Written answers

Monday, 18 February 2008

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Advertising

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

    • Departmental Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 (ii) what...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each year since 2001; and if he...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the annual expenditure on training and development by his Department was in each of the last two financial years; and what the planned expenditure...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the annual expenditure on vehicles by his Department was in the last 12 months; and what the planned expenditure is for 2007-08.

      Official Engagements

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

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on regulation of (a) sunbed salons and (b) unsupervised sunbed salons and the use of each by...

  • Wales

    • Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many members of staff at the Wales Office work mainly on the processing of requests for legislative competence orders.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what percentage of the Commission's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

    • Department of Finance and Administration

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what organisational changes have occurred in the Department of Finance and Administration in the last 20 years...

      Diplomatic Protection Group

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what health and safety assessment has been made of the accommodation available for the Diplomatic Protection...

  • International Development

    • Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much international aid and development funding was given to Ethiopia in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

    • Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he met (a) representatives of the UN World Food Programme and (b) President of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, at the World...

      Kosovo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department allocated to Kosovo in each of the last three years; how much will be granted in the next three years; and...

      Middle East: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to ensure that aid to the Palestinian territories is not used to fund propaganda against the West and...

      World Economic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings he (a) attended and (b) chaired during the World Economic Forum, Davos, from 23 to 28 January 2008.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Databases

      To ask the Leader of the House what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by her Office.

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Leader of the House 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 IP...

  • Women and Equality

    • Administration of Justice: Females

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had since 1 December 2007 with the hon. Member for Liverpool, Garston in her role as the Ministry of Justice's Ministerial...

    • Prostitution: Advertising

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government plan to take on the offering of sexual services through personal advertisements in regional and local newspapers.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Aggregates: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her officials have had with the construction industry on reducing the use of aggregates in the last three years.

    • Buildings: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to publish (a) details of the training and qualifications required to accredit energy assessors and (b) the...

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are employed by her Department on the Prevent aspect of Project contest.

      Council Housing: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposal that tenants should be actively seeking work will apply to (a) council tenants, (b) tenants of registered...

      Council Tax: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have a policy of using bailiff services in pursuit of council tax arrears.

      Council Tax: Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on issuing bankruptcy orders in pursuit of council tax arrears;...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Freedom of Information requests her Department received in each year since 2005; and how many of those requests were...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has purchased products featuring departmental or Government branding in the last five years.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the special advisers employed in her Department and its predecessors since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many external contracts her Department held with public relations companies since its inception; and what the total cost of...

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Disabled Facilities Grants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was provided to each local authority in England as disabled facilities grant in each of the last three years; and what...

      Electric Cables: Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will meet representatives of the construction industry to discuss the possible relationship between incidence of...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies in relation to departmental appointments in each year since 1997.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of an empty home is used in relation to (a) council tax, (b) Empty Dwelling Management Orders and (c) for her...

      Energy: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many energy inspectors will be required to meet the requirement for Energy Performance Certificates on (a) commercial...

      Environment Protection: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of the £2 million budget under the auspices of eco risk assessment funding has been allocated to (a) climate...

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many calls each fire control room received in the 72 hour period commencing 00:00 on 20 July 2007; (2) how many...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost to her Department of (a) rental, (b) VAT, (c) business rates and (d) other associated costs of the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated cost to her Department of (a) rental, (b) VAT, (c) business rates and (d) other associated costs of the...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date she expects the (a) North East, (b) East Midlands and (c) South West regional fire control centres to open with...

      Fire Services: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what tests will be applied to determine whether the Fire Control project represents value for money for fire and rescue authorities.

      Fire Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total allocation for the Fire and Resilience Programme was in the last year for which figures are available, broken...

      Fire Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) total cost and (b) cost of information technology provision in respect of the FiReControl Project has been since...

      Fire Services: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of EADS Defence and Security Systems in the provision of...

      Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of staff in the fire and rescue service were firefighters in each year since 1997.

      Fire Services: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria are used to determine bonus payments to senior fire officers.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the working party on firefighters' pensions announced on 22 January to (a) meet and (b) report; and if she...

      Fire: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many deaths attributed to fire were notified to her Department and its predecessors by fire and rescue services in each of...

      First-time Buyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on steps to assist first-time buyers to purchase homes.

      Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have not yet returned to their homes following flooding in summer 2007.

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been allocated to local authorities under the extended Bellwin formula to provide 100 per cent. of the...

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding for flood relief and recovery in addition to that delivered through the local government settlement she will...

      Floods: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many central homelessness advisers are working with local authorities affected by flooding in 2007; and if she will...

      Gravel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of (a) gravel and (b) mineral demand she estimates will be met from (i) land, (ii) marine and (iii)...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home information packs were subsidised, in whole or in part, under the scheme to provide £0.5 million funding for...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisations received subsidy for the production of energy performance certificates in home information packs ordered...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) energy performance certification assessors and (b) energy performance...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the oral answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, columns 780-1 on home information packs, if she will place in...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any (a) home owners and (b) estate agents have been fined for marketing a property without a home information pack.

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which companies were commissioned to undertake (a) qualitative and (b) quantitative research for the home information pack dry...

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the contractual deadline is for Ipsos-MORI to provide her Department with its research into the home information pack...

      Home Information Packs: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home sellers took part in each home information pack area trial.

      Home Information Packs: Surveying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many accredited surveyors for home information packs there were in each district and unitary council area on 1 January 2008.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless people there were in (a) England, (b) each English region, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were assisted with securing private rented accommodation by homelessness units in (a) England, (b) each...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the proposed powers of the Homes and Communities Agency to enter and survey land will include powers to enter (a)...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to require a net return to the public purse from the regulatory work of the Homes and Communities Agency; what...

      Housing Renewal Areas: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the effect of private investor activity within housing renewal areas in the next 12 months; and if...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) planned expenditure is and (b) expenditure to date has been on providing free energy performance certificates;...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many tenants in social housing were evicted in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of (a) private, (b) registered social landlord and (c) local authority households were estimated to be...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on bringing homes up to the decent homes standard in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in the Thames Gateway area since 2003.

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes built since 1 January 2003 in the Thames Gateway area have been located on brownfield land; and if she will...

      Housing: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the terms of reference are of the housing audit to be undertaken by the Commission for Architecture and the Built...

      Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many cases of bullying have been reported in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last 12 months.

      Kent

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

      Land: Southlands Hospital, Shoreham-by-Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions her Department has had with developers about the use of surplus land at Southlands hospital in...

      Landlords: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have designated areas where landlords must be licensed; and, in each case, what assessment has been made...

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1146W, on licensed premises, what the permitted hours are...

      Local Authorities: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she is monitoring the expenditure of local authorities on local involvement networks.

      Local Authorities: Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities had signed the Small Business Friendly Concordat by 31 January 2008; and what proportion of local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of (a) aggregate external finance and (b) local authority revenue expenditure will be ring-fenced...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the real terms change in Government grant for local authorities was (a) excluding ring fenced schools grants and the same...

      Local Government Finance: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been allocated by her Department, its associated agencies and non-departmental bodies to (a) Warrington and...

      Local Government: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the recent draft statutory instruments on local government restructuring were replaced with new ones in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the reasons are for the time taken to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of (a) 16...

      Minister for the West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at which high level events and with regard to which high level projects the Minister for the west midlands has championed the...

      Multiple Occupation: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fines have been levied against landlords for breaches of licence provisions for houses in multiple occupation in the...

      Multiple Occupation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what feedback she has received from enforcement authorities on the implementation of the National Licensing Scheme for Houses in...

      New Local Government Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments her Department and its predecessor made to the New Local Government Network since 2002.

      Non-Profit Making Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many contracts her Department has with social enterprises; and what the value of each of those contracts is.

      Non-Profit Making Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's (a) procurement and (b) tendering policy is in respect of social enterprises.

      Political Impartiality

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

      Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to increase levels of funding for the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund over the next three years.

      Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual cost is of her Department's membership of the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard; and for...

      Property: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which organisation is the custodian of Valuebill schemes; and whether she has plans to review the arrangement.

      Public Bodies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1342W, on public bodies: internet, what each XML schema in...

      Quarrying: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public inquiries concerning mineral extraction plans there have been in the last five years.

      Regional Government: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 943W, on regional government: public participation, which...

      Regional Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list each of the representations made by regional Ministers to other Departments relating to issues within the...

      Regional Ministers: Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what engagements the Minister for (a) the north-east, (b) the north-west, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber, (d) London, (e) the...

      Regional Planning and Development: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1168-69W, on regional planning and development: East...

      Regional Planning and Development: South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to (a) local planning authorities in Gloucestershire and (b) planning appeals...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) her Department and...

      Street Cleaning: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on street cleaning in each local authority in England in each of the last five years.

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many eco-towns are to be built in each of the next 10 years.

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she proposes to take to manage the impact of eco-towns on local traffic networks.

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated for the construction of eco-towns; and from what budgets.

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that funding for the construction of eco-towns will not be taken from existing allocations for...

      Temporary Accommodation: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were housed in temporary accommodation by each London local authority in each year since 1997.

      Temporary Accommodation: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of households living in temporary accommodation had someone in work in each of the last 10 years.

      Thames Gateway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which publicly funded organisations are in receipt of monies in respect of the Thames Gateway project; and if she will make a...

      Thames Gateway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projects have been identified for funding under the auspices of the Thames Gateway Economic Development Investment Plan; at...

      Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to the public purse was of each of her Department's five annual conferences on developing services for Gypsies and...

      Travelling People: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate her Department has made of trends in the demand for authorised traveller sites from migrant travellers from (a)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what stage each local authority's minerals and waste development proposals has reached.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policy of (a) UK and (b) US forces is on spraying drug crops in Afghanistan in order to destroy them.

    • Afghanistan: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what training medical locums serving in Afghanistan received to prepare for operations; (2) what proportion of medical locums serving in...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of staff in his Department (a) speak Pashtun and (b) are training to speak Pashtun.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the order of battle of 16 Air Assault Brigade will be on its deployment to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual expected strength is of each unit deploying to Afghanistan in spring 2008.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters will be operating in Afghanistan after the next roulement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many extra helicopters will be sent to Afghanistan as part of the spring roulement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops deployed in Afghanistan will have tours lasting for longer than six months.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons NATO leaflets advised Afghan civilians to stay in their homes before the bombing of Musa Qala.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fresh fruit and vegetables was delivered to UK forces in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Helmand Province in each year since 2001.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with NATO allies on providing Pashtun linguists for non-kinetic operations in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with his German counterpart about the provision of German troop transport support for OP Herrick 7 and OP Herrick 8.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the nationalities of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan since the conflict began; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) name and (b) age at death was of each British serviceman and woman (i) killed and (ii) severely injured in Afghanistan since 2001; and...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with his French counterpart on France increasing its air assets in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received from his US counterpart on military (a) force levels and (b) strategy in Afghanistan; and if he will make a...

      Afghanistan: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what increase in forces mail to Afghanistan there has been since troops were allowed a free 2kg package.

      Afghanistan: Unarmed Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tactical unarmed air vehicle image analysts are deployed in Afghanistan; and what plans he has to increase that number.

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's annual Royal Air Force (a) manpower strength planning assumptions, (b) manning and training...

      Air Force: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's quarterly forecast of Royal Air Force manpower for each quarter since the beginning of 1997-98.

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what airframes will be deployed on the new generation of Royal Navy aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in the north east arising from the ordering of the two aircraft...

      Aircraft Carriers: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of the placing of the order for two aircraft carriers on the skills base of the UK maritime industry; and if...

      Aircraft Carriers: Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the value of the work share on the two new aircraft carriers to the North East economy.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department plans to spend on improving (a) accommodation and (b) training facilities for armed forces personnel in Northern Ireland in 2008-09.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former service personnel who served in Northern Ireland have received compensation from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in the last 10 years.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in relation to the compensation scheme for former civilian internees of the Japanese during the second world war, on what grounds applications from...

      Armed Forces: Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the supply of munitions from UK produced supplies to UK forces.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial support and (b) child care provision his Department provides for the families of service personnel deployed on operations.

      Armed Forces: Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people with coeliac disease were discharged from the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy in each of the last five years;...

      Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many payments under the Armed Forces Compensation scheme to claimants living in the London region there have been since 2005.

