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Written answers

Monday, 4 February 2008

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the bid book estimate is for construction of (a) the broadcast/media centre and (b) the athletes village for the London 2012 Olympics.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Disabled

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with the Olympic Delivery Authority on the accessibility of the Olympic Village for people with disabilities; and if she will...

      Olympic Games 2012: Disabled

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many residences in the Olympic Village will be accessible to disabled people.

      Olympic Games 2012: Land

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what legal arrangements have been made for the sale of surplus land after the 2012 Olympics to pay back moneys taken from the Lottery; and if she will make a...

  • Leader of the House

    • Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by her Office in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost to the public...

  • Women and Equality

    • Crimes of Violence: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what meetings she has held since 27 June 2007 with representatives of (a) rape crisis centres, (b) women's refuges, (c) sexual assault referral...

    • Prostitution

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what meetings (a) she and (b) the deputy Minister for Women and Equality has had with Ministerial colleagues on the Government's policy on...

  • Prime Minister

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister which British business leaders accompanied him on his recent visit to China and India; on what basis they were invited; what bilateral business agreements were made...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the special advisers employed in his Office since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was in each case.

      Departmental Responsibilities: Floods

      To ask the Prime Minister what progress has been made in giving one Government Department responsibility for all flooding matters.

      Energy

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he met representatives of (a) Npower, (b) EDF, (c) Powergen, (d) British Energy, (e) Scottish Power and (f) Scottish and Southern Energy in each of...

      National Security Strategy

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the reasons were for the decision to change the publication of the National Security Strategy from its announced publication date of autumn 2007; (2) when he...

  • Wales

    • Suicide: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent meetings have been held with National Assembly for Wales Government Ministers to discuss the number of male suicides in Wales.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) press and (b) communications officers the House of Commons Commission employed in each of the...

    • Information Officers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the Commission paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to promote the safety of his Department's employees operating in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and if he will...

    • Afghanistan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK staff his Department employs in each country overseas.

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Developing Countries: Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the World Trade Organisation on the Doha trade round; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department took to mark the suffering of the victims of the (a) Holocaust and (b) recent genocides on Holocaust...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role his Department has played in drafting the National Security Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Vietnam: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the continuing effects of the chemical warfare in Vietnam; and what plans he has for assistance to the...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1498-99W, on water supply, if he will formally recognise the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Capita

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

    • Crime Prevention: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Community Safety Unit will complete and publish its evaluation of the Proposals for the Safety of Older People document.

      Crime: Belfast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have been charged in connection with the incident in which two young men were publicly paraded with placards on the Shankill...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland 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)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 340W, on Afghanistan: detainees, how many detainees have...

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, column 340W, on Afghanistan: detainees, whether the UK's...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK staff are serving in diplomatic posts in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and what plans there are for UK staff...

      Afghanistan: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has received representations from (a) human rights organisations and (b) International Security...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British Council offices and facilities were closed (a) permanently and (b) temporarily (i) as a result of pressure from...

      Children: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to sign the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; and...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is on course to meet the commitment in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets to...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the Government Estate to reverse the then upward trend in...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system for (a) its whole estate and...

      EC Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the likely annual cost to the UK of the external action service as proposed in the Lisbon Treaty.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what checks his Department plans to make on companies and organisations tendering for contracts to administer visa application...

      Entry Clearances: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost to the public purse of processing visa application checks at embassies and consulates was in the last...

      European Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the annual UK contribution was towards maintaining, staffing and operating the representative offices of the European...

      European Commission: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals worked in representative offices of the European Commission in (a) EU capitals, (b) non-EU capitals...

      Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of bullying have been reported in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months.

      Iran: Oppression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian Government on its practice of holding peaceful dissenters in detention without...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will raise with the Iranian government the cases of Miss Haleh Roohi, Mr. Sasan Taqva and Miss Raha Sabet who...

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the issue of freedom of religious conscience in Iran with his counterpart in the Iranian government; and if he...

      Iran: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the religious freedom of the minority Báha'í community in Iran.

      Israel: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Government of Israel about the denial of travel authorisation to...

      Israel: Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip in halting rocket attacks on Israeli...

      Kenya: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to help protect United Kingdom passport holders working as missionaries in Kenya.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the legal basis for the deployment of the EU's civilian mission to Kosovo.

      Kosovo: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the final decision on the (a) date and (b) modalities of the EU mission for Kosovo will be made; and if he will make a...

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role his Department has played in drafting the National Security Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what co-ordination the Government is undertaking with the governments of (a) Pakistan and (b) Iran on anti-narcotics policies.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens were (a) injured and (b) killed abroad as a result of terrorist activity in each of the last 10 years,...

      Treaties: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is of the Oslo and UN Convention on Conventional Weapons organisations for the removal of all cluster...

      Treaties: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives the Government plans to undertake to ensure the commencement of negotiations on a fissile material cut-off...

      UK Visas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget of UK Visas was in 2006-07; and how these resources were allocated by main budget heading.

      UK Visas: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long the UKvisas telephone service has been suspended.

      UK Visas: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether alternative provision has been made to assist visa applicants following the suspension of the UKvisas telephone service.

      UK Visas: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to reinstate the UKvisas telephone service.

      UN Resolutions: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1720W, on UN resolutions: frontiers, how many further...

      Vasily Aleksanyan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Russian government on the medical treatment of Vasily Aleksanyan; and if he will make a...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Active Places Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) total hits and (b) unique visitors the active places website had in each of the last three years.

