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Written answers

Monday, 28 January 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff of the House were issued with personal digital assistants...

    • House of Commons: Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the use of (a) free-range chicken, eggs, other poultry and pork, (b) organic...

      House of Commons: Catering

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the origin of veal products used in House of Commons catering.

      Norman Shaw Buildings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will bring forward plans to construct a canopy to protect people walking between Norman Shaw...

      Political Activities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidance has been provided to staff employed by the Commission on the extent to which they can engage in...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games: Shooting Events

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what assessment she has made of the merits of the venue for the shooting events at the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement.

    • Olympic Games: London

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what her objectives are for the legacy of the Olympic Games in London.

      Olympic Site

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will make a statement on progress on developing the 2012 Olympic site.

      Olympic Games 2012: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will hold discussions with the Health and Safety Executive about on-site construction safety standards at the Olympic site in Stratford.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what meetings she has had with trades union officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trades unions.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by his Department for public access to services.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many (a) press and (b) communications officers were employed by the Church Commissioners in each of the last...

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • National Audit Office: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how many overseas visits were made by staff of the National Audit Office in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and what...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections: Fraud

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission when the Electoral Commission will complete its compilation and review of information from...

    • Electoral Register: Credit

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance the Electoral Commission has issued to electoral registration officers when...

      Electoral Register: Entry Clearances

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance is issued by the Electoral Commission to electoral registration officers to...

      Electoral Register: Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance is issued by the Electoral Commission to electoral registration officers on...

      Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) press and (b) communications officers the Electoral Commission employed in each...

      Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each...

  • International Development

    • Africa Progress Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) role and (b) remit of the Africa Progress Panel is; what support the Government are providing to the Africa Progress...

    • Africa: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Africa Partnership Forum is planning to present a progress report on peace and security in Africa.

      Chad: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation of refugees and internally displaced persons in Chad; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access...

      Developing Countries: AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his G8 counterparts on the provision of health workers to work with people with AIDS in...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on introducing conditionality changes related to anti-trafficking measures into the UK's bilateral development and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Business Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what meetings the Deputy Leader of the House has had with ministerial colleagues on the business of the House in each of the last six months.

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Leader of the House how many overseas visits by officials in her Office took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on such visits in...

      Topical Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many suggestions for topical debates her Department has received from hon. and right hon. Members by (a) post, (b) the link on her website and (c)...

      Topical Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House what criteria she uses to decide whether a subject proposed for a topical debate is topical.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Domestic Sports: Player Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the EU rules affecting the nationalities of team members in domestic sports...

    • Heritage Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects the draft Heritage Bill to be published.

      Additional Sporting Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward proposals to encourage school students with an interest in sport to undertake additional sporting activity...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the BBC on arrangements for the scrutiny of BBC expenditure by the Committee of Public Accounts.

      Sport: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to promote opportunities for young people to participate in competitive sport.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department will be spending on (a) museums and galleries and (b) theatre in the next 12 months.

      Funding: Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria were used in determining the withdrawal of Arts Council England funding from certain arts organisations.

      Diversity: Cultural Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to encourage more diversity among participants in and audiences for cultural events; and if he will make a statement.

      Professional Football: Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will bring forward legislative proposals to increase levels of transparency of salaries paid by professional football clubs.

      National Museums: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of visits by children to national museums in 2006-07.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's planned expenditure on business support, promotion of enterprise and economic development is for each year from...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance his Department has issued on the treatment of requests for the (a) return and (b) permanent loan of historical artefacts...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) highest and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of his Department's staff are employed within each salary band; what the title and role of each position...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many 0845 or similar telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to...

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of the total value of Heritage Lottery Fund awards was given in grants of (a) less than £1 million and (b) more...

      Heritage Lottery Fund: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to announce the appointment of the new chair and four trustees of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the use of temporary event notices by licensed premises; and if he will make a...

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many visitors there were to the UK in each of the last six years.

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of foreign visitors to the North East of England in each year since 2004; and if he will make a...

      Planning Permission: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1167, on planning permission: playing fields, if he will break down...

      Planning Permission: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1167, on planning permission: playing fields, whether his Department...

      Sport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from which budget headings of (a) his Department and (b) UK Sport the £2.8 million UK contribution to the International...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on tourism by the South West Regional Development Agency in each of the last five years.

