Written answers

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the appointment of a special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

    • Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Kenya.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Kofi Annan on political mediation in Kenya.

      Kosovo

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations on the political situation in Zimbabwe.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on UK relations with India.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking in support of the middle east peace process; and if he will make a statement.

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of suicide bombings in the middle east on the peace process.

      Burma

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

      Pakistan

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

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Iran's nuclear capability.

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy of the Quartet is on talks with Hamas.

      The Balkans

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

      Bilateral Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on strengthening relations between the UK and China.

      British Overseas Territories: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what safeguards exist against the arbitrary dismissal of chief justices in overseas territories which are compliant with...

      Burundi: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to support the elections scheduled for 2010 in Burundi.

      Chad: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with French authorities on their intervention in Chad.

      Chad: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government are giving to the African Union's mediation efforts in Chad through (a) Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of...

      Chad: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment has been made of (a) the security situation in Chad and (b) the impact on the deployment of the EUFOR...

      China: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the policy of the Government of China towards Sudan is in alignment with...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the detention of (a) Major Mbokolo...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the treatment of detainees and...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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...

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what public information booklets were published by his Department in 2007; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost to the...

      Diplomatic Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many formal complaints British ambassadors have lodged with host countries since March 2006; and what those complaints were.

      Ethiopia: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will offer technical support to the government of Ethiopia in developing its internal security infrastructure as part of...

      EU Grants and Loans: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records his Department holds of grants given to UK trade unions by institutions of the European Union since 1997.

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to other countries on the decriminalisation of homosexuality in those countries where it is illegal.

      Indonesia: Censorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Indonesia on the banning and seizure of the book The Sinking of the...

      Papua: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his European Union counterparts the prospects for EU-sponsored dialogue between West Papuan...

      Russia: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent conversations he has had with his Russian counterpart on cyber crime perpetrated against British citizens and...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) troops and (b) other personnel are based in Darfur as part of the UNAMID force; and when he expects the UNAMID...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what competencies will be transferred from the UK to the EU under the Treaty of Lisbon.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • A Levels: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in receipt of free school meals gained three A grades at A-level in mainstream maintained schools in the last...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes there have been to his Department's projection for the number of academies to be opened by the end of each of the...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for which academies (a) expressions of interest and (b) feasibility studies have been received since 1 May 2007; who the...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have agreed co-sponsorship arrangements under the academies programme.

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have agreed to co-sponsor academies; and on which date each made the agreement.

      Building Schools for the Future Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools have started construction under the Building Schools for the Future programme, broken down by (a) local authority...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have held with (i) directors and (ii) senior executives...

      Care Proceedings: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to change the charging procedures for local authorities paying court fees before they can issue proceedings to...

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many times the Children's Plan expert groups have met; and if he will publish the minutes and attendance lists of each meeting.

      Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he proposes to publish the implementation documents referred to in the Children's Plan.

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the budget for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service will be in financial years (a) 2007-08, (b)...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time was that children waited in local authority care to be placed (a) with a foster parent or parents and (b)...

      Children in Care: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of looked after children in each local authority area received the immunisations appropriate for their age...

      Children: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children are taught about managing risk and staying safe to prevent...

      Children: Behaviour Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were assessed as having behavioural difficulties in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what assessment has been made of the security of the eCaf system; (2) what assessment he has been made of the effectiveness...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department collects on the qualifications of existing child care and early years workers in registered settings.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the proportion of three to four-year-olds in workless families for whom the entitlement to 12.5 hours...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many additional childcare places have been (a) provided, (b) lost and (c) left available to the 100 local authorities with...

      Children: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether time spent (a) on roll call and general administration, (b) changing, (c) travelling and (d) before a lesson starting...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average pupil/teacher ratio was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Cornwall, (ii) the South West and (iii)...

      Classroom Assistants: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teaching assistants have reached NVQ level (a) 2 and (b) 3 of the Training Development for School programme.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the effect of the Comprehensive Spending Review on future revenue funding of (a) academies and (b)...

