Written answers

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

  • Leader of the House

    • Regional Ministers: Oral Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to bring forward proposals for regional Ministers to respond to oral questions from hon. Members.

    • Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance given to civil servants and Ministers on the use of ministerial corrections; and in what cases an...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Consultants

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

    • Official Engagements

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

      Royal National Mod Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in which years since 1997 the Prime Minister sent greetings to the annual Royal National Mod festival.

      Weather: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on action to prevent excess winter deaths in Scotland in 2008.

  • Wales

    • Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official departmental functions and meetings;...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the report of the Saville Inquiry to be published.

    • Bloody Sunday Tribunal of Inquiry: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the Bloody Sunday inquiry to the public purse has been to date; when he expects the inquiry's final report to be published; and...

      Road Traffic Offences

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

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average cost of indigenous deep-mined coal per tonne in (a) 1982, (b) 1992 and (c)...

    • Internet: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate he has made of the extent of personal financial losses by consumers as a result of responses to...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for staff of the Commission in each of the last 10...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much work-based learning is required in a programme-led apprenticeship; and if he will make a statement.

    • Further Education: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what arrangements his Department (a) has in place and (b) will have in place if the Education and Skills Bill is enacted to...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will rank UK universities in order of in-take of state school students as a percentage of total in-take in each of the...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of people who have started training under Train to Gain successfully completed a course in the last period...

      Vocational Training: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will take steps to ensure skills accreditation gained from training programmes run by private sector businesses in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Building Contracts

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how the Commission defines building projects which are (a) small works, (b) minor works, (c) standard...

    • Visitor Reception Building

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Southend West (Mr. Amess) of 18 December 2007, Official Report,...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Family Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support the Government provide for families of service personnel who are on operational duty.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel received specialist pay for (a) flying, (b) diving, (c) submarine, (d) nuclear propulsion, (e) submarine escape tank...

      Armed Forces: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government take to ensure the education of army personnel's children is taken into account when deciding to move personnel (a) within the...

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the target is for recruitment of infantry soldiers over the next 12 months.

      Baha Mousa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, column 1403W, on Baha Mousa, if he will now (a) make a public apology for the death of Baha...

      Berlin Airlift

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.

      Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of freedom of information requests received by his Department since the entry into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many crèches there were on Ministry of Defence estates (a) in the UK and (b) overseas at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Olympic Games 2012: Aldershot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the rescheduling of work at Aldershot military barracks for the British Olympic shooting team will affect the timescale for work to be carried...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 1 Carlton Gardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the official ministerial residence of 1 Carlton Gardens became unoccupied following the departure from it of the...

    • Afghanistan: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart in his capacity under Italy's role as lead nation for justice reform in...

      Afghanistan: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he was informed in advance of the decision by the Afghan Government to expel a British diplomat working for the UN and...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the counter narcotics police of Afghanistan, the Afghan special narcotics force and the counter narcotics criminal...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding for anti-narcotics activity in Afghanistan the UK is providing in 2007-08; and what progress is being made by the...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hectares of poppies were grown in Afghanistan in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007; and how many (i) tonnes of opium...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what co-ordination of anti-narcotics policy is taking place between the Afghan Government, the US Operation Enduring Freedom...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the Afghan national drugs control strategy has changed since it was launched by President Karzai in January 2006; what the...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which date he informed President Karzai or the Afghan Government that Lord Ashdown was being considered for a role by NATO.

      Diplomatic Service: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the salary band is of a grade one locally engaged commercial officer.

      European Council: Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the order of procedure to be followed when the Heads of...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the staff complement required by the proposed European external action service, broken down by...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) representations he has received on the duties and responsibilities of the proposed...

      European Union: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) UK-based and (b) locally-engaged staff were employed by the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) UK relations with Argentina and (b) the situation in the Falkland Islands; and if he...

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what objectives he has set for the UK's participation in the Norwegian initiative on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

      Pacific Islands: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the level of UK diplomatic representation is in each of the Pacific Island countries.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1284W, on child maintenance, what plans there are for new IT systems...

    • Community Care: Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leaving Armley Prison received a community care grant in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each region claiming incapacity benefits experienced (a) alcoholism, (b) drug abuse, (c) depression and (d) other...

      New Deal For 25 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the intensive activity period stage (self employment option)...

