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Written answers

Thursday, 17 January 2008

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bats: Ecology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department issues on the qualifications required of a bat ecologist; and if he will make a statement.

    • Batteries: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to increase levels of recycling of batteries.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of equivalent carbon dioxide emissions have been offset by the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund in each year...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many plastic bags (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme has purchased in the last 24 months...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on steps the Government are taking to improve domestic energy...

      Floods: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Flood Defence Budget has been allocated to Yorkshire and the Humber for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government have spent on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in each year since 1997, broken down by main...

      Heathrow Airport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what role his Department had in relation to the project for the sustainable development of Heathrow; and if he will...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of Warm Front assessors' recommendations have led to work being carried out (a) in Nottinghamshire, (b)...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Conflict of Interests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to prevent a conflict of interest arising from the managing agents of the Warm Front scheme owning...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from recipients of assistance under the Warm Front programme in relation to the...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the performance of eaga and its subsidiaries in operating the Warm Front programme; and what...

      Labour Party: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary of the relevant Department of the donations he received as part of his...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimates have been made of whether the proposed new charges for domestic rubbish collection are expected to increase or...

      Waste Management: Standards

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

      Wildlife: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities applied for funding from his Department to support local wildlife facilities in each of the last...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what obligations his Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment.

    • English Language Classes

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

      Morgan Allan Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the company Morgan Allan Moore in the last 12 months.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many laboratories are licensed for animal testing in the UK.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many proposals were made under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to use animals in science in 2007; and how many of these...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 583-4W, on foreign workers: EU nationals, what her most recent estimate...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will lower the age of eligibility for free passports to 65 years.

      Passports: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 292W, on passports: applications, how many passport interview offices were...

  • Wales

    • Morgan Allan Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the company Morgan Allan Moore in the last 12 months.

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had on the tendering process conditions imposed by the Welsh Assembly Government on renewable energy company investors for schemes...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets he has set for upgrading all single living accommodation to grade (a) 1 and (b) 2 categories under the grade for charge initiative; and...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single living accommodation bed-spaces were upgraded to grade (a) 1 and (b) 2 categories under the grade for charge initiative in each of the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many newly-acquired (a) grade 1, (b) grade 2, (c) grade 3, (d) grade 4 and (e) ungraded single living accommodation bed-spaces were added to...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel who have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are recorded as having a mental health problem, broken down by condition; (2)...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what locations Ministry of Defence police officers have been replaced with (a) civilian police forces and (b) private security forces since 2003.

  • Prime Minister

    • Gordon Brown

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary at the Treasury of the donations he received as part of his campaign for the Leadership of the Labour Party and (b)...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Data Protection

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

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what obligations his Department places on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment.

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what audits his Department carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and what the cost has been of...

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 350W, on departmental redundancies, how many staff in the Scotland Office are on loan...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what meetings he has had with trade union officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trade unions.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regularly funded organisations are supported by Arts Council England.

    • Arts Council of England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Arts Council England regularly funded organisations were informed in December 2007 that their funding was to be reduced.

      Arts Council of England: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria Arts Council England uses when assessing the artistic quality of the work of their regularly funded organisations.

      Arts: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government have taken to support the creative industries in the West Midlands since 1997.

      BBC America: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what procedures are in place to ensure that licence fee moneys are not used to subsidise BBC America (a) directly and (b) indirectly;...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which activities his Department define as sports; and when the list of activities included within his Department's definition of sport...

      Sports: Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to regulate greyhound racing; and if he will make a statement.

      Swimming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the availability of funding to swimming clubs in Greater London.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of households which (a) have no television licence, (b) do not have a...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has undertaken on levels of debt of looked-after children on graduation from university.

    • Departmental Coordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people in his Department are responsible for liaising with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what efficiency savings his Department was required to make as part of its spending review 2004 (SR04) targets; what efficiency...

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 19 July 2007, Official Report, column 531W, on Departments: cost effectiveness, what the target...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of his Department's special advisers have declared a conflict of interest.

      Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what meetings he had with executives of the OCR exam board in each of the last three months; and what was discussed at such meetings.

      Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how frequently he meets executives of the OCR exam board.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what departmental investigations have taken place since 1 January 2007 into the management of his Department's contracts with...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school governing bodies and school sport associations work with competition managers.

      Special Educational Needs: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils have been statemented in schools in each London borough in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • A63

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to de-trunk the A63.

