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Written answers

Thursday, 31 January 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • 10 Downing Street: Archives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the Civil Service grade is of the person responsible for decisions on what to archive from the No 10 Press Office; (2) what his...

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what considerations the Families at Risk Review gave to measures to combat violence against women; (2) what meetings he has held since 27...

      Departmental ICT: Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff working in the Cabinet Office were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many people in his Office earned over £100,000 in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those...

      Departmental Records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 826W, on departmental records: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, what the...

      Emergency Services: Call Centres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many emergency services call centre staff are on Civil Service pay grade AA, broken down by emergency service, including coastguard; (2)...

      Higher Civil Servants: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the Senior Civil Service staff employed at No 10 Downing Street are female; and what percentage they represent of all staff.

      Ministerial Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost to the public purse of Ministerial allowances was (a) in total and (b) in each Government department in each of the last 10 years.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings the Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron), has had with trades unions since...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

    • EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost of a referendum on the Lisbon treaty; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaza: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on civilians of the closure of Gaza's electricity generating capacity on 20 January...

      Gaza: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on easing the severe shortages of fuel in Gaza.

      Kenya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government recognise the Government of Mr Kibaki as the Government of Kenya; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the mechanisms in place to co-ordinate the efforts of UNAMID, civilian police, the military,...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made to its international partners on communicating and raising public awareness of the mandate...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the co-ordination of civilian protection in Darfur since UNMIS withdrew from...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards the designation of an agency to replace UNMIS as leading the co-ordination of civilian...

      Visas: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas for entry into the United Kingdom were issued by each issuing post in each of the last five years for which...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

    • Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those...

  • Home Department

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of crimes which involve bogus callers.

    • Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of each category of crime was cleared up by police in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to make immigration law easier to understand.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to educate people about the identity risks they face when providing personal information to social...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents involving bladed weapons were reported in the last year for which figures are available; (2) how many incidents...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer Question 162360, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on benefit claimants.

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) injured and (b) killed in (i) knife-related, (ii) firearms-related and (iii) other incidents in each of...

      Sweden

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what official meetings the hon. Member for Gedling (Mr. Coaker) held during his recent visit to Sweden.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Adult Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the budget for adult education provision, excluding basic literacy and numeracy, has been in each of the last five years.

    • Departments: Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills with reference to the answer of 12 July 2007, Official Report, column 1619-20W, on Departments: committees, if he will place...

      Education: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what courses are offered to offenders serving custodial sentences.

      Graduates: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he plans to take to minimise debt among young graduates from poor backgrounds.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many educational facilities were awarded university status in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many educational establishments had their university status removed in each year since 1997.

      Vocational Training: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what cost-benefit assessment has been made of Train to Gain; (2) what cost-benefit assessment has been made of skills...

  • Women and Equality

    • Females: Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Minister for Women what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on alternatives to imprisonment for women.

  • Olympics

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff of the Government Olympics Executive were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001;...

    • Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will place in the Library the latest copy of the Olympic Delivery Authority's (a) register of interests and (b) register of gifts and hospitality.

      Olympic Games 2012: Housing

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many local authority tenants will be displaced from their housing as a result of the 2012 Olympics; how their housing needs will be met; and if she will...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each of the last 10 years.

    • Departmental Information Officers

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

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to...

      Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the cost was of running the Scottish Parliamentary Elections of (a) 1999, (b) 2003 and (c) 2007.

      Scottish Parliament: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what fees were paid to DRS Data and Research Services plc to administer the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary Election.

  • Wales

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the Government Estate programme to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions...

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate or (b) in some of its buildings.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent tour intervals were of each regiment in the (a) Household Cavalry, (b) Royal Armoured Corps and (c) the Royal Logistic Corps.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to receive the 2008 report on armed forces pay from the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body; and when he expects to publish the report.

      Departmental Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1225, on MOD (data loss), when and by what means his Department informed (a) the...

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 885W, on Iraq: detainees, what the Government's policy is on recording (a) requests...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate the circumstances in which the 1972 direction on the use of hooding, referred to in paragraph 19 of the Aitken report on Cases of...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future maintenance of the UK armed forces helicopter fleet.

      Nuclear Weapons: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current annual operating cost is of the UK's nuclear warhead programme.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his official engagements were between 11 December 2007 and 13 January 2008.

