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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 294W, on Olympic Games 2012, if she will place in the Library copies of the financial...

  • Leader of the House

    • Christmas

      To ask the Leader of the House how much her Office spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in 2007.

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House whether hon. Members will be eligible to use their additional cost allowance to pay for the costs of local authority charges for the collection of household rubbish.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Leader of the House what (a) external and (b) internal appointments she had in each week of December 2007 in her capacity as (i) Leader of the House of Commons, (ii) Minister for...

      Regional Ministers: Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will make it her policy to allow written parliamentary questions to be tabled directly to each of the Ministers for the Regions in their capacity as a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department is on course to meet the commitment in the sustainable operations on the Government estate targets (a) to source...

    • Entertainments: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) music concerts, (b) music festivals, (c) sporting events and (d)...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received from industry bodies on the effect of the entry into force of the Gambling Act 2005 on (a)...

      Legacy Trust UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £40 million endowment to Legacy Trust was provided by (a) his Department, (b) Big Lottery Fund and (c) the Arts...

      Legacy Trust UK: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the board members of Legacy Trust UK will be paid.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on administering applications for black and white television licences in the last period for which figures are...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of levels of violence perpetrated by members of the Provisional IRA.

    • Requisitioned Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of land requisitioned for security purposes before 8 May has been returned to the original landowners.

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the police authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on fuel smuggling; and if he will...

      Drug Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the police authorities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on drug smuggling; and if he will...

      Dissident Terrorist Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on levels of dissident republican terrorist activity in the Province.

      Departmental Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Departmental Minimum Wage

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on equality and human rights training in each financial year since 2002-03; and what percentage this...

  • Defence

    • Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on art work in each year since 2001 (a) in total and (b) for its London headquarters.

    • Christmas

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

      Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of all price indices used by his Department in variation of price clauses in fixed price contracts.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's (a) US dollar and (b) euro general accounting rate was in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.

      RAF Machrihanish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which bodies his Department has consulted on the future of RAF Machrihanish; and if he will make a statement on the future of the base.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many improvement notices have been issued under section 10 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, broken down by the issuing...

    • Fireworks: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department and its agencies have given to local authorities on the environmental effects of municipal (a)...

      Fisheries: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1272W, on Fisheries: Enforcement, for what reasons the...

      Fisheries: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will break down by subheading his Department's planned budget for fisheries enforcement in each of the next five years;...

      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, whether replacement...

      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, if he will provide the...

      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, whether the Marine and...

      Fisheries: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the new contract with the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron, beginning on 1 April 2008, will cost in each of...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the commercial value of all fish stocks discarded by UK-registered vessels in (a) UK waters and...

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which waste collection authorities did not provide data for Flycapture for 2006-07; and for what reasons.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Environment Agency made to the (a) former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) Department...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds on the facilities available nationally for the recycling and processing of (a)...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library the data from WasteDataFlow showing the (a) final destination of materials sent for...

  • Transport

    • Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cyclists have died in road accidents in each of the last five years.

    • Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to publish the consultation paper on driver training and testing.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the proposed third runway at Heathrow airport is planned to have the capacity to accommodate (a) Boeing 747-100 Jumbo jets, (b) Boeing...

      Heathrow Airport: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many households have been sent the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport Summary consultation document, broken down by (a) non-London borough local...

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government intends to amend the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 to permit the display of national flags and...

      Railway Stations: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when contracts will be let for work on the upgrade of Birmingham New Street station, as set out in Delivering a Sustainable Railway; (2) what...

      Rapid Transit Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which light rail schemes she has visited since her appointment as Secretary of State for Transport.

      Road User Charging (Charges and Penalty Charges) (London) Regulations 2001

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will bring forward the amendments to the Road User Charging (Charges and Penalty Charges) (London) Regulations 2001, identified by her...

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons funding for the Specific Road Safety Grant (Capital) for Gloucestershire County Council will be reduced between 2009-10 and 2010-11.

      Salcombe Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will categorise Salcombe Harbour as category C waters.

      Shipping: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will revise Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1808 (M) to allow a suitable Royal Yachting Association qualification to be an alternative to the...

      Surveying: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what account was taken of trends in (a) UK tonnage over the past five years, (b) world seaborne trade, (c) the need for security checks and...