      New Deal For 25 Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people participated in the New Deal for 25 plus in the (a) pre-gateway, (b) gateway, (c) intensive activity period (i)...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) on-flow and origin, (b) off-flow and destination and (c) stock figures for people participating in (i) the New Deal for...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of employers who do not offer occupational pension schemes.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of savings disregard was when pension credit was first introduced; what its level was at the most recent date for which figures...

      Pensions Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have received pension forecasts in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many and what percentage of people terminating their jobseeker's allowance claim after (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the economic cost of youth unemployment in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer question 162346, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on national insurance numbers.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial assistance is available to farmers to enable them to clear ditches and other watercourses for which they are...

    • Carbon Offsetting Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund has awarded to offsetting or renewable energy projects in the UK in each...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been provided by his Department for programmes run by (a) central Government, (b) local authorities, (c)...

      Flood Control: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value of assets (a) dependent in 2008 and (b) which will be dependent in 2028 on the...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the UK received from the EU for flood prevention measures in each of the last 20 years.

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent from the public purse in dealing with (a) flood recovery and (b) repair of flood damage in...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase funding for the Environment Agency for flood prevention.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place the Environment Agency's flood mapping data in the public domain for use without charge.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1493W, on floods, on which regional boundaries the (a)...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas covered by the draft Regional Spatial Strategy and designated by the Environment Agency as at risk of flooding...

      Floods: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken since the summer 2007 floods to reduce the risk of flooding in residential areas; what steps he is...

      Floods: River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency spent on flood protection measures in the lower Severn area in 2006-07; how much it is...

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) reliability of genetic use restriction technologies as a...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 522W, on Home Information Packs, if he will place in the...

      Atmospheric Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated volume of emissions of hydrogen fluoride was from (a) energy industries, (b) manufacturing...

      Atmospheric Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated volume of emissions of sulphur dioxide was in (a) large combustion plants and (b) total in each year...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much and what proportion of the revenue from the landfill tax was distributed as grants to relevant organisations in the...

      Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the Environment Agency's criteria for determining the watercourses it is responsible for...

      Rivers: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration has been given to the merits of giving local authorities greater powers to (a) carry out routine...

      Severn Trent Water: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) Ofwat officials have had on Severn Trent plc's decisions to (i) charge for surface water...

      Drains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of problems with privately owned drains in relation to surface water flooding; (2) what...

      Voles: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any prosecutions have taken place for offences related to the protection of vole habitats under the Wildlife and...

      Voles: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any derogations have been granted from the protection afforded to vole habitats under the Wildlife and Countryside...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1133W, on domestic wastes: waste disposal, whether the...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether members of the public will be able to make submissions to the organisation which will produce the reports to lay...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposed household rubbish collection charge pilots will apply to composite hereditaments.

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will designate an independent agency to undertake the reports to be laid before Parliament on the operation of the new...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the proposed power of the Secretary of State under the Climate Change Bill to (a) designate a specific area as a...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what technical definition he plans to use of a good recycling service to assess whether an area should participate in the...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what public authority or independent complaints authority individuals will be able to appeal under the household rubbish...

      Waste Disposal: Domestic Wastes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at what point in the financial year he expects (a) charges and (b) rebates to be made under the proposals for household...

      Waste Disposal: Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on (a) the use of and (b) planning for...

      Waste Disposal: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of waste collected in City of York was recycled in each year since 1996-97; and what financial assistance has...

      Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk that uncontrolled wild boar pose to (a) lives and (b) property.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Disorder Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on the national implementation of alcohol disorder zones.

    • Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which criminal offences have been created in each Act sponsored by her Department in the last five years.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in the five (a) most and (b) least deprived Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in England and Wales...

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Acts of Parliament sponsored by her Department which relate either wholly or partly to criminal justice have been passed since May 1997.

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for information held on the national DNA database her Department received from other countries in each year since 2004.

      National DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals aged under (a) 10, (b) 16 and (c) 18 years old who have not been convicted of any offence have their DNA profile...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the Class A drugs seizures quantities in the table on page 22 of the latest Serious and Organised Crime Agency annual report were...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects deactivated guns to be reclassified as replicas.

      Identity and Passport Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people worked for the Identity and Passport Service on 31 December 2007.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department (a) permits or (b) requires responsible adults to be present when interviewing minors at passport interview centres;...

      Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2007, Official Report, column 644W, on police stations, and with reference to the answer of 4 September...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on policing per head of the population in each police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Proceeds of Crime: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total sum is of money collected relating to the suspected financing of terrorism through the suspicious activity reports regime...

      Street Crime Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in the Home Office were working full time on the Street Crime Initiative in (a) December 2002 and (b) December 2007.

      Touting: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for (i) online and (ii) offline offences of ticket touting under the Criminal...

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the net economic benefit, as in paragraph 1.16 of the UK Air Passenger Demand and CO2 Forecasts 2007, of new runways at (a)...

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what price for aviation fuel (a) for the period to 2030, (b) for the period 2030 to 2050 and (c) for the period 2050 to 2080 is used by her...

      Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most recent assumption of aviation fuel prices is in (a) US dollars per barrel and (b) pence per litre used by her Department in its...

      Biofuels: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made towards the targets that all petrol and diesel sold in the UK contain a minimum of (a) 2.5 per cent. biofuel by April...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Oral Answer of 22 January 2008 to Question 180535, what estimate she has made of the overall cost of making English and Scottish...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the central Government grant to Transport for London does not cover buses which cross the boundary into Hertfordshire; and if she will...

      Capita

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

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to provide funding to complete the Sustrans network as part of the Government's cycling strategy.

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue was generated by each (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone code used for customer enquiry lines by her Department's agencies in each of...

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Driving: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date (a) she, (b) the Permanent Secretary and (c) the Department's press office were informed that a computer hard drive containing details...

      Eurostar North Pole Depot: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the future of the Eurostar North Pole depot in West London.

      Fares: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the national concessionary fares scheme offers concessions to people with mental health illness; and if she will make a statement.

      First Capital Connect

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the performance of First Capital Connect in meeting its (a) rail franchise obligations and (b) targets; and if...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the action taken by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with respect to Mr. Paul Waugh.

      Motor Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many accidents reported to the police in the last five years involved motor vehicles without (a) a valid MOT certificate and (b) up to date...

      Motorcycles: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to protect those using rural footpaths and trails from irresponsibly driven off-road vehicles.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider harmonising motorway speed limits in England with those on equivalent roads in France and Germany; and if she will make a statement.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what systems are operated by the Office of Rail Regulation for the proactive monitoring of Network Rail's compliance with Condition 7 (network...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the contracts between the Office of Rail Regulation and the regulatory reporters appointed under Condition 23 of Network Rail's...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with (a) the chairman and (b) chief executive of Network Rail on that organisation's proposals for new high speed lines...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1821W, on Network Rail, on what date the meeting with Iain Coucher on 3 January...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what records her Department keeps of the number of successful appeals against local authorities for local authority parking enforcement measures.

      Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what purpose her Department records the political opinions of (a) staff and (b) the public.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 547W, on railway stations, which stations have been (a) opened and (b) re-opened...

      Railways for All

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the schedule is for the completion of the Railways for All programme.

      Railways for All

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations have been identified as requiring access improvements under the Railways for All strategy; and how many have been improved under this...

      Railways: St. Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time-tabled journey time by train from St Albans to London was in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways: St. Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) punctuality and reliability levels and (b) passengers in excess numbers were for rail services on the St. Albans to London route in each...

      Railways: West Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reasons have been identified for the recent disruptions of railway services between Hebdon Bridge and Wakefield in the vicinity of Elland; what...

      Road Traffic Offences

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

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by each highway authority on (a) highway maintenance, (b) compensation for personal injury and (c) damage caused to vehicles as a...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average weight of a two-car train in the EU-15 was in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Rolling Stock: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the Health and Safety Executive's report on the safety of type 142 carriages; what assessment she has made of the...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 605W, on Severn Bridge: tolls, what defined amount is required to be raised by the...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Islamic scholars are employed by her Department to advise on the Prevent strand of Project Contest.

    • Council Tax: Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what data the Valuation Office Agency collects for council tax valuation and revaluation purposes on (a) off-street parking...

      Council Tax: Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities in England do not allow council taxpayers to pay their council tax in cash over post office counters.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what accounts were submitted for audit by her Department in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will...

      Departmental Expert Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the members are of her Department's external expert panels.

      Derelict Land: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the Statistical Note on Land Use Change of January 1985 on (a) planning policy...

      Electronic Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the take-up rate has been of Government Connect by local authorities; (2) what use her Department is making of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the FireControl Strategic Outline Business Case.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the full combined costs, including VAT, are of the interim solutions for the (a) FireControl and (b) FireLink projects.

