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Written answers

Monday, 21 January 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Recording Unit

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidance it issues on posting material provided by the Parliamentary Recording Unit on external websites.

    • Portcullis House: Escalators

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many times the escalators in Portcullis House have been (a) replaced and (b) repaired since the building...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Marketing

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

      Trade Unions

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many birds of prey there were in the UK in each year since 2001.

    • Climate Change Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to appoint the Chairman of the Climate Change Committee; and if he will make a statement.

      European Fisheries Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1269W, on the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), whether he...

      Fisheries: National Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the gross value added of (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Copeland was derived from commercial...

      Fisheries: Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the possible penalties the UK could face for not submitting its...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which five regions are most at risk of flooding.

      Local Government Finance: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for the funding for rural community councils expressed in real terms in each financial year to 2012-13.

      Local Government Finance: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the method of allocating funding to rural community councils in England; and if he will...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 19 December 2007, on flooding funding in...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of members of National Park boards who live within five miles of the relevant...

      New Forest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the timetable is for reviewing and renewing the Minister's Mandate for the New Forest; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (b) the Post...

      Renewable Energy: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the electricity requirements of the central Government estate were procured from renewable energy...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities had adopted rights of way improvement plans at (a) 21 November 2007 and (b) the latest date for...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made, and what research was undertaken, by (a) his Department, (b) his consultants Eunomia and (c)...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what penalties councils will be able to levy for non-payment of the proposed new charges for domestic rubbish collection.

      Waste Disposal: Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his Department's latest projection is of the likely change in fly-tipping in (a) percentage and (b) volume...

      Waste Information Services Ltd.: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what payments (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme has made to (i) Waste Information Services...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the tri-sector partnership for water and sanitation on achieving the millennium development goals.

      Whales: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the threat to endangered whale species posed by the Japanese whaling fleet in waters...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans she has to provide extra discretionary funding to travel concession authorities in the event that the cost of providing the national...

    • Bus Services: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average rise in bus fares was in each English local authority in each of the last 10 years.

      Bus Services: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will list the 10 town or council areas, with (a) the largest percentage increases in bus usage and (b) the largest percentage decreases...

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average mileage of a car in England was in each year since 1994.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many posters or displays there are in the offices of her Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and what...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Driving Tests: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on a proposed compulsory driving test for elderly drivers.

      Driving Under Influence: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many young people who died as a result of road traffic accidents were (a) under the influence of alcohol and (b) under the influence of drugs in...

      Driving: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the written ministerial statement of 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 38WS, on drivers' hours (derogation for reservists),...

      Enterprise and Economic Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her Department's planned expenditure on business support, promotion of enterprise and economic development is from 2007-08 to 2010-11; and which...

      Eurostar: Ebbsfleet International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers have travelled from Ebbsfleet via Eurostar since the inauguration of that service.

      Eurostar: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surcharge was applied to passengers taking weekend breaks in Paris and travelling by Eurostar from (a) Ebbsfleet and (b) Paddington.

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of waterways and canals have been lost for transportation purposes in each year since 1997.

      London and South Eastern Railway: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Strategic Rail Authority's Integrated Franchise Agreement Briefing Document, what the agreed ceiling for fare increases was for South...

      London and South Eastern Railway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much subsidy South Eastern Railways received from her Department as a percentage of the income from the franchise in each of the last three years...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to reduce the number of vehicles being driven on UK roads without a valid MOT certificate.

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of vehicles on the road with no valid MOT certificate.

      Network Rail: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what input she intends to have in the inquiry now being carried out by the Office of Rail Regulation into the January 2008 overruns of engineering...

      Road Length

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of (a) roads and (b) cycle lanes were constructed in England in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government has taken to encourage local councils to fund improved street lighting.

      Roads: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicles have been crushed for non-payment of road tax since the relevant provisions came into force.

      Safety Belts: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers aged 17 or under who died as a result of road traffic accidents were (a) wearing a seatbelt and (b) not wearing a seatbelt at the...

      Speed Limits: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in Lancashire were referred for speed awareness courses in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many people...

      Trade Unions

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

      Transport: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what grants her Department has provided for transport infrastructure in Coventry in the last 12 months; and what future such grants are planned to be made.

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether personal data for which the Government Equality Office are responsible are (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if she will make a statement.

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what responsibility (a) she and (b) Ministers in other Departments have for policy on (i) racial, (ii) religious, (iii) disability and (iv) age...

      Government Equalities Office

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much has been spent by the Government Equalities Office (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity since it was...

      Polygamy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of recognised legal polygamous marriages in the United Kingdom.

      Single Equalities Bill

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she expects to publish a draft of the Single Equalities Bill; and if she will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Mid Sussex on 26 September 2007 and on 13 November 2007 about Lord Kinnock; and what the reason is for...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Databases

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

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 288W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000...

      Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons are registered as missing in Northern Ireland, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex and (c) religion.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recorded rapes there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, and what percentage of those recorded rapes led to a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Comprehensive Spending Review settlement on the portable antiquities scheme.

    • Arts Council of England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable is for finalising Arts Council England funding proposals to arts organisations, with particular reference to regional...

      Arts: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects on the cultural and creative sectors in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency of the decision...

      Big Lottery Fund: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what projects were awarded money by the Big Lottery Fund in Wirral South in each of the last five years.

      Big Lottery Fund: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people voted for each project competing in the Big Lottery Fund People's £50 million Lottery contest.

      Corporate hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will assess the appropriateness of deciding the allocation of lottery funding according to the results of telephone and e-mail votes.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what he expects as the sporting legacy of the 2012 Olympics to be for Northern Ireland.

      Sports: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost to public funds was of the Active Places database in each year for which figures are available.

      Sports: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the percentage of all UK sports facilities that are currently on the Active Places database; and if he will...

      Tourism: Cleethorpes

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

      Tourism: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average expenditure per head of tourists visiting Cleethorpes in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to increase the availability of allotments.

    • Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether under Clause 225, sub section (2) of the Housing and Regeneration Bill a specified person to whom management functions...

      Cheshire County Council; Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate of the cost of the re-organisation of Cheshire County Council has been made by her Department; and if she will...

      Community Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) village halls and (b) community centres closed permanently in each of the last 10 years.

      Community Relations: Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether consideration has been given to establishing wardens to co-ordinate between local communities and the emergency services...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many posters or displays there are in the offices of her Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) the authorised or (b) required elements of a home information pack will inform buyers of the potential impact of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effect on the housing market of the introduction of home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the potential use of home information packs to be made by lawyers in the conveyancing process.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) the authorised and (b) required elements of a home information pack will inform buyers of the potential impact of...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which three mortgage lenders from the top 30 do not accept personal searches in a home information pack.

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the full conclusions of each geographic dry run for home information packs will be published (a) by the end of...

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what locations home information pack pilots and dry-runs took place; and over which periods of time in each case.

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the full conclusions of each geographic dry run for home information packs will be published (a) by the end of...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers the Homes and Communities Agency will have in relation to the provisions of (a) regional spatial strategies, (b)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings are on the valuation list in England.