      Olympic Games 2012: Aldershot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will pay for the (a) guarding, (b) security and (c) administration of the British Olympic team at Aldershot barracks; and what the estimated cost is.

      Trident: Operating Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current annual operating cost is of the Trident submarine fleet and missiles.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he will list the warship launchings or other naming ceremonies which have taken place since May 1997; and which Ministers represented the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC's Delivering Creative Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of whether the BBC's Delivering Creative Future programme will enable the BBC to meet its public service...

    • Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of households in each regional television area have digital television receiving equipment.

      ITV: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with ITV on its provision of news and current affairs programmes for Wales.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much held by each of the national lottery distribution bodies has not been drawn down as at the most recent date for which figures...

      National Lottery: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding will be allocated to (a) the 2012 London Olympics and (b) the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games over the next...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements there are to refund the TV licence fee when people lose their television signals for more than a year.

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment his Department has made of the level of public awareness and recognition of (a) the television licence fee and...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will change the name of the television licensing fee to the BBC licensing fee.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms his Department has in place to ensure the continuity of local education authority services provided to children...

    • Learning Disability: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the roll in each moderate learning difficulty school in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parenting orders have been issued in each region in each year since 2004.

      Special Educational Needs: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children with statements of special needs attended mainstream secondary schools in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Special Educational Needs: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Essex received statements of special needs in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department's agencies spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in each year since 1997.

    • Cycling: Norfolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of cycling track have been developed in each of the last five years in (a) Norfolk and (b) Norwich.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what minimum demonstrable security standards are required by her Department of an outside organisation before it is allowed to handle personal information.

      Departmental E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of emails printed by officials in her Department.

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Emergency Services: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents have occurred involving blue light vehicles from the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the...

      Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds in the form of (a) revenue payments, (b) capital grants and (c) supported borrowing for which her Department is responsible have been...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 4 December 2007 on heavy lorries on country...

      Merseytravel: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding per head of population was allocated to Merseytravel in each year since 1993, expressed in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were impounded and destroyed for failure to pay vehicle excise duty in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland...

      Rail Passengers Council Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response she has made to the recommendations of the Rail Passengers Council Report, March 2005, on the deployment of class 450 rolling stock on...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend and fund national concessionary travel schemes to (a) rail services and (b) London underground.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road-widening schemes have been approved by the Highways Agency in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each completed scheme was.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many major new road schemes have been approved by the Highways Agency in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each completed scheme was.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the demand for additional carriages to be added to Virgin Pendolino trains on the West Coast mainline route; and if she...

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of speed cameras is expected to be (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in 2007-08.

      Speed Limits: Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methodology she uses to estimate the number of lives saved by the siting of speed cameras.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, columns 570-1W, on departmental public expenditure, what percentage of annual...

    • Health and Safety Executive: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incidents and (b) complaints were (i) reported and (ii) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last four...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of those people claiming incapacity benefit at the most recent date are expected to (a) die and (b) reach state retirement age in...

      Incapacity Benefit: Leicestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming incapacity benefit in Leicestershire on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women were incapacity benefit claimants in Newcastle upon Tyne in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will accept and implement the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council recommendations that those who have worked at screens on the surface...

      Job Creation: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new jobs were created in Bexley in each of the last four years.

      Job Creation: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new jobs were created in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in each of the last four years.

      National Insurance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many temporary national insurance numbers have been issued to non-EU nationals in each year since 1997; and if he will give a breakdown by...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were on a New Deal programme on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income of pensioners in each London borough was in each quarter of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensioners: Barnsley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average value of benefits provided by the state was to a (a) single pensioner and (b) pensioner couple in Barnsley, East and...

      Pensioners: Paisley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average value of benefits in kind provided by the state to (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples in Paisley and...

      Pensions Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what regulations have been made under sections (a) 257 and (b) 258 of the Pensions Act 2004.

      Performance Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1381W, on performance appraisals, what standards of (a) behaviour and (b)...

      Performance Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1381W, on performance appraisals, how many and what percentage of staff in...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services.

      Social Security Benefits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which Jobcentre Plus offices offer Better Off Calculations; and if he will make a statement; (2) in which circumstances repeat Better...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants were prosecuted for falsely declaring income in each year since 1997, broken down by type of benefit.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much he has made available to the Environment Agency as flood defence grant-in-aid; and if he will make a statement.

