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Written answers

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the quality of accommodation for members of the armed forces in the UK.

    • Defence: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to facilitate co-operation with the Irish defence forces following the decision to withdraw the UK defence attaché...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's original estimate was of the overall projected cost of the Defence Information Infrastructure; what his current estimate is of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings the Defence Information Infrastructure made in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Recycling

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

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the his Department's review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office does not incorporate any of the recommendations made in the 2006 Office of Fair...

      United Kingdom Hydrographic Office: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the decision was made to complete and publish his Department's review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office before the...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Redundancies

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

  • Women and Equality

    • Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Basra Development Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what development projects have been identified for funding by the Basra Development Commission; and if he will make a statement;...

    • Departmental Manpower

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

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to Sudan in each of the last five years; what conditions were attached to the aid provided; and if he will make...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to prohibit the advertising of alcohol in the cinema before films with a lower than 18 certificate.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take by (i) 2012 and (ii) 2020 in relation to adaptation to the effects of...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding will be provided to local authorities to cover the cost of digital switchover of communal TV systems in local...

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to announce the results of the consultation on the rules on flying the Union Flag on public buildings.

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 105WS, on the correction to written...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will consider transferring responsibility for S4C to the Welsh Executive.

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what criteria were used by the Central Office of Information to choose Opinion Leader Research to produce the qualitative research...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of (a) overseas and (b) UK tourists visiting (i) Cumbria and (ii) Copeland in the last five years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average length of stay by (a) domestic tourists and (b) foreign tourists visiting Copeland over the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the proportion of the gross value added of Copeland that has been generated by domestic visitors over the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of visitor beds that were available in Copeland constituency in each of the last five years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in Copeland constituency who were employed in the tourism sector in each...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who were involved in work-based training in the tourism sector in Copeland...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has made an estimate of the average spend per head of domestic tourists visiting Copeland in the last five years.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average expenditure per head by overseas tourists visiting (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland in the last...

  • Transport

    • Cars: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on faulty bonnet catches on Renault Clios; and what discussions (a) she and (b) her officials have had with the...

    • Christmas

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

      Dartford Tunnel: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the Dartford Crossing charging regime for people in (a) Castle Point and (b) South Essex.

      Driving: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Blue Badge disabled drivers permits have been issued in Copeland over the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Metronet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies made up Metronet in the period before it went into administration.

      Minimum Wage

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

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation will be undertaken with (a) local residents and (b) those with business premises between junctions 26 to 30 of the M25 motorway.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Minister of State to reply to the letter of 21 November requesting a meeting with representatives from Worthing Borough Council to...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the M25 near Romford will be widened.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the M25 will be widened throughout its length.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to improve the M25 near the junction 27 (Romford) turn off.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the percentage of road accidents within the Copeland area which were caused by drivers using hand-held mobile telephones...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the planned cost is of the road and road bridge due to replace the underpass connecting Down's Road and Hog Lane on the A2 trunk road in Gravesham.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Government funding was provided for road safety schemes in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire in each year since 2001-02.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will answer Questions 169010 to 169015, tabled by the hon. Member for Richmond Park on 23 November 2007, on personal information.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • A12: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department received a request for the penetration by high velocity round of the oxyacetylene cylinder in the fire...

    • Boyhood to Manhood Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she expects to meet representatives from the Boyhood to Manhood Foundation; (2) what discussions her Department has...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings her officials have had on combating violent extremism in Britain since 2005.

      Council Tax: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to reduce the council tax discount on empty homes.

      Council Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Band D council tax was on (a) the fire/police precept and (b) the GLA precept in London in each year since 1997-98.

      Council Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change was in Band D council tax in each London borough in each year since 1997-98.

      Council Tax: Lee Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether council tax precepts issued by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority are subject to the capping regime.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what exchanges of personal data have taken place between her Department and local authorities in the last 12 months; and what...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the strategic objectives for her Department will be published, further to the publication of the Public Service Agreement...

