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Written answers

Thursday, 10 January 2008

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether an equal pay audit has been conducted for the Women and Equality Unit.

    • Forced Marriage Unit

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many alleged incidents of forced marriage have been reported to the Government's Forced Marriage Unit in each year since its establishment.

  • International Development

    • Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 469, on Bangladesh: overseas aid, what the estimated end of year...

    • Lesotho: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on the Lesotho Highlands Water project.

      Lesotho: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department has supported in Lesotho in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of his Department's bilateral spending is directed towards (a) tuberculosis and (b) tuberculosis/HIV; whether the UK's...

      Overseas Aid: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take to facilitate the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria reaching its target size of US$ 8...

      World Bank: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on (a) acceptable and (b) unacceptable conditionality for lending in relation to World Bank lending policy; and if...

      World Bank: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what response he has made to the World Bank's review of Conditionality in Development Policy published on 15 November 2007; and if he...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recycling scheme is in operation in each building operated by his Department.

    • English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available.

      National Identity Register

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

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Christmas Cards

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 746W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000 were...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many branded plastic bags the Electoral Commission has purchased in the last 24 months for...

    • Electoral Register

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

      Local Government: Norfolk

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the review by the Boundary Committee for England into restructuring of local...

      Local Government: Standards

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

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs first informed the police of the loss of the computer discs containing the data of child benefit claimants.

    • Council Tax Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account would be taken of a local income tax in Scotland when determining funding to be paid by the UK Government to Scotland for council tax benefit.

      Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), for what reasons he plans to transfer £70 million from voted capital DEL to non-voted near cash...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of when the last economic cycle concluded.

      International Monetary Fund: Gold

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic implications of the sale of gold by the International Monetary Fund.

      Personal Income: Yorkshire and Humber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the median household income was in each parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much PricewaterhouseCoopers will be paid to carry out the Poynter Review.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which budget the cost of the Poynter Review is being met; and what estimate he has made of the total expected cost of the review.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what security measures he has put in place to protect data exchanged via the HM Revenue and Customs website by contractors to file online returns under the...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what safeguards he has put in place to protect the data held by HM Revenue and Customs for the construction industry scheme.

      Tax Allowances: Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has produced on whether subscriptions to trades unions qualify for tax relief.

  • Transport

    • A303: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available from (a) central and (b) local government for road improvements to the A303 at Stonehenge in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

    • Crossrail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mayor of London and her Department on the Crossrail...

      Driving Under Influence: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to increase public awareness of the volumes and timings of alcohol consumption likely to result in reaching the...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries resulting from accidents on motorways in Hampshire there were in each of the last two years, broken down on a...

      Railways: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will hold an investigation into disruptions to the service on the Norwich to London railway line (a) at Christmas 2007 and (b) throughout 2007.

      Railways: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of train delays on the Norwich to London railway line were due to problems with overhead cables in 2007.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to ascertain the reasons for the delay in the completion of works to the railway infrastructure near London Liverpool Street...

      Railways: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 600W, on railways: safety measures, if she will place in the Library the full...

      Railways: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timescale is for a decision to be taken on the re-doubling of the Swindon-Kemble line.

      Roads: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what process a road safety grant, provided for by section 1 of the Road Safety Act 2006, is awarded to a local authority or any other body.

      Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will request Passenger Focus to conduct a study into passenger comfort on Desiro Class 450 trains; and if she will make a statement.

      West London Line: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the total cost of the proposed West London Line train station at Imperial Wharf.

  • Leader of the House

    • Communications Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1225W, on the communications allowance, why the allowance is being increased by the retail...

    • Communications Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1225W, on the communications allowance, what representations she has received supporting an...

      Communications Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1225W, on the communications allowance, what the aggregated budgeted expenditure on the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Leader of the House what audits her Office has carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Annual Army Abstracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the Annual Army Abstracts published since 1997.

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the rest and recuperation arrangements for armed forces personnel during their...

      Armed Forces: Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the provision of support to the former spouses of service personnel following marriage breakdown.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down by married accommodation location the married service personnel based at (a) Woolwich, (b) Wellington Barracks, (c) Hounslow and...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons were for the decision to change the abbreviated description for UK armed forces for badging and identification purposes while deployed...

