenue and Customs: Huddersfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reimburse staff from HM Revenue and Customs Huddersfield for increased travel costs as a result of having to relocate to the Bradford...

      Revenue and Customs: Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to help those employees of HM Revenue and Customs who are unable to relocate to a different branch to find alternative employment.

      Revenue and Customs: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether employees of HM Revenue and Customs involved in the collection of tax receive bonuses related directly or indirectly to the amount of tax revenue...

      Revenue and Customs: Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by HM Revenue and Customs on (a) recorded post and (b) non-recorded post in each of the last five years.

      Sandstorm Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) with reference to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on the Sandstorm report, what plans he has to publish the Sandstorm...

      Security Clearances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department's contracts with courier and postal service providers include provisions requiring (a) security clearance for the employees of such...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is given to HM Revenue and Customs customs officers on the exercise of powers of arrest in relation to individuals from whom seizures of goods...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many seizures of illegal goods HM Revenue and Customs customs officers made in (a) ports, (b) airports, (c) rail terminals and (d) other locations...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of (a) the proportion of tobacco products consumed in the UK on which duty was not paid due to smuggling and fraud in each...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how long information on individuals who are claimants of any benefits or tax credits is stored after they cease to be claimants; and what measures are...

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died of spinal muscular atrophy in each year since 2001.

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were in each 10 year age cohort in each of the last 10 years.

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of people in the UK who are eligible to claim non-domicile tax status; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Allowances: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a fiscally-neutral scheme to (a) reward and (b) penalise manufacturers of motor vehicles according to vehicle (i) fuel efficiency...

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will commission research on the levels of use of offshore tax havens by UK banks and the economic effects of that use.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of total tax revenue came from (a) income tax, (b) indirect taxes, (c) business taxes, (d) capital taxes and (e) other taxes in each...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's estimate of the tax gap is; and what model his Department uses to estimate the gap.

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he made in estimating the revenue raised from modernisation of residence and domicile taxation in table B4, page 164 of the pre-Budget...

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over the age of 65 were overtaxed by HM Revenue and Customs and the Inland Revenue in each year since 1997.

      Tobacco: Price Elasticity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the price elasticity of demand for tobacco.

      Unpaid Taxes: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people over the age of 65 were issued bills for unpaid tax in each year since 1997.

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he plans to have with his ministerial counterparts in the devolved institutions in Great Britain and Northern Ireland on funding over the...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likelihood of tax credit claimants not telling HM Revenue and Customs when they take up residence abroad; how many tax...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Charges for Residues Sueveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Charges for Residues Surveillance (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2439), why charges for eggs have been raised by 30 per cent and for...

    • Agriculture: Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export Regulations) 2007 (SI 2007/2489) which came into force at 11pm on 24 August 2007, why the section on...

      Agriculture: Zooneses Monitoring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Zoonoses (Monitoring) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2399), whether any inspector who marks an animal will either use a non-invasive...

      Animal Welfare: Deer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007 (SI 2007/2183), why the Deer Act 1991 has been amended in Section 6 by a new...

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels and Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the likely impact on song birds of the granting by Natural England of licences to permit the release of approximately 250 grey squirrels...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 11 December (HL762), why the public consultation does not include web-tagging as a candidate to be added to the...

      Armed Forces: Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Ministry of Defence intends to meet its target to have 110,000 single living accommodation bed spaces at grade 1 or 2 standards by 2012-13.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the projected in-service dates for the two new aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Destroyers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether orders will be given in the near future for two Type 45 destroyers to make up the eight indicated in the original order.

      Armed Forces: Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support arrangements exist for family members of service personnel receiving treatment at the National Health Service Selly Oak hospital.

      Armed Forces: Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 13 June (WA 251), whether the military managed wards at the National Health Service Selly Oak hospital achieved...

      Armed Forces: Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 5 June (WA 181) and 13 June (WA 251), whether the works project to partition off a section of the military-managed...

      Armed Forces: Healthcare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a memorandum of understanding or similar document between the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service setting out the special needs of...

      Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the short take-off and vertical landing aircraft variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is still the preferred choice of fighter aircraft for the new carriers.