      Thameslink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government have spent on (a) construction, (b) planning applications and (c) other costs relating to the Thameslink project since 1998.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 767W, on Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, what progress has been made on...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will provide a substantive reply to the request by the hon. Member for Putney for an internal review in relation to the Freedom of Information...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Departmental Public Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 682W, on departmental public consultations, if he will place copies in the...

      Public Participation: Incentives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, if he will place in the Library a...

  • International Development

    • Christmas

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

    • Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated in 2007-08 and 2008-09 for grant schemes for (a) schools links, (b) higher education links,...

      Iraq: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 915W, on Iraq: reconstruction, (1) how many projects have been...

      Minimum Wage

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

      Regulation

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

      Tanzania: Overseas Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the UK high commissioner in Tanzania on court actions against UK investors in that country.

  • Justice

    • Custodial Treatment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2007, Official Report, column 145W, on custodial treatment: children, how many children of age (a) 10, (b) 11,...

    • Custodial Treatment: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2007, Official Report, column 145W, on custodial treatment: children, how many children of age (a) 10, (b) 11,...

      Land Registry: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what date the current pay agreement at HM Land Registry ended; what the reasons are for the time taken to reach a settlement for 2007; what the...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders in the North East reoffended in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Government last reviewed the relevance of vocational training in prisons to the skills needed in the job market.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on education and training in prisons since 1997.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what minimum standards apply to the provision of education, vocational training and work programmes for prisoners.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the finance director in her Department is required to authorise policies with significant financial implications for the Department;...

    • Homicide: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homicides there were in (a) Romford, (b) the London Borough of Havering and (c) London since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Hunting: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) charges, (b) prosecutions, (c) convictions, (d) cautions and (e) fines there have been for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to Question 167966, tabled by the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central on 21 November for answer on 26 November; and if she...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) total and (b) average overtime payments were for police officers in each police force area in England and Wales for each year...

      Police: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of police officers who will retire in each of the next five years.

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of calls were met within the target time adopted by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Prosecutions: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful prosecutions, (b) cautions and (c) fixed-penalty notices there have been in relation to uninsured drivers (i) in...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of crimes recorded as racially motivated were perpetrated against asylum seekers in the last (a) year, (b) five years and...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Casinos: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Beckenham (Mrs. Lait) of 9 October 2007, Official Report, columns 556-7W, on...

    • Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of income from the sale of council accommodation was used for the development of new council (a) housing and...

      Empowerment Champions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the criteria were by which she decided which local authorities were to be named as empowerment champions.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many unoccupied domestic properties there were in England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Empty Property: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of unoccupied flats and apartments in city centres.

      English Regions Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) function and (b) purpose is of the English Regions Network.

      Greater London Authority Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which provisions of the Greater London Authority Act 2007 will come into force before May 2008.

      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, for what reasons green belt...

      Housing: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department provides to local authorities to ensure that enough homes are available with appropriate adaptations...

      Housing: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the number of dwellings that were built in (a) St Albans District and (b)...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants are assisting the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell in his review of land use and planning.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her proposals to introduce powers to ballot on spending decisions would involve (a) the council and (b) the public.

      Members: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the hon. Member for Truro and St. Austell is receiving (a) payment from the public purse and (b) expenses for his...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of first-time buyers took out mortgages of 100 per cent. or more of the purchase price of the...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average additional contribution is of a ground source heat pump to the rental value of a business premises in the...

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what is the estimated change in revenue to be raised from the new planning charges system.

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) central Government, (b) regional planning bodies or (c) regional development agencies will receive revenue raised...

      Planning: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish changes to Planning Policy Statement 6; and whether she plans to consult on those changes.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 settlement letter from HM Treasury sent to her...

      Regional Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) communications, (b) marketing, (c) information and (d) press officers work for each regional chamber in England.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the status is of the National Spatial Address Infrastructure; and what the public expenditure has been on the scheme to date.

      Standards Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what annual financial saving is expected following the relocation from London to Manchester of the Standards Board.

      Supporting People Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding was allocated to the Supporting People budget in each year since its inception; and what the planned...

      UK Location Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to publish the UK Location Strategy.

      UK Location Strategy: Geographic Information Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Geographic Information Panel has taken to engage the private sector in the development of the UK Location Strategy.

      UK Location Strategy: Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the Ordnance Survey has in preparing the UK Location Strategy.

