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Written answers

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1229W, to the right hon. Member for Horsham, on departmental e-mail, (1) how many e-mails sent to...

    • Downing Street Political Office

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what proportion of the cost of the position of the administrator of the Downing Street Political Office will be met by the public purse; and when the post was...

      Gordon Brown

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 1398W, on Gordon Brown, whether a date has been set for the publication of the list; whether it will...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will attend the launch of the 'Don't Close Your Eyes' Blue Blindfold Campaign on human trafficking in the House on 29 January.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Contracts

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

    • Trade Unions

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

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) financial and (b) non-financial contribution his Department has made to the EU Erasmus Mundus programme since...

    • Europass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy on the extension of the Europass is.

      Higher Education: Gifts and Endowments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the total value of private endowments managed by universities.

      Higher Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of withdrawal of support to institutions in south-east London for students studying...

      Higher Education: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of people normally resident in Peterborough have participated in higher education to degree...

      Research: Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department provides for research into alternatives to using animals for research purposes.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect that withdrawal of funding for equivalent or lower qualifications will have on...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials have held with (i) directors and (ii) senior...

    • Council Tax Benefits: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many households in England have zero liability for council tax due to 100 per cent. council tax exemptions; (2) how...

      Council Tax: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what was (a) the rate of household council tax and (b) the percentage change from the previous year this represented for each...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what items of her Department's (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) objectives and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons were for the increase in the early severance/early retirement costs for her Department and its predecessor from...

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which locations have applied to become eco-towns.

      Eco-Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether all eco-towns designated as healthy towns will be obliged to offer weigh-ins for children when they leave primary school.

      English Language: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has held a Citizens' Jury on English for speakers of other languages since 6 October 2007.

      Fire Services: Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated to Cleveland Fire Authority for the next funding period.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of funding was allocated to each English fire authority, in each of the last three years; and how many incidents were...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to take into account the number of high risk industrial sites in each fire authority area...

      Home Information Packs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent from the public purse on home information packs including (a) administration costs, (b) legal fees,...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government have taken to update and improve the quality of social housing in the West Midlands.

      Local Authorities: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 783, on local authorities: finance, what proportion of...

      Local Authorities: Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information her Department holds on (a) the number of local authorities which charge for treating mice infestations in...

      Official Visits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of the visit by the chief executive of Thames Gateway and others to Emscher Park in...

      Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons the early severance and early retirement costs for her Department and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister...

      Regional Ministers: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on arrangements for the accountability of regional Ministers to the House throughout the creation of...

      Regional Planning and Development: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation is planned as part of the east of england regional spatial strategy.

      Regional Planning and Development: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's plans are to provide fire service coverage in relation to developments which take place under the South...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her proposed changes to the draft South East Plan will be published.

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many rough sleepers were recorded in each region in England in each year since 1997; and how many were (a) over the age of...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings she has had with trades union officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trades unions.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the Government have plans for direct public sector land acquisition at pre-planning decision land values in...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which locations have been submitted to her Department as prospective eco-towns as part of the new points growth scheme.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list proposals submitted for eco-towns.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when local authorities will be informed that a bid for an eco-town has been (a) made, (b) successful and (c) unsuccessful in...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to question 165126, on Emscher Park tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 13 November 2007.

      Youth Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local area agreements are required to include provisions on ring-fenced funding for projects which used to be funded...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regularly funded, theatre-based producing companies in the regions were supported by Arts Council England in 2007-08.

    • Capita

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

      Coastal Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £45 million fund for cultural spending on coastal towns, announced on 30 November 2007, will come from (a) his...

      Coastal Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the first funding from the £45 million fund for cultural spending on coastal towns, announced on 30 November 2007,...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what items of his Department's (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Media and Sport whether any of his Department's special advisers also work for organisations outside his Department.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the uptake has been of the digital switchover targeted assistance scheme in Whitehaven and Copeland; what the expected uptake was;...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what records his Department holds of which local authorities have licensing policies with cumulative impact areas; (2) which...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many officials in his Department are working on the review of licensing legislation announced by the Prime Minister in July 2007.

      Regulation

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

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding was made available for (a) women's sport and (b) women's netball in the latest period for which figures are...

      Tourism: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people involved in work-based training in the tourism sector in Cleethorpes constituency in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 758W, on departmental meetings, how many times she met the Prime Minister in each week of the...

  • Transport

    • Shrewsbury to London Rail Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to attend the inauguration of the direct rail service from Shrewsbury to London; and if she will make a statement.

    • Smartcards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many local authorities she expects to introduce smartcards for the National Bus Concessionary Fares scheme by 1 April 2008.

      Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research her Department has commissioned and evaluated on travel to and from airports by air travel passengers.

      Rail Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to tackle rail overcrowding on routes other than the west coast main line.

      Air Transport Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals for an award marking the service given in the second world war by the pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary.

      Metronet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she had on Metronet since it entered into administration; and what her latest estimate is of the costs to the public purse resulting...

      Rail Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she had with railway companies and railway trades unions on assaults on railway staff. [R]

      Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact of aircraft noise on quality of life; and what steps airports are taking to reduce such noise.