      Tourism: North East Region

      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 the north-east in the last five years for...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of each category of crime was cleared up by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by his Department for public access to services.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Police Service of Northern Ireland budget in each district command unit was allocated to the prevention and investigation...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) assistant chief constables, (b) chief superintendents and (c) superintendents in the Police Service of Northern Ireland are...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to take to improve community confidence in the capability of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to respond effectively...

      Prisons: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of building a female prison as referred to in the recent Northern Ireland Affairs...

      Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the number of weapons held by each (a) Republican and (b) Loyalist paramilitary organisation in Northern...

  • Defence

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1204W, on which dates officials of his Department had discussions with officials from...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many men from the (a) 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, (b) 1st Battalion The Rifles and (c) 2nd Battalion The Scots Guards are providing...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the UK's military airfield capability; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces Memorial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future funding of the Armed Forces Memorial and the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

      Armed Forces: Parachuting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many parachute jumps service personnel must make to qualify for parachute pay each year.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the levels of annual pay increases for members of the armed forces in each year of the Comprehensive Spending Review period.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision of the continuing education allowance for service children forms part of the forces covenant; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the policy on continuing education allowance for service children was last reviewed; and when the policy will next be reviewed.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on educational achievement of the children of military personnel of relocation in terms of (a) academic...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his officials first discussed with Essex local authority schooling for the children of Colchester Garrison; on what subsequent dates...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the Panther command and liaison vehicles are located; and (a) when and (b) where they will be deployed.

      Belize: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops will remain in Belize at the end of 2008.

      Defence Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances he would consider undertaking a Defence Review.

      Defence Equipment: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicles were cannibalised in each of the last 12 months, broken down by vehicle type.

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which assets of his Department in Hampshire have been sold since 1997; and what the (a) sale completion date and (b) price realised was for each.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each case; and...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role he has in determining what information is classified and who is able to have access to classified information in his Department.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department transferred 50 acres of land at East Blockhouse, Augle, Pembrokeshire to QinetiQ on 27 March 2002; how much was received...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of his Department's compliance with the Crichel Down rules in the disposal of 50 acres of land at East Blockhouse, Augle,...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a defence contractor to which his Department's land has been transferred to is subject to the Crichel Down guidance when disposing of that land.

      Departmental Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1031W, on departmental mobile telephones, what central controls his Department...

      Departmental Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those individuals who had their personal details lost as a result of the theft in Edgbaston on 9 January of an MOD computer from the vehicle...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which areas of European Security and Defence Policy the Lisbon treaty will introduce qualified majority voting; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the new EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will have in the European Defence Agency; and if he will...

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the application of the Solidarity Clause to the area of defence in the Lisbon Treaty.

      European Union: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of permanent structured co-operation on the military capabilities of (a) the EU and (b) NATO; and if he will...

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers are serving in the standard Iraqi (a) brigade, (b) division and (c) battle group.

      USA: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many US visiting forces are based at each location in the UK.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the out-of-service date is for each (a) submarine, (b) frigate, (c) destroyer and (e) minehunter vessel in the Royal Navy.

  • Transport

    • A11: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents there have been on the A11 in Suffolk since 1997.

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1084W, on A21, what the latest cost estimates are for the contracts for the A21...

      Agricultural Machinery: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) road traffic and (b) on-farm accidents were reported involving an agricultural vehicle in each year from 1997.

      Aviation: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) flights and (b) other shipments were made where (i) spent nuclear fuel, (ii) nuclear waste, (iii) other high-level and (iv) other...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the national free concessionary bus pass scheme for pensioners is entirely funded by central Government.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures she intends to introduce to encourage more people to cycle.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to increase the safety of cyclists on roads.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) her Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services.

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effect of the positioning of a back-up control centre for Galileo in a different country from the primary control...

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the UK bid to host the permanent offices of Galileo; and if she will make a statement.

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on determining (a) which legal regime will govern the concession contract of the Galileo programme and (b) which courts...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects National Air Traffic Services Ltd to submit a design that is feasible and safe regarding mixed mode options for expanding Heathrow...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport public consultation document, what monetary value she has placed on the reduction in costs to...

