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Written answers

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on the Government estate in 2008.

    • Fisheries: Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will break down by the subheading his Department's budget for fisheries enforcement in 2007-08; and if he will make a...

      Floods: Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will invite local authorities to encourage parish councillors to act as flood wardens to alert the most vulnerable...

      Irish Sea: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent co-operation between the Government and the Government of the Republic of Ireland...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will ensure that less than 70 per cent. of England will be designated as nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs);...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what scientific and other reasons under the nitrate vulnerable zones legislation there is (a) a six month slurry storage...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce a longer time period for compliance with the requirements of the nitrates vulnerable zone directive.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy for the Government's new action programme proposals to be waived in those areas of existing...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will undertake more intensive monitoring of those areas where nitrate vulnerable zone designation has been...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department takes into account farmers' views on the proposed new nitrate vulnerable zones legislation.

      Nitrates: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to introduce a derogation from the 170kgsN/ha whole farm limit to as near a 250kgsN/ha limit as...

      Nitrates: Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on trends in overall nitrate levels in monitored rivers in England.

      Sea Fishing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the Marine Bill White Paper and associated Regulatory Impact Assessment, what consultation responses have...

      Sea Fishing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect that the introduction of a sea-angling licence would have upon the economy of UK...

      Sea Fishing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs of the (a) introduction and (b) policing of a requirement for recreational...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, what legal...

      Seas and Oceans: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 712W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, under what...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provisions are in place to compensate customers whose water supply is interrupted by (a) works caused by a leak or...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which governments he plans to make representations to support the international moratorium on whaling prior to the...

  • Wales

    • Tower Colliery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the closure of Tower Colliery.

    • Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the transfer of jobs from RAF Cosford to RAF St. Athan.

      Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the future of the economy in Wales.

      Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the future of the economy in Wales.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received on the world heritage sites in Wales.

      Seaside Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings he has had with Cabinet and Welsh Assembly Government colleagues on the co-ordination of policy on seaside towns in Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent assessment he has made of levels of prison overcrowding in Wales.

      Health Services: Cross Border Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on cross-border health service issues affecting England and Wales.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the further steps he is taking to meet the Government's target to reduce...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, how many civilians are employed by his...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government has taken to assist personnel with settling back into the community on return from operational duties.

      Armed Forces: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's Annual Road Safety Report issued since 1997-98.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many housing association tenants live in his Department's accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government have taken to tackle mental health issues arising among armed forces personnel, with particular reference to those returning...

      Armed Forces: Peace Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the peace establishment was of the 4th Regiment of the Royal Artillery before its deployment to Afghanistan; what the strength was of the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many explosive devices have been activated against or by (a) Mastiff and (b) Vector/Pinzgauer vehicles since being deployed to theatre; how many...

      Delivery Services

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recycling scheme is in operation in each building operated by his Department.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service members the 25 December 2007 Permanent Joint Headquarters Personnel Report stated were in (a) Iraq, (b) Kuwait, (c) Bahrain,...

      Kuwait

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

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police officers there were in each year since 1997.

      Princess Royal Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he proposes to take to preserve the site-based evidence relating to the deaths of army recruits at Deepcut barracks between 1995 and 2002...

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the (a) C130K and (b) C130J Hercules fleets will be moving from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton.

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the effect on the number of civilians employed at RAF Lyneham of the transfer of the support contract to a new...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House of Commons Finance and Administration Department: Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the Department of Finance and Administration cost to run in (a) 1986, (b) 1996 and (c) 2006.

    • House of Commons Finance and Administration Department: Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many members of staff worked in the Department of Finance and Administration in (a) 1986, (b) 1996 and...

      House of Commons: Planning

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many building projects the Commission has commissioned since 1997; and how many of them were (a) over...

      Poultry Meat

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what proportion of chicken served on the House of Commons estate was free range in the most recent period for...

      Visitor Reception Building

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how late the new visitor centre is; what extension of time has been granted; and what the overspend will be.

  • Transport

    • A2: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate was made of the cost of constructing a bridleway to connect Down's Road and Hog Lane on the A2 road in Gravesham.

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with BAA on screening passengers passing through scanners at airport security points more quickly.

      Seafarers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken in response to the European Commission warning of possible court action against the UK for failing to implement...