      Armed Forces: Life Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any reports, since January 2003, of insurance companies unilaterally seeking to change the conditions of an existing life insurance...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Ministry of Defence expects to achieve manning balance for all the armed services.

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many consolatory payments have been made by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency to the dependants of war pensioners who have died since serving in the...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that, in implementing the powers given in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, no change to the structure of tribunals will...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the proposals set out in the consultation paper Transforming Tribunals would lead to the abolition of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal for England and...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that, in implementing the powers given in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, the right to an independent and specialised...

      BBC: Queen

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comments by Sir David Hare reported in the Mail on Sunday on 16 December, whether the apparent decision of the BBC to request critical comments...

      Benefits: Reimbursed Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will estimate the cost of amending benefit rules so that, where a person is in receipt of benefits and they undertake some paid involvement as allowed...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the number of complaints received and dealt with by the Legal Complaints Service in connection with the British Coal...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claimants are still awaiting their final payments of compensation in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal vibration white...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest assessment of the administrative, logistical and legal expenditure incurred in handling cases under the British Coal respiratory disease...

      Children and Adoption Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What orders have been made under the Children and Adoption Act 2006 pursuant to Section 1 (contact activity directions), Section 4 (enforcement orders) and Section...

      Children: TV Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they will take to reduce the exposure of young children to inappropriate television advertising.

      Children: TV Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comments by Lord Evans of Temple Guiting on 8 June (Official Report, col. 1407) and the answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 29 November...

      Climate Change: Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the United Kingdom contribution towards scarcity of allocations in the second phase of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is less than in the first phase.

      Climate Change: Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which companies and in what proportions United Kingdom allocations will be distributed in phase two of the European Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Climate Change: Greenhouse Gases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the relative effectiveness of measuring the United Kingdom's contribution to global greenhouse gas levels on the basis of United Kingdom...

      Climate Change: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide additional funding for the Swansea University GLIMPSE project's current research programmes into glacier melting and its effects on...

      Crime: Knives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many crimes have taken place in Northern Ireland in the past 12 months which involved the use of a knife; and how many convictions there have been in...

      Crime: Murder of Paul Quinn

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received concerning the recent murder of Paul Quinn.

      Defence: Outputs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 22 October (WA 76), whether they will place in the Library of the House a description of what is included in each...

      e-Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 3 December (WA 158), whether there is a material difference of substance between the expressions travel...

      Education: Commonwealth Scholarships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the announcement by the Prime Minister in Kampala that £50 million will be made available for scholarships to students from developing...

      Elections: House of Commons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to change the voting system in the United Kingdom to allow for a more plural representation of parties in the House of Commons.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 3 December (WA 160) regarding the lack of women donating eggs specifically for research, how the annual...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 5 December (WA 195—6) regarding information held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which department or organisation should investigate the apparent discrepancies in numbers of eggs used for research that were brought to the attention of the Human...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 June (WA 160), whether any data on human embryos created using cell nuclear replacement has been...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 10 December (Official Report, col. 20) relating to whether there is an error in paragraph 9 of Schedule 3 to...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which companies the revenue raised from buyouts under the renewables obligation has been distributed and in what quantities.

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the positive appraisal of feed-in tariffs in the 2005 Imperial College Centre for Energy, Policy and Technology report commissioned by the Department...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether fiscal incentives to encourage the purchase of electricity from renewable sources are not feasible because of the lack of supply of electricity from...

      Energy: Severn Bridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the feasibility study into the Severn Barrage, promised by the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on 25 September, will...

      Energy: Wood Chips

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the proposed new power station at Port Talbot will use imported wood chips as opposed to home-grown alternatives.

      Euro: Exchange Rate Intervention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Bank of England last intervened in support of the exchange rate of the euro; what was the cost of this intervention; and how much of this amount has since...

      Families: Contact Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the undertakings given by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 14 November 2005 (Official Report, cols. 861—3), what progress has been made in...

      Families: Parents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any definitions in English law of the responsibilities of a parent other than that in the Children Act 1989; and, if so, in which statutes they...