      Computers: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to widen accessibility to computers and the internet for low-income families since 1997.

      Dance: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to maintain dance's position in the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum.

      Departmental Data Protection

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of Freedom of Information requests received by his Department have given rise to responses that have been...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many people have been appointed to his Department outside civil service grades in the last 30 days; (2) many people...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of his Department's special advisers also work for organisations outside his Department.

      Departmental Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many responses he has received to his Department's Time to Talk consultation.

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what opinion polls the Department has conducted of (a) the public and (b) staff since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) name of the...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was spent to produce the (a) Aiming High and (b) Children's Plan policy documents.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what (a) volume and (b) percentage of its waste his Department recycled in each of the last five years; (2) how much and...

      Departmental Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether any of his Department's advisers have declared a conflict of interest; and if he will make a statement.

      Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of children entitled to free school meals achieved a level four or above in every Key Stage 2 exam in...

      Education: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reason is for the withdrawal of £7 million from the Isle of Wight Council budget in respect of primary capital...

      Education: Kent

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

      Educentre Ltd: Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support his Department is giving to Educentre Ltd. to build academies; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Planning: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what grants his Department made to (a) Brook, (b) the Family Planning Association, (c) Marie Stopes International, (d) the...

      Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the role of the finance director in his Department is in relation to authorising policies with significant financial...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will ensure that information on helplines and access to support for victims of forced marriage or persons in fear of forced...

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average time was that local authorities took to interview and process an application form from couples and individuals...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have eligibility levels for free school meals of 20 per cent. or more in local...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of secondary schools with free school meal eligibility of between 35 per cent. and 50 per cent. are not specialist...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children (a) were entitled to and (b) claimed free school meals in each of the last 10 years.

      Free School Meals: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children are estimated to be eligible for free school meals at (a) Manor Court Primary School, Chard,...

      GCE A-Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the terms of the review of A-levels in 2013 are; and if he will make a statement.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of secondary schools submitted one or more pupils for GCSEs in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils in pupil referral units did not gain a single GCSE C grade or higher in each of the last five years; (2)...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students in each London local education authority area left school achieving fewer than five A* to C grade passes at...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of (a) 15 year olds and (b) pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieved five or more GCSEs at grades...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils gained three GCSEs or fewer at D grade or below in 2007.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each constituency gained five GCSE A* to C grades in subjects including English,...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils in receipt of free school meals did not gain a single grade C or higher at GCSE in the last year for which figures...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many mainstream maintained schools one or more pupils gained no passes at GCSE in the last period for which figures are...

      Headteachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the National Professional Qualification for Headship will be compulsory for those candidates seeking headships in...

      Health Education: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plans to take to educate parents about nutrition.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the impact of sex education on the attitudes and lifestyle choices of...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were home educated in each local education authority in the latest year for which information is available.

      Home Education: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many girls aged 14 years and over (a) were home schooled and (b) had been removed from school and have not resumed in each...

      Languages: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent steps the Government has taken to improve the quality of teaching foreign languages in schools.

      Languages: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which schools offered (a) GCSE and (b) A-Level Mandarin in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Leisure: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what central Government funding for leisure facilities for persons aged between 16 and 21 years was (a) in total and (b) per...

      Literacy: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) Enfield and (b) Enfield, North of school leaving age were functionally illiterate in each of the last...

      Literacy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, columns 267-71W, on literacy: Greater London, what the number of...

      London Academy Edgware

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of students at the London Academy (a) are entitled to free school meals, (b) are in receipt of...

      Minibuses: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what representations he has received on funding for training and testing of teachers and early years workers for the driving of...

      Numeracy: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made for the potential for public confusion between the Adult Numeracy and Key Skills Adult Numeracy...

      Physical Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many qualified physical education teachers there were in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many primary schools with fewer than 150 pupils there are in (a) Bedfordshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Essex, (d)...

      Primary Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what account the Primary Capital Programme will take of the removal of surplus places; and if he will make a statement.