      Driving: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to require foreign nationals to demonstrate a year's driving without offences in the UK before they are able to apply...

      Great Western Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of train (a) punctuality and (b) overcrowding on the Weymouth to Bristol line; and if she will make a statement.

      Network Rail: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she had with Network Rail on rail network engineering projects over the Christmas period; what action she took following those...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Department has taken to ensure Network Rail is improving its safety procedures following the Waterloo derailments of 11 September and 24...

      Railways: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the steps being taken by train operating companies to reduce numbers of assaults on platform and train staff.

      Railways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of railway line are available to freight traffic only.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of train (a) punctuality and (b) overcrowding on the line between Tamworth and London.

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will pursue provisions requiring (a) an additional train coach to the current two car unit service operating hourly and (b) a half hourly...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 9W, on railways: standards, how many passengers were given the opportunity by (a)...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will require all non-UK registered heavy goods vehicles using UK roads to be equipped to the standards required of UK registered vehicles, with...

      Travel Concession Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in which areas of the travel concession authorities' financial expenditure her Department expects that Gershon savings can be found.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent from its (a) running costs and (b) programme expenditure on consultants in (i) 2004-05, (ii)...

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether personal data for which her Department is responsible is (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if she will make a...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect on payments made under the Fire Service Pension Scheme from the likely change in the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from organisations calling for energy performance certificates to be attached...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of prospective home buyers who have made use of the home information...

      Homes and Communities Agency: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether agents of the Homes and Communities Agency will have the power to enter private property.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expenditure from the public purse has been in the Stroud district on (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing in...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment her Department has made of the use of the Planning Policy Statement 22 viability clause in the practical...

      Immigration: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her most recent estimate is of the number of additional new households which will be formed in the next 25 years beyond...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what means her Department ensures that park home residents are informed of changes in legislation governing park homes.

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions her Department has had with developers on the Merton Rule.

      Racial Discrimination: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's policy is on the EU's proposed definition of indirect discrimination in the draft Race Directive.

      Second Homes: National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the merits of a ban on extensions to second homes in national parks.

      Self-Employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many self-employed people were under contract to (a) her Department, (b) the Government offices for the regions and (c)...

      Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many days of agency work were paid for by (a) her Department, (b) the Government offices for the regions and (c) the...

      Urban Areas: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what consideration will be given to local development frameworks when considering planning applications for eco-towns; (2)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will answer Question 166020, on engagements of the Minister for Sport, tabled on 15 November 2007 by the hon. Member for...

    • GCap Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Ministers in his Department received requests for a meeting with GCap Media to discuss the radio licensing regime operated by...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how long stakeholders were given to comment on a draft of the guidance on Expedited Licence reviews under the Violent Crime Reduction...

      London Bubble Theatre Company: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the future funding proposals for the London Bubble Theatre Company by Arts Council England.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Taliban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with officials in his Department on negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan; and if he will...

    • India: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a further round of the ad hoc EU-India human rights dialogue has been scheduled.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts on Iran's nuclear programme and the use of (a) sanctions and (b)...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of academies there will be between 2007-08 and 2020-21.

    • Academies: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the tender process will be for the design and build of the federated academy on the Isle of Sheppey; and what steps he has...

      Academies: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of potential bidders for the design and build contract for the federated academy on the...

      Academies: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what freedoms accrue to academies as a consequence of his policy that they do not have to follow national curriculum...

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies (a) are and (b) will be sponsored or co-sponsored by universities; and if he will make a statement.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the timetable for Phase II of Building Schools for Future.

      Children in Care: Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children referred to pupil referral units as a result of their behaviour were looked after children in the...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what new children's centres he plans to open in Hendon; when and where each is expected to open; what the original timetable...

      Children: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether improved joint working across agencies for services to children with speech, language and communication difficulties will...

      Children: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department will provide to children's trusts and their partners to ensure that by 2010 they have in place...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 380W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over...

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the four independent settings are that are the main providers of a child's education but not currently registered with either...

      Education: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to engage parents further in the education of their children.

      Educational Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what definition he uses of institution as used in section 76(1)b of the Education and Skills Bill; (2) how many...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were entered for a GCE A-level in (a) accounting, (b) art and design, (c) biology, (d) business studies, (e)...

