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Written answers

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

  • Scotland

    • Nuclear Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the planning process for applications to build a new nuclear power station in Scotland.

    • Disabled Children: Financial Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on HM Treasury's review of support for the families of disabled children.

      Post Offices: Highlands and Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the Post Office network to the social and economic well-being of the highlands and islands;...

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the performance of the Royal Navy search and rescue team based at HMS Gannet in...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on winter fuel payments for pensioners in Scotland.

      Aircraft Carriers: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive and the Ministry of Defence on the development of the skills base in Scotland in preparation for...

      Household Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on levels of household debt in Scotland.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution cases the Advocate-General has considered; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on new nuclear power stations in Scotland.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Renewable Energy

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what estimate the House of Commons Commission has made of the percentage of electricity used on the...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of board of inquiry reports into deaths of armed services personnel in Afghanistan which occurred in September...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in securing the commitment of personnel from other European NATO member states to the international security assistance force...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) quality and (b) quantity of (i) current and (ii) projected (A) married and (B) single living accommodation at...

      Armed Forces: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women registered as born in the Republic of Ireland serve in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy, (iii) Royal Marines and (iv) Royal...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of units based in (i) Scotland and (ii) Wales was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the (a) combat and (b) un-laden weight of the (i) WMIK, (ii) E-WMIK and (iii) M-WMIK vehicles.

      Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the status of the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Chad; (2) how many force generation conferences...

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many electronic databases there are containing (a) names, (b) addresses, (c) bank details and (d) other personal information about members of the...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when each of his Department's electronic databases containing personal information on members of the public was first created; (2) how many staff...

      Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department.

      Departmental Redundancy

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

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems of each type have been removed from service as a result...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken by the Government to assess the feasibility of implementing non-nuclear strategic defence options after the expiration of the...

      Spare Parts: Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of spare parts lost in transit in each year since 2003.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 27 June 2007, Official Report, column 801W, on unidentified flying objects, what the security classification of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on Common Agricultural Policy subsidies from the 10 largest landowners in the UK;...

    • Animal Welfare: Horses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what measures the Government are taking to ban the long-distance transportation of live horses and ponies for slaughter...

      Animals: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were in quarantine in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by species;...

      Animals: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what size of enclosure each type of animal entering the UK is kept in during quarantine; and if he will make a statement.

      Animals: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration has been given to administering inoculations against rabies to animals in quarantine in the UK.

      Avian Influenza: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has received from the World Animal Health Organisation on the storage of the H5N1 virus between...

      Bluetongue Disease: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what bluetongue movement restrictions have been relaxed following the declaration of a vector-free period for bluetongue; and...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long it takes for the results of a pre-movement bovine tuberculosis test on an animal to be known; and for animals which...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were tested for bovine tuberculosis in 2007; and of those how many reactors there were.

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects full payment to be made in respect of The Eastmoor Commoners Ltd. (Cornwall) single payment scheme...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants there are in each pay grade in each directorate within his Department; and what the equivalent...

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Domestic Wastes: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been conducted into the incident of MRSA bacteria within household rubbish.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what Government policy is on the measures outlined in Article 17 of Council Regulation 2371/2002 and the future of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the European Commission has informed him of the need to reduce the capacity of the UK fishing fleet, as specified in...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether, with regard to Article 11 of Council Regulation 2371/2002, (a) the Government and (b) the European Commission have...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns 707-08W, on fishing catches, (1) for what reasons the...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, columns 997-98W, on fishing vessels, what plans he has to...

      Horses: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government are taking to stop the export of live horses and ponies from the UK to continental Europe; and...

      Horses: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the live transportation of horses across Europe before slaughter; and if he...

      Lighting: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department provides to the public on the disposal of spent long-life light bulbs; and what regulatory...

      National Fruit Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consultation was undertaken by his Department on the criteria to be used to assess best value when considering...

      Nature Conservation: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the level of protection for wildlife in the Moray Firth against oil spillages from ships.

      Roads: Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was to local authorities in England of (a) collecting and (b) disposing of road sweepings in the latest...

      Spatial Information Repository

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the purpose is of his Department's Spatial Information Repository; and which datasets it will hold.

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to measure the low level sounds produced by wind turbines.

      Women's Land Army: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the forms to be available to enable former members of the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps to apply...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes were made to the regulation of political funds of Northern Ireland trades unions, during periods of direct rule from Westminster,...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take by (i) 2012 and (ii) 2020 in relation to adaptation to the...