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to introduce free weeks for dance, music and theatrical performances at publicly-funded entertainment venues in...

      Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation was held about the criteria being used by the Arts Council to make funding reductions to certain organisations; when a...

      Betting: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many fixed-odds betting terminals there are in use; and how much tax revenue was generated by such machines in each of the last...

      Broadcasting: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the merits of audio description on television programmes for people with a visual impairment; and if he...

      Broadcasting: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will ( a) take steps to ensure broadcasters are aware of the benefits of audio description to viewers with a visual impairment and...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the government estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether personal data for which his Department is responsible is (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what audits his Department and its agencies have carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many ministerial residences were available to his Department's Ministers in each of the last 10 years.

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations he has received on establishing a television channel to provide information on the digital switchover.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Visually Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will ensure that the experience of people with a visual impairment is taken fully into account in the preparations for digital...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which English Heritage sites (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited since appointment; and on what dates.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to help community football clubs develop facilities and membership in West Lancashire; and if he...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to ensure that the gambling industry promotes responsible gambling in the last five years.

      Horserace Totaliser Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards the sale of the Tote; and if he will make a statement.

      Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds in the form of (a) revenue payments, (b) capital grants and (c) supported borrowing for which his Department is...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many cumulative impact areas, as defined in guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, there are in England and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 110W, on Members: correspondence, when he expect to reply...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals he has to invite members of the public to sit on the boards of publicly-funded museums, galleries and other arts...

      Planning Permission: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of playing fields of an area of less than 0.4 hectares in each year...

      Portable Antiquities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations his Department has received from (a) hon. Members, (b) members of the public and (c) others on the portable...

      Portable Antiquities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures are in place in relation to the Portable Antiquities Scheme to provide the advice on recording finds previously supplied...

      Publishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consideration he has given to Ofcom's proposal to establish a public service publisher.

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards his Department's public service agreement target to increase the take-up of cultural and sporting...

      Sports: Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 1402W, to the hon. Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin) on...

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers his Department has to ensure that TV Licensing carries out its duties to detect those not paying a television licence fee in...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the provisional 2006 productivity data for the tourism and leisure industry, referred to in his Department's Autumn...

      VisitBritain: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what VisitBritain's overseas advertising budget was in each year since 1997.

      VisitBritain: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding will be allocated to VisitBritain to encourage tourism associated with the 2012 London Olympic Games (a) in the UK and...

  • Transport

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to make a decision on the inspector's report on the Dishforth to Barton A1 motorway scheme; and when she expects the construction to start.

    • Airports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research her Department has commissioned on the economic consequences of building new (a) airports and (b) runways.

      Aviation: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of the proposed EU emissions trading scheme on regional airlines providing services to remote communities;...

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what average carbon emissions were per UK air passenger in each year since 1997.

      Aviation: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the safety of UK-based aircraft crews flying into Islamabad.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents there were involving cyclists in each constituency in England in each of the last five years.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her statement of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 624, on Department for Transport data storage, whether the data on the hard...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether plans are in place to change the regulations for the renewal of driving licences for people aged over 70 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journeys were taken on Eurostar by staff of her Department in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) business premier, (b)...

      Eurostar North Pole Depot: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding from the public purse has been provided for the former Eurostar North Pole depot in West London.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will publish the research informing the assumptions made on the fleet mix expected to be using Heathrow in 2020 in (a) the Project for...

      Heathrow Airport: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects households in wards in Putney who have not already done so to receive a copy of the consultation document, Adding Capacity at Heathrow...

      M40: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving (a) serious injuries and (b) fatalities took place on the M40 motorway between junctions 3 and 5 in each year since 2001...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress she has made in discussions with her EU counterparts on the Government's policy that motorists in the UK should not be required to use...

      Official Cars: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Government's ministerial car fleet are low sulphur vehicles.

      Railway Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on changing the names of London railway stations.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to encourage people to use rail transport; and if she will consider introducing financial incentives to encourage...

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to accept the recommendations of the Rail Passengers Council—The Right Train? report of March 2005 on the use of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents in England in 2006 involved drivers who were 17 years of age.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many traffic accidents there were involving (a) pedestrians and (b) road freight in each region in England in each of the last five years.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) traffic accidents and (b) traffic accidents involving road freight there were on the (i) M1, (ii) M2, (iii) M6, (iv) M20, (v) M25, (vi)...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will publish on the roads section of her Department's website a list of each of the road schemes approved and funded by her Department...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to allow non-cash payment methods for tolls levied on the M48 Severn Bridge; and if she will make a statement.

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact of charging tolls on vehicles travelling in both directions on the M48 Severn Bridge on the flow of (a)...

      Taxis: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons sections 32 to 36 of the Disability Discrimination Act (Taxi accessibility regulations) 1995 have not yet been brought into force.

      Transport: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage changes she anticipates in transport-related carbon dioxide emissions by (a) 2020 and (b) 2050 under Government plans.

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the average carbon dioxide emissions per person per journey from London to (a) Bristol, (b) Birmingham, (c)...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of the provision of laser eye surgery for personnel with visual defects to improve their operational...

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1580W, on armed forces: housing, by what date he expects (a) all, (b) 95 per cent....

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average pension paid to a soldier of each rank was on retirement from the armed forces in England in 2006-07.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name, (b) date and (c) location was of each EU military training exercise in which British military personnel have taken part since 2004;...