      Fire Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proposals there are for testing radio coverage from resilient base stations under the FireLink Project; and if she will...

      Fire Services: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the outcome of discussions to date between her Department and the (a) police and (b) ambulance services on proposals for...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of funding allocated to Gloucestershire for (a) flood recovery and (b) the introduction of flood prevention...

      Floods: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the levels of insurance against flooding amongst public authorities who own public sector housing.

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administrative cost of the European Unit in each Government Office for the Regions was in the last 12 month period for...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time equivalent staff work in the European Unit in each Government office for the regions.

      Greater London Authority: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role the (a) Audit Commission, (b) District Auditor and (c) Local Government Ombudsman play in (i) auditing and (ii)...

      Greater London Authority: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Local Government Ombudsman can deal with complaints of maladministration by (a) the London Development Agency and...

      Green Belt: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Homes and Communities Agency is planned to have powers to (a) remove green belt planning protection and (b)...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to (a) mark Holocaust Memorial Day and (b) commemorate those who died in more recent genocides.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was given to local authorities for tackling homelessness in each of the last five years; (2) what steps are...

      Homelessness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the proportion of 16 to 25-year-olds who were homeless in the latest period for which figures are...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued to local authorities on (a) planning for and (b) building of incinerators for waste disposal.

      Local Authorities: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1146W, on local...

      Local Government Finance: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Government funding was allocated to Warrington borough council in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last...

      Minister for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what visits the Minister for London has made to Hammersmith and Fulham in her capacity as such.

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have used their discretionary powers to extend the houses in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing...

      Non-Domestic Rates: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the commencement of the new regime on empty property business rates will entail tax liability on only properties which...

      Planning Permission: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times planning decisions have been made contrary to the Environment Agency's advice on flood risk in the latest period...

      Planning: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of each of the responses from external organisations and individuals to the recent...

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local billing authorities in England now transfer property information via the Valuebill interface to the Valuation...

      Rates and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's definition is of an outbuilding for (a) council tax valuation and (b) business rate...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by her Department in each of the last 10...

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to encourage more people to fit smoke alarms since 1997.

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to prevent conflicts of interest arising following meetings and other contacts between her Ministers...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings and other contacts have taken place between representatives of Eagle Star and her Ministers and officials in...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Valuation Office Agency paid to Rightmove.co.uk plc in 2006-07.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what agencies under his Department's responsibilities use (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone codes for customer enquiries; how many 0845 or 0870...

    • Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what definition of multiple exclusion the Government use; and what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) working age and...

      Itis Holdings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what payments the Cabinet Office has made to Itis Holdings in the last 36 months.

      Official Residences: Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Cabinet Office has taken steps to rent out the two empty ministerial residences in Admiralty House.

      Shropshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the value was of each grant provided by his Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies to (a) Shrewsbury and...

      Social Exclusion Unit: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the budget was for the work of the Social Exclusion Unit and the Social Exclusion Taskforce for each year since 1997; and what the planned...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will consider the merits of providing financial support to arts organisations in the North of England affected by the decision of...

    • Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Government Ministers or other departmental appointees hold responsibilities for decisions relating to requests from foreign (a)...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) subject and (b) cost was of each research contract his Department has commissioned since 1997.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to ensure that those groups of people who are eligible for assistance from the digital television switchover...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that preparations for digital switchover take into account the benefits for older and disabled people of...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the answer of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 950W, on the digital switchover help scheme, on how many...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) integrated digital televisions and (b) personal video recorders have been provided in the Copeland area as part of the...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding English Heritage received in each year since 1997, expressed in 2007-08 prices.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to announce his determination of the horserace betting levy for the next financial year.

      Planning Permission: Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 19W, on planning permission: playing fields, if he will break down...

      Sport England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to his Department's press release of 12 October 2007, how much funding Sport England will receive from the comprehensive...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects the BBC high definition television channel to be fully operational.

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the Comprehensive Spending Review settlement with VisitBritain on his Department's progress...

      Tourism: Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards achieving his Department's target to improve the productivity of the tourism, creative and leisure...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to launch his consultation on the replacement of air passenger duty with a tax payable per plane rather than per passenger as outlined in...