      Army: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the monthly Defence Analytical Services Agency British Army Statistics Report issued since April 1997.

      Army: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total outflow and (b) voluntary exit rate was of (i) officers, (ii) other ranks and (iii) all personnel in the Army in each month since...

      Athena: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding the United Kingdom provided to the Athena provisional financing scheme in each year since 2004.

      Athena: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the EU's Athena budget was in each year since 2004; and what percentage of that budget was provided by the United Kingdom.

      Defence Analytical Services Agency: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the Defence Analytical Services Agency's (DASA) monthly price index booklet, (b) DASA's quarterly price...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency: Vector Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the basis was for the decision to sell the DARA Helicopter, Rotary Wing and Components business in Almondbank on to the Canadian company Vector...

      European Defence Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected budget is for the European Defence Agency in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many medical personnel were hired by his Department under private contract to work in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each of the last three...

      Kenya: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel are based in Kenya; and what their roles are.

      RAF: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total outflow and (b) voluntary exit rate was of (i) officers, (ii) other ranks and (iii) all personnel in the RAF in each month since...

      Royal Navy: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total outflow and (b) voluntary exit rate was of (i) officers, (ii) other ranks and (iii) all personnel in the Royal Navy in each month...

      Sierra Leone and the Balkans: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 11 June 2007, on Sierra Leone: peacekeeping operations, what progress has been made on reconciling casualty data for...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are in each readiness category, broken down by ship type.

      Weapons: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what records his Department holds on (a) the testing of weapons in space by other Governments over the last 10 years, (b) the volume of debris in low...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carbon Monoxide: Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to the Health and Safety Executive on annual testing of carbon monoxide alarms.

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the existing IT contract between his Department and EDS—Electronic Data Systems—will be transferred to the Child...

      Child Maintenance: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of child maintenance arrears that are uncollectable; and if he will make a...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy of the Child Support Agency is on British fathers paying child maintenance to non-British mothers resident in the UK.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 328-29W, on children: maintenance, how many individuals received a...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental...

      Community Care Grants: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of community care grants were awarded to pensioners in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Aviation

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department is making in its programme to rationalise its head office outside central London and maximise the flexible use of...

      Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the recently published letter from his Department to council revenue and benefit offices suspending...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's staff will be moving to the Peel Park site in the next six months; how many are working there; and how many will...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on recycling.

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what sustainability appraisal his Department has conducted of its recent relocation announcements; and what the outcome of the appraisal was.

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his Department's publication Ready for Work, what forecast he has made of (a) the likely number of work focused interviews which...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how long a person under 25 years old must (a) have not been in education, employment or training and (b) have been claiming jobseeker's...

      Financial Assistance Scheme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the administration of the financial assistance scheme in making timely payments to...

      Housing Benefit

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

      Incapacity Benefit: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk claiming incapacity benefits had drug or drink dependency as their primary medical...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incidents and (b) complaints were (i) reported to and (ii) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) enforcement notices have been served and (b) prosecutions have been initiated by health and safety inspectors under health and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what interpreter services are available to support Jobcentre Plus (a) interviews and (b) telephone calls; (2) which Jobcentre Plus...

      Marginal Tax Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the marginal deduction rate experienced by a lone parent, local authority tenant, with two children under 11, with...

      National Identity Register

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

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of employers paying employee pensions contributions at the reduced rate on national insurance fund...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes have fully wound up since 1997; how many are in the process of winding up; and what the total membership...

      Occupational Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to change the proportion of pension payments made to occupational pension scheme members who make claims to the...

      Pensioners: Macclesfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners in Macclesfield constituency claimed pension credit at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 October 2007, Official Report, column 2376W, on pensions, for what reason his Department's Resource Accounts...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have opted to contract out of the state second pension since its introduction.

      Pensions: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to prevent the fraudulent use of deceased pensioners' details; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions: National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who will reach state pension age between now and April 2010 with 30 years or fewer...