      Bus Accessibility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve the accessibility of buses to elderly people with mobility difficulties.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have to extend concessionary travel to forms of public transport other than buses.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what formula she has used in determining full funding for the concessionary bus fare scheme for pensioners when it is implemented nationally.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings she has had with bus user groups to discuss the forthcoming free off-peak national scheme for concessionary bus fares.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of recent service reliability on the west coast main line.

      Vehicle Size

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to report on the study her Department commissioned on longer and heavier vehicles in 2005.

      Buses: Stockton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken by her Department to improve bus transport in Stockton.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to maintain levels of railway use.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the provision of rail services on 26 December 2008.

      Bicycles: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in her Department's investigation into the wearing of cycle helmets by children.

      David Abrahams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency have received from (i) representatives of Durham Green Developments Limited and...

      David Abrahams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of all correspondence and documentation relating to the Durham Green Business Park planning application and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many instances have been recorded in her Department of former employees accessing important and sensitive data after terminating their employment...

      Level Crossings: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries have resulted from accidents at each level crossing in Hampshire since 2002.

      Level Crossings: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress she expects to be made in (a) improving the safety of level crossings open to road traffic and (b) eliminating such crossings by over...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how frequently she has met executives from Network Rail in each of the last six months; (2) what meetings she had with executives from Network...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals (a) she and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation has for the strengthening of the conditions of Network Rail's network licence.

      Network Rail: Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place for the recovery of money by Network Rail from (a) the Highways Agency, (b) local authorities, (c) statutory...

      Network Rail: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals (a) she and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation have for the further reform of the railway network code in respect of (i) the carrying...

      Network Rail: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) she and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation has any plans to require Network Rail to extend the timetable for the completion of the West...

      Railway Stations: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries have occurred at railway stations in Hampshire since 2002, broken down by cause.

      Railways: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new railway have been built in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the level of compliance of each Hampshire rail station with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of recent rail fare increases; and what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on...

      Railways: Gravesend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which types of ticket for rail journeys from Gravesend to London Charing Cross are regulated by the Government.

      Railways: Gravesend

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time-tabled journey time by train from Gravesend to London Charing Cross was in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list the 10 railway (a) stations and (b) lines which had the largest (i) percentage and (ii) gross increase in passenger numbers in the...

      Railways: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to safeguard potential railway routes from development.

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) punctuality and reliability statistics and (b) passengers in excess numbers were for rail services on (i) the Portsmouth to Cardiff,...

      Railways: Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on Southern Trains' proposal to withdraw its Watford to Brighton service; if she will make it her policy to preserve the Watford to...

      Railways: Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the withdrawal of Southern Trains' Watford to Brighton service on passengers with disabilities or...

      Regulation

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

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many detrunking orders her Department has made in each of the last 10 years.

      Shipping: Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many containers were lost overboard from container ships in UK coastal waters in each of the last 10 years.

      Shipping: Containers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what processes are in place to report losses of shipping containers at sea.

      South West Trains: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1094W, on South West Trains, what the internal specifications are for (a) seating...

      Train Operating Companies: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on which occasions the Rail Regulator has imposed penalties on rail companies in each of the last three years; what penalty was imposed; on which...

      Trains: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 700W, on trains: standards, whether the full report commissioned by South West...

      Transport: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents occurred involving (a) road vehicles, (b) aircraft and (c) trains carrying radioactive material in the United Kingdom in each...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations the UK has made to other NATO countries on provision of troops for operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for improving UK combat search and rescue cover in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to agree a manufacturing contract for the building of the two new aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what minimum compensation is paid to the families of servicemen killed in action; how compensation to bereaved families is calculated; what arrangements...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the average cost was for upgrading a (a) single living accommodation and (b) single family accommodation from standard 4 to standard 3 in...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service families' properties were upgraded to (a) S1fC and (b) S2fC categories under the standard for condition initiative in each of the last...

      Armed Forces: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on basic literacy and basic mathematics education in each year since 2000 by (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c)...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will fully implement the forthcoming recommendations of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current percentage shortfall is of each pinch point trade in the armed forces.

      Atlas Consortium: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Atlas consortium was awarded a DII add-on contract in December 2006; what progress has been made on the original contract; and if he...

      Bowman Combat Radio System: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to release the general design specification for Bowman batteries and invite a range of companies to tender for their supply.

      Bowman Combat Radio System: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of ABSL/AEA to provide batteries for Bowman to the standard required in theatre; and if he will make a statement.

      Bowman Combat Radio System: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons Bowman HF batteries have been recalled for replacement; and who was responsible for ensuring that the quality of this product was of the...

      Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that English wine is served exclusively or at the request of guests at meals, parties and receptions hosted by his...

      Departmental Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the acquisition of paintings for his departmental art collection; and what his Department's budget for art acquisitions is in 2007-08.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what helicopters are (a) owned and (b) utilised by (i) his Department and (ii) the armed forces; what the (A) original date of manufacture and (B)...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iraq on apprehending those responsible for the murder of six members of the Royal Military...