      Urban Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding (a) her Department, (b) its predecessor and (c) the Government Office for the South West has provided for...

  • 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 305, on Afghanistan, if he will...

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 303, on Afghanistan, what steps he...

      Committee of Permanent Representatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) A, (b) B, (c) I and (d) False B Points were presented to the Council from the Committee of Permanent...

      Departmental Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what roles his Department employs native Pashtun speakers.

      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, what arrangements are in place to...

      Iraq: Global Strategies Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have employed the services of Global Strategies Group in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will...

      Malaysia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Malaysian Government on the imprisonment of Hindu Rights Action Force...

      Malaysia: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Malaysian Government regarding Malaysia's Internal Security Act, with...

      Maldives: Chagos Archipelago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in negotiations with the Maldives on maritime demarcations between Maldive territorial waters and...

      Maldives: Chagos Archipelago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what use was made of the equidistance principle in determining the maritime boundaries between the Republic of Maldives and the...

      Maldives: Chagos Archipelago

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the exchange of correspondence between the UK and the Republic of Maldives that led to...

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the UK has made to the Government of the Republic of the Maldives on human rights and the...

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he and (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had in the last six months with officials from the...

      Russia: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent changes have been introduced to the types of UK visas available to Russian citizens.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions in the last 12 months he raised concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia with (a) the King of Saudi...

      Saudi Arabia: Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations were made to the King of Saudi Arabia on the recent threatened punishment of a 19-year-old female rape victim.

      Terrorism: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have been killed as a consequence of terrorist acts overseas in each of the last 10 years.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will seek to hold discussions with his Turkish counterpart on the observance of the human rights of the Assyrian minority...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget was allocated for carers and the carer's allowance in (a) Dacorum and (b) England in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of Child Support Agency cases have been transferred from the original system to the 2003 system.

      Child Support Agency: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of staff at the Bolton Child Support Agency offices were employed (a) on permanent contracts, (b) on temporary contracts and...

      Child Support Agency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was for the Child Support Agency to resolve a complaint about their actions in 2006-07.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many absent parents in each constituency in Scotland have been transferred from the old to the new system of assessment by the Child...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents have been asked by the Child Support Agency (CSA) to pay historical arrears from 10 years or more ago; what...

      Conditions of Employment: Mental Health

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

      Conditions of Employment: Mental Health

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

      Conditions of Employment: Mental Health

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many attempted hacking or suspected cyber attacks or other malicious computer security breaches were committed against the computer systems...

      Departmental Labour Turnover

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the possibility of allocating savings made from the annual management...

      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 part-time work and who were seeking full-time work in each year...

      Incapacity Benefits: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) other out-of-work benefits as a result of mental health conditions in each...

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) dependants of non-EU work permit holders, (b) non-EU students, (c) non-EU...

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to report on the Young review on the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether staff authorised to access the entire database for benefits administered by his Department are subject to criminal records checks.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what files are held by his Department on (a) the Abortion (Amendment) Bill of Session 1987-88 and (b) the Unborn Children (Protection) Bills of sessions...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what files are held by his Department on the Abortion Act 1967; and if he will make a statement.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the alcohol industry on new programmes to reduce binge drinking among young (a) men and (b) women; and if he...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments in England as a result of drinking alcohol in the last (i) 12...

      Ambulance Services: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults on ambulance staff have been committed in each of the last three years, broken down by ambulance trust.

      Arthritis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the assessment of the availability of access to (a) anti-TNF medicines and (b) other biologic therapies for patients with...

      Assura Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that his Department collects and publishes information on (a) activities of the Assura Group throughout the NHS and (b)...

      Baby Care Units: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neo-natal unit nurses there are in hospitals in the West Midlands.

      Blood Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) malaria and (b) other diseases apart from HIV and CJD were caused by blood transfusion in England between (i) 1980 and 1990 and...

      Bone Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the issuing of final guidance by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the two anti-TNF treatments...

      Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust of the removal of the specialist...

      Campylobacter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many campylobacter infections were recorded in England in each of the last five years.

      Cancer Patients: Administrative Delays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets there are for waiting times for cancer patients requiring diagnostic endoscopies; and what the average waiting time is for cancer patients...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the funding contribution of his Department as part of the consortium funding the infrastructure support for the five Public Health Research Centres...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the commissioning brief issued by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new equipment for genetic testing is coming on stream, as described in paragraph 2.41 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, published on 3...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the seven pilot sites were established to develop new services for assessing genetic risk, as described in paragraph 2.50 of his Department's Cancer...