      Fire and Rescue Service: FiReControl

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they estimate to be the anticipated total and annual cost savings of the FiReControl project; and how this figure differs from the earliest made estimate.

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received concerning the willingness of the Environment Agency to ensure that relevant data on flood risk are made available to those...

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to increase the number of flood defences that are in target condition.

      Flooding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the contribution to flooding made by problems with (a) urban drainage; (b) sewers; (c) gullies; and (d) spillways.

      Flooding: Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the insurance industry on the future of flood insurance cover in the United Kingdom.

      Food: Saturated Fat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider additional measures to focus public attention on the measurement of saturated fat contents in foodstuffs for sale in British shops; and,...

      Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for delaying the coming into force of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 until autumn 2008.

      Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans for ensuring that the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 is implemented effectively.

      Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What civil protection will be given to the victims of forced marriage during the period before the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 is brought into force.

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests for information the Northern Ireland Office has received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and how many have been granted.

      Gershon Review: DCMS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the...

      Gershon Review: Treasury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Treasury, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the Gershon review, what is the total...

      Gershon Review: Wales Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Wales Office, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the Gershon review; what is the...

      Government: Diary Secretaries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Defence has a diary secretary provided at public expense.

      Government: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what proportions the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Wales, Mr Peter Hain MP, has divided his time between those two offices.

      Guantanamo Bay: British Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are experiencing delays in securing the return of former British residents detained at Guantanamo Bay; and, if so, what are the reasons for such a delay.

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the 8,000 cord blood transplants which have taken been place worldwide have been performed in the United Kingdom.

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many blood disorders have been successfully treated in the United Kingdom using cord blood.

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of women donating cord blood, (a) how many NHS hospitals allow this procedure; (b) how many of these are outside London; (c) how many NHS hospitals...

      Health: Cord Blood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the justification or rationale for the creation of saviour siblings, as provided for in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, if there existed...

      Health: Hydroxyl Radical Generators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made by the Ministry of Defence of the effectiveness of using hydroxyl radical generators which reproduce the disinfecting qualities of...

      Health: MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to investigate the decision-making process by which the measles, mumps and rubella and measles and rubella vaccines litigation received...

      Health: MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Legal Services Commission, in accordance with its press statement of 1 October 2003, has sent to the Medical Research Council research paid for by...

      Health: MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to recover fees paid for research funded by legal aid in connection with the measles, mumps and rubella and measles and rubella vaccines...

      Hearing Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many registered hearing aid dispensers are employed in the private sector; and What estimate they have made of the total number of people in need of digital...

      Houses of Parliament: Members

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 5 December (WA 202), in the light of devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament and the Northern...

      Housing: Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of their commitment to tackling climate change, whether they will consider keeping a central register of enforcement by local authorities of energy...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the 160,000 homes to be built in the London Thames Gateway development they forecast will be zero-carbon homes meeting level 6 of the Code for...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL]

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is meant by the term "father" in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Precisely how many service personnel deployed in the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively have (a) been killed; (b) been wounded or injured by...

      Islamic Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they encourage diplomatic and parliamentary contacts and dialogue with non-violent Islamic political parties and groups throughout the Middle East and...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they and the members of the quartet are taking to ensure the resumption of normal supplies of fuel to Gaza for cooking, health and transport.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will assist the negotiation of a comprehensive ceasefire for Gaza, with a view to making possible access in and out of the Gaza Strip, and to...

      Israel and Palestine: Quartet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that recent United States initiatives on an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement do not reduce the active and current role of the...

      Israel and Palestine: UN Resolutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the extent to which the post-Annapolis processes will help Israel to show an increased willingness to comply with United Nations...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been further Jewish settlements in the West Bank since the Middle East conference at Annapolis, Maryland; and, if so, whether they have made any...

      Justice: Imprisonable Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the acute shortage of prison places, they will review all the criminal offences created since 1997 carrying a prison sentence; and whether...

      Languages: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the last year, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has made representations to any section of Government concerning proposals for the use of...

      Languages: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has had face-to-face discussions with the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure...

      Local Government: Unitary Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment the Department for Communities and Local Government has made of the ability of small unitary authorities to commission specialist services and...