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to HM Revenue and Customs has been of the police investigation into the loss of child benefit data.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to encourage more credit unions to be set up.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C) communications officials and (ii) from...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce fuel duty in remote and peripheral areas which are highly dependent upon private transport.

      Far Eastern Investment Corporation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Richard Branson's consortium for Northern Rock includes the Far Eastern Investment Corporation.

      Financial Services Authority: Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Financial Services Authority officials involved in regulating Northern Rock during the last two years (a) have left the organisation, (b) have...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instigate an investigation into the sale of Northern Rock shares in relation to share price changes on the stock market.

      Opinion Leader Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts were awarded by his Department and the agencies for which it is responsible to Opinion Leader Research in each year since 1997; and what...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths from prostate cancer there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) Government Office region and (b) age group.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in each year since 1997-98, broken down by strategic health authority area.

      Revenue and Customs: Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been claimed in expenses by HM Revenue and Customs staff at Senior Civil Service level and above in the last five year period for which data...

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost has been of placing advertisements for HM Revenue and Custom's recruitment programme on the Google search engine.

      Revenue and Customs: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which overseas destinations were visited by HM Revenue and Customs staff in the last financial year; how many visits were made to each destination; and what...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of level of compliance with tax regulations in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many errors were made in processing tax returns in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which gambling products are subject to more than one ad valorem tax rate; and for what reasons in each case.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on the childcare element of the working tax credit in each quarter of the last five years for which data...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families were (a) eligible for and (b) receiving the childcare element of the working tax credit in each quarter of the last five years for which...

  • Health

    • NHS Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to establish a constitution for the NHS.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of trafficked women and children who were refused secondary healthcare in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Fertility Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve access to fertility services.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives are employed by the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of trends in the number of midwives recruited by the NHS over the last 10 years.

      Patient Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has commissioned on patient satisfaction with treatment in NHS hospitals.

      Prescription Drugs: Internet Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to curtail sales from overseas of prescription drugs via the internet; and if he will make a statement.

      Frenchay Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on journey times to accident and emergency departments for South Gloucestershire residents of the proposed...

      Sexually-transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the incidence of sexually-transmitted diseases among under 18-year-olds.

      Social Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the findings of the review of Social Care Funding Group.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors there are in (a) Enfield Southgate and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to make provision for health services in the Thames Gateway area; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on access to NHS dental services.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is provided to GPs to assist in the diagnosis of coeliac disease; and if he will make a statement.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many blue light accident and emergency departments have become urgent care centres in the last 12 months; and what assessment he has made of the...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will seek to estimate the impact that the entry into force of the Licensing Act 2003 has had on numbers of admissions to hospital accident and...

      Bexley Care Trust: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2222W, on Bexley Care Trust: cancer, what the definitional changes in data were which...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, from what date he expects it to be the default position for all new cancer drugs and significant...

      Care Homes: MRSA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of deaths in care homes were caused by (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile infections in each of the last five years.

      Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how often the records held by his Department on Continuing Care payments are collected; and whether they include information on (a) older people, (b)...

      Community Care: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the use of telecare systems and in-home monitors to help patients with (a) arthritis, (b) asthma, (c) diabetes, (d)...

      Community Care: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to assist NHS organisations to encourage patients with long-term conditions to monitor their own (a) heart activity, (b) blood...

      Departmental Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 711W, on the Departmental Board, whether the Customer Insight Unit referred to in...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1179W, on the departmental internet, how many of those creations and amendments were...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations his Department has undertaken since 1997; what the final cost was of all completed consultations; and what the projected final cost is...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on (a) advertising campaigns and (b) opinion polling services in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on commissioning reports from non-departmental sources (a) based in the UK and (b) based overseas in each year since 1997;...

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department met the target in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April...

      Dr Foster Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts his Department has awarded to the joint venture Dr. Foster Intelligence; and what their value is.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of calls to the 999 emergency services number were requests for an ambulance in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Feet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice and assistance his Department makes available to people aged (a) 65 to 74 and (b) over 75 years on the care of their feet.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with (a) NHS Direct, (b) pharmaceutical companies and (c) other interested parties on the possibility of providing a (i)...

      Health Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2007, Official Report, column 286WA, on the Healthcare Commission, (1) what arrangements the Healthcare...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS charged non-EU patients who were not permitted free health care in each year since the inception of charging; and what sums are outstanding.

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what stage in a patient's treatment in an NHS hospital identification is requested; and in the case of non-EU residents, at what point (a) it is...