      Kuwait: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British personnel based at Camp Buehring in Kuwait will receive the (a) Iraq Medal and (b) council tax rebate; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned out of service dates for all military helicopters were in each year since 1997.

      RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 400W, on RAF Menwith Hill, for what reason the exchange of letters between the US...

      Training: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what military programmes are operated for the rehabilitation of people aged 16 to 25 who are (a) services personnel and (b) civilians; (2) what...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Anniversaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list planned commemorative (a) coins and (b) events for 2008 in which the Government will be involved.

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information is published in respect of meetings of (a) Cabinet Committees' and (b) Cabinet Sub-Committees' (i) dates of meeting, (ii)...

      Strategy Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1085W, on the strategy unit, how many full-time equivalent staff in the...

      Strategy Unit: Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) seconded appointments were made to the strategy unit in each month in 2007; (2) how many...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in the Attorney-General's Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if she...

    • Domestic Violence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the ratio of domestic violence prosecutions to convictions was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Audit: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will introduce legislation to prevent auditors of banks from selling tax avoidance schemes to their audit clients.

    • Banks: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will appoint an inquiry to investigate executive remuneration at banks.

      Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to his answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1061W, on Broadband: Scotland, what the location...

      Business: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many new businesses were started in each London borough in the last 10 years; how many of them received Government...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government plans to take to assist vulnerable groups affected by energy price increases.

      Radioactive Materials: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any radioactive materials have been stolen or lost in the United Kingdom since 1993.

      Regional Development Agencies: Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which regional development agencies have offices in Brussels; and how much they paid towards each of the offices in...

      Regional Development Agencies: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what land holdings that each regional development agency owns.

      Rolls-Royce: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed closure of the Bootle Rolls-Royce factory on the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what progress has been made on the EU review of the implementation of the arms embargo on Burma following the Prime...

    • Chevening Scholarships Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of British Chevening scholarships.

      Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government about its description of Gaza as a hostile entity in September 2007...

      Group of Friends of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the UK objectives were at the meeting on 19 December 2007 of the Group of Friends of the UN Secretary-General on...

      Gulf States: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the creation of a permanent French military base in the Gulf area.

      Indian Subcontinent: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visitors' visas were issued to residents of (a) India, (b) Pakistan, (c) Bangladesh and (d) Sri Lanka in each of...

      Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to monitor the post code regulation of goods being imported to the UK by Israel under the EU-Israel...

      Israel: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that the EU Trade Association Agreement with Israel is properly implemented in relation to its...

      Israel: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli government about the release of imprisoned, democratically elected Palestinian...

      Middle East: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK diplomatic posts in the Middle East and South Asia will receive additional staff under the diplomatic surge...

      Middle East: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the proposed 30 per cent. increase in staff in UK diplomatic posts in the Middle East and South Asia includes...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further steps the Government plan to take to secure nuclear disarmament in accordance with their commitments under Article...

      PricewaterhouseCoopers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value of his Department's contracts with PricewaterhouseCoopers relating to private finance initiative projects was in...

      Rizana Nafeek

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 July 2007, Official Report, column 709W, on Rizana Nafeek, what information he holds on the...

      Spratly Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the protests outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi and the Chinese consulate...

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reasons for the UN Human Rights Council's decision on 14 December 2007 to let the mandate of...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking with its international partners to ensure that the government of Sudan complies with its...

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Government on the prosecution of the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church...

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to Turkey on its recognition of the spiritual and religious status of the Ecumenical...

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish government on its obligations under the Lausanne Treaty provisions and the UN...

      Turkey: Travel Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish Government on its prohibition of the proposed visit of the Archbishop of Cyprus...

      Uganda: Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department urged the Government of Uganda not to interfere in the democratic processes of Kenya; and if he will make...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removals through enforcement action in (a) asylum cases and (b) non-asylum cases took place in each quarter since 1 January 2005.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those attending a Home Office Unit to make an asylum application had been referred there by the police following arrest and...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for her Department's festive decorations;...

      Christmas

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

      Community Policing: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers (a) were recruited and (b) retired due to (i) age and (ii) sickness in each police force area in...

      Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by her Department on international flights in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by her Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Driving Under Influence: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to enforce legislation against under-age drinking.

      EC Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on UK participation in the development of EU rapid border intervention teams.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were sought for extradition (a) from and (b) to the UK in each year since 1997.

      Foreigners: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what she expects the cost will be to administer the proposed cash bond for families to pay when receiving a visitor from outside the...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been confiscated from criminals convicted of trafficking people in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were found trying to enter the United Kingdom with stolen or forged passports in the last year for which figures are...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many estimates her Department has made of the illegal migrant population since 1997; what methodology was employed to produce each such...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of illegal migrants working in the UK.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many grants of settlement on the basis of family formation and reunion were made in (a) 1987, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent year...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with local authorities on the legacy exercise dealing with the former Immigration and Nationality Directorate'...

      Immigration Controls: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to announce details of the blue card scheme for non-EU migrant workers.

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those deported or otherwise removed from the UK as illegal migrants in each year since 2001 had entered the UK on a student visa;...