      DA Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many defence advisory notices were issued in each of the last four quarters.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

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

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is expected that the President of the European Council will convene and chair the meetings of the ATHENA Special Committee under the treaty of...

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) qualified majority voting, (b) unanimity and (c) another voting procedure is used when voting in the ATHENA Special Committee.

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK has spent on European Security and Defence Policy training exercises under the ATHENA mechanism since January 2004.

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the bank account used by the ATHENA Special Committee for EU military missions has ever been overdrawn; and if he will make a statement.

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) country of location was of the bank used by the ATHENA Special Committee for each EU military mission since 2004.

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on bank charges relating to payments from the UK's contribution to the ATHENA mechanism in each year since 2004; and if he will make a...

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the ATHENA mechanism common funding of EU military missions has been paid to NATO for use of NATO assets for EU (a) military missions and...

      Athena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether NATO member states who are not members of the EU providing troops and resources to an EU military mission which falls under the 2002 Berlin Plus...

      Individual Resettlement Training Costs Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's total expenditure was on the Individual Resettlement Training Costs Grant in each year since 2000-01.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what major combat units are operating in Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private contractors were employed by his Department in Iraq on 1 January 2008; how many were employed on 1 January in each of the previous three...

      Marines: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) outflow, (b) voluntary outflow in total and (c) voluntary outflow rate from the Royal Marines was in each year since 1997.

      National Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department has played in drafting the National Security Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which countries he plans to support as prospective members as part of the future enlargement of NATO.

      Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the decommissioning of the Vanguard Class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts have been entered into by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Support Integrated Project Team since 2004; and what the value was of each contract.

      Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of each grant provided by his Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) Shrewsbury and Atcham...

      Trident: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the total annual cost of the Trident replacement system; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of each of the 101 non-emergency numbers projects; and if she will make a statement.

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many attempts to deport asylum seekers failed because the receiving country refused to accept them in each of the last five years;...

      Biometrics: National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals who require a biometric immigration document will have their details entered onto the National Identity Register.

      Biometrics: National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which pieces of information to be included on identity cards for British nationals are included on biometric immigration documents for...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) violent and (b) other crimes were recorded in (i) North Yorkshire and (ii) city of York constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Databases: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests have been made to chief constables for the removal of (a) DNA and (b) police national computer records since 2006; and...

      Databases: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment her Department has made of the likely period of time it will take a police constable to check a person's identity...

      Databases: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested but not subsequently convicted had their details (a) entered onto and (b) subsequently removed from the National...

      Domestic Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to help reduce levels of domestic violence.

      Domestic Violence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding allocated to domestic violence prevention programmes in (a) England and Wales, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough, South...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average response time to 999 calls was for the fire services in each year since 1997, broken down by each local authority; and if...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of calls to the 999 emergency services number were for the (a) police and (b) fire service in each year since...

      European Extradition Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2007, Official Report, column 83W, on the European Extradition Warrant, if she will take steps to...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for the extradition of UK citizens were received in each of the last five years; and how many of those extradition...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will announce a timetable for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings; and...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new research has been commissioned or undertaken by her Department into trafficking for forced labour since the publication of the UK...

      Identity and Passport Service: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the Identity and Passport Service and its predecessor agencies (a) investigated, (b) dismissed and (c) disciplined for...

      Identity and Passport Service: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) employed by and (b) working as contractors and couriers for the Identity and Passport Service have been subject to...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will answer Questions 164855, 164765, 164967 and 164968 on the cost of the identity card and biometric passport scheme, tabled by...

      Identity Cards: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on (a) the identity cards project and (b) external consultants working on the identity cards project to date.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to the letter of 28 November 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Nigel Morrison.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to Question 171109 on the regulation of wheel clamping tabled on 29 November 2007 by the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who do not speak English as a first language (a) applied for a passport and (b) were granted an interview at a passport...

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years have been interviewed at passport interview centres since interviews for passport applications were...

      Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she has given to the merits of issuing one identity number to each citizen shared across the public sector.

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police stations (a) opened and (b) closed in London in each of the last five years, broken down by borough; (2) what police...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which events in London the Government have (a) part and (b) fully funded the policing of in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been reimbursed to date to each police force for costs incurred over the police force merger consultations; and if she...

      Police: South Tyneside

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on policing in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the north-east and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the revenue received from customers phoning on telephone numbers beginning 08 by police forces in the...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the total operational cost of the suspicious activity reports regime has been since it was created; and how much was spent on...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been collected through the suspicious activity reports regime since its creation.

      Racial Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, columns 662-64W, on racial violence, how many and what percentage of those...

      Robbery: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many robberies were committed by children in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Theft: Bicycles and Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many thefts of (a) bicycles and (b) motor cars were reported in each police force area in England in each year since 2001; (2)...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the variations in rates charged by intermediary bodies to individuals and small organisations for...

      Vetting: EC Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the discussions between the Criminal Records Bureau and the Association of Chief Police Officers on seeking access to (a)...

      Victim Support Schemes: Metropolitan Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to ensure improvement in levels of victim satisfaction with the service provided by the Metropolitan Police.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer written question numbers 162090 and 162091, tabled on 7 November 2007 by the hon. Member for Ceredigion, on economic...

  • Treasury

    • Benzodiazepines: Misuse

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many drug misuse deaths related to benzodiazepines have occurred in (a) Scotland, (b) Northern Ireland and (c) Wales in each year since 1999.

    • Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's planned expenditure on business support, promotion of enterprise and economic development is for each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11;...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many departmental (a) Ministers, (b) civil servants and (c) consultants, contractors or secondees working full-time or part-time for his Department...

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate spent on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Crown Estate received from rents paid by shellfish farmers in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK in each of the last...

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many aquaculture projects paid rent to the Crown Estate in Orkney and Shetland in each of the last five years; and what income was generated from such...

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Crown Estate made of the value of the seabed surrounding the Orkney and Shetland Isles in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of redundancies was to his Department in each month since 30 June 2006.

      Departmental Wines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that English wine is served exclusively or at the request of guests at meals, parties and receptions hosted by his...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were (a) employed (i) full-time and (ii) part-time and (b) unemployed in (A) City of York constituency, (B) City of York Council area, (C)...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria are applied by HM Revenue and Customs in assessing the composition of biogas fuel for the purposes of applying duty; and if he will make a...

      Group Corporate Services: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) part-time and (b) full-time equivalent permanent staff headcount was for Group Corporate Services in each year since 1998; what the (i)...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the Barnett consequentials for the rollout of human papilloma vaccines for women in Wales in 2008.

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many maxi ISAs were taken out by individual taxpayers in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Leaseback Arrangements: Housing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to require the Financial Services Authority to regulate sale-and-leaseback schemes on residential property.

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of (a) all employees, (b) full-time employees and (c) part-time employees in (i) Scotland and (ii) each unitary local...

      Local Government: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of (a) all employees, (b) full-time employees and (c) part-time employees in (i) Scotland, (ii) each of the unitary local...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 19 October 2007, Official Report, column 1353W, on migrant workers, in what economic sectors the 1.4 million additional...

      Money: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to (a) give the status of legal tender to banknotes issued by Scottish clearing banks and (b) create a legal obligation...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government's official estimate of the population of the United Kingdom was in each year since 1980.

      Productivity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage productivity changes were for (a) the tourism and leisure industry, (b) the service industry and (c) the UK economy in each year...

      Revenue and Customs: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rates of staff retention were in the tax offices in HM Revenue and Customs offices (a) Cardiff, (b) Wrexham and (c) Welshpool in each year since...

      Revenue and Customs: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the changes in staff numbers were in HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Wirral

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of the winter fuel payment in Wirral West constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Employment: Enfield

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in Enfield borough in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008 as a percentage of the working-age population.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are being taken to (a) implement and (b) promote community calls to action by local authorities introduced under...

    • Centre for Spatial Economic Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much she has allocated to the Centre for Spatial Economic Research for 2007-08.

      Christmas

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

      Community Centres: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many village halls and community centres were recorded on the Valuation Office Agency's ratings list in England in the most...

      Community Relations: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much she has allocated to the (a) Preventing Violent Extremism pathfinder fund and (b) Preventing Violent Extremism...

      Council Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 680W, on council housing: energy, if she will make it her...

      Government Departments: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much total funding via (a) revenue support, (b) capital grant and (c) supported borrowing was provided from all central...

      Greater London Authority: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what work the (a) District Auditor and (b) Audit Commission have undertaken on recent claims of impropriety in the allocation...

      Greater London Authority: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the district auditor has oversight over the (a) London Development Agency and (b) Greater London Authority.

      Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) walk-in and (b) referral-only hostel places were available in each region in England in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, columns 546-47W, on housing: energy, what her Department's...

      Housing: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department received a draft copy of the National Audit Office's report on Housing Market Renewal.

      Housing: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether local authorities that sign up to growth point status are committed to support accelerated housing development in Green...

      Housing: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a local authority's proposal to gain growth point status must involve acceptance of housing growth to at least the level...

      Housing: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expectations her Department has of local authorities who apply for and accept growth point status in terms of (a)...

      Housing: Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has budgeted for additional funding to local authorities with growth point status; and for what purposes...

      Ipsos-Mori

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

      Islam: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to select the attendees at the two roundtable meetings hosted by her Department since April 2007 in...

      Islam: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the development of leadership skills among Muslim (a) women and (b) young people in each year since 1997.

      Local Authorities: Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consent is needed from (a) the Secretary of State and (b) the government office for the region for a local authority to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gross income, in cash terms, was raised from sales, fees and charges, by local authorities in England, in each year...

      Local Government Finance: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the external funding received per head of population is for each local authority in the south-west region, in descending order.

      M61: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost to the public purse incurred by (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) the Manchester North Valuation...

      Mayor of London: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether there is a code of conduct for the Mayor of London's political advisers; (2) pursuant to the answer of 15 January...

      Milton Keynes Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what key performance targets have been set for the Milton Keynes Partnership.

      Minister for the West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what resources have been given to the Minister for the West Midlands to enable him to perform his duties.

      Minister for the West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what visits the Minister for the West Midlands has made to organisations in the region since assuming the role in June 2007.

      Minister for the West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what support her Department provides for the Minister for the West Midlands in pursuit of his regional responsibilities.

      Mosques and Imams Advisory Committee: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much she has allocated to the Mosques and Imams Advisory Committee in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Persimmon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from Persimmon in the last 12 months; and what meetings between her Department...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to planning authorities on the relative account to be taken of (a) supplementary...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many branded plastic bags (a) her Department, (b) the Audit Commission, (c) the Housing Corporation and (d) the...

      Press Releases: Minister for the West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many press releases the Minister for the West Midlands has issued in his capacity as a regional Minister since he was appointed.

      Property Development: Dunsfold Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations her Department has received from representatives of Dunsfold Park Ltd in relation to the proposed...

