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Written answers

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

  • Northern Ireland

    • Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of bullying were reported in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance on (a) loans and (b) donations has been sent to regulated donees by the...

    • Recruitment of Chairman

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what are the arrangements for the recruitment of a new Chairman of the Commission when Mr Sam...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM Armed Forces were killed in off-duty road traffic accidents in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if...

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel were deployed on operations at the most recent date for which figures are available, broken down by location of deployment.

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total budget was for Service Children's Education schools in each of the last five years.

      Civilians: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British citizens employed overseas at Ministry of Defence establishments receive wages lower than the UK minimum wage; and if he will make a...

      Clause 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means he has implemented Clause 21 of the military covenant.

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1225, on MoD (data loss), how many of the 347 laptops stolen or lost from the...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many security breaches regarding access to personal data have occurred within his Department in each year since 1997.

      Educational Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Oral Answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1195, on educational support, when the service indicator was introduced into the...

      Iraq: Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2007, Official Report, column 452W, on Iraq: Hercules aircraft, when his Department plans to implement the...

      Iraq: Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2007, Official Report, columns 480-1W, on Iraq: military equipment, what personnel training and mentoring of Iraqi...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days of rest and recuperation leave personnel deployed to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan lost on average as a result of delays in the airbridge...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units have been deployed to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan over the last 12 months with full-strength bearing; and how many troops were deployed. [R]

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency officers is in supporting the British armed forces.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which locations Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency officers have replaced Ministry of Defence Police officers since 2003.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruiting goals for Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency were in each year since 1997.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many premises of each type in each region have (a) an extended and (b) a 24-hour alcohol licence; (2) how many and what...

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to his Department's press release of 22 January 2008, what his Department's estimate is of the proportion of the total...

      Arts: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which recurrently funded organisations are to receive (a) a reduced grant and (b) no grant following the conclusions of the Arts...

      Arts: TBR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department has paid the consultants TBR to conduct the arts survey announced on 22 January.

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role he expects the heritage sector to play in the delivery of his Department's public service agreement targets.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps he has taken to reduce his Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Marketing

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

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) his Department's and (b) English Heritage's policies on the conservation of stone in...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial commitments were made to the Government by the premier league as part of the recent broadcasting agreement.

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been distributed by the Heritage Lottery Fund in each year since 1995, expressed in 2007-08 prices.

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 511W, on Members: allowances, what rules in the Green Book apply to claims against the additional...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Community Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding has been available for community care grants nationally in each year since 1997.

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in each local authority in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to maintain levels of (a) income support and (b) jobseekers allowance of those recipients of such benefits who have...

      Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals against incapacity benefit removal were made in each year since 2003; what proportion of such appeals were successful; and how...

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what support local housing allowance recipients without bank accounts will receive after April 2008.

      Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether recipients of local housing allowance will be able to receive payments into post office card accounts after April 2008; and if he will...

      National Insurance: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued to foreign nationals in each local authority area since 1 January 2004.

      National Insurance: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department has checked the immigration status of applicants for national insurance numbers since 2006; and how many...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK citizens who reached state retirement age and had never been employed in the UK in the latest...

      Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of single mothers receiving (a) child support and (b) housing in Romford; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged (a) 16 to 18 and (b) 18 to 24 years were unemployed on (i) 1 May 1997 and (ii) the most recent date for which figures...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department has spent on the Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources report on aircraft noise.

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the aviation security summit referred to by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State the hon. Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the total estimated cost of providing the national free concessionary bus pass scheme for pensioners in the Taunton Deane area was in (a)...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to reduce her Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09.

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the statement of 17 December 2007, on data loss, what personal data for which her Department is responsible are (a) stored and (b)...

      Heathrow Airport: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to take account of the implications of the accident involving flight BA038 in developing her policy on the expansion of Heathrow.

      Heathrow Airport: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of which postcode areas would lose their break in the day from aircraft noise as a result of ending runway...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motor vehicles were crushed for non-payment of road tax in (a) the county of Essex and (b) the Chelmsford Local Authority area in each year...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with South Eastern Railway on the potential premium costs of using Javelin-operated high speed domestic...

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis the allocation of £212 million for the National Concessionary Fares Scheme extension from 2008-09 was calculated; what the funding...

      Underground Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to facilitate the production of a standard accessible electronic register of underground assets.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Performance Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many officials in his Department have been identified as lacking core skills as a result of the annual review process;...

    • Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what training financed by his Department is offered to trade unions representatives in his Department.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of export credit outstanding at the end of financial year 2004-05 for Nigeria was for military goods.