      Pensions: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of private sector employers who offered any pension to employees in each year since 1997 for which...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish estimates of the number of people living in poverty in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1508-09W, on the social fund, what definition his Department uses of...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made on achieving a single independent review of social fund claims.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of calls were connected to the social fund in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Social Fund: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people asked for a face to face interview about a social fund application and were not offered this in the latest month for which...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) on-flow and origin, (b) off-flow and destination and (c) stock figures for (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) incapacity benefit (not...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance started their claim since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on Post Office counters of the 2007 arrangements for paying benefits which would otherwise fall...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the likely increase in the number of claimants of (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 68WS, on Disability Benefits (European Court of...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 68WS, on disability benefits (European Court of...

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects on the payment of benefits to UK citizens resident elsewhere in the EU of the judgment of the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the basic state pension was for (a) couples and (b) single households, excluding other benefits and special payments in each year since...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households include no one in full-time employment; and what steps he has taken to tackle worklessness in the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Regional Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the gross value added of the Copeland area was dependent upon the farming industry in the latest period...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of England's comparative performance against (a) other EU member states, (b) Wales and (c)...

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total value is of single farm payments made to farmers within Copeland since the payments began.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of single farm payments owed to farmers within Copeland for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 has not yet been paid.

      Avian Influenza: Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will relax restrictions on pigeon flights arising from measures to combat avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza: Pigeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider the merits of taking steps to review the status of the Channel Islands in relation to restrictions on...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since 2000; and what estimate he has made of...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many air miles were travelled by (a) the Secretary of State and (b) Ministers in his Department on short haul flights...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on international flights in each year since it was established.

      Bats: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's responsibilities are for bat protection; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund differentiates between domestic and international flights.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what methodology is used by the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund to calculate the distance travelled to require one tonne of...

      Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what types of ear tag for cattle were shown to be most effective in the most recent survey of tags by his Department.

      Christmas

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

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to review the premises excluded from section 102 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, with...

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of new buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses,...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in procurement of goods and services from the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) new build and (b) refurbishment projects in 2005-06 met the targets under the Framework of Sustainable...

      Dredging: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of offshore aggregate dredging on sea defences and erosion along the East Anglian...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November, Official Report, column 616W, on early retirement, what estimate he has made of the...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November, Official Report, column 616W, on early retirement, what the grades are of those...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the revenue which will be obtained from auctioning of allowances under Phase II of the European...

      Farmers: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of farmers in Copeland who have diversified into other business areas in the latest...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 865W on Fisheries: Quotas, on what Quota Management...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to make changes to the management and quota arrangements for the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will...

      Floods: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to prevent flooding in Cleethorpes constituency; and what plans he has for additional steps to be...

      Floods: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make representations to Severn Trent plc to grant compensation to Gloucestershire residents who were without mains...

      Floods: Insurance Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will include representatives of insurance companies in the work of local flood forums.

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the flood warning system operated by the Environment Agency, including the most appropriate form...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the loss in income to farmers in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency as a consequence of the...

      Foot and Mouth Disease: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the impact of the recent foot and mouth disease outbreak on the agricultural economy of...

      Groundwater: Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the procedure is for monitoring groundwater levels; how frequently such monitoring is carried out; and what plans he has...

      Warm Front Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the total costs of all Warm Front schemes were material costs in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Warm Front Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in how many and what proportion of cases the cost of Warm Front work recommended exceeded the available grant (a) in...

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what pollution incidents there were involving more than 0.01 tonnes of spillage in the Irish Sea in each year since 2003; on...

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of tribulyte tin from ships on the marine environment in the Irish Sea.

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place to monitor the effect of the tribulyte tin from ships on the marine environment in the Irish Sea.

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his next OSPAR quality status report on the Irish Sea is due; and if he will make a statement.

      Meat: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that meat is not imported from countries which are experiencing problems with foot and...

      Members: Correspondence

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

      Mushrooms: Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mushroom composting plants there are in England.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to make use of data on the national identity register when it is established; and what the...

      Recycling: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion and volume of household waste collected for recycling was sent (a) overseas and (b) to China, for...

      Recycling: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of performance against targets set for local authorities on recycling and composting, in each...

      Rural Payments Agency: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Rural Payments Agency has to hold a Christmas party or parties in 2007.