      Primary Education: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what capital grant will be available from April 2008 to those local authorities with large numbers of primary schools without...

      Primary Education: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools closed in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Primary Education: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what specific issues his Department has informed the Isle of Wight Council are required to be addressed by 1 February 2008 in the...

      Primary Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils in primary schools designated as rural schools achieved level 4 or above in Key Stage 2 tests in the...

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what adjustments for sex are included in the contextual value added measure for Key Stage Two; and how such calculations are made.

      Primary Education: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in how many primary schools (a) 20 per cent., (b) 30 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. or more of pupils did not reach level 4 in...

      Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what public benefit test is applied to private schools for charitable purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1405-06W, on private sector, for each of the two formal...

      Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of primary school pupils live within walking distance as defined by his Department of more than...

      Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the pupils who sat the pilot stage tests in English and mathematics will receive their results.

      Pupils: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the most recent attendance figures are for pupils in each school year from year three to year 11; and if he will make a statement.

      Pupils: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department provides on monitoring the security of IT equipment holding children's data on school premises.

      Pupils: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to assist teachers with the change in the number of pupils with English as a second language...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to reduce bullying in schools since 1997.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was (a) budgeted for and (b) spent per pupil on average in (i) schools, (ii) primary schools and (iii) secondary...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of schools demonstrate a surplus on their school meals service; and if he will make a statement.

      School Meals: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average daily cost to the public purse was of food provided in schools for each pupil in the most recent period for which...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged between five and 11 were receiving school milk in the latest period for which figures are available, broken...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of pupils attending schools which had been built within the previous five years in each of...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of how far on average (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils travel to get to school in (i)...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) new schools opened and (b) schools closed in the (i) maintained and (ii) independent sector in each year since...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will review the 10 per cent. target threshold for surplus places for (a) all schools and (b) rural schools; and if he will...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England operate as their own admissions authority; (2) how many (a)...

      Schools: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether planned guidance on the collection of biometric data in schools will be made available other than on the British...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of poor quality school buildings which are situated in deprived areas; and if he will make...

      Schools: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps the Government have taken to improve kitchen facilities in schools since 1997; (2) how much the Government have...

      Schools: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have closed each year since 1997, broken down by local authority.

      Schools: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to encourage schools to open their facilities to community groups.

      Schools: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much income has been generated by maintained schools in England providing facilities for community groups in the last 12...

      Schools: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many assaults there were on school teachers in 2005-06 which led to exclusions, broken down by (a) category of assault and...

      Schools: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what expenditure on schools was as a proportion of gross domestic product in each year since 1997; what estimate he has made of...

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what factors determine the level of the dedicated schools grant per pupil in Plymouth is below the national average; and what the...

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of surplus places there were in each of the last three years in (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) high schools on...

      Schools: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what powers teachers have to confiscate weapons on school premises; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether all proposals to close rural schools have to be called into the Secretary of State for decision.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many rural schools closed in each year between 1996 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surplus places there are in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools designated as rural schools.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what rural (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have closed in Cornwall since 1997.

      Schools: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to improve science facilities in schools since 1997.

      Schools: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) under what circumstances an executive board will take over the management of a failing school, as outlined by the Prime...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government plan to take to improve career advice services in schools.

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to encourage students to choose single science GCSEs.

      Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the (a) highest and (b) lowest performing 100 secondary schools, as listed in the Government's achievement and...

      Secondary Education: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were on the roll (a) in each secondary school and (b) at special schools in Enfield in each of the last five...

      Sure Start Programme: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many families have received (a) healthcare and (b) other support from the Sure Start programme in Houghton and Washington...

      Teachers: Food Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers qualified in food technology are employed in each London borough.

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to bring forward specific proposals for the structure of the proposed Masters degree for the teaching profession.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what meetings he has had with trade union officials since 1 July 2007; on what dates; and with which trade unions.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the rate of unauthorised absence was in each school in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils took unauthorised absence in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007, broken down by local authority.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many local authorities have a dedicated local pupil tracking officer to identify children missing from education.