      Armed Forces: Corneal Ulcers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the incidence of corneal ulcers is among (a) contact lens wearing and (b) all British service personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; and what...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the adequacy of the (a) free and (b) fee paying communication facilities for service personnel on operational tours.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the (a) armed forces, (b) Army, (c) Navy and (d) Royal Air Force are (i) deployed on operations and (ii) conducting other military...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the armed forces in Northern Ireland offered assistance in non-military situations other than those involving civil disturbance in 2007.

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK personnel were deployed on operations at each location at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Desertion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are recorded as absent without leave, broken down by (a) unit and (b) nationality.

      Armed Forces: Desertion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were disciplined for going absent without leave in each of the last 10 years, broken down by service.

      Armed Forces: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK nationals served in the armed forces in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nationality.

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what procedures are used in recruiting non-UK citizens to the armed forces; and if he will make a statement; (2) what printed documents are used...

      Armed Forces: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what entitlements non-UK citizens have on discharge from the armed forces (a) before they have completed basic training, (b) on leaving before the end...

      Armed Forces: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of wounded military personnel are being cared for in military hospitals.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many units of (a) married and (b) single accommodation are provided at each barracks in (i) the United Kingdom and (ii) Germany; and what...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of his Department's housing stock is void or uninhabited.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total number of void (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation is in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas.

      Armed Forces: Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average and (b) highest percentage of annual leave lost by personnel in the (i) Army, (ii) Navy, (iii) RAF and (iv) all services has been...

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the peace establishment was of the (a) Royal Dragoon Guards, (b) 1(st) Battalion Scots Guards, (c) Royal Scots Borderers, 1(st) Battalion The...

      Armed Forces: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests have been made for medical records of (a) serving and (b) veteran service personnel by (i) GPs, (ii) hospital consultants and (iii)...

      Armed Forces: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to introduce electronic medical records within the armed forces; and when they will be introduced.

      Armed Forces: Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how officers OF 1 to 10 and other ranks OR 1 to 9 relate to 2nd lieutenant through to general and private to warrant officer on the rank structure...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest edition of his Department's Local Overseas Allowances Survey report.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's (a) main manning evidence and (b) mid-year update manning evidence supplied to the Armed...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the tables containing data on (a) medical officers and dentists, (b) nursing staff and (c) allied...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which years his Department has staged implementation of the recommendations of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body since 1977.

      Armed Forces: Personnel Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with those responsible for the operation of the Joint Personnel Administration system on marrying Territorial records with...

      Armed Forces: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the evaluation of the trauma risk management pilot programme will be (a) completed and (b) published.

      Armed Forces: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether weight-dispersion boots are available to British forces in theatres where mines are prevalent; and to which armed forces personnel they are made...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Royal Air Force and (d) Royal Marines recruitment targets were in each of the last 10 years; and what the...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of armed forces training exercises were cancelled in 2007; and if he will list each such exercise and the reason for...

      Armed Forces: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average and (b) highest number of working hours for personnel in the (i) Army, (ii) Navy, (iii) RAF and (iv) all services was in the last...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 55W, on armoured fighting vehicles, what key user requirements the Cheetah vehicle...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure his Department has incurred repairing armoured vehicles damaged as a result of operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since 2001.

      Army: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Commonwealth citizens were recruited to the British Army in the last 12 months, broken down by nationality.

      Army: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with the Kennel Club on increasing the supply of working dogs entering into service with the Royal Veterinary Corps of the...

      Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each of his Department's (a) Army monthly manning report and (b) Army cascade returns for each month since...

      Army: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from Northern Ireland joined the British Army in 2007.

      Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruitment (a) requirement and (b) actual number achieved for the (i) infantry, (ii) Royal Artillery, (iii) Royal Logistic Corps and (iv)...

      Ballistic Missile Defence: RAF Menwith Hill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Government received the formal request from the United States administration for Menwith Hill to be used in the US Missile Defence System.

      Chad: EC Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the status of the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Chad.

      Chelsea Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the sale of Chelsea Barracks; what his most recent estimate is of the capital to be realised from the sale; and whether...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in 2007.

      Christmas Cards

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

      Commonwealth: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces who are citizens of other Commonwealth countries served in (a) each of the services and (b) operational...

      CPS21 Publication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the quarterly CPS21 publication for each quarter since the third quarter of 2006-07.

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the proposed sale of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) to Vector Aerospace, how many members of the DARA workforce will...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the next phase of the Defence Industrial Policy.

      Departmental Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's reports on (a) the working patterns survey, (b) the leave survey and ( c ) pay...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the (a) classification and (b) electronic storage of sensitive information.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he has taken on (a) informing and (b) advising those whose personal data was contained in the missing laptops; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the use of universal serial bus flash memory data storage devices to store (a) restricted, (b) confidential, (c)...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received from (a) parliamentarians, (b) businesses, (c) academics and (d) media sources have been...

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's personal digital assistants have been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those...

      Departmental Leadership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcomes have been of steps taken to improve corporate leadership in his Department following the findings of his Department's capability review.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of his Department's authorised civilian work force in the financial years (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2010-11.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) net pay bill cost and (b) net percentage increase to the pay bill was of implementing his Department's civilian pay rises in each...

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports Ministers in his Department have received from (a) civil servants and (b) military personnel in the last three months.

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports have been commissioned by Ministers in his Department in the last three months.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to undertake an evaluation of its new sickness absence management programme.

      Employment Agencies

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

      Estonia: Hacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts on the distributed denial of service attack on Estonian critical infrastructure in May 2007.

      EU Battlegroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether non-NATO European Union member states providing EU battlegroups in support of the EU's battlegroup concept train to NATO common standards.

      Fort Halstead: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the greatest number of people employed at Fort Halstead in Kent has been; and in which year that number of people were employed.

      France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the French commission undertaking a review of French defence and national security; and if he will make a...

      Future Rapid Effect System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the planned in-service date is of the future rapid effect system; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will make a statement on the...

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will put in place measures to (a) reduce the number of serving Royal Gurkha Rifles personnel who are leaving the British Army in order to...

      Gurkhas: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the merits of helping serving Gurkhas who apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK with the payment of university fees for their...

      Individual Resettlement Training Costs Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget is for the individual resettlement training costs grant in financial years (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Intimidation

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

      Iraq: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to date to the public purse has been of prosecutions, trial proceedings and internal military investigations and proceedings...

      Iraq: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken on the (a) safety of and (b) support for Iraqi interpreters working with British forces in Iraq.

      Iraq: Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1601-03W, on military equipment: Iraq, what types of body armour were gifted by the...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of civilian (a) women and (b) children killed in Iraq since March 2003; and how many of these died as a result...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which of his foreign counterparts he has held discussions on the withdrawal of UK forces from Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many attacks have been made on British forces stationed at Basra airbase in each of the last 12 months; (2) what the average number of daily...

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Finance Director of his Department has visited (a) Operation Telic and (b) Operation Herrick to view existing operations.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the next report on health surveillance research on personnel deployed on Operation Herrick and Operation Telic will be made; and whether the...

      Marines: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent tour interval is for each unit in the Royal Marines.

      Military Bases: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the commencement date of Project Belvedere is.

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the application of the harmony guidelines to REME Metalsmiths Class 1.

      Military Equipment: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's planned expenditure is on (a) new armoured vehicles for the Army and (b) new escort ships for the Royal Navy in each of the next...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the authorised strength of the Ministry of Defence police force at the Colchester Garrison was in (a) May 1997, (b) May 2001 and (c) May 2005;...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police officers were employed at the Colchester Garrison in (a) May 1997, (b) May 2001, (c) May 2005, (d) May 2006 and...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency officers there were in each year since 1997.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence Guarding Agency officers were recruited in each year since 1997.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's (a) Navy sitrep—main version and (b) Navy sitrep—Royal Marine version for each...

      Navy: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the Royal Navy's (a) Manpower Planning Assumptions, (b) Rating Planning Model, (c) Officers Planning...

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times a Government Minister has travelled in an RAF Nimrod aircraft in each of the last five years.

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he gave to inviting (a) Israel, (b) India and (c) Pakistan when planning the technical conference involving the laboratories of...

      Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected expenditure on the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme is (a) in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11 and (b) in the life...

      Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department has supplied to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston for research on the verification of the dismantlement of...

      Reserve Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest figure is for the (a) required and (b) actual total training strength of the (i) Territorial Army, (ii) Royal Navy Reserve, (iii) Royal...

      Royal Engineers: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals were for each unit of the (a) Royal Engineers and (b) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the latest period...

      Service Personnel and Veterans Agency: RAF Innsworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for moving the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency from RAF Innsworth; and if he will make a statement.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what UK assets in space his Department is responsible; and what the purpose is of each.

      Territorial Army: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to making the remuneration of serving members of the Territorial Army pensionable on the same terms as those serving in...

      Terrorism: Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the British defence attaché in Addis Ababa is given the necessary resources to provide security training advice in support of...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1605W, on Trident, how much highly enriched uranium the UK had on the latest date for...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency arrangements are in place for the operation by civilian contractors of unmanned aerial vehicles in the event of their unavoidable...

      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will come into service; and when the contracts of the Hermes 450 UAV end.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to mark Veterans day 2008.

      Warships: Devonport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects final decisions on the base-porting of ships at Devonport Naval Base to be made.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer question 170212 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 29 November 2007.

  • Olympics

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics when she plans to reply to the letter dated 19 September 2007 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan about his constituent W. J. Wood of Longside.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Construction

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries incurred in the construction of the Olympic precinct for the 2012 Olympic Games have been recorded to date.

      Olympic Games 2012: Disabled

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 746W, on Olympic Games 2012: Disabled, what barriers there are to building all Olympic...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what involvement the London Fire Brigade has in the design and construction of Olympic facilities.

      Olympic Games 2012: Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what discussions she has had with (a) Cabinet members, (b) representatives of other Government departments, (c) the London Organising Committee of the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Visits Abroad

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how many working days have been spent to date by people employed in connection with hosting the London 2012 Olympics on study visits to (a) former Olympic...

      Olympic Games 2012: Warrington

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what steps she is taking to ensure that the benefits of the London Olympics are shared by the people of (a) Warrington and (b) the north-west.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what dates the (a) right hon. Member for Ashfield and (b) right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, East vacated official Ministerial...

    • Capita

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts were awarded by his...

      Committee on Business Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what definition of lobbying is used by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments; and if he will make a statement; (2) on how many...

      Correspondence: Government Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the (a) service first guidance and (b) other guidance to Government Departments about answering correspondence from the public is in...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much his Department spent on travel (a) within and (b) outside the UK for officials in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage...

      EU Reform: Treaties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the European Union on the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon on (a) European civil...

      Life Chances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Ministerial Committee on Life Chances differentiates between UK citizens and foreign nationals when considering policies which maximise...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many special advisers have (a) received approval from and (b) been refused by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments to take up an...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date the Government house in Pimlico was advertised for sale.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of cases in each Crown Prosecution Service area were discontinued (a) in the interests of justice and (b) by reason of evidential...

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Finance

      To ask the Solicitor-General what representations she has received on the level of funding for the Crown Prosecution Service covering north-east London.

      Fraud: VAT

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many missing trader intra-community fraud cases have been investigated by HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office since its creation; and how many it is...

      Fraud: VAT

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many individuals have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted on charges relating to missing trader intra-community fraud brought by HM Revenue and Customs...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Solicitor-General if she will issue guidance to the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that each person arrested in possession of a knife in public in a crime hot spot is prosecuted.

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what meetings she has had with the director of the HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in each of the last 12 months.

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Consultants

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether Michaela Partridge was employed as a consultant to HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the reasons are for the fee structure introduced by HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in September 2006; and if she will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was paid in fees to legal counsel by HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in 2006-07; and what proportion of the Office's expenditure for that year...

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Finance

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the budget of the HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (a) has been in each year since its creation and (b) will be in each year of the spending review...

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Operating Costs

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the net operating cost of HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office was in 2006-07.

      Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office: Publications

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office produces an internal staff magazine.

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the rates for legal fees paid for HM Revenue and Customs prosecutions have changed since HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office was established.

      Smuggling: Animal Products

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many successful prosecutions were made by HM Revenue and Customs for illegal importation of products of animal origin into the UK in each year since 2001.

  • Prime Minister

    • 10 Downing Street: Manpower

      To ask the Prime Minister on what date Stephen Carter stopped undertaking work for Brunswick.