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department has given to NHS mental health trusts on the use of mixed-sex wards; (2) what guidance his Department has issued on...

      Hospitals Beds: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of the occupancy of an NHS hospital bed per night (a) in England and (b) in each NHS hospital for each of the last three years.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for introducing the national vaccination programme for young girls against...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what clinical advice was sought by his Commercial Directorate in drawing up their proposals for urology and stoma products and services; (2) what...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 597W, on influenza, which critical national infrastructure industries...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 596W, on influenza, what proportion of businesses which participated in the National...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 595W, on influenza, what non-scientific considerations are taken into account...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has had discussions with internet service providers on contingency planning arrangements for a potential influenza pandemic.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS staff who will not attend work due to fear of infection in an influenza pandemic, as referred to in...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the proportion of patients in each risk group who have received seasonal influenza immunisation for the 2007-08 winter.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which independent sector providers of health care form part of local NHS organisations' pandemic influenza...

      Injuries: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments in England as a result of dog attacks in each of the last five...

      Lung Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for (a) commissioning and (b) evaluating research on the feasibility of...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the provisions of the Mental Health Act 2007 on independent mental health advocacy will be implemented; (2) what interim safeguards he plans...

      Mercury: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research on the link between (a) the mercury content of amalgams and (b) the thiomersal content of some inoculations and...

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the NHS estate repair backlog.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts transferred NHS funds to local authorities in the last 12 months; and what the value of those transfers was; (2) what...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1353W, on departmental public expenditure, what level of funding he estimates will be...

      NHS: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of NHS hospitals are equipped with sprinkler systems; (2) what guidance his Department has produced on the use of...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require the Healthcare Commission to include the monitoring of private patient transport services provided for NHS patients in the annual...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully qualified midwives were employed by Peterborough and Stamford hospitals NHS foundation trust in each quarterly period since 2001; and if he...

      Prescriptions: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to reduce the financial burden of prescription costs on students; (2) how many times Ministers met representatives of the...

      Preventive Technology Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of his Department's Preventative Technology Grant (a) was spent on telecare in 2006-07 and (b) he estimates will be spent on telecare in...

      Primary Care Trusts: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chief executives of primary care trusts (PCT) received recruitment and retention premia of 30 per cent. of salary in (a) 2007-08 and (b)...

      Scientific Advisory Group on Pandemic Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 426-7W, on the Scientific Advisory Group on Pandemic Influenza, for what reasons the...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what issues the SunSmart campaign will be spending resources in the summer of 2008.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received asking for the Easyway to Stop Smoking programme to be assessed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between smoking and macular degeneration; and if he will make a statement;

      Tattooing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) accident and emergency admissions and (b) GP appointments arising from poorly performed or unhygenic...

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to prevent those under the age of 18 years purchasing cigarettes from vending machines; (2) if he will...

      Tuberculosis: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use is made by the NHS of the polymerase chain reaction test for testing for specific strains of tuberculosis in patients.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which approved (a) vaccines and (b) immunisations contain thiomersal; which are recommended for administration to children under the age of 18 years;...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to assess the extent to which the guidance of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is implemented on...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support is available to primary care trusts in implementing action pursuant to guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and...

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vaccines are being researched or developed in the UK.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist developing countries to modernise their energy sectors in the last five years.

    • Middle East: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the end-use of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority in respect of books and educational materials used in...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist Sierra Leone in developing its economy in the last five years.

      South Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of South Africa on HIV/AIDS.

      South Africa: HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress in tackling HIV/AIDS in South Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      South Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was provided to South Africa by the Government in each of the last five years, broken down by type of aid.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which universities his Department has formally requested to apply to establish an academy school.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that teachers are trained to inform young people about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children's homes do not meet the national standards for care homes.

      Children: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to amend the initial teacher training syllabus to counteract childhood obesity.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides to schools on the use of teaching assistants to cover qualified teachers who are absent.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) for what reasons the Youth Opportunity Card pilots were conducted on a timescale shorter than that outlined in his...

      Food: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to support schools in providing mandatory cooking lessons.

      Food: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the likely number of additional teachers needed to provide cookery lessons in schools for 11 to...

      Food: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether compulsory cookery lessons will be provided in academies.