      Heathrow Airport: Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document, Annex B Impact Assessment Options 1, 2 and 3, what amount of air passenger...

      Network Rail: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Network Rail on its programme of engineering work over the Easter 2008 holiday period.

      Pedestrian Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the PV squared formula is the recommended method for establishing whether a pedestrian crossing is required on a particular stretch of road.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had regarding the operation of a rail service on each day of the year; what further discussions she plans to have; and...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date her Department expects the Javelin-operated high speed domestic services from Kent to St. Pancras to be operational.

      Railways: Radioactive Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the numbers of train journeys which would be required to transport nuclear waste on the commissioning of new...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths there were on roads in (i) West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St. Ives, (ii) Cornwall and (iii)...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths were sustained in collisions with emergency services vehicles on roads in (i) West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the application of tag and beacon technology in road pricing schemes.

      Transport: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost was of travelling a mile by (a) road, (b) rail and (c) air, expressed in (i) constant and (ii) current price in each year...

      Vehicle Registration: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been raised in revenue by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency via fines for failing to notify change of vehicle ownership in the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the safety of departmental staff working in Afghanistan following the bombing of the Serena Hotel.

    • Burma: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking in support of the United Nation Security Council's call for greater dialogue between the...

      Burma: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to increase the number of Burmese officials subject to the EU asset freeze and travel ban.

      Children's Rights: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the Treaty of Lisbon, if ratified, on the rights of children and young people.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 852W, on the departmental internet, what the grade is of the...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public...

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Eritrea; and if he will make a statement.

      Eritrea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment of Christians in Eritrea; and if he will make a statement.

      Ethiopia: Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of relations between Somalia and Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.

      European Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what liaison work is undertaken between his Department and the political intelligence section of the European Commission in...

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Gaza: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Government and the Israeli government on the situation in Gaza.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides on Holocaust...

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of the unrest in Kenya developing into civil war; and if he will make a statement.

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the merits of establishing an international sanctions regime against the government of...

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) whether the recent elections in Kenya were fair and free and (b) reported...

      Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his officials last met members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; and if he will make a statement.

      Natural Resources: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by what means the Government are supporting the Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds; and what funding the Government are...

      Natural Resources: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding the Government are providing to promoting the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative scheme.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met members of the Sri Lankan Government; what was discussed; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans next to meet representatives of the Sri Lankan Government.

      Sri Lanka: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the deployment of child soldiers in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's involvement in the peace process in Sri Lanka.

      Williams Draft Dossier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to the decision of the Information Tribunal dated 22 January 2008, when he plans to make public a copy of the Williams...

      Williams Draft Dossier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs further to the decision of the Information Tribunal dated 22 January 2008, paragraph 22 (iv), which two individuals annotated...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many staff within the Cabinet Office work for the Prime Minister's Office, other than those directly employed by that Office.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each case; and...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) highest and (b) lowest such...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by his Department for public access to services.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of his...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited; and how much was spent on...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost was of engaging Veredus Recruitment Consultants to recruit the Chair, Commissioner and non-executives for the Child...

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the rationale is for taking a parent's new partner's income into account in setting contributions under the old Child Support Agency...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Disability Living Allowance: Partially Sighted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions his Department has had with the Royal National Institute for the Blind on whether severe sight loss should be included as...

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents have taken part in pathways broken down by (a) ethnicity, (b) age of youngest child and (c) number of children.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he next plans to visit a job centre; and which job centres he has visited since 20 July 2007.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were living in relative poverty, below 40 per cent. of median income, in the UK in each year between...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those aged 16 to 24 years were classed as living in poverty in each financial year since 1989-90.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children living in poverty are in households liable to pay full council tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people classed as living in poverty paid full council tax in each financial year since 1993-94.

      Social Security Benefits: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in benefits to non-UK nationals in the last year for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were prosecuted for crimes relating to benefit fraud in the London Borough of Havering in each of the last four years.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were prosecuted for crimes relating to benefit fraud in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years.

      Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners eligible for means-tested support were overpaid as a result of errors in the application process in the most...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) of 7 January 2007, Official Report, column 5, what...

      Unemployment: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people under the age of 25 years there were in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in the most recent period...