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport public consultation has taken account of the Putting noise on the map airport noise maps information...

      British Railways Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed by the British Railways Board (Residuary); and what that body's budget was in 2006-07.

      Commissioners of Irish Lights: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the Review of Funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights in hard copy and electronically.

      Commissioners of Irish Lights: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Republic of Ireland (a) have contributed to the funding of the Commissioners of Irish Lights in the last five years, (b) will contribute...

      Daedalus Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the status of Daedalus airfield at Lee-on-Solent.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the contribution to (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) congestion reduction targets of permitting the...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage changes there were in the movement of freight within the United Kingdom by (a) road, (b) rail, (c) water and (d) pipeline in each...

      Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual movement of freight by road, in billion tonne kilometres, was in each year since 1997.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether Heathrow Airport has exceeded the number of flights operating during the night quota period in each season since winter 2006-07; (2)...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which individuals and organisations have been sent a copy of the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document; and if she will make a...

      Heathrow Airport: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of nitrogen dioxide emissions at Heathrow airport in the latest period for which figures are available; and if...

      Heathrow Airport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment was made as part of the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow of the carbon dioxide emissions in relation to option (a)...

      Network Rail: Private Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unadopted roads in the UK Network Rail owns.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what obligations are placed on local parking enforcement authorities to make refunds when an adjudicator has ruled a particular parking zone or bay...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the profit margins achieved by rolling stock companies and the contingent effect upon the rail network.

      Railways: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons were for the overrunning of engineering works affecting train services between Liverpool Street and Essex over the Christmas and New...

      Railways: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the reasons are for the disruption of the Liverpool Street to Chelmsford rail line experienced since 31 December 2007; what steps are being...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the costs of running a Sunday rail service (a) overall and (b) for each train operating company (i) on Christmas day and (ii) on...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of levels of overcrowding (a) at peak times, (b) at off-peak times and (c) on Saturdays at each station on the Portsmouth...

      Railways: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the time taken to complete the works on Upper Gungate Bridge in Tamworth constituency by Network Rail.

      Tyres: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is considering to raise the awareness of driving with under-inflated tyres; and what data she has on numbers of vehicles on the road...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Accidents: Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many farm accidents there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

    • Health and Safety Executive: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Health and Safety Executive minimises administrative burdens to business in carrying out...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has given to local authorities on (a) outdoor Christmas lights, (b) outdoor lighting in general...

      Jobcentre Plus: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on average per year on the administration of Jobcentre Plus in the last five years; and what proportion of this has...

      Morgan Allan Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the company Morgan Allan Moore in the last 12 months.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in which at least one person will receive (a) pension credit and (b) the minimum income...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in each region have had at least one person in receipt of (a) pensioner credit and (b) the minimum income guarantee...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples received (i) pension credit and (ii) income support in England in each year since 1997.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the net cost would be of increasing the basic state pension for all pensioners to £119.05 a week in 2008-09.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the net cost would be of increasing the basic state pension for all existing pensioners to 60 per cent. of median population income in 2008-09.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people made contributions into a group personal pension scheme in 2005-06.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 18 to 25, (b) 25 to 45 and (c) 45 to 65 years are contracted out of the state second pension; and what proportion...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have had their pension payment date (a) advanced to 21 December 2007 and (b) set to be paid on 24 December 2007.

      Pensions: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Eastbourne constituency, (b) England and (c) the UK receive the carer's credit for the state second pension; and what...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Damascus: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the restricted visa service at the British embassy in Damascus.

    • Damascus: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the British embassy in Damascus will resume a full visa service; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of clashes between security forces and the Bundu dia Kongo religious sect in the west of the...

      Derek Pasquill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who in his Department took the decision to refer the matter of Mr Derek Pasquill to the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Entry Clearances: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures are in place to allow individuals to apply for visas online.

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken since August 2006 to secure the release of the Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hamas and...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to Syria on using its influence to try to secure the release of the Israeli...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to Iran on using its influence to try to secure the release of the Israeli...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the observance of human rights in Sri Lanka of the end of the Sri Lankan...

      Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the (a) Sri Lankan Government and (b) Norwegian Government on the status...

      Syria: Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports the Government have received of the (a) scale and (b) circumstances of the smuggling of weapons from Syria into...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total cost of searches conducted at HM Revenue and Customs premises to trace the lost compact discs containing child...

