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Written answers

Thursday, 24 January 2008

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 696W, on animals: disease control, how much was...

    • Departmental Marketing

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

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which measures which he has (a) introduced and (b) proposed to the European Commission under (i) Article 8, (ii) Article 9...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures which EU Member States have (a) introduced and (b) proposed to the European Commission under (i) Article 8,...

      Fisheries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to allocate funds to UK fishermen until the UK is able to access the European Fisheries Fund; and if he...

      Fisheries: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the Government appointed to each sea fisheries committee in each year since 1997; between which dates each held their...

      Flood Control: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures have been taken to prevent flooding in London since Summer 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average amount was that a household in England paid to top up a Warm Front grant for energy efficiency measures in...

      Productivity: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the difference in productivity was between the least well performing quartile of rural areas and the English median in...

      Sea Fisheries Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1108W, on sea fisheries committees, how many appointees...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

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

      Water Supply: River Wye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Severn Trent on the possibility of securing water supply back-up from the River Wye;...

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 1112W, on white fish: conservation, what evidence his...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff of the Church Commissioners were issued with personal digital...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff of the National Audit Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Returns: Online Filing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the use of on-line filing of tax returns.

    • International Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps he plans to take to advance international debt relief.

      Contractors: Monitoring

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contractual mechanisms HM Revenue and Customs has in place to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of private sector organisations to which it has...

      Saving

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to encourage people to save.

      10p Tax Rate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue to the Exchequer arising from the abolition of the 10 pence tax rate; and if he will make a statement.

      Leitch Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the Leitch report and on the skills base in the UK economy.

      Africa: Education for All Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the Education for All initiative for Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Unions: Provident Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the upper limit for tax exempt payments from Trade Unions Provident Funds was last adjusted for inflation; and what plans he has to review the limit.

      Skills Shortages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the impact on the UK economy of skills shortages.

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the pre-Budget report proposals for capital gains tax on housing affordability.

      Banks: Insolvency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to bring forward proposals for legislation (a) on bank insolvency and (b) to implement the Market Abuse Directive.

      Banks: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the resilience of the UK banking system; and if he will make a statement.

      Cost of Living

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the difference between the retail prices index and the rate of inflation experienced by families with an average income.

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the trends in the availability of credit to householders in the last 12 months.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on fuel duty for motorists, with particular reference to the overall price of fuel and the Government's climate change policy.

      Government Departments: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 332W, on government departments: property, in what methodological or statistical ways the...

      Knowledge Network Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance document on using the Knowledge Network software and database.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 3 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Mavis George.

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely population of the United Kingdom in (a) 2015, (b) 2030 and (c) 2050.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) data and (b) physical security measures have been introduced at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Tyne and Wear since October 2007.

      Revenue and Customs: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason HM Revenue and Customs has failed to respond to requests for information from the Information Commissioner's Office in relation to case ref....

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department holds regional figures for five year survival rates for skin cancer.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to make a substantive reply to question 175652, on advice on Northern Rock, tabled by the hon. Member for Sevenoaks on 17 December 2007.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and which models of helicopter deployed in Afghanistan are fitted with winches.

    • Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce a detailed timetable for the Future Aircraft Carrier Programme.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service deaths have occurred where the service parent was in receipt of continuity of education allowance or boarding school allowance at the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what targets he has set for upgrading service families' accommodation to (a) S1fC and (b) S2fC categories under the standard for condition initiative;...

      Armed Forces: Parachuting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many high altitude (a) high and (b) low opening training airborne jumps have been conducted by British service personnel in each year since 2001.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Bulldog vehicles have been (a) ordered to date and (b) delivered to UK Land Command; (2) how many Vector armoured fighting vehicles...

      AWE Burghfield: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the flood risk to the (a) High Security Area, (b) Nuclear Licensed Site Area and (c) remainder of the site at AWE...

      AWE Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) function, (c) estimated cost and (d) projected in-service date is of each of the 23 new build projects in the Atomic Weapons...

      AWE Management: Trident Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Atomic Weapons Establishment manufactured (a) any new Trident warheads and (b) any new plutonium pits in 2007; (2) when the Atomic...

      Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether transportation and lodging of military forces in support of the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Chad will be financed by the EU...

      Defence Equipment and Support Organisation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 774W, on Defence Equipment and Support Organisation: finance, what the reasons are...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he...

      Firearms Act 1968

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions the Defence Council has granted an authority to (a) possess, (b) acquire, (c) manufacture, (d) transfer and (e) sell...

      Fuels: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely savings to the defence budget achievable through the adoption of fuel hedging.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what pre-deployment training is provided for (a) mine detection and (b) personnel extraction from minefields.

      Military Bases: Strait of Hotmuz

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the implications for UK defence policy of France's decision to create a military base in the Strait of Hotmuz.

      NATO: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Government contributed to NATO's (a) civil budget, (b) military budget and (c) Security Investment Programme in each year since 1997.

      NATO: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the UK's contribution to NATO common funding was allocated to NATO's (a) civil budget, (b) military budget and (c) security...

      Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military units are allocated for potential deployment with (a) EU and (b) NATO missions.

      Prince William

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 887-8W, on Prince William, whether Prince William's training will enable his...

      Reserve Forces: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to provide reservists with operational-related mental health problems with access to NHS healthcare.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in her Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

    • House Committees: Salary

      To ask the Leader of the House which chairmen of House Committees receive a salary in addition to that of an hon. Member to reflect their role as chairman.

      Timetabling of Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will commission and publish an independent assessment of the effect of programming on the passage of Government legislation, including information on (a)...

  • Wales

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will...

      Picture Financial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what meetings he has had in a ministerial capacity with representatives of Picture Financial Group in the last 12 months; what the date of each meeting...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 there have been for (a) noise, (b) graffiti and fly-posting and (c) waste...

    • Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to attend the summit on Firearms Law Reform.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the Forensic Science Service in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what staff...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent passport applications were made in the last 12 months; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity theft...

      Police: Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations her Department places on police forces and authorities in relation to the procurement of forensic science services.

      Terrorism: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research to identify sites in Cumbria which may be used for illegal purposes within the meaning of the Terrorism Act 2006.

  • Transport

    • Dartford Tunnel: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis it was decided which local areas to include in her consultation on the Dartford river crossing local discount scheme; if she will include...

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated...

      Driving Tests: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date Ministers in her Department were notified that a computer hard drive containing details of three million learner drivers had been mislaid...

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fines have been issued for breaches of aircraft following noise preferential routes at Heathrow airport in each of the last three years; and...

      Ice Prince

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures her Department has taken to monitor the route of the floating timber lost from the Ice Prince; what system there is for warning shipping,...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in each county in the UK in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by the...

      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, who undertook the study commissioned and funded by...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Marketing

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

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the take-up rate of disability living allowance was for (a) children under 16 and (b) children under 18 in full-time education,...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the merits of increasing the age limit for claiming disability living allowance in line with the increase...

      National Insurance: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people from the traveller community are registered with a national insurance number.

      Parliamentary Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to Question 171550, tabled on 29 November 2007 by the hon. Member for Cardiff Central for answer on 4 December; and if...

      Pensions Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of people that will receive pension forecasts from his Department in each year until 2050, broken down by...

      Pensions: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take up rate for pension credit was in each constituency in (a) Hampshire, (b) Portsmouth and (c) Southampton in each of the last...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was recovered from those successfully prosecuted by the Fraud Investigation Service in each of the last five financial years.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on (a) the adequacy of and (b) changing the winter fuel allowance in light of...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average percentage of pensioners' energy bills that will be met by the winter fuel allowance this year.

      Winter Fuel Payments: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of pensioner households eligible for the winter fuel allowance in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recorded rape offences in Northern Ireland, including attempted rape, led to convictions in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

    • Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Parades Commission has met the organisers of the Gay Pride parade held in Belfast on 4 August 2007.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Police: Roman Catholicism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he expects the percentage of Roman Catholics in the police in Northern Ireland to be by March 2008.

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convicted foreign national prisoners were released from prisons in Northern Ireland in the last year.