      Unemployment: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workless households there were in Peterborough constituency in each year since 1997.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162356, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November 2007, on the new deal.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162678, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November 2007, on the new deal for young people.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162677, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on the new deal 25 plus.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162359, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on the new deal.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Feed: Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which public authority has lead responsibility for the monitoring of pesticide residues in animal feed and animal feed...

    • Animals: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were (a) charged, (b) convicted, (c) fined, (d) banned from keeping animals, (e) imprisoned and (f)...

      Animals: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of cruelty to animals, broken down by type of animal.

      Avian Influenza: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what method of storage his Department requires for samples taken for testing for H5N1 virus.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to introduce a badger cull in those areas in Devon most affected by Bovine TB.

      BSE: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made towards its public service agreement target of a reduction in the number of cases of...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which...

      Carbon Emissions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the target for reducing UK carbon emissions to 80 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c)...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department travelled by (i) car, (ii) rail and (iii) air on...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to changing the breeds and types banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if he will...

      Eggs: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the results have been of the investigations by his Department and others into the allegations of incorrect labelling of...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration has been given to the establishment of ring-fenced and self-contained arrangements for the aviation sector...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the flood defence budget allocated to the North East region is for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward measures to require water companies to fund severe flooding alleviation measures.

      Flood Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action has been taken by (a) the Inland Drainage Board and (b) the Environment Agency to stop the backing up of (i)...

      Flood Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines on managing flood risk his Department has issued to (a) local education authorities, (b) local authority...

      Floods: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on the flood defence grant in aid budget for the next...

      Floods: Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on the flood defence grant in aid budget for the next...

      Food: Glyphosate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the maximum residue limit is for glyphosate in (a) soya meal, (b) whole soya beans, (c) tofu, (d) soya pieces and...

      Food: Glyphosate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what soya products have been tested for glyphosate residues by the Pesticides Residues Committee since 1996; what the country...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) households and (b) rural households in England received Warm Front grants in the last 12 months for which...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of funding raised by the Energy Efficiency Commitment is ring-fenced for hard to heat rural houses; and what...

      Housing: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will set up the Rural Housing Challenge Fund through the Housing Corporation to build public housing in rural areas...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what role the Marine Management Organisation will have in delivering Government commitments on (a) the ecosystem...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers will be included in the draft Marine Bill for the Marine Management Organisation to reject plans for offshore...

      Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish a national noise strategy.

      Pig Meat: Import Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls are in place on the import of pork and pork products into the UK.

      Pigs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many breeding pigs there were in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Rural Payments Agency: Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the number of communication and press staff listed as working for the Rural Payments Agency in the Central...

      Swine Fever: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any updates have been made to the classical swine fever contingency plan since 2003.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which local authorities have now ceased weekly collections of residual household rubbish according to records held by...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the destination was of garden waste collected from residents' homes by each waste collection authority in Hampshire in...

      Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his estimate is of the percentage of waste generated in the UK by (a) business and (b) households in each of the last...

      Water: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average water bill in (a) England and Wales and (b) each water company area was for a household with (i) a single...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many laboratories (a) were licensed and (b) lost their licence to perform tests on animals in each of the last five years for which...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures her Department employs to ensure that licences to conduct scientific experiments on animals are only granted in circumstances...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many questionnaires for asylum seekers under the Legacy Casework Programme have been (a) issued, (b) completed and returned and (c)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projections she has made of the likely percentage of asylum seekers who will be recognised as refugees and granted asylum as an initial...

      Crime: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) violence against the person, (b) criminal damage and (c) drug related offences have been recorded in London since 2001.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced disclosure charges the Criminal Records Bureau has levied against each (i) local authority,...

      Departmental Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what land surplus to her Department's requirements it is (a) selling, (b) leasing and (c) intending to (i) sell and (ii) lease; and what...

      Departmental Telephone Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) her Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to...

      Departmental Telephone Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which telephone contact centres are the responsibility of her Department; what mechanisms are in place to monitor their effectiveness; and...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners have been deported to (a) Jamaica, (b) Nigeria, (c) Vietnam and (d) China in each of the last five years.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals resident in the United Kingdom the Government expect to be required to hold a biometric immigration document by...

      Entry Clearances: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many doctors were awarded highly skilled migrant status (a) in the 12 months before 5 February 2007 and (b) since that date.