    • Child Benefit: Poland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Poland on the adequacy of the number of staff in place in Poland to check the validity of applications...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Disabled: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to help ensure the affordability of childcare for families with disabled children through the tax credits system in parallel with...

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, columns 583-4W, on foreign workers: EU nationals, what was (a) the number of people of...

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the merits of linking changes in the winter fuel allowance to changes in fuel prices.

      Government Departments: Annual Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the guidance provided by HM Treasury to Departments on what should be included in their 2007 autumn performance reports.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Delivery Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how HM Revenue and Customs allocates deliveries to mail carriers employed to handle outgoing mail.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has on the remuneration packages of directors and senior managers of Northern Rock.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the outcome was of the review of the 16 hour rule announced in paragraph 4.10 of the Parole Board Review 2004 document, Choice for Parents.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer of raising the level of trivial commutation to (a) £16,000, (b) £17,000, (c)...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what policies HM Revenue and Customs has in place to ensure that correspondence is securely delivered; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's policy is on the proposals in the London Local Authorities Bill to introduce a new additional plastic bags tax on shops in London.

  • Justice

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any of his Department's special advisers also work for organisations outside his Department.

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the letter, dated 19 November, from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton, regarding Mr Kurm Shezad Butt.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the letter of 29 November 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Anwar.

      National Offender Management Service: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by (a) the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on external consultancy fees and (b) his Department on external consultancy...

      National Offender Management Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by (a) the National Offender Management Service, (b) the National Probation Service and (c) HM Prison...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) under 18-year-olds and (b) over 18-year-olds were convicted of illegally carrying (i) knives and (ii) other weapons in each year since...

  • Health

    • Alan Johnson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Department of the donations he received as part of his campaign for the deputy leadership...

    • Arthritis: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase awareness of rheumatoid arthritis in the workplace; and what plans he has to issue guidance to employers on supporting...

      British Pregnancy Advice Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in fees for abortions and sexual health services by the NHS to the Peterborough branch of the British Pregnancy Advice Service in each...

      Cancer: Home Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on patients of recent changes to the access that patients have to home-delivery of cancer-care equipment.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget has been allocated for each year of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative.

      Cardiac Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who is responsible for providing cardiac rehabilitation in each primary care trust in England; and where that treatment is provided; (2) what the...

      Cardiac Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received on cardiac rehabilitation since June 2007; and what meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) departmental...

      Community Equipment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1240W, on wheelchairs, what progress has been made in publishing the outline...

      Diabetes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people with diabetes in each London health care trust was screened for diabetic retinopathy in relation to the targets outlined in the...

      Foetuses: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals in England and Wales have equipment which enables doctors to perform keyhole surgery on unborn babies; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are registered as having a special interest, broken down by specialty.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to encourage GPs to give more detailed advice on self-management programmes to patients with long-term conditions.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding will be allocated to each local authority to fund contracts for local involvement networks; and when this funding will be provided to...

      Hepatology: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultants specialising in hepatology there are; and how many there were in (a) 1996, (b) 1998, (c) 2001, (d) 2005 and (e) 2006.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the use of mixed sex wards to end in the NHS.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) MRSA infection and (b) clostridium difficile infection have been diagnosed in staff working in the NHS in each of the last three years.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for routine screening of NHS staff for (a) MRSA infection and (b) clostridium difficile.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group had (i) coronary artery disease and (ii) liver cancer in (A) Southend, (B) Essex and (C) England...

      Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 504W, on maternity units, how many of each type of unit (a) opened and (b) closed...

      National Service Framework for Older People: Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the implementation of the recommendations for osteoporosis services contained in the National Service Framework for Older...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 377WA, on Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body, what the assumptions were behind his...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total overall funding allocation to primary care trusts was in each year since 2002-03; and what proportion of the total NHS budget this...

      NHS: Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average management costs were for all NHS trusts in England in (a) cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the trust's income in 2006-07; and...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to enable Surrey Primary Care Trust to meet the Government's commitment that (a) by the end of 2007 all diabetic...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients were offered cardiac rehabilitation in (a) Surrey Primary Care Trust, (b) the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his responsibilities and the responsibilities of (a) primary care trusts, (b) acute hospital trusts, (c) local authorities, (d) national...

      Sheep Meat: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to regularise the trade in prepared sheep meat, known as smokies; and if he will make a statement.