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes resulting from the misuse of cannabis there were for (a) patients aged under 18 years and (b) patients aged over...

      Carers UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department will provide to Carers UK in 2007-08.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the quality of the childbirth experience on (a) the incidence of intervention during labour, (b) the...

      Chiropody: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum waiting time target is for NHS chiropody services; and if he will make a statement.

      Chlamydia Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of sexually transmitted Chlamydia infection there were in England in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age, (b) strategic...

      Chlamydia Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 17 October 2007, Official Report, columns 1163-64W, on Chlamydia infection: screening, what proportion of 16 to 24 year...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from (a) the NHS, (b) manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and (c) other interested parties on the suitability...

      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, whether he plans to issue new guidance on accommodation...

      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, whether (a) current Foundation Year 1 doctors, (b)...

      Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting, what assessment he has made of the effect the establishment of an...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which of his Department's areas of responsibility there is (a) an EU competence and (b) a shared competence between the EU and member states; which...

      Exercise: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with his Ministerial colleagues on the promotion of physical activity to older people; and whether his Department is taking...

      Foetal Tissue: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to require individuals applying for a licence to undertake embryonic stem cell research to demonstrate...

      Genetic Counsellors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist genetic counsellors there were in each primary care trust in each of the last three years.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of attenders at genito-urinary medicine clinics was recorded as not having been given an appointment within two weeks in each audit of...

      Haemophilus Influenzae

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the UK is affected by the decision by Merck to recall doses of haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 3.52 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy that adopting a health-related social...

      Health Services: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in negotiations on the proposed EU Directive on Cross-Border Health Care; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence was taken into account in making the decision to implement leucodepletion in 1999 to prevent the risk of contracting vCJD through blood...

      Health: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on health inequalities of (a) migration and (b) poverty.

      Healthy Start Vouchers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of those eligible have taken up Healthy Start vouchers in (a) the Leyton and Wanstead constituency, (b) Redbridge, (c)...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of catheter-related bloodstream infections occurred in the NHS in each of the past five years, broken down by strategic health authority area.

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what files are held by his Department on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill of Session 1989-90.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the human papilloma virus (a) vaccination and (b) screening programme; and if he will make a...

      In Vitro Fertilisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many embryos from in vitro fertilisation programmes have been (a) donated to and (b) created for scientific research in each year since 1999.

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist consultants in the NHS there are who treat patients with (a) chronic bronchitis and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has identified triggers at which point the use of antivirals in the event of an influenza pandemic becomes so great that the introduction...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what means he has established to allow for the (a) assessment of the clinical attack rate of the first wave of a pandemic, (b) monitoring of the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what stockpiles of medicines have been available in each of the last three years for use in an influenza epidemic; (2) when he intends to place...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 22 November 2006, Official Report, column 1350, on pandemic influenza, for what reasons the stockpiles of (a) antibiotics,...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for his statement that pandemic influenza plans are in place in most key sectors, as stated in paragraph 4.11.2 of his...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for his statement on page 32 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic, that fuel...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement that a high efficacy vaccine given to 75 per cent. of the population will eliminate further pandemic waves,...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to procure a central stockpile of (a) aprons and (b) gloves for use by health and social care staff in the event of an...

      Influenza Vaccines: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the public purse has been of the provision of influenza vaccines in 2007-08; (2) what representations he has received from the...

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the purchase of disposable respirators and face masks for a possible flu pandemic will be sourced in the UK.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been commissioned by his Department since 1997 on the effectiveness of the seasonal influenza immunisation programme; and if he will...

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates since January 2007 the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has had discussions with the Prescription Pricing Division of the NHS...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to have undiagnosed active Lyme disease; and what steps his Department will take to (a) identify...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of blood tests as a tool for diagnosis of late-stage Lyme disease; and what other tools for diagnosis he is...

      Medicine: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether medical students from non-European Economic Area countries undertaking postgraduate training will be able to complete their entire training in the...