      Departmental Coordination

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many letters his Department and its predecessors received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since...

      Overseas Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department takes to check the employment status of foreign nationals in the United Kingdom to study.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department has taken to implement the recommendations of the evaluation of the Union Learning Fund, 2001 to...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Education Maintenance Allowance: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in Barnet have (a) applied for, (b) enrolled for and (c) received an education maintenance allowance during...

    • Sure Start Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of (a) children and (b) families (i) who are black and minority ethnic, (ii) with English as...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Aerials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate has been made of the additional number of mobile phone masts required to meet future demand of further...

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the cost of regulation to UK industry.

      Business: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) public and (b) private/public sector partnership support is available to small and medium-sized enterprises...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what Government support and advice is available to community groups who wish to operate their local post office as a...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what research he has undertaken into the likely effects of the proposed post office closures on rural and semi-rural areas.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices have closed under the Network Change Programme.

      Post Offices: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on his proposals to restructure the post office network; and if he will...

      Public Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent consideration his Department has given to the introduction of new bank holidays.

      Union Modernisation Fund: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures are in place to monitor and audit the public monies remitted to trades unions under the auspices of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council of England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regularly-funded organisations will be supported by Arts Council England in 2008-09.

    • Arts Council of England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what changes Arts Council England plans to make to funding criteria and allocation mechanisms; what changes it has made in the last 24...

      Arts Council of England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which local organisations in each region received funding from Arts Council England in each of the last three years; how much funding...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what stage has been reached in his Department's plans to sell the area of land located to the north of the British Library; what recent...

      Internet: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government has taken to make the internet safer for child users.

      Theatre: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regularly-funded theatre-based producing companies in the regions will be supported by Arts Council England in 2008-09.

      Tourism: Greater London

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

      Tourism: Greater London

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

  • Transport

    • Bicycles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) cyclists and (b) motorcyclists have suffered (i) non-fatal casualties and (ii) death on (A) urban and (B) rural roads in Great Britain...

    • Bull Bars: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will seek to amend EU regulations on the fixing of metal bull bars to new vehicles to cover vehicles which had such bars fitted when the present...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many officials in her Department and its agencies received bonuses in each year since 2002.

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Driving Standards Agency: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department carried out impact assessments before the introduction of multi-purpose test centres in rural areas; and if she will make a...

      Driving Standards Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the Driving Standards Agency's professional development training will be outsourced; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of whether to change the age at which an individual can start driving.

      Government Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deliveries were lost by Government mail in the last year for which figures are available.

      Roads: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at which times of day incidents causing the deaths of drivers aged between 17 and 25 years occurred in each of the last 10 years, broken down by hourly...

      Roads: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many road traffic accidents in which a driver aged between 17 and 25-years-old died there were (a) no passengers, (b) passengers aged between...

      Safety Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what files are held by her Department on (a) the Road Traffic (Seat Belts) Bill of Sessions (i) 1978-79 and (ii) 1979-80 and (b) the Safety of...

      Speed Limits: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that every person referred to a speed awareness course in Lancashire undertakes the course.

      Vehicle Registration: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fines the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has issued relating to the lack of notification of change of vehicle ownership in the last two years.

      Vehicle Registration: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals against fines imposed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for non-notification of change of vehicle ownership have been made in...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made in establishing a cross-departmental working group to examine coastal towns.

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of freedom of information requests received by her Department have given rise to responses that have been...

      Fire Services: injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters, following injury (a) retired and took their pensions due to injury, (b) were re-employed within the...

      Flood Control: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Scot Wilson Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for Mid Essex and Colchester will be published; and what the reasons are...

      Greater London Authority: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will initiate a review into (a) the governance of the London Development Agency and (b) the operation of...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, columns 131-39W, on green belt, how many hectares were designated...

      Heating: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce legislation to require the retrospective implementation in council housing of the 2004 British Standard...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what criteria the decision made to grant the housing market renewal scheme £1 billion of Government funding on 11...

      Housing: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings in England are classified as empty.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will allow the redesignation of disused or underused farm buildings for the purposes of developing affordable housing.

      Housing: Vista Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contracts have been provided to Vista Panels by the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder schemes.

      Local Government Business Growth Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the local government business growth initiative (LEGI); and how much...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Harborough of 20 December 2007 on the eco-town proposal in Harborough.

      Muslims: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1338-9W, on Muslims: females, which academics, theologians...