    • Bankruptcy: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many businesses filed for bankruptcy in Peterborough constituency in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

      Company Liquidations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many administrations and liquidations began over (a) 10 years ago and (b) 15 years ago have not been finalised.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department has allocated for green energy technologies in each of the next five years; to which...

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proposals were put forward by the United Kingdom for inclusion in the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of average energy prices in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d)...

      Energy: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will hold discussions with the Russian government on the energy charter treaty.

      Export Credit Guarantees: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what procedures the Exports Credits Guarantee Department has put in place to ensure that fraudulent or unethical...

      Natural Gas: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many homes in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) the East Midlands and (d) North West Leicestershire were not...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1632W, on nuclear power stations: construction,...

      Nuclear Power: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the analysis of the potential contribution of nuclear power for reducing carbon emissions, set out at...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a list of the addresses of all post offices in the UK.

      Postal Offices: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what minimum number of rural post office branches would be required to ensure that 95 per cent. of the total...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions there have been for the offence of persistently selling alcohol to children under the Violent Crime...

    • Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect that the implementation of the Respect Agenda has on West Chelmsford constituency.

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to provide local crime statistics.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects to implement the additional protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime on the criminalisation of acts of...

      E-mail: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with the banking industry on phishing e-mails; what steps her Department is taking to prevent phishing;...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to review firearm and air rifle licensing regulations.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women discovered by police and immigration services as part of Operation Rampart were in the UK as illegal immigrants; and how many...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted of immigration offences as part of Operation Rampart.

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, columns 306-7W, on immobilisations of vehicles, if her Department will...

      Macfarlan Smith

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, columns 213-15W on Macfarlan Smith, when the analysis of Macfarlan Smith's...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether her Department has conducted consultations on restricting or controlling the sale of knives; and if she will make a statement;...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been confiscated as proceeds of drug crime in each police force area in each of the last 12 months.

      Proceeds of Crime: Durham Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was received by the Durham police force from confiscation of the proceeds of crime in 2007; and if she will make a statement.

      Road Traffic Offences: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were successfully prosecuted for (a) illegally clamping vehicles on private land and (b) fraudulently issuing penalty...

      Security Industry Authority: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those issued security industry authority licences who were not entitled to work in the UK were employed in Scotland in the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what practical support he is offering to Bangladesh ahead of the elections scheduled for December 2008.

    • Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of the interim government of Bangladesh on holding elections in Bangladesh; and if...

      Bangladesh: 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 Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Bangladesh: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the imprisonment of three professors at Dhaka University in Bangladesh for two years for taking...

      Bangladesh: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Bangladesh on the detention without trial of former Bangladesh Prime...

      Bangladesh: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of the interim Government of Bangladesh towards lifting restrictions on political...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place with the Turkish government on removing Turkish troops from Cyprus.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the progress of the North Kivu Peace Conference convened by the Government of the Democratic...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of the proposed ceasefire in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1609W, on departmental internet, what proportion of (a)...

      Diplomatic Service: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1610W, on the diplomatic service: EU nationals, how many...

      EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether every EU member state is required to ratify the treaty of Lisbon for it to come into force; and if he will make a statement.

      India: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of India on the treatment of Christians in Orissa; and if he will make a...

      India: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking at the United Nations to support the initiative announced by the Prime Minister on 21 January to include...

      Iran: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Iranian Government on the unlawful imprisonment of three Baha'is at the...

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Williams draft of his Department's dossier on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction.

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether the Government have intelligence that Iraq sought to procure uranium from Niger that it still believes to be...

      Jordan: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will meet the Jordanian Ambassador to discuss improving equestrian welfare at Petra in Jordan.

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government formally recognise the government of President Kibaki in Kenya.

      Lebanon: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on the security situation in Lebanon of the imminent expiry of the deadline to agree...

      Serbia: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to support the signature of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia at the forthcoming General...

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Contact Group counterparts on the situation in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has been invited to observe the forthcoming second Sudan People's Liberation Movement convention in Juba.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the time frame for the full deployment of the joint UN-AU hybrid force for Darfur.

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to convene a meeting to focus on generating the requisite units for the joint UN-AU hybrid force for...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of the security situation in Western Darfur and the impact it may have on the deployment of...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the remit is of the delegation to Tibet as part of the UK-China Human Rights dialogue; what rank or grading each member of...

      Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his South African counterpart on the current status of South African mediation efforts between...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column...

    • Compost: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent changes the Valuation Office Agency has made to its practices employed in valuing composting facilities for business...

      Council Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what capital receipts from sale of council housing were in each year since 1997 in each year, broken down by region.