      Entry Clearances: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many highly skilled migrant visas have been issued since April 2006, broken down by (a) country of origin and (b) skill.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases enforcement action to remove was successfully carried out in respect of non-UK citizens who were (a) illegal entrants and...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's average response time to representations from hon. and right hon. Members on immigration cases has been in each month...

      Immigration: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for work permits were (a) initially refused and (b) subsequently granted on appeal as a percentage of total appeals...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) existing and (b) planned measures will be used to implement the Prime Minister's undertaking to deport newcomers to the UK who are...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners serving sentences have been notified that they are not at risk of deportation; and of those how many...

      Regional Development Agencies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has allocated any resources to be spent via the regional development agencies' single pot in 2007-08.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Coal Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will publish the guidance given to the Coal Authority on the (a) licensing and (b) commercial exploitation of...

    • Energy: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what recent discussions he has had with Ministers at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 975W, on nuclear power stations: coastal areas, if...

      Overseas Loans: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's record management practice is on keeping information relating to contracts for loans made to...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform by what means his Department defines (a) rural, (b) deprived urban and (c) remote communities in the minimum access...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the number of post offices to be closed (a) nationally and (b) in Leicestershire...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Wiltshire (Mr. Gray) of 17 January 2008, Official Report, columns...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the effect on Royal Mail's revenue of the Post Office's planned programme of...

      Post Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of the change in the frequency of personal travel and car usage in...

      Post Offices: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what minimum number of urban Post Office branches would be required to ensure 95 per cent. of the total urban...

      Power Failures: Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with energy suppliers on reducing the number of power outages in Shropshire.

      Radioactive Wastes: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions radioactive waste material was moved from each nuclear site by (a) rail and (b) other means in...

      Radioactive Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library the results of the work of Dr. Tim Stone on nuclear new build decommissioning and...

      Regional Government: Brussels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1343-44W, on regional government: Brussels, how...

  • Health

    • Departmental Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value is of the remuneration package, excluding bonuses, of the director general of the commercial directorate of his Department.

    • Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department, (b) the NHS and (c) related departmental bodies for public access to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham of 17 July to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bedfordshire Citizen Partnership: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the report on the fraud investigation into Bedfordshire Citizen Partnership will be available; and if she will make a statement.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the value of council tax receipts was in each Government office region in England in each year since 1997-98. [Official...

      Council Tax: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1306W, on council tax: standards, for which datasets, used...

      Council Tax: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1306W, on council tax: standards, for what reasons the...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultancy contracts her Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) her Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much her Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years;...

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her reasons were for replacing departmental Guidance 2004 (FSC 30/2004) on the ill-health retirement provision in the...

      Floods: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is given to fire authorities on the assistance which should be given to householders who have experienced flooding.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers the proposed new Homes and Communities Agency will have to enter private property and land.

      Homesale Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library the minutes of the Home Sale Network meeting of 9 November.

      Housing: Contamination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether she has been informed of any cases where residential houses have been built on contaminated land before such land...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the new planning policy statement on climate change will (a) allow local authorities to continue to implement the...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes were (a) placed on sale and (b) sold through (i) Social HomeBuy, (ii) New Build HomeBuy, (iii) Open Market...

      Institute for Public Policy Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 10 December 2007, Official Report,...

      IPSOS Mori

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments her Department has made to IPSOS Mori in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.

      Radical Middle Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to the letter of 18 December 2007 to the hon. Member for Wycombe from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the...

      Itis Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings her Department has had with Itis Holdings in the last 36 months.

      Itis Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments her Department and its agencies have made to Itis Holdings in the last 36 months; and what ongoing contracts it...

      Local Strategic Partnerships: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government where funding for local strategic partnerships comes from; and to whom members of local strategic partnerships are accountable.

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will discuss with the Home Secretary the creation of a central record of offences committed under the National Licensing...

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Merton planning rule requiring onsite renewables on the viability...

      Regional Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the (a) role and (b) effectiveness of (i) vision boards and (ii) local strategic...

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated time is for an eco-town to be constructed and fully completed, following initial approval from her...

      Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what obligation there is on local planning authorities to levy affordable housing contributions on applications classified as a...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from which local authorities making proposals for future unitary structure was further information sought by her Department to...