      Regeneration: Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her report to the Prime Minister on regeneration strategies for East Manchester not...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were sleeping rough in (a) England, (b) London, (c) Northamptonshire and (d) Wellingborough constituency in...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of the level of rough sleeping unrecorded by annual street counts; and if she will make a...

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 120W, on unitary councils, when she will place the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of single mothers receiving child support in the London borough of Bexley.

    • Christmas

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

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops have been stolen in 2007; and what the value of those items was.

      Disability Discrimination Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government is taking to increase awareness of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and its implications for business; and if...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of providing disability living allowance instead of attendance allowance to those who have a disability that...

      Disability Living Allowance: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many representations he has received on the rights of people with mental illnesses to claim the higher level of mobility benefit under the...

      Employment: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed in Enfield, North constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008 as a percentage of the working-age population.

      Graduates: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many university graduates were registered unemployed in each of the last five years.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had received job seeker's allowance for two years or more in each London borough at the most recent date for which figures are...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of his Department's employees who hold temporary national insurance numbers; and what his Department's...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women who will have reached the age of 60 between 23 September 2007 and 29...

      Pension Service: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customers were incorrectly identified as being in prison due to a computer fault by the Pension Service over the last 12 months.

      Pensioners: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of old age pensioners living in poverty in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London.

      Personal Income: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in North Devon whose income is below 60 per cent. of median UK household income; and if...

      Social Fund: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time was for (a) a decision on and (b) a review of social fund claims from the Birmingham office in the most...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of at least one benefit at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1557W, on social security benefits: administration, in what form...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of (a) fraud and (b) error there have been in the administration of (i) income support, (ii) jobseeker's allowance and (iii)...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department are taking to tackle benefit fraud by UK nationals abroad.

      Social Security Benefits: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of pensioners eligible for means tested support who did not claim their full entitlement in the...

      State Retirement Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many errors were made in the payment of retirement pensions in the last 12 months; and in how many of those cases it was not possible to...

      Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unfair dismissal employment tribunals his Department has been involved in in the last 10 years; what the grounds were for each case...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of single (a) women and (b) men who will have reached the age of 60 after the qualifying week for winter fuel...

      Wirral International Business Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of additional jobs resulting from the developments of (a) Wirral International Business Park and (b)...

  • Health

    • Antibiotics: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) posters and (b) leaflets are being produced (i) in total and (ii) per GP surgery for his Department's campaign on the unnecessary use of...

    • Basildon Hospital: Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of C. difficile were recorded in Basildon Hospital in each of the last two years; what proportion of patients admitted to Basildon Hospital...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the number of (a) radiologists, (b) pathologists, (c) surgeons and (d) specialist nurses to support national bowel...

      Cancer: Gastrointestinal System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times from referral to treatment were for upper and lower gastrointestinal cancers, broken down by condition, in the latest...

      Cannabis: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing measures to require the manufacturers of cigarette rolling papers to print health warnings on their products on the...

      Cardiovascular System: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the roll out of the national screening programme for cardiovascular disease will be incremental with an initial focus on high risk groups;...

      Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust for the provision of NHS dental services in 2007-08.

      Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many enquiries were received by the Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust on access to NHS dentists in each of the last three years.

      Cervical Cancer: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women (a) under 25, (b) 25 to 35, (c) 35 to 50, (d) 50 to 60 and (e) over 60 years of age died from cervical cancer in each of the last five...

      Clostridium: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department intends to bring forward proposals to screen all patients entering NHS hospitals in England for C lostridium difficile.

      Commercial Directorate: Operating Costs

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

      Departmental E-mail

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

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consider implementing a screening programme for type 1 diabetes in children; (2) what guidance his Department has issued to schools on...

      Dietary Supplements: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 25 October 2007, Official Report, column 552W, on dietary supplements: EU law, whether the Food Standards Agency (FSA)...

      Fluoride: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice his Department has issued to (a) parents and (b) dentists on the prevention of dental fluorosis in children; (2) what assessment his...

      Fluoride: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the prevalence of dental fluorosis in children under the age of 10 years.

      Gastrointestinal System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many specialist gastroenterology units there are (a) in England and (b) in each region of England; (2) how many people in England have a...

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of the Healthcare for London consultation for (a) events, (b) fees for producing the logos, names and other marketing materials,...

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost of treating coronary heart disease was to the NHS in the last year for which information is available.

      Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proportion of the decline in mortality from coronary heart disease which is attributable to treatment of individuals at...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital-acquired infections there were in each London hospital in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of different cleaning products to combat healthcare-acquired...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the calculation was made of £40 million as a contingency fund against healthcare-associated infection claims.

      Liver Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department since July 2000 on the causes of liver disease; when his Department last...

      Local Involvement Network: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the local involvement network to begin work in Oxfordshire; what the network's (a) budget for each of the next three years and (b) terms...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to provide a financial loss allowance for members of local involvement networks; (2) if he will make it his policy to...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that local involvement networks are funded to establish regional and national networks to monitor (a) cancer networks, (b) mental...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure Local Involvement Networks (LINks) members are provided with indemnity by his Department in respect of their reasonable activities on...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of primary care trusts in England which have adopted the latest interim guidelines from the National Institute for...

      Mental Health Services: Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the preventative effects in relation to mental health of promoting mental activity through...

      Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of cases of MRSA recorded in NHS hospitals was in 2007; and how many such cases were recorded at the University Hospital of North...