      Food: Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to ensure that (a) food labelling, (b) farming, (c) the origins of food and (d) obesity become part of...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of local authorities in administering support required by primary...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) couples and (b) individuals made enquiries to local authorities to (i) foster and (ii) adopt a child or children in...

      Gifted Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the criteria are for access to the Gifted and Talented scheme; and what measures his Department has taken to ensure that...

      Intimidation: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many reported cases of bullying there were in each school in Easington constituency in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the amount of physical education training provided during initial teacher training for primary...

      Pre-School Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much of the public spending on Sure Start, early years and childcare announced on 2 August 2007 will be allocated to each of...

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps the Government have taken to improve the emotional wellbeing of school children since 1997; (2) what support the...

      Pupils: Fingerprints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools in Essex fingerprint pupils; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) primary and (b) secondary schools closed in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority.

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the closing date is for applications for grants from the basic needs allocation-related safety valve fund in the...

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many incidents involving knives were reported at schools in England in 2007; (2) how many knives were confiscated at...

      Schools: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many groups of parents have established maintained schools under section 10 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006; and...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on the future of small rural schools; what discussions he has had with the National Association...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will undertake an assessment of the appropriateness of the value for money criteria in relation to the schools grant for...

      Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, columns 174-75W, to the hon. Member for South Holland and the...

      Separation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the reasons why (i) foster family units break down and...

      Special Educational Needs: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many appeals against a refusal on the part of Essex County Council to issue a statement of special needs there were in each of...

      Special Educational Needs: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many tribunals were held in Somerset relating to children with special educational needs statements in the latest period for...

      Special Educational Needs: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in Somerset had special educational needs statements at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Special Educational Needs: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the special educational needs budget is for Somerset county council in 2007-08; how much of the budget is allocated to each...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of teachers that will be required to undergo training to teach a syllabus for the new diplomas.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average cost per head of the training which teachers will be required to undertake to teach a...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 666W, on Sure Start, what discussions his Department has had...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what reviews of teachers' pay are scheduled to take place in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.

      Teachers: Yorkshire and Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff there were in local education...

      Truancy: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many girls between the ages of 13 and 16 were removed from school rolls after failing to return from an authorised absence...

      Young People: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to encourage sharing good practice in the provision of transport for young people since his...

      Youth Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent on youth centres in each of the last 12 months.

  • Justice

    • Bail: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many violent offences were committed by persons on bail during the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by category of offence.

    • Bail: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider introducing procedures to improve the accountability of the magistracy for decisions to grant bail to defendants who then commit...

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government has taken to ensure Coal Health Compensation Schemes are being effectively dealt with.

      Compensation: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government has taken in relation to solicitors and third parties who have billed clients claiming under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme.

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the estimated general election electorate will be of each Parliamentary constituency under the revised Parliamentary boundaries for England that...

      Constituencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if the Government will take steps to ensure that the rules for the next Parliamentary boundary reviews reduce the likelihood of a deviation of...

      Coroners: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many coroner inquest cases into the deaths of armed forces personnel overseas are outstanding.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many crimes were committed by people on bail in the last period for which figures are available.

      Criminal Justice Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have not yet come into force; and when he expects each to come into force; (2) which provisions...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what products featuring departmental or Government branding have been procured by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies since its establishment.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its agencies spent on end-of-year bonus payments in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the (a) set-up and (b) ongoing costs of introducing individual electoral registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make a statement on the process for determining the security requirements for the CORE electoral database; and which consultancies have been...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the specifications for the CORE electoral database will facilitate the sharing of data with the National Identity Register; and whether the...

      Enforcement Restriction Orders: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his proposals for enforcement restriction orders will allow householders in financial difficulty to delay payment of council tax payments.

      Fraud: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what anti-fraud measures will be in place for the (a) English local elections, (b) Welsh elections and (c) Greater London Authority elections in May...

      Harassment Act 1997

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2202W, on the Harassment Act 1997, how many prosecutions were brought by (a) local...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were serving whole life orders at the latest date for which figures are available.

      National Offender Management Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff are employed in the National Offender Management Service in Wales; and how many will be employed in the new structures (a) one month,...

      Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders were granted reductions in sentences for guilty pleas in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Offenders: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders who were given custodial sentences for driving offences served concurrent driving bans as part of their sentence in each of the last...

      Offenders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders who come from Wales are in prison; and how many are the subject of community penalties.

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many absconds there have been from open prisons since May 1997.