      GCE A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people are studying (a) sports studies, (b) PE, (c) photography, (d) performing arts, (e) performance studies, (f)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons the Government target for GCSE performance is measured against the standard of performance at a C grade or...

      Geronimo Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what payments have been made by Geronimo Communications to (a) his Department and (b) officials in his Department in each year...

      Geronimo Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which officials in his Department have managed the contract with Geronimo Communications since 1 January 2000; and if he will make...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of children identified as gifted and talented achieved level 7 in (a) English and (b) science at Key Stage...

      Gifted Children: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children identified as gifted and talented are entitled to free school meals.

      Gifted Children: GCE A-Levels

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

      Gifted Children: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children identified as gifted and talented did not achieve 5 A*-Cs, including English and mathematics, at GCSE...

      Headteachers: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of head teachers in (a) Southampton, (b) Romsey and (c) Hampshire are within (i) one year, (ii) two years,...

      Islington Green Academy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which trust has donated money to the Islington Green Academy via the City University; and if he will make a statement.

      Languages: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to extend modern foreign language teaching in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; whether he plans to make...

      London Academy Edgware

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families where the London Academy is ranked amongst schools for results at each key stage; and what the Academy's value-added measures were...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for how many weeks on average three and four-year-old children received the free nursery entitlement in (a) 2004-05, (b)...

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parenting contracts have been issued in each year since 2004.

      Pre-School Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Hendon and (b) Barnet aged (i) three and (ii) four are benefiting from the free early years programme;...

      Pre-School Education: Southern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 10 July 2007, Official Report, column 1404W, on pre-school education: southern region, if he will...

      Private Education: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what dates changes were made to the wording of his Department's consultation document on the transfer of responsibility for the...

      Pupils: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to issue guidance to nursery schools on the provision of spring-activated automatic injection device pre-loaded...

      Pupils: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will introduce compulsory and random drug tests in all state schools for pupils over 15 years old.

      Qualifications: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of GCSE students in schools in Hendon constituency achieved five or more A* to C grades inclusive in (a) 1997 and...

      School Meals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what financial support his Department provides to schools in Hendon to improve school food; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made on bringing around 3,500 secondary school buildings up to 21st century standards; and if he...

      Schools: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average (a) level of school attendance and (b) number of exclusions per pupil was in Hendon schools in the latest...

      Schools: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent (a) teaching assistants, (b) support staff and (c) teachers were employed in schools in Hendon in...

      Social Services: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to support parents during the first year of a child's life.

      Special Educational Needs: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children attending schools in Norfolk have special educational needs without a statement; how many...

      Special Educational Needs: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) percentage and (b) number of students in Barnet have special educational needs but are without statements; where this...

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what schools in Norfolk have specialist status; what the specialty is in each case; how much each such school has received in...

      Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 270W, on Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National...

      Sports: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to promote sport in Hendon schools; what funding is being provided to school sport partnerships for...

      St. Joseph's College Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the future of (a) St. Joseph's College in Stoke-on-Trent and (b) St. George's School in Salford.

      Teachers: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the age discrimination implications of the new qualification requirements for early years...

      Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department has provided to secondary schools on the teaching of low ability readers by the method of...

      Teenage Pregnancy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what budget has been allocated to the Teenage Pregnancy Unit for the next three financial years; (2) what projects are...

  • Home Department

    • Arrests: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) being drunk and disorderly, (ii) being found drunk on a highway, public place or on...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum claimants have received leave to remain as a result of grant of (a) asylum, (b) humanitarian protection, (c) discretionary...

      Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK in (a) 1997 and (b) at the most recent date for which...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of cases of criminal damage which occurred after 9:00 pm in each of the last two years.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of crime there were in each of the last 25 years, broken down by (a) police and (b) local authority area.

      Criminal Records Bureau: Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Criminal Records Bureau policy is on the diversion of office telephone lines to personal telephones.

      Deportation: China and Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Nigerian and (b) Chinese nationals are in prison in the UK; and in respect of how many such people deportation was judicially...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the cost to the criminal justice system associated with the criminal activity of problematic drug users in 2007-08.