      Council Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of band D council tax has been in each local authority in each year since 1997.

      Empty Property: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether vacant Crown property will be liable to pay the business rate once rate relief for empty properties has been removed.

      Floods: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for developments in flood risk areas were approved against the advice of the Environment Agency...

      Floods: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will bring forward proposals to introduce a power to rescind planning permission where there is a serious risk of that...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many trainee (a) home inspectors and (b) energy inspectors have received a qualification from Morgan Whittaker.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the (a) financial and (b) non-financial effect of home information packs on the housing...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultation process has taken place on the allowed age of an energy performance certificate in a Home Information Pack.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which unique property reference number is used to identify a property in a home condition report.

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the contractual deadline is for Ipsos Mori to complete its evaluation of the area trials for home condition reports.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes the Government have made to the rules and regulations relating to housing and capital receipts since 1997.

      Housing: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which unique property reference number is used to identify a property in a home condition report.

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of land were changed to residential use within flood risk areas in England in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in how many instances monies provided via key worker living have been recouped as a result of key workers leaving their...

      Housing: Pests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on pest infestation control in domestic properties following...

      Local Authorities: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, columns 667-68W, on local authorities: grants, what the grant per...

      Local Government Finance: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the revenue support grant for Derbyshire councils has been in each of the last eight years.

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column...

      Non-domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the existing system of business rate reliefs and exemptions will apply to the supplementary business rate.

      Rural Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will meet the Leader and Chief Executive of Lichfield district council and the hon. Member for Lichfield to discuss...

      Seas and Oceans: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what decision-making powers the draft Marine Bill will give to the Marine Management Organisation on major infrastructure...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the level of production of recycled aggregate in each year since 2001; and if he will make a...

    • Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he or his officials have made representations to the European Commission in relation to the EU air quality framework...

      Air Pollution: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which cities did not meet their air quality targets in the latest year for which figures are available.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme: Energy Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the environment of payments to UK energy companies under the EU emissions...

      Fisheries: Yorkshire and The Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has conducted of the levels of fish and shellfish off the coast of Yorkshire.

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the 15 urgent recommendations of the Pitt review; and if he will make a statement.

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has in relation to a joint fund with insurance companies to enable leaseholders at risk of flooding to (a)...

      Fly Tipping: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on the clean-up of fly tipping in the District of Easington in (a) 2002, (b) 2005 and (c) 2007.

      Fly Tipping: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department collects on the number of fines issued by local authorities for fly-tipping offences in relation...

      Fly Tipping: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the total cost of clean-up of fly-tipping was in Wirral, South in (a) 2007, (b) 2003 and (c) 1997; (2) how...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of miles of inland waterways are (a) publicly owned, (b) privately owned and not accessible by...

      Landfill: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has conducted on the potential hazards of re-using landfill sites for recreational land.

      Landfill: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of Wirral, South's waste was put into landfill in (a) 2007 and (b) 2003.

      Marine Manifesto Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on implementing the 2005 manifesto commitment to create a marine manifesto organisation.

      Nitrates: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the water industry on the use of anaerobic digesters on farms to reduce nitrate pollution.

      Plastics: Biodegradability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to introduce a (a) quality assurance scheme and (b) kite mark for biodegradable plastics.

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 521W, on plastics: recycling, if he will commission...

      Plastics: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his strategy is for increasing the number of facilities for reprocessing plastic waste in the UK.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the Sustainable Development Commission to publish its Sustainable Development in Government report for 2006-07.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has given to waste collection authorities on (a) closed lid policies and (b) no side waste...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether households on council tax benefit will be liable for the proposed new household rubbish collection charge in the...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on providing fortnightly collections for (a) recycling and...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what penalty may be imposed on people who not do pay the levied charge in a pilot area for the proposed new household rubbish...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 868W, on waste disposal: domestic waste, if he will place...

      Waste Disposal: Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated; and if he will make a statement.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste the Waste and Resources Action Programme disposed of in the last year for which figures are...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) which other governments he plans to send copies of 'Protecting Whales—A Global Responsibility' document this...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many bedrooms each of the three official ministerial residences in Admiralty House has; (2) how much has been spent from the public...

    • Cabinet Committees: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will reconsider the Government's practice on the disclosure of information on the attendance at and activities of Cabinet Committees.

      Civil Service: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 916W, on official hospitality, if he will amend the (a) Ministerial Code...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much was paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in the Prime Minister's Office in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many employees of the Prime Minister's Office were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Honours: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, columns 755-56W, on honours: criminal investigation, and with reference to the letter...