      Empty Property: Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many unoccupied domestic properties in England and Wales were damaged or affected by fire in each of the last five years for...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people employed in her Department work on administering EU structural funds; and what the cost of such staff was in 2006-07.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were (a) on duty and (b) recalled in each fire and rescue service in the 72 hour period commencing 00:00 on 20...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what minimum contractual periods are contained within the contracts for the (a) FireControl and (b) Firelink projects; and...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for contracts to be finalised for the (a) FireControl and (b) Firelink projects.

      Fire Services: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many project risks are listed for the (a) FireLink and (b) FireControl project; how many of these risks are rated as high...

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department decided to consider whether to amend its guidance on the handling of fires involving oxyacetylene; what...

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to amend guidance to fire authorities on the handling of fires involving oxyacetylene; and if she will make a...

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department began recording fires involving oxyacetylene as fires of special interest; and how many such fires have been...

      Fires: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has commissioned on the most effective ways of handling fires involving oxyacetylene.

      Greater London Authority: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the financial liability the public purse will bear for the cost of City Hall at the end of the 25...

      Green Belt: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recommendations on (a) review and (b) removal of green belt designations have been made in the panel reports on the...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records her Department keeps of the number and location of zero carbon homes.

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to best value performance indicators in the last three years in relation to recording and measuring...

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Electoral Commission's proposed 13 performance indicators for local authority electoral registration departments...

      Local Authorities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for publishing (a) draft and (b) final best value performance indicator data for each local authority...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of local government revenue expenditure will be locally financed in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which specific grants to local government will (a) no longer be and (b) remain ring fenced.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether councils with above-average collection rates for (a) council tax and (b) business rates receive additional revenue as...

      Local Government Finance

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

      Milton Keynes Partnerships: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) procedures and (b) timetable are for the appointment of the new Chairman of Milton Keynes Partnerships.

      Neighbourhood Wardens: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of the 210 local authorities which received central Government funding for community/neighbourhood wardens are still...

      Neighbourhood Wardens: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding is being provided to local authorities to run junior neighbourhood wardens in 2007-08; (2) what guidance...

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts were awarded by her Department to Opinion Leader Research in each year since 1997; and in respect of each...

      Planning Permission: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning applications her Department has submitted on requests for planning permission on its departmental properties in...

      Public Bodies: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on the development of XML Schema for the sharing of data...

      Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department is the lead department co-ordinating the work of regional Ministers.

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department has provided to each of the Regional Centres of Excellence and Regional Improvement Partnerships.

      Regional Planning and Development: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) indicators and (b) targets will be contained within each local area agreement; and whether these will be in...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance is available to farmers on the rules on the export of agricultural products to (a) EU and (b) non-EU...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect there was on the level of expenditure on single farm payments made by the Rural Payments Agency in 2006-07 from...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Rural Payments Agency on making faster single farm payments to farmers who have been...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the amounts paid to farmers under the single farm payment scheme have been calculated; and if he will make a statement.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government have paid in fines to the EU as a result of late payments made under the single farm payment scheme...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has made in administering the single farm payment scheme (SPS); and...

      Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) convictions and (b) prosecutions there have been under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, broken down by offence;...

      Animal Welfare Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to bring forward secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on (a) pet fairs, (b) wild animals...

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's beef consumption was sourced from the UK in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Birds: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ban on wild bird imports on the illegal trade in wild birds.

      Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to prevent the insect-related spread of bluetongue.

      Canals: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) economic and (b) other effects of public spending on canals with particular...

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what feasibility studies have been carried out on potential growth of combined heat and power plants.

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns 700-1W, on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, how many...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people in his Department and its predecessors earned a salary over £100,000 in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what budget was planned for his Department in 2007-08; how much his Department has spent in the year to date; and what the...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff are responsible for brand management and marketing in his Department and its agencies.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Environmental Information Regulations Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department produced on whether environmental information regulations provisions apply to regional chambers.

      Exhaust Emissions: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to encourage the European Commission to include carbon emissions from transport under the evaluative...

      Farms: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what obligation there is on utility companies to observe cross-compliance regulations when entering farm land; and if he will...

      Fisheries: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the number of patrol days carried out by the Hunt class inshore patrol vessels, Island class offshore patrol...