      Vocational Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total value is of the fund set aside to support grants given under the Train to Gain skills development programme.

      Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the 10 types of work experience placement most frequently attended by schoolchildren were in the last year for which figures...

      Young People: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the impact of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 on 17-year-olds playing open age sport.

      Young People: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) 16 and 17-year-olds and (b) 18 to 24-year-olds of each sex were not in education, employment...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people were employed in his Department's ministerial correspondence unit in each of the last five years; and how much it cost to run the unit,...

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people were employed in his Department's press office in each of the last five years; and how much it cost to run the office, including utilities...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many members of the senior Civil Service in his Department have received an honour.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on numbers of (a) sunbed salons and (b) unsupervised sunbed salons in Wales; and if he...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to House of...

    • Department of Finance and Administration: Operating Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the Department of Finance and Administration cost to run in 2007.

      Political Activities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Horsham of 28 January 2007, Official Report, column 3W, on...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which (a) rooms, (b) furniture and (c) telephone facilities are allocated to recognised trades unions on...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which trades unions have recognition agreements with the House authorities.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to inform relatives of victims who have been murdered when a convicted murderer is released from prison in Northern...

    • Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many illegal firearms he estimates are in circulation in Northern Ireland.

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what consideration is given to (a) imprisonable and (b) non-imprisonable driving offences when determining an application for a firearms...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are applied to applications for firearms licences in Northern Ireland.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many engagements his predecessor undertook between 1 January 2007 and 27 July 2007.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of levels of organised crime in Northern Ireland; and what steps he plans to take to tackle this problem.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers there are in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, broken down by (a) sex and (b) religious belief.

      Prisoners: Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will ensure that condoms are made available in prisons in Northern Ireland to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

      Real IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate he has made of the number of members of the command structures of the (a) Real IRA and (b) Continuity IRA; (2) what...

      Real IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what reports he has received of Real IRA and Continuity IRA involvement with organised crime and criminal gangs (a) inside and (b) outside...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental ICT

      To ask the Leader of the House how many of her 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 items was.

    • Government Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House how many (a) amendments and (b) Government amendments were made to Government Bills by end of the Report Stage in the House in each Session since 1997-98.

      Legislation

      To ask the Leader of the House how many powers to enable primary legislation to be amended or repealed by secondary legislation have been enacted in each of the last 30 years.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Apprentices: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government plan to take to increase the number of apprenticeships in the west midlands.

    • Higher Education: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the total Value Added Tax (VAT) paid by higher education institutions in each of the past five...

      Ministerial Science Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the membership of the Ministerial Science Group is; how frequently the group has met in the last 12 months; and what...

  • Transport

    • A628

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by the Highways Agency on preparation for the A628 Mottram to Tintwistle bypass public inquiry to date.

    • Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenues have been received from the Dartford Crossing tolls for the period during which this programme object has had a comparability factor of...

      Railways: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bicycles were carried by train by each train operating company in each year since 1997; how many bicycle spaces were provided on the railways...

      Railways: Swindon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will ensure that the doubling of the Swindon to Kemble railway line takes place in 2009.

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of which tolled road crossings in England (a) tolls have ceased to be levied in the last five years and (b) there are proposals to cease...

      Shropshire

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

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1068W, on street works, what assessment she has made of the ability of local...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the conclusions of the Wildlife Law Enforcement Working Group meeting in July 2007 were on the illegal trade in falcons;...

    • Carbon Emissions: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of total UK carbon emissions was estimated to be produced in (a) Ribble Valley constituency and (b)...

      Energy Using Products Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government is taking to ensure that the Energy Using Products Directive does not have an adverse impact upon...

      Environment Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the current and proposed budget of the Environment Agency with regard to planned expenditure...

      Environment Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the operational budget of the Environment Agency was spent on staff salaries in the most recent period for...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flood defences have been built in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) final construction costs and (b)...