      Unitary Councils: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of Bedfordshire county council's campaign to become a unitary authority to date; how much...

  • Treasury

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Office for National Statistics will include White Irish as a category in the 2011 census.

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chief Information Officer of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last reviewed the security procedure for accessing the Child Benefit database within HMRC.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 308W, on Child Benefit: personal records, what percentage of households constitute the...

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of the effect on the public finances of the current credit conditions in the economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to allow credit unions to provide interest-bearing savings accounts to their members.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Information Commissioner was contacted by (a) his Department and (b) his Department's agencies to report breaches of data...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services.

      European Union: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK net contribution was to the EU (a) in the latest period for which figures are available and (b) is expected to be in 2011.

      Income: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average household income was in Houghton and Washington, East constituency in each year since 1997.

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider introducing performance measures for HM Revenue and Customs officers on proactive engagement with enforcement officers implementing the...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the future of the Northern Rock Foundation in the event of the nationalisation of Northern Rock bank.

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans the Government have to encourage saving to reduce the credit deficit; and if he will make a statement.

      Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he held with the (a) British Banking Association, (b) Building Societies Association and (c) Council of Mortgage Lenders on safeguarding...

      Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to inform the public about the disclosure of death registration data under the Supply of Information (Register of Deaths)...

      Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what safeguards he has put in place to ensure that death registration data disclosed under the Supply of Information (Register of Deaths) Regulations 2007...

      Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the devolved Administrations on the Supply of Information (Register of Deaths) Regulations 2007.

      Registration of Births Deaths Marriages and Civil Partnerships: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether written Ministerial approval is required to authorise the release of death registration data under the terms of the Supply of Information (Register...

      Taxation: Gaming

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what factors he takes into consideration when determining the tax rate for gaming products; (2) if he will apply a zero-rate VAT liability to the...

      Unemployment: Easington

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) 16 to 18 and (b) 18 to 24-year-old people are unemployed in Easington constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what percentage of tax credit claimants have been overpaid more than once since their claim began; (2) how many and what percentage of...

  • Justice

    • Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Cabinet committees and sub-committees he chairs.

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services.

      Driving Offences: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers were prosecuted for (a) speeding and (b) speed-related offences in each region of England in each of the last five years.

      Elections: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has been invited by the government of Pakistan to send election observers to that country; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of a common helpline number for victims of human trafficking across Europe; and if he will make a statement.

      Legislation: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what items of Channel Islands legislation are awaiting ratification; and when each was received for ratification.

      National Licensing Scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average fine imposed has been for those found guilty of breaking the National Licensing Scheme for...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when his Department first received a recommendation that C-NOMIS be cancelled from staff working on the project.

      National Offender Management Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether estates development, including in relation to prison capacity, is classified as capital expenditure in the National Offender Management Service...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to (a) implement the pay recommendations of the prison and police review boards and (b) pay probation staff their regular yearly...

      Offender Management Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when sections 28 to 30 of the Offender Management Act 2007 will come into force; and if he will make a statement.

      Offenders: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1654W, on Offenders: Accommodation, how many of those receiving bail in respect of...

      Offenders: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1654W, on Offenders: Accommodation, how many of those bailed for violence...

      Offenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those bailed for indictable offences were foreign nationals in the last year for which data are available.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what average length of prison sentence was (a) imposed and (b) served in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of all prison sentences handed down in each year since 1997 were for three months or less; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of all prison sentences handed down in each year since 1997 were for six months or less; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) Irish and (b) other foreign EEA nationals are serving sentences of imprisonment for murder in prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many foreign national prisoners were held in English and Welsh prisons on 31 December 2007, broken down by nationality; (2) how many foreign...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals there were in UK prisons in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by country of origin.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who the freehold owner is for each prison in England and Wales; and, where the Prison Service rents or leases land or buildings within the Prison Estate,...

      Prisons: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review the methodology used in collating performance indicators for prisons, with particular reference to HMP Peterborough; and if he...

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost is of the regional offender managers' property and accommodation in the National Offender Management Service in 2007-08; and where this...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of accused people whose cases were discontinued in the interests of justice were convicted of a further offence within two...

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of restrictive physical intervention were recorded in each establishment of the secure estate for children and young people in the...