      Fisheries: Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1058W, on Fisheries: Navy, whether the unused contracted...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 409W, on Fisheries: Protection, (1) whether the...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, columns 649-59W on Fisheries: Protection, whether the annual...

      Fixed Penalties: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalty notices were (a) issued, (b) cancelled, (c) unpaid after 28 days, (d) unpaid and resulting in...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on implementing (a) a more holistic approach, (b) better management of risk, (c) land use...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides guidance to local authorities on standards of flood proofing for private properties; and if...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the lowest economic rate of return is for an approved flood defence project; and how many unapproved projects for which...

      FloodRanger: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been provided by his Department for the development of FloodRanger by Discovery Software.

      Floods: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requests the Environment Agency has made to local authorities to increase the council tax precept to pay for increased...

      Floods: Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect of combined sewers on flooding; and what estimate his Department has...

      Floods: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which areas in the designated Thames Gateway area are classified as flood plains; (2) what percentage of land in the...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library the data from Flycapture for the (a) number of fly-tipping incidents and (b) proportion of...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how compensation related to foot and mouth disease has been distributed; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals Natural England have made to remove or change green belt protection.

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether (a) BAA, (b) Department for Transport officials, (c) Department of Transport Ministers and (d) other...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings his Department had with the Department for Transport on the outcome of the Putting noise on the map airport...

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with trading standards departments on the movement of livestock in restricted areas; and...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued on legislative requirements for farmers who wish to move livestock by road to take a written test...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) implementation and (b) enforcement of EC legislation on the welfare of animals...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to exempt experienced drivers from the requirement to take a written test on the welfare...

      Livestock: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the movement to Wales of livestock ordinarily pastured on...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the agricultural industry of the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation; (2)...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis areas are to be selected for inclusion in the nitrate vulnerable zone designations.

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Government grants will be available to meet the costs of implementation of proposals arising from the nitrate...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the effect of ammonia emissions into the atmosphere from the additional winter slurry...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the possible loss of habitat of overwintered stubbles as a result of proposals arising from...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation on organic farms.

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that no additional requirement over and above those in the EU directive is being made in...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice the Government have received from the Environment Agency on the proposed nitrate vulnerable zones directive.

      Produce Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of the trend in chicken (a) meat and (b) feed prices in the UK; and if he will...

      Rural Payments Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost has been of recent redundancies made by the Rural Payments Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Severn Estuary: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Severn estuary was notified to the European Commission as a candidate special area of conservation as defined under...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department has collected on the number of calls (a) received, (b) answered and (c) abandoned to...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether individuals on council tax benefit are expected to receive a full exemption from the proposed new charges for...

      Wellbeing Indicators Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what work the Wellbeing Indicators Group has undertaken; (2) whether the Wellbeing Indicators Group has (a) a...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last met the Japanese ambassador to discuss the Japanese whaling fleet's intention to kill 935 minke whales, 50 fin...

      Whales: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has had discussions with the Romanian Prime Minister on Romania's possible membership of the International Whaling...

      Wind Power: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibility the proposed Marine Management Organisation will have over planning consents for offshore wind turbines;...

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provision for wind farms he expects will be made in the draft Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many adoptions took place in each year since 1997.

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were in care at the latest date for which figures are available in the age groups (a) 0 to five, (b) five to...

      Children: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools are participating in the peer mentoring and befriending scheme; and what criteria are being used to assess the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of child care providers were registered with Ofsted in each region in each year since 1997.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was provided for child care within Copeland in each of the last 10 years.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what his forecast is of his Department's spending on child care in each quarter to 2011, broken down by region; (2) what...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of child care in each quarter since 1997, broken down by region.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what definition of a child care place his Department uses.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many child care places were available in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what forecast he has made of the number of child care places available in each year to 2011, broken down by region; (2)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of (a) one and (b) two parent families taking up child care places in each year since...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what forecast he has made of the number of (a) one and (b) two parent families taking up child care places in each quarter in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hours of child care on average a family using child care received in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) income...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost of an hour of child care from an Ofsted registered provider, broken down by region.