      Mental Health and Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1318W, on mental health and employment: meeting the challenge, what the average cost...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the rate of occupancy of psychiatric beds was in each London mental health trust in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

      National Child Health Immunisation Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the 15 October 2007 meeting of the National Child Health Immunisation Board.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1320W, on NHS: finance, (1) what the statutory minimum of public dividend capital is...

      Nicotine Patches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement on page 37 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, that some primary care trusts have enabled...

      Nurseries: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider issuing guidance on the notification of infectious diseases in nursery establishments.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the provision of cancer clinical nurse specialists.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with (a) professional and (b) patient representatives on the use of cancer clinical nurse specialists.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes relating to obesity there were for (a) patients aged under 18 years and (b) patients aged over 18 years in (i)...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost per live birth of (a) antenatal care, (b) childbirth and (c) post-natal care for the first year.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received a penalty charge for fraudulently claiming free prescriptions in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of trends in the rate of infection from respiratory syncytial virus in infants under the age of two in...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of compliance with the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation guidance on respiratory syncytial virus at...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of adherence within the NHS to guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation on prophylaxis...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to launch the £50 million advertising campaign to tackle sexually transmitted infections announced on 26 November 2004.

      Skin Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department initiated the SunSmart campaign; how much funding his Department has committed to the SunSmart campaign in each year since its...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend the four-week follow-up period used to assess the effectiveness of NHS Stop Smoking services.

      Specialist Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support his Department gives to specialist nurses for (a) multiple sclerosis, (b) epilepsy and (c) Parkinson's disease; and if he will make...

      Spinal Muscular Atrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government are spending on research into (a) neuromuscular diseases and (b) spinal muscular atrophy in 2007-08.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will begin gathering information on the (a) number and distribution of sunbeds and (b) the scale of sunbed use by minors, as...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will publish copies of (a) correspondence with members of the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) on Connecting for...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to revise the Green Book on immunisation.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who is responsible for ensuring that children in (a) England, (b) London and (c) primary care trusts using the Child Health Interim Application...

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children in London are covered by primary care trusts using the Child Health Interim Application system; and how many of those have (a)...

      Mental Health: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 27 November 2007, on mental health and employment: meeting the challenge, what funding beyond that in...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) assessment he has made of the utility and (b) estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing protective registration under the...

    • Council Tax: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what settlements were reached on council tax between the Treasury and the last Scottish Executive administration.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister in his Department reviewed the formal document submitted by the Departmental Security/IT Officer following the risk assessment and risk...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions he has met the Departmental Security Officer who last carried out a periodic security review of (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when HM Revenue and Customs first carried out a risk assessment in accordance with section 0 (12) of the manual of protective security after its...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what internal reports on data security have been submitted to Ministers in his Department in the last five years; and on what date each was submitted;...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether personal data for which his Department is responsible is (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what obligations his Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what audits his Department and its agencies have carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many branded plastic bags (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and (c) his Department purchased in the last 24 months for...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recycling scheme is in operation in each building operated by (a) his Department, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and (c) HM Revenue and Customs.

      Departmental Security Officer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions he and his predecessor met the Departmental Security Officer of (a) his Department, (b) the Inland Revenue, (c) HM Customs and Excise...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people employed in his Department work on administering EU structural funds; and what the cost of such staff was in 2006-07.

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value of the fixed assets of all Government Departments is.

      Government Departments: Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was realised from the sale of fixed assets by the Government in each of the last five years; and what the estimated total of such disposals for...

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which public authorities on the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service have vacant space; and what the area or size of the vacant space is in each case.

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service holds historic property data over time.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Delivery Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many items placed with mail carriers for delivery by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months did not reach their intended destination.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 905W, on HM Revenue and Customs:...

      International Monetary Fund: Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions the Government have had on the sale of gold by the International Monetary Fund; (2) what representations the Government have...

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department will produce a formal response to the Lyons Inquiry on local government.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland on his Department's consideration of preferential rates of fuel duty in rural...

      Minimum Wage

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

      Mortgages: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the housing finance review will consider taxation barriers to the development of products that give interest rate protection; (2) whether the...

      Non-domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) mean and (b) median change in business rates per empty property in the first full year of operation of the reduced...

      Non-domestic Rates: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place the Valuation Office Agency's Ratings Cost Guide in the Library.

      Northern Ireland: Fuel Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fuel laundering plants have been closed by HM Revenue and Customs and the police in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and how many arrests...