      Negligence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) claims and (b) settlements for clinical negligence (i) were made in each of the last three years and (ii) have been made in 2007-08 for...

      NHS: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date each local NHS trust will (a) receive the funding to recruit two additional infection control nurses and one additional antimicrobial...

      NHS: National Working Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects national working groups to be established under the NHS Next Stage Review, as described on page 2 of Lord Darzi's letter to...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the re-imbursement of home-to-work travel for community based staff who use personal cars as their private and work...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to remedy problems in administering the payment of travel expenses to community based health staff; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences there were of NHS staff being paid late due to problems with the payroll system in each of the last three financial years.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were made by NHS staff about problems with the NHS payroll system in each of the last three financial years.

      Nurses: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many infection control nurses were employed in the NHS in England in each financial year since 1997-98.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets have been set for organ donation; and what performance has been against those targets in the last period for which figures are available.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the supply of donated organs; whether any discussions have taken place on creating a system of presumed...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what changes have been made to the list of medical exemptions which allow patients fee free prescriptions after his Department's recent review; (2)...

      Radiotherapy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which areas will not be able to meet the December 2008 deadline for extending the 31-day standard to radiotherapy treatment as described in paragraph 4.8...

      Transplant Surgery: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters his Department received concerning mortality rates for patients following (a) lung transplant, (b) heart transplant and (c) heart and...

      Transplant Surgery: Kidneys

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

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many grants have been awarded under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme for each month since April 2007; and what...

    • Aerials: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of current planning procedures in ensuring mobile telephone operators...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) location and (b) production volume is of each biodiesel (i) production and (ii) storage plant in England.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates his Department has made of (a) actual and (b) required UK capacity for the production of biodiesel in...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the UK production capacity for biodiesel was in each of the last five years.

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many citizens advice bureaux have closed permanently in each of the last 10 years.

      Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what (a) powers and (b) discretion he has to disagree with the findings of the Competition Commission on (i)...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) new build and (b) refurbishment projects of a value of under £250,000 for which his Department was...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) new build and (b) re-furbishment projects for which his Department was responsible took place in...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people aged (a) 30 to 39, (b) 40 to 49, (c) 50 to 59 and (d) 60 to 69 years have (i) applied for jobs,...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) his Department and its predecessor...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by his Department in procurement of goods and services from...

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessor spent on foreign travel for (a) Ministers and (b) officials in each of...

      Economic Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects transitional agreements to be available to countries not ready to sign up for an economic partnership...

      Electricity Generation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many tonnes of carbon dioxide each electricity company has been granted a permit to emit in each year from 2008 to...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost was of the energy review process, excluding legal costs incurred during the judicial review.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on external consultancies in the preparation of (a) energy review, Our Energy Challenge, The...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the costs were of printing Our Energy Challenge, The Energy Challenge; and how many copies were printed.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the costs were of printing Meeting the Energy Challenge; and how many copies were printed.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which external consultants were used by his Department and its predecessor in the preparation of the energy review,...

      Energy and Climate Security Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many meetings of his Department's Energy and Climate Security Panel have been held since its inception; which...

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to reduce energy costs for vulnerable people in the community; and if he will make...

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress is being made on the Ofcom review into utility bill charges for people who do not pay by direct debit.

      Environmental Industries Sector Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was (a) allocated to and (b) spent by UK Trade and Investment's Environmental Industries Sector Unit in...

      Exports: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which Government agencies have provided support for exports from UK-based environmental industries in each year since...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many households in settlements with a population of 10,000 or less in England were in fuel poverty in the latest...

      Fuel Poverty: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in (a) Cheltenham and (b) each of the Gloucestershire...

      Imports: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what volume of biodiesel feedstocks (a) was imported into the UK in each of the last five years and (b) he estimates...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.

      News Corporation: ITV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether (a) he and (b) members of his Department have been approached by representatives of (i) BSkyB, (i) News...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what definition his Department uses of remote in the context of paragraph 3.58 of the White Paper on Nuclear Power, Cm...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to his answer of 12 November 2007, Official Report, column 64W, on packaging, when he plans to publish his...

      Public Telephones: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many planning applications for new public telephone boxes were submitted to local authorities in the latest period...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what alternative provision will be made for the supply of energy needed to meet targets likely to be required under...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consultations his Department has undertaken on the operation of the renewables obligation.

      Royal Mail: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his most recent estimate is of the revenue received from customers telephoning on telephone numbers beginning 08...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what tidal power schemes are under consideration in Government.

      UK Trade and Investment: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which UK Trade and Investment offices outside the EU will see (a) a reduction in staff levels and (b) closure in the...

      Waste Heat Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans his Department has to publish a waste heat strategy.

      Wind Power: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken in the (a) short and (b) medium term to solve the difficulties related to wind turbines...

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what meetings the Department has had with wind farm (a) companies, (b) organisations and (c) associations to...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to increase the number of apprenticeships for 16 and 17 year olds.

    • Parental Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his Department's policy to maximise parental choice in relation to educational provision; and if he will make a...

      School Standards: Secondary Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps his Department has taken to raise standards in secondary schools.

      School Standards: Secondary Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to raise the educational standards in secondary schools.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of recent trends in school examination results; and if he will make a statement.

      Holocaust Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the contribution of the Holocaust Educational Trust's nationwide Lessons from Auschwitz project to...

      Youth Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has for expenditure on youth services in the next three years.

      Illiteracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children reached 16 years of age unable to read and write in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the progress of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what initial assessment he has made of the impact of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Code of Practice (Providers...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what mandatory training is required for (a) early identification of special educational needs and (b) teaching children...

      School Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to make schools safer for children since 1997.

      Alcohol: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that young people receive appropriate education about alcohol abuse.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has (a) completed and (b) commissioned on the effects of academies on neighbouring schools; and if...

      Academies: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children attending Bexley Business Academy are resident in the (a) London borough of Bexley and (b) London...

      Academies: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies have (a) sought and (b) been awarded eco-schools status.

      Academies: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance exists to determine the suitability of entities which sponsor academy schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Enfield North have been rebuilt or improved under the Building Schools for the Future initiative over the last...

      Buildings Schools for the Future Programme: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much money will be made available to Kent county council through the Building Schools for the Future programme; over what...

      Food: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children studied GCSE Food Technology in each year since 1997.

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools with sixth forms submitted one or more pupils for A-levels in (a) 1997-98, (b)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of entrants for GCSE (a) mathematics, (b) modern languages, (c) science (dual award), (d) physics, (e)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils gained a single F grade at GCSE in 2007; (2) how many pupils gained a single G grade at GCSE in 2007.

      Geography: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority's recommendation that A-level geography coursework be...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of people from the poorest backgrounds who obtained degree level qualifications...

      Higher Education: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which universities have agreed to sponsor academy schools; and which representatives from those universities Ministers in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which universities require a GCSE at grade C or above in a modern language as part of their general entry requirements.

      Literacy: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Colchester constituency and (b) Essex county council area of school leaving age were functionally...

      Literacy: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16-year-olds in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire county council area were functionally illiterate in...

      Pre-School Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2007, on Pre-School Education: Teachers, what results emerged from the modelling undertaken...

      Pupils : Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 26 July 2007, Official Report, column 1397W, on pupils: personal records, what research is...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Office has taken to provide (a) a network of refuge provision and (b) reintegration support for runaways...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Essex use a lottery system to allocate school places; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has given to schools on contingency planning for firearms incidents on school premises.

      Schools: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many identifiable outbreaks of infection were reported by schools in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Schools: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's capital expenditure on schools in the city of York was in each financial year since 1996-97.

      Science: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained mainstream schools did not have a specialist science teacher in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps his Department has taken to raise standards in secondary schools.

      Special Educational Needs: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Somerset had special educational needs in each year since 2001, broken down by category of special...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified teachers trained in (a) food technology, (b) history and (c) a modern language in each year since 1997.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many institutions have brought together training for early years professional status and qualified teacher status and...

      Urdu: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified teachers were trained to teach Urdu last year.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms his Department has established to determine the prevalence of positive activities, as defined in its 2007...

      Physical Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many initial teacher training places were available for physical education teachers at Loughborough University in each of the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Servants: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the Cabinet Office guidance for civil servants on restrictions on political activity.

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of Ministers; and...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the special advisers employed in the Cabinet Office since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was...

      Departmental Public Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 682W, on departmental public consultations, if he will place copies in the...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each...

    • English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills at which institutions English for Speakers of Other Languages approved courses were delivered in the latest period for which...

      European Youth Pact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps his Department has taken in consequence of the European Youth Pact.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make a statement on his policy on the flying of EU flags by establishments for which his Department is responsible.

      Further Education: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students were studying for a higher educational qualification in a further education college in each of the last...

      Higher Education: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of school leavers went on to higher education in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in 2007.

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many applicants accepted onto higher education courses did not commence those courses as first time students in (a)...

      Investors in People: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the sum revenue accrued from businesses by Investors in People UK was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Music: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to prevent the illegal downloading of (i) music and (ii) films from the...

      Performing Arts: Royalties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what representations he has received since June 2007 on performing rights royalties; what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers...

      Physical Education: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many initial teacher training places will be available for physical education teachers in 2008-09.

      Student Loans Company: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cheltenham of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1200W, on Student Loans...

      Students Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much student debt is owed to the Government.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints have been received about the time taken to pay student loans or grants; and what assessment he has made...

      Students: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans there are to give grants to more university students.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills for what reasons the annual percentage interest rate on student loans increased from 2.4 per cent. to 4.8 per cent. on 1...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the resource cost is expected to be of (a) fee loans and (b) maintenance loans in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he will answer question (a) 177121, (b) 177140 and (c) 177131 tabled by the hon. Member for Southend West on 4...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) 16-year-olds, (b) 17-year-olds and (c) 18 to 24-year-olds are (a) in part-time education and (b) not in any...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his latest estimate is of the percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education or training in (a) England, (b) Leeds...

      Young People: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his latest estimate is of the percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds in work-based learning, including apprenticeships and...

  • Justice

    • Freedom of Information: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many decisions by public bodies not to disclose information under the Freedom of Information Act have been appealed against since 2005.

    • Ministry of Justice: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 29 January 2007, Official Report, columns 8-10, on Ministry of Justice (Reorganisation), what criteria...

      National Offender Management Service: PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the budget for prison and probation service property held at the National Offender Management Service includes repayment costs for private...

      Offenders: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how residential accommodation operated under the auspices of ClearSprings is used to house offenders in receipt of a custodial sentence in...

      Parole: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison recalls there were in each of the last 12 months; how many of those were due to (a) breaches of licence and (b) committal of further...

      Prison and Probation Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons he chose (a) Wales and (b) London as the first regions in which to introduce the structural changes to the prison and probation...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 171W, on procurement, whether his Department has a central procurement division.