      Drugs: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will outsource drug work currently undertaken by statutory authorities to private charities; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will announce a timetable for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on People Trafficking; and if she will make a statement.

      Licensed Premises: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum increase in business rates is that can be levied on licensed premises in an alcohol disorder zone.

      National Firearms Licensing Management System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of (a) the compatibility of the software used in the National Firearms Licensing Management System with...

      Passports: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pensioners in (a) Hendon and (b) the UK have received free passports.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) robberies and (b) burglaries were reported in each Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Unit in each of the last...

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households have used the Lock Out Crime scheme in Northern Ireland since inception.

      Prisoners: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what monitoring takes place of mail (a) sent to and (b) received by inmates in Northern Ireland prisons.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place to provide counselling and advice to victims of male rape in Northern Ireland.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many accusations of rape were withdrawn in circumstances where admission of false allegations were made in Northern Ireland in each of the...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bank of Credit and Commerce International: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the administration and liquidation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International began; what fees were...

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals in each (a) age cohort and (b) London borough filed for bankruptcy in each year since 1997; and...

      Christmas

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many branded plastic bags his Department has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and...

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the investigation of Farepak will be finalised and the report published.

      Fuel Poverty: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many households are classified as living in fuel poverty in each London borough.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role the new Local Better Regulation Office will play in the enforcement of home information pack regulations by...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken to encourage householders to access the low carbon building programme.

      Industry: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate he has made of the watts of heat which were generated by British industries between November 2006...

      Insolvency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that all complaints against insolvency practitioners are...

      Insolvency: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many complaints made against insolvency practitioners in the last 10 years were not resolved within five years.

      Insolvency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will investigate instances of insolvency practitioners charging more than £500 per hour.

      Insolvency: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to investigate those cases where the fees paid to insolvency practitioners exceed 10 per...

      Insolvency: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many insolvency practitioners have been licensed by each of the recognised supervisory bodies.

      Insolvency: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward legislative proposals to achieve the regulation of the insolvency industry by a single...

      Maxwell Companies: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the administration and liquidation of the Maxwell Group of Companies began; what fees were collected by...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letters of 10 October 2007 and 23 November 2007, with...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to make use of data on the national identity register when they are established; and...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) with reference to the answer of 8 July 2006, Official Report, columns 779-80W, on nuclear power stations,...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from energy companies interested in building new nuclear power stations on...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1073W, on the political levy, what guidance has...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1073W, on the political levy, according to...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what Crown post offices there are, broken down by Government Region; and in each case whether the premises are...

      Regional European Offices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much central Government funding the North West Brussels Office received in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, (1) what discussions he has had with representatives of other Governments on whaling since the IWC59 meeting; and if he will make a...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Leader of the House whether any of her special advisers have outside appointments.

    • Members: Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House what estimate she has made of the required rate of employer contribution to the pension scheme of hon. Members using the FRS 17 accounting standard to assess the...

  • Justice

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) cautions and (b) fines have been issued for (i) vandalism, (ii) graffiti, (iii) litter and (iv) antisocial behaviour in each district and...

    • Chelmsford Prison: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many suicides there have been in Chelmsford Prison since 4 May 2007; what steps are being taken to prevent suicides at Chelmsford Prison; and...

      Chorley Magistrates Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court cases are due to be heard in the Chorley, South Ribble and Ormskirk magistrates courts; what steps he is taking to ensure that cases are...

      Courts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid from the public purse to interpreters in the courts in the Greater London area in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) full-time and (b) deputy district judges there were in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals were given a custodial sentence followed by a recommendation for deportation in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) budget and (b) official facilities provision he has made for the review of the sharing and protection of personal information being led by...

      Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time officials from his Department are working on the review of the sharing and protection of personal information being led by Professor...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many absconders there have been from HMP (a) Highdown and (b) Downview in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the maximum capacity is of each secure accommodation site to hold prisoners serving a life sentence; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the prison population were serving a life sentence in each year since 2000, in each secure accommodation site; and if he...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the prison population were serving an indeterminate sentence in each year since their introduction, in each secure...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the prison population are being detained as a result of probation recall in (a) total and (b) each region; and if he...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who had been in prison for (a) more than 10 years, (b) between five and 10 years, (c) between two and five years and (d) between one...