    • British Airports Authority

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what meetings he has attended with the BAA in his capacity as Prime Minister; (2) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have attended with representatives...

      Chequers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the value is of the payments that have been made to Chequers from the public purse in each year since 1997-98; (2) if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what steps he took on his visit to China in January 2008 to encourage the Chinese authorities to facilitate freedom of movement and expression in China for both...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in 2007.

      Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has met (a) the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and (b) the Metropolitan Policy Deputy Commissioner since June 2007; and what...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Prime Minister how much the rebranding of Government Departments cost the public purse following his taking of office.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Prime Minister what matters in respect of energy policy were (a) discussed and (b) decided at the meeting of his business council on 4 February.

      Joint Intelligence Committee: Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister what the process is for the appointment of the chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee; and whether applications are invited or solicited.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Mid-Worcestershire of 15 December 2007 on police pay.

      Members: Surveillance

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 12 September 2007, Official Report, column 2103W, on Members: Surveillance, whether the word interception is used in the answer with the...

      Ministerial Responsibility

      To ask the Prime Minister what ministerial responsibilities he has assigned to Baroness Vadera at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; and what responsibilities she has...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what sanctions he plans to impose on the Government of Sudan in light of the failure to deploy the UNAMID force in full and on time; and if he will make a...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent progress has been made on reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

    • Consultative Group on the Past

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many written responses have been received by the independent Consultative Group on the past in Northern Ireland.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that the families of victims of serious crimes are informed that those convicted of these crimes are being...

      Crimes of Violence: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to create specific offences of (a) carrying and using a knife in a...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental ICT

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C) communications officials...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Economic Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the economic performance of Northern Ireland.

      Fair Trade Initiative

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

      Northern Ireland Government: Irish Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government is taking to implement the provisions of the (a) Good Friday and (b) St Andrews agreement in relation to the Irish...

      Northern Ireland Prison Service: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of assault against staff have been reported (a) at prisons and (b) at the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre in Northern...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers per capita there are in Northern Ireland.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the annual cost per head is of policing in Northern Ireland.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to prevent the exploitation by prisoners in Northern Ireland of the system of transfer to other prisons in the rest of...

      Proscribed Organisations: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many suspected members of dissident Republican terrorist organisations have been arrested in Northern Ireland since 1 September 2002; how...

      Thomas Purcell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what length of time Thomas Purcell had been in Maghaberry prison before being transferred to a young offenders centre in England; what age...

      Thomas Purcell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons Thomas Purcell was transferred from Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland to the young offenders centre at Aylesbury.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tourists visited Northern Ireland in 2007; and what steps the Government plan to take to increase the number of such tourists.

      Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are to be introduced to give better protection to staff working at the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre following the recent...

      Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional funding and training is to be given to staff working at the Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre following the recent attack on...

  • Transport

    • A38: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2008, Official Report, column 2318W, on A38: Plymouth, what the collision rate was for each month in the last...

    • A47

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Trans-European Network classification of the A47 road between Great Yarmouth and Peterborough has been amended by the European Commission.

      A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the safety of the A628; and what instructions she (a) has given and (b) plans to give the Highways Agency to...

      A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by her Department's agencies (a) in preparation for the A628 Mottram to Tintwistle bypass public inquiry and (b) in total to date.

      Air Routes: Felixstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reasons the decision was taken to increase the number of flights flying over Felixstowe; and what factors were taken into consideration...

      Ashbourne Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to allocate adequate funding and support for the construction of a bypass route around the town of Ashbourne in the West...

      Aviation: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration she has given to exemptions from the EU emissions trading scheme in circumstances in which overall emissions from aircraft are lower...

      Aviation: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of aircraft (i) air pollution and (ii) noise on populations...

      Aviation: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place by which members of the public who are affected by the decisions of the Civil Aviation Authority and National Air...

      Aviation: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effect of expansion of (a) Heathrow and (b) Stansted airport on the height at which planes fly over Suffolk.

      Aviation: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress she has made in contacting the Turkish director general of Civil Aviation on behalf of the hon. Member for Forest of Dean.

      Biofuels: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK petrol stations sell ethanol fuels.

      Bull Bars: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations cover the driving of a vehicle fitted with bull bars that was imported as such; and if she will make a statement.

      Concessionary Fares Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1352W, on the concessionary fares scheme, if she will break down by main budget...

      Cycling: Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in each of the next two years to raise awareness of the consequences of cyclists going through a...

      Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have claimed that letters sent to the DVLA register changes of ownership had been lost in the post in the last two years; what...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to her statement of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 624, on Department for Transport data storage, what internal rules are used by...

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance she has issued to the Driving Standards Agency on factors to be taken into account when deciding on the location of driving test centres.

      Driving Tests: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will ensure that the chief executive of the Driving Standards Agency responds to representations from Warrington residents about the proposed...

      Driving Under Influence: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road accidents involving young people caused by drivers found to be impaired by drugs there were (a) in total and (b) in each police...

      Durham Green Developments Limited

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in her Department have had with representatives of Durham Green...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will meet representatives of the electric personal assistive mobility devices industry to discuss the role of their products in transport...

      Fares: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the loss of revenue from fare evasion on the railways in each of the last five years.

      Fares: Non-payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many on-the-spot fines were issued for fare evasion and possession of an incorrect ticket on trains in each of the last five years; and how much...

      First Great Western: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve (a) seating comfort and (b) capacity on services provided by First Great Western.

      First Great Western: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) complaints and (b) representations on the (i) provision of services and (ii) performance by First Great Western services in Hampshire...

      Freight: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government have taken to ensure that foreign-registered haulage vehicles on British roads comply with the requirements of EU legislation.

      Freight: Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action the Government have taken to assist the British haulage industry since 1997.

      Galileo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account was taken of the Transport Committee's recommendations (First Report, Session 2007-08, HC 53) on the Galileo project in the Government's...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in relation to the "Adding capacity at Heathrow airport" public consultation document what is (a) the current proportion of twin-engined aircraft to...

      Heathrow Airport: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the number of missed approaches made by planes landing at Heathrow in each of the last four years; and if she...

      Intimidation

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

      Lorries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the study commissioned by her Department in December 2005 of longer heavier vehicles will report; and whether the full report will be...

      Lorries: Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the environmental impact of allowing trucks of over 60 tonnes on the roads; and if she will make a statement.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many 999 calls the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has answered in each of the last five years.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: False Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hoax calls the Maritime and Coastguard Agency received in each year since 2000; and how many people were convicted for making such calls in...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of (a) motor cars and (b) motorcycles being used on the road without the payment of vehicle excise duty in...

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorists failed to pay vehicle excise duty in each of the last 10 years.

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of (a) motorcars and (b) motorcycles being used on the road without insurance in each region in each year...

      Motor Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to review the future use of the MOT vehicle testing scheme.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the reports on the west coast route modernisation submitted to the Office of Rail Regulation in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what conditions (a) train operators and (b) other persons are entitled to have access to the asset register established by Network Rail under...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals (a) she and (b) the Office of Rail Regulation have for enhancing the accountability of Network Rail to its train operator customers.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by Network Rail in each region in each year since its establishment; and what its projected spend in each region is in each of...

      Network Rail: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to arrange the method of bonus calculation for Network Rail directors so as to incentivise growth of the network.

      Official Cars: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of carbon dioxide was emitted from ministerial vehicles in each year for which information is available.

      Official Cars: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the Government's ministerial car fleet is in each of the vehicle excise duty bands.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Government to ratify the (a) convention on hazardous and noxious substances 1996, (b) convention on oil pollution preparedness...

      Railway Stations: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with Network Rail and train operating companies on the provision of secure bicycle parking at stations; and if...

      Railway Stations: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has considered setting minimum standards for the provision of secure bicycle parking at major railway stations.

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effects of the terms of the young persons railcard on the purchase of rail passes and season tickets; and what...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will take steps to limit the increases in rail fares for rail users without season tickets.

      Railways: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints were made following on-the-spot fines on the railways in each of the last five years; and how many of these were upheld.

      Railways: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans her Department has to bring forward measures to make (a) train operating companies and (b) Network Rail subject to the provisions of the...

      Railways: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what specifications requested by her Department were written into the franchise documents for mainline express journeys from Portsmouth to London via...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many timetabled engineering projects Network Rail has carried out in each of the last five years; (2) how many timetabled engineering...

      Office of Rail Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what capacity measurement tools are used by the Office of Rail Regulation in relation to (a) track, (b) stations and (c) light maintenance depots.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research (a) has been conducted since 1997 and (b) is planned by her Department comparing forecast and actual traffic levels for (i) the...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will publish on her Department's website lists of road schemes approved and funded by the Department, providing (a) the costs at...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths there were on roads in (i) Peterborough constituency and (ii) the Peterborough city council area in each of the...

      Roads: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths there were in motor accidents in which a contributory factor was (a) consumption of illegal drugs, (b) consumption of alcohol and...

      Roads: East Anglia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions her Department has had with officials in the European Commission on the prioritisation of funding for the Trans European Road...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the rolling stock plan does not include new diesel rolling stock for the SouthCentral franchise; and what assessment she has made of...

      Rolling Stock: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will bring forward proposals to meet the criticisms recorded in the Rail Passengers Council report of March 2005 in relation to the...

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 719W, on Severn Bridge: tolls, when the working group is expected to present its...

      Shipping: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the implications of climate change for the UK marine shipping industry.

      Shipping: Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department plans to take to develop the seafaring skills base.

      Shipping: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets she has set for the diversion of freight from roads to coastal shipping; and what steps her Department has taken to encourage use of...

      Shipping: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on acceptance of ships onto the UK register, which do not meet the health and safety standards set by the International Safety of...

      Shipping: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department plans to take to improve health and safety for workers in the shipping industry.

      Shipping: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the safety implications for seafarers of exposure to emissions from ships' fuel.

      Southeastern Railway: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what applications were received from Southeastern Railway for Access For All (a) Small Schemes and (b) Main Schemes for 2008-09.

      Southeastern Railway: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been given to Southeastern Railway under the Access For All Scheme since its introduction.

      Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many traffic accidents involving at least one pedestrian casualty there were in each year since 1997, broken down by the smallest...

      Transport Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department expects to announce which Transport Innovation Fund bids will be granted programme entry.

      Transport: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures of support are in place to help those with temporary disabilities gain increased mobility and access to essential facilities.

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much (a) revenue support and (b) capital allocations for (i) Hampshire, (ii) Portsmouth and (iii) Southampton for (A) urban bus challenge, (B)...

      Transport: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the project on the sustainability of land use and transport in outer neighbourhoods has been completed.

      Transport: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, columns 607-8W, on transport: tickets, what progress has been made to ensure smartcard...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives he has set for British policy in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of his recent discussions with the US Secretary of State on Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures there are for processing asylum applications from locally-employed staff in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 759W, on Afghanistan: detainees, if he will place in the...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding the UK allocated to (a) the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, (b) the Afghan Special Narcotics Force...

      Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the division of responsibilities is between (a) the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, (b) the Afghan Special...

      Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department has received on alleged breaches of (a) arms embargos and (b) sanctions regimes by Michael...

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress made on voter list assembly and electoral reform in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) imprisonment of journalists and (b) other human rights violations in Bangladesh.

      Bangladesh: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Bangladesh on its treatment of trade unionists, with particular...

      Chad: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Chad; and if he will make a statement.

      Chevening Scholarship Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1850-51W, on the Chevening scholarship programme, whether...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C)...

      Developing Countries: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to support the International Foundation for Election Systems in relation into the standards...

      Entry Clearances: Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa applications were made with the use of a false identity in the last two years for which data are available, broken...

      EU Internal Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) representations and (b) discussions he has had on a solidarity clause on mutual assistance between EU member states...

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the powers which the European Public Prosecutor would have in respect of UK citizens.

      European Commission: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many members of HM Diplomatic Service were seconded to the European Commission in each of the last 10 years.

      Gaza: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of electricity supply into Gaza; and if he will make a statement.

      Gaza: Frontiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the composition and role of the EU border monitoring mission at Rafah is; and whether changes are planned to that role...

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support the introduction of an international convention which explicitly recognises gay rights as essential human...