      Rural Payments Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the Rural Payments Agency's income was spent on (a) administration and (b) payments to farmers in each...

      Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the effect of the proposals...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to simplify the infrastructure and division of responsibilities between the responsible agencies in...

      Sheep Meat: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what rules his Department has set for the export of lamb carcases with mesenteric fat attached.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has made of the number of waste...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme has given to local authorities on whether the...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which waste collection authorities in England, according to records held by (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to allow charges for householders using civic amenity sites to dispose of household residual waste.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fixed penalties were issued for (a) putting domestic rubbish in the wrong container, (b) leaving domestic rubbish...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research and statistical data gathering has been conducted by the Waste Resources Action Programme into the proportion...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the additional revenue to be raised from new bin taxes on family homes.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which waste collection authorities have expressed an interest in taking part in the pilots for the new proposed household...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on charging charity shops for waste disposal; and if he...

      Waste Disposal: Radioactive Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects his Department to make a formal response to the recently concluded public consultation on managing...

      Water: Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the sources of nitrates found in water; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Government Departments: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what rules are in place for deciding which outsourced Government projects should be put to open tender.

    • Honours: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) which external law firms or barristers were paid from the public purse for legal advice to employees in connection with the police inquiry...

  • Justice

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to change the law on burials, with particular reference to the re-use of graves; and if he will make a statement.

    • Civil Proceedings: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are in prison for (a) non-payment of fines, (b) civil debt and (c) other civil matters; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 507W, on courts: Colchester, when in 2008 he expects the outline business case for a...

      Departmental Corporate Hospitality

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

      Driving Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) women and (b) men were convicted for drink driving offences in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid Scheme: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the online computer system for reporting legal aid claims by solicitors was originally planned to come into operation.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many briefings have been presented to Ministers on the Tasker inquiry; what the date of each briefing was; how many pages were contained in each...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many investigations carried out by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman since 2001 have been conducted by staff who used to work for HM Prison...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) casual staff employed by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman have previously been employed by HM Prison...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether asylum seekers who are given leave to remain in the UK because their files have been lost are entitled to backdate benefits claims.

    • Chinese Community: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by whom and for what reasons television and other media were invited to attend the raid in Chinatown on 11 October; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Minimum Wage

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the winter supplementary estimates (HC 29), if she will break down her Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter...

      Frontiers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had with the Irish government on the introduction of the e-borders system in Great Britain; and what the...

      Frontiers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she first informed the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland of plans to introduce an e-borders system.

      Frontiers: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has made to the Irish government on adopting an e-borders system compatible with the UK system.

      Identity Management Public Private Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will publish the report of the Crosby review of identity management.

      Immigration: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures she has put in place to ensure that immigrants applying for skilled jobs in the UK who are from countries where English is not...

      Police: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made by (a) police and (b) immigration officers for offences under the Immigration Act 1971 in each year since 1997.

      Prisons: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Reading, East (Mr. Wilson) of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 169W, on prisons:...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what use the Police Service of Northern Ireland has made of street bail since the power was introduced; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Correspondence

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

      Members' Correspondence

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

      Police Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which police stations in Northern Ireland he expects to have closed by the end of 2009.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1473-74W, on prisoners: foreigners, what provision has been made for...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, column 1474W, on prisons: education, what the earliest anticipated date is that...

      Rape: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons in Northern Ireland have been victims of rape in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Cosmetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department and its predecessor on (a) make-up artists for media appearances and (b) cosmetics for...

    • Council Tax: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether ground source heat pumps are taken into account in the valuation of a property for council tax purposes by the Valuation...

      Crossrail Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many years the supplementary business rate on London businesses will remain in force to pay for Crossrail.

      Crossrail Line: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her proposals to allow a supplementary business rate to be levied will apply to London; and whether local authorities...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which section in her Department is responsible for answering correspondence from hon. Members and peers; and how many staff work...

      Fire Services: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target for Gershon savings the Government has set for (a) each stand alone fire authority and (b) each fire authority...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value was of discretionary housing payments made by each local authority in the last year for which figures are...

      Housing: Haringey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when Haringey council and Homes for Haringey will be given their full funding under the Decent Homes Programme for improvement...