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on international flights since it was established.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many press officers are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of posts in his Department were recategorised from back office to frontline posts as classified by...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) had their employment terminated as a result of a poor...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress is being made on the implementation of recommendations from the Children's Workforce Development Council on...

      Further Education: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of persistent truants went on to post-16 education in the latest period for which figures are available.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of persistent truants gained five A* to C grades including English and mathematics in the last year.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures...

      Nurseries: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many free nursery places have been provided within Copeland over the last five years.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of fixed period exclusions were given to pupils (a) with special educational needs and (b) entitled to...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils received a permanent exclusion in the last three years, broken down by age.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils received a fixed period exclusion in the last three years, broken down by age.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many exclusions there were of (a) boys and (b) girls from schools in England in each year since 1997.

      Pupil Exclusions: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils received a (a) fixed period and (b) permanent exclusion in the last 12 month period for which figures are...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of pupil referral units; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many incidents of bullying occurred in schools in each local education authority area of England in each year since 1997.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage more school students to participate in competitive sport; and what plans he has...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to assist schools increasing participation in extra-curricular sports.

      Secondary Education: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the (a) absence rate and (b) unauthorised absence rate was in secondary schools with (i) up to and including 500 pupils,...

      Sure Start Programme: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much funding to support the work of Sure Start within Copeland has been provided over the last five years; (2) how many...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have been classed as persistent truants in each of the last 10 years...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will reply to the questions (a) 168899 on services provided by Capita and (b) 165763 on CfBT Education Trust tabled by...

  • Prime Minister

    • Deborah Mattinson

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Deborah Mattinson has (a) a desk, (b) a telephone, (c) office facilities and (d) administrative support provided in No. 10 Downing street.

    • Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office spent on managing its corporate identity in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Members' Correspondence

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

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Charities: Student Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance the Charity Commission has produced on political campaigning by student unions which have charitable status; and when it was last revised.

    • Delivery Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which companies are under contract to (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) the Prime Minister's Office and (c) the Leader of the House's Office to...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.

      Emergencies: Floods

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans the Government has to release a civil contingencies response to a severe flooding scenario.

      Russell Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which organisations have received grants from the Russell Commission since March 2006; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how voluntary organisations that help communities are informed of what funding is available to them.

  • Justice

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals for automatic voter registration to tackle under-representation by minority groups; and if he will make a...

    • Fraud: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Government will introduce the Northern Ireland system of individual electoral registration in Great Britain to tackle postal vote fraud.

      Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the outcome has been of the examination of individual liability through the review of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974, with reference...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his timetable is for the settlement of the pay award for 2007 for Land Registry staff; for what reasons the settlement has not yet been reached;...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost to the Land Registry was of processing a land registry search for a domestic property in England for the purposes of a sale in 2006-07.

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the highest number was of drug-related offences committed by one individual in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how...

      Sexual Orientation Regulations 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims of discrimination have been made under the Sexual Orientation Regulations 2007 to date.

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to ensure that 100 per cent. of identifiers of postal votes are checked in election counts for the 2008 local and London elections.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many first time entrants to the youth justice system there were in 2006-07.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment was made of the likely responsibilities of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission in determining changes in the...

    • Child Support Agency: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests were made for consolatory payments by the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures will be put in place to monitor the private child maintenance arrangements included in the Child Maintenance and Other Payments...

      Departmental Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to (a) promote age diversity in the workplace and (b) enable older people to gain equal access to...

      Disability Living Allowance: Sight Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to pay the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance to people with severe sight loss; and if...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people who were in temporary work and who were seeking permanent work in each year...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the obligations on employers under (a) the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and (b) other health and safety...

      Jobcentre Plus: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit recipients who (a) previously signed on at the Dursley Job Centre Plus and (b) are living in the area previously covered by...

      Low Incomes: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in relative poverty were paying full council tax in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make...