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance note produced by the Office of Government Commerce on social issues in purchasing.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procurement guidance the Office of Government Commerce has produced for local authorities, on the purchase of receptacles for the collection of...

      Offshore Industry: North Sea

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has carried out into the long-term economic impact on the UK of the reduction of oil and gas supplies from the North Sea.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department, (b) the Valuation Office Agency and (c) HM Revenue and Customs has spent on research, consultancy and preparation costs for...

      Private Finance Initiative: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much public expenditure he estimates there will be as a result of private finance initiative programmes (a) in place and (b) planned in each year from...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer of how many UK citizens participating in witness protection programmes the data was on the two discs lost by HM Revenue and Customs.

      Valuation Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings the Valuation Office Agency has had with (a) the Valuation and Lands Agency (including its new successor agency), (b) the Scottish...

      Valuation Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the Valuation Office Agency's and (b) HM Revenue and Customs' internal staff handbook or guidance on data...

      Valuation Office: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of bonuses paid to staff by the Valuation Office Agency in each of the last five years; and how many payments were made in each year.

      Valuation Office: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been seconded to the Valuation Office Agency in the last 12 months; from which outside bodies; and what the length is of each secondment.

      Valuation Office: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff have been seconded to the Valuation Office Agency from outside central Government in the last 36 months; from which outside bodies; and for...

      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 (a) eLearning dwelling house coding module and (b) Quick Guide to DWH Coding.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the proposed new charge for the collection of household rubbish will be classed as a tax, for statistical purposes by (a) HM Treasury and (b) the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years;...

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each...

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

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

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the...

      Near Earth Object Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Government have spent on the UK Near Earth Object Information Centre since January 1999; and if he will make a...

      Near Earth Object Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the performance of the UK Near Earth Object Information Centre against its objectives since it...

      Near Earth Object Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many regional Near Earth Object Information Centres have been set up since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Near Earth Objects: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to plan joint working with the US Administration to address the risk posed by Near Earth...

      Vocational Education: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what initiatives his Department has launched to use the 2012 London Olympics as a vehicle for promoting upskilling and...

      Vocational Training: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Train to Gain places have been made available in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire.

      Vocational Training: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people who started training under Train to Gain failed to complete their course in the last period for...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • A-level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the evidential basis is for his statement in the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 389-90W, on A-level:...

    • A-level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children identified as gifted and talented have achieved three A grades at A-level in each of the last three years.

      Assessments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 717W, on assessments: standards, whether it is his policy...

      CFBT Education Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 952W, on CfBT, what services are provided to his Department...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in the care of local authority social services are (a) from the EU and (b) from outside the EU; (2) how...

      Communications Directorate: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the aims are of his Department's Communications Directorate; what targets have been set for it; and if he will make a statement.

      Dance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will increase the priority given to dance in the Learning Outside the Classroom manifesto.

      Delivery Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which aspects of his Department's work programme he requested the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit to look at during his September...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 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...

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

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

      Education: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many appeals were made to the Independent Schools Adjudicator against decisions taken by local education authorities in...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what response his Department has made to the recommendation from the General Teaching Council in 2006 that the Government should...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many complaints his Department has received from (a) primary school head teachers, (b) secondary school head teachers and...

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time taken was for A-level papers to be re-marked after the original marks had been appealed in each year since...

      Education: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many 16 to 18-year-olds were in full-time education within Copeland in each year between 1997 and 2007; (2) how many 16...

      Free School Meals: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children were in receipt of free school meals in each school in Cleethorpes constituency in the last period for...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of young people remained in full-time education in the year after they ended compulsory schooling in each...

      GCSE: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the most recent GCSE performance measures are for each secondary school in Tower Hamlets; and if he will make a statement.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the reasons were for the decision not to proceed with the GCSE pilots for embedding functional skills assessment within...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) GCSEs, (b) GNVQs and (c) vocational GCSE examinations have been sat by school pupils in each of the last 10 years.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent target is for the proportion of pupils achieving five A* to C GCSEs by 2020; and if he will make a statement.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will estimate how many and what proportion of 15-year-olds, whose parents were claiming tax credits, attained five GCSE...

      Literacy: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children met the Government's literacy and numeracy targets in (a) North East Lincolnshire and...

