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Written answers

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carbon Offset Payment

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the carbon offset payment made by the House in respect of parliamentary air...

  • Prime Minister

    • Pakistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he made to the President of Pakistan on that country's record on human rights and civil liberties at their meeting on 28 January 2008; and if he...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many allegations of child abuse have been reported by (a) state maintained and (b) independent schools to (i) the...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to assist parents with the costs of child care.

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress his Department has made towards meeting its targets on (a) extended schools and (b) after-school childcare.

      Extended Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the cost of extended school provision in deprived areas in England in the latest period for which...

      Extended Schools: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many facilities for extended school provision in deprived areas in England were (a) set up and (b) closed in each of the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the potential effects of universal free school meals on levels of healthy eating.

      Pre-School Education: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much the Government have spent on pre-school education in Coventry in the last five years.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils in year (a) 9, (b) 10 and (c) 11 had a recorded unauthorised absence in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and...

      Young People: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure his Department has incurred in countering social exclusion among young people (a) who have a disability, (b)...

      Young People: Speech Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support is available through the Connexions Service to assist young people who stammer into employment; and what training is...

      Youth Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Youth Opportunity and (b) Youth Capital funds; and if he...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) first-class and (b) other flights he has taken since 28 June 2007; and on each occasion (i) how many staff travelled with him and...

    • Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of his Department's agencies use the (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone codes for customer enquiries; how many 0845 or 0870 telephone codes...

      Elderly: Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1472-73W, on elderly abuse, what the criteria are for dealing with assaults...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies in relation to departmental appointments in each year since 1997.

      Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 181W, on intimidation, on what date the formal complaint of bullying was...

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days he spent in Northern Ireland on official business in each of the last 12 months.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his official engagements were in December 2007.

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in his Department in the most recent year...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by his Department.

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were reported (i) lost, (ii)...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies in relation to departmental appointments in each year since 1997.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to her staff were reported (i) lost, (ii) missing and (iii)...

    • Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will list the special advisers employed in her office since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was in each case.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 768W, on elections,...

    • Elections: Scotland

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much was paid to Unlock Democracy for its work on the Scottish elections; and what...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nationals of Commonwealth countries serving in the British armed forces have not been permitted to remain in the UK upon returning from active...

    • Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many citizens of other Commonwealth countries served in the UK armed forces in each year of the last 10 years, broken down by country of origin.

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK citizens discharged from the armed forces did not return to their country of origin in each year for which figures are available (a)...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel awarded British Military Parachute Wings (a) received and (b) did not receive parachute pay in each year since 1997.

      Chelsea Barracks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much from the sale of Chelsea Barracks will be (a) available to his Department and (b) returned to HM Treasury; and what the payment schedule is...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she was informed of the Non-Stated Preference peer review findings in relation to the Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England report;...

    • Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) her Department and (b) the project steering group were informed that the ANCON model would not be used for modelling work undertaken as part...

      British Railways Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will wind up the British Rail Board (Residuary) and transfer its assets to Network Rail.

      British Railways Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives exist to encourage the British Rail Board (Residuary) speedily to dispose of its assets.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) objective and (b) value is of all contracts placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv)...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to conduct a public consultation on proposals to revise legislation on drinking and driving.

      Heathrow Airport: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to Annex B, paragraph 2.34 of the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document, which sites of significant importance for nature...

      M1: Tree Felling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason substantial tree-felling is taking place alongside the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway south of junction 27; and if she will...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage change from a 2007 baseline she has projected for (a) rail passenger and (b) freight mileage by (i) 2009, (ii) 2014, (iii) 2019 and...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 48W, on roads: accidents, what proportion of deaths on roads occurred on (a)...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 48W, on Roads: Accidents, what assessment she had made of the causes of the...

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new road have been built in each year since 1997. [Official Report, 20 November 2008, Vol. 483, c. 3MC.]

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average weight of a two-car train was in (a) 1985, (b) 1997 and (c) 2006.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Department took the decision that the ministerial residence occupied by Lord Malloch Brown was to be refurbished and...