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the monthly maximum capacity of custody places was for under-18s in each of the last five reported years, broken down by (a) type of facility and...

      Young Offender Institutions: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many institutions have been assessed to (a) be in full compliance, (b) be in partial compliance and (c) have failed to comply with the Youth...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress has been made on the implementation of Lord Carlile's recommendations arising from his February 2006 inquiry into children in custody; and...

      Young Offenders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many young offenders and juveniles in custody had one or more diagnosed mental health disorders in each of the last five years.

      Young Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider introducing a court diversion scheme for offenders aged 16 to 25 involving attendance on a course of military training as an...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have (a) produced proposals for collaboration with other schools and (b) allowed their staff to teach in...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which academies he has visited since becoming Secretary of State.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities are (a) co-sponsoring and (b) planning to co-sponsor academies; which academies each is sponsoring or...

      Academies: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest estimates are of the proportion of pupils in academies obtaining (a) five or more A* to C GCSEs and (b) five or...

      Academies: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have performance figures for five or more GCSE exams at grades A* to C, including mathematics and English, of...

      Children: Communication Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to support joint working by local authorities and primary care trusts on assisting...

      Children: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children from the Traveller community are registered for primary education in England and Wales; (2) how many...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public...

      Education: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the requirements are for approval by primary schools of local primary strategies for change, before formal agreement to...

      Free School Meals: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in each school in London receive free school meals.

      GCE A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1271W, on GCE A-levels, what types of schools are in the...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children achieved five or more A to C grades at GCSE in (a) Newcastle local education authority schools and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals entered for examinations did not obtain any GCSEs in each of the...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what number and proportion of pupils who obtained five GCSEs at grade C or above in 2007 obtained them in English, mathematics,...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in each local education authority area had fewer that 25 per cent. of pupils achieving five A* to C grade passes...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers have been trained as lead teachers for gifted and talented education in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      ICT: National Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils sat a GNVQ in information technology in each year since 1997.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of 11 and 16 year olds who were functionally illiterate in each of the last 10 years; and...

      London Academy Edgware

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of student attainment at the London Academy; and if he will make a statement.

      Music: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools do not offer music at GCSE.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what date English local authorities must submit their plans for primary school reorganisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Isle of Wight council on possible Government intervention should existing primary schools not...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what number and proportion of pupils (a) entitled to and (b) not entitled to free school meals were given a fixed period...

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils speak English as an additional language, broken down by their first language.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent on average per pupil in (a) state schools and (b) private schools in each of the last five years; and if he...

      School Meals: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many school dinners were served in Norfolk schools in each of the last 12 months.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his latest projections are of pupil numbers in (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in each local authority area...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surplus places there are in each local authority in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what options other than closing schools are available to local education authorities to address an excess of school places.

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the annual School Census in 2008 will include collection of data on children of families in military service.

      Schools: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on the display of flags.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps are being taken to safeguard effective rural school provision.

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of children gained GCSE above grade C in mathematics, science or science related subjects in...

      Secondary Education: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in the first year of secondary education in (a) England and (b) each local education authority were entitled to...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of school leavers in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007 attained GCSE grade A in (i) English language and (ii) mathematics;...

      Secondary Education: Teaching Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) when every secondary school pupil will have a personal tutor throughout their school years; (2) what funding will be...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) 1 year, (b) 2 years, (c) 3 years, (d) 4 years and (e) 5 years were identified as having a special...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of young people who will be studying for diplomas in 2013; and if he will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools: Barnet

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

      Staff in Schools: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers have been employed in Enfield, North constituency in each of the last 10 years; and how many were employed...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's definition of a bad teacher is.

      Teachers: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many days of teacher absence were caused by stress-related illnesses in each local education authority in each of the last...

  • House of Lords

    • Algeria: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom embassy in Algiers will send an observer to the trial on 20 January of the human rights lawyer Amine Sidhoum.

    • Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been a comparison made of blood from badgers in areas affected by bovine tuberculosis with blood from badgers unaffected by it.

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Plaskitt, on 22 January (Official Report, col....

      Elections: Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland on 10 December 2002 (WA 19), what was the outcome of the discussions with the Electoral Commission.

      EU: Financial Penalties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 8 January (WA 189), how many financial penalties have been imposed by the European Union on the Department for...