      Marriage Guidance: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on (a) marriage support services, (b) research into causes of marital breakdown and (c) research into...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Primary Education: Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children there were on average in infant classes in Hendon in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average time spent by children in Key Stage (a) 1 and (b) 2 on free play during the school day.

      Primary Education: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in what circumstances local education authorities may be exempt from new legislation requiring that a competition consultation...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when he will publish the findings of his consultation on the transfer of responsibility for the regulation and registration...

      Pupils: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has considered issuing guidance to local education authorities on best practice by schools in the...

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve discipline in the classroom.

      Pupils: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in each London borough took part in two hours or more physical exercise during the school day in each...

      Pupils: Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils took part in at least two hours of high quality physical education and school sport each week in each...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission research on the likely effect of his policy of extending compulsory education to 18 years on the demand for...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to determine whether his Department has met its March 2008 target for take-up of school lunches; and if he will...

      Schools: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government are taking to support schools in reaching targets of zero carbon emissions.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether local education authorities are obliged to consult interested parties before deciding to close schools.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school closures occurred in the Essex Local Education Authority in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average percentage change to the devolved formula capital grant awarded to modernised schools was in each year...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he expects schools and local authorities to take when their devolved formula capital grant allocation does not meet the...

      Schools: Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school mergers occurred within the Essex local education authority in each of the last five years.

      Schools: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the funding required to provide the additional school places, whether through new school provision or...

      Schools: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which interested parties are eligible to make proposals during the newly introduced competition consultation phase for all new schools.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools have been categorised as (a) requiring significant improvement and (b) being in special measures in each term...

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of qualifications awarded at Key Stage 3 in each of the last three years has been (a) academic and (b)...

      Secondary Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it his policy to impose a moratorium on secondary school closures until he has assessed the likely increased...

      Specialised Diplomas: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment and examination arrangements will be used to assess student attainment in (a) the foundation diploma and (b) the...

      Sure Start Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with Kent county council (KCC) on its ring-fenced funding for Sure Start; whether his...

      Teachers: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers were employed in the London Borough of Enfield in each of the last 10 years.

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with CEA and the District Auditor on Islington teachers' salaries for the year 2003-04, notably their...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Departmental Travel: Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessor spent on Eurostar tickets to Brussels in each of the last 11 years.

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department...

      Defence Export Services Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff were employed by the Defence Export Services Organisation; how many of those have been transferred to...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much has been spent by his Department on international flights since it was established.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Minister for Postal Affairs will reply to the letter sent by Councillor Charles Kennedy of East...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recycling schemes are in operation in each building operated by his Department.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on legal costs associated with the judicial review of the energy review process.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of whether his Department will reach the target of 15 per cent. improvement in energy...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what improvements his Department made in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 towards the 15 per cent. improvement in energy...

      Engineering: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much the Government are proposing to spend on engineering research in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much and what proportion of the structural funds allocated to the UK under the 2000 to 2006 EC financial...

      Exports: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the future export potential of each sector of the UK renewables industry.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much inward investment was made to the UK for each £1 spent on attracting inward investment by UK Trade and...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the national minimum wage.

      Mining: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effect of the development of miners' welfares for...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of new (a) small and (b) medium-sized businesses started up in (i) Jarrow...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices there are in each parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the length of the Government's outstanding lease on the Post Office building on Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what instructions his Department gave to Royal Mail on announcing details of Post Office closures in the month during...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the proportion of stamps which remained unfranked by the Royal Mail's mail management...

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what grants were given by each regional development agency to trades unions in the last 24 months.

      Regulatory Impact Assessments: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether impact assessments are required for legislation or regulation that imposes costs on public authorities, but...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the contribution of plant development under the renewables obligation in...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the likely system costs arising from the part-loading and increased maintenance of...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the likely change in overall system costs due to network expansion to support...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the change in system balancing costs of adding the non-despatchable generators to the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether an estimate has been made of the likely effect of renewable generation supported by the renewables obligation...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings (a) he and (b) his Ministers have held with representatives of manufacturers of components for the...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken to reduce deadweight subsidy under the renewables obligation.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the deadweight subsidy provided by the renewables obligation since 2002; and how much he...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the cost to consumers of the renewables obligation in each year since 2002; and...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the internal rates of return accrued by developers of renewable energy electricity...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken to limit the renewables obligation's cost to the consumer in circumstances where renewable...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken to limit the renewables obligation's cost to consumers once targets are met.