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date Lord Malloch Brown first occupied his official ministerial residence in Admiralty House.

      Afghanistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make on the arrest and sentencing to death of Afghan...

      Afghanistan: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the death sentence imposed on Sayed Pervez Kambaksh; and if...

      Antarctic: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research activity the UK is conducting in the Antarctic; what the objectives of such research are; what reports he has...

      Antarctic: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on oil exploration and research in the Antarctic by other countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Aral Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the impact on the Aral sea of cotton farm irrigation in Uzbekistan, with particular...

      British Overseas Territories: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to protect sea birds in the overseas territories.

      Brunei: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Brunei on increasing the provision of married quarters for Royal Ghurkha...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much revenue was generated by each (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone code used by his Department's agencies for customer...

      EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on plans for the forthcoming Irish referendum on the EU Constitution; and if he will make a statement.

      Falkland Islands: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures the Government are taking to protect the fisheries around the Falkland Islands from unauthorised fishing by...

      Falkland Islands: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what forecasts have been made of the future level of fish stocks in the Falkland Islands waters.

      Falkland Islands: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Argentine Government on the issuing of licences to fish in Falkland Islands waters.

      Falkland Islands: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regulations govern the activity of fishing vessels in Falkland Islands waters.

      Falkland Islands: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much revenue the issuing of fishing licences to foreign vessels generated for the Falkland Islands in each year for which...

      Falkland Islands: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many species of endangered (a) animals and (b) birds there are in the Falkland Islands; and what estimate he has made of...

      Falkland Islands: Seals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the populations of seals and sealions in the Falkland Islands and its waters; and what...

      Foreigners: Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) substantive and (b) honorary awards of each class of honour have been made to foreign nationals in each of the...

      Single European Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what passerelle clauses were (a) introduced by and (b) established in legislation made under the Single European Act.

      United Nations: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1043W, on United Nations: Sanctions, what representations...

      United Nations: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people within the UK have been the subject of sanctions (a) under chapter VII of the UN Charter imposed by the United...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been given by the Arts Council England to amateur operatic societies in each of the last five years.

    • Blue Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) funding and (b) advice and assistance his Department makes available to encourage and facilitate the installation of blue plaques.

      Blue Plaques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding his Department provided in 2007 for the installation of blue plaques (a) inside and (b) outside London; and to which...

      British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the British Library on the safeguarding and monitoring of books and other materials in its care.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, to the hon. Member for Southend, West, Official Report, columns 2169-70W, on Capita, what...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many casinos there were in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what requirements his Department and its agency place on contractors in relation to audit of personal data and IT equipment.

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1809W, on Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Copeland, when the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been ringfenced for promoting tourism in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Libraries: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which public libraries have closed in each London borough since 1997; and in which year each closed.

      Video Games: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) people and (b) under 18-year-olds have participated in the Byron Review of the effects of video games to date; what...

      Wicksteed Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will visit Wicksteed Park in Kettering to discuss with the Wicksteed Trust how his Department might assist the promotion and...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's performance against objectives in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq has been in each of the last three years; and if...

    • Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2080W, on departmental marketing, what the dimensions are of the...

      Developing Countries: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made towards the millennium development goal of improving maternal health in each year since 2000; and what...

      Developing Countries: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps the Government have taken to assist developing countries to introduce environmentally sustainable development schemes...

      Fair Trade Initiative

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

      Gaza: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to provide aid supplies to the people of Gaza affected by recent events.

      HIV Infection: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to provide support to strengthen the organisational capacity of national Governments and civil society working...

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist development in India since 1997.

      Mozambique: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist Mozambique to rebuild the damage caused by the latest floods.

      Overseas Aid: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had on funding for malarial control in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many branded plastic bags his Department has purchased in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have applied for Bellwin scheme funding consequent upon the flooding of July 2007; and if she will...

    • Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) advice and (b) assistance her Department is providing to local authorities who have registered their intention to...

      Care Homes: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities with planning responsibilities on (a) the delivery of housing with...