    • Pig Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to protect the welfare of pigs.

      Grain Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes have taken place in the average income of grain farmers in each of the last two years.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Japan on whaling in the Southern ocean.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Japanese Government on whaling.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the provision of cross-sectoral support to reduce waste and...

      Coastal Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Natural England on public access to coastal areas.

      Food Production: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that food sold in England meets domestic standards of animal welfare in its production.

      Flooding: Emergency Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the emergency planning arrangements applicable in circumstances of major flooding.

      Nitrate-vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely economic impact on farmers of the introduction of nitrate-vulnerable zones; and if...

      Food Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the environmental impacts of food production and consumption research...

      Bird Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of schedule 4 registration of birds under the Wildlife and Countryside...

      Food Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration he has given to the regulation of farm to retail price spreads, with particular reference to...

      Shetland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of the European Commission's recent ruling on Shetland Islands Council and...

      Flood Defences: Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the flood defence budget for 2008-09.

      Animal Welfare: Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with Compassion in World Farming on the welfare of calves exported to Europe to be reared for veal.

      Animals: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what notifiable animal disease outbreaks have occurred in each of the last 10 years; and what the estimated cost to (a) the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to review the presentation of the statistics of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle to...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure the UK is able to adapt to climate change.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each...

      Dogs: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the scientific basis is for dogs arriving in the United Kingdom from areas to which the pet passport scheme does not...

      Landfill: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effect of landfill sites on the health and well-being of nearby residents.

      New Forest Verderers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, columns 2305-6W, on New Forest Verderers, for what reason...

      Scrapie: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made towards its public service agreement target of a reduction of 40 per cent. in the...

      Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information is made available by his Department for pig farmers on the prevention of swine fever.

      Swine Fever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of (a) classical swine fever and (b) African swine fever to the UK pork farming...

      Swine Fever: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the cause of the outbreak of classical swine fever in East Anglia in 2000.

      Swine Fever: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the merits of putting operational arrangements in place to implement an emergency...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1393-94W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, if he...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the planned timetable is for the (a) running and (b) evaluation of waste charging pilots.

      Waste Information Services Ltd: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column1498W, on Waste Information Services Ltd: finance, for...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) representatives of foreign Governments on (i)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings officials from his Office have had with BAA on (a) Crossrail and (b) expansion of Heathrow Airport since June 2007; if he will place in the Library a...

    • Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Prime Minister when officials in his Office were first shown a draft of the "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport" public consultation document; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Compensation: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to recompense miners for the mishandling of their compensation claims as set out in the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner's report...

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates, in chronological order, the inquests into the deaths of (a) Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, (b) Corporal Russell Aston, (c) Corporal...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice upon what dates, in chronological order, the coroner's inquests upon the deaths of (a) Lance Corporal Barry Stephen, (b) Trooper David Jeffrey Clarke,...

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average distance was between the place of custody of (a) male prisoners, (b) female prisoners and (c) young offenders and recorded home...

      Democratic Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) terms of reference and (b) timescale he is proposing for a Speakers Conference on democratic engagement.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the report of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on voter...

      Judiciary: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about the judiciary were received by his Department and its predecessors in each of the last five years.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how prison and probation service property is defined; and what the value of that property is.

      National Offender Management Service: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what annual cost of depreciation is used for accounting purposes at the National Offender Management Service (NOMS); what formula is used to calculate...

      Offenders: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individual offender records of individuals in prison or on probation were held on electronic databases in each of the last six years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many new prison places he plans to provide in 2008; in which prison each new place will be located; what type of structure each cell will be;...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) assessment he has made of, and (b) research he has commissioned into, the relative performance of larger and smaller prisons.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of new prison places that will become available for use between 25 January 2008 and (a) 31 July 2008 and (b) 1...

      Prisoners Transfers: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of transferring prisoners (a) from one prison to another and (b) to and from court was in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Prisons: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what redundant military facilities he is considering for conversion into prison accommodation.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of resources to the Probation Service in relation to its caseload.

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of rape in each of the last three years received (a) a determinate prison sentence, (b) a life sentence, (c) an...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was paid by her Department and its predecessor to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since...

    • Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the regional inter-faith forums will be based on the Government Office for the Regions boundaries.

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual budget is for the regional inter-faith forums.

      Council Tax: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 116W, on...

      Council Tax: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 540W, on council...

      Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many shared services are operated by her Department; and what the timetable is for the implementation of new shared services...

      Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of emails printed by officials in her Department.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1525W, on departmental marketing, for how long display...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what weight of paper her Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received on Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service funding for 2008-09.

      Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the impact of the proposed grant settlement for Devon and Somerset Fire Service for 2008-09 on fire service...

      Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess the impact of changes to fire-fighters' pensions on Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service as compared to...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research the Audit Commission (a) has undertaken and (b) is planning to undertake into the accuracy of the electoral register.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the business case for FireControl.

      Fire Services: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the original projected cost was of the East of England regional fire control centre; and what the most recent projected cost is.

      Fire Services: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when work was originally planned to start on the East of England regional fire control centre; when she now expects work to (a)...

      Fire Services: Eastern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date the site of the proposed East of England Regional Fire Control Centre was purchased; from whom it was purchased;...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will compensate fire authorities under the new burdens principle for Firelink service charges.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many firefighters retired through ill health and were entitled to ill health retirement and a pension in each of the 10...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who is responsible for auditing the expenditure (a) in the six area trial for home information packs (HIPs) and (b) the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the use of home information packs by estate agents in England since inception.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the deadlines are for marketing homes without a home information pack, in relation to (a) four or more bedroom homes, (b)...

      Home Information Packs: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration has been given to requiring the inclusion of information on risk of flooding in home information packs.

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to receive the results of the Ipsos MORI independent evaluation of the home information pack trial.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what ability the proposed new Homes and Communities Agency will have to make decisions on (a) housing and (b) planning over...

      Housing: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to increase competition in the market for property purchase local searches.

      Housing: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of qualified (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic energy assessors in (i) Rochford...

      Housing: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) right-to-buy receipts, (b) transfer receipts and (c) other housing receipts were (i) paid to the...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the equivalent notional APR is of interest charged to a HomeBuyer under the 32.5 per cent. open market HomeBuy scheme when...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the role of HomeBuy agents in marketing housing schemes for first...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed social HomeBuy sales there have been to date among (a) housing associations and (b) local authorities.

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role regional Ministers will play in deciding applications for housing growth points; who will make the final decision on...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under the proposed changes to the Planning Policy Statement on Climate Change whether a demonstration that reaching the target...

      Housing: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of off-site in relation to the provision of energy from renewable sources for new...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the administration budget was for (a) Social HomeBuy, (b) New Build HomeBuy, (c) Open Market HomeBuy and (d) the...

      Local Government: Consent Regimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the consent regimes for local authorities that are overseen by the government offices for the regions....

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether transitional relief will be applied to the rates levied through (a) supplementary business rates and (b) business...

      Parish Councils: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 553W, on parish...

      Planning Permission: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to planning inspectors on the account to be taken of flood risk in planning appeals in the last six...

      Planning Permission: Opencast Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to mineral planning guidance on opencast coal mining since 1997.

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether under proposed changes to the Merton Rule in the new Planning Policy Statement on Climate Change, the developer would...

      Regional Planning and Development: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the additional infrastructure support funding announced on 5 December 2007 will be allocated to (a) designated new growth...

      Simplification Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has produced a simplification plan.

      Tattooing: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what account is taken of the competency of the practitioner in local authority licensing of the providers of tattoos and...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) public authorities, (b) public corporations and (c) partnership bodies are involved in the Thames Gateway development.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local planning authorities will have over the selection and approval of eco-town development sites.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes must be provided for in each eco-town bid.

      Veolia Environmental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what private finance initiative contracts her Department and its predecessor authorised with (a) Veolia Environmental Services...

      Veolia Environmental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings (a) civil servants and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with (a) Veolia Environmental Services and (b)...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the local authority eligibility criteria are for working neighbourhood funding.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities which were in receipt of neighbourhood renewal funding will not receive working neighbourhood funding.

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund: South-West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority areas are eligible for the Working Neighbourhood Fund in the South West region.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the transfer of blue light accident and emergency from Burnley General to Blackburn Royal Infirmary on...

    • Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust: Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scanners there are in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust; and how this level of provision compares to that in other NHS trust...

      Benzodiazepines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons benzodiazepines are not included in the treatment outcomes profile monitoring questionnaire.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage more women to accept their breast screening appointment invitations.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women entitled to screening attended their appointment for breast cancer screening in each of the last three years, broken down by...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how an activity based system for funding screening services, as outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy, will operate.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women attended their appointment for cervical cancer screening in each of the last three years, broken down by primary care trust.