      Muslims: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has published good practice guidance on initiatives to support the role of Muslim women in the community...

      Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when a consultation paper will be published on proposed reforms to the property search market.

      Regeneration: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants her Department has provided for the re-development of Coventry in the last 12 months; and what (a) grants and (b)...

      Religious Buildings: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of how many sites applications for planning permission for change of use from a place of worship to (a) private...

      Repossession Orders: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many possession orders were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed relating to properties owned by (i) registered social...

      Rural Areas: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to promote rural towns as desirable places to set up and expand businesses.

      Rural Areas: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to assist rural households on planning issues in relation to alternative sources of energy...

  • Home Department

    • Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued by (i) police and (ii) local authorities for (A)...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give a breakdown by (a) sex and (b) age group of asylum applicants granted leave to remain in the UK via (i) asylum status,...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of the people whose asylum cases (a) were considered under the Legacy Casework Programme were unsuccessful have...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seeker legacy cases have been recognised in (a) Newcastle and (b) the North East; and how many such cases have been determined.

      Asylum: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines are issued to case decision-makers in the Borders and Immigration Agency on the economic and social consequences for...

      Asylum: Dublin II Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers her Department has requested the return of under the Dublin II Agreement in each year since it came into force.

      Asylum: Dublin II Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been returned to the UK under the Dublin II Agreement in each year since it came into force.

      Asylum: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were in receipt of asylum support in each year since 1 January 2004, broken down by nationality; and how many in receipt of...

      Campsfield House Detention Centre: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to public funds of responding to the break-out from Campfield House Detention Centre in August 2007.

      Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to complete the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking.

      Crime: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian nationals have been arrested by Metropolitan Police officers since January 2007.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of actual bodily harm police cautions were used in each of the last five years; and what proportion of such cases were...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many dependants have entered the UK with foreign nationals obtaining a grant of an after-entry application to (a) vary leave, (b)...

      Entry Clearances: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether overseas doctors and international medical graduates are eligible for highly skilled migrant status; and whether there is any...

      Entry Clearances: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many spouses from Pakistan left the marital home before being granted indefinite leave to remain and were allowed to stay in the UK as a...

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether those applying to extend their student visa are asked whether they have previously had their visa extended.

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are made on whether students whose visas are extended for further academic study attend their new courses.

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visa extensions were granted for students (a) to pursue a full-time recognised degree course, (b) to pursue a weekday...

      Genetics: Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research projects have been undertaken using data from the National DNA Database; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigrants: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to change the minimum salary regime for senior carer work permit renewals; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the cases in which leave to remain in the UK was granted under the legacy exercise related to (a) failed asylum seekers and (b)...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effects of reducing the coverage of the resident labour market...

      Immigration Controls: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the juxtaposed UK immigration controls at Paris, Lille and Brussels cost in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what publications the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) provide for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania explaining the procedures for...

      Organised Crime: Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken in co-operation with the Romanian police to tackle criminal Romanian gangs operating in London.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average pay is for all grades of police officer in England; (2) what the average pay for a police constable in England...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stops and searches were conducted (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 population in each police force area, in each year since 1997;...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 574W, on abortion, what the (a) prefix and (b) title is of each file held by his...

    • Autism: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to assist elderly people who are on the autism spectrum.

      Cancer: Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in relation to cancer in the latest year for which figures are available; and what proportion of these were (a) exempt...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 29, page 35 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Commission...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug rehabilitation clinics there were in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Food: Cloning Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the cloning of animals for food production; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Cloning Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the European Food Standards Agency's draft scientific opinions relating to the (a) food safety, (b) animal health and...

      Health Education: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health advice his Department provides related to religious observance; and what (a) advice and (b) funding was received from relevant faith...

      Hepatitis B

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group had hepatitis B in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales in each of the last 10 years.

      Human Embryo Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 591W, on human embryo experiments, what the (a) prefix and (b) title is of each file...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Meat Hygiene Service has to alter its method of charging from headage to hourly rates.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) operation and (b) cost efficiency of the Meat Hygiene Service; (2) what plans he has to reform the...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will contribute to the Meat Hygiene Service's current consultation on charges; and if he will publish the results of the consultation.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Meat Hygiene Service.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the operating cost of the Meat Hygiene Service was in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the direct health care costs, in current prices, of obesity (a) in the most recent year for which figures are available and...

      Pregnant Women: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the introduction of routine screening of pregnant women for Group B Strep; (2) what steps the...