      Indian Subcontinent: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last visited (a) India and (b) Sri Lanka; and when he plans next to visit (i) India, (ii) Pakistan and (iii) Sri Lanka.

      Iran: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the penalty to be imposed on sisters found guilty of adultery for...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Iran on human rights.

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings are planned between EU High Representative Javier Solana and Iranian government representatives on Iran's nuclear...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what EU sanctions the UK is proposing should be imposed on (a) the Iranian financial sector and (b) investment in Iranian oil...

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on whether the EU Common Position on Iran should include new sanctions.

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqi citizens have been (a) admitted to the UK and (b) awarded financial assistance under the scheme of assistance...

      Iraq: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on Iraq's contribution to global oil pollution; and if he will make a statement.

      Kenya: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the causes of the recent violence in Kenya.

      Nuclear Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to discuss the proposal for an International Atomic Energy Agency-administered mechanism for reliable access...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK objectives are for the second meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the parties to...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK is taking in preparation for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Review Conference on the adoption of measures...

      Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) Ministers and (b) officials will represent the United Kingdom at the Seven Country Initiative seminar on the Nuclear...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made towards securing agreement of a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear...

      Pakistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Pakistan.

      Pipelines: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the viability of the Nabucco pipeline project; and if he will make a statement.

      Russia: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Russian Government over access to prison medical care for Vasily Alexanyan.

      Serbia: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to support the signing of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia and the EU.

      Serbia: EU External Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the signing of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia and the EU prior to...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) his Department and...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the apparent abduction to Equatorial Guinea of Simon Mann by the authorities in Zimbabwe; what...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will summon the ambassadors of Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe to discuss the apparent abduction of Simon Mann from...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions the Government have considered taking against (a) Equatorial Guinea and (b) Zimbabwe to ensure the safe return...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the United States Administration requesting it to exert its influence on Equatorial Guinea to...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances were given by Zimbabwe to Her Majesty's Ambassador that Simon Mann would not be transferred to Equatorial Guinea...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Simon Mann and his treatment in (a) Zimbabwe and (b) Equatorial Guinea.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have made representations to Equatorial Guinea on Simon Mann's treatment; and if he will make a statement.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has on the circumstances under which Simon Mann was transferred from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal advice he has obtained about the (a) current status of Simon Mann in captivity in Equatorial Guinea and (b) steps...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reasons he has been given for the refusal by the Government of Equatorial Guinea of access to Simon Mann by (a) lawyers...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which members of his Department are in Equatorial Guinea with the task of protecting the interests of Simon Mann; and how long...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the security situation in north-eastern Somalia following the recent attack on the port of Bossaso.

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the UK has put forward for strengthening the African Union Mission in Somalia.

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Chairman of the African Union about its members providing support and assistance for the...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports the Government have received about allegations of the involvement of Colonel Karuna in the massacre of Sri Lankan...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for full implementation of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur and what assessment he has...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 225W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, what plans he has...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has received reports of senior members of the Janjaweed Arab Militia being advisers or members of the...

      Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the progress of EU member states in implementing effective export, transit, trans shipment and...

      Western Sahara: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the report to the UN Human Rights Council on the Western Sahara and refugee camps at Tindouf, completed in...

      Zimbabwe: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the sanctions against President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and other members of the Zimbabwean Government are intended to apply...

  • Justice

    • A v. Hoare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what implications the House of Lords' ruling in A v . Hoare has on the lapse of time after which cases may not be brought for battery and common assault...

    • ClearSprings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what process was followed by which ClearSprings was given authority to operate on a site in Kemsley; and if he will make a statement.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to reform the coroner service in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Cross-Party Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times the Cross-Party Committee on the House of Lords has met since November 2007; and if he will publish the minutes of those meetings.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to his Department's staff have been reported (i) lost,...

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how responsibility for property costs was allocated between his Department and the Home Office after the restructuring of the Department's responsibilities.

      Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for drink driving offences in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in 2007.

      Drugs: Driving Under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for drug-driving took place (a) in England and (b) in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Electoral Administration Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what timetable he has set for ending double-reporting of donations by hon. Members; and for what reasons the implementation of sections 59(3) and 59(4)...

      Electoral Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contribution his Department plans to make to the Electoral Commission's research on the political levy and political funds.

      Electoral Role Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which public authorities, other than local authorities, police forces and the Electoral Commission, have access to the full versions of electoral role...

      Intimidation

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

      Judges: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) female and (b) ethnic minority judges were appointed in 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Knutsford Crown Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases were heard by Knutsford Crown court in each of the last five years.

      Limitation Act 1980

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make an assessment of the implications of the recent House of Lords ruling in A v. Hoare for the provisions of the Limitation Act 1980.

      Macclesfield Magistrates Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases are due to be heard by Macclesfield magistrates court; and how long on average the waiting period was before a case was heard by the court...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in the National Offender Management Service were involved in the central commissioning and contestability programme and whether this...

      North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent civil servants were employed by his Department in (a) Sunderland, (b) Tyne and Wear and (c) the North East region in...

      Offender Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the value is of new contracts for offender services let by probation boards to private and third sector providers in each of the last five years, in...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what number and proportion of accused people whose cases were discontinued in the interests of justice were convicted of a further offence within two...

      Offenders: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are any programmes for which his Department is responsible which are made available only to ethnic minority offenders; and if he will make...

      Offenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals were convicted of indictable offences in each of the last three years for which data is available.

      Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were serving prison sentences in short-term police custody cells due to prison overcrowding at the latest date for which figures are...

      Prison Accommodation: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what sites have been identified for mooring the prison ship announced on 31 January 2008.

      Prison Accommodation: Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many responses the Government received to their tender for a prison ship in October 2006.

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were released from UK prisons in 2007.

      Prisoners Release: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign prisoners have been released from HM prison Bronzefield in each month since the prison opened; and how many of these have been...

      Prisoners Release: Scunthorpe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proposals there are for new arrangements for the accommodation and supervision of recently released criminals in Scunthorpe; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners: Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners are unable to have their applications for parole considered on the grounds that the Prison Service has been unable to provide the...

      Prisons: Forensic Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) full-time and (1) part-time chartered forensic psychologists were employed by the Prison Service in England and Wales between 1997...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders are believed to have re-offended while on probation in Romford in the last five years.

      Secure Training Centres: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 150W, on secure training centres: restraint techniques, what the population of each...

      Sentencing: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of the possession of a knife in a public place in a crime hot spot in the last 12 months for which figures are available;...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many registered sex offenders in the relevant areas made no contact with (a) the Metropolitan Police and (b) Sussex Police last year.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals were on the national sex offenders register in (a) Romford, (b) Greater London and (c) Essex at the most recent date for which...

      Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what fines were imposed on offenders following conviction for offences of illegally importing products of animal origin (POAO) into the UK in each...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which trade unions his Department has a recognition agreement.

      Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of self-regulation of the will-making sector; and what plans he has to regulate the making of wills.

      Young Offenders: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the new system for recording injuries to young offenders in the secure estate identifies (a) the type of institution in which the injury...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Academies: Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will meet representatives of the area which may be served by the Heartsease Academy in Norwich before the Academy's approval...

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 18 October 2007, Official Report, columns 1292-4W, on Building Schools for the Future, (1) what...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme have provision for (a) fewer than 500 pupils,...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in local authority care are waiting for (a) placement with a foster parent or parents and (b) adoption.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class sizes were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Cornwall, (ii) the south-west and (iii)...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals left school (i) without any recognised...

      Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils who were eligible for free school meals left education without qualifications in each of the last three years.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what advice his Department provides to schools on female circumcision.

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for Reading, West of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools did not enter any candidates for chemistry A-Level in 2007; (2) how many secondary schools did...

      GCE A-Level: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils have re-sat (a) AS level and (b) A2 level examinations in each London borough since their introduction;...

      GCSE and A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of maintained secondary schools which did not offer GCSE in (a) chemistry, (b)...

      GCSE: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 162W, on GCSE: standards, how many schools in each local...

      Holocaust Educational Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding has been allocated to the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust to help combat anti-Semitism and racism.

      Holocaust: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to educate school children on the Holocaust since 1997.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether a child aged 14 who is home educated and attends a local college on a part-time basis is entitled to support towards...

      Lord Adonis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the purpose was of Lord Adonis's visit to Liverpool on 25 January, with particular reference to his visit to Croxteth...

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many primary schools in each local authority with fewer than 100 pupils have not joined other schools in forming...

      Primary Education: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to establish primary school academies; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of maintained primary schools had (a) under 245 pupils, (b) between 246 and 345 pupils, (c)...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities (a) had over 10 per cent. surplus primary school places in each year since 1997 and (b) are estimated...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support has been given to head teachers in exercising their function of excluding pupils since June 2007.

      Pupils: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of Zimbabwean nationals are being educated in English schools.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools had more than (a) 30 per cent., (b) 50 per cent. and (c) 70 per cent. surplus places in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the staffing costs of (a) teachers and (b) all school staff were in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding has been allocated to provide intensive education warnings about guns and knives in secondary schools.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many rural schools he has agreed to close since the presumption against such closure was introduced; which such schools have...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on the future of rural schools,...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on the future of rural schools,...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on the future of rural schools,...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which rural schools are (a) on and (b) not on the list of rural schools for which there is a presumption against closure; and if...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when his Department drew up the list of rural schools for which there is a presumption against closure, with reference to his...

      Science: GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many secondary schools did not enter any candidates for at least two science A-levels in 2007; (2) how many secondary...

      Special Educational Needs: Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in the Administrative County of Surrey area had special educational needs statements in each of the last five years.

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many secondary schools in each local authority have not joined a consortium with other schools and colleges to provide diplomas.

      Teachers: Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what mechanisms are in place to inform teachers of (a) new legislation and (b) new guidelines; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on Government policy on enforcement of health and safety law.

    • Worklessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of trends in the level of worklessness among under 25 year olds since 1997.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Government has made of levels of poverty among disadvantaged groups. [Official Report, 26 February 2008, Vol. 472, c. 16MC.]

      Local Employment Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many local employment partnerships are in operation; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the performance of the Child Support Agency following the introduction of the operational improvement plan.

      Welfare Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to personalise welfare services.

      Lone Parents: Work Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help lone parents into work.

      Women Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to increase the income of women pensioners.

      NEETs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to reduce the number of young people not in training, employment or education.

      Attendance Allowance: Glasgow East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Glasgow East constituency are in receipt of the (a) higher rate and (b) lower rate of attendance allowance.

      Barnardo's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has received a copy of the report "Like any other child?" issued by Barnardo's charity; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Monoxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to promote the use of carbon monoxide detectors with audible alarms in all homes.

      Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what services have been provided by (a) Veredus and (b) other recruitment consultants to his Department in the last five years; and what the...

      Child Support Agency: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the timetable is for migrating all Child Support Agency cases onto the new system; and if he will make a statement.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of parents with care on income support and income-based job seeker's allowance received maintenance in each region in each...

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2084W, on Christmas, how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas cards...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to increase the uptake of council tax benefits among (a) pensioners and (b) young families.

      Council Tax Benefits: Rebates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to offer council tax benefit as a rebate to improve the take-up rate.

      Departmental Civil Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many agencies his Department has created in the last (a) five and (b) 10 years.

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the proportion of UK nationals in the UK labour force.

      Health and Safety Executive: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) projected and (b) actual cost was of the new Health and Safety Executive headquarters in Bootle.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the potential savings created by the proposed reduction in backdating of housing benefit and council tax benefit claims will be...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish (a) the findings from the evaluation of the local housing allowances in the 18 pathfinder areas and (b) evidence available...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes are being made to local housing allowance from April 2008; and what guidance has been given to local authorities accordingly.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed housing benefit in each year since 1997.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients aged (a) under 24 years, (b) between 25 and 35 years, (c) between 40 and 59 years and (d) over 60 years...

      Housing Benefit: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many families in each local authority have had their housing benefit withdrawn because of their anti social behavioural practices...

      Housing Benefit: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process a housing benefit application by each local authority was in 2006-07.

      Incapacity Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants there were in Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by main disabling condition.

      Incapacity Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims have been received and how many disablement benefit awards have been made for sensorinueral loss to claimants with vibration...

      Incapacity Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims have been received from coal miners or former coal miners and how many disablement benefit awards have been made in relation to...

      Incapacity Benefits: Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disablement benefit awards have been made to coal miners or former coal miners with pneumoconiosis since 2004; and how many of those...