      Floods: Gloucestershire

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

      Plastics: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for incentives to companies proposing to invest in innovative plastics reprocessing...

      Radioactive Wastes: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to publish (a) the letter to be sent to local authorities in respect of volunteer communities...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much recyclable waste was (a) landfilled, (b) incinerated and (c) sent overseas for disposal in each year since 1997.

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research and opinion polling his Department has commissioned on introducing variable charging for household waste in the...

      Wind Power: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Environment Agency has undertaken of the noise produced by the WS 1200 wind turbine; when that assessment...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient spares for Mastiff armoured vehicles are available in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Mastiff armoured vehicles are deployed in Afghanistan; and how many more he plans to deploy.

      Afghanistan: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Viking vehicles are deployed in Afghanistan; and what plans he has to increase that number.

      Afghanistan: Medical Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of protection is provided to medical locums serving in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) helicopters available with winching equipment, (b) Pinzgauer vehicles and (c) mine resistant Mastiff trucks were available and being used...

      Afghanistan: Rifles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to supplying the Barrett Light 50 sniper rifle to snipers deployed in Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many offences under the (a) Naval Discipline Act 1957, (b) Army Act 1955, (c) RAF Act 1955 and (d) Armed Forces Act 2006 resulted in (i)...

      Armed Forces: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) sets of body armour, (b) AK47 assault rifles, (c) underslung grenade launchers for AK47s and (d) 9mm pistols are owned by UK forces.

      Bowman Combat Radio System: Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of the defects in Bowman batteries on (a) armed forces personnel and (b) civilians in operational theatres,...

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many attack helicopters are owned by British forces; and how many are in active service in each location.

      Influenza: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 48W, on influenza: disease control, if he will place in the Library copies of (a)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Hercules 170 aircraft have foam suppressants fitted to their wing tanks.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any (a) replacement lifting gear and (b) temporary alternative arrangements were considered for those Chinook helicopters in theatre which had...

      Ministry of Defence Votes A

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each of his Department's (a) ACO 85 and (b) Votes A returns for each month since 2005-06.

      Missiles: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Aster 15 and (b) Aster 30 missiles will not now be purchased as a result of the forecast £30 million reduction in procurement...

      Peacekeeping Operations: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the mine/improvised explosive device resistant vehicles in service with British forces in...

      Reserve Forces: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department carries out separate continuous attitude surveys for reserve forces.

      Russia: Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will hold discussions with his Russian counterpart on improving information on legacy mines to reduce mine casualties amongst UK armed forces personnel.

      Vector Aerospace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has agreed to guarantee to Vector Aerospace a specified volume of work from his Department; and if he will set out details of the arrangements...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many live Child Support Agency claims there were in Peterborough in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

    • Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research to establish how frequently Child Support Agency clients are advised by the Agency to contact their hon. Member...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many cases the Child Support Agency holds which have outstanding debt; (2) what proportion of total child support debt is owed (a)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the £1.5 billion child support debt regarded as collectable is owed (a) to the Secretary of State and (b) to parents...

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of bus transport as a proportion of incomes of less than (a) 30 per cent., (b) 40 per cent., (c) 50...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of paying apprentices a wage at least as great as the young persons' rate of the minimum wage.

      National Insurance: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers were issued in the city of Edinburgh in each of the last 18 months, broken down by parliamentary...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of private sector employers which offer pension schemes with contributions above three per cent.; and...

      Pensions: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women over state pension age on 5 April 2010 would benefit if the reduction from 39 to 30 in the number of qualifying contribution...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimated weekly rate of basic pension will be payable in 2010-11 to (a) a woman reaching age 60 years on 6 April 2010 with a...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most common length of time was for each benefit delivery centre or processing site that social fund applicants had to wait for (a)...

      Sonia Poulton: Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his statement of 24 July 2007, Official Report, column 230WH, when the Child Support Agency case of Sonia Poulton will be...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made on updating Health and Safety Executive Leaflet INDG209 on sunbeds.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1414W, on winter fuel payments, how much was spent on making winter...