      Community Development: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department made available for regeneration projects and community building initiatives in (a) Thanet and (b)...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost to local authorities of the collection of council tax in 2008-09.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a)...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average long-term rate of vacant dwellings was in each region in England in the latest period for which figures are...

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administrative costs of the Government offices for the regions were in England in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average projected lifespan is of a new domestic dwelling in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing Starts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets her Department has set for the number of (a) privately developed, (b) social rented and (c) other affordable...

      Housing: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2008, Official Report, column 2330W, on Housing: South West region, what estimate she has...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 13 December 2007, Official Report, columns...

      Political Activities: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she (a) has given and (b) plans to give to local authorities on the provision without charge of local authority...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of each local authority in England's spending on adult social care (a) in absolute terms and (b) as...

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises: Ribble Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many bail hostels there are in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire and (c) England; and what their total capacity is.

    • Circumcisions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were successfully prosecuted for carrying out female circumcision in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by his Department have given rise to responses that have been published by his Department.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department and its predecessor since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department and its predecessors spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to encourage the use of mediation in divorce proceedings not covered by legal aid; and if he will oblige solicitors to offer mediation...

      Driving Under Influence: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were prosecuted for drink driving over the Christmas period in each of the last five years.

      Firearms Act 1968: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2105W, on the Firearms Act 1968: convictions, what proportion of those found guilty...

      Langley House Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons resident at a Langley House Trust hostel and the subject of supervision in the community under court order or parole, have absconded and...

      Limitation Periods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what account he plans to take of the recent court ruling on limitation periods in drawing up his own proposals for making statutory changes to...

      Magistrates: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates on the Warrington bench come from (a) Warrington, North constituency, (b) Warrington South constituency, (c) outside the borough...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria the National Offender Management Service will use in selecting (a) secular and (b) faith-based voluntary sector organisations as partners...

      National Security Strategy

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

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have received (a) the maximum sentence, (b) a custodial sentence and (c) a community sentence for possession of a knife in a public...

      Prisoners Release: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans his Department has to use satellite tracking for prisoner release with (a) electronic tags and (b) radio frequency identification tags;...

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government plans to take to address prison overcrowding in each of the next three years.

      Prostitution: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been prosecuted for offences relating to prostitution in Leicester in the last four years.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of the prison population were being detained as a result of probation recall in (a) May and (b) November in each year...

      Sentencing: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those sentenced since 1 April 2004 to custodial sentences of less than five years for the offence of possession of a firearm were (a)...

      Supervised Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which constituencies in England and Wales have supervised contact centres within (a) five miles and (b) 10 miles of the constituency boundary.

      Young Offender Institutions: Criminal Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost was of repairing criminal damage in young offender institutions in each county in England and Wales in each of the last five calendar...

      Young Offenders: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of young offenders and juveniles with mental health disorders re-offended within (a) one, (b) two and (c) three years of their release...

  • Treasury

    • Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will bring forward proposals to allow local community organisations to invest in credit unions serving their communities; (2) what plans he has...

    • National Security

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

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the letter from his Department to the Bank of England setting out the terms and requirements of lending to Northern Rock.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the term sheet for the planned guarantees of bonds for Northern Rock; and if he will make a statement.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Statement of 21 January 2008 on Northern Rock, whether the Government plans to require restrictions on (a) salary, (b) bonus payments and...

      Pay: Police

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effect on the overall rate of inflation of a net pay increase to the police force of (a) 2.5 per cent. and (b) 1.9 per cent.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the trend in prostate cancer (a) one-year, (b) two-year and (c) five-year survival rates over the last 20 years; and if he...

      Revenue and Customs: Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was paid in travel expenses to the 450 senior managers who attended the three meetings in 2006, held as part of HM Revenue and Customs Leading the...

      Revenue and Customs: Higher Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what costs were incurred by HM Revenue and Customs in hosting the three meetings held in 2006 as part of the Leading the Way initiative to discuss the...

      Tax Incentives: Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on tax incentives for manufacturers of flexible-fuel vehicles.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individual burdens in business compliance requirements have been (a) removed and (b) amended in each year...