      Honours: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, columns 755-56W, on Honours: Criminal Investigation, and with reference to the letter...

      Ministers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many Ministers have held more than (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, (f) six, (g) seven, (h) eight, (i) nine and...

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what increase in ministerial pay there was in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the 1997 level of ministerial pay each increase...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of non-departmental public bodies changed their names in each of the last 10 years.

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) when he will publish information on the number and expenditure of non-departmental public bodies for 2007; (2) how many non-departmental...

      Youth Volunteering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1172W, on youth volunteering, what (a) local, (b) regional and (c) national...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of school leavers from academy schools entered (a) employment and (b) other educational establishments upon...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms have been established to co-ordinate policy on youth crime and antisocial behaviour with other Departments.

      Assessments: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals pupils did not obtain level 4 in a combination of...

      Assessments: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is made available from central Government funds for examination officers; at what grades they are employed by local...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take to improve the services offered by his Department for people with autism and Asperger's syndrome in...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the total capacity of children's day care centres in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London...

      Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate the Government have made of the total number of children not meeting the two hour sport and physical education...

      Children's Centres: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children's centres in each local authority employs at least one graduate.

      Children's Centres: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in which (a) regions and (b) local authority areas has the target to provide a Sure Start Children's Centre for every community...

      Climate Change: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps have been taken to make the teaching of climate change and its implications for the future part of the curriculum; and...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in (a) Tyne and Wear and (b) Houghton and Washington East constituency were eligible for education maintenance...

      Education Visits: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to reduce the administrative burdens associated with undertaking an outdoor school trip.

      Emergency Protection Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent discussions he has had with local authority children's services on their use of emergency protection orders; and if he...

      English: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will publish the findings of the pilot stage tests in English and mathematics taken by 40,000 pupils in December 2007.

      Free School Meals: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were in receipt of free school meals in Easington in each year since 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils sat more than 15 GCSEs in each year since 1997.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils sat (a) GCSE and (b) A-Level (i) history and (ii) geography in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils entitled to free school meals who attained level 5 at Key Stage 3 in 2005 did not...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been identified in each local authority as gifted and talented in each year since 2005.

      Languages: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils entered for Chinese GCSE were of Chinese ethnicity; (2) how many and what proportion...

      Languages: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils were entered for a modern language GCSE in 2007, broken down by local authority.

      Literacy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children met the Government's literacy and numeracy targets in each London borough in each of the...

      Mandarin: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary teachers have a degree level qualification in Mandarin Chinese.

      Mandarin: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers are teaching Mandarin Chinese.

      Pre-School Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many three and four-year-old children are entitled to free nursery places in each local authority area; how many such places...

      Pre-School Education: Tyne and Wear

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

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils received a (i) permanent exclusion and (ii) temporary exclusion in the last 10...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department collects on the proportion of excluded pupils from families in each income decile; and if he will...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils were given (a) permanent and (b) fixed period exclusions in schools with (i) less than 10 per...

      Pupil Exclusions: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were excluded from schools in Easington constituency in each year since 2004.

      Pupils: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what guidance his Department provides on procedures for dealing with (a) guns, (b) knives and (c) other weapons after they...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what methodology his Department and the Schools Food Trust use to access the take-up of school meals in (a) primary and (b)...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools do not have school kitchens.

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

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

      Schools: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained and (b) independent schools for deaf and hearing-impaired pupils there were in each year since 1997; and...

      Schools: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what per pupil funding was in Sefton in each year since 1993 in (a) real and (b) cash terms; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Sefton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding has been allocated to Sefton council for new school facilities in addition to standard capital...

      Schools: Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his policy is on work experience at schools.

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of (a) mainstream maintained, (b) specialist science and (c) independent schools entered students...

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils in (a) maintained and (b) independent schools took all three separate science GCSEs...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils with statements of special educational need are recorded as attending (a) maintained special schools, (b)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children in (a) England and (b) each local authority were (i) statemented and (ii) on School...

      Special Educational Needs: Lancashire

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

      Specialised Diplomas: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether secondary schools in rural areas will be required to provide access to all 17 diploma lines; and if he will make a statement.

      Sure Start Programme: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what services are provided by the Sure Start programme to prevent or respond to violence against women.

      Sure Start Programme: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what was the average staff complement of a Sure Start centre in each of the last five years; what proportion of Sure Start centre...

      Teachers: Criminal Investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any criminal allegations have been made against teachers acting in their capacity as such in the London borough of...

      Teachers: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what standard of British Sign Language attainment is required of teachers of the deaf; (2) what comparative assessment he...