      Sheep Meat: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the value of the illegal trade in prepared sheep meat, known as smokies; (2) what estimate he has made of the total...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the impact of post office closures on vulnerable people and rural communities.

    • Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Post Office on the length and timing of the consultation period for closures of...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the Post Office closure programme.

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of small businesses closed within three years of starting up in the latest period for which figures...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assistance his Department provides for the start-up of small businesses.

      Unscrupulous Lending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to prevent unscrupulous lending practices.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on the financing of waste management from new nuclear power stations.

      Offshore Wind Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on the use of offshore wind technology.

      Offshore Wind Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what procedures his Department has for taking account of local opinion in its consideration of applications for wind...

      Political Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what role his Department and the Certification Officer play in regulating trade union political funds and donations to...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of recent trends in fuel poverty.

      Exports: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to assist UK exports to China.

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to improve the regulation of temporary worker employment agencies; and if he will...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he next expects to meet small business groups to discuss regulatory burdens.

      Accountancy: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what powers he has to investigate the affairs of accountancy firms which have been found to be selling tax avoidance...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he will take to ensure that UK firms can bid for contracts to undertake work on nuclear power stations...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how the Certification Officer oversees political funds and finances of trades unions.

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of the Certification Officer's time is spent overseeing political funds and finances of trades unions.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Certification Officer may take to investigate the affairs of a trade union.

      Trade Unions: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many hearings before the Certification Officer were held to consider complaints against trades unions in each of...

      Unfair Commercial Practices Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 684W, on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive,...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) her Department and (b) the Minister of State for Housing spent on (i) Christmas cards and (ii) postage of...

    • Council Tax: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department gives to local authorities on claims for single person discount for council tax from single parents...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any of her Department's special advisers have outside appointments.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on recycling.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of its waste her Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      First Time Buyers: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what types of Government support are available to first-time house buyers, with particular reference to the Wirral, West...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her (a) ministers and (b) officials had with the Plain English Campaign on home information packs; and...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people she estimates will not have been able to return to their homes before Christmas Day 2007 as a result of damage...

      Housing: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the Government Office for the North West plans to ensure that bids from areas wishing to become housing growth points will...

      Housing: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the role of Government Office for the North West is in assessing bids for housing growth areas.

      Housing: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what occasions representatives of the Government Office for the North West (GONW) have met representatives of Warrington...

      Judith Armitt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what occasions Judith Armitt, the Thames Gateway Chief Executive, has visited Thurrock in an official capacity since her...

      Labour Party: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she (a) informed the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Department of the donations she received as part of her...

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to require CON29 local authority searches to include information on licensing decisions, reviews, applications...

      Local Government: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to amend Part II (Public Supply or Works Contracts) of Chapter 9 of the Local Government Act...

      North Yorkshire Fire Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on her consultation for the proposed future financial provision for the North Yorkshire...

      North Yorkshire Fire Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the financial settlement for the North Yorkshire Fire Service for 2008-09.

      Public Expenditure: Stroud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessors have spent in Stroud district since 2002, broken down by specific initiative.

      Recycling: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the effect on the level of recycling of Christmas-related waste; and what steps she has taken to...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements her Department has placed on regional development agencies in spending monies allocated via the single pot...

      Thames Gateway: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department's webpage relating to Judith Armitt, Chief Executive of the Thames Gateway was last updated; and what...

      Translation Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on translation costs by each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Unitary Councils: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to submit the invitation to Bedfordshire County Council, Mid-Bedfordshire District Council and South...

      Unitary Councils: Exeter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she will publish (a) the assessment of the financial viability on the unitary council proposal submitted by Exeter...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has for special planning procedures to be used in determining planning applications for eco-town...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is Government policy that any proposed eco-towns should be treated as counting towards Government house building targets.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what local consultation processes she plans on the location of eco-town developments; (2) what role local authorities...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she will reply to Question 165128, on her Department's website tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 13 November...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what plans his...

    • Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for his Department to participate in the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme over the next 12 months.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department met its target to reverse the upward trend in its carbon emissions by April 2007.

      Departmental Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department will meet its commitment to (a) source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any of his Department's special advisers also work for organisations outside his Department.

      Departmental Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is working towards accreditation of its environmental management systems under (a) ISO 14001, (b) the EU eco...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with other governments about placing the issues of water and sanitation on the agenda of...