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Parole Board decisions were made in each of the last three years; and what percentage of these were unanimous decisions.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many branded plastic bags his Department and its agencies have purchased since his Department was created; and at what cost; (2) pursuant to...

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) escapes and (b) unapproved absences there were from prisons in England in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners released on end of custody licenses were recalled for being out of touch with their supervising probation officer in the latest period...

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were released on end of custody licences in each month since July 2007; and how many of those have been taken back into custody for...

      Prisoners: Bail Hostels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) for what reasons he is considering accommodating prisoners in bail hostels; what types of prisoners he is considering for that accommodation; and...

      Prisoners: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that medical, educational and other records follow prisoners immediately on transfer from one prison to another; and...

      Prisons: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the effect on costs of the merger of the offices of the Regional Offender Manager and the Area Prison Manager in Wales is estimated to be.

      Probation: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effect on costs of the Probation Service in Wales of the structural changes to be implemented on 1 April.

      Probation: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to make available adequate resources for the Probation Service in Wales to implement the structural changes on 1 April.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 171W, on procurement, if he will list each division in his Department.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year;...

      Thorn Cross Young Offenders Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what measures have been taken at Thorn Cross young offenders institute to focus inmates on (a) addressing offending behaviour, (b) developing self...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many under 18 year old (a) remand and (b) detention and training order prisoners there were in each week since 26 January 2007.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Northern Ireland Domestic Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether service personnel in Iraq receive payment of £140 towards domestic rates in Northern Ireland on the same basis as those who live in Great Britain.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 21 January (WA 2—3), whether they will provide the figures for December 2007.

      Bail: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to issue new guidance on the granting of bail in Northern Ireland.

      Banking: Proof of Identity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether financial institutions obliged to seek proof of identity from long-standing customers under money laundering regulations are required to request a...

      Bloody Sunday: Saville Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to date of the Saville inquiry; and when the inquiry expects to report.

      Children: Fostering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all local authorities are (a) assessing the suitability of privately arranged fosterings which have been notified; and (b) visiting children so placed...

      Data Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which persons outside the United Kingdom have or will have access to their national forensic databases.

      Duty-free Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what level the duty-free personal travel allowance will rise from £145; and on what date; and What steps they take to enforce the present duty-free...

      EU: Galileo Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the debate on 17 January (Official Report, cols. 1416—9), what were the circumstances in which the commercial backers for the European Union's...

      Falkland Islands: Unexploded Ordnance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Baroness Crawley on 29 January, whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the feasibility study relating to the...

      Forced Marriage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have in place for preventing forced marriages, both in Britain and between British citizens or residents and persons overseas.

      Gift Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their consultation with charities on measures to increase the take-up of Gift Aid is now completed; and when the report of that consultation will be available.

      Health: Drug Tariff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the healthcare professionals who advised the Department of Health on reclassification of Part IX of the Drug Tariff were informed that this classification...

      Health: Mixed-sex Wards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 22 January (WA 33), whether they will collect information on the number of NHS trusts which treat patients...

      Health: Norovirus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effects on NHS hospitals of Norovirus; and what arrangements are in place to deal with any worsening of its impact.

      Identity Security

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

      Identity Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any projects in the Department for Children, Schools and Families have been suspended or delayed due to concerns about identity security; if so, which...

      Iran: Amputations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Iran concerning amputations inflicted on five prisoners in Zahedan and the hanging of 23 persons in 10...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What process led to the appointment of Chris Sidoti as chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum; how many applications there were; and who carried out...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What expenses the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum has incurred to date; for what purpose; and how they are monitored.

      Northern Ireland Office: Entertainment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Northern Ireland Office has spent each year since 1997 on entertainment.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding they have made available for the cases to be made in Northern Ireland for (a) the need for a separate bill of rights; (b) the need not to have a...

      Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will answer Lord Dear's Question for Written Answer tabled on 27 November (HL607); and what are the reasons for the delay.

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals' data are stored on the National DNA Database; and, of those, how many (a) are convicted criminals; (b) are currently serving a sentence; (c)...

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the past year, how many sets of fingerprints and biological samples have been taken without consent by each police force in England and Wales.

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For how many individuals aged 10 to 18 they have bioinformation stored.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been forced to leave their homes due to intimidation in the past six months.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many terrorist attacks against Police Service of Northern Ireland officers there have been in the past six months.

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