      Income Support: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in polygamous marriages received income support in each year since 2000.

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) fatalities and (b) serious injuries have been recorded in the construction industry in 2007-08 to date.

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions there have been in connection with fatal injuries in the construction industry in each region in (a) 2005-06 and (b)...

      Intimidation

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

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what opportunities are available through the Jobcentre Plus network to jobseekers who have been out of work for less than six months; and if he...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of men aged between 18 and 24 years of age have claimed jobseeker's allowance since it was established.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many weeks sanctions were applied to those recipients of jobseeker's allowance who did not apply for a job opportunity on first...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed non-disabled persons had their jobseeker's allowance suspended for (a) two weeks and (b) more than two weeks in each of...

      Low Incomes: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of people in relative poverty in each region paid full council tax in the last year for which information is available;...

      Natural Gas: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions there were of domestic landlords for breach of gas safety regulations in each of the last five years for which figures...

      New Deal for Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have completed a New Deal for young people programme (a) in total, (b) twice, (c) three times, (d) four times, (e) five...

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have completed a New Deal for the over 55s programme (a) in total, (b) twice, (c) three times, (d) four times, (e) five...

      New Deal Schemes: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the people who participated in a new deal scheme in 2007 were unemployed in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London at the...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of people who will reach state pension age in each year until 2050.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will be living (a) alone and (b) with a partner in each year until 2050.

      Pensioners: Hendon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Hendon and (b) the UK received (i) pension credit and (ii) pension guarantee credit in the latest period for which...

      Pensions Service and the Disability and Carers Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) families of disabled children and (b) disabled people of working age realise benefits from the...

      Pensions: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to mark the centenary of the introduction of the old age pension in the UK.

      Reinstatement of Deficiency Notices Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a specimen copy of the letter sent by his Department in 2004-05 to women over pension age as part of the...

      Shaw Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was of the Provider Led Pathways to Work contract awarded to the Shaw Trust in Hampshire.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Secretary of State will respond to the social fund review; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what pilots his Department and Jobcentre Plus have carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of online access to better off calculations;...

      Social Security Benefits: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps are being taken by his Department to pay benefit claimants benefits not paid in 2006-07 due to (a) official and (b) customer...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received a winter fuel payment in (a) Houghton and Washington, East constituency and (b) the City of Sunderland in the most...

      Illegal Immigrants: Security Guards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the illegal workers employed in the security industry and the subject of the Home Secretary's oral statement of 13 November 2007,...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals received £200,000 or more from the single farm payments scheme in each year for which figures are...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in Ribble Valley constituency have not been paid their entitlement under the Single Payment Scheme; for what...

      Aluminium: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his assessment is of the contribution made by UK recycling of aluminium to (a) waste reduction and (b) reduction of...

      Animals: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what species he is considering removing from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; and what mechanisms he...

      Animals: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account is taken of the conservation status of species at (a) UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e)...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of biofuel production on (a) rainforest deforestation, (b) UK food prices and...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) criteria and (b) evidential basis are for decisions on species to be removed from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife...

      Birds: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with colleagues in the devolved administrations on Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act...

      British Waterways Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will conduct a further review of the funding and financing of British Waterways.

      Carbon Emissions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations received funding from his Department to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in each of the last five years;...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans, under clauses 48 and 49 of the Climate Change Bill, to involve the devolved administrations in the preparation...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each year since establishment.

      Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many requests were made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each year since 2005; and how many...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on recycling.

      Environment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff were employed by the Environment Agency in each of the last five years; and how many of these were occupied...

      Environment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed by the Environment Agency; and how many are expected to be employed in each of the next three years.

      Fisheries: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to agree a contract to provide aerial surveillance for fisheries protection over the next five years; and if...

      Fishing Industry: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) percentage and (b) number of 10 metre and under vessels were actively fishing against quota in 2007; and if he...

      Fishing Industry: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of fish discarded by 10 metre and under vessels because of being over-quota in the...

      Fishing Industry: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the European Commission's Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries has assessed any UK fishery...

      Fishing Industry: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what level of fish discards of each species there was as a result of the North Sea Nephrops Discard Pilot Project; and if he...

      Fishing Industry: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what level of fish discards of each species there was as a result of the Irish Sea Discard Pilot Project; and if he...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what additional flood defences have started to be constructed since the floods in summer 2007; (2) how much has been...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood defences were built in 2005-06; and if he will break down the budget for flood defence funding in 2005-06 by...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding in addition to that delivered through the local government settlement his Department will make available to...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department provided to (a) Gloucestershire county council, (b) Tewkesbury borough council, (c)...

      Fly Tipping: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to reduce fly tipping in the West Midlands since 1997.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy that the Forestry Commission's success strategy should (a) encourage opportunities for...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the UK's net emissions of (a) hydrofluorocarbons, (b) perfluorocarbons and (c)...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total Government grant to the Warm Front scheme was over the last three years.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Warm Front grants were approved in Hyndburn constituency in each of the last three years.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Hyndburn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost was of each Warm Front grant approved in Hyndburn constituency in the last three years.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to monitor residential energy efficiency.

      Inland Waterways: Cotswold Hills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the cessation of funding of the Cotswold Canals restoration by British...

      Inland Waterways: Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mains water courses for which (a) the Environment Agency and (b) internal drainage boards are responsible have...

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reports he has received of countries being lobbied for recruitment to the International Whaling Commission by the...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost to the livestock industry of complying with regulations preventing the on-farm burial of fallen...

      Local Government: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with other Ministers on raising awareness of the infrastructure provided by rural communities...

      Meat Products: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the proportion of imported meat that was processed in the UK and subsequently labelled as...

      Nature Conservation: Lyme Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the marine biodiversity of Lyme Bay.

      Nitrates: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the EU (a) Nitrates and (b) Water Framework Directives on water management.

      Noise: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1940W, on noise: health hazards, whether the Noise...

      Packaging: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of recovering non-reusable bags (a) in household refuse and (b)...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that recycled materials which are exported for reprocessing are not diverted to...

      Renewable Energy: Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding he has allocated to his Department's wood fuel strategy in each of the next three years.

      Retail Trade: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the use of non-reusable bags in the retail trade.

      Seas and Oceans: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons a draft Marine Bill was not presented to Parliament in (a) the 2005-06 Session and (b) the 2006-07...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made towards its public service agreement target to bring 95 per cent. of sites of special...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether (a) his Department and (b) the Carbon Trust has provided funding to trades unions in the last 36 months.

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the factual briefing note on pilot waste reduction schemes referred to by the...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) paper and cardboard, (b) metal, (c) glass, (d) plastic and (e) other material was (i) collected for...

      Waste Disposal: Compost

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to encourage homeowners to compost their kitchen and garden waste since 1997.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over what period he plans to allocate central funding for the pilot schemes for charges for the collection of household waste.

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to establish the legal status under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

      Whales: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will host a meeting of anti-whaling nations before the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission; and if he...

      Whales: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he last discussed whaling with his foreign counterparts; and if he will make a statement.

      Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) why the publication of the Government's strategy on the management of wild boar has been delayed; and if he will make a...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government took to prepare the National Health Service for the effects of the level of binge drinking in the Christmas season.

    • Breast Cancer: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of breast cancer there were in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Burton Independent Sector Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which medical procedures the Burton Independent Sector Treatment Centre offers to patients; (2) which medical procedures the Burton Independent...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the projected costs of the (a) national cancer survivorship initiative, (b) national survey awareness of cancer, (c)...

      Cancer: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve outcomes in cancer (a) screening and (b) treatment in (i) Warrington and (ii) Cheshire in the last five...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) mean and (b) median waiting time was from diagnosis of cancer to treatment for each type of cancer in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii)...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of treatment for (a) bone metastases caused by prostate cancer in men and (b) bone metastases caused by...

      Cancer: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 November 2007, Official Report, column 58W, on cancer: waiting lists, whether his Department's press release of 9 October...

      Christmas

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

      Consent to Medical Treatment: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued on the circumstances under which (a) the Commission on Social Care Inspection and (b) healthcare workers may...

      Dentistry: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department uses the General Dental Council dental list to send its communications to dentists.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests were made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each year since 2005; and how many requests were refused.

      Departmental Marketing

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants in his Department and its agencies received bonuses in each year since 2002.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

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

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Employment Agencies

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

      Family Practitioner Services: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries are open out of hours in (a) Enfield North constituency and (b) Enfield Borough.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to industry of implementing the Food Standards Agency's guidelines on the provision of allergen information on...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements his Department has made to monitor the effectiveness of recent Food Standards Agency voluntary best practice guidance on the provision...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which general practice surgeries (a) he and (b) the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Exeter, have visited in an official capacity since June 2007;...

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1360W, on family practitioner services: working hours, what proportion of patients...

      "Health For All, Have Your Say"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of development and publication of the document "Health for all, Have Your Say" was.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the compliance levels of health care providers with section H of the Code of Practice for Promotion of NHS Services; and if...

      Health Services: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the likely changes to the age profile of the population in the next 10 years on the service requirements of...

      Health Services: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) general medical services, (b) mental health treatment, (c) drug and alcohol treatment and (d) other health-related...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts NHS bodies have with private sector providers of health care.

      Health Services: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1360W, on health services: publicity, what the total cost of the campaign is in each...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the decision to propose a change to the number of quality and outcomes framework points allocated for access.

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1360W, on health services: standards, what information his Department collects on the...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes of care for emergency admissions there were in each year since 1997-98, broken down by age of patient.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to prevent children from picking up viruses when visiting hospitals.

      Hospitals: Waiting lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what written representations his Department has received from NHS trusts on the 18 week waiting time target in the last six months; and if he will place...

      Incontinence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) young people in the UK were identified as having incontinence problems in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Information Centre for Health and Social Care: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates in the last 12 months the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has physically transported data which contain...

      Information Services Division

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remit is of the Information Services Division in his Department.

      Intimidation

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

      Malnutrition: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to include malnutrition in the quality and outcomes framework for general practitioners.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the decision was taken to release under embargo statistics on (a) MRSA and (b) Clostridium difficile published by the Health Protection...

      NHS Business Services Authority: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates in the last 12 months the NHS Business Services Authority has physically transported data which contain personally-identifiable information;...

      NHS Employers: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS Employers is defined as a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to place senior appointments in NHS foundation trusts within the terms of reference of the Commissioner of Public Appointments; and...

      NHS Treatment Centres: Christchurch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the former NHS Health Centre in Saxon Square, Christchurch was vacated; and when he expects it will be brought back into use.

      NHS: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) beef, (b) lamb, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in NHS premises were imported products in the most recent period for which...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 525W, on NHS finance, what his Department's latest estimate is of the outturn for NHS...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wyre Forest (Dr. Taylor) of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 657W, on NHS: finance, which new...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means his Department monitors primary care trusts' commissioning of services to ensure funding is according to patient need.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 333W, on NHS: ICT, which stakeholders his Department (a) has consulted and (b)...

      NHS: KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Derek Conway) on 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1029W, on NHS: KPMG, when...

      NHS: Pfi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 9 March 2007, Official Report, column 2288W, on the NHS: private finance initiative, if he will state, for each of the...

      NHS: Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Ipsos MORI NHS questionnaires his Department sent out.

      Political Impartiality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what purpose his Department records the political opinions of members of his Department's staff; (2) for what purpose his Department records...

      Primary Care Trusts: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts are (a) purchasing and (b) considering purchasing commissioning support from the 14 organisations appointed to the Framework...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in the...

      Urology: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the role of specialist urology nurses in infection control.

      Wheelchairs: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the funding element in primary care trust baseline allocations for the improvement of wheelchair provision for children and young people for...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many representations have been received by his Department since October 2007 from (a) hon. and right hon. Members, (b) Members of...

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will transfer the administration of the portable antiquities scheme from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Commission to the...

      Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will assess the merits of operating the portable antiquities scheme without finds advisers.

      Archaeology: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many finds liaison officers (FLOs) under the Portable Antiquities Scheme there are for local authorities in the North East; and...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged 16 years and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from lower...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged 16 and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from lower...

      Arts Council England South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport why the appropriate papers and minutes were not available in advance of the Arts Council South East meeting in December 2007.