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will estimate the effect on the balance of payments of imports of renewables development under the renewables...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will estimate the likely effect on the balance of payments of imports arising in relation to renewables...

      Renewables Obligation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the expected cost per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions avoided under the renewables...

      Renewables Obligation: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the quantity of natural gas use avoided annually as a result of renewable developments...

      Small Businesses: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government are undertaking to promote small business start-up schemes among young people in the North East.

      Technology: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps the Government have taken to encourage web-based technology development in the UK since 1997; (2)...

      UK Trade and Investment: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what support was given by (a) UK Trade and Investment and (b) the Renewables Trade Promotion Service to each...

      Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what timetable he plans for the (a) publication, (b) consultation on and (c) implementation of the Unfair...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to his Department was of administering the Union Modernisation Fund programme in each year since 2004.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate he has made of the quantity of (a) steel and (b) concrete required to build sufficient wind...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will estimate the number of days annually on which wind speed is too high for the generation of power from wind...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many factories in the UK are capable of manufacturing the primary components of a 2MW wind turbine, including (a)...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimated size of labour force is needed to maintain the number of wind turbines required to meet targets likely...

      Wind Power: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of tourism income of the installation of wind turbines in the...

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Passport Queues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to monitor queues at passport control at United Kingdom airports; and whether they will publish the most recent information.

    • Ascension Island

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they intend to make to the people of Ascension about effective governance and democratic representation when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the cost of purchasing a buy-out has compared with the market cost of purchasing a renewables obligation certificate from another supplier since the inception...

      EU: Reflections Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make specific contributions in terms of personnel resources and ideas to the Reflections Group established by the most recent European...

      EU: Select Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times European Union legislators have altered legislation as a result of recommendations from Select Committees of either House of Parliament; and whether...

      European Neighbourhood Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that the European neighbourhood policy increases its emphasis on helping the development of civil society and fuller...

      Extraordinary Rendition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult Mr Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe, on the impact on worldwide perceptions of states of the use...

      Flags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which flags are flown at the London buildings of (a) the Scotland Office; (b) the Wales office; and (c) the Northern Ireland Office.

      Gershon Review: DCSF

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Department for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the...

      Gershon Review: Defra

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result...

      HIV/AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What systems they have in place to monitor the disbursement of £150 million for vulnerable children under their 2005-08 HIV-AIDS programme; and how they...

      Indonesia: West Papua

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr Manfred Novak, on the use of torture by Indonesian security...

      Indonesia: West Papua

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Indonesia to allow freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly under the International...

      Indonesia: West Papua

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific measures they are taking to promote peaceful dialogue between West Papuan leaders and the Government of Indonesia in the search for a resolution to...

      Kosovo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the latest situation in Kosovo, what steps they are taking to ensure that the specific competences of the Provisional Institutions of...

      Kosovo: EU Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the European Union mission in Kosovo is assisting the people of Kosovo with access to justice by all appropriate support...

      Kosovo: EU Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their priorities for the European Union mission to Kosovo in assisting in the reduction of endemic unemployment with particular reference to its potential...

      Kosovo: EU Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment in connection with the European Union mission in Kosovo of unscheduled power cuts, an uneven distribution of electricity and the...

      Kosovo: EU Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their priorities for the European Union mission in Kosovo in promoting an equitable solution to the energy supply problems there.

      Passports: Entry Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rights of entry into the United Kingdom are given to non-European Union passport holders who have been granted (a) temporary, and (b) permanent entry permits...

      Police: 999 Response Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum response time target for a 999 call for police assistance; and which police forces in England have met this target over the most recent...

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the adverse effects of repeated transfers of prisoners on their mental health; and, if so, what steps they are taking to minimise...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the data security arrangements of HM Revenue and Customs, or its predecessor bodies, have ever been audited; and, if so, what were the conclusions of the...

      Sudan: Abyei Boundary Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Sudan over the past two years in favour of the recommendations of the Abyei Boundary Commission; and with...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will draw to the attention of the Enlargement Commissioner, Mr Olli Rehn, and other relevant officials at the European Commission the report of...

      Turkey: Political Parties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Government of Turkey's proposal to dissolve the Democratic Society Party and to disqualify its members for political life is compatible with its...

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