      Minimum Wage

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

      Part Time Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people in part-time work, (b) the proportion of the workforce in part-time work and (c) the...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the numbers moving from incapacity benefits into paid employment in (a) Wirral and (b) other Pathways to Work...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether transitional funding will be provided to assist the transfer of ownership of the Remploy factories in (a) Treforest, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what personal account data have been provided by his Department to the National Audit Office in the last 12 months.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much grant-in-aid the British Council received in each of the last three years.

    • Gaza

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

      Kosovo

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

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to help Lebanon hold democratic elections.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on relations with Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the contribution of the EU to securing international agreement at Bali on action to tackle...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US administration on Guantanamo Bay; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress made on redevelopment of Iraq's industrial base.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will next meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

      Pakistan

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

      Pakistan

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to increase diplomatic pressure on the Burmese regime.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in establishing a UN peacekeeping force for Darfur.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he takes of the need to ensure the security of Israel and its people and to reduce hardship among Palestinians in...

      Admiralty House: Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) for how long the right hon. Member for Ashfield had an official residence in Admiralty House while Minister for Europe;...

      Alberta Tar Sands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on the environmental consequences of developing the Alberta tar sands;...

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has raised concerns with the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat on pollution from the sinking of a passenger cruise vessel...

      Antarctic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to make a territorial claim on Antarctica; and what advice he has received on potential conflicts with the...

      Armenia: Genocide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from the Armenian Government on formally...

      Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether facilities were offered to Lord Ashcroft during his recent visit to Bolivia by the UK Embassy; and whether the Embassy...

      Bosnia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the steps Serbia is taking to hand over those charged with the 1995...

      Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) travel to and (b) accommodation and hotels in Brussels in each of the last 11 years.

      Climate Change: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the Treaty of Lisbon, if ratified, on development of EU policy to tackle climate change.

      Deomcratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of fighting in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the people in...

      Departmental Christmas Cards

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on the processing of personal data outside (a) the United Kingdom and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department or agencies accountable to his Department process personal data outside (a) the United Kingdom and (b)...

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of staff in his Department (a) speak Pashtun and (b) are training to speak Pashtun.

      Departmental Minimum Wage

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

      EC Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the European Commission's working programme for 2008.

      EU Development Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Treaty of Lisbon, if ratified, on EU development policy.

      Gaza: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the change in the volume of goods moved in and out of the Gaza Strip in the last 12 months.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department will produce an updated version of the January 2005 document, Iran's Nuclear Programme: A Collection of...

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Lebanon; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely long-term contribution to the Middle East peace process of the Annapolis conference;...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, columns 161-2W, on Middle East: peace negotiations, how much has...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 162W, on Middle East: peace negotiations, if he will...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, columns 161-2W, on Middle East: peace negotiations, how much is...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the...

      Nigeria: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the refusal by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta to take...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

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

      Regulation

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

      Timor-Leste: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet relatives of British citizens Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie to discuss the finding of the Coroner of New South...

      Timor-Leste: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the families of Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie and their representatives the information issued by his...

      Wilton Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many conferences, events or away days have been held at Wilton Park on behalf of the (a) Deputy Prime Minister's Office,...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it mandatory for holders of licences to use animals in scientific procedures to provide abstracts for publication on her...

    • Burglary: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Metropolitan Police Service is taking to reduce the number of (a) residential and (b) non-residential burglaries in Romford.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables applied (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully to become full-time police officers in the last 12 months for...

      Community Policing: Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there were in each division of Humberside police in each of the last three years.

      Emergency Calls: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce a nationwide scheme to enable deaf people to send text messages to the emergency telephone number 999.

      Entry Clearances: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the type of work undertaken in the UK by non-EU citizens who have obtained...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their DNA records removed from the police DNA database in each year since 2000.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a Criminal Records Bureau check would return information on whether an individual's DNA was stored on the DNA database.

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people whose DNA records are held on the National Police Database have (a) a criminal record, (b) been the subject of...

      Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were murdered in England in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the planned length of Operation Pentameter II was when it was launched; how long she expects it to continue; what progress has been made...

      Illegal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people given Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences who were not legally entitled to work in the UK have worked for (a) the...