      Housing Data Domain Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answer of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 1035W, on the Housing Data Domain Group, if she will...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to minimise the increased greenhouse emissions that will arise from the implementation of the new...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

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

      Housing: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to amend Article Six of Annex A to Planning Policy Statement 7 to enable the provision of...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy performance certificates have been logged on the Energy Performance Certificate database.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on which of the flood plain areas identified by the Environment Agency in the South East she expects housing to be built in the...

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic energy assessors required under the roll-out...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the availability of housing provided through Government funded schemes for (a) nurses,...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the advertising, promotion and marketing of the Key Worker Living Scheme in (a) East Worthing and...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect on provision of low-cost residential housing in each London constituency of...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) housing associations and (b) councils offer the Social Homebuy Scheme to their social tenants.

      Housing: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons were for the 100 per cent. increase in housing development expected in Torbay proposed by her appointed panel...

      Land: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what involvement (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) officials of her Department have with the Urban...

      Local Authorities: Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities and registered social landlords on dealing with mice and rat...

      Local Government Finance: Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities applied for funding from her Department to help fund local leisure facilities in each of the last...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria govern the re-organisation of local government; when they were established; and what changes there have been to...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment (a) she and (b) her agencies have made of the effect of requiring planning permission for second homes on...

      Planning Permission: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning applications for biodiesel production plants have been referred to planning inspectors in each of the last five years.

      Recycling: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities providing recycling services for (a) Christmas trees and (b)...

      Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the constituencies visited by the Minister for (a) the North East, (b) the North West, (c) Yorkshire and the...

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated date is by which every local planning authority in England will have completed its local development framework.

      Sustainable Development: Northstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons Northstowe was not adopted as an eco-town.

      Urban Areas: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for eco-pubs and eco-clubs to operate in eco-towns.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the implications for infrastructure provision of each eco-town proposal.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been proposed in each eco-town proposal.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the balance between the use of greenfield and brownfield land in each eco-town proposal.

  • International Development

    • ACP Countries: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make representations to the EU for alternatives to be offered to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries unable to conclude...

    • Africa: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the political unrest in Kenya has had any impact upon his Department's funded projects in (a) the Democratic Republic of...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that the European Commission observes World Trade Organisation rules on (a) most favoured nation and...

      Palestinians: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library the final statement of the International Donors Conference for the Palestinian State held in Paris on...

      Tanzania: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK Government paid in aid to Tanzania in each of the last five years; what proportion of that aid was paid directly to the...

      Trade Unions

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

      Zimbabwe: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1234W, on Zimbabwe: asylum, what assistance is being provided to...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

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

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any plans (a) to review the Scotland Act 1998 and (b) for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with HM Treasury colleagues on fuel costs in rural Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the development of high speed rail to Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Email

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department.

    • Departmental Flexible Working

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff (a) have applied to work flexible hours and (b) work flexible hours in the Cabinet Office.

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the (a) capital and (b) notional open market rental value is of each official residence available to Ministers in his Department; (2)...

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what dates the ministerial Sub-Committee on sustainable development in Government has met since May 2005; how long each meeting lasted; and...

      Telephone Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make it his policy to enable clients contacting Government agencies to do so by telephone without charge.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings he has had with trade unions officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trade unions.

      Voluntary Sector: Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 561W, on voluntary sector funding, what his estimate is of the amount of work...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's planned expenditure on business support, promotion of enterprise and economic development is for each year from 2007-08...

    • Child Support Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed by the Child Support Agency to process special payments.

      Departmental Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which areas his Department has made savings towards its March 2008 target of a £960 million saving.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 188W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000...

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department is on course to meet the commitment in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets (a) to source at...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department met the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate target to reverse the then upward trend in carbon dioxide...

      English Language

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

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance and training his Department provides to employers on health and well-being in the workplace.

      Health and Safety Executive: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents took place at Health and Safety Executive facilities over the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Health and Safety Executive: Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who is meeting the cost of the Health and Safety Executive's inquiry into the Buncefield disaster.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents claimed income support in each region of the UK, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) family size in each quarter since...

      Industrial Accidents: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-related deaths in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK were not investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in the last five years.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Animal Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment of health and safety standards in private kennels will be undertaken prior to the provisions of section 68 of Clean...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Animal Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Health and Safety Executive recommends to protect kennels staff against attacks by animals.

      International Labour Organisation: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the International Labour Organisation in 2009.

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research the Health and Safety Laboratory has conducted into outdoor lighting.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to assist local authorities in the introduction of local housing allowance on 7 April 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Means Tested Benefits: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of means-tested benefits in retirement on incentives to save.

      National Insurance: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued to migrants from the EU accession countries in eastern Europe in (a) England, (b)...

      Natural Gas: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps his Department is taking to discourage members of the public from attempting to fix faulty gas appliances themselves; and if...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of women who will qualify for the basic state pension in their own right by 2020.

      Pensions: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of beneficiaries of pension sharing orders under the age of 65 years whose former spouse already...

      Pensions: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) in Teesside and (b) in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are expected to benefit from the restoration of private...

      Personal Accounts: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid by his Department to consultants for advice on the implementation of the personal accounts system.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are employed in the official error taskforce; how much is paid in salaries annually to staff in the taskforce; how many cases...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) percentage and (b) cash value of each type of benefit is paid (i) into bank accounts, (ii) into building societies, (iii) into Post...

      Social Security Benefits: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department administering each type of benefit in each year since 1997.

      Social Security Benefits: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to tackle fraud and errors in payment in benefits paid to prisoners.

      Stockline/ICL Explosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what costs the Health and Safety Executive has incurred to date from the investigation of the Stockline/ICL explosion at Hopehill road, Glasgow...

      Stockline/ICL Explosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the planned timetable is of the public inquiry instructed to investigate the circumstances of the Stockline/ICL Plastics explosion in...

      Telephone Services: Social Fund and Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of telephone scripts used by call centre staff in (a) the Social Fund and (b) Jobcentre Plus;...

      Unum Provident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contacts there have been between Unum Provident and his Department in the last five years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents are in receipt of in-work credits; and what percentage of them have stayed in employment for (a) up to three months, (b)...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Educational Institutions: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many crimes were reported to have taken place in teaching establishments for which his Department is responsible in 2007;...

  • Treasury

    • Absent Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Office for National Statistics' most recent estimate is of the number and proportion of children who live apart from their (a) father and (b) parents.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, columns 1287-89W, on Alcoholic Drinks: Death, when the figures for the number of deaths...

      Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in each (a) age cohort and (b) region without a bank account.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, whether the package contained material other...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cell field structure was of the data on the two child benefit data missing discs.

      Death: Lincolnshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust areas died from (i) stroke-related illnesses, (ii) lung...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by his Department have given rise to responses that have been published by his Department.

      EC Trade: Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs have been created as a result of trade with the EU in the last two years; and how many are expected to be created in the next two years.

      EC Trade: Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of UK jobs which are contingent upon UK exports to the EU.