      Chlamydia: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to address the difference in numbers of men and numbers of women being screened for chlamydia.

      Clostridium: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department's screening programme for clostridium difficile on admission to hospital will begin; and what budgetary provision he has made for the...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental surgeries in England closed permanently in each of the last 10 years.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the adult population saw an NHS dentist in each strategic health authority area in the 24 month period preceding 31 March 2001.

      Dental Services: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Colchester constituency and (b) Essex are awaiting registration with an NHS dentist; and if he will make a statement.

      Dental Services: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Staffordshire are awaiting registration with an NHS dentist; and if he will make a statement.

      Dentistry: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1004W, on dentistry: manpower, how many orthodontists were available to the acute...

      Dentistry: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pension entitlements are provided to NHS (a) dentists and (b) dental nurses.

      Diabetes: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had a diagnosis of diabetes in (a) Romford, (b) Greater London and (c) Essex (i) in the latest period for which figures are available...

      Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pilot projects there are of individual budgets for older people.

      General Practitioners: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will hold an inquiry into all circumstances relating to the building of the Bluebell Surgery at Highwoods, Colchester to establish (a) the reasons...

      General Practitioners: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are practising in Tamworth constituency.

      Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money his Department has provided to Gloucestershire primary care trust for palliative care in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department intends to issue guidance on the duty for primary care trusts and local authorities to undertake a joint strategic needs assessment.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish new good practice guidelines on care planning, including support for self care; whether his Department intends to...

      Healthy Living Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the healthy living centres established as part of the New Opportunities Fund Healthy Living Centres programme remain in operation, broken down...

      Hearing Aids: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were (a) assessed for and (b) provided with a hearing aid in each London primary care trust in the last year for which figures are available.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent inappropriate discharges of patients into the community by (a) trust and (b) foundation hospitals; and if he will...

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints his Department received on mixed-sex accommodation in hospitals in each of the last 12 months.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cleanliness of hospitals contracted to South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measurements will be used to assess the effectiveness of the deep cleaning of hospitals in England.

      Hospitals: Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to receive the recommendations of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel on hospitals in West Suffolk.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on the routine screening of NHS staff for (a) MRSA infection and (b) clostridium difficile; (2) how many cases of...

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related emergency admissions to hospitals in the Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust area there were in each year since 1997,...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many newly trained junior doctors have been employed in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the last 12 months.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will define the range of conditions covered by the term learning difficulties as used in the Valuing People Now document; and if he will make...

      Lighting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of whether energy efficient light bulbs cause migraines.

      Lipid Modification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish new guidance on lipid modification.

      Lorazepam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many companies are licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to manufacture or sell the drug Lorazepam or Ativan.

      Maternity Matters Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the early adopter sites under the Maternity Matters strategy are.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Healthcare Commission to publish the report of its review of maternity services.

      MRSA: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients died as a result of (a) MRSA and (b) C. difficile in each year since 1997.

      MRSA: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile there are at (i) Barnet hospital, (ii) Royal Free hospital and (iii) Northwick Park; how many...

      NHS Chiropody Services

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

      NHS: Complaints

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

      NHS: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescribing advisers were employed in the NHS in England in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available, broken down by...

      NHS: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what statutory provisions he proposes to make regulations to give himself powers to suspend the chairmen and non-executive directors of NHS trusts...

      NHS: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the screening programme for (a) heart disease, (b) stroke, (c) diabetes, (d) kidney disease and (e) aortic aneurysm will be operational in all...

      Nurses: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary is of a (a) band 5 nurse working on a cancer ward and (b) cancer clinical nurse specialist; and how much it cost on average to...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1192-3W, on obesity, how many children of each age were treated in each of the...

      Patient Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 65 were assessed as having significant or urgent personal care needs in each year since 2001; and what the cost to the...

      Perinatal Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the rate of stillbirths; (2) when he expects to reply to question 173927, tabled by the hon. Member...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new nursing staff were employed in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each year since 1997.

      Plastic Surgery: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on the licensing of the provision of botox treatments.

      Pregnancy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the antenatal (i) services and (ii) procedures provided to pregnant women in different...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for liver transplant operations in each primary care trust in (a) Essex and (b) the Greater London area is in 2007-08; and...