      Prisoners: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average running cost is expected to be of providing a prisoner place in Northern Ireland in 2008.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made by the Improvement and Development Agency on the establishment of a group of accredited peers from...

    • Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wycombe of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1304W, on community...

      Council Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposed Office for Tenants and Social Landlords will (a) set targets for local authorities which have housing...

      Council Tax Benefits: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in England have a zero liability for council tax due to 100 per cent. council tax benefit.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff working in her Department were issued with personal digital assistants in...

      Fire Services: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what charges the Fire and Rescue Service may make for pumping water out of commercial premises which have flooded; and if she...

      Fire Services: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice has been given to fire and rescue authorities on pre-planning for major hazards and incidents since the Buncefield...

      Fire Services: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to fire and rescue authorities since the Buncefield fire in December 2005 on the exchange of...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many family nurse partnership (FNP) programmes are in operation; how many family nurses there are; how many and what...

    • Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to improve the quality of prison education since 2001.

      Geronimo Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1272W, on Geronimo Communications, what information his...

      Nursery Schools: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many free nursery places have been provided in London in each of the last 10 years.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many year 1 pupils there were in schools in England in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on children with (a) special educational needs and (b) dyslexia in (i) Cheadle constituency and (ii)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has for the long-term future of the Portable Antiquities Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Arts: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will place in Library all correspondence between his Department and the East of England Development Agency on funding of arts...

      Capita

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

      Departmental-Email

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

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on leasing property in each of the last three years.

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) operating licences, (b) premises licences and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission withdrew in each year...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding has been spent on (a) arts, (b) heritage, (c) community sport, (d) school sport and (e) capital...

      Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the declared party political affiliations are of members of the boards of (a) the National Lottery distributors, (b)...

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public libraries have closed in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 13 November 2007, Off icial Report, column 1006-07, on sports: finance, how much funding in each year was...

      Sports: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) Sport England have spent on providing information on sports and fitness facilities to the NHS...

      Sports: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how often Sport England are required to provide updated information on sports and fitness facilities for inclusion on the NHS Choices...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the expected annual salary is of a competition manager in school sport partnerships; (2) how much has been spent on training...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for how many months each vacant ministerial residence in Admiralty House has been unoccupied; and if he will consider renting out such properties...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers are employed in each salary band in his Office; (2) how many appointments of (a)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his role is with regard to (a) the operation of the political office at 10 Downing street, (b) the development of Government policy, (c)...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment the Cabinet Office has made of whether (a) the Prime Minister's Office and (b) the Cabinet Office have met the Departmental...

      Electronic Mail

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance he has issued to his Department's (a) staff and (b) special advisers on the use of non-government e-mail accounts for official purposes.

      Government Departments: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidelines he has provided to Government Departments on responding to letters and e-mails from members of the public on (a) acknowledging...

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Smith Institute

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions since 27 June 2007 (a) the Smith Institute and (b) SI Events Ltd have used facilities at No. 10 Downing street.

    • Christmas

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office has spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff are employed by his Office.

      Departments: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1076W, on Departments: ministerial policy advisers, whether Mr Bob Shrum provides him with potential...

      Manpower: Prime Minister's Office

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 625W, on manpower: Prime Minister's Office, how many staff hours were spent on average on...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the terms and conditions of Mr Stephen Carter's employment as Chief of Strategy and principal adviser are; and what rules apply to the retention of interests in...

      Ministers: Official Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister when the rules governing gifts received by Ministers and registered as part of the Donated Asset Reserve were last updated.

      Ministers: Official Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister how much depreciation has taken place of items held in the Donated Asset Reserve over the last 12 months.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has visited (a) Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Liverpool and (d) London since his appointment.

      Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister what the Prime Minister's salary was in each of the last 10 years.

      Prime Minister: India

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he held during his recent visit to India on discrimination by caste and descent in that country.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what obligations there are on special advisers to (a) divest and (b) declare financial interests held prior to appointment; and if he will make a statement.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Education: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many trained union learning representatives there were in each year for which figures are available.