      Teaching: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what research his Department has commissioned on effective teaching for deaf and hearing impaired pupils in the last 10...

      Teenage Pregnancy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) whether the Teenage Pregnancy Unit has responsibility to develop measures to combat, or respond to, incidents of violence...

      Truancy: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parents have been fined for failing to ensure their children attend school in each of the last 12 months; what the total...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken pursuant to the conclusions of the March 2007 European Council on the further development of...

  • Prime Minister

    • Chequers

      To ask the Prime Minister which individuals he has invited to Chequers to meet him in his capacity as Prime Minister since 27 June 2007.

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he held with the Chinese Government on Burma on his recent trip to China; (2) what discussions he held with the Chinese Government on Sudan on...

      Departmental E-mail

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by his Office have given rise to responses that have been published by his Office.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) press and (b) communications officers the Prime Minister's Office employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Interception of Communications Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the timetable is for the publication of the annual report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2006; and if he will make it his policy to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to answer the letter to him dated 10 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on police pay.

      Ministerial Powers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the contingency arrangements are for (a) leadership of the Government and (b) control of the UK nuclear deterrent in circumstances of the unforeseen incapacity or...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely effect of his capital gains tax proposals on the second homes housing market.

    • Care Homes: Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will review the levels of stamp duty charged on care home leases; and if he will make a statement; (2) whether there is an upper limit to the...

      Crown Lands and Estates: Wind Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what income the Crown Estate derived from wind powered electricity generating installations situated offshore in each financial year since 2001-02.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each of the last 10 years; (2) how much his Department paid in bonuses to...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are used to gain parliamentary approval to transfer funds from the UK to the EU each year.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the landfill tax escalator is revenue-neutral in relation to local authorities.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional funding has been allocated to (a) local authorities in England and (b) Scotland under the Barnett formula for the costs of dealing with...

      Personation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1054W, on personation, if he will make an assessment of the potential risk of identity...

      Tax Credit: Members

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent guidance has been issued to staff in the Tax Credit Office on deadlines for responding to letters from hon. Members.

      Tax Rates and Bands: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the removal of the 10 per cent. tax band on low income working people who do not qualify for working tax...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what comparative assessment he has made of the treatment received under the taxation regime by married couples with children and single people without children.

      Taxation: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of HM Treasury's 2002 document, Plastic Bag Tax Assessment.

  • Justice

    • Restorative Justice Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of restorative justice programmes on public confidence in the criminal justice system.

    • Restorative Justice Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase the use of reparative measures within the criminal justice system.

      Clearsprings Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to ensure that there is no risk to public safety from offenders and defendants accommodated in ClearSprings' bail and...

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the law relating to the publication of wills; and if he will make a statement.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward proposals to strengthen the protection of personal data held by public authorities; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime: Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements his Department has put in place to prevent crime being committed by suspects granted bail.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to bring forward proposals for a substantially elected House of Lords.

      Chelmsford Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the conclusions of HM Inspector of Prisons' report on Chelmsford prison on suicides; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve public perception of the effectiveness of community sentences.

      Community Justice Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are plans to increase the numbers of community justice courts across the country.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to contribute to reductions in UK carbon dioxide emissions.

      Approved Premises: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many residential units maintained by ClearSprings under the Bail Accommodation and Support Service there are in Peterborough constituency for (a)...

      Corston Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding has been allocated to the implementation of the Corston Report's recommendations that have been accepted; and if he will make a statement.

      Court of Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by the Court of Protection to deal with an application in the most recent period for which...

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will publish the review of Ministry of Justice structures.

      Driving Offences: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on sentencing policy on the offence of causing death by careless driving.

      Electoral System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the issues raised in the recently published review of electoral systems will form a part of the Governance of Britain consultation process.

      Fines: Surcharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much money accrued via the victim surcharge introduced in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 has been (a) used directly or indirectly for the purposes of...

      Incapacity Benefit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1422W, on incapacity benefits, how many appeals lodged against the Incapacity...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to reply to the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford's letter of 3 December 2007 on a constituent, reference: 182611/3702.

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of the likely consequences of not rolling out C-NOMIS to the Probation Service; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated maximum capacity of the C-NOMIS system will be in each of the next 10 years.

      National Offender Management Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what has been the cost of the C-NOMIS project to date; and what the estimated cost is of national implementation of C-NOMIS.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the planned budget is in 2010-11 for (a) the central administration, (b) probation element and (c) prisons of the National Offender Management...

      National Probation Service for England and Wales: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the efficiency of existing legacy IT systems used by the Probation Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners convicted for (a) robbery and (b) grievous bodily harm were transferred to open prisons in 2007; (2) how many prisoners...