      Employment: Wirral

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate in Wirral is; and if he will make a statement.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people paid income tax on an earned income of £50,000 or more for each of the last 15 years in (a) the private sector and (b) the public sector.

      Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has undertaken on the conversion by the courts of unsecured to secured loans against borrowers' wishes; and what plans he has...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on lone parents and mini-jobs; and if he will make a statement.

      Low Incomes: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to support people who are on low incomes and working full-time.

      National Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of servicing the national debt was in the latest period for which figures are available; and what it was in 1997.

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual percentage increase was in (a) public sector salaries and (b) private sector salaries in each of the last 15 years.

      Pay: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the evidential basis is for a restriction of public sector pay increases to 2 per cent. or less to contribute to an inflation rate below 2 per cent.

      Pensioners: Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 605W, on Pensioners: Inflation, what the components are of the retail price index...

      Personal Income: Greater London

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

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes to its administrative procedures on transfer of confidential data HM Revenue and Customs has instituted since the beginning of November 2007.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requirements a home must have to be eligible for zero stamp duty land tax.

      Taxation: Car Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to increase the 40p per mile tax free allowance which employees using their own cars may claim if undertaking legitimate business activities.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with trade unions officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trade unions.

      Work for Change Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of HM Revenue and Customs initial impact assessment of socio-economic factors in its Workforce Change programme.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to amend the legislative provision for childcare support received through working families tax credit to allow those in...

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the number of hours parents are required to work before they are eligible to receive child care support through working families tax credit.

  • Defence

    • Military Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of his Department's effectiveness in upholding the military covenant.

    • Military Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to improve his Department's meeting of its obligations in respect of the military covenant; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of his Department's effectiveness in upholding the military covenant.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the personnel and material provided to UK armed forces in Afghanistan by other members of NATO.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve the safety of military vehicles in theatre.

      Selly Oak Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in developing the military-managed wing at Selly Oak hospital.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the target in-service dates are for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carriers.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the future aircraft carrier programme; and when the new carriers are planned to come into service.

      Key Worker Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that serving personnel are made aware of their key worker status when buying homes.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the extension of free postal services to service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Ex-service Personnel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on developing arrangements by which former services personnel can claim a local connection when applying for social housing.

      Ex-service Personnel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on enabling former service personnel to claim a local connection when applying for social housing.

      Defence Diversification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's defence diversification policies since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 305, on Afghanistan, whether the 5,000 former...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many civilian helicopters his...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK helicopters with hoists for medical support there are in theatre in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will take over from the 52 Brigade in Afghanistan; and what changeover date (a) was originally planned and (b) is noe expected.

      Armed Forces: Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British military personnel are required to hold the relevant British driving licence for the relevant category while driving different vehicles...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of non-UK citizens serving in each branch of the armed forces went absent without leave in each of the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of void and unused accommodation to his Department in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement; (2) pursuant...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the announced £5 billion expenditure on his Department's accommodation over the next 10 years has already been allocated to existing or...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the planned £5 billion to be spent on his Department's accommodation includes expenditure on (a) barrack rebuilds, (b) refurbishments and...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) refurbishment and (b) emergency repairs and upkeep of his Department's accommodation in 2006-07.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) recent discussions he has had on and (b) steps he is taking to make his Department's (i) housing procurement strategy, (ii) refurbishment...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his definition is of his Department's accommodation on which £5 billion over 10 years is to be spent.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's housing budget is taken up by administrative costs in 2007-08; and how much of the announced £5 billion...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's expenditure on married quarters is in 2007-08; and how much of the announced £5 billion expenditure on his Department's...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what areas of expenditure will be included within the proposed £5 billion to be spent on his Department's accommodation over the next 10 years.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Government expect all service accommodation to be at an acceptable standard at the planned rate of improvement.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on project SLAM on increasing and enhancing service accommodation.

      Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has commissioned on the causes and prevention of combat stress.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1449W, on armed forces pay, what the change was of the lowest increase in armed...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected budget is for service children's education schools in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Armed Forces: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many road traffic accidents occurred which involved both a military tracked vehicle and a civilian vehicle, in each of the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Widowed People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the provision of continuing financial support to the widows and widowers of service personnel who die (a) on and (b) off...

      Army: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds rejections of applications to join the Army are made.

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of UK military assistance to the Colombian security forces was committed to humanitarian de-mining programmes in the most recent period...

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance his Department provided to the Colombian security forces in each of the last five years; what assistance he plans to provide in the...

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that British military assistance to Colombia is restricted to humanitarian work; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure British military assistance to Colombia is targeted towards counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics operations.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) he and (b) his Ministers last visited the Defence Aviation Repair Agency at (i) Almondbank and (ii) Fleetlands.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that any private sector owner of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency be required to maintain current levels of...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency: Privatisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to sell the Defence Aviation Repair Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency rotary wing maintenance plants at (a) Almondbank and (b) Fleetlands.

      Defence Equipment and Support Organisation: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1035W, on Defence Equipment and Support Organisation: manpower, what the reasons are...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much of the Defence Export Services Organisation's budget was spent securing naval orders from other EU countries (a) in 2007-08 and (b) in...

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of gross domestic product was spent on defence in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) initial gate and (b) main gate decisions on category (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C equipment projects are due to be taken over the Comprehensive...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what category (a) A, (b) B and (c) C projects have been (i) deferred, (ii) reduced and (iii) cancelled at (A) initial gate and (B) main gate since 1997-98.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of his Department's planned expenditure on major equipment projects is committed (a) three years, (b) six years and (c) nine years ahead.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's (a) pre main gate and (b) post main gate category A projects were in each year from 1997-98 to 2007-08.

      Departmental Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) percentage and (b) value of his Department's (i) current and (ii) capital expenditure was paid for in (A) euros, (B) US dollars and (C) other...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and what the...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library an index of civilian salaries of his Department's staff, rebased to 2000, for each financial year from 1996-97 to 2006-07.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's (a) equipment and (b) non-equipment vectors of final demand for each of the years 2002-03 to...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since 1997-98 his Department has implemented (a) mileage restrictions, (b) track mileage restrictions and (c) petrol consumption...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the reasons were for the change of specifications in relation to the Eurofighter cannon; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the cost...

      Farnborough Aerodrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much TAG paid for the acquisition of the freehold interest in the Farnborough aerodrome.

      Helicopters: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow rate was of helicopter crews in each service in the last period for which figures are available.

      Helicopters: Crew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual strength of helicopter crews is in each service.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out of service date for the C130K fleet is.

      Hydrographic Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how he plans to clarify the public task of the UK Hydrographic Office, as recommended in the review of that Office; and when he plans to do so.

      Marines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the peace establishment was of the 40 Commando Royal Marines before its deployment to Afghanistan; what the strength was of the Commando on...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government plan to put the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project out to EU tender.

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place with staff at BAE Govan and Scotstoun about the procurement of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF are (i) in service and (ii) fit for purpose.

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK defence attachés and advisers there are (a) at each UK diplomatic post, (b) in each region of the world and (c) in total; what their...