    • Overseas Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills further to his letter of 7 September 2007 to the Chairman of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, whether a UK...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, columns 754-55W, on Union Learning Fund, by what means trained...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many education or training places were funded through the Union Learning Fund in each year since 1998; and how many of...

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the 10 most expensive projects funded under the Union Learning Fund were in each year since 1998; and how much each cost.

      Union Learning Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was paid under the Union Learning Fund to (a) ASLEF, (b) BECTU, (c) BFAWU, (d) Community, (e) CWU, (f) GMB,...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures his Department has in place to assess the performance of designated representative bodies under the...

    • Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what best practice guidance his Department has issued to representative bodies designated under the Enterprise Act...

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c)...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff working in his Department were issued with personal digital...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and...

      Departmental Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what he expects the estimated annual cost to be of (a) expenses, (b) salary, (c) office space, (d) administrative...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many cases of age discrimination have been brought before the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service and...

      First Solution Money Transfer: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the insolvency service investigation into First Solution Money Transfer Limited has concluded.

      Multinational Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff in his Department are working to promote the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's...

      Natural Gas: Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) how many households in each (a) region and (b) local authority do not have access to mains gas; and if he will...

      Overseas Trade: Far East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what conclusions have been reached on the scope for raising the UK's trade profile in (a) Malaysia, (b) Qatar, (c)...

      Post Office: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget was for the running of Post Office Ltd. in (a) 2007, (b) 2006 and (c) 2005; and what it is expected...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions were held with the Post Office on the timing of the issue of recommendations on post office closures...

      Supercomplainer Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions each of the designated representative bodies under the Enterprise Act 2002 have used the...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies collect and monitor information...

      Trade Unions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer have produced on whether the fixed costs of (a)...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many significant interventions UK Trade and Investment are expected to make in 2008.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what changes have been made to the overseas network of UK Trade and Industry to deliver the increase in the UK...

      UK Trade and Investment: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what effect the transfer of responsibility for defence trade promotion from the Defence Export Services Organisation...

      UK Trade and Investment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many of UK Trade and Investment's overseas staff are provided by (a) his Department and (b) the Foreign and...

      UK Trade and Investment: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which countries have seen an (a) increase and (b) decrease in UK Trade and Investment staff in the context of the...

      Weatherseal Holdings: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration he has given to applying the provisions of Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002 in response to the...

      Weatherseal Holdings: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of Weatherseal Holdings plc's and its subsidiaries' compliance with the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Council: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the decision of the British Council to close its dedicated film office; what cost savings he...

    • Christmas

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

      Climate Change

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

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the plans of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to expel the Lord's Resistance...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will break down his Department's planned near cash funding by strategic objective, for financial years 2008-09 to 2010-11.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 158W, on embassies, if he will list the (a) (i) name, (ii)...

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has held with the government of Israel on the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made, together with European Union member states' foreign ministers, to Israel on the situation in...

      Middle East: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to his Sunday Times article of 6 January 2008, what his estimate is of the cost of transferring staff from Europe...

      Thomas Dandois

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received on the detention of Thomas Dandois, a joint British-French national in Niger; (2) if...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the policy of British jobs for British workers will affect his Department's recruitment policy.

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the effectiveness in preventing electoral fraud of requiring electors in...

      Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) investigations and (b) prosecutions there were under the Harassment Act 1997 in each year since the Act came into force.

      Langley House Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the terms of the service level agreement with the Langley House Trust are for the provision of secure beds for persons supervised in the community;...

      Langley House Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Langley House Trust accommodation have (a) absconded, (b) breached the conditions of their curfew and (c) breached the hostels'...

      Langley House Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he is intending to review the contract with the Langley House Trust for the provision of secure accommodation places.

      Langley House Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how performance against the contract with the Langley House Trust is monitored.

      Langley House Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there have been breaches of the terms of the contract with the Langley House Trust since it was let.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid representation orders have been granted by magistrates courts in each month since the re-introduction of means testing for legal aid...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of legal aid in the UK was in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid in each of the last 10 years (a) in cash terms and (b) as a proportion of annual total public expenditure.

      Legal Aid: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the new legal aid fee scheme on the number of legal practices undertaking criminal legal aid work.