      Primary Care Trusts: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by primary care trusts on interpreters in each year since 2001.

      Queens Hospital Romford: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources will be allocated to Queen's hospital, Romford under the Government's recent announcement of extra staff to tackle hospital...

      Regional Development Agencies

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

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the time taken to produce National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on smoking cessation techniques; and if...

      Tattooing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to establish a system of registration for tattooing and piercing facilities; (2) what assessment his Department has...

      Transplant Surgery: Kidneys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for kidney transplant operations in (a) Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust and (b) London NHS trusts.

      York Hospitals NHS Trust: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent (a) medical consultants, (b) other medical staff, (c) nurses, (d) other professional staff, (e) administrative and...

      York Hospitals NHS Trust: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum waiting time for (i) in-patient and (ii) day case admissions was at York hospitals NHS trust in the quarter ending...

  • International Development

    • Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made on achieving the targets outlined in the Millennium Development Goals; and if he will make a statement.

    • China: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much development aid his Department will provide to China in each of the next three years.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of freedom of information requests received by his Department have given rise to responses that have been published by...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each year since its establishment.

      Developing Countries: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote infrastructure development in the developing world.

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) reliability of genetic use restriction technologies as a biosafety tool.

      HIV/AIDS Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on efforts to address HIV/AIDS.

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that the rights and needs of children affected by AIDS are a priority in the revision of the...

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to support national governments to ensure the provision of co-trimoxazole to all HIV-exposed children as a...

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to support national governments to deliver comprehensive and integrated prevention of mother-to-children...

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department plans to ensure the development of infant diagnostics for HIV, adaptable to resource-limited settings; and how this...

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the Government plans to meet the commitment made by G8 leaders at Heiligendamm to contribute substantially to (a) the estimated US...

      HIV Infection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is working with civil society organisations to develop and implement a system to track HIV and AIDS resources to...

      Jordan: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make it his policy to offer Jordan assistance with improving animal welfare; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 3 December 2007 about British-based mining companies.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the Minister of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire dated 20 December 2007 on fair trade...

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the multi donor trust funds to Sudan on health service provision in South Sudan.

  • Treasury

    • Adjudicator's Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of the Adjudicator's Office was for the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths where the underlying cause was alcohol-related were recorded in the London Borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions data from the child benefit database have been copied to a data disc in the last 12 months.

      Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many dependent children living with (a) married couples and (b) single mothers there were in households in the UK in the second quarter of each year...

      Conditions of Employment: Parking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made by his investigation into whether employees' parking spaces should be considered as a benefit in kind for taxation purposes.

      Construction Industry Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many construction companies have been fined for the late returns of their construction industry scheme contractor monthly returns; and how many...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what records the Valuation Office Agency collects on conservatories and their floor-area for the purposes of council tax valuations and revaluations.

      Customs Officers: Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vacancies for customs officers there are in HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was.

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ofgem on the regulatory response to recent changes in the cost of energy for domestic use; and if he will make a...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 17 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Mr. Abdul Rashid.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the economic contribution of migrants to the UK economy by (a) economic sector and (b) age cohort in each of the last five years.

      Natural England: Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has access to Natural England's MAGIC database.

      Northern Rock: Nationalisation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of nationalising Northern Rock.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monetary value was assigned to (a) each of the ministerial residences in Admiralty House and (b) the Government House in Pimlico in the most recent...

      Passengers: Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) at which points of entry interviews are conducted as part of the international passenger survey; (2) what percentage of inbound (a) flights, (b)...

      Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency's membership of the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard cost in the most recent financial year for...

      Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use the Valuation Office Agency is planning to make of the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard in relation to (a) the transfer of...

      Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard XML schema includes provision for the inclusion of the Valuation Office Agency's unique...

      Public Bodies: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's most recent edition of its guidance on regularity and propriety in force for public authorities...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government Actuary's Department has completed reviews of or reports into the pension schemes in (a) the NHS, (b) the police force, (c) local...

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs has designated an official as responsible for data security; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the revenue received from customers telephoning on telephone numbers beginning 08 by HM Revenue and Customs in the last...