      Military Equipment: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what military equipment the UK gifted to Iraqi forces in each year since 2003; (2) what military equipment the Government plan to gift to Iraq...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Recruitment

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

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been received from QinetiQ following the sale of each former Government-owned site as a result of the clawback agreement; and in...

      RAF Innsworth: NATO Rapid Reaction Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he anticipates the Rapid Reaction Corps will move to RAF Innsworth; and if he will make a statement.

      Shipbuilding: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment the Government have made of the future viability of Govan and Scotstoun without work from the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability...

      Shipbuilding: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many orders the Government have helped secure for Govan and Scotstoun from other EU countries.

      Territorial Army: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what forms Territorial Army personnel have to complete in order to take a vehicle out.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether a new production plant for highly enriched uranium is needed for Trident nuclear warheads.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 891W, on vetting, which other Government Departments use the Defence Vetting Agency...

      World War II: Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the amount of compensation paid by the German Government for British prisoners of war of the Second World War.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have held with (i) directors and (ii) senior...

    • Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on alleged murders of civilians and breaches of human rights by soldiers of the Colombian...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requirements his Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment.

      Departmental Equality

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 828W, on Departmental Internet, how many times each...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

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

      Derek Pasquill: Official Secrets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the classification of any of the documents disclosed by Mr. Derek Pasquill has been amended since the submission to the...

      Derek Pasquill: Official Secrets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers approved, before it was presented to the police, the witness statement by his Department setting out its...

      Derek Pasquill: Official Secrets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of those documents the disclosure of which formed the basis of the prosecution of Mr....

      Diplomatic Service: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what circumstances British embassies provide services to citizens of EU member states who lack diplomatic representation...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many documents disclosed without authorisation by Mr. Derek Pasquill formed the basis for his prosecution for breaches of...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of whether the public disclosure now of (a) all or (b) some of the documents first...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the witness statement to the police by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office setting out...

      European Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff work in his Department's European Directorate; what the cost of such staff was in 2006-07; and what each...

      Humanitarian Aid: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to create a humanitarian service medal or similar recognition for British civilians operating...

      Indonesia: Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has had with the Indonesian Government on its outstanding debts to the UK Export Credits Guarantee...

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the policy of Ministers in his Department to cross embassy staff picket lines in cases of industrial disputes.

      Legalisation Office: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to move the Legalisation Office to Milton Keynes; which private sector users have been consulted; and if he...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the viability of a one state, equal rights solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

      Middle East: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his Sunday Times article of 6 January 2008, how many staff he intends to transfer from Europe to the Middle...

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons his Department decided to withdraw its funding for the UK defence attaché network; and if he will make a...

      Military Attaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what interim arrangements his Department has made with the Ministry of Defence on the funding of defence attachés at UK...

      Republic of Ireland: Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on proposed redundancies at HM Embassy, Dublin.

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the consequences of the end of the ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

      Tour Operators: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK travel operators are obliged to notify the Government when their clients require hospitalisation while on holiday...

      Turkmenistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political and economic situation in Turkmenistan.

      USA: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role is played by the British embassy in Washington to facilitate visits by British subjects to US administration sites...

      Uzbekistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the conduct of elections in Uzbekistan in December 2007; (2) what discussions...

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department is holding with (a) the European Commission and (b) the US Administration to strengthen the...

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1363W, on Zimbabwe: sanctions, if he will make...

      Zimbabwe: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been frozen in bank accounts under economic sanctions taken against Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration has been given to making mobile telecommunications mast-sharing a requirement of future licence...

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of (a) 3, (b) O2, (c) Orange, (d) T Mobile and (e) Vodaphone mobile...

      Bankruptcy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses in each London borough filed for bankruptcy (a) less than five years, (b) less than 10 years,...

      Carbon Emissions: Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the changes in levels of carbon dioxide emissions which (a) has resulted since 2002 and...

      Certification Officer: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what requirements there are on the Certification Officer to make Gershon savings or annual efficiency savings.

      Certification Officer: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Certification Officer in scrutinising union political funds.

      Certification Officer: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Certification Officer's statutory responsibilities are in relation to trade unions; and what legislative...

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power stations in each year until 2020.

      Coal Fired Power Stations: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what amount of carbon dioxide emissions have come from coal-fired power stations in each of the last 10 years.

      Consumers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the annual effect on costs for his Department resulting from the merger of Energy Watch,...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in relation to which sectors the new National Consumer Council will pursue complaints from consumers.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what audits his Department and its agencies carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Direct Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures are in place to regulate door-to-door tradesmen in order to ensure elderly people are protected from...

      Ecuador: Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will provide a breakdown of Ecuador's debt to the Export Credits Guarantee Department rescheduled in the Paris Club.

      Electricity: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of the UK's electricity was supplied from sources outside the UK in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and...

      Electricity: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of electricity supplied to Kent was from sources outside the UK in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c)...

      Electronic Equipment: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to encourage the recycling of electrical equipment.

      Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research his Department has undertaken into awareness of the regulations on waste electrical and electronic...

      Energy Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to bullet point two in paragraph 4, page 69, relating to the impact assessment for the Energy Bill,...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) whether the Government's forthcoming response to the metering and billing consultation will refer to the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he last met representatives of Ofgem to discuss energy prices.

      Franco-British Nuclear Forum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has for funding of the Franco-British Nuclear Forum; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty since 2004.

      Fuel Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many rural households in England are in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Liability: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to ensure proportionate liability for consultants and engineers in construction projects.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 20 November...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many persons he estimates are working (a) at below the minimum wage, (b) at the minimum wage, (c) for between...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring forward proposals to increase the minimum wage for (a) adults and (b) young workers; and if he will...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to encourage individuals and companies to set up businesses in the West Midlands...

      News Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what communication has occurred between (a) the Secretary of State and (b) other members of his Department and...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to paragraph 3.77 of the White Paper on Nuclear Power, CM 7296, what steps may be taken by Ministers to...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to post on his departmental website the written submissions received by the consultation on nuclear...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to paragraph 3.4 of the White Paper on Nuclear Power, Cm 7296, whether an inquiry looking into an...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average cost of producing one kilowatt of energy from a nuclear power station.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether it is intended that the Independent Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning Fund, as described at...

      Nuclear Power: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to paragraph 2.93 of the White Paper on Nuclear Power, Cm7296, by what (a) percentage and (b) amounts...

      Nuclear Power: International Cooperation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions his Department has had with the United States administration on Global Nuclear Energy...

      Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for what purpose his Department records the political opinions of (a) staff and (b) the public.

      Post Offices: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government are taking to protect the pensions of those post office workers affected by national post...

      Post Offices: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether an alternative site for the main post office in Cowgate, Peterborough has been identified for after the expiry...

      Power Failures: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many severe electrical blackouts were recorded in (a) Gravesham constituency and (b) Kent in each of the last...

      Power Failures: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many power cuts attributable to the performance of networks operated by distributors covering the Kent area were...

      Public Sector Index (Non-Housebuilding) (PubSec) Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the Public Sector Index (Non-Housebuilding) (PubSec) Index.