      Ministry of Defence: Sale of Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current position regarding the sale of the Ministry of Defence land and buildings in the vicinity of Chelsea barracks; whether the proceeds will be...

      Mutual Legal Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests for mutual legal assistance were received from the United States in the latest year for which the statistics are available; and what were the...

      Navy: Seizure of Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Royal Navy vessels have been seized in the Gulf by Iran in the past 10 years; and how many of them have been returned to the United Kingdom.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Official Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland has any role in the selection of drivers for the official car of the Regional Development Minister, Mr Conor Murphy.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Official Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland provide any drivers for the official cars of Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.

      Northern Ireland: Security Barriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland, or (b) the Army oppose the removal of the security barrier across Abbey Street in Armagh City.

      Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they collect centrally the number of fixed-penalty tickets paid in respect of the offence of using a hand-held mobile telephone while driving, but not in...

      Passports: Entry Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether temporary entry permits for those travelling to the United Kingdom are marked clearly in the holder's passport so that other European Union Governments are...

      Prisoners: Transfers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In how many different prisons the average prisoner has been held prior to release in the case of (a) short-term; (b) medium-term; and (c) long-term sentences.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the Police Service of Northern Ireland has in the provision of drivers for Ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive; and whether drivers are supplied...

      Prisoners: Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve systems for the booking of visits to prisoners by family members, with particular regard to booking at the prison, on-line or by...

      Prisons: Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their proposals to amend the existing statutory public sector ombudsmen arrangements through the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill by making provision...

      Prisons: Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their proposals to amend the existing statutory public sector ombudsmen arrangements through the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill by making provision...

      Prisons: Staffing Ratio

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the number of prisoners and of prison staff in the latest Government data, and on or near the same date 10 years previously.

      Public Appointments: Age Limits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What public appointments have an age limit of (a) 60; (b) 65; and (c) 70; and whether any consideration is being given to removing the upper age limits.

      Religious Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, by the end of this Parliament, they intend to remove from the statute book all those provisions that discriminate against those of the Catholic religion.

      Religious Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to obtain information as to whether and to what extent Muslim religious and political organisations in the United Kingdom are funded by...

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether restorative justice sessions will be offered within the new victim care units.

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether restorative justice will be built into the new code for conditional cautioning.

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How local criminal justice boards will measure their success in providing restorative justice.

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will change the system so that a restorative justice outcome will count as a sanctioned detection.

      Revenue and Customs: Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 10 December (WA 15), what is the algorithm for calculating the average strengths of wine, beer and cider.

      Revenue and Customs: Loss of CDs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the missing computerised personal data relating to child benefit from HM Revenue and Customs, they will reconsider their proposal to introduce...

      Revenue and Customs: Loss of CDs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the interim report due on 14 December by Mr Kieran Poynter into the loss of personal confidential information by HM Revenue and Customs;...

      Sudan: Comprehensive Peace Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money they committed to assist implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan; and how much of that has been paid so far.

      Tobacco

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it an offence for adults to buy cigarettes on behalf of children under 18 years of age, in the same way as it is already a proxy purchase...

      Transport: Flammable Liquids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many tanker vehicles carrying flammable liquids have caught fire in each of the past five years.

      Turkey: Aid and Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union have made payments to Turkey for aid or development purposes in the current or previous years; if so, of what amounts; and what...

      Vulnerable People: Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what respects their proposals to amend the existing statutory public sector ombudsmen arrangements through the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill will remove...

      Waste Management: Sewage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the majority of sewage treatment units in the United Kingdom to be converted to the fast activated sludge processing technique.

      Waste Management: Solutia Bankruptcy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no proofs of claim against Solutia Inc were ever filed by lawyers representing United Kingdom interests in the United States Bankruptcy Court on the basis of...

      Water Supply: Dry Toilets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made a recent assessment of the research into and development of dry toilet units as a water-saving device.

      Water Supply: Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2734), under what regulations and at what intervals water...

      Young Offenders: Victims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Parole Board is satisfied that the substitution of a one-day victim empathy course for an eight-week victim awareness course at Aylesbury young...

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