      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.

      Powers of Attorney: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timing targets have been set for the Office of the Public Guardian to respond to (a) correspondence and (b) requests for an interim order to...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the planned capacity of the prison estate in England and Wales is in each year to 2014.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average amount of time spent doing exercise each week by (a) young offenders and (b) adult prisoners was in each prison in the last 12 months.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to designate additional prisons for foreign nationals only.

      Prisoners: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Prison Service has spent on taxis for prisoners in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the role of dedicated search teams in prison establishments.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prisoner on prisoner and (b) prisoner on officer assaults were recorded in each year since 2002, broken down by prison establishment; and...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department will allocate an increased budget to probation services in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; (2) whether his...

      Probation: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on resolving IT problems connected with probation at his Department in each of the last four years.

      Probation: Northumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effect on employees' terms and conditions of budget reductions in the Northumbria probation area.

      Probation: Northumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the likely effect on trainee probation officers of budget reductions in the Northumbria probation area.

      Probation: Northumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether staff will be made redundant as a result of budget reductions in the Northumbria probation area.

      Public Law Family Fees Consultation Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to ensure that the concerns of local government lawyers will be addressed by the Public Law Family Fees Consultation Paper.

      Whitemoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) deaths by natural causes and (b) suicides at HM Prison Whitemoor in each year since 1992; what...

      Whitemoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff at HM Prison Whitemoor have been dismissed in each of the last 24 months; what reason was given for each dismissal; and if he will make a...

      Whitemoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what support is being made available to (a) governors and (b) prison officers at HM Prison Whitemoor to assist with (i) stress and (ii) mental health...

      Whitemoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mobile telephones and (b) drugs have been recovered at HM Prison Whitemoor in each of the last 12 months; what assessment he has made of...

      Whitemoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the levels of staff morale at HM Prison Whitemoor in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Whitemoor Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there has been an investigation of all those with management responsibility at HM Prison Whitemoor; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average age was of (a) juvenile and (b) young offenders in secure accommodation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • African Union: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK's financial contribution to the African Union is in 2007-08; what this contribution has been used to fund; and what plans...

    • African Union: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Commission for Africa Report recommendation that donors agree to fund at least 50 per cent. of the African Union's (AU's)...

      African Union: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has provided by voluntary contribution to the African Union Peace Fund since 2005.

      Bangladesh: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of rising commodity prices on living standards in Bangladesh.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to reduce his Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire's letter, dated 9th November 2007, on funding to the World Bank.

      Departmental E-mail

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      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 funding for AIDS programmes in developing countries;...

      Developing Countries: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what measures have been put in place to monitor the impacts on global poverty of the projects undertaken by companies as part of...

      Food Aid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 1028W, to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green, on food...

      Malnutrition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with colleagues in the European Commission on efforts to tackle malnutrition among children in developing...

      Malnutrition: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department works with developing country governments to fund countries' plans to scale up direct nutrition interventions,...

      Malnutrition: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether an indicator to measure malnutrition rates which form part of millennium development goal one are included in his Department's...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department are nutritionists.

      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many complaints have been made to the UK's National Contact Point (NCP) on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department, in co-operation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business,...

      Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department are working to promote the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's guidelines for...

      UN Peacebuilding Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN Peacebuilding Commission in carrying out its functions.

      Waitrose Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has received representations from the John Lewis Partnership on the Waitrose Foundation in the last 12 months.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the Annual Abortion Statistics 2007 will be published; if he will place copies in the Vote Office on publication; and if he will make a statement.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments at hospitals in each primary care trust in Greater London have been re-graded since 1997.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions there were to each London hospital (a) in total and (b) of patients aged under (i) 18 and (ii) 16 years in each year...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female binge drinkers, according to the definition of binge drinking used in the Alcohol...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve the services offered by his Department for people with autism and Asperger's syndrome in the next 10 years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on inpatient costs, excluding those related to surgery, for cancer patients in 2006-07.

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in the North East Region were screened by each local chlamydia screening programme in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.

      Cholesterol: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the value for money for the NHS in the treatment of primary hypercholesterolaemia by use of cholesterol absorption inhibitors.

      Commercial Directorate: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings made by the Commercial Directorate since it was established.

      Community Nurses: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the fuel allowance for NHS district nurses was last reviewed; how often it is reviewed; and what factors are taken into consideration when setting...

      Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has been asked to provide a witness by the Inquiry Team for the Independent Public Inquiry into contaminated blood and blood...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the percentage increase of cystic fibrosis patients over the next (a) one, (b) five and (c) 10 years;...