      Legal Services Commission: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money the Legal Services Commission has received by way of (a) recovered costs and (b) interest on statutory charges in each year since 1997.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the letter of 22 November 2007 from the hon. Member for Hornchurch on a new prison at Beam Reach, Rainham.

      Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the Brennan report on the structure of his Department.

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to date of developing the C-NOMIS IT system for prisons and probation in England and Wales has been.

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the financial consequences for his Department's budget are of not rolling out C-NOMIS to the Probation Service.

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the developers of C-NOMIS, EDS, will be paid any compensation as a consequence of the system not being rolled out to the probation service.

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of how the decision not to roll out C-NOMIS to the probation service will affect its ability to comply with end-to-end...

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his original estimate was of the final cost of rolling out C-NOMIS to the Prison Service and Probation Service.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing measures to cap the level of fees for legal services in personal injury claims cases; and...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the impact of referral fees on the personal injury claims process; and if he will make a statement.

      Peterborough Prison: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convicted prisoners held at HMP Peterborough were released early as a result of prison overcrowding in the latest period for which figures are...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what key performance indicator is used to assess the effectiveness of drug treatment in prisons.

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1601W, on Drugs: prisons, how many detainees began clinical drug treatment on (a)...

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps the Government have taken to improve education and training provision in prisons since 1997; (2) what progress has been made on...

      Prisons: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many juvenile sentenced receptions there were in to (a) prisons, (b) local authority units and (c) secure training centres in England and Wales...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the safety of departmental staff working in Afghanistan following the bombing of the Serena Hotel.

    • Africa: Fossil Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated on the effect on poverty levels of his Department's expenditure...

      Britain-Russia Development Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) when his Department last reviewed the Britain-Russia Development Partnership; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Climate Change: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department is undertaking to examine the effectiveness of agricultural adaption to climate change in low income countries.

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department work on programmes on (a) education, (b) health, (c) nutrition and (d) child protection; and if he...

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take to ensure that the (a) needs and (b) rights of children affected by AIDS will remain a priority; when the...

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of his Department's spending in Kosovo is assigned to conflict prevention, particularly small arms eradication; and if...

      Malnutrition: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget was allocated to tackling malnutrition as part of his Department's aim to meet Millennium...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of overseas development aid and assistance was spent on population and reproductive health in (a) 2001-02, (b)...

      Oxfam: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much Oxfam received from his Department in each of the last three years, broken down by project or programme; and how much is...

      Russia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was provided to Russia in each of the last three years; what proportion of each year's total was (a) direct government to...

  • Health

    • Accidents: Roads

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

    • Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new services and buildings (a) have been provided and (b) are planned for the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust since the approval of the...

      Barnet Hospital: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the quality of (a) nursing care and (b) cleaning services at Barnet hospital.

      Barnet Primary Care Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce diagnostic waiting times for patients in Barnet primary care trust area; and if he will make a statement.

      Barnet Primary Care Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was in the Barnet Primary Care Trust area for (i) operations for (A) cataracts, (B) heart disease, (C)...

      Bexley Care Trust: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Bexley care trust on cancer services in each of the last three years.

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to collect centrally information on (a) the allocation by primary care trusts of funding to chiropody services and (b) the number of...

      Death: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving mortality rates in Barnet for (a) cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) stroke; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to NHS dentists in Barnet; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he will...

      Eastern Area Strategic Health Authority: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in the Eastern Area Strategic Health Authority have experienced delays in appointing new staff as a result of changes made to the fast...

      Edgware Hospital: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) C. difficile occurred at Edgware hospital in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08 to date; and if he will make statement.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency calls were made to the ambulance service in each region in each of the last five (a) years and (b) new year periods; and how many of...

      Emergency Calls: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department will collect information on the average response time to emergency calls by each national health service ambulance trust.

      Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on treating gastrointestinal disease in England in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to GP services in Barnet; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Professions: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the Social Partnership Forum's action plan to maximise employment opportunities for newly qualified health...

      Health Services: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received from the National Screening Committee in favour of (a) universal and (b) targeted screening for (i)...