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking on overcrowding in housing following the Tackling Overcrowding consultation.

      Housing: Renewable Energy

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

      Land Use Planning Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the hon. Member for Truro and St Austell is expected to publish the conclusions of her review of land use and planning.

      Local Government Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many referendums have taken place on whether to establish an elected mayor since 1997.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the funding allocated to local authorities to deliver the Community Empowerment Action Plan is (a) new and (b)...

      Ministerial Duties: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of his working week the Minister for the West Midlands spent carrying out his regional responsibilities in the...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the receipts from supplementary business rates may be used for capital expenditure other than on infrastructure and...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors she took into account when deciding whether to conduct a consultation on introducing supplementary business rates.

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the business rate multiplier, including each of the different rates for small and large firms, was in each year since the...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which property attributes will form part of the Valuation Office Agency's multiple regression analysis in its proposed Automated...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the rateable value of a business premises changes between statutory revaluations if there is a material change to the...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the rateable value of a business premises is re-assessed when it is (a) sold and (b) rented to a different body...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public authority retains the revenue from civic penalty notices issued for failure to provide information requested for...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to review business rate relief for (a) previously developed and (b) derelict land.

      Planning Permission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the de minimis threshold will be for a residential planning application to incur the new standard planning charge.

      Public Houses: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency collates information on (a) pub quizzes, (b) darts and (c) pool tables when valuing...

      Social Security Benefits: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what local area agreements have been agreed on targets for the number of (a) benefit awards and (b) unclaimed benefits; and...

      Valuation Office: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether there is (a) a termination date and (b) an option to terminate in the contract between Cole Layer Trumble and...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Better Regulation Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last met officials of the Better Regulation Executive to discuss the reduction of regulatory burdens on industry.

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate he has made of the financial effect on UK industry of changes in the level of the burden of...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made in developing methods to measure the impact of regulatory burden reduction in those areas...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made by the Better Regulation Executive in working with industry to reduce regulatory burdens.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses his Department has consulted to identify areas for potential regulatory burden reduction in the...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps his Department is taking to determine the effects of reductions in regulatory burdens on businesses...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) by what mechanisms his Department measures the effectiveness of the means by which businesses are made aware of...

      Farmers: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many farmers in Copeland have declared bankruptcy over the last 20 years.

      Fisheries: Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of commercial fishermen in (a) England, (b) the north-west and (c) Copeland have been declared...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what effect the Review of the Postal Services Sector announced in his written ministerial statement of 17 December...

      Post Offices: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the staffing establishment was at the main post office in Church Street, Peterborough, on 31 December (a)...

      Regional Development Agencies: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of whether the South East of England Regional Development Agency offers value for money.

      Skilled Workers: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the UK restaurant trade of skilled chefs from abroad needing to...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small to medium sized businesses there were in each region of the UK in each of the last 20 years.

  • Health

    • Broadmoor Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attacks on staff were recorded at Broadmoor Hospital in each year since 1997.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial support and (b) advice on rights is available to carers who (i) live and (ii) work in (A) Leyton and Wanstead constituency, (B)...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the report into the findings of the National Treatment Agency survey into drug treatment projects.

      Henderson Hospital: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the planned closure of the Henderson Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the ability of patients with (a) mental illness and (b) learning difficulties to access (i) NHS emergency treatment...

      Mental Health

      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, how much of the...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many successful appeals against involuntary detention for treatment there were in each London mental health trust in each of the past five years; and...

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 655W, on mental health services: hospital beds, how many community psychiatric nurses...

      Overcrowding: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects of overcrowding in housing on health; (2) what steps he has taken to ensure that the effects...

      Pathology: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient pathologists are trained to carry out specialist examinations on deceased children; (2) how many...

      Personality Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in England who have a severe personality disorder; how many are receiving treatment; what...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was raised from prescription charges in 2006-07; (2) what the total cost was of collecting prescription charges in the last financial year.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of civilians killed by the recent bombing at Nabo Aka in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) the British Government, (b) the British army and (c) coalition forces in Afghanistan have had with the...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition the Government uses of the Taliban.

      Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings have taken place in (a) Helmand Province and (b) Afghanistan in the last 12 months between British...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the European Refugee Fund was spent in each member state in each year since 2000; and on what types of projects.