      Immigration: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of Turkey have had their applications for permanent leave to remain (a) considered and (b) granted under the provisions...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives were confiscated by the police in the last year for which figures are available.

      Offensive Weapons: Amnesties

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives were voluntarily handed in to the police in the last year for which figures are available.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries issue passports that are not readable by electronic or automated passport readers; and how many citizens from such countries...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispatched passports have been reported lost since October 2006; and what estimate she has made of the number of such passports that...

      Police Service Pay Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost is of backdating the Police Service Pay Award from 1 December to 1 September.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding was allocated per head of population to each police authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997; (2) what...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many operations firearms were issued to police officers in England and Wales in each year since 1997; in how many of these operation...

      Police: Lost Working Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officer working days were lost due to (a) stress and (b) illness in each police force in each of the last five years.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers there were in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what commitments on pay and conditions were made to staff transferring from other police services to the Serious and Organised Crime Agency;...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will next meet staff representatives of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency to discuss pay and conditions; and if she will make a...

      Police: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officer working days were lost to sickness in each (a) police force in England and Wales and (b) London borough in each of...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has commissioned on the extent and nature of all forms of commercial sexual exploitation in off-street settings.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advocacy services are available to support women in prostitution who become victims of serious violent and sexual crime.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what specialised (a) drug treatment programmes, (b) mental health services and (c) housing-related support have been made available to...

      Visas: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of students in the UK on student visas who are not complying with the visa length of stay requirements.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department is providing to tackle AIDS in developing countries in 2007-08; how much of this funding is going to...

    • Developing Countries: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress he has made in increasing the access of people with AIDS in developing countries to generic medicines; and if he will...

      Developing Countries: Trade Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on reducing trade barriers to goods from developing countries.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the percentage of his Department's funding for microfinance which reaches families living on the...

      Pakistan: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps he has taken to encourage the Government of Pakistan to spend a higher percentage of its national income on...

      Sub-Saharan Africa: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist women in sub-Saharan Africa in combating HIV/AIDS.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Backdated Pension Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to ensure that where backdated pension payments of over £100 arise from the correction of omitted home...

    • Benefits: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many prisoners released (a) in 2007 and (b) in the last five years are on jobseekers allowance; and what the cost to the public...

      Better Off in Work Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to extend the time the proposed better off in work credit will be available beyond 26 weeks; and if he will make a statement....

      Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to identify and address barriers to taking up formal child care by (a) low income groups, (b) lone...

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what surveys his Department has conducted of its customers in the last 10 years; and if he will place in the Library copies of such surveys.

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the starting date for the implementation of the £60-per-week added support for lone parents to obtain and keep employment is for each...

      Fireworks: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has given to local authorities on municipal (a) bonfires and (b) firework displays.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of housing benefit in each local authority in the UK who do not have access to a...

      Housing Benefit: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of housing benefit was for tenants of (a) local authorities, (b) registered social landlords and (c) private sector...

      Jobcentre Plus: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data sharing protocols are in place for Jobcentre Plus negotiations with (a) customer advocates and (b) intermediary organisations.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Peterborough constituency had been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in excess of 12 months as at 31 December 2007;...

      Labour Party: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Department of the donations he received as part of his campaign for the Deputy...

      Low Incomes: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk whose income is below 60 per cent. of median UK...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of 26 November 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. R.R. Hart.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of 3 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. A. Khashan.

      National Insurance: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance registrations (a) of non-UK citizens and (b) of people from each of the 10 countries from which the greatest...

      New Deal for Young People: Cleethorpes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the destination was upon leaving of individuals who participated in the new deal for young people in Cleethorpes constituency.

      New Deal for Young People: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of individuals participating in the new deal for young people in Peterborough constituency were referred to the...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the working age population that belonged to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of successful pension tranches (a) conducted in each of the last 10 years and (b) that will be...

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of families have an annual income of less than (a) £60,005 and (b) £25,000, broken down by constituency.

      Social Security Benefits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on training Jobcentre Plus personal advisers to carry out the Better Off Calculations; how many hours of...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the smallest sum of money lost by his Department through fraud in respect of which a prosecution was mounted in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Islington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate was for claimants in Islington North constituency of the newly returned to work benefit in the last 12 months.

      State Retirement Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many divorced women over state pension age were receiving (a) a basic state pension at the full rate, (b) a partial basic state pension...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children in Care: Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many looked after girls under the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 years gave birth in 2007; (2) how many mothers aged 16 to...

    • Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for specialist schools for children with autism.

      Children: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families where the Nurse Family partnership pilots are taking place; which programmes of this type Ministers have visited in the US; when...

      Children: Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rights of appeal an individual has against a refusal to grant a licence under the Children (Performances) Regulations 1968;...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his responsibilities are in relation to the Joint Child Poverty Unit; and what arrangements are in place for liaison with...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start children's centres are open; and how many he expects to be open by (a) 31 January, (b) 29 February, (c) 31...

      Christmas

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

      Dyslexia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether his Department has any plans to provide dyslexia screening for all school children; (2) whether his Department has...

      Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) for what reasons the 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 1 on children's social and emotional development was revised in...

      Free School Meals: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the take-up of free school meals in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Southampton and (c) Hampshire local education authorities was in...

      Nursery Schools: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in (a) Teesside and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency are in receipt of 15 hour...

      Pupil Exclusions: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice he has sought on whether decisions to exclude children from school may be challenged in the courts; and if he will...

      Pupils: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in respect of which (a) disabilities and (b) diseases his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on best practice...

      School Meals: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what representations he has received from local authorities on Government funding for infrastructure to support the...

      Schools: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged 11 to 16 years there were in local education authority maintained schools in the city of Newcastle upon...

      Secondary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of secondary school pupils played four or more hours of school sport per week in the latest period for which...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to increase parental awareness of dyslexia and other special educational needs.

      Special Educational Needs: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent representations he has received on the conduct of special needs investigations in (a) the Kent county council and...

      Sure Start Programme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was allocated to support the work of Sure Start in London in each year since inception, broken down by London constituency.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many unauthorised absences there were from schools in the last year for which records are available.

      Young Offenders: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of 16 year olds who had been in custody for more than one year was entered for GCSE examinations in each year since 2001; and what...

      Youth in Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what elements of the Youth in Action programme are operating in the UK.

      Youth Justice Board: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reasons are for the length of time taken to appoint a new chair of the Youth Justice Board; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Accidents: Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions in each primary care trust in Greater London there were of (a) cyclists and (b) cyclists under the age of (i) 11 and (ii)...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people died as a result of alcohol-related illness within the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust in 2007.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol related emergency admissions to Colchester General Hospital there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol related emergency admissions to hospitals in Tamworth constituency there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.

      Ambulance Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances have been in operation in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Antibiotics: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many grants were awarded to UK universities for antibiotic-related research in each of the last five years.

      Barnet Primary Care Trust: Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for a digital hearing aid in (a) Barnet Primary Care Trust and (b) at Edgware Hospital in the latest period for which...

      Bridlington Hospital: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1309W, on Bridlington hospital cleaning services, when the deep clean of the hospital...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding has been allocated for the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative for each of the next three years; (2) what funding has been...

      Chiropody: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of NHS chiropody services for pensioners in Tamworth.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what items of his Department's (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer prices index, (ii) the retail prices index and (iii)...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 10, page 59 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, if he will break down the £836,000 his Department lost on the...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the participation rates of drug users in treatment programmes in Barnet are; what the performance of such programmes has been against targets in the...

      Drugs: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many illicit drug-related emergency admissions to hospitals in Tamworth constituency there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and...

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 18 years have been treated for a drug-related illness in each London primary care trust in each of the previous five years.

      Edgware Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) expand and (b) improve services at Edgware Hospital as a consequence of the re-organisation of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital...

      Edgware Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made with changes to the Dennis Scott Unit at Edgware Hospital.

      Edgware Hospital: NHS Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made with plans for independent treatment services at Edgware hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners (a) aged over 65 years and (b) aged over 70 years are in practice in Barnet; and if he will make a statement.

      General Practitioners: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were seen by GP services, excluding out of hours services in (a) Enfield and (b) Enfield North constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      General Practitioners: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to GP services in Staffordshire.

      General Practitioners: Staffordshire

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

      Health Inequalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what indicators his Department uses to measure health inequalities.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times each member of his ministerial team has visited (a) an ambulance service trust, (b) a pharmacy, (c) a hospital ward and (d) an optician...

      Health Services: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign national patients were treated at (a) Barnet and Chase Farm, (b) Royal Free and (c) Northwick Park hospitals; how many such patients...

      Health Services: Life Check Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what services will be available to patients under his Department's life check programme; (2) how much has been spent on his Department's life check...

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (a) run a health trainers scheme and (b) plan to fund a scheme in 2008-09.

      Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for his Department's Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team was in each of the last five financial years for which figures are...

      Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in his Department's Healthcare Associated Infections Improvement Team in each of the last five financial years for which...

      HealthSpace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources he plans to commit from central budgets to support the implementation of HealthSpace.

      Heart Diseases: South Lakeland and Westmorland Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times thrombylitic drugs have been administered by ambulance staff in South Lakeland in each of the last five years; (2) how many times...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospitals in England have completed a deep clean since 23 September 2007; (2) on what date prior to 14 December 2007 the deep cleaning...

      Hospitals: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were (a) made and (b) upheld (i) at local level and (ii) by the Health Service Commissioner arising from (A) Barnet and Chase Farm...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) delayed discharges and (b) emergency readmissions there were in each quarter from January 2002 to the most recent date for which figures...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on out-patient waiting lists were seen within 13 weeks in each year since 1990-91 until 2006-07, as given by (a) Korner and...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on in-patient waiting lists were seen within six months in each year from 1990-91 until 2006-07, as given by (a) the Hospital...

      Incinerators: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research (a) his Department and (b) the Health Protection Agency has undertaken on the health effects of the burning of household waste inside the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for his statement on page 33 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic, that near-normal...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which region in England experienced the (a) highest and (b) lowest number of influenza vaccinations administered in each winter since 1999-2000.