      Revenue and Customs: Welshpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down by subheading the effect on costs of the restructuring of the Welshpool HM Revenue and Customs office; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Welshpool

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the staff in the HM Revenue and Customs office in Welshpool to be informed of the future status of and plans for that office; and if he will...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 906W, on stamp duties, how many homes claimed the tax relief for zero carbon homes from...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals were identified as having intentionally failed to comply with tax regulations in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credit Office: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual administrative costs of the Tax Credit Office were for the most recent period for which figures are available; and what proportion of...

      Tax Relief: Exercise

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider bringing forward proposals for introducing tax relief on gym membership for the clinically obese.

      Taxation: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the annual revenue has been from (a) duty on alcohol and (b) VAT on sales of alcohol in the last five reported years; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Construction

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies in the construction sector have been fined since the introduction of the new construction industry scheme for wrongly stating the...

      Unemployment: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many workless households there were in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London Borough of Bexley in each year since 1997.

      Valuation Office: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to which periodicals (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs subscribed in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 509W, on Valuation Office: Rightmove, if he will make it his policy not to extend the...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the data that the Valuation Office Agency collects from Rightmove.co.uk using the market comparable reporting tool include data derived from the...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of families were (a) eligible for and (b) claiming (i) working tax credit and (ii) child tax credit in the latest period for...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Devon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in North Devon were in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit in each year since 1997.

      Welfare Tax Credits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1236W, on welfare tax credits: EU nationals, whether he plans to collect this data in...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of fraud arising from tax credit claimants claiming to be living alone when living as part of a couple.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost of recovering overpayments of tax credits.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many calls were handled by the tax credits helpline in each year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on advertising the tax credits helpline in each year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints about the tax credits helpline were received in each year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training is given to staff working on the Tax Credits Helpline; and how many full working days of training staff must undertake before handling calls...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the training budget is for the Tax Credits Helpline in each year of the 2007 Spending Review period.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what has been the total cost of training staff working on the Tax Credits Helpline in each year for which figures are available.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Food Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the recent request by the government of Afghanistan to the United Nations World Food Programme to increase its food aid from the...

    • Agriculture: Cattle

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 10 December 2007 (WA 1), whether the results of the research into inherited traits affecting susceptibility to...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Bolivian nationals have applied for British citizenship in the last two years; of those, how many applications were (a) accepted, and (b) refused; and on...

      Children: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to lift the children of asylum seekers out of poverty.

      Czech Republic: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made, been associated with or are considering any representations to the Czech Republic about the use of cage beds in care homes there for...

      Demonstrations: Filming

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 December 2007 (Official Report, col. WA 56), how many individuals working for the media have been...

      Department for International Development: Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of personnel serving in the Department for International Development.

      Economic Partnership Agreements: ACP Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries unable to meet the deadline to agree Economic Partnership Agreements or...

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost of the Electoral Commission in each year since it was established.

      Families: Youth Inclusion Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding there is to promote the use of family group conferences to enhance the effectiveness of youth inclusion support panels.

      Gershon Review: Home Office

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

      House of Lords: 1 and 2 Millbank

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What is the total cost of the work on 1 and 2 Millbank; and how much of that is in respect of accommodation in 2 Millbank currently occupied by the House of...

      Immigration: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the order of priority of the Border and Immigration Agency in pursuing the deportation of (a) foreign national prisoners; (b) visa overstayers; and (c)...

      Immigration: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the formation of the Border and Immigration Agency, how many (a) foreign national prisoners with sentences of less than one year; (b) foreign national...

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to stop illegal immigrants entering the United Kingdom through its land borders.

      Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Northern Ireland Office Autumn Performance Report 2007 (CM7285) refers on page 39 to the "Good Friday Agreement"; whether that is a title used in other...

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether an adult may request the deletion of bioinformation stored in connection with an offence with which he or she was connected as a minor.

      Railways: Electrification

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

      Scotland: Constitutional Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the Scottish constitutional commission announced by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Des Browne, on 15 January; and Whether...

      Shipping: Irish Lights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 11 December 2007 (WA 46), whether officials of the Northern Lighthouse Board have been included in the...

      Surveillance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 440,000 personal communications surveillance authorisations recorded between June 2005 and March 2006 led directly to convictions.

      Teaching: Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average AS-level attainment of those commencing (a) a Bachelor of Education degree course; and (b) a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. [HL1494 ]...

      Young People: Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of young people aged (a) 16 to 18, and (b) 19 to 21 find paid employment within six months of leaving custody; and what schemes are in place to...

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