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's target time is for answering written parliamentary questions; and what the average time taken for answering parliamentary...

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 253-4W, on 101 calls, (1) what information her Department has received...

    • Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) staff work on e-crime; and what SOCA's budget for dealing with e-crime is in 2007-08.

      Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Hi Tech Crime Unit in dealing with e-crime following its transfer into the Serious...

      Crime: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in the e-crime department of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in April 2006; and how many people are so...

      Crime: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 209W, on crime: statistics, what account is taken in the compilation of...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1066W, on driving under influence: drugs, when the Forensic Science...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1066W, on driving under influence: drugs, what progress manufacturers...

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1066W, on driving under influence: drugs, what progress has been made by...

      Drug Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 553-4, on drug screening, what further progress has been made towards...

      Drug Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 553-4, on drug screening, when she expects a roadside drug screening...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of drug rehabilitation beds in England and Wales are (a) occupied and (b) vacant; and if she will make a statement.

      Drugs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many school pupils were arrested for possession of illegal substances in schools in (a) England and Wales, (b) the North East, (c)...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of maintaining the DNA database was in each year of its operation.

      Identity Cards: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional data storage will be required to administer the national identity card database.

      Identity Cards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent in preparation for and on development of the Government's identity card scheme.

      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 28-9WS, on care for children in the immigration...

      Metropolitan Police Arts and Antiques Squad: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much funding has been allocated to the Metropolitan Police Arts and Antiques Squad in each of the last three years; (2) what plans...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the impact of migration on the UK's gross domestic product in the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Offensive Weapons: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested and prosecuted for the carrying and use of a knife in the Durham police authority area in 2007.

      Opium: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, columns 868-69W, on opium: crops, if she will break down the figures by the...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many departmental officials have been working on reducing police bureaucracy in each of the last 10 years.

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) communications intercept and (b) surveillance requests by Essex constabulary have been (i) made and (ii) approved in the last...

      Police: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of policemen on the beat in urban areas.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the challenges to the Security Industry Authority's minded to revoke letters have been processed; and when this process is...

      Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Ministerial letter of 31 January 2006 responding to the recommendations within the Animal Procedures Committee's 2005...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were under surveillance by criminal justice agencies in the UK at the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 November, Official Report, column 682W, on terrorism, which countries have proscribed Hizb-ut-Tahrir; and what...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times terrorist suspects have been held in pre-charge detention for (a) 28 days, (b) 27 days, (c) 26 days, (d) 25 days, (e) 24...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for how many of the criminal offences created by (a) the Terrorism Act 2000, (b) the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, (c) the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency work on on-line activities by terrorist and extremist groups.

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases are awaiting trial for people charged with offences under (a) the Terrorism Act 2000, (b) the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and...

      UK Football Police Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers are assigned to the UK Football Police Unit.

      Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people received state provided counselling as a result of being the victim of crime in (a) Romford, (b) Greater London and (c)...

      Video Games: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police (a) cautions and (b) arrests were recorded for retailers selling (i) video games and (ii) DVDs to underage customers in...

      West Midlands Police Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much West Midlands Police Authority has received from central funds in each of the last 10 years; how much its precept has been set at...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to question 161593 tabled on 24 October 2007 by the hon. and learned Member for Harborough.

  • Justice

    • Crimes of Violence: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many convictions there were for violent crimes in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in each of the last four years; (2) how...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv)...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Internet

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

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) non-EU citizens and (b) foreign nationals were convicted of (i) firearms and (ii) drug offences in Britain in each of the last 12 months.

      HM Prison Service: MC2 Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what involvement HM Prison Service has had in the MC2 project.

      HM Prison Service's Race Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice who the members are of HM Prison Service's Race Advisory Group; how much they are paid; what recommendations they have made; and which have been...

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many judges are expected to be appointed in 2008; what steps he plans to take to promote diversity amongst the judiciary; and if he will make a statement.