      Arts Council England South East: Komedia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what papers will be made public relating to Komedia's appeal to the Arts Council South East regarding reductions in funding.

      Arts Council of England: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations in the North West have been notified by Arts Council England of withdrawal of funding; what amounts are involved in...

      Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) bingo halls and (b) high street bookmakers there are; and how many there were in February 2007.

      British Amusement Catering Trade Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations his Department has received from the British Amusement Catering Trade Association; and if he will make a...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many adult gaming centres are in operation; and how many were in operation in February 2007.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the financial impact the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 has had on adult gaming centres in England...

      Casinos: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether problem gambling may be taken into account by a local authority considering whether to grant a casino premises licence under the...

      Convergence Think Tank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members are of his Convergence Think Tank; on which dates the Convergence Think Tank plans to hold its seminars; what the title...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the role of the Chair of the World Collections Programme will be in decisions relating to requests from foreign governments and...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many external (a) consultants and (b) consultancies were given access to (i) commercially confidential and (ii) personal data by...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies.

      Departmental E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's policy is on staff using their departmental email accounts for commercial purposes unrelated to their work.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2008, Official Report, column 1809W, on departmental marketing, what the size was of each of the...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish updated versions of statistics included in the (a) Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport,...

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what performance indicators the BBC have established for evaluating the value for money of its funding of Digital UK.

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the results were of Digital UK's monthly external mystery shopping of its call centres in each month since August 2007.

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the receiver equipment provided as part of the digital switchover help scheme includes a talking electronic programme guide to...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Copeland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of those in the Copeland area who have received assistance from the digital switchover targeted assistance scheme have opted...

      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, what targets...

      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, what estimate...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost of upgrading a home to receive digital television as part of the targeted assistance...

      Digital UK: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on advertising by digital UK, broken down by region; and how much will be spent on advertising in each region in...

      Digital UK: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there are plans to set up an email helpline for Digital UK to enable those with hearing difficulties to make enquiries on...

      Dwain Chambers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions on the decision to allow Dwain Chambers to compete following his drugs ban; and if he will make a statement.

      European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to mark 2008 as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.

      Fair Trade Initiative

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

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on his film policy.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the basis was for the decision to introduce B3A machines under the auspices of the Gambling Act 2005; and what evidential factors...

      Historic Buildings: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government has taken to promote the preservation of historic buildings in the West Midlands since 1997.

      Historic Buildings: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made by English Heritage in reaching agreement with Plymouth City Council on the listing of the Civic Centre and...

      Jacqueline Asafu-Adjaye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Ms Jacqueline Asafu-Adjaye is employed by his Department.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable is of each element of the assorted evaluation of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether (a) police authorities, (b) police forces, (c) magistrates and the judiciary, (d) the Association of Chief Police Officers...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects to reply substantively to the letter of 4 December 2007 from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire concerning his...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will estimate the amount of funding from the national lottery (a) per head of population and (b) in total for each local...

      National Lottery: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid in grants from lottery funds to organisations in Southend-on-Sea (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of the...

      National Lottery: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much was paid in each prize awarded by the national lottery to individuals who purchased lottery tickets in Southend-on-Sea in...

      National Lottery: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value of unclaimed national lottery winnings is (a) in total and (b) arising from tickets sold in Southend-on-Sea since the...

      National Lottery: Southend on Sea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the largest amount of national lottery money is that has been awarded to (a) an organisation and (b) an organisation in...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's target is for reducing obesity; and what baseline figure was set.

      Portable Antiquities Scheme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect a real terms reduction in funding for the Portable Antiquities Scheme would have on the...

      Public Libraries: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in reducing the striking variation in the standard of library services in different parts of the country...

      Regional Arts Councils: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what requirement there is for Arts Council regional meetings to be held in public; and if he will make a statement.

      Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 on open age sport.

      Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which ministerial colleagues he consulted over the consequences for sport of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints of (a) sexual harassment and (b) sexual discrimination have been made by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) its...

      Shropshire

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

      Sports

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

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged 16 and above (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from low...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people aged 16 and over (a) from black and ethnic minority groups, (b) with a limiting disability, (c) from low...

      Sports: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what financial support his Department provided to promote (a) sport and (b) the arts in the North East in each of the last five years.

      Sports: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sports clubs are registered in each London borough.

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to provide support to outstanding young athletes in relation to elite sport.

      Telephone Calls: Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he expects Ofcom to issue its review of charges of calls made to 0870 numbers; what the reasons are for the time taken to complete...

      Television: Disability Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to encourage digital television (a) broadcasters and (b) equipment providers to incorporate talking menus and...

      Tourism: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the average expenditure per head by overseas tourists visiting (a) the Eastern region and (b)...

      Tourism: Historic Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government has taken to encourage the public to visit historic buildings since 1997.

      Tourist Attractions: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the 10 most popular tourist attractions in Essex were in each of the last three years.

      Tourist Attractions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the 10 most popular tourist attractions in the (a) City of London and (b) rest of London were in each of the last three years for...

      Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to make regulations under powers granted him by section 134 (9) of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

      Video Games: Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research his Department has conducted on the effects on behaviour of depictions of (a) knife use and (b) other violence in...

      VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) VisitBritain and (b) VisitEngland spent on advertising overseas in each financial year since they were established.

      VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of VisitBritain's grant-in-aid has been allocated to promoting (a) Britain and (b) England overseas in each of the next three...

      WiFi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government have taken to provide wi-fi access to the general public in public buildings; what steps are planned up to...

      Youth Sport Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding the Youth Sports Trust has received from his Department in each of the last three years; and whether such funding has...

  • Treasury

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average wage has been in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England for each year since 1979.

    • Bank Notes: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the results of the consultation on banknote issue arrangements in Scotland and Northern Ireland were; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many child benefit payments have been backdated by more than three months from the date of the initial application in each of the last three...

      Child Benefit: Bexley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of children living in each European country for whom UK child benefit was received by a parent resident in the...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department and (b) the Poynter Review has been able to conclude whether the two data discs missing from HM Revenue and Customs were posted.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many payments of child tax credit have been made since their introduction; and how many have involved overpayment because of a failure by HM Revenue and...

      Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the new design of the 50 pence piece coin.

      Crown Estate Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much the Crown Estate spent on its communications department in each of the last five years; (2) how much the Crown Estate spent on hospitality...

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much income the Crown Estate received from rents paid for (a) marinas and (b) piers in each of the last five years.

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Public Relations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many external contracts the Crown Estate had with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost of those contracts was.

      Crown Estate Commissioners: Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of applications made to the Crown Estate's research committee for research proposals in each of the last five years; how many...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of unsecured debt owed by individuals in the UK in each year since 1990, broken down by income decile of debtors.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps were taken to (a) prevent similar losses and (b) examine data protection procedures in (i) HM Revenue and Customs and (ii) other parts of HM...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2008, Official Report, column 1341W, on departmental data protection, whether the investigation related to the two...

      Departmental Databases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what databases are (a) owned and (b) maintained by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those items was.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public information booklets were published by his Department in 2007; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost to the Department was in each case.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 615W, on departmental training, how many Treasury away days were undertaken in each of...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate was for (a) lone parents, (b) the disabled and (c) the over 50s in each year since 1997, broken down by constituency.

      European Commission: Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the UK financial contribution was towards maintaining, staffing and operating the representative offices of the European Commission in (a) EU...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue the Exchequer accrued from sales of (a) diesel and (b) petrol on garage forecourts in the last 12 months; (2) what the excise duty...

      Finance: Afghanistan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to monitor financial transactions between Afghan individuals in the United Kingdom and (a) Afghanistan and (b) Dubai.

      Financial Services: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to ensure that financial advice is made available to those who are financially excluded.

      Fossil Fuel Levy: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings have taken place between his Department and the Scottish Executive to discuss the transfer of the Fossil Fuel Levy to the Consolidated...

      Frontiers: Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue and its predecessors spent on border security and enforcement in each of the last three financial years.

      Fuels: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government has taken to ensure the competitiveness of the British haulage industry in respect of fuel prices.

      Graduates: Unemployed

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 860W, (1) if he will provide comparable figures...

      Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of households of (a) married couples, (b) cohabiting couples and (c) lone parents with dependent children in each...

      Immigrants: Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average age was of immigrants to the UK in 2007.

      Immigration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which 10 countries the greatest number of migrants entered the UK in 2007.

      Itis Holdings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments his Department and its agencies has made to Itis Holdings in the last 36 months.

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised by landfill tax between January 2005 and December 2007; how much he expects to raise from landfill tax in 2008; and how the money is...

      Landfill Tax: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much each local authority in London paid in landfill tax in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire, dated 22 November 2007, on Northern Rock.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire, dated 19 November 2007, on capital gains tax.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs will respond to the letters of (a) 18 October 2007 and (b) 22 January 2008 from the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre on a...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, columns 834-36W, on migrant workers, what the change has been in the number of the UK born...

      Migrant Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of job vacancies he estimates were filled by migrant workers from the European Union in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many visitor switchers were taken into account for the purpose of calculating the balance of total international migration to and from the UK in...

      Mortgages: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1126W, on mortgages: repossession orders, what...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the minimum age is at which an individual can be issued with a national insurance number.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the balance of the National Insurance Fund was in excess of the minimum balance required in relation to benefit spending in each of the last 10...

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to receive the next quinquennial review of the National Insurance Fund.

      National Insurance Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice he has received from the Acting Government Actuary on the minimum recommended balance in the National Insurance Fund.

      Parkinson's Disease: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from Parkinson's disease in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the population density is of each region of England; (2) how many estimates of population density in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland,...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the working-age population was in each region in each year since 1997.

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection he has made of population figures in 2014.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the PAYE Coding Notices for 2007-08 and 2008-09 issued by HM Revenue and Customs on 24 January 2008 in respect of Mr. Hemmings of Worthing...

      Road Traffic Offences

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

      Seized Articles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many seizure notices were issued by customs officials in each of the last five years.

      Smuggling: Animal Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many product of animal origin detector dogs have been used at ports and airports in Great Britain in each year since 2001.

      Smuggling: Drugs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what volume of illegal drugs was seized at the ports of (a) Hartlepool, (b) Teesside, (c) Tyneside, (d) Wearside and (e) Seaham in each year since...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the proportion of the illicit trade in tobacco in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 that was in (i) manufactured cigarettes and...

      Strokes: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died as a result of a stroke in each (a) strategic health authority area, (b) primary care trust area, (c) Westminster constituency, (d)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2101W, on tax credits, what proportion of complaints received replies in (a) under one...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Stafford of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 291W, on taxation, what levels of need his Department...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the effective tax rate is for (a) bingo clubs, (b) casinos, (c) local betting offices and (d) adult gaming centres.

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what gambling activities are subject to (a) value-added tax and (b) gross profits tax; (2) how much value-added tax was collected from adult gaming...

      Taxation: Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation made and handouts produced by the representative of the Valuation Office Agency entitled, Towards...

      Taxation: Second Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost to the public purse was of tax exemptions to (a) second home owners and (b) buy-to-let landlords in each year since 2000.

      Taxation: Sports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what criteria were used to classify (a) angling, (b) ballooning, (c) billiards, pool and snooker, (d) crossbow, (e) rifle and pistol shooting,...

      Tobacco: Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the share of the tobacco market in (a) Belgium, (b) the Netherlands and (c) Luxembourg that is UK manufactured hand-rolled...

      Valuation Office: ICT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency has spent in relation to its automated valuation model on (a) consultancy, (b) payments to CapGemini including those...

      Valuation Office: Opinion Research Corporation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on Opinion Research Corporation's services in each year since 2001; and what the purpose of each service...

      Valuation Office: Rightmove

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 509W, on Valuation Office: Rightmove, (1) what the timetable is for HM Revenue and...

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is the Government's policy to reduce value added tax on energy efficiency devices from 17.5 per cent. to 5 per cent.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1500-01W, on welfare tax credits, what definition his Department uses of financial...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made on the review of tax credit cases announced on 25 July 2007; and what implications the outcomes of the review have for those...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of UK households below (a) 60 per cent., (b) 50 per cent. and (c) 40 per cent. of the median...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of children who would be lifted out of poverty if all households claimed the full amount of (a) child benefit, (b)...