      King's Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided to the King's Fund from (a) his Department's budget and (b) the NHS budget in the last financial year.

      Macugen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Macugen will become available on the NHS as a treatment for macular degeneration.

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scanners were in use in each NHS trust in the Eastern Region in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Services: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve maternity services for Barnet residents; and if he will make a statement.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to medical research in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to make work more family-friendly for NHS staff in the (a) Barnet Chase Farm hospital, (b) Royal Free hospital and (c)...

      NHS: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 723, if he will place in the Library a copy of the relevant part of each code of...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the baseline cost pressure on the NHS in (a) cash terms and (b) percentage terms resulted from increases in private finance initiative...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has issued to collaborative procurement hubs on the composition of procurement committees; (2) what mechanisms are in...

      Noise: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of low level decibel sound on public health; and if he will make a statement.

      Obesity: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to tackle obesity rates of people under the age of 21; and if he will make a statement.

      Osteoporosis: Preventive Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 19 July 2007, Official Report, column 639W, to the hon. Member for Pudsey, on osteoporosis: preventive medicine, if his...

      Part IX Of The Drug Tariff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007 Official Report, column 1207W to the hon. Member for Eddisbury, on drugs: consultants, what the terms of...

      Patient Choice Schemes: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in the implementation of patient choice for hospital treatment for Barnet residents, with particular reference to ease of...

      Patients: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from Barnet are waiting for treatment; how many there were at the end of (a) 2006-07 and (b) 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.

      Patients: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from Barnet had NHS operations and other treatment (a) overseas and (b) outside London (i) in each of the last two years and (ii) in...

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in providing additional services at pharmacies (a) in Barnet and (b) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold discussions with (a) Shropshire primary care trust, (b) Telford and Wrekin primary care trust and (c) Shrewsbury and Telford NHS...

      Queen's Hospital Romford: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) outpatients and (b) inpatients were treated within their target waiting time at Queen's Hospital, Romford in 2007.

      Surgery: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients at (a) Barnet and Chase Farm, (b) the Royal Free and (c) Northwick Park Hospital had operations cancelled at short notice (i) in each...

      Surgery: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) operations and (b) out-patient appointments were carried out in (i) each of the last two years and (ii) the current year to date at (A)...

      Trade Unions

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

      Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the (a) financial position and (b) effectiveness of management of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust;...

      Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were applied to assess the eligibility of the Royal Wolverhampton and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS trusts for the...

  • Justice

    • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 since 1997, broken down by offence; and if he will make...

    • Prison Service: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with (a) the Director General of the Prison Service and (b) ministerial colleagues on the award of a long service and good...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted prisoners have been released early as a result of prison overcrowding.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the (a) expenditure and (b) income of prison industries in England and Wales was in each of the last 10 years; (2) what the turnover of...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisons in England and Wales offer employment opportunities under enhanced earnings schemes; and for how many prisoners.

      Secure Training Centres: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what injuries were sustained by boys held in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre during physical control in care in each month in (a) 2006 and...

      Sentencing: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many black and minority ethnic people have been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

      Smuggling: Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions were brought against illegal importers of animals into the UK in 2007; and what the conviction rates were in these cases.

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his Written Ministerial Statement of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 32WS, on review of voting systems, on what date in January he...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juveniles had no fixed abode when they were received into prison in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to bring forward proposals for legislation on protection of bank depositors.

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals in HM Revenue and Customs have been formally disciplined over the recent loss of two child benefit payment discs.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals in HM Revenue and Customs have been dismissed following the recent loss of two child benefit payment discs containing 25 million...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many reports have been received to date of fraudulent activity on bank accounts belonging to people whose details were included on the two compact discs...

      Consultants, Government departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value including all VAT and disbursements of these contracts are for the current...

      EC Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what percentage of total goods exported from the UK were exported to the EU in each of the last 10 years; (2) what percentage of total UK trade was...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since January 2007 HM Revenue and Customs intercepted goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank being imported to the UK...

      European Union Solidarity Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the UK has (a) contributed to and (b) received from the EU Solidarity Fund in each of the last 10 years.

      Immigrants: Russia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the numbers of Russian nationals living in (a) London and (b) the UK.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what provisions he has made for the accounting of (a) the loans advanced to Northern Rock and (b) the guarantees made for deposits held within Northern...

      Revenue and Customs: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what personal data held by HM Revenue and Customs has been copied to compact disc for transfer to external agencies since 15 December 2007.

      Revenue and Customs: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether data of individuals' records held by HM Revenue and Customs has been transferred without encryption between HM Revenue and Customs and external...

      Revenue and Customs: Postal Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 339W, on Revenue and Customs: postal services, how many items of post were sent by (a)...

      Revenue and Customs: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of proposals submitted in response to the HM Revenue and Customs Angels and Dragons internal communications...

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) region and (d) ethnic origin.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abandonment of Animals Act 1960

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of the Abandonment of Animals Act 1960; and what amendments have been made to...

    • African Horse Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have had with the (i) British Veterinary...