  • Treasury

    • Academies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make a statement on the progress of the review of academy schools by the Number 10 Delivery Unit; (2) what the names are of all those who...

    • Carbon Markets Expert Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 809W, on Carbon Markets Expert Group, when invitations will be issued to...

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what outsourced couriers and postal service providers HM Revenue and Customs has used since 2005-06; and how much was paid to such providers in (a)...

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of total mail deliveries made on behalf of his Department and its agencies were carried out by mail carriers employed by HM Revenue and...

      Departmental Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs will hold a (i) Christmas pantomime or similar production and (ii) Christmas party in 2007.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times the police have investigated security breaches in agencies of his Department in the last five years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many discrete physical searches there have been in his Department for missing data discs in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of discs containing data protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 that were sent to the National Audit...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any of his Department's special advisers have outside appointments.

      Departmental Public Bodies

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

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Dismissal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs staff in (a) total, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e) Northern Ireland and (f) each region of England were...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider derogating from EU regulations, as negotiated by the French Government, to enable a reduction in fuel duty in rural areas by three per...

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) net and (b) gross (i) household and (ii) national savings rate was (A) quarterly and (B) annually in each year for which data is available.

      Marginal Tax Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 617W, on marginal tax rates, what estimate he has made of the number of households...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire's letter of 9 November 2007 on capital gains tax and the loss of indexation allowance...

      Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department (a) directly and (b) through an employment agency in each of the last 10 years; what...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of accident and emergency department admissions at (a) Barnet and Chase Farm hospital, (b) Royal Free hospital and (c) Northwick Park...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at (a) Barnet Hospital accident and emergency department, (b) Royal Free Hospital accident and emergency department and...

      Ambulance Services: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to improve emergency ambulance services in Barnet; (2) what the (a) target response time and (b) average response time...

      Ambulance Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of running the Ambulance Control Centre was in (a) Shropshire and (b) Warwickshire in (i) 2004 and (ii) 2006.

      Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the review of services at Barnet and Chase Farm hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress is being made on the breast screening service in Barnet; what estimate he has made of how long it will take to clear outstanding...

      Cancer: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of cancer patients in Barnet were (a) seen and (b) treated within the target time of (i) one month from diagnosis to...

      Chiropody: Stoke-on-Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of NHS chiropody services for pensioners in Stoke-on-Trent; and if he will make a statement.

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women were screened by each local Chlamydia screening programme in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.

      Contraception: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS community contraception clinics there are in (a) Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Southern Test Valley.

      Contraception: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is provided for (a) boys and (b) girls aged between 13 and 15 on the services provided by NHS community contraception clinics.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 996W, on departmental expenditure, what written guidance documents were provided by...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 6.2 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, on which local authority schemes there was slippage; and for each such scheme...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 6.4 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, for what reasons his Department underspent its non-cash budget by £490...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 4.34 of the NHS in England's Operating Framework for 2008-09, if he will break down the £5,859 million from central budgets to...

      Departmental Regulation

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

      Developing Patient Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to fund Developing Patient Partnerships beyond April 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Edgware Hospital: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being considered to provide more beds at Edgware hospital.

      Edgware Hospital: Ophthalmology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in allowing opticians to refer patients direct for ophthalmology services at Edgware Hospital.

      Edgware Hospital: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to develop rehabilitation services at Edgware hospital.

      Edgware Hospital: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to improve management of out-patient and follow-up appointments at Edgware hospital.

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in Hendon aged over 60 years had free eye tests in the last year for which figures are available.

      Family Practitioner Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that the proposed 100 new general practitioner practices in the 25 per cent. of primary care trusts with the poorest...

      Family Practitioner Services: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) highest number of patients registered with a GP in Barnet was (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the most recent date for which...

      Family Practitioner Services: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices offer extended opening hours, broken down by (a) region and (b) primary care trust area.

      Finchley Memorial Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made with the plans to modernise Finchley Memorial Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Environmental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require local authorities to publish on the web a list of all restaurants and establishments serving food to the public with (a) the date when...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking with food manufacturers to improve food labelling.

      Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations his Department has had with gastroenterologists on the new referral pathways under the choose and book system for patients with...