      Dyncorp International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts his Department holds with Dyncorp International.

      Pakistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes the Government plans to make to the DfID-Pakistan Country Programme following recent events in that country; and if he...

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what languages the International Donors Conference for the Palestinian State held in Paris on 17 December 2007 has published its...

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which multinational organisation has responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of the pledges of the donor groups according...

      Palestinians: Foreign Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of changes made over the last 12 months to the operation of the back-to-back system introduced by Israel...

      Palestinians: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the development of Palestinian small and medium-sized businesses of the proposed...

      Palestinians: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken since November 2007 to implement the provisions of the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access in respect of...

      Solomon Islands: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what (a) UK and (b) EU aid is planned to be provided to the Solomon Islands in each of the next three years; and if he will...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Adding It Up

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost of the Adding It Up implementation group was in each of the last five years; and how many (a) civil servants, (b) special...

    • National Youth Volunteering Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total budget of the National Youth Volunteering Programme is for 2007-08; how much is allocated to London; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol: Hospital Admissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the exact definition of the term "alcohol-related" in the new indicator to be used by the NHS from April 2008 in relation to hospital admission; who...

    • Aviation: Air Contamination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Transport Aircraft Working Group research on cabin air contamination will look specifically at monitoring techniques suitable to detect...

      Aviation: Air Contamination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What process was used to put out to tender the Aircraft Working Group research on cabin air contamination; and which groups were considered.

      Aviation: Air Contamination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they considered using the Federal Aviation Administration-funded Management of Exposure to Aircraft Bleed-Air Contaminants Amongst Airline Workers—A...

      Crime: Retail Crime Survey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the Co-operative movement's retail crime survey 2007, Working Together to Solve Retail Crime; and how they will be responding...

      Cyprus: Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the status of the pound sterling, European euro and Turkish lira in each of the two United Kingdom sovereign territories on the island of Cyprus.

      Energy: Utilities Ownership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will next discuss proposals to assist the European Commission to proceed with its proposals for full unbundling of the ownership of energy utilities with...

      Food: Labelling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the Food Standards Agency and the Nutrition Strategy Steering Group the case for modifying the nutritional labelling colour code...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further representations have been received by the Ministry of Defence from Dr Malcolm Hooper, emeritus professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have on the apology made and agreement reached by the Government of Japan with people there infected with hepatitis C by contaminated blood...

      Health: Homeopathy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the response of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to Lord Palmer on 3 July (Official Report, col. 897), what has been the outcome of their enquiries regarding...

      Health: MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the allegation in the measles, mumps and rubella and measles and rubella vaccines litigation that the vaccines cause autism was the subject of any...

      House of Lords: Dress Code

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 22 October 2007 (WA 83) concerning the dress code in the House of Lords, what steps have been taken to enforce the dress code;...

      House of Lords: Interior Courtyards

      asked the Chairman of Committees: When the cleaning of the structure of the interior courtyards of the House of Lords will be completed.

      Liverpool: European Capital of Culture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that rail services for Liverpool operate without disruption during the city's year as European Capital of Culture.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners receive a pension credit greater than £30 per week; and what is the average amount.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the estimated cost to the Exchequer net of tax reclaims of provision of an extra flat rate pension of £20 per week to all existing pensioners.

      Post Office: Advertising Campaign

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

      Questions for Written Answer: Disproportionate Cost

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For Written Questions which are not answered because it is argued that to answer would be at a disproportionate cost, how the ceiling figure was arrived at and...

      Roads: National Parks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether alterations to trunk roads and their immediate surroundings in national parks should respect the landscape in which they are set.

      Smoking: Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any exceptions to the prohibition on smoking in public places that apply in National Health Service hospitals; and, if so, what is the extent of...

      Smoking: Manchester

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates have been made of the number of people who have stopped smoking in the city of Manchester in each of the last five years.

      Suspicious Activity Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the total operational cost of the suspicious activity reports (SAR) regime to the Government since it was created, including capital establishment...

      Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9 March 2004 (WA 156), whether the assessment that the threat of an electronic attack against the...

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered incentive arrangements for electric-powered vehicles in this year's budget.

      Zaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why photographs taken from Canberra overflights of eastern Zaire in November and December 1996 were not released; and to which agencies or Governments any...

      Zaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they had received from United States military sources by 21 November 1996 on the number of refugees from Rwanda and Burundi who were present in...

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