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of disposing of historic nuclear waste.

      Recycling: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the value of the recycle payment for each renewables obligation certificate held was on each occasion on which...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what requirements his Department has placed on regional development agencies in spending monies allocated via the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the percentage of UK electricity which will be supplied from renewable sources in each...

      Renewable Energy: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether he was (a) consulted on and (b) asked to approve the tendering process conditions imposed by the Welsh...

      Renewable Energy: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of the renewable energy projects built in the last 15 years would (a) have been large enough to...

      Renewable Energy: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what effect he expects the Planning Bill, if enacted, to have on the process for building new renewable generators.

      Renewable Energy: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations he has received from the renewables industry on the Government's commitment to a EU 20 per cent....

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assumptions were made about the cost of solar electricity generation in the UK MARKAL-macro model.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings he has had with trade unions officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trade unions.

      Trading Schemes (Exclusion) Regulations 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the draft regulations referred to in the memorandum and letter dated 15 July 1997 to Mr. Bigmore concerning the...

      Utilities: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with energy companies on support for vulnerable consumers.

      Utilities: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plan to take to assist people on low incomes to meet the cost of electricity and gas, with...

      Utilities: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the regulatory framework will be for the introduction of smart meters for electricity and gas; and if he...

      Utilities: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken to ensure that consumers have access to information on the performance of energy suppliers in...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of wind power generation applications which are not being implemented as a...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the estimated (a) cost and (b) capacity is of those wind power projects that have been given planning...

  • Justice

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire on 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 925 on bail,...

    • British Nationality: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many applications have been made for UK citizenship on behalf of children of members of UK armed forces who do not have UK citizenship over the...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what data protection obligations there are on (a) police authorities, (b) NHS trusts and (c) social services departments to (i) amend and (ii) delete...

      ClearSprings Management: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the criteria are for selecting offenders to be accommodated in bail and home detention facilities managed by Clear Springs; (2) how many...

      Commission for Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Commission for Racial Equality was asked to conduct a race impact assessment on the introduction of the indeterminate sentence for public...

      Community Orders: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much was spent by his Department on programmes directed at offenders given community sentences in each of the last five years; (2) how much...

      Community Orders: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on administering each type of community sentence in each of the last five years; and what the cost per offender was in each...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and what the...

      English Language

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

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that people vulnerable to forced marriages are made aware of the provisions of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection)...

      Harriet Harman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what date the Permanent Secretary of the former Department for Constitutional Affairs received notice of each donation made to the then Minister of...

      HM Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the recruitment procedures in place for the appointment of the Director General of HM Prison Service.

      HM Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Director General of HM Prison Service has given notice of his intention to retire; and if he will make a statement.

      Homicide: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department provides the judiciary on the granting of bail to people accused of murder; and if he will make a statement.

      Homicide: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many suspects were (a) remanded in custody, (b) bailed on tag and (c) bailed without tagging for a charge of (i) murder, (ii) rape, (iii)...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there is an upper limit on the number of honours awarded in (a) the new year honours list and (b) the birthday honours List to (i) citizens...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place to administer nominations for honours for citizens of (a) the British overseas territories and (b) the UK.

      Honours: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many honours have been awarded to individuals from the Channel Islands since 1997.

      Honours: Crown Dependencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the process is whereby honours are awarded to citizens from British Crown dependencies.

      Honours: Public Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether individuals filling certain public roles are awarded honours as a matter of custom.

      Land Registry Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Government (a) departments and (b) agencies have business user accounts with Land Registry Direct.

      National Offender Management Service: Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates the Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service and the Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency have met in...

      National Offender Management Service: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on central management for the Probation Service and subsequently the National Offender Management Services in England and Wales in...

      National Offender Management Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent by the National Probation Service on development of C-NOMIS; and how much has been spent in total by his Department on making...

      Offenders: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) suspects, (b) convicted unsentenced offenders, (c) convicted offenders on community sentences and (d) prisoners on licence were...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what research was conducted into the effectiveness of offender behaviour programmes before they were put into use.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether reduction of re-offending is an aim of offender behaviour programmes.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much offender behaviour programmes cost to implement in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners participated in each type of offender behaviour programme in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by prison...

      Prison Service: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Prison Service employees have been dismissed as a result of their non-compliance with rules on (a) sex and (b) race discrimination in the last...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance is given to prison governors on arrangements for releasing juveniles at the end of their sentences when they have no accommodation arranged.

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted foreign national prisoners were released from prisons in England and Wales in the last 12 months.

      Prisoners: Australasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Australian and (b) New Zealand nationals are in prison in the UK.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between the Border and Immigration Agency and the National Offender Management Service on...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the estimated cost is of creating the Titan prison model, including resources to (a) develop, (b) design, (c) plan and (d) procure the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the certified normal accommodation was for each prison in each week since 26 January 2007.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the provision of acupuncture in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost was of providing gyms in prisons in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of people smuggling drugs into prisons were detected in each of the last five years; and how many perpetrators in such were (a) prison...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what policies are in place to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

      Tasker Review: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been submitted to his Department relating to the (a) Tasker Inquiry and (b) Stuart...

      Trade Unions

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

      Young Offenders: Body Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions each young offender institution has videoed the (a) strip searching and (b) restraint of children.

      Young Offenders: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children under 16 who had previously been convicted of drug-related offences in (a) the North East, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South...

      Young Offenders: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what facilities in Teesside are available to young people who have been convicted of drug offences to help prevent them from re-offending; and if he will...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: South Lakeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances have broken down or required repair while on service in South Lakeland in each of the last five years.

    • Barnet Hospital: Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the new building for psychiatric services provision at Barnet hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the patient experience survey for breast cancer will seek information on the experience of patients with metastatic breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve the care and experience of patients with metastatic breast cancer.

      Cardiovascular System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that national guidance on cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management, with particular reference to the...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made by the Department of Health Vascular Programme Board in reviewing recommendations from the National Screening Committee...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the process of liquid based cytology has now been implemented by all 142 laboratories that process cervical screening.

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of organic probiotics in tablet form in reducing the risk of developing Clostridium difficile.

      Community Care: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has commissioned or funded on home-based care for patients with (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile.

      Confectionery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation governs the sale of confectionery that contains alcohol.

      Crimes of Violence: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will undertake research on whether there is a relationship between numbers of violent attacks on patients and staff in mental health...

      Dental Services: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of NHS dentists in Leicester.

      Departmental Christmas Cards

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1118W, on departmental public expenditure, how much (a) near cash, (b) non cash and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 6.2 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, for what reason the setting up of individual budget pilots was delayed, and...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 12, page 33 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, which risks were (a) added to and (b) removed from his Department's...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 10, page 60 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, if he will break down the other non-cash items charged to operating...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 10, page 60 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, what stock items his Department was required to write-off; what bad...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the publication of the NHS in England's Operating Framework for 2008-09, how much of the addition to his Department's baseline expenditure in...

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 11, page 33 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, to what extent each of his Department's five assurance standards were...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 33, page 36 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, what the 199 significant control issues were, broken down by...