    • Certification Officer: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many members of the Certification Officer's staff are members of a trades union.

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to encourage people to save with credit unions.

      Energy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average annual household bill for (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) St. Ives...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of a letter of formal notice issued by the European Commission in March 2007 to...

      Imports: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from which countries the UK imported natural gas in 2007; and what the percentage of total natural gas imports was...

      Imports: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from which countries the UK imported oil in 2007; and what the percentage of total oil imports was made from each.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what new (a) advice and (b) regulatory arrangements have been implemented by the Health and Safety Executive in...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the likely maximum (a) percentage and (b) cash differences in gas prices in each region...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people living in the Vale of York he estimates will be resident more than three miles away from a post office...

      Post Office: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the total expenditure was by Post Office Ltd. on the post office network, excluding Crown offices, in the last...

      Post Office: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library the summaries of responses to the Post Office's Area Plan Proposal for North Yorkshire...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many submissions were received by Post Office Ltd. to its consultation on proposed post office closures in Leicester.

      Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the implementation of his Department's guidelines on public consultations.

      Regional Development Agencies: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many board members of each regional development agency have made a declaration of political activity that involved...

      Regional Development Agencies: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1216W, on Regional Development Agencies: Planning,...

      Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will consider the merits of introducing pre-judging planning decisions for potential renewable energy sites.

      Tidal Power: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution to the national grid of electricity generated by...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Media Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many communications, press and marketing staff were employed in the civil service in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2006-07.

    • Civil Service Diversity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to increase diversity in the civil service.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the public service agreement for social exclusion.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to address social exclusion of adults with autism.

      Family Intervention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the contribution of family intervention projects to social inclusion.

      Family Intervention

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the Family-Nurse Partnership's programme's contribution to social inclusion.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the role of third sector organisations in campaigning for social change; and if he will make a statement.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Cabinet Office in providing information assurance across government.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason the number of communication and press staff listed in the Central Office of Information's White Book differs from those given in...

      Departmental Responsibilities: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Ministers have been responsible for social exclusion policy since 1997, broken down by Department.

      Disadvantaged: Elderly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what work the Social Exclusion Taskforce has carried out into tackling social exclusion among older people; and what further work it has planned on...

      Respect Task Force

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date the Respect Unit was closed; for what reasons it was closed; and whether its staff are being made redundant.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have received (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) more than three anti-social behaviour orders since they were...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time has been for a decision to be made on asylum cases under the Legacy Casework programme whose questionnaires...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many grants of discretionary leave to remain in the UK in cases where return would breach Article 8 of the European Convention on Human...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases where asylum seekers have been pursued for failing to report to a reporting centre there have been administrative errors in...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the reply of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1297W, on asylum, which countries are included in the category Europe...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received about the International Training Agency's removal of failed asylum seekers from the UK; and how many...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which agencies and organisations have access to personal data held by her Department or its agencies; and which agencies and organisations...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many reports have been made to her Department's nominated officers under paragraph 16 of the revised Civil Service Code since its...

      Departmental Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Home Office-branded plastic bags her Department has procured in the last 24 months for which figures are available; and at what cost.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) task forces her Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake; on what...

      Departmental: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by her Department have given rise to responses that have been published by her...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals who were handed down a community sentence were removed from the United Kingdom by (a) deportation and (b)...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who remained in the UK beyond the expiration of their visa were deported in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of persons found in possession of a class C drug for the first time were (a) cautioned and (b) charged with an offence in...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes she has (a) made and (b) plans to make in respect of the granting of extensions to student visas; in what circumstances such...

      Firearms: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) shotguns, (b) rifles and (c) handguns were stolen in (i) England and Wales and (ii) each police force area in each year since...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to ensure that information on helplines and access to support for victims of forced marriage or persons in fear of...

      Identity Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 284W, on identity documents, how many of the 1,222 people convicted or...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of criminal justice enforcement efforts against those responsible for the...

      Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what checks her Department and its agencies make on the immigration status of couriers working within her Department and its agencies;...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give a break down by (a) sex and (b) age group of the cases in which grant of leave to remain in the UK was granted under the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate her Department has made of likely changes in its (a) expenditure on and (b) revenue from immigration arising from the...

      Kent

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

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted foreign offenders were given a payment in return for voluntarily leaving the UK in each year since the inception of such...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the 4,000 prisoners deported in 2007 were non-EU nationals; how many were (a) recommended for deportation by a judge at...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals serving prison sentences of less than 12 months were deported in 2007.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) non-EU citizens and (b) foreign nationals who were convicted of (i) firearms and (ii) drug offences in the UK were deported in...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners were removed from the UK after being released from prison in 2007.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police special officers there were in each police authority in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 2000.

      Political Impartiality

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

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many released prisoners were removed from prison to immigration centres in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; how many such people were...

      Regulation

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

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings she has had with trades union officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trades unions.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to expedite the processing of visa applications for those wishing to attend the 2012 Olympic Games; and what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Birthday Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department has spent on sending birthday messages to people on their 100th birthday in each of the last 10 years.

    • Birthday Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the practice of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions sending messages to people on their 100th birthday was introduced.

      Child Poverty Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings the Child Poverty Unit has had.

      Departmental Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary...

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken towards delivering in its business strategy the six Cs of focusing on the customer, developing our culture,...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what contracts his Department has for the provision of call centres outside the UK.

      Employment Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of all Government employment programmes in each year since 1997 for which information is available.

      Employment: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the two tick system in guaranteeing a disabled person with appropriate...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what guidance he gives to employers on the volume of recorded music broadcast in the workplace; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department may take in cases where people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance are offered appropriate employment and do not take it.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants aged 16 to 24 terminated their claim after five months but before six months of making an...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants aged 25 or over terminated their claim for JSA after 17 months but before 18 months of making an...

      Mercury: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 862-3W, what the outcome of each of the five cases was for the health of...

      National Insurance: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many foreign residents successfully applied for national insurance numbers in each London borough in each of the last four years.

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the pre-gateway stage went into (a) employment, (b)...

      New Deal for Young People: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much of the expenditure on the new deal for young people was spent on the (a) gateway, (b) voluntary sector option, (c)...

      New Deal Schemes: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of each New Deal programme in each year since 1997.

      New Deal Schemes: Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those returning to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) immediately after a period on the new deal are counted as making two distinct claims for...

      Pension Service: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the e-forecasting service on the Pension Service website was used to calculate state pension forecasts in each month since May 2007.

      Race Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what work has been undertaken by the Race Task Force.

      Social Security Benefits: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit payments made by his Department were to people living outside the UK in the last year for which figures are available.

      State Retirement Pensions: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average age of entitlement to a state pension was in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in the most recent period for...

      Unemployment Benefits: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children lived in families claiming out-of-work benefits in each year since 1997, broken down by parliamentary...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer Question 162683, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on ex-prisoners.

  • Health

    • Blood Donors: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 991W, on blood: prisoners, (1) what his Department's policy was on blood...

    • Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to support Brent teaching primary care trust following its financial difficulties; and when the Taylor report on the trust's...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for (a) beginning and (b) concluding a consultation on (i) proposals for...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for launching a national communications campaign to improve the public's...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for rolling out the Sunsmart campaign; when he plans to evaluate the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts in England provide funding for surafenib for patients with (a) advanced renal cell cancer and (b) liver cancer.

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Care Quality Commission will be responsible for ensuring that recommendations arising out of upheld service user and carer complaints are...

      Care Quality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Care Quality Commission will be responsible for regulating assessment of mental health needs in forensic settings.

      Chronically Sick

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of creating long-term conditions networks on the management of patients with long-term conditions.

      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 report medical information to health care...

      Community Hospitals: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in community hospitals in each year since 2003; what proportion of funding of community hospitals is ring-fenced for the...

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the additional £30 million he has allocated to the Family Nurse Partnership pilots will be allocated, broken down by (a) area and (b)...

      Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that the Care Quality Commission maintains at least the same frequency of visits to detained mental health patients as undertaken by the...