      Department Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1007W, on the Department Board, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a)...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 11, page 60 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, if he will break down his Department's losses on the disposal of...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies spent on managing their corporate identities in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.

      Doctors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) doctors and (b) dentists who the NHS requires to be (i) recruited and (ii) trained in each of the next...

      Drugs: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have been held with the Nigerian Government on the testing of Trovan in Nigeria by Pfizer; and if he will make a statement.

      Electromagnetic Radiation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking in relation to exposure from electromagnetic microwave radiation from mobile telephone masts and wireless broadband...

      Financially Challenged Trust Regime: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has powers to (a) write off and (b) sell the debt of NHS trusts within the Financially Challenged Trust Regime.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many GP surgeries are equipped to provide (a) blood tests, (b) electro cardiograms and (c) ultrasound scans; (2) what estimate he has made...

      General Practitioners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average NHS pay of a (a) GP and (b) GP with special interest in dermatology in each year since 1997.

      Health Education: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS health advice booklets have been produced between July and December 2007; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost was in each case.

      Health in Pregnancy Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what budget the health in pregnancy grant will be funded.

      Health Services: West Sussex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to inform the NHS bodies concerned that the terms of reference of any review of health services in north eastern West Sussex and...

      Health Visitors: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has issued guidance to primary care trusts on the number of health visitors each should employ at each grade per head of the population in...

      Hearing Aids: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to collect data on waiting times for digital hearing aids.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the number of HIV positive people in the United Kingdom; and what proportion of them are believed to have contracted...

      Homeopathy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) primary care trusts and (b) strategic health authorities on the funding of...

      Hospitals: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospitals and (b) other NHS units have closed since 1997; what the cost of these closures has been; and how much has been received from the...

      Hospitals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have come under special measures since May 2005; which consultancy firm was brought in for each case; and how much was spent on the...

      Hospitals: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on hospitals of the time taken to complete criminal records bureau checks on applicants for hospital jobs.

      Human Embryo Experiments: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which centres have had research licence applications refused by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; on what grounds such refusals were made...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters his Department has received since the deadline for comments on the proposed changes to Part IX of the Drug Tariff from (a) right hon....

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent (a) in total, (b) in civil servant time and (c) on private consultants in relation to the consultation on NHS provision of...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu have been bought by each Government Department for use by its staff in the event of an influenza pandemic.

      Meat Hygiene Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the operating budget of the Meat Hygiene Service (a) is in 2007-08 and (b) was in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07.

      Meat Hygiene Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the operating budget for the Meat Hygiene Service is in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) each region in 2007-08.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery training places there were in each English region in the academic year 2007-08.

      National User Forum on Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the work of the National User Forum on mental health.

      Neurological Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the National Service Framework for long term neurological conditions; and what the responsibilities of...

      NHS: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place on introducing an interim adjustment in mileage allowances payable to NHS staff before the national review group reports.

      NHS: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the review group investigating mileage allowances payable to staff in the NHS will report.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the availability of lactose-free medication; and what his Department's policy is on lactose-free prescribable...

      NHS: Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Connecting for Health video on the Summary Care Record cost to make; how many actors were involved in the making of the film; and which...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Ernst and Young report on collaborative procurement hubs to be published.

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances he may suspend (a) a chairman and (b) a non-executive director of an NHS (i) trust or (ii) primary care trust using powers under...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statutory provisions provide him with powers to suspend an (a) chairman and (b) non-executive director of an NHS (i) trust or (ii) primary care...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects of not eating five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

      Obesity: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn NHS Trust, (b) Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust, (c) Hitchingbrooke Health Care Trust...

      Obesity: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department commissioned on child obesity in the North East and its implications for the future health of people in the region in each of...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (a) offer and (b) do not offer bariatric surgery.

      Patient Choice Schemes: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Choose and Book supports Safari web browsers.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1193-4W, on pharmacy, whether the £411 million excess for 2005-06 and the...

      Plastic Surgery: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation governs the standards of those performing aesthetic treatments, with particular reference to derma fillers.

      Primary Care Trusts: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who has the power to (a) appoint and (b) dismiss chief executives of primary care trusts.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 33b, p. 79 of his Department's resource accounts 2006-07, if he will provide a breakdown by private finance initiative scheme of...

      Prozac: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure of the NHS on Prozac was in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.

      South Central Ambulance Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his strategy is for improving the performance of South Central Ambulance Primary Care Trust.

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), on what evidence the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan children by United...

    • Adoption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), under what powers the Minister acted in reaching the decision to suspend adoptions of...