      Family Practitioner Services: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in arrangements for GPs in Barnet to make direct referrals for diagnostic services; and if he will make a statement.

      Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the clinical efficacy of fracture liaison services to ensure patient concordance with medicines regimens which help prevent...

      Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with each type of gastroenterological condition were seen by a consultant within 18 weeks of referral in the latest period for which...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish his review of the rules governing access to the NHS by foreign nationals.

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations were consulted on screening for (a) heart disease, (b) kidney disease, (c) stroke and (d) diabetes prior to the Prime Minister's...

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of (a) the number of additional medical personnel, (b) the quantity of additional scanning equipment and (c) the...

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of an individual screening for (a) heart disease, (b) kidney disease, (c) stroke and (d) diabetes.

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department plans to spend in each financial year until 2010-11 on advertising and education campaigns to encourage people to take up the...

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the likely take-up of (a) universal and (b) targeted screening programme for (i) heart disease, (ii) kidney...

      HealthSpace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have registered with HealthSpace in each year since it was established.

      Hospital Treatment Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress is being made towards the 18 week hospital treatment target in Hendon; (2) what progress has been made in meeting the 18 week...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of collecting figures for (a) inpatient and (b) outpatient waiting times in 2007-08.

      Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the drug budget for the treatment of inflammatory bowel conditions is in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority area in 2007-08.

      Learning Disability: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve inpatient health care services for people with learning difficulties, with particular reference to Wirral...

      Medical Treatments: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to reduce referral to treatment waiting times since 1997.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust's plans for foundation trust status.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the fertility rate projections published by the Office for National Statistics on 23 October 2007 on (a)...

      NHS: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to improve record-keeping systems in the NHS since 1997.

      NHS: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to write off the debt of trusts in the financially challenged trust regime.

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates, in each of the last five years, the NHS hospital and community health services non-medical workforce census was published; and on what date...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department worked on the prevention and management of obesity in each of the last five financial years for which figures are...

      Obesity: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has commissioned into child obesity levels in the North West and their implications for the future health of people in the region.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve the (a) level, (b) quality and (c) accessibility of information and support offered to people with...

      Osteoporosis: Stockport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) level, (b) quality and (c) accessibility of information and support offered to people with osteoporosis in...

      Oxygen: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients are dependent upon oxygen cylinders; and how many were so dependent in each of the last three years.

      Oxygen: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies supply oxygen cylinders and oxygen to the NHS; and what minimum standards of service are required of them.

      Patient Choice Schemes: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of Barnet patients' appointments were made through the choose and book system in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 to date; and...

      Patients: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average charge made to hospital patients to access personal television facilities; and what steps hospitals are taking to...

      Primary Care Trusts and NHS Reconfigurations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has asked primary care trusts to inform him of consultations and formal reviews which they hold into the future provision of services;...

      Psychological Therapist: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the average time taken to train a psychological therapist in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the...

      Sheep Meat: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many successful prosecutions there have been in the UK over the last 10 years for the preparation, marketing or selling of prepared sheep meat known...

      Smoking: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what each primary care trust's budget for smoking cessation services was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department will publish the 10 Downing Street Delivery Unit report on academies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether he plans to make a statement on the conclusions of the Delivery Unit Report on academies; (2) if he will list the...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the outcome of the review of academies which concluded on 4 January 2008.

      Academies: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies do not follow national curriculum programmes of study in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) science and (d)...

      Academies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was contributed to the academy programme by (a) companies and (b) other bodies, including non-profit-making...

      Academies: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make it a requirement for academy schools to be fitted with fire sprinkler systems in accordance with the guidance in...

      Academies: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academy schools have been fitted with fire sprinkler systems in accordance with the guidance in Building Bulletin 100:...

      Academies: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which academies the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is (a) higher and (b) lower than the...

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what obligations are placed on new sponsors of academy schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the public-sector (a) sponsors and (b) co-sponsors of academies in each quarter since 1 January 2002.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) public sector bodies and (b) local authorities (i) sponsored and (ii) co-sponsored academies prior to 1 May 2007;...

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers are available to (a) his Department and (b) local authorities to deal with underperforming academies; and if he will...

      Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what comparative assessment he has made of the comparative effectiveness of academies and fresh start schools in improving...

      Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any examination dates were set for students after they had finished term and left school in 2007.

      Assessments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward proposals to establish an independent regulator of examination standards.

      Biometrics: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission a review of the academic literature on the reversibility of biometric templates to recreate fingerprints.

      Buildings Schools for the Future Programme: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to ensure that developments under the Building Schools for the Future programme have the lowest...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 212-14W, on education maintenance allowance, what the reasons...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils within Copeland have been eligible to receive education maintenance allowance over the last three years; (2)...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many young people in the Peterborough constituency received the education maintenance allowance in the last year for which...

      Further Education: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of young people in (a) the Colchester constituency and (b) Essex County Council area remained in full-time...

      Further Education: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of young people in (a) the Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire County Council area remained in full-time...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on the promotion of A-levels to students at schools.

      GCE A-Level: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in the top 5 per cent. in Key Stage Two tests achieved three A grades at A-level in each of the last...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils achieved five A* to C GCSEs (a) including mathematics and English and (b) excluding mathematics and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools had 50 per cent. or more pupils failing to secure five A* to C grades in GCSEs...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what target his Department has set for the percentage of pupils attaining five passes at grade A* to C GCSE including English and...

      Gifted Children: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire County Council area have been identified as gifted and...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the term, "education otherwise than at school" is taken by his Department to include elective home education.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to meet Education Otherwise and other home education organisations.

      Languages: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many mainstream secondary schools did not enter students for a GCSE in a modern language in each of the last three years.

      Languages: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many primary schools in each London borough teach a modern foreign language; (2) which modern foreign languages are...

      Mandarin: Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to promote the teaching of Mandarin in primary schools.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he will respond to the letter of 29 November from the hon. Member for Isle of Wight on changes to the school system on the...

      Private Education: Academic Year

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on what basis he decided on the figures of (a) 28 weeks of education in an academic year and (b) 12.5 hours of education in a...

      Pupils: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were taken to hospitals owing to accidents within schools in Tamworth constituency in each of the last five years.

      Pupils: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to prevent school staff removing unencrypted sensitive pupil data from school premises.

      Pupils: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were stopped on school premises for being in possession of (a) alcohol and (b) drugs in the most recent year for...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with English as a second language there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each English local...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was available to support pupils with English as a second language in each English local authority area in (a)...

      School Leaving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of imposing sanctions on young people to keep them in education and training; and...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools may spend profits on their school meal services in other areas of school expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which (a) academies and (b) other schools use their powers to admit up to 10 per cent. of children on the basis of aptitude.

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the recommendations relating to his Department contained in the Defence Committee report "Educating Service Children"...

      Schools: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission an independent assessment of the security of biometric systems used in schools (a) in libraries, (b) in...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local authority are using temporary mobile classrooms; and how many such...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will establish a national minimum expected condition for school buildings.