      Members' Correspondence

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

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the level of fraud arising from information on identity stolen from household waste bins.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the maximum distance persons in police custody should be transported between the place of arrest and a custody suite.

      Police Custody: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the development and provision of electronic custody systems for the police; when such systems are planned to...

      Police: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in (a) England and (b) London were aged (a) 18 to 25, (b) 26 to 30, (c) 31 to 35, (d) 36 to 40, (e) 41 to 45, (f)...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the time it takes for a police officer to complete the stop and account form after detaining an individual.

      Police: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Gershon efficiency savings to be achieved by the police were; and if she will make a statement on progress towards achieving...

      Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by the police in (a) England and Wales and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years on (i) stationery...

      Police: Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many own-branded plastic bags (a) the Assets Recovery Agency and (b) the Serious Organised Crime Agency has procured in the last 24...

      Police: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her Department's Modernising Police Powers, Review of the Police and Criminal Evidence 1984, Consultation Paper of March 2007; if...

      Police: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on policing in rural areas.

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been recovered under the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003 (a) in total and (b) in each police authority area, listed...

      Right to Gain Entry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms of reference are of the review into the right to gain entry; and whether the review will consider the right to gain entry by...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the Government has made of the effect of (a) recent and (b) proposed anti-terrorism legislation on civil liberties and...

      Terrorism: Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have been acquitted of terrorism charges are subject to control orders restricting their movements.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of binge drinking.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes relating to alcohol there were in each strategic health authority area in England for (a) patients aged under 18...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to educate young people about the long-term effects of alcohol abuse since 1997.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes were provided in specialist neo-natal units in England in each month since January 1997.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts use digital mammography for breast cancer screening; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1196W, on breast cancer screening to Question 171702 of 17 December 2007, what...

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of collecting the data used to monitor progress against his Department's cancer waiting time targets in 2007-08.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the time taken by each primary care trust to inform women of the results of their cervical smear tests; and if he will make a...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies in England were born underweight in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Dental Services: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list NHS dentists in Portsmouth indicating which are registering new NHS patients.

      Doctors: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, if he will make available the minutes of the meetings with...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of changes to the 2008 budget for the Young People's Substance Misuse service in Hampshire.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 2008 budget is for the Young People's Substance Misuse service in Hampshire; and what the budget was in each of the last five years.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the draft guidance on drug eluting stents proposed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients with coronary heart disease have been treated with (a) coronary artery bypass operations, (b) drug-eluting stents and...

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the business case that his Department provided to HM Treasury in 2002 on the new contract for consultants...

      Hospitals: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of medication errors made in hospitals at each stage of the medication process in (a) accident and emergency...

      Hospitals: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients harmed by medication error in hospital in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients who died as a result of medication error in hospital in each of the last five years.

      Hospitals: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has made to reduce the rate of medication error in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the rate of medication error in hospitals at each stage of the medication process; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plan to take to improve the quality of food provided for patients in hospitals.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital-acquired infections there were in (a) the West Suffolk Hospital, (b) the Walnuttree hospital, Sudbury and (c) the Newmarket hospital...

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of miners' welfares in combating diseases, with particular reference to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) England; and what proportion of these worked in...

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths there were as a result of (a) chronic bronchitis and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the last year for which figures are...

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of regional variations in the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

      Medicine: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps were taken to ensure that the leaflets produced by his Department and the then Department of Trade and Industry, Where do medicines come from?...

      NHS: Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends the full national implementation of information prescriptions to take place.

      North Bristol Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his plans are for the repayment of the one-off borrowing by North Bristol Trust as part of its financial recovery programme; and if he will make a...

      North West Health Brussels Office: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure was of the North West Health Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available.

      Organs: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent of the illegal trade in human organs in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made in implementation of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many radiotherapy fractions were delivered by each primary care trust in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of melanoma have been reported in each primary care trust area in each year since 1997.

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy types (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in each year since 2005.

      Thalassaemia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support his Department is providing to clinicians to deal with patients identified as having (a) a sickle cell disease and (b) Thalassaemia...

      Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1130W, on transplant surgery: waiting lists, how many people were on a waiting list...