      Ballistic Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he was formally consulted by the Secretary of State for Defence on the request by the US to use RAF Menwith Hill as...

      Colombia: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to encourage the Colombian Government to investigate alleged murders of civilians by the...

      Committee of Permanent Representatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people form the UK's (a) Committee of Permanent Representatives I and (b) Committee of Permanent Representatives II...

      EC Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of primary legislation passed between 3 May 1997 and 27 June 2007 originated in (a) EU regulations, (b) EU...

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) polling in the UK on EU-related issues and (b) publications and advertising relating to...

      Gibraltar: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the EU's position on Gibraltar in relation to the proposed Race Directive.

      International Cooperation: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to assist other governments to make mining practices safer and to reduce numbers of...

      Kenya: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British ex-patriates are living in Kenya; and what provisional plans the Government have to repatriate them.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter dated 28 November, from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton, regarding Mrs H. Malik.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter, dated 21 November, from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton, regarding Mr I. Rigby.

      Pakistan: 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 Pakistan.

      Palestinians: EU aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to ensure that EU aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories is used for legal and legitimate purposes.

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the reported seizure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimate is of the proportion of children known to be eligible for free school meals in each academy and its...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many reports have been made to his Department's nominated officers under paragraph 16 of the revised Civil Service Code since...

      Extra-curricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in Hendon are offering extended hours; what additional services they are providing in the extended hours; what...

      Family Fund: Eligibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will increase the age limit for recipients of Family Fund grants to enable those between 16 and 18-years-old to qualify; and...

      Graduates: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people from (a) Cumbria and (b) Copeland graduated from higher education in each of the last 10 years.

      Secondary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of secondary school pupils were taught in schools with more than (a) 1,000 pupils, (b) 1,500 pupils...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16 to 18-year-olds are not in education, training or employment.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Cross-disciplinary Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much research council spending has been allocated to cross-disciplinary research over the next comprehensive spending...

    • Physics Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support physics research in the UK.

      Leitch Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has for implementing the recommendations of the Leitch report.

      Russell Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Russell Group of universities on widening access.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the advice available to young people on apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many apprenticeships were offered by (a) central Government, (b) local government and (c) other public bodies in each...

      Manufacturing Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that manufacturing businesses benefit from innovations developed in English...

      Train to Gain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Train to Gain provision in the west midlands; and if he will make a statement.

      Advanced Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the availability of advanced apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement.

      Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council provided to the Sustainability of Land Use and...

      Higher Education: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of 18 to 22-year-old people from the City of Sunderland were studying at university (a) in 1997 and (b) at...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 50 (a) universities and (b) further education colleges have the highest numbers of non-European Union students...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many reviews were conducted by his Department and its predecessor into the workings of the Student Loans Company in the...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students from each London borough entering higher education applied for loans from the Student Loans Company in each...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the announcement on 14 December that a new case of Blue Tongue had been confirmed in a cow near Middlesbrough, whether restrictions are now in place to...

    • Animal Welfare: African Horse Sickness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to produce a vaccine to combat a possible outbreak of African Horse Sickness, whether within the United Kingdom or through the European...

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of Home Office licence applications were granted and refused under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

      Climate Change: Bali Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which main results they expect from the Bali Climate Change Conference on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the post-Kyoto plan after 2012.

      Climate Change: Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 December (WA 160-1), whether the electricity supply industry delivered the emission reductions that the United...

      Climate Change: Kyoto Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the United Kingdom Kyoto targets will be met through (a) domestic action, and (b) the use of overseas credits.

      Combustion Plants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Large Combustion Plants (National Emissions Reduction Plan) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2325), why, under Regulation 5, the Secretary of State...

      Common Land

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Works on Common Land, etc. (Procedure) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2588), why an applicant shall be allowed not to send a notice...

      Department for Transport: BAA Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals are currently on secondment to BAA from the Department for Transport or vice versa; and how many such secondments have occurred in the past...