      African Horse Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many scientists in his Department are working on research into African horse sickness; and how many there were in January...

      African Horse Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department since July 2006 on the potential impact of an...

      African Horse Sickness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of African horse sickness occurred in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales in each year since 1990.

      Agriculture: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding streams are available to help farmers in West Derbyshire to diversify into organic and sustainable farming methods.

      Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average age of farmers receiving the hill farm allowance was in each year since its introduction.

      Agriculture: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to promote farming as a future career for young people.

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates Ministers in his Department reviewed the decision of May 2001 not to compensate swill feeders following the ban...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the welfare of animals is safeguarded when they are abandoned as a result of...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of animals abandoned each year; (2) what estimate he has made...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will ban the use of non-domesticated animals in travelling circuses; and if he will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations govern the use of wild animals in circuses; what changes he is planning to make to these regulations; and if...

      Animal Welfare: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, columns 28-9W, on animal welfare: codes of practice, how his...

      Animal Welfare: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under each relevant...

      Animals: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for offences of animal cruelty in (i) Lancashire and (ii) England in 2007.

      Avian Influenza: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria he uses to identify sites for testing for the H5N1 virus; and if he will make a statement.

      Avian Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that sufficient vaccines are available in the UK should there be a...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance and measures are in place for farmers who fall outside the immediate surveillance zone in detecting and...

      Bluetongue Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the decision was taken to source and supply the anti-bluetongue virus vaccine from one supplier.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on development of (a) cattle and (b) badger vaccines for bovine tuberculosis; and if he will...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he expects to make a decision on policy on badger culling; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many times and in what circumstances his Department used its powers to appoint an independent valuer in cases of bovine...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate has been made of the percentage of (a) badgers and (b) cattle affected by tuberculosis in hotspot areas.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the merits of (a) pre-movement testing of cattle for bovine tuberculosis and (b)...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in his Department have worked on bovine tuberculosis and related matters in the last five years.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine tuberculosis in cattle there were, and how much compensation was paid for affected cattle, in each...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the tabular valuation system for compensating farmers for animals slaughtered following infection with...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a licence for the use of the BCG vaccine against bovine tuberculosis in badgers to be granted; and if he will...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the average cost to a farmer of (a) veterinary bills and (b) labour for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost to the public purse is of pre-movement testing of an individual animal for bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals had a pre-movement test for bovine tuberculosis in 2007; and how many of those were found to be reactors.

      Cattle: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will reduce the number of cattle imported into the UK in order to reduce the risk of further spread of bluetongue.

      China: Bears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to encourage China and Russia to improve welfare standards for bears.

      Christmas

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

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many departmental (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) consultants, contractors or secondees working full-time or...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evidence has been obtained by Natural England to form a basis for ending the 10 year Countryside Stewardship agreement...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each police force area in each...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responses he has received from chief constables on his 2007 review of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of illegal dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in the UK in each year since...

      Dangerous Dogs Act 1991: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were registered, in each London borough, under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii) Ernst & Young,...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any of his Department's special advisers also work for organisations outside his Department.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the change in his Department's budget following the most recent Comprehensive...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff have been seconded to (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme in the last 12 months;...

      Disclosure of Information: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work or research is being undertaken or has been commissioned by his (a) Department and (b) its agencies in relation...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Japanese tosas and (b) cross-bred Japanese tosas in the UK in each...

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provisions are being included in the 2014 Animal Health and Welfare Strategy's vision for the protection and humane...

      Dogs: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the trade in dangerous dogs over the internet; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the reductions in (a) greenhouse gas emissions and (b) terawatt hours of domestic fuel used as...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward amendments to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.

      English Language

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

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on dispersed flooding; and how such research will...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with insurance companies on mitigation of flood risks through measures to be included in...

      Food: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibilities he has for food safety; what liaison his Department undertakes with the Food Standards Agency on...

      Food: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to include carbon emissions from transport under the evaluative criteria for food labels which indicate...

      Genetics: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current status is of the licences held by (a) the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, (b) Syngenta Jeallots Hill and...

      Greyhounds: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is for improving greyhound welfare; and if he will make a statement.

      Hill Farming: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hill farmers left the industry in each of the last 10 years.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will allocate more resources to the Government Affairs Team of the Warm Front scheme to provide timely and substantive...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation includes provisions relating to the tethering of horses; what amendments have been made to this legislation...

      Horses: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in the development of the National Equine Database; and what the projected completion date is for...

      Institute for Animal Health: Pirbright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what removals of contaminated soil from the Pirbright site have taken place; whether required waste shipment licences were...

      Laboratories: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the outcome has been of the high-risk laboratories' review of biosecurity arrangements; and whether any changes are...

      Milk: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure dairy farmers are paid a fair price for their milk.

      National Fruit Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has for the future administration, finance and control of Brogdale and of the UK's special fruit tree...

      Natural England: Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential to transfer some of Natural England's scheme payment functions and staff to the...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy to introduce capital grants to assist farmers with increased storage requirements under...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Government plans to use the data held on the GB Poultry Register to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

      Protection of Animals Act 1911

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of the Protection of Animals Act 1911; and what amendments have been made to...

      Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made on transferring ownership of private sewers to water and sewerage companies; and if he...

      Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of breaking the Specified Diseases...

      Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the operation of the Specified Diseases (Notification and Slaughter) Order 1992; and what...

      Supermarkets: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to seek a reduction in the food miles of produce in national supermarkets.

      Sustainable Development: Public Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibility he has for sustainable construction on the Government estate; and what steps he has taken to ensure...

      Trade Unions

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

      Water Companies: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which occasions the Office of the Water Regulator imposed penalties on water companies in each of the last three years;...

      Water: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to implement the Water Framework Directive; what account his Department will take of the...

  • House of Lords

    • Arts: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will list those organisations regularly funded by Arts Council England that were informed in December 2007 that, subject to an appeal process, their...

    • Benefits: ESA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards are in place to ensure that claimants whose only income is from a contribution-based employment and support allowance (ESA) are not disadvantaged...

      China: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made through the United Kingdom-China and European Union-China human rights dialogues; how many further dialogues there will be before the...

      China: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the issues of re-education through labour and other forms of detention without trial have been raised in their human rights dialogue with China; and if so,...

      China: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress, if any, there has been concerning (a) internet control; (b) freedom of action for lawyers and defence counsel; (c) reform of the death penalty; and...

      Coast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce the results of the consultation on coastal access.

      Education: NEETs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many 16 to 18 year-olds are not in education, training or employment in each of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester.

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reviewed the working and efficiency of the Electoral Commission; when they intend to carry out a further such review; and whether the impact on...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 14 May 2007 (WA 3—4) regarding prohibitions against culturing embryos for more than 14 days in...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the lawfulness of Newcastle's Fertility Centre offer of in vitro fertilisation treatment at a reduced cost in return for donating some...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information is held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority regarding the extent to which the centre described in a recent paper (Human Fertility,...

      EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

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

      Government: Public Engagements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 18 December (WA 119—121) concerning the public engagements of the Secretary of State for...

      Government: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 7 January (HL950), why the reply given did not state in what proportions the Secretary of State for Work...

      Health: Cerebral Palsy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their plan to reduce the risk of cerebral palsy; and who are the key stakeholders in the plan's development and implementation.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 18 December 2007 (WA 123—5), why it took until that date to reply to a Question due for answer on 20...

      Health: Hydroxyl Radical Generators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effectiveness of using hydroxyl radical generators which reproduce the disinfecting qualities of open air in railway...

      Health: Inequalities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will update the 2003 HM Treasury publication Tackling Health Inequalities: A Programme for Action with an analysis of the progress made to date.

      Health: Mixed-sex Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to eliminate mixed-sex wards, other than in intensive care units, in NHS hospitals, bearing in mind the Prime Minister's aspiration that the...

      Health: Northumberland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed policy of Northumberland Care Trust of funding cuts of up to 25 per cent for rural general practitioners is in line with any national guidance...

      Health: Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the new obesity delivery strategy; and Whether they will publish further consultations on their obesity strategies; and what funds they have...

      Health: Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to encourage the development of more evidence-based interventions to treat obesity.

      Health: Sickle Cell Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the percentage of children with sickle cell disease receiving regular transcranial doppler scans to assess the risk of stroke; and What progress they have...

      House of Lords: Energy Requirements

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What progress has been made on plans to use biofuels as part of the energy mix to heat the House of Lords' portion of the parliamentary estate.

      House of Lords: Energy Requirements

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether the option of employing heat pump technology, using the River Thames, has been investigated for a potential contribution to the heating system of the...

      Libya: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they last made representations to the Government of Libya concerning internal human rights issues and what was the response; and whether in particular they...

      London Diplomatic List

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have ceased publication of the London Diplomatic List.

      NHS: Improvement Foundation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What inquiries they have made into the reported expenses and abuse of public funds by members of the NHS Improvement Foundation; and What assessment they have made...

      Organ Donors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent in the past five financial years on encouraging the general public to donate an organ after death.

      Plant Health Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Plant Health (Forestry) (Phytophthora ramorum) (Great Britain) (Amendment) Order 2007 (SI 2007/3450) has been brought into force.

      Political Parties: Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislation is in place for the financing of political parties; and how this money is divided between the political parties.

      Royal Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals for a visit by Her Majesty the Queen to the Republic of Ireland during 2008.

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage a peace agreement in Somalia.

      Sudden Oak Death Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Whitty on 20 January 2004 (WA 135), whether they will update the table in that Answer with further columns to show new cases...

      Sudden Oak Death Virus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to contain and eradicate sudden oak death virus (Phytopthora ramorum) following the report from the Central Science Laboratory on the...

      Turkey: Greek Orthodox Seminary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making any representations to the Government of Turkey over calls to reopen the Greek Orthodox Halki seminary on the island of Heybeli near Istanbul.

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Turkey concerning the welfare and safety of Orhan Ant, a Protestant missionary in Samsun on the Black...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the Ankara-based Human Rights Association of Turkey.

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