      Adoption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), by what criteria and timescales the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan...

      Adoption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), what consultation took place before the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan...

      Adoption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), how many adopters' dossiers for the adoption of Guatemalan children by United Kingdom...

      Armed Forces: Widows' Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the cost of paying the widows of servicemen who married in retirement a full pension based on their husband's total pensionable service...

      Army: Chelsea Barracks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the profits of the sale of Chelsea Barracks will be included in the Ministry of Defence's budget settlement for the next three years; and, if so, whether...

      Arts: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many, and which, organisations regularly funded by Arts Council England (ACE) there were in each ACE region in the year 2007—08; and how many, and which,...

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been full compliance with Part L of the building regulations in all new dwellings built in the last year.

      Charity Commission: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminal prosecutions were brought by the Charity Commission for each of the last three years for which figures are available; and, of those cases, how...

      Children: Language and Communication

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether funding letters to (a) the Learning and Skills Council; (b) the Sector Skills Development Agency; (c) Ofsted; and (d) the Quality Improvement Agency...

      Children: Parental Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue guidance on the interpretation of the phrase "parental responsibility" in Part I of the Children Act 1989.

      Children: Residential Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions police have been called to children's residential homes in relation to minor offences in the last three years; and what measures are in place...

      Communities: Preventing Extremism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which projects have been funded from (a) the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund and (b) any other anti-extremism funding via the Safer and Stronger...

      Crime: Young Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In how many youth offender panels each of the youth offending teams has participated to date.

      Elections: Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 8 February 2005 (WA107), what was the outcome of their consideration of the use of the electoral register by local...

      EU: Financial Penalties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Government departments other than the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have incurred European Union financial penalties since 1993; what...

      EU: Regional Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 11 December 2007 (WA 30), what was the underspend in the Objective 2 regional programmes in 2007 in each...

      EU: Structural and Cohesion Funds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What administration costs were incurred by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the European structural and cohesion funds for the last...

      Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce primary or secondary legislation regarding deactivated firearms; and, if secondary, how it will be achieved.

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has to visit the United States; when any such visit will take place; and for what purpose.

      Immigration: Temporary Residency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a central register of people who have been given temporary residency in the United Kingdom; if so, how many people are currently on such a...

      Local Government: Efficiency Savings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For how many successive years they are requiring local authorities to find 3 per cent cash efficiency savings; and for how many years they expect local authorities...

      Lottery: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which projects have benefited from Lottery funding in each district and unitary authority in Lancashire in each of the past three years and the current year; which...

      Official Visits: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the purpose of the visits by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to the United States; who the Secretary of State met; what Northern Ireland...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken in Northern Ireland to identify prisoners, including those on remand, who are vulnerable to self-harm or suicide; whether they are...

      Prisons: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 14 January (WA 241) concerning Christmas leave for prisoners in Northern Ireland, who the two prisoners who...

      Railways: East Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with Network Rail and National Express East Coast whether further car parking provision is required for passengers on the East Coast Main...

      Railways: Electrification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 11 December 2007 (WA 29), in view of the long-term nature of a railway electrification process, what...

      Railways: Woodhead Tunnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the Woodhead Tunnel is maintained in such a way that it could be reopened as part of any future expansion of the passenger and...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of (a) the British Hallmarking Council; (b) the Coal Authority; (c) the Compensation Commission; (d) the Office of Communications; and (e) the Office of...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of (a) the Football Licensing Authority; (b) the Gambling Commission; and (c) the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, how many...

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many criminal prosecutions were brought by the Information Commissioner for each of the last three years for which figures are available; and, of those cases,...

      Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL]

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the letter from Lord Jones of Birmingham to Lord Berkeley dated 18 December 2007 regarding the Second Reading of the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill...

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which police forces have made use of restorative justice interventions for young offenders; and in how many cases.

      Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding and measures are in place to promote the use of restorative justice in children's residential homes.

      Roads: A1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set up an inquiry to examine whether delays in traffic on the A1 road, due to road works to the north of Grantham, could have been avoided by...

      Roads: Litter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the arrangements for the Highways Agency to monitor the amount of litter along motorways and trunk roads in the United Kingdom when the responsibility for...

      Schools: Free Meals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many schoolchildren were in receipt of free school meals in 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005.

      Vehicles: Electric Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to ensure that all public buildings have facilities to recharge electrical powered vehicles.

      Young People: Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children under 15 were in custody in (a) young offender institutions; (b) secure children's homes; (c) secure training centres; and (d) private prisons on...

      Young People: Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of young people under the age of 18 who are in custody receive individual therapy, counselling or support for drugs-related problems.

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