      Public Bodies: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what advice or guidance has been given to public authorities on signing contracts with external non-public bodies which have provisions which (a)...

      Public Sector Data Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what date his Department's guidance, Public sector data sharing: guidance on the law, was originally published; when it was last updated; and what...

      Rape: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average sentence length for those convicted of rape was in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of probation recalls to prison were for serious offences in each month since 2000; and if he will make a statement;...

      Robbery: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children were charged or cautioned for robbery in (a) the east of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much revenue has been raised by (a) Lancashire county council, (b) Ribble Valley borough council, (c) Preston city council, (d) Blackburn...

      Speed Limits: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) juvenile and (b) young offenders were in each secure accommodation in each month of each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fuel Poverty: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on reducing fuel poverty in vulnerable households in Easington.

  • House of Lords

    • Bank of England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 22 January (Official Report, col. 119), what is the well established timetable for the appointment of the...

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the contract agreed with external suppliers to outsource the call centre element of the proposed...

      Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contracted financial liabilities have been agreed in anticipation of the implementation of the Child Support and Other Payments Bill; and what are the amount,...

      Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House updated figures for the operational improvement plan used by the Child Support Agency, including progress made...

      Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to seek power to incur expenditure under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 to provide for information technology...

      Conservation: Haslar Hospital

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of Haslar Hospital no longer being required by the Ministry of Defence, what steps they are taking suitably to conserve the buildings and park on the site...

      Crime: Community Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider using persons sentenced to do community service for clearing litter along roads.

      Crime: Community Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of hours of community service carried out by offenders in each of the past five years.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the agreement with the Government of the Republic of Congo to allow the deployment of British forces...

      Demonstrations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to warn the public in London in advance of demonstrations due to lead to road closures in central London; and who has responsibility...

      Egypt: Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, at the European Neighbourhood Policy meeting on 23—24 January, they raised the issue of the legal bar by the Egyptian authorities against Baha'is...

      Elections: Voting Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress the Youth Citizenship Commission has made in its examination of the advantages of reducing the voting age to 16.

      Enforced Disappearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in cases of enforced disappearance in Turkey and Chechnya in Russia; and, if so,...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times European Union legislative institutions have altered legislation as a result of recommendations from Select Committees of either House of...

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the extent to which the Parliamentary European Union scrutiny committees can fulfil their purpose in scrutinising European Union...

      EU: Reform Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to ensure that the granting of legal personality to the European Union by the reform treaty will not lead to British citizens speaking...

      EU: Select Committee Recommendations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times European Union legislators have altered legislation as a result of recommendations from Select Committees of either House of Parliament in each of...

      Forced Marriage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that all complaints about forced marriage are dealt with effectively.

      Government: Ministers' Private Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance, proposals or instructions have been issued or what arrangements have been made to ensure that the staffing of Ministers' private offices reflects...

      Identity Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any projects in HM Treasury have been suspended or delayed due to concerns about identity security; if so, which projects have been delayed; and what the...

      Immigration: Anna Zurabishvili

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the decision in the Immigration and Asylum Appeal Tribunal in the case of Anna Zurabishvili (No. VA/27417/2007) was communicated to the entry...

      Immigration: Anna Zurabishvili

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the deemed date of receipt of the decision in the Immigration and Asylum Appeals Tribunal in the case of Anna Zurabishvili (No. VA/27417/2007) by the...

      Immigration: Anna Zurabishvili

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the appeal submission in the name of Nino Trollope in the case of a visa application by Anna Zurabishvili of Georgia was first considered by the entry...

      Israel and Palestine: Detention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will next make representations to the Government of Israel on the continued long-term detention of Palestinian prisoners without due process.

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the estimated numbers of people and estimated costs for (1) 2010; (2) 2020; (3) 2030; (4) 2040; and (5) 2050 for United Kingdom residents and for...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the median income distribution by deciles, and the number of men and women respectively, of both United Kingdom residents and non-United Kingdom residents...

      Olympic Games 2012: Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union Gendarmerie Force will assist with the 2012 Olympic Games in the United Kingdom; and what role they foresee for this force in the United...

      Olympic Games 2012: Poverty Reduction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any quantification of the estimated contribution which the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will make to reducing poverty, deprivation and...

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the past year, how many individuals' fingerprints and biological samples have been taken without consent in connection with a non-imprisonable offence; and How...

      Police: DNA Database

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the stages of the process of removing an innocent individual's data from the National DNA Database.

      Russia: Deportations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Court of Human Rights has heard any cases arising from the deportation from Russia since 2006 of Georgian citizens without court orders or...

      Russia: ECHR Judgments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the complainants in the cases of Bitiyera and X v Russia (No. 57953/00 and No. 37392/03) and Musayev and Others v Russia (No. 57941/00 and No. 58699/00 and...

      Russia: ECHR Judgments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek ways to improve and allocate the processing of cases pending from Russia before the European Court of Human Rights.

      Russia: Freedom of Assembly and Worship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Russia, following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barankevich v Russia (No....

      Russia: National Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they supported the resolution of the Council of Ministers of May 2007 (CM/Res CMN(2007)7) on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the...

      Teaching: Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of teachers entered the profession via the Bachelor of Education degree qualification.

      Young Offender Institutions: Thorn Cross

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for the 60-bed unit for juveniles at the open young offender institution at Thorn Cross.

      Young People: Custody

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many young people in custody were previously accommodated in a children's home.

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