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the written statement of 25 July 2007, Official Report, columns 62-63WS, on tax credit administration, what has been the effect of...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints the Tax Credits Office received on tax credits in each of the last five years.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the cost of recovering overpayment of tax credits from claimants in Northern Ireland.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department expects to publish details of the new test intended to replace the reasonable belief test used in disputed cases of overpayment of tax...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons were for the recent changes to HM Revenue and Customs' Code of Practice 26, What Happens if We Have Paid You too Much Tax Credit; and if he...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on staff recruitment for the Tax Credits Helpline in each year for which figures are available.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methods have been used to recruit staff for the Tax Credits Helpline in the last year.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff at each grade were employed on the Tax Credits Helpline in each year since it was established.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what applications have been received for export licences for the sale of arms to Sri Lanka since 1 January 2007; what...

    • Bankruptcy: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) bankruptcy orders and (b) company liquidations there were in the agriculture sector in each year since 1997.

      Broadband: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the potential of the...

      Broadband: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of (a) older people and (b) people with a disability using broadband to...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was paid by his Department and its predecessor to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial...

      Companies: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of UK companies that store data indefinitely in...

      Construction: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on the creation of a single set of competency standards for the...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department spent on external consultants in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2187W, on departmental marketing, what the cost of...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2187W, on departmental marketing, whether any...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what telephone contact centres his Department is responsible for.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent by the former Department for Trade and Industry and his Department on expenses, travel and...

      Employment: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, columns 2188-9W, on employment: discrimination, how many...

      Energy Supply: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to paragraph 2.1.25 of the 2007 Energy White Paper, what ways of reducing the costs associated with...

      Energy Technologies Institute: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to the public purse is of the Energy Technologies Institute in 2007-08.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was raised by the energy efficiency commitment, broken down by energy supplier in each year since its...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance and incentives are available for businesses to implement more energy efficient (a) information and...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the replacement of consumer energy display units with smart meters; who will bear the...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) when he will make the statutory instrument necessary to enable consumers of energy to request real time...

      Energy: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he is taking to reduce energy costs to (a) low income families and (b) vulnerable people in Warrington.

      Engineering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the contribution of the engineering industry to the economy in 2007.

      Export Control Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he expects to publish the Government's response to the consultation on the review of the Export Control Act 2002;...

      Exports: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any commercial export contracts were agreed (a) during and (b) as a result of the Prime Minister's recent...

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official...

      Farepak Response Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will place in the Library a copy of the Farepak Response Fund accounts for the period from 10 November 2006 to...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps have been taken to assist the fuel poor in meeting any increases in electricity prices resulting from the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of fuel poverty since 1997.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of social tariffs for energy supplies in alleviating fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to his answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 805W, on fuel poverty, what the duration is of...

      Fuel: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps are being taken to reduce the difference in costs between those paying for fuel on prepay meters and those...

      Fuel: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people pay for fuel on prepay meters in Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency.

      Furniture: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to encourage British furniture manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint through the use of...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many furniture manufacturers operate in the UK; how many people the industry employs; and how many items made by...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the contribution to the British economy made by UK furniture manufacturers.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make it his policy to ensure that Government funding to support furniture manufacturing industry and its...

      Government Office for London: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government Office for London's budget has been in each year since its establishment.

      Imports: Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the effects of furniture imports from (a) China and (b) Poland on the...

      Industrial Diseases: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments were made under coal health schemes in each year for which figures are available.

      Information and Communications Technology: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the information and communications technology (ICT)...

      International Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether his Department discussed in advance with HRH Prince Andrew, in his role as special representative for...

      Liquified Natural Gas: Milford Haven

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage capacity that will be provided at the two new LNG...

      London Development Agency: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) whether his Department (a) records, (b) monitors and (c) audits grants made by the London Development Agency;...

      Manufacturing Industries: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many jobs in the manufacturing sector there were in (a) Ribble Valley constituency, (b) Lancashire county...

      Minimum Wage: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to promote awareness of the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      Minimum Wage: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of 18 to 21-year-olds in the Halifax area who are being paid more than they...

      Ministers: Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether Baroness Vadera's ministerial responsibilities include oversight of (a) UK Trade and Investment and (b) the...

      Mobile Phones: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what regulations his Department has introduced prohibiting phishing texts on mobile telephones.

      Nuclear Installations Act 1965

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when the Government plans to consult on amending the Nuclear Installations Act 1965.

      Nuclear Power

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

      Olympic Games 2012: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps the Government has taken to encourage West Midlands businesses to examine the opportunities arising from...

      Packaging: Misleading Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) whether he plans through the implementation of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive to increase consumer...

      Political Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department has provided to trades unions through the Union Modernisation Fund and Union Learning Fund...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what consideration the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs has given to the letter from the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 706W, on post offices: closures, if he will...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the meeting held by his Department with the hon. Member for Billericay on 12 December 2007, if he...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) which post office branches closed temporarily in each parliamentary constituency in each month from January 2005...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the quality of the Post Office's consultation process for proposed branch closures.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what system there is for appealing against post office closures following the announcement of the Post Office's...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) which local authorities made submissions to the Post Office consultation on the post office network change...

      Postwatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of Postwatch's ability to carry out its statutory duties.

      Public Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what estimate he has made of the number of public telephone boxes which (a) display advertising on their...

      Radioactive Materials: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, columns 390-91W, on radioactive materials: transport, if...

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 676W,...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on renewable heat supplies.

      Retail Trade: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the likely future change in levels of use of internet shopping and the implications for...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many completed MOX fuel assemblies were made in the Sellafield MOX plant in the last year for which figures are...

      Solar Power: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress he has made with the accreditation of low pressure solar PV panel manufacturers under the terms of the...

      South East England Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 418W, on South East England Development Agency,...

      South East England Development Agency: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which properties are owned by the South East England Development Agency; to whom each is leased; and on what terms.

      Telecommunications: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to implement the EU Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive;...

      Telecommunications: Hearing Impaired

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will review the definition of relay services for the deaf in the Government's 2003 Universal Service Order to...

      Timesharing: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many consumer complaints his Department has received on timeshare sales in the latest period for which figures are...

      Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have met representatives of the Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what restrictions apply to trades unions making payments from their general funds to organisations other than...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what guidance his Department has issued on the permissible use of resources from trades unions' general funds for...

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on changes to the role of lay members sitting on employment tribunals.

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of employment tribunals with (a) three members, (b) two members and (c) one...

      Tribunals: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the role of lay members on employment tribunals; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Trade and Investment: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many UK Trade and Investment staff there are at each UK embassy in Europe; how many posts at each embassy are to...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1480W, on the union modernisation fund, what the...

      Union Modernisation Fund: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the market share of UK computer games developers in (a) the UK, (b) the US and (c)...

      Video Games: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the average proportion of turnover invested in research and development by UK companies...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make an estimate of (a) how much wind energy the National Grid can manage and (b) the total capacity of...

      Wind Power: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what is the minimum permitted distance from housing at which windfarms may be constructed in England and Wales; and...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent representations he has received on raising the winter fuel allowance.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Ambient Assisted Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on participating in ambient assisted living projects at EU level; and if he will make a statement.

    • Apprentices: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the entry requirement is for a programme-led apprenticeship in each subject.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether personal data for which his Department is responsible are (a) stored and (b) processed overseas; and if he will...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what obligations his Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what audits his Department and its agencies have carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people are employed by his Department as apprentices.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the name is of each special adviser in his Department; (2) what the estimated cost is of (a) expenses, (b)...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department and its predecessor since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people in his Department and its predecessors earned over £100,000 in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether the policy of British jobs for British workers will affect his Department's recruitment policy.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which further and higher educational establishments have opened teaching centres overseas; what estimate he has made of the...

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of non-accredited learning on (a) health, (b) educational aspirations within...

      Educational Institutions: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether funds were paid to (a) Jewish, (b) Muslim and (c) Christian seminaries by his Department's predecessors between...

      Employment Agencies

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

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many individuals (a) registered for and (b) successfully completed an English for Speakers of Other Languages approved...

      Forced Marriages: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will ensure that information on helplines and access to support for victims of forced marriage or persons in fear of...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding he has allocated in cash terms to (a) higher education and further and continuing education funding for...

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many applicants accepted for places in higher education were no longer enrolled onto higher education courses as first...

      Nuclear Physics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding has been (i) spent and (ii) allocated for each of the next three years...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many colleges in England are approved to provide education for overseas students; how many such colleges have been...

      Student Loans Company: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many complaints the Student Loans Company received in each year since it was established.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time (i) UK, (ii) EU and (iii) non-EU (A) undergraduate and (B) postgraduate students...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many student loans were paid manually by the Student Loans Company in each year since 1997.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average amount of debt of a student on graduation was at the most recent date for which figures are available; and...

      Students: Orphans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what additional financial support is available to undergraduate students who have been orphaned; and if he will make a statement.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of participants dropped out of teacher training courses in each of the last three years, broken down by age.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what meetings he has had with trades union officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trades unions.

      Vocational Training: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the additional support budget of the Train to Gain programme was spent in each English region by the...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made since the ministerial letter of 31 January 2006 responding to the recommendations of the Animal Procedures...

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been placed on individuals living in Wirral, West constituency in the last two years; on what...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by her Department in responding to the key findings of the National Audit Office report Asylum and migration: a...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on granting amnesty for asylum seekers without a record of illegal activity who have been in the...

      Asylum: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Afghan nationals were granted asylum in (a) 2007 and (b) each of the 10 previous years.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum applications originated and (b) asylum seekers were housed in Enfield in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.

      Beatrice Guessie

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the investigation into the treatment of Beatrice Guessie to be completed.

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have statutory powers to share information held on biometric immigration documents and identity cards issued to...

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory authority the Government have to hold the biometric details and other information relating to foreign nationals who have been...

      Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department plans to keep the (a) biometric and (b) other information held on biometric immigration documents and identity cards...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the error rate in each of the databases operated by the Border and Immigration Agency.

      Border and Immigration Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the reasons are for the time taken by the Borders and Immigration Agency to reply to the request made by the appellant in case...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many naturalised UK citizens have had their citizenship revoked since 1997.

      Burglar Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglar alarm activations were responded to by the Metropolitan Police in each of the last five years; and how many turned out to be...

      Christmas

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

      Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 180W, on the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, for what reasons...

      Crime: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what trends there have been in crime detection rates in Darlington over (a) the last 12 months and (b) the last five years.

      Crime: Darlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change has been in crime rates by category of offence in Darlington in (a) the last year and (b) the last five years.

      Crime: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will undertake an investigation into the Forensic Science Service's use of DNA testing in criminal investigations.

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of violent crimes committed (a) in and (b) immediately outside pubs and clubs in each...

      Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed in public parks in each Greater London borough (a) in total and (b) where the victim was female in each year...

      Crimes of Violence: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pupils were arrested in each of the last five years for violent offences in schools in (a) England and Wales, (b) the north east,...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time was for a Criminal Records Bureau check to be made from the date of application in the most recent period for which...

      Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies are under contract to her Department to provide mail services.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract, consultancies and other services placed with (i) Deloitte & Touche, (ii)...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many times (a) her Department and (b) the Border and Immigration Agency lost or misplaced databases relating to (i) British...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach...

      Departmental Email

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

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies in each of the last...

      Departmental Recycling

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

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of redundancies in her Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30 June 2004, (b) 30 June 2005 and (c) 30 June 2006.

      Departmental: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 480W, on departmental public expenditure, when she expects budget...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many repeat offences of domestic violence were recorded in each police authority area in the last period for which figures are available.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases of domestic violence the alleged perpetrator was released on bail without notification to the victim in each police...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cautions were imposed and (b) prosecutions were brought for domestic violence offences in the (i) Bedfordshire and (ii) Luton...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many arrests for drug-driving took place (a) in England and (b) in each police authority area in each year since 1997; (2) in...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will introduce a nationwide scheme to close down crack houses.

      Drugs: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 652W, on drugs: Peterborough, what methodology she will use to assess...

      Drugs: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent support (a) her Department and (b) police forces have offered to the Government of Colombia in combating the smuggling of...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the average cost of answering and responding to a call to 999; and if she will make a statement.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost per call is to use the 0845 6070999 non-emergency police number.

      Entry Clearances: Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) spouses and (b) fiancés and fiancées were admitted to the UK in each of the last five years from (i) Pakistan, (ii)...