      Varicose Veins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated for varicose veins by (a) vein stripping open surgery, (b) endovenous laser treatment, (c) radiofrequency ablation, (d)...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer Questions (a) 162507, (b) 162508 and (c) 162555 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 8 November 2007.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) males and (b) females under the age of 18 years in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales died as a consequence of excessive...

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the buy to let market and housing market of the new flat 18 per cent. rate of capital gains tax; and whether an...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials of (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) other Departments or agencies have access to (i) the entire child support database and (ii) the...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what year the earliest child benefit case whose records were recently misplaced by HM Revenue and Customs dates back.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1101-02, on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), how many of the individual records...

      Council Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the aggregated estimate for net council tax receipts for the UK, in Table B8 of the 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review,...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purpose the dwellinghouse code valuation grouping was created by the Valuation Office Agency in its preparations for a council tax revaluation.

      Customs Officers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the staff turnover rate was for customs officers in HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Databases

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

      Housing: Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many domestic dwellings in England have (a) one parking space, (b) two parking spaces and (c) three or more parking spaces according to the Valuation...

      Housing: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's assessment of the plot size of a residential property includes the area of a (a) garage space, (b) outbuildings and...

      Inheritance Tax: Tax Thresholds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an impact assessment has been produced for the proposed changes to inheritance tax thresholds for married couples.

      Inheritance Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the Valuation Office Agency plays in undertaking inheritance tax valuations.

      Inheritance Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average capital value was of a domestic dwelling valued by the Valuation Office Agency for inheritance tax purposes, in each government office...

      Inheritance Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many homes the Valuation Office Agency valued for inheritance tax purposes in (a) England and (b) Wales in 2006-07.

      Irish

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Irish citizens are estimated to be resident in the UK; and what estimate he has made of the likely number in 2017.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an impact assessment was conducted of the reduction of empty business rate relief on business properties.

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of businesses which will pay higher business rates as a consequence of the reduction in empty property business rate...

      Non-domestic Rates: Pigeon Racing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs recognises pigeon racing as a sport for business rates purposes.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date the Valuation Office Agency's Non-Domestic Referencing Manual was last updated.

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs has commenced the procurement process to develop an automated valuation model for...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Northern Rock meets banking covenants on (a) profitability and (b) cash flow on its borrowing from his Department and the Bank of England.

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the net cumulative contribution made to the British economy by North Sea oil and gas over the last three decades, expressed in...

      OGC Buying Solutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the ratio was between administrative costs and value for money improvements secured by OGC Buying Solutions in each year since 2003-04; and if he will...

      Personal Income: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average household income was in Cleethorpes constituency in each year since 1997.

      Poynter Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the timetable is for the (a) completion and (b) publication of the Poynter Review.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of research and development (R and D) tax credits paid to (a) small and medium sized enterprises and (b) larger companies in each year...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs takes to inform private courier firms of the sensitivity of the contents of packages it employs them to deliver.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what form of encryption algorithm is used to encrypt data sent (a) from the Student Loans Company to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and (b) from HMRC to...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff work for the International Claims Processing Section of HM Revenue and Customs; and what its annual operating costs were in the last year for...

      Revenue and Customs: Powers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what powers HM Revenue and Customs has to obtain information on estate agent transactions.

      Revenue and Customs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 587W, on Revenue and Customs: prosecutions, how many of the 15 criminal prosecutions...

      Temporary Employment: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) number and (b) percentage of those in employment who were (i) agency workers and (ii) temporary employees was in each year since 1995.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's CT and Best Practice Process Maps.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's technical presentation entitled "The Dating Game".

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of intelligent addressing for valuation purposes.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on purchasing floodplain polygons from the Environment Agency; and what use is made of the data for valuation...

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has purchased a licence to use the pictometry product which Ordnance Survey sells on behalf of Blom Aerofilms Ltd.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average values are of coefficients for the Valuation Office Agency's value significant codes of (a) ZL, (b) ZI and (c) ZH for those...