      EU: Reform Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of the recent press reports, the Prime Minister joined President Sarkozy in urging the Portuguese Prime Minister to abandon plans to call a...

      EU: UK Contributions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the effect on the sterling value of United Kingdom contributions to the European Union budget in 2008 of the devaluation of the pound against the euro...

      Flooding: Essential Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken since the floods in 2007 in England to ensure that providers of essential services, such as water, energy, roads and railways, are...

      Gershon Review: DWP

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of the Department for Work and Pensions, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies have been taken to date as a result of the Gershon...

      Gershon Review: Foreign Office

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

      Gershon Review: MoD

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

      House of Lords: Correspondence

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 30 November 2007 (WA 144—5), whether he will press for the wording printed on the parliamentary mail pouches in which...

      House of Lords: Plastic Bags

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether the House of Lords Refreshment Department will cease the use of plastic bags when present stocks are used up.

      Immigration: Heathrow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept the criticisms by the Chief Inspector of Prisons of the temporary handling facilities at Heathrow airport for immigration detainees, and of the...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they and the quartet will take to prevent the closing down of the electricity plant in Gaza; what is their assessment of the humanitarian consequences...

      Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to take action to inform all households and businesses in what way they should safely dispose of used fluorescent light bulbs and how they...

      Light Bulbs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed with suppliers of energy-saving light bulbs that a warning should be displayed on packaging and the light bulbs themselves that they...

      Nitrate Sensitive Areas

      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 3 December 2007 (Official...

      Northern Ireland Executive: Policing and Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to devolve policing and justice to the Northern Ireland Executive while the Irish Republican Army Council is still active.

      Northern Ireland Executive: Policing and Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measurement they have used to calculate current support in Northern Ireland for the devolution of policing and justice.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to reduce the number of staff of the Northern Ireland Office.

      Official Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 11 December (WA 35) concerning the expenses of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland's visits to the United...

      Palace of Westminster: Laptops

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many laptop computers have been reported lost or stolen within the Palace of Westminster in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available.

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many personal passport interviews have been held in each of the personal passport interview offices.

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost to the end of 2007 of establishing the network of personal passport interview offices.

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made with regard to the proposal to establish remote area personal passport interview offices.

      Pollution: Risk Appraisals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 December 2007 (WA 170—1), whether they will review the application of pollution risk appraisal...

      Post Office: Closures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct Post Office Limited to make available all relevant financial information pertaining to those post office branches earmarked for closure...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) young offenders, and (b) women in Northern Ireland were in custody on 1 January in each of the past 10 years.

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take into account the lack of public transport to Magilligan, and consequent difficulties for family members visiting prisoners, when deciding on...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of (a) the Financial Services Authority; (b) the Security Industry Authority; and (c) the Statistics Board, how many criminal prosecutions were brought...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminal prosecutions were brought by (a) the Health and Safety Executive, and (b) the Pensions Regulator, for each of the past three years for which...

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many schools in England and Wales participate in restorative justice schemes.

      Schools: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of primary school spending per head in (a) Wales; (b) England; (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland; and What is the level of secondary school...

      Schools: Staffing Ratios

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the ratio of primary school teachers to pupils in (a) Wales; (b) England; (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland; and What is the ratio of secondary school...

      Schools: Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether funding letters for (a) the Training and Development Agency for Schools; (b) the General Teaching Council for England; (c) the School Teachers Review Body;...

      Sudan: Comprehensive Peace Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to focus international attention on the comprehensive peace agreement for South Sudan.

      Suspicious Activity Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total sum of money collected relating to the suspected financing of terrorism through the suspicious activity reports (SAR) regime since it was...

      Trade: NAFTA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact on the United Kingdom's standing in the United States of the United Kingdom joining the North Atlantic Free Trade...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the impact of the cuts in vehicle excise duty in the Finance Act 2001 on (a) accidents involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on rural...

      Turkey: Imrali Island Prison

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Declaration for a Democratic Solution to the Kurdish Question, published by the Democratic Communities of Kurdistan in November 2007;...

      Waste Management: Brofiscin Quarry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency and the Environment Agency Wales will return to Mr Douglas Gowan the original sworn witness statements and other evidential material...

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