      Department for Transport: BAA Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any employee or representative of BAA is currently sitting on any task or working party appointed by the Department for Transport; and, if so, what is the...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 23 October (WA 100) regarding National Health Service provision of three in vitro fertilisation cycles to...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 3 December (WA 160) regarding the lack of women who underwent ovarian stimulation specifically to donate...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is meant by the terms (a) donor, and (b) inter-species embryos, in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of research licence applications were granted and refused by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority since 2001.

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 12 December (WA 57) indicating that the frequency with which more than 20 eggs are collected in a single...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will define the word "serious" where it is used in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in relation to its provisions permitting organs to be...

      Gershon Review: DfID

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

      Gershon Review: Ministry of Justice

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

      Government: Data Loss

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list every occasion on which loss of data by a government department or agency has been reported to the Information Commissioner in the last 12...

      Guyana: Rainforest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposal that a band of forest along the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela should be designated as the Essequibo Peace Park,...

      Guyana: Rainforest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of President Jagdeo's proposal to make the Essequibo forests a carbon sink to the rest of the world.

      Guyana: Rainforest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What communications they have had with the Government of Guyana about the proposal made by President Jagdeo on 1 December that Guyana's rainforests be preserved...

      Health: Audiology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many qualified audiologists are employed by the National Health Service.

      Health: Diabetes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will contact the strategic health authorities responsible for primary care trusts (PCTs) in areas where specialist foot services for people with...

      Health: Hydroxyl Radical Generators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made by the Department of Health, or by the Health Protection Agency, of the effectiveness of using hydroxyl radical generators which...

      Health: Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each year between 1992 and 2006, or as early and as late as data are available between those years, whether they will provide, in tabular form, the proportion...

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the National Stroke Strategy does not include a section on preventing and treating stroke in children with sickle cell disease.

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have sickle cell disease in the United Kingdom.

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people with sickle cell disease have suffered a stroke because of their condition in (a) 2005; (b) 2006; and (c) 2007.

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the number of people with sickle cell disease in the United Kingdom is expected to increase over the next 10 years.

      High Hedges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, under the high hedges legislation contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, the Local Government Ombudsman does not recognise loss of enjoyment of home...

      High Hedges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, under the high hedges legislation contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, the only recourse complainants have is to the Local Government...

      High Hedges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the guidelines issued to councils, High Hedges Complaints: Prevention and Cure; and, in particular, whether they have assessed...

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have held any discussions with other European Union member state Governments on the eventual introduction of a harmonised European Union identity card...

      International Development: NHS Links

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many NHS Links have benefited from the development awareness grants offered by the Department for International Development over the last five years; and what...

      International Development: NHS Links

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What kinds of government funds are accessible to NHS Links that are already established but need small-scale investment in order to grow and diversify their...

      International Development: School and NHS Links

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been spent by the Department for International Development over the last five years on (a) schools' links with developing countries; (b) higher...

      Jordan: EU Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek to increase the proportion of European Union assistance to Jordan devoted to good government, human rights and democracy.

      Justice: Overseas Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they invite overseas judges, prosecutors and senior police officers to Britain, and in particular those from countries on or near the Mediterranean and...

      Nanoparticles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to increase research into risks associated with nanoparticles following the recommendations made by the Royal Society and the Royal...

      National Parks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to Regulation 10 of the National Park Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2542), how an inspector will...

      Orange Halls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Orange Halls in Northern Ireland have been damaged as a result of attacks in each year since 2000, including today in 2007; and in each year how many...

      Orange Halls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to amend legislation to allow the payment of compensation for damage to Orange Halls, as amended by the Secretary of State in February.

      Palace of Westminster: Public Entrance

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What was the construction time, original and outturn cost of the new public entrance at St Stephen's entrance, and what were the reasons for any cost overrun.

      Planning: Design Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to implement the recommendation of the Callcutt Review of House-building Delivery that there should be a design review process for house...

      Police: Search Warrants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the police are required to take before a magistrate can sign a warrant for the police to search private premises; and How many search warrants have been...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the locations of the five sites they are considering for the proposed new prison in Northern Ireland.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to make the areas around the entrances to Civil Service buildings smoke-free.

      Universities: Physics and Chemistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will launch fresh discussions with United Kingdom university and faculty planners to counter the continued reduction in physics and chemistry degree...

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