      Screening: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional funding he plans to provide to Eastern Area to fund preventative screening in each of the next three years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abu Dhabi: Overseas Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the British Embassy in the United Arab Emirates has had with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi on behalf of UK...

    • Colombia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much aid was provided by the UK to Colombia in each of the last five years; and what proportion of that aid was classed as...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year...

      Detainees: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will discuss with Mr. Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Council of Europe, the...

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will encourage the European Commission to raise the issue of recent violence against Christians in Orissa state at the...

      Natural Resources: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent progress has been made in multilateral efforts to agree a common and legal definition of conflict resources;...

      Sri Lanka: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on its decision to withdraw from the ceasefire agreement; and if...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Service: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he has taken to put the core principles of the civil service in statute.

  • Women and Equality

    • Equal Pay: Women's National Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality whether an equal pay audit has been conducted by the Women's National Commission.

    • Rape Crisis Centres

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many rape crisis centres there were in each year since 1980.

      Rape Crisis Centres

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how much the Government spent on support for rape crisis centres in each year since 1980.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts his Department has with external consultants; what the total value, including all VAT and disbursements, of these...

    • Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Developing Countries: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what evaluation the Government have commissioned of the potential contribution of health links to the development of best practice.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department contributed to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in 2005-06 to compensate it for claims abandoned in 2005-06.

      Kenya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the £600,000 spending allocated to the monitoring of the recent election in Kenya.

      Kenya: Financial Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1079W, on Kenya: financial institutions, what direct assistance his...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Capita

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

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many active cases the Child Support Agency has.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the number of unrecovered child maintenance payments in each constituency in the UK, (b) the value of those...

      Christmas

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

      Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many branded plastic bags his Department has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in the procurement of goods and services from the private sector...

      Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at what intervals staff in his Department are subject to appraisals; how long his Department's probationary period for new staff is; and what...

      Personal Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the return an individual saving in a personal account would receive with (a) a full saving record,...

      Personal Accounts: Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the funding that will be made available for advice and information on personal accounts in each year from now...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what baseline data his Department uses to measure material deprivation; (2) what proportion of children in (a) workless households,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 25 to 34 and (b) under 25 were in receipt of (i) incapacity benefit, (ii) jobseekers allowance, (iii) lone parent...

      Social Security Benefits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Government has spent on developing the Better Off Calculation system; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the maximum number of forms an applicant for each benefit administered by his Department must complete is (a) between initially applying...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question 162142, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November 2007, on national insurance numbers.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question 162140, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November 2007, on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question 162361, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November 2007, on jobseeker's allowance claimants.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question 162689, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November 2007, on EU A8 nationals and national...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer (1) question 162687, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance numbers; (2)...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162347, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on A8 nationals.

  • Treasury

    • Capita

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts were awarded by his...

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) out of which departmental budget the cost of the 2011 census will be met; (2) what work the Office of National Statistics has done on assessing the...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of maintaining the child benefit database in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Diabetes: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were which mentioned diabetes on the death certificate in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age cohort and (b) primary...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of including double-glazed units meeting new part L building standards in the list of energy-saving products that qualify for...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met representatives of Ofgem to discuss energy prices.

      Financial Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of developments in US financial markets on the economy of the United Kingdom over the next 12 months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 4 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Rodney Perrin.

      Non-Domestic Rates: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to (a) reinstate and (b) extend the scope of the agricultural buildings allowance; (2) if he will make it his policy...

      Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of employees in the UK with a salary of more than £40,000.

      Pregnant Women: Nutrition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his predecessor's statement on 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 308, if he will place in the Library evidence that nutrition for...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recruitment process was used to select Kieran Poynter to head the review of security processes and procedures for data handling in HM Revenue and...

      Taxation: Domicil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days in each year people of non-domiciled tax status may spend in the UK without altering their status; and what arrangements his Department has to...

      Taxation: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on a proposed windfall tax on energy suppliers.

      TNT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs on services provided by TNT in each month since January 2005.

      Valuation Office: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what physical or electronic mechanisms the Valuation Office Agency uses to transfer data between (a) its regional offices and (b) government departments...

      Valuation Office: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's guidance note Best Practice in the Use of Digital Photography.

      Valuation Office: Digital Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many photographs of non-domestic properties are stored in the Valuation Office Agency's digital photography application.

      Valuation Office: Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the number of communications staff included as working for the Valuation Office Agency in the Central Office of Information's White Book...