      Magistrates: Easington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates on the Peterlee Bench are resident in Easington constituency.

      Magistrates: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to encourage the appointment of more magistrates from areas which experience the highest levels of crime and antisocial...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on offender services for adults by the National Offender Management Service (a) in prison and (b) in the community in the latest...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there is a unique personal identifier to connect individual data records in OaSys, C-NOMIS, Libra and the Police National Computer.

      Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of publishing and printing the communities engagement newsletter for HM Prison Service was, including staff costs, in the latest period for...

      Prison Service: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what work the Anne Peaker Centre has carried out for HM Prison Service in each of the last three years; and how much they have been paid by HM Prison Service.

      Prisoners: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government intend to take to reduce the numbers of deaths in prisons.

      Prisoners: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Government intend to take to reduce re-offending rates by reducing the rate of prisoner dependency on drugs.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the value of new contracts let for prisons was in each of the last 10 years, in terms of (a) annual value and (b) value over the life of the contract.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what means prisons are assessed on the effectiveness of their community engagement.

      Prisons: Race Equality Action Team Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people in HM Prison Service have completed race equality action team training; and how much this training has cost; (2) how many people...

      Race Equality Action Group Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of the recent Race Equality Action Group Conference held at the Emirates Stadium; and how many HM Prison Service staff attended the...

      Rosemary West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to establish how photographs of Rosemary West taken in Bronzefield prison came to appear in the 23 January 2008 edition of the...

      Sentencing: Protection of Badgers Act 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sentenced following successful prosecutions under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in each year since its entry into force.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Dams

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans he has should the Kajaki dam in Afghanistan cease to work.

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many reconstruction projects implemented by the UK provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan were subject to violent attacks...

      Afghanistan: Tax Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Afghan Ministry of Finance's efforts to enhance revenue collection; and what...

      Bangladesh: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the UK is providing to Bangladesh to assist the electoral process.

      Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian programmes are funded by his Department in Bangladesh.

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

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

      Nicaragua: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will consider financially supporting the construction of separate police holding cells for minors in Bluefields in Eastern...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the proportion of his Department's funding allocated to civil society through the Partnership Programme arrangements will...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 195W, on whaling, what response his Department made to the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what processes are available to consumers who wish to reclaim bank penalty charges; and if he will make a statement.

    • Banks: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on a moratorium on consumers reclaiming bank charges.

      Banks: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has issued to financial institutions on the rate of interest to be applied to reclaimed bank and credit card charges; and if he...

      Capital Gains Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely change in tax revenue arising from the proposed revision to the capital gains tax rules governing homes other than a...

      Welfare Tax Credits: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many written complaints have been made to the tax credit hotline by people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the police are conducting an investigation into the loss of child benefit data at HM Revenue and Customs; and whether it is classified as a...

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting of the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Revaluation Programme Board (England) of...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the workforce is in permanent employment.

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cars registered in the UK were eligible for Band A vehicle excise duty in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since it was established the Financial Services Authority has used its powers under section 45 of the Financial Services and Markets...

      Gcse

      To ask Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of people of working age had fewer than five GCSEs grade A* to C in each region in each year since 1997.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage changes there were in (a) the retail price index, (b) the consumer price index, (c) fuel prices and (d) food prices in (i) 2006, (ii)...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the percentage change in (a) UK population growth and (b) population growth in England was in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Small businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent estimate is of the cost over the next comprehensive spending review period of reversing the small companies rate increases announced in...

      Tax Yields: Cornwall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government has raised in tax from Cornwall in each of the last five years.

      Taxation: Immigrants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount paid by migrants to the UK in taxes and national insurance in 2007.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many discussions (a) he and (b) his predecessor have had with representatives from supermarkets where alcohol price, promotion and...

    • Bingo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications to open (a) bingo halls and (b) high street bookmakers were approved in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 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...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public information booklets were published by his Department in 2007; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost to the Department...

      Digital Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 775W, on digital broadcasting: television, when he expects a...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what his latest estimate is of the number of people who are (a) eligible for the digital switchover targeted assistance scheme...