      Entry Clearances: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were revoked in each of the last five years as a consequence of (a) failure to register with the relevant institution...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for extradition under the Extradition Act 2003 have been received from public authorities in the United States; what...

      Fair Trade Initiatives

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

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals working as diplomats and in other jobs at foreign embassies, high commissions, consulates and other diplomatic...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of foreign senior care workers who will not meet the minimum salary requirements to continue...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals resident in the United Kingdom serving as diplomats for (a) the United Nations, (b) the World Health Organisation...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the effect on the numbers of foreign nationals seeking to enter the UK of the hosting of the 2012 Olympic games...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security measures exist to protect the information on the national DNA database.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to enhance the powers of (a) border and (b) other officials to stop people on the grounds that they suspect...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers (a) border and (b) other officials have to stop people on the grounds that they suspect them to be victims or perpetrators of...

      Hunting: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for hunting foxes with dogs since 2005; and what steps her Department is taking to enforce the Hunting...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for (i) knowingly facilitating the entry of an illegal entrant contrary to section...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the number of known illegal immigrants in each constituency.

      Illegal Immigrants: Poole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what level of fine has been levied on individuals and companies for carrying illegal immigrants through the Port of Poole in the last...

      Immigrants: National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her statement of 13 November 2007, Official Report, columns 531-3 and her answer to the hon. Member for Hertsmere, how many of...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria she used to select the cases to be dealt with in the legacy exercise as referred to in the letter of 17 December 2007 from the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 105W, on immigration, how many unresolved electronic and paper asylum...

      Immigration Officers: Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many airline liaison officers are employed by her Department; and in which locations they are stationed.

      Immigration Officers: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of those making a complaint against staff involved in removals from the United Kingdom were interviewed in each of the last...

      Immigration Officers: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints of assault have been made against staff involved in immigration removals from the United Kingdom in each of the last...

      Immigration: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 28-29WS, on care for children in the immigration...

      Immigration: Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1773W, on Immigration: Work Permits, how much her Department spent in...

      Immigration: Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on the recruitment of highly skilled chefs for Chinese restaurants...

      Immobilisation of Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensed vehicle immobilisers have had their licences revoked in each of the last five years; how many unlicensed individuals have...

      Infanticide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been killed by (a) non-resident fathers and (b) non-resident mothers in each of the last five years.

      Isac Dumitru

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations she has had from the Romanian embassy on the case of Isac Dumitru; (2) where Isac Dumitru is being looked after...

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation her Department has had with (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) the Police Federation on the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 26 November 2007 on a constituent (Home Office reference:...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the special advisers in her Department are; what expertise each has; and what the cost of employing them was in the latest year for which...

      National Security Strategy

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

      Neighbourhood Policing Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the results of her Department's monitoring and evaluation exercise in relation to the neighbourhood policing...

      Offenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the proportion of violent incidents in each region of England and Wales where the offender was thought to be under the influence of...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of crimes committed by non-UK nationals which have resulted in a Court recommendation for...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminals of foreign nationality who (a) were apprehended and (b) served their sentences in the UK were deported to their country...

      Offenders: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign former prisoners were housed in (a) immigration detention centres and (b) young offender institutions on 31 December 2007.

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people under the age of 18 years were (a) injured and (b) killed by bladed weapons in the last year for which figures are...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many years remain on the lease for South Eaton Place, the Government House in Pimlico.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many months the Government House in Pimlico has been vacant.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library a copy of the home information pack produced regarding South Eaton Place, the Government House in Pimlico at...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations into organised crime organisations have been undertaken by (a) the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and (b) other...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation determines whether a suspect may be questioned by police following charge; and if she will make a statement.

      Police Custody: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what nightly rate is paid by the Immigration Service for the use of police cells to each police force.

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to prevent the unauthorised passing of information from the Police National Computer to the media.

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forms are required to be completed by a policeman processing a burglary from investigation to conviction; and how many pages each form...

      Police: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time police officers, excluding police community support officers, there were in the Northern Division of Cambridgeshire...

      Police: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hand held computers have been provided to police officers to log crime in each of the last three years.

      Police: Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances a police officer may ask for a DNA sample.

      Police: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Enfield North in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, how many community safety officers there were in Enfield...

      Police: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 294W, on police: influenza, if she will make it her policy to direct...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been spent on (a) hand held computers and (b) other time saving technologies for police forces in England and Wales...

      Police: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police and (b) community support officers were employed in North Yorkshire at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the financial liability is for compensation to police officers owed for rest days not taken of (a) Warwickshire Police Authority and...

      Police: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Head of the Police and Crime Standards Directorate will be eligible for a bonus for 2007; and what the criteria are for the award...

      Police: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans her Department has to (a) extend and (b) terminate central funding of the 101 non-emergency numbers in local areas.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many items of post sent by her Department were reported missing by the intended recipient in each year since 1997; (2) what steps...

      PricewaterhouseCoopers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value of her Department's contracts with PricewaterhouseCoopers on private finance initiative projects was in each year since 1997.

      Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the status of the Government's appeal against the decision of the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission...

      Public Order Offences: Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue guidance to police forces on steps which may be taken against persons taking photographs in public places.

      Smart Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have purchased stocks of smart water; and how many crimes have been detected in each police authority area through the...

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 983W, on stop and search, for what reasons data on individuals...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidelines are given to the police in dealing with extremist literature discovered in UK mosques; (2) what steps she is taking to...

      Vladimir Ismaili

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Answer of 15 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1398-99W, on Vladimir Ismaili, whether Vladimir Ismaili has been deported.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many professional footballers offered employment by UK football clubs were refused a work permit in each year since January 1998, broken...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of persons under 18 years who have committed (a) five offences or more, (b) 10 offences or more,...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by juvenile offenders in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Army Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that no British Army infantry or support units will be sent to combat zones in Afghanistan unless they have been through the full training...

    • Afghanistan: Military Involvement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific steps they have taken to avoid the involvement of British military forces in a lengthy campaign in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to let the manufacturing contract for the future aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Future Rapid Effect System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the contract for the initial phase of System of Systems Integrator support to the future rapid effects system programme was awarded in January.

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Bob Ainsworth, on 9 October 2007 (Official Report, col. 200), when they expect the six...

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Bob Ainsworth, on 9 October 2007 (Official Report, 73WS), what is the timetable for...

      Arts: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the Arts Council's proposal to cut by 17 per cent the budget of the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, Surrey.

      Banking: Société Générale

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider that recent co-ordination measures by the tripartite financial supervision authorities will prevent abuses like the Société...

      Boundary Commission: Suffolk

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive the findings of the Boundary Commission on local government in Suffolk.

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Government Equalities Office following the signing of the Central-Local Concordat...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Ministry of Justice following the signing of the Central-Local Concordat on 12...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Department for Communities and Local Government following the signing of the...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures are being put in place to monitor and enforce compliance with the Central-Local Concordat across all government departments, offices and agencies;...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions and advice are being given to the Housing Corporation and its regional organisations concerning changes to their policies and working...

      Children: Deaf and Communication Disorders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What powers the Department for Children, Schools and Families has, or could seek, to assist the Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders in trying to...

      Criminal Justice: Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to their response to recommendation 8 of the report by Baroness Corston entitled Review of Women with Particular Vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice...

      Data Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which companies they currently use to undertake analysis and storage of biological samples; which other companies they are considering for the purpose; and what...

      Defence Aviation Repair Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What decision they have made about the future of the Ministry of Defence and Fleetlands and Almondbank work for the Defence Aviation Repair Agency at Almondbank,...

      Defence Equipment and Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Defence Equipment and Support organisation expects to complete the review into the role of the military in acquisition.

      Defence Industrial Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the second version of the defence industrial strategy will be published.

      Energy: Firewood Coppicing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to promote firewood coppicing as a sustainable domestic fuel source.

      EU: Galileo Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 17 January (Official Report, col. 1417) which denied that the Galileo project is being funded from the European...

      EU: Subsidiarity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) on 24 January (WA 62-63), in the event of the Government not agreeing to a...

      EU: Subsidiarity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) on 24 January (WA 62-63), how Parliament will be able to initiate proceedings...

      Food: Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 January (WA 196), what steps HM Revenue and Customs is taking to ensure that the valuation limit of...

      Forced Marriage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will encourage teachers to report to the Forced Marriage Unit, the police or other appropriate authorities cases where there is a reasonable suspicion...

      Health: A&E

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients in the Greater London area have been turned away from accident and emergency departments by triage in the last 36 months.

      Health: Botox

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What regulations exist to cover the sale and application of Botox; and whether any plans exist to amend such regulations.

      Health: Cosmetic Surgery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients the NHS has treated as a result of complications arising from cosmetic surgery performed outside the NHS.

      Health: Emergency Care Practitioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients were visited by emergency care practitioners instead of ambulance crews over the last 36 months; and Whether they will provide a breakdown in...

      Health: Foetal Surgery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision for foetal surgery for babies affected by disabilities exists within the United Kingdom; how many babies have been treated; on what conditions it...

      Health: London Hospital Beds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many beds have been closed and how many beds have been reopened by London hospital trusts in the last 36 months.

      Health: Northumberland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Northumberland Care Trust is cutting its financial support for the enhanced primary care services in Wooler, Northumberland, thereby requiring patients to...

      Health: Showers in Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the recommended ratio of showers to patients in NHS hospitals.

      House of Lords: Black Rod's Garden Entrance

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 6 February (WA 189), when the last health and safety audit was carried out on Black Rod's Garden Entrance; and whether it took...

      House of Lords: Mail

      asked the Chairman of Committees: How many items of mail were received in the Palace of Westminster in 2007; and what proportion was received by the House of Lords.

      Iraq: Baha Mousa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any inquiry or investigation into the wider aspects of the Baha Mousa court martial case will take place; and, if so, when.

      Iraq: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following publication of the The Aitken Report: An Investigation into Cases of Deliberate Abuse and Unlawful Killing in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, on 25 January,...

      Iraq: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following publication of The Aitken Report: An Investigation into Cases of Deliberate Abuse and Unlawful Killing in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, on 25 January, whether...

      Law Commission: Ministerial Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Ministerial Committee on the Law Commission last met; and how many times the committee has met since its establishment in 2000.

      Law Commission: Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many reports published by the Law Commission from 1995 to 2007 inclusive did not receive a response from the Government within six months of publication; and,...

      Legal Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 5 February (Official Report, col. 1010), how much each of the 95,000 applications for legal aid by juveniles...

      Missing Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the review of missing from home and care guidance will be completed; and whether they will speed up this process.

      Missing Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any developments in the cases of those children who disappeared whilst in the care of social services and are thought to have been...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund: Waltham Forest

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures have been taken to ensure that the allocation of funds to EduAction in Waltham Forest under the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund—Youth at Risk...

      Pancake Race

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health and Safety Executive gave any advice to Ripon Cathedral on the cancellation of its annual pancake race.

      Pensions: Occupational Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 16 October 2007 (WA 47), when they now expect the Pensions Regulator to issue draft regulatory guidance...

      Phone Tapping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they intend to introduce to interdict unauthorised phone tapping by governmental and public bodies.

      Plastic Bags

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce a tax to discourage the unnecessary use of plastic bags.

      Police: Databases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead (HL1516) on whether an adult may request the deletion of bio-information stored in connection with an...

      Polygamy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sums have been paid in social benefits in respect of second or subsequent concurrent wives or of their children since 1997.

      Powers of Entry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government departments have powers of entry under the Acts set out in Schedule 1 to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL].

      Prisoners: Release

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners in custody on recall are still being held because release plans and risk management reports have not been produced for Parole Boards by the due date.

      Prisons: Overcrowding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the level of overcrowding in prisons is having on the length of prison sentences passed in court.

      Private Detectives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to regulate the private detective industry.

      Southampton Docks: Container Crane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Health and Safety Executive has determined whether the collapse of the container crane at Southampton docks was due to a technical failure of the crane...

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the calculations by which the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his Statement on 24 January, estimated that his capital gains tax proposal...

      Taxation: Computer System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will allow those making tax contributions this year extra time should the contributor's computer system fail.

      Utilities: Direct Debit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether extra charges imposed on customers of telephone and other utilities companies who do not pay bills by direct debit are exempt from VAT.

      Women: Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the locations of existing non-residential centres for the support and supervision of women offenders and those at risk of offending; whether any...

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