      General Practitioners: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what GP practices in Barnet offer specialist services; what these services are; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) highest annual income was among GPs in Barnet in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Education: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government plan to spend in each of the next three years on improving the public's knowledge of what constitutes a unit of alcohol.

      Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2007, Official Report, column 107W, on health services: armed forces, whether specific financial provision is made...

      Health Services: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances foreign national patients are expected to pay for (a) emergency treatment, (b) routine hospital treatment, (c) GP services and...

      Health Services: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of levels of health inequality in each council area in Hampshire over the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to improve community health services for Hendon residents; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much is being spent in the End Waiting, Change Lives campaign on (a) button badges, (b) lapel badges, (c) stickers, (d) campaign packs and (e)...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to determine that it is not in the best interests of an individual patient for the 18-week referral-to-treatment target to apply to...

      Health: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Barnet were diagnosed with (a) type 2 diabetes, (b) obesity problems as (i) adults and (ii) children, (c) alcohol dependency and...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations his Department received from (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts, (c) hospital trusts and (d) members...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will publish an impact assessment for the proposals contained in Arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many influenza vaccinations were administered in Leicester in each of the last five years.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Hendon residents received influenza vaccinations for the 2007-08 winter.

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold a meeting with hon. and rt. hon. Members with a National Blood Service centre in their constituency to discuss the McKinsey report into...

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in relation to the review of the National Blood Service, with particular reference to the Colindale Centre.

      Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases were open on the NHS Litigation Authority database at the most recent date for which information is available; and how...

      Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence cases were brought in the last year for which information is available; and how many of those cases were funded by (a) legal...

      NHS Equipment: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to NHS hospital trusts on the use of NHS equipment for private patients; and whether there are restrictions on NHS...

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has produced on mergers between an NHS foundation trust and a non-foundation NHS trust; what his policy is on the treatment...

      NHS: Computerisation of Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards computerisation of NHS records of Barnet residents.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position of (a) Barnet Primary Care Trust, (b) Barnet Chase Farm NHS Trust and (c) Royal Free NHS Trust (i) was at the end of...

      NHS: Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of posting the Ipsos MORI NHS questionnaire and reply envelopes by first class post; and what estimate was made of the cost of sending...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of a (a) newly qualified nurse, (b) qualified nurse and (c) nurse consultant in Barnet was in (i) 1997 and (iii) 2007; and if...

      Nutrition: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken by the Food Standards Agency to ensure that advice offered to the public on nutrition is compatible with the principles of...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, column 447W, on osteoporosis, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that...

      Osteoporosis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the appraisal of drugs for osteoporosis; and if he will make a...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all patients must be offered access to a consultant within 13 weeks of referral under the choose and book system; whether it is possible to book...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was raised from NHS prescription charges in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when information on the number of pressure ulcer incidents which have occurred in the last five years will be available; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether funding was made available by the Government to primary care trusts to cover the cost of reimbursing nursing care charges arising from appeals...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many radiotherapy linear accelerators for cancer treatment are in use in each acute hospital trust in the eastern region; and if he will make a statement.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recycling schemes are in operation in each building operated by his Department.

      Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that people retiring early to live in another EEA country are able to obtain an E106 form.

      Ritalin: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many methylphenidate prescriptions were issued to children under the age of 18 years in the last year.

      Royal Free Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the Royal Free hospital's bid to become a Foundation Trust.

      Royal Free Hospital: Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the outcome of the reorganisation of children's services at the Royal Free Hospital.

      Royal Free Hospital: Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the choose and book system at (a) the Royal Free and (b) Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Smoking: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who stopped smoking in Barnet in each of the last three years.

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the prohibition of smoking in public places on health since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.

      Tuberculosis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has conducted on the likely effect changing the BCG vaccination programme to a selective scheme will have on rates of...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to answer written questions (a) 172430, tabled on 4 December 2007, (b) 169534, tabled on 26 November 2007 and (c) 169605, tabled on 26...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether his Department is on course to meet the commitments in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets (a) to source at...

    • 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, what payment was made to each...

      Smith Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Charity Commission will complete its investigation into the Smith Institute; and when it will publish the report.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on each means of communication under the national communications campaign to communicate the benefits of formal...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount of extra maintenance which might be paid by compliant non-resident parents under the provisions of the...