      Schools: Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many designated school buses are fitted with seat belts.

      Schools: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools have adopted the Opening Minds curriculum; (2) when he will reply to question 173812, on the Opening Minds...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the difference between budgeted and actual costs incurred in the construction of all new (a) schools...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the amount of guaranteed funding per school pupil in Hendon is from the (a) dedicated schools grant and (b) other specific...

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Hendon were inspected by Ofsted in the last 12 months; what the outcome was of each inspection; and if he will...

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with officials on changes to numbers of teaching staff resulting from the reorganisation of schools on...

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families who would be responsible for funding for redundancies arising from the reorganisation of schools on the Isle of Wight.

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of redundancy payments brought about by the reorganisation of schools on the Isle of Wight.

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has conducted a study of the effect of the reorganisation of schools on the Isle of Wight on the number of...

      Schools: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many educational establishments in receipt of funding from his Department are accommodated in listed buildings; and how many...

      Schools: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of funding arrangements outside centralised programmes for the allocation of...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding was allocated to each local authority to support small rural schools in the latest year for which figures are...

      Schools: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors were taken into account in deciding the amount allocated to Staffordshire for the school funding settlement for...

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has discussed with Ofsted the commissioning of research on the relative frequency of primary schools, junior schools...

      Schools: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which obligatory training courses school staff must attend annually.

      Science: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what (a) curricular and (b) extra-curricular programmes his Department is supporting to encourage the study of science at...

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimates he has made of the proportion of (a) science and (b) mathematics teachers in secondary schools who were not...

      Secondary Education: GCE A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools with sixth forms submitted more than one pupil for A-Level in (a) mathematics,...

      Secondary Education: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged 11 to 16 years (a) there were in Newcastle-upon-Tyne local education authority schools and (b) were...

      Secondary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate has been made of the cost of introducing small group tuition into secondary schools.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the equivalence between diplomas and GCSEs.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the new system of school diplomas.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to publish the curriculum specification for the diploma qualifications in (a) Construction and Built Environment,...

      Specialised Diplomas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what additional finance will be made available to schools for each student studying for a diploma; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools in Barnet have specialist status; what their specialisms are in each case; what funding was made available to each...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will bring forward measures to establish the status of teachers in classrooms as in loco parentis; and if he will make a...

      Teachers: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) primary and (ii) secondary school teachers there were in each London borough in...

      Teachers: Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1282W, on teachers: public opinion, what (a) discussion...

      Tyndale Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the registration of Tyndale Academy.

  • Home Department

    • Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1165W, on airports: security, whether photographic security procedures...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported to the Respect Task Force in each of the last three years.

      Arrests: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been tested for illegal drug use who have been arrested on suspicion of other non-drug-related crimes; and how many of...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the procedures are for reporting cases of physical and verbal abuse (a) by and (b) against failed asylum seekers during the removal...

      Asylum: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 261W, on asylum: entry clearances, whether the number of asylum applicants...

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were supported in National Asylum Support Service and Border and Immigration Agency accommodation in (a) Newcastle and (b)...

      Asylum: Newcastle City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what National Asylum Support Services contract costs were paid to Newcastle city council in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07; and...

      Asylum: North Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers were asked to report to North Shields immigration office in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Asylum: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers of each age group and sex were returned to Somalia in the six months from 1 July 2007; what her policy is on...

      Burglary: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many thefts of IT equipment were reported in schools in Essex in each of the last three years.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the retention level of police community support officers was in each police authority area in each year since 2002-03.

      Crime Prevention: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) methods and (b) technologies her Department has recommended to (i) police forces and (ii) local authorities for controlling the...

      Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to ratify the Council of Europe convention on cybercrime; and if she will make a statement.

      Crime: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many crimes involving the fraudulent use of credit or debit cards in Surrey were (a) reported and (b) successfully detected in...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) violence against the person, (b) criminal damage and (c) drug-related offences have been recorded in Tamworth since 2000.

      Crimes of Violence: Elderly People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many elderly people in Teesside reported being a victim of violent crime in (a) Teesside and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

      Criminal Proceedings: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the codes of practice issued under the (a) Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and (b) Criminal Procedure and...

      Dangerous Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to reduce levels of street racing.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what reviews have been undertaken of her Department's rules on data protection in the last two years; if she will place in the Library...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place in her Department to ensure that personal information relating to members of the public is (a) stored and (b)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department's information technology and data management systems are BS7799 compliant.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requests were made to her Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 in each of the last two years; and what the (a)...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many posters or displays there are in the offices of her Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of Ministers;...

      Driving Offences: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many driving licences submitted to fixed penalty offices have been lost before return to the holder.

      Drugs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many children under 16 in (a) the north-east, (b) Teesside and (c) the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency were...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those brought into a police station tested positively for Class A drugs in each year since 1997; and what the level was of...

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which recommendations of the Downing street strategy unit report on drugs of 2005 have been implemented.

      Entry Clearances: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions sponsors of visa applications have been found to be under investigation for obtaining indefinite leave to remain by...

      Essex Police Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total police grant funding was for Essex police authority in each year since 1990; (2) how much funding was allocated per...

      Essex Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there were in Essex police authority in each year...

      European Police Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-UK Europol officers have permission to operate within the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.

      Foreign Workers: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effects of the introduction of additional transitional measures to case worker guidance on handling work...

      Fraud: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving fraudulent use of credit or debit cards in Tamworth were (a) reported and (b) successfully detected in each of...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to date of removing errors from the National DNA Database.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the security of the support and accommodation arrangements provided for child victims of human trafficking in the north-west, north-...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have for provision of support for people who have been trafficked beyond the current funding arrangement for the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for human trafficking offences in each year since 2001, broken down by type...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of people trafficked into the UK in each year since 2001.

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects the target to roll out identity cards to non-EEA foreign nationals by the end of 2008 to be met.

      Identity Cards: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether identity cards issued to foreign nationals will contain information on their right to work in the UK.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) inward migration and (b) employment-related inward migration which would have been...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to improve the publication of the statistics on children being held in immigration removal centres to ensure that...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of removal following the legacy exercise fell into each category of removal including (a) enforced removals, (b) persons...

      Immigration: EC Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on whether the UK should join the (a) Schengen area and (b) Schengen visa system in the future.

      Immigration: Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of applicants for British citizenship from Kosovo were (a) refused and (b) found not to be of Kosovan origin in the...

      Immigration: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from Sri Lanka have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent in relation to appeals against decisions not to grant people work permits (a) in total, (b) on legal counsel...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) under what legislation the awarding of compensation to complainants whose complaints have been upheld by the Independent Police...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation regulates the Independent Police Complaints Commission; what amendments have been made to, and what recent representations...

      Intelligence Services: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures exist for former agents of the United Kingdom intelligence services to make complaints about alleged operational misconduct...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire's letter to the Minister of State, dated 27 November 2007, on behalf of...

      Metropolitan Police: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by her Department in total on defending actions brought against the Metropolitan police by victims of crime in each year...