      Dementia: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government funding was provided for medical research into dementia in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the health research budget...

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is actively recruiting international medical graduates and European doctors in shortage specialties.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with (a) alcohol, (b) drug and (c) gambling addictions by a GP in England in the last five years.

      Family Practitioner Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects (a) blood tests, (b) electrocardiograms and (c) ultrasound to be available on demand in GPs' surgeries; (2) how much he has set...

      Food: Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the recommended daily calorie intake for (a) men and (b) women; and what plans he has to review these recommendations.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which consumers utilise the nutritional information panel on food packaging.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) assaults and (b) incidents of verbal abuse of GPs which resulted in a patient being removed from a GP...

      General Practitioners: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many general practitioners are practising in Colchester constituency; and how many were practising in May 1997; (2) what the (a) average, (b)...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the level of funding provided to GPs to cover practice running costs changed in each year since 1996.

      General Practitioners: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GP practice support staff are paid in accordance with national pay scales; and what guidance his Department issues to GPs on remuneration for...

      Health Checks: Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of adults who will have preventative health check-ups in their GP's surgery in each of the next three years.

      Health Services: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital doctors, (b) nurses, (c) GPs, (d) GP practice nurses, (e) nurse practitioners, (f) modern matrons, (g) community matrons and...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provided to the "FaCe It" campaign on hepatitis C in each year since 2004; what steps he has taken to promote the campaign to...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2230W, on hospitals: waiting lists, what social reasons may be used for suspending...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports of occurrences inconsistent with routine patient care were made to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority by Professor Alison...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he plans to take to promote the involvement of patients and the public in monitoring the effectiveness of services provided for the NHS...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure members of local involvement networks (LINKs) are indemnified by his Department in relation to activities...

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure members of local involvement networks are paid appropriate expenses by the host.

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that local involvement networks are provided with funds to establish regional and national networks and the means to monitor effectively...

      Magnetic Resonance Imagers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRI scanners there were in the NHS in (a) 2007 and (b) 1997.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to provide more flexible maternity services for women, including (a) one-to-one support from pregnancy through to...

      Midwives: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives are employed by (a) Barnet Primary Care Trust, (b) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust and (c) the Royal Free Hospital; how...

      NHS Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to announce a strategy on the future funding of NHS walk-in centres; whether in preparing that strategy he will consider the potential for...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per head of the population on health provision (a) in Wiltshire, (b) in Hampshire, (c) in Northumberland, (d) in London, (e) in...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to review the market forces factor for NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what formula is used to determine the market forces factor.

      NHS: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS organisations failed fire risk assessments in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age was of (a) GPs, (b) consultants, (c) nurses and (d) midwives in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to increase the budget for local involvement networks to reflect the increased number of activities undertaken by such...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the Darzi reviews of the NHS are informed by patient and public involvement; (2) if he will meet members of...

      Non-Ionizing Radiation: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has commissioned on the effects of non-ionising radiation on health.

      Northwick Park Hospital: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made with implementing plans to modernise Northwick Park Hospital.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the £372 million funding announced for promoting the achievement and maintenance of healthy weight over the period 2008 to 2011 will be...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) four to five and (b) 10 to 11-year-olds were (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year since 2005, broken down by sex, as...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) income threshold and (b) capital allowance is above which people are requested to pay prescription charges.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the total prescription charge income came from pre-payment certificates in each of the last three financial years; and what the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's definitions are of (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) tertiary health care; and what services are provided within each category...

      Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people responded to each consultation conducted by his Department in the last five years.

      Rickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of rickets there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority area in each year between 1997-98 and 2006-07.

      Sexual Dysfunction: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for men (a) under and (b) over 60 years of age were issued for anti-impotence preparations in each of the last five years; and at...

      Shropshire

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

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to initiate a warning on tobacco products that smoking can cause blindness.

      Social Services: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to review the need for an independent complaints body for social care.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancelled (a) operations and (b) other appointments in NHS hospitals there were in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the code of practice governing the sale of cigarettes from vending machines to ensure that only those aged over 18 are able to buy...

      Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of (a) the procurement process and (b) any compensation payments to relevant parties for those phase 2 independent sector...

      Waiting Lists: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for an operation in each London borough at the latest date for which figures are available; and what steps the Government...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of all single farm payments due had been made by 1 January 2008.

    • Air Pollution: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what air quality management areas there are in the south-east region of England, broken down by (a) location and (b) year...

      Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make a statement on the future of cider brandy production; (2) pursuant to the written ministerial...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to report to the House on the feasibility study on ending the use of non-domesticated animals in travelling...

      Animal Welfare: Genetic Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the European Food Standards Agency's draft scientific opinions relating to (a) animal health...

      Animal Welfare: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued on the slaughter, on grounds of welfare and animal health, of animals living in religious...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of trends in the numbers of badgers in the UK over the last 10 years; how many badger culls have...

      Beef: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has made to the EU Commission report on the tracing of Brazilian beef imports; and what assessment he has...

      Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the bluetongue variant 8 (BTV8) vaccine is to farmers per dose;

      Bulls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to assist the development of a market for bull calves.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 1390W, on carbon emissions, how many tonnes were carbon...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest estimate is of the carbon dioxide emissions of his Department as a result of the consumption of (a) gas and...

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the use of free range chicken and eggs in departmental catering facilities; and if he will...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff in each pay grade were employed in his Department and its agencies on (a) 1 January...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years.

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on adding new breeds and cross-breeds of dogs to those covered by the provisions of the...

      Domestic Animals: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with veterinary professionals on the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      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...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether in those areas piloting charges for household rubbish collection waste disposal authorities will be liable to make...

      European Fisheries Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to submit the Operational Programme of the European Fisheries Fund to the European Commission; when he expects...

      Fisheries: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, columns 2124-5W, on fisheries: public appointments, if he...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he next plans to discuss fisheries quota management with Ministers in the devolved administrations; and if he will make...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to help provide more quota to the 10 metre and under fleet in 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2008, Official Report, column 744W, on fisheries: quotas, what proposals his Department...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the planned consultation for the Quota Management Change Programme did not take place between January and...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if he will make it his policy to use the dispute resolution procedure in the devolution agreements to introduce UK-wide...

      Geographical Information Systems: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which public authorities, other than local authorities and their partner organisations, have access to the MAGIC database.

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the British Horseracing Authority has to tackle excessive use of whips by jockeys in horseracing; and if he will...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will use powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to criminalise the excessive whipping of racehorses by jockeys; and...

      Horses: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research on the implications for animal welfare of whipping racehorses during races.

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the costs to (a) his Department and (b) the farming industry of changes made to the...

      Morgan Allan Moore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of the company Morgan Allan Moore in...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking under the public sector food Initiative to encourage public sector bodies to phase out the purchase...

      Recycling: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which councils already operate reward-only incentive schemes to encourage recycling.

      Regeneration: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grants his Department has provided for the re-development of Coventry in the last 12 months; and what (a) grants and...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of...

      Rodents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate (a) he and (b) the Environment Agency has made of trends in the rat population and significant rat...

      Scottish Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he or officials from his Department (a) have been invited to attend and (b) will attend meetings of the Scottish...

      Water Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on canoe access agreements; and how much his Department has spent on researching such agreements.

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 246W, on whales, to how many (a) International...

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to whom at the Japanese Embassy the recent request to discuss Japanese whaling was addressed; and if he will make a statement.

      White Fish: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, columns 2127-8W, on white fish: conservation, pursuant to the...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Afghanistan concerning revocation of the death sentence pronounced on Mr Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, and...

    • Africa: Leadership Course

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the British Council's Inter Action Leadership course for Africans.

      Agriculture: Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers whose livestock was slaughtered during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in 2007 also had meat in cold store that was destroyed; and whether any...

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the buffer zone in place keeping grey squirrels from accessing red squirrel habitats.

      Animal Welfare: Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in the development of a vaccine to control squirrel pox, which is common in the grey squirrel population.