      Departmental Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many illegal immigrants have been discovered working for his Department and its agencies in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women of each civil service grade are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

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

      Elderly: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to assist elderly people in Scotland over the winter months in 2008.

      Elderly: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people employed in his Department work on administering EU structural funds, and what the cost of such staff was in 2006-07.

      Financial Services: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to improve access to suitable financial instruments to reduce financial exclusion amongst those unable to...

      Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 333-34W, on fuel payments, in what form information relating to...

      Jobcentre Plus: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, columns 803-04W, on Jobcentre Plus: rural areas, (1) what estimate he has made...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in Peterborough constituency in receipt of jobseeker's allowance who have been offered...

      Joint Child Poverty Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his responsibilities are in relation to the Joint Child Poverty Unit; and what arrangements are in place for liaison with other...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive the retirement pension age addition for those aged 80 years or over in each constituency in England.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions officials in his Department have had with officials from HM Treasury on increasing the level of trivial commutation.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which year the Government plans to reinstate the link between earnings and the basic state pension.

      Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Financial Assistance Scheme's running costs were in each year in which figures are available.

      Performance Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of staff in his Department met (a) 100 per cent. (b) 90 per cent. (c) 80 per cent. (d) 70 per cent. (e) 50 per cent....

      Performance Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what objectives, targets or standards new employees in his Department are required to meet in their probationary period; and how the...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful applications to the Social Fund have been made in each of the last five years; and what proportion of these applications...

      Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average value of benefits in kind provided by the state was to (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in Huddersfield in...

      Social Security Benefits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average cost of making a benefit claim by telephone.

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women aged (a) 19 years and under and (b) 15 years and under, with dependent children, are in receipt of income-related benefits in...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the suitability of his Department's call centre automated response systems to meeting the needs of customers;...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to ensure that his Department's customer contact centres facilitate the provision of support to individuals who have...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Peter Hain

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has received the final and comprehensive account of the...

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1235W, on political...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What analysis they have made of future opportunities for reducing conventional common agricultural policy support in order to permit greater discretionary spending...

    • Animal Welfare: Cruelty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to review the role of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in initiating prosecutions for animal cruelty.

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the recommendation of the 2005 report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Environmental Audit, whether any additional funding has been made...

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 January (WA 165—6), how they will be able to measure the future contribution of new housing stock to...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the chair of the Committee on Climate Change will be appointed.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the role and influence of the Prime Minister in the appointment of the chair of the Committee on Climate Change.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been appointed to the secretariat of the Committee on Climate Change; and whether any further appointments will be made; and What is the...

      Climate Change: Emissions Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to electricity production prices in the light of the expected increased price of allocations in the second phase of the European...

      Coast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will bring forward legislation on coastal access in England in the current Session, whether as part of the Marine Bill or otherwise.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are opposing the proposal of the European Commission to cut individual farm payments over £70,000 by 10 per cent, those over £140,000 by 25...

      Discovering Lost Ways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the work of the Discovering Lost Ways project in developing research procedures for Cheshire and Shropshire has been completed; and whether the results...

      Discovering Lost Ways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 17 October 2007 (WA 53—4), whether the review of Discovering Lost Ways by Natural England to define the most...

      Energy: Fossil Fuel Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect increasing wholesale prices for fossil fuels caused by political instability in some oil and gas producing countries and increasing demand from...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the positive appraisal of capital grants, soft loans and fiscal exemptions in the 2003 Imperial College London Centre for Energy Policy and Technology...

      Energy: Severn Barrage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in realising the Severn barrage project since the positive appraisal of the project given in the Sustainable Development Commission's...

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What views they have received from Ofgem on the use of subsidies for wind farms, and on their efficiency in lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

      Energy: Wind Generation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What daily rate of installation of off-shore wind turbines is envisaged in order to meet the Government's 25 gigawatt target for renewable power generation.

      EU: Free Trade Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which non-European Union countries the European Union has free trade agreements.

      EU: Free Trade Agreements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which non-European Union countries the European Union is currently negotiating free trade agreements.

      Gershon Review: Cabinet Office/Office of the Leader of the Commons

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

      Gershon Review: DBERR

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

      Gershon Review: DCLG

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

      Health: Biosimilar Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which biosimilar medicines have been approved for use in the United Kingdom; and Whether they have considered banning the automatic substitution of branded...