      Hearing Aids: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are used for determining funding for digital hearing aids and NHS audiology services.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to co-ordinate local NHS trusts' cardiac rehabilitation programmes; (2) what steps his Department plans to take to...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital coronary care units have closed in the last 10 years.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made on the phasing out of mixed sex wards in NHS hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had on the phasing out of mixed sex wards in hospitals; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many mixed sex...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional funding has been given to (a) Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust and (b) all other hospital trusts for a deep clean.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when (a) West Suffolk, (b) Addenbrookes and (c) Ipswich hospitals will receive a deep clean; (2) how many hospitals in the eastern area have...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median (i) inpatient and (ii) outpatient waiting times were in each year from 1993-94 to 2006-07, as given by (A) Korner and...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what patients groups and professional and industry representatives he has met in relation to his Department's consultation arrangements under Part IX of...

      Lambert Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for the future of the Lambert hospital; (2) what the staffing levels are at Lambert hospital in Thirsk.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps (a) he has taken in each year since 1997 and (b) plans to take in each of the next three years to reduce the incidence of liver disease; what...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on decisions relating to treatment for macular degeneration.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to increase provision of mental health in-reach teams in prison for those with mental illnesses which are not severe or...

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health wards have been closed in hospitals in Greater London since 1997, broken down by primary care trust.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is expected to complete its assessment of Sunitinib.

      NHS: Cleaning Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the NHS chief executive's Cleaning Summit will be held.

      NHS: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints about care in the national health service are under investigation by the Healthcare Commission; and what the average length of time...

      NHS: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance he has issued to the NHS on procedures for induction and training on infection prevention and...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from manufacturers of medical consumables on the classification of their products by his Department; what steps he...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what public funds in addition to those announced in the 2007 Spending Review have been allocated to the (a) programme of preventative care, (b)...

      NHS: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was received from the sale of NHS property in London in each year since May 1997.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 21, page 67 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, on what basis his Department calculated the periods over which...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 21, page 67 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, for what reason provision for clinical negligence was increased...

      NHS: Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) primary care trusts, (b) hospitals and (c) other NHS bodies are involved in litigation with private finance initiative contractors.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure patients (a) at Barnet and Chase Farm hospital, (b) at the Royal Free hospital, (c) at Edgware hospital and (d) in...

      Northwick Park Hospital: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in improving maternity services at Northwick Park hospital; and if he will make a statement.

      Nurse Family Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to extend the services offered by nurse-family partnerships.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training posts for nurses specialising in (a) inflammatory bowel disease, (b) upper gastrointestinal cancer, (c) lower gastrointestinal...

      Osteoporosis: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women have been diagnosed with osteoporotic fractures in each age cohort in the London region in each of the last five years; and if he will make...

      Physiotherapy: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to physiotherapy services in Barnet; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the Royal National Orthopaedic hospital, Stanmore.

      Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of adults who received a regular check up on the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available;...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why cattle in bluetongue restricted zones in the United Kingdom may not be transported when cattle from similar restricted zones in Germany were allowed to be...

    • Agriculture: Dairy Farms

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

      Airports: Passport Queues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 9 January (WA 199), whether a passport control queuing time of 25 minutes for European Economic Area air...

      Armed Forces: Russia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 17 October 2007 (WA 52), on how many occasions since last October Royal Air Force aircraft have been launched to...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What value of assets was recovered by the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland in (a) 2006, and (b) 2007.

      Bicycles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is still an offence in Northern Ireland to ride a bicycle on a footpath, to go through traffic lights at red on a bicycle or to have no lights of any...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Guidance Notes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Border and Immigration Agency's revised guidance notes relating to applications for an extension of stay in the United Kingdom issued on 4 January state at...

      Buses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they anticipate that the appeals by bus operators about reimbursement for the concessionary fares scheme which have been outstanding since April 2007 will be...

      Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a person gaining citizenship at a citizenship ceremony can also be a citizen of another sovereign state; and, if so, to which state that person is required...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage all United Kingdom-based airline companies to conduct research into climate change by using their own aircraft to collect scientific...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that any private sector corporate research into average emissions effects from vehicles, including aircraft and heavy goods...