      VAT: Fixed Penalties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) people and (b) businesses had to pay penalties as a result of filing VAT returns one day late after the bank holiday Monday on 7 May 2007.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 409W, on welfare tax credits, for what reason some tax credit overpayments resulting...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) total and (b) average value is of consolatory payments made since April 2003 to tax credits claimants who have appealed against a decision of...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what targets have been set for the time taken to respond to complaints about tax credits sent to (a) the Tax Credit Office and (b) Treasury Ministers.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Hampshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take-up rate for tax credits was in each constituency in (a) Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Portsmouth in each of the last three years.

  • Justice

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was paid by his Department and its predecessor to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts were...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what payments his Department has made to PricewaterhouseCoopers in the last 12 months; (2) how much was spent by his Department on consultants in...

      Firearms Act 1968: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) cases have been brought and (b) convictions there have been in each police area for offences under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 in...

      Homicide: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people charged with (a) murder and (b) crimes of violence were granted bail in the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the availability of high quality legal aid to the poorest members of society.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions since the implementation of the Licensing Act magistrates have awarded costs against objectors; and what written guidance he has...

      Offenders: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentences on conviction for offences which included the carrying or use of a knife in...

      Operation Safeguard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has been invoiced for costs incurred under Operation Safeguard in each month since it came into force, broken down by police...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners under 21-years-old there were in each week since 26 January 2007.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on providing educational courses to offenders serving custodial sentences in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what language courses are offered to offenders serving custodial sentences.

      Prisoners: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offender behaviour programmes are accredited for use in prisons; and what the title is of each programme.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 954W, on prisons: education, when the randomised control trial of enhanced...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners were employed on average in each prison workshop in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Prisons: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of food procured by the Prison Service was of UK origin in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the re-conviction rate was for prisoners who had completed offender behaviour programmes in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Sentencing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young people received custodial sentences in relation to driving offences in each of the last five years; and how many young people committed...

  • House of Lords

    • Arts: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in the light of the McMaster Review into excellence in the arts, a number of arts venues, such as the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, are facing cuts to...

    • Energy: Coal Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total tonnage of coal imported into the United Kingdom during each of the years 2001 to 2007; from which countries the coal was imported; what was the...

      EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What administration costs were incurred by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in relation to the European structural and cohesion funds...

      Foreign Office: Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of personnel serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

      Government: Accountability to Parliament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the Prime Minister's stated intention to make the Government more accountable to Parliament, whether he will now revert to the practice of responding...

      Great Yarmouth

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Jones of Birmingham on 12 December 2007 (WA 64), in respect of the proposed new port at Great Yarmouth (a) what is the total...

      Homelessness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the number of rough sleepers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland during each of the past five years.

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding English Partnerships will provide to the London Thames Gateway development.

      Kenya: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they will make to the Government of Kenya with a view to achieving an independently audited recount of the disputed results of the...

      Licensing: Alcohol Consumption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Davies of Oldham on 4 December 2007 (WA 178) and by Lord West of Spithead on 26 November 2007 (WA 95) indicating that the...

      Malawi

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the World Food Programme's press release of 19 December 2007 indicating that it would be unable to help many vulnerable people in Malawi...

      Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Rooker on 9 July 2007 (WA 202), 23 July 2007 (WA 74) and 1 October 2007 (WA 254), whether the publication and distribution...

      Pollution: Kitchen Cleaning Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the manufacturers of kitchen cleansing products the need to replace chemical with vegetable-based ingredients to reduce health...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the Housing Corporation, how many criminal prosecutions were brought by that regulator for each of the last three years for which figures are...

      Religious Organisations

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

      Single Regeneration Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which voluntary and "third sector" projects have benefited from single regeneration budget funding in each district and unitary authority in Lancashire in each of...

      Sport: Flags and Anthems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Office was consulted by the Ulster Board of the Irish Rugby Football Union on the issue of the singing of the national anthem and the...

      St Andrews Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which changes they have made to their policies as a result of the St Andrews agreement of 2006.

      Terrorism: Detention Period

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they propose to extend the detention period for terrorist suspects beyond 28 days.

      UN: Conventional Weapons Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the financial and legal liabilities that would arise from ratification of Protocol V to the United Nations Convention on Certain...

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it a planning requirement for commercial and public buildings to have facilities to recharge electrical powered vehicles.

      Waste Management: North Yorkshire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received representations from residents of Melmerby, North Yorkshire about the decision of Harrogate Borough Council to allow the storage of...

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