      Pakistan: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she received from the Government of Pakistan on (a) Hyrbyair Marri and (b) Faiz Baluch prior to their arrest in the UK.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to require UK citizens resident in Northern Ireland to carry and show their passports when travelling to the rest of the UK.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1064-65W, on police, what estimate she has made of the number of...

      Police Stations: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations in rural areas have been closed in each local authority area in each of the last five years.

      Police: Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported thefts of lead there were in each police authority area in each of the last five years; how many successful prosecutions...

      Police: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars were (a) seized and (b) held by police in (i) Lancashire, (ii) Cumbria, (iii) Yorkshire and (iv) Greater Manchester in each...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government funding has been made available to police services to help them meet obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the total budget of each police authority in England and Wales was accounted for by the police authority precept in each...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much central Government funding each police authority in England and Wales received in each financial year since 1997.

      Police: Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much Leicestershire constabulary spent in policing football matches in the city of Leicester in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) police community support officers and (b) regular police officers fall into each ethnic category in each police...

      Police: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many protective vests were issued to police officers in each year since 1997.

      Proscribed Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 98W, on Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission (POAC) and the...

      Public Order Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued on the prevention by police of photographers taking pictures in public places; and if she will make a...

      Violence Against the Person

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage crime detection rate for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery and (e)...

      Violence Against the Person

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery and (e) theft from a...

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) destination, (b) duration and (c) purpose was of each overseas visit by members of staff in her Department of each civil...

      West Mercia Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will hold discussions with the chief constable of West Mercia police on the funding arrangements for the policing of community events.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 10 December 2007 (Official...

    • Agriculture: Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they will bring forward to give farmers more opportunities to work to reduce global warming, in view of the National Farmers' Union estimate that 1,000...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total number of (a) overpayments, and (b) underpayments made to service personnel for each month in 2007; and What was the maximum (a) underpayment,...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether senior civil servants in the Ministry of Defence are paid through the joint personnel administration scheme; and, if not, whether they are likely to...

      Arts: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Arts Council England conducts regular assessments of the artistic quality of the work of their regularly funded organisations; if so, how; and on what criteria.

      Banking: Sterling and Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold discussions with the United Kingdom banks to promote reduced charges for transfers between sterling and the eurozone, and to allow internal...

      Bicycles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years have been charged with an offence which involved a bicycle; and how many were convicted.

      Bicycles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many deaths have been recorded on the roads which involved a bicycle or bicycles in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998.

      British Waterways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total funding provided to British Waterways in the past five years; what is its budget for the current year; and what is the proposed funding in 2008-09.

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to develop a Code for Sustainable Buildings which applies to non-domestic buildings in the same way that the Code for Sustainable Homes...

      Business Travel: Private Car Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the 40 pence per mile maximum non-taxable allowance for use of private cars for business travel was fixed by the HM Revenue and Customs; and what they...

      Civil Service: Ethnicity and Gender Balance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 78) concerning their policy that the Civil Service should be representative of the population that it...

      Civil Service: Ethnicity and Gender Balance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 78), how they define disabled persons.

      Civil Service: Ethnicity and Gender Balance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 78), whether they seek to ensure that the Civil Service is representative of the population as a...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will meet Slovenian European Union presidency representatives to discuss the common agricultural policy financial review and the future of farm support...

      Commons Act 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which statutory instruments have been made under the Commons Act 2006; and whether they propose to table any further statutory instruments under that Act.

      Crime: Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were charged with drug-related offences in Northern Ireland in 2006 and 2007 respectively; and how many were convicted.

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the year-on-year reduction in crime levels in Northern Ireland, whether there has been any comparable improvement in crime detection.

      Elections: Local Government

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made on consulting local authorities, political parties, electors and others on changing the normal polling day for elections to the weekend.

      Energy: Fossil Fuel Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the increasing cost of fossil fuels from areas of political instability and increasing world demand have on the economic viability of nuclear generated...

      Energy: Oil and Gas Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current levels of (a) crude oil; (b) petroleum products; (c) natural gas; (d) liquid natural gas; and (e) liquid petroleum gas currently maintained in...

      Energy: Oil and Gas Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to increase the levels of strategic storage of (a) crude oil; (b) petroleum products; (c) natural gas; (d) liquid natural gas; and (e) liquid...

      Energy: Oil and Gas Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any other country maintains strategic stores of crude oil, petroleum products or gas products within the United Kingdom.

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether electricity providers can contribute to meeting the terms of the renewables obligation by providing financial assistance to renewable energy projects...

      Environmental Protection: Aarhus Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are envisaged to secure compliance with the requirement in Article 9(4) of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in...

      EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What administration costs were incurred by HM Treasury in relation to the European structural and cohesion funds for the last financial year for which figures are...

      EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What administration costs were incurred by the Department for Communities and Local Government in relation to the European structural and cohesion funds for the...

      Gershon Review: NIO

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

      Government: Composition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to extend their policy that the Civil Service should be representative of the population which it serves in respect of gender, black and...

      Government: Data Transfer Protocols

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the security arrangements and protocols for the transfer of sensitive or confidential data from government departments and agencies to Eurostat and other...

      Health: MMR Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the appropriateness of the legal aid fees of £6 million to Alexander Harris, solicitors, for the measles, mumps and rubella and...

      Housing: Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take through the Energy Saving Trust and other bodies to advise the public on home energy savings measurements, within the officially...

      Housing: Homes and Communities Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms they will put in place to ensure that new housing funded by the Homes and Communities Agency or built on its land is well designed; and What...

      Local Government: Parish Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will deal with any of the outstanding parish reviews which involve the creation of new parish councils in time for elections to be held on 1 May; and,...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to reduce the number of employees in the Northern Ireland Office.

      Pigs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 10 December 2007 (Official...

      Pigs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the figures for the importation of pig meat into the United Kingdom for each year during the period 1998 to 2007.

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals' data are stored on the national fingerprint database; and, of those, how many (a) are convicted criminals; (b) are currently serving a...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How overcrowding in 81 out of 141 prisons in England and Wales will be reduced; and by when they expect that overcrowding will have been eliminated.

      Private Finance Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many private finance initiative contracts are currently in place in the United Kingdom; and what debts arising from them are being incurred by the Exchequer.

      Private Finance Initiative

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What projections exist for increased private finance initiative contracts in 2008-09 in the United Kingdom; and what are the estimated debts arising from them to...

      Religious Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 18 December 2007 (WA 130), whether, in developing their understanding of Muslim communities in the United...

      Sport: Horseracing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total cost to the taxpayer of the recent horserace-fixing prosecution; what is the breakdown of those costs; and why the main prosecution expert...

      Sport: Horseracing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent horserace-fixing prosecution will have a detrimental effect on the future of horse breeding and horseracing in the United Kingdom; and where the...

      Sport: Ticket Prices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 12 December 2007 (WA 75), what reply is being sent to the further questions posed by the chief executive...

      Suspicious Activity Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total sum of money collected through the Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) regime since it was created; and What is the total sum of money collected...

      Waste Management: Reduction Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which refuse collection authorities in England they have had discussions with a view to running pilot waste reduction schemes.

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