      Valuation Office: Cars

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on hire cars in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what effects the restructuring of HM Revenue and Customs Aspire contract has had on the commissioning of services from Cole Layer Trumble for the Valuation...

      Valuation Office: Cole Layer Trumble

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what functions and business areas of the Valuation Office Agency Cole Layer Trumble have provided consultancy advice or support in the last 12 months.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer into which local authority areas the 10,000 localities that the Valuation Office Agency has established for developing the automated valuation model fall.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Valuation Office Agency has to increase digitisation and computerisation of its records in relation to individual premises or properties.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency's information technology and data management systems are BS7799 compliant.

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether funding has been agreed by his Department for the Valuation Office Agency to obtain a GIS system.

      Valuation Office: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by the Valuation Office Agency for undertaking work relating to (a) council tax valuations and (b)...

      Valuation Office: Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of Ordnance Survey maps and datasets to calculate the plot sizes of residential properties.

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency plans to exercise the option in its contract with Rightmove.co.uk plc to extend the term for a further 12 months.

      Valuation Office: Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's eLearning module The Role of the AVM.

      Valuation Office: Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were offset against travel by the Valuation Office Agency in the last year for which figures are available.

      Valuation Office: Video Recordings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the titles were of the 25 internal videos produced for staff on the Valuation Office Agency's wide area network since October 2004.

      Valuation: Licensed Premises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether section 825 of the Valuation Office Agency's Rating Manual Volume 5 has been updated in light of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Valuation: Shops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's zoning of shops handbook guidance.

      VAT: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which categories of products illegal to market in the UK qualify for relief from value added tax under the Low Value Consignment Relief Scheme when imported...

      VAT: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons personal imports from the Channel Islands of certain food supplements and herbal remedies which cannot be marketed in the UK directly are...

      VAT: Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been collected by HM Revenue and Customs in VAT on home information packs.

  • House of Lords

    • Benefits: ESA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards are in place to ensure that claimants whose only income is from contribution-based employment and support allowance (ESA) do not find themselves...

    • British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the number of retired miners and widows in the British Coal litigation whose solicitors required them to pay fees to third...

      Climate Change: Bali Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will propose other alternative forms of power generation to coal-fired power stations, following the Bali outline agreement of 14 December.

      Climate Change: Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the "business as usual" estimates for United Kingdom carbon emissions in the period of the second phase of the European Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 20 July (WA 55), whether the sum of £50 million by way of financial correction in relation to the single farm...

      Corruption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they intend to give to the latest proposals for anti-corruption legislation, especially in the context of private donations to political parties and...

      Energy: Coal Mining

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many coal-mines are still mining coal in the United Kingdom; what are their names and regions; what is their total output; and how many coal-miners these mines...

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given the sharp decline in grant applications under the low-carbon buildings programme, what consideration is being given to other policies that will encourage...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total annual subsidy for the generation of electricity through wind turbines, including renewable obligation certificates; and what estimate has been...

      EU: Exports to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many jobs in goods and services in the rest of the European Union depend on European Union exports to the United Kingdom.

      EU: UK Balance of Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the United Kingdom's latest published trade deficit in goods and services with the European Union.

      Food: Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What public policy objectives are served by allowing value added tax exemption under the low-value consignment relief scheme for personal imports from the Channel...

      Food: Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which categories of products would be illegal if placed upon the United Kingdom market but qualify for relief from value added tax under the low-value consignment...

      Food: Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they continue to permit value added tax exemption under the low-value consignment relief scheme for personal imports from the Channel Islands of food...

      Gershon Review: Scotland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Scotland Office, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the Gershon review; what is the...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct the Boundary Commission to consider a unitary county option for local government in Suffolk.

      NHS: Supply Chain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the period of contract and remit for the NHS Supply Chain; and What savings NHS Supply Chain expects to make over its contract period; and what savings...

      Post Office: Advertising Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Jones of Birmingham on 10 December (WA 14), and the letter from Mr Alan Cook, managing director of Post Office Ltd, dated 11...

      Post Office: Advertising Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Jones of Birmingham on 10 December (WA 14), and the letter from Mr Alan Cook, managing director of Post Office Ltd, dated 11...

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