      Armed Forces: Gulf War Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 14 January (WA 236—7), who bears responsibility for the incorrect decision, shortly before he...

      Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 12 December 2007 (WA 54—5) about the cut from 100 per cent to 40 per cent in Gulf War veteran...

      Aviation: Overbooking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have given to airlines concerning encouraging volunteers to surrender their reservations on overbooked flights.

      Aviation: Passengers Denied Boarding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many passengers were denied boarding on British airlines during the last year.

      Aviation: Passengers Denied Boarding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether European Commission Regulation 261/2004 applies to downgraded passengers as well as those denied boarding on British airlines; and, if so, (a) how many...

      Benefits: Incapacity Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the list of 480 illnesses used by the Department for Work and Pensions in the administration of incapacity...

      Cameroon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will press the Commonwealth Secretariat to make representations to the Government of Cameroon about freedom of expression and assembly for opponents...

      Children: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will include the children of asylum seekers in child poverty statistics.

      Conservation: Old Street Magistrates' Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of Old Street Magistrates Court no longer being required by the Ministry of Justice, what steps they are taking suitably to conserve the building and...

      Crime: Honour Killings and Coercion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue appropriate guidance to the courts on sentences for honour killings, coercion and related violence.

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people did not return to a court while on bail in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Crime: Prevention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent reformed offenders are being used in crime prevention and offender rehabilitation programmes; whether they approve of this approach, particularly...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom, as a guarantor power under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, supports President Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in his...

      Eggs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review their decision to ban conventional cage egg units in England in 2012 if other European Union countries delay introducing a similar ban;...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 12 December 2007 (WA 58) and by Lord Darzi of Denham on 10 January (WA 217), what are the realistic outcomes of...

      Energy: Bills

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it compulsory for monthly energy bills to be accurate and contain timely information on energy usage, as proposed in the energy White Paper.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many households in the United Kingdom are in fuel poverty; what proportion of those are in rural areas; how many of those in rural areas are unable to access...

      Energy: Renewables

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by Lord Jones of Birmingham on 3 December 2007 (WA 161) and 12 December 2007 (WA 60—1), whether they will amend the original...

      Energy: Smart Meters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to make it a requirement for smart meters to be in all homes by 2017, as outlined in the energy White Paper; and how they will go about this.

      EU: Galileo Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 17 January (Official Report, cols. 1416—9), how the estimate of the Galileo project's contribution to...

      EU: Ioannina Compromise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each year since 1994, how many times the Ioannina compromise has been invoked in decisions of the European Union Council of Ministers; and on how many such...

      Gershon Review: DfT

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

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What appointments the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland had during December 2007 in Northern Ireland.

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they last discussed the continued functioning of the Guantanamo Bay camp with the United States authorities; and when they expect the United States to comply...

      Health: Toxic Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the steps being taken by companies and retail outlets to warn the public of the health hazards contained in certain...

      House of Lords: Security Staff

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What proposals he has for ensuring the comfort and safety of security staff who work at Black Rod's Garden Entrance.

      Identity Security

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

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the retention of bioinformation profiles for those not charged with or convicted of an offence has a significant impact on crime detection rates.

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals have been given access to the National DNA Database for the purpose of non-operational research; and, of those, how many were given access to...

      Police: Operation Pentameter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the full evaluation report on Police Operation Pentameter 1.

      Powers of Entry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Bills currently before Parliament contain provisions for, or amendments to, powers of entry.

      Prisons: Domestic Violence Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In how many male prisons domestic violence programmes are running.

      Regulators: Criminal Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of (a) the Environment Agency; (b) the Forestry Commission; (c) the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; (d) the local fisheries committees; and (e) Natural...

      Roads: A13

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Highways Agency last inspected the cleanliness of the A13 trunk road between the M25 and the A130; and whether the agency's managing agents will...

      Terrorism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the terrorist threat in Northern Ireland.

      Thames Barrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the possible rise of sea levels, what is the expected life span of the Thames Barrier; what plans they have to replace or alter the Barrier; and...

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