      Data Protection: CCTV

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What data protection rules cover the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and footage, including domestic CCTV; and what plans they have to ensure that...

      Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 October (WA 181), whether they will publish their answer, as to whether the Prime Minister's statement...

      Elections: House of Commons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will change the timetable for elections to the House of Commons to bring them closer into line with elections to the Welsh Assembly, the Scottish...

      EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What administration costs were incurred by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in relation to the European structural and cohesion funds for the...

      EU: Subsidiarity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legislative and administrative measures will be needed to give effect to the Protocol to the Treaty of Lisbon on the Application of the Principles of...

      Government: English Regions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff and what proportion of the staff in each of the government offices in the English regions are agency staff or on temporary contracts.

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to allow the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to undertake duties for another department.

      Home Office: Legacy Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Home Office's Legacy Directorate started to process cases; how many have been decided to the latest date for which figures are available; of...

      Immigration: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Border and Immigration Agency staff are employed in the deportation of (a) visa overstayers and (b) illegal immigrants.

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord West of Spithead on 1 October (WA 259) and 14 November (WA 21), when members of the Border and Immigration Agency or of the...

      Immigration: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 November (WA 103), how many current detainees have been (a) in Haslar, and (b) in other immigration...

      Information Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to government departments on when the Information Commissioner's Office should be consulted on proposed legislation and policy...

      Justice: No-win No-Fee Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review whether no-win no-fee arrangements for lawyers, which include an uplift for success in litigation, are operating in the interests of justice.

      Kenya: Travel Bans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which current or former members of the Kenyan Parliament have been subject to a United Kingdom travel ban within the past three years; and which are subject to...

      Local Government: Efficiency Savings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the efficiency savings found by each local authority in England in each of the last three years; and what proportion of their revenue budgets they...

      Local Government: Efficiency Savings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the level of efficiency savings required to be made by a local authority in a particular year should take account of the savings already achieved in the...

      Local Government: Efficiency Savings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of efficiency savings they are requiring from the Government office in each English region in each year in the three-year period starting with the...

      Local Government: Parish Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 3 July 2007 (WA 175), which of the outstanding parish reviews have been dealt with; which will be dealt with...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which projects have benefited from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund in each qualifying district and unitary authority in Lancashire in (a) each of the last three...

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received evidence, including reports in the Observer and Guardian newspapers, to suggest that victims of trafficking to Britain for sexual...

      Planning: Regional Spatial Strategies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates they expect submissions to the Secretary of State of new regional spatial strategies for each region of England; and on what dates they expect them...

      Privacy Impact Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What use is being made of Privacy Impact Assessments as a means of identifying possible privacy concerns in public policy; and Whether they have conducted...

      Railways: Watford to Brighton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the fact that the Watford to Brighton service will from December terminate at Clapham Junction, as the rolling stock is to be...

      Railways: Watford to Brighton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the solution to the shortage of Electrostar units to service Thameslink is to take them from the Watford to Brighton service, thus curtailing the West London...

      Railways: Watford to Brighton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of concerns about the curtailment of the Watford to Brighton rail link which serves Gatwick airport, whether they will press Southern Rail to provide the...

      Railways: Watford to Brighton

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the conversion of a small number of single-voltage trains into dual voltage to enable an increase in the Thameslink service would be preferable to taking...

      Railways: West Midlands Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What lessons they have learned from the protracted appraisal process leading to the signing of the contract for the procurement of two new railcars for the West...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of (a) the Civil Aviation Authority, and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation, how many criminal prosecutions were brought by that regulator for each of...

      Schools: Milk

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to encourage the availability of subsidised school milk to children between five and 11 in all local education authorities; and, if...

      Security Industry: Firearms and Tasers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the 11,000 illegal immigrants employed in the security industry are authorised to carry firearms or tasers; and, if so, how many.

      Transport: Waterways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage large retail and wholesale distribution groups in the United Kingdom to use canal, river and sea transportation platforms to transport...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether further action is required by the Environment Agency to deal with the unauthorised dumping by chemical companies of toxic waste in landfill sites,...

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