      Health: European Health Insurance Card

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have been able to monitor the use of the NHS European Health Insurance card by United Kingdom citizens in other European Union member states since its...

      Health: MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Legal Services Commission, in funding the measles, mumps and rubella and measles and rubella vaccines litigation, took into account any published...

      India: Orissa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of India about the extent of violence suffered by the Christian community in Orissa.

      India: Orissa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received regarding the motives and identity of those responsible for violence towards the Christian community in Orissa, India.

      Japanese Knotweed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the scientific research project into the biological control of Japanese knotweed, carried out in collaboration with Cornwall County Council, the...

      Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the conclusions of the European Commission report on the inventory of European Union member states' measures, published in September 2007, as...

      Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all other countries of the European Union have taken action to phase out the manufacture and supply of tungsten filament light bulbs by the year 2011.

      Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether after 2011 it will be legal to import tungsten filament light bulbs from the European Union or third countries to the United Kingdom; and Whether it will...

      Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the actual and proposed dates for the commencement of the different provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007; and what...

      Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statutory guidance they intend to publish during 2007 under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007; and what is the timetable for...

      Local Government: Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration is given to the views of local people about the settlement level and grants to local authorities when they are delegating more duties and...

      Niger

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made about the journalist and cameraman who have been arrested and imprisoned in the north of Niger, and who may face the death penalty.

      Northern Ireland: Security Barriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the police or Army require a barrier across Abbey Street in Armagh City.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners receive flat-rate pensions regardless of whether they receive a top-up pension.

      Planning: Design Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to implement the recommendation in the Barker Review of Land Use Planning that decision-makers should give higher priority to ensuring...

      Planning: Policy Statements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which planning policy guidance documents are still in operation; and what is the timetable for replacing them with planning policy statements.

      Plastic Bags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will help the supermarkets, other retail outlets and local authorities to accelerate the current programme of restricting the use of plastic bags.

      Post Office: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which (a) public relations agency or agencies, or (b) public affairs agency or agencies, are currently employed by Post Office Limited to advise or assist with the...

      Post Office: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many co-located businesses they estimate will close due to the current post office closure programme being undertaken by Post Office Limited.

      Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How their policies to tackle and reduce poverty levels will be affected by the real-terms cut in the 2008—09 budget of Southwark Council as a result of the...

      Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the 2008—09 government grant settlement for local authorities will have on front-line services for the most vulnerable members of local...

      Remploy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the final outcome of the changes announced by Remploy, particularly on its workplaces, on its manpower, and on its activities in South Yorkshire.

      Roads: Motorcycle Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many motorcyclists have been killed or injured on rural roads in each of the years 2002 to 2007; and How many motorcyclists have been killed or injured on...

      Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any land owned by them in the north-west of England is used by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

      Sludge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider increasing incineration of dry sludge deposits, in view of the adverse travel costs of transporting increasing wet sludge deposits to a...

      Sludge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are planning further work in the United Kingdom to control and reduce the heavy metal content of sludge-impregnated soils, in view of the recent...

      Sludge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether biogas output is likely to increase from the treatment of sewage sludge with the latest improvements in anaerobic digestive technology; and whether...

      Trading Representations (Disabled Persons) Act

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose that the Trading Representations (Disabled Persons) Act 1958 will continue in force; and if so why.

      Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What written material was produced by Natural England during Tree Week 2007.

      Turkey: EU Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they expect that €2.3 billion of assistance from the European Union to Turkey for 2007 to 2010 will be broken down into distinct budget headings; how...

      Uzbekistan: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking with the Government of Uzbekistan regarding freedom of worship and access to Bibles for practising Christians in Uzbekistan.

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many two-wheeled vehicles are currently licensed in England which are (a) petrol or diesel powered, and (b) electric powered.

      Waste Management: Fly Tipping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they consider to be the key elements of a good fly-tipping prevention and enforcement strategy by local authorities.

      Waste Management: Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the usefulness of assessing the amount and proportion of waste that is recycled or reused, and that which goes to landfill,...

      Waterways: Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under-performing rivers such as the Stour in Kent can still offer local urban and semi-urban communities adequate protection from effluent pollution in...

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