      Digital Switchover Help Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of people in each region who will require assistance through the Targeted...

      Licensing: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on the progress of his Department's review of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on travelling circuses.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what his Department's definition is of a sport; and whether each event planned for the Olympic Games 2012 meets this definition.

      Sports: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to regulate sponsorship of UK sport.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what public information booklets were published by her Department in 2007; and what the (a) print run and (b) cost to the...

    • Disabled: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with local authorities on access arrangements for those with temporary disabilities.

      Domestic Visits: Regional Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many official visits regional Ministers have made to the region for which they are responsible, broken down by county.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the performance in reaching residential energy efficiency targets of (a) local authorities in...

      Enfield Borough Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money was held in reserve by Enfield council in each of the last 10 years.

      Fire Services: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the lease for each of the proposed regional control centres in respect of the FiReControl Project commences; how long each...

      Fire Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when Firebuy will sign a managed service contract with the preferred bidder for the integrated cloth project (ICP).

      Floods: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has provided to (a) Gloucestershire County Council, (b) Tewkesbury Borough Council and (c)...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government is taking to bring forward a new statutory definition of homelessness as proposed in the Housing Act...

      Housing Market: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many perception surveys have been undertaken in market renewal areas in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimates her Department has made of the number of houses which have been built to the carbon emission standards set out at...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the amount of gravel required to build three million new homes by 2020; (2) what estimate...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding is held by her Department under the Decent Homes Programme in relation to London, broken down by London...

      Housing: Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the amount taken from each local housing revenue account by the Government in each year since...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes were built in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south-west and (c) England in each year since 1997.

      Housing: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of migration on housing demand in the UK in the last 10 years; and if she will make a...

      Housing: Repossession Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many house repossessions took place in (a) Greater London and (b) each Greater London borough in each year since 2000.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, columns 1143-45W, on housing: standards, what assessment she has...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) private, (b) registered social landlord and (c) local authority properties have been found to have a...

      Housing: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Code for Sustainable Homes assessors in each region (a) have been fully accredited and (b) are in training; and if...

      Land: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much land was designated as (a) green belt and (b) brownfield in each London local authority in each year since 1997.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statutory obligations require local authorities to identify new sites for landfill.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1332W, on local...

      Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what minerals and waste development proposals her Department is considering from each local authority.

      Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what criteria her Department applies to assess submitted minerals and waste development documents; (2) what obligations...

      Personal Records: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to ensure that records with photographs are kept by every local authority social service...

      Planning: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to encourage planning authorities to identify for protection land that may be needed for future rail...

      Planning: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will (a) adapt planning policy to promote the use of wood reserves as a renewable energy source and (b) ask the Biomass...

      Quarrying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the impact of quarries on (a) residential areas and (b) areas of outstanding...

      Regional Planning and Development: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of local planning authorities have had the core strategies of their Local Development Framework...

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the provision of connections to street-lighting in inner London by EDF; what estimate she has...

      Sustainable Buildings Task Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which recommendations made by the sustainable buildings task group have been implemented; and which are still under consideration.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of all correspondence relating to the purchase by the Thurrock Thames Gateway...

      Thames Gateway: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures she is taking to facilitate the involvement of private investment funding in the Thames Gateway project; and if...

      Wind Power: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance, advice or instructions have been issued to planning inspectors with regard to the involvement of public money in...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Arms Trade: Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how the Government will extend export laws to control extra-territorial brokering and trafficking of small arms by...

    • British Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what payments were made to British Energy for contractual historic spent fuel liabilities in each year for which...

      Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his assessment is of the contribution to the UK economy of Daresbury Science and Innovation campus; and if he...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many facilities with the capacity to generate more than 500 megawatts were (a) given planning consent and (b)...

      Electricity: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take before 2012 to reduce the waste of electrical power.

      Employment: Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the Gibbons Review recommendation to review the circumstances in which it is...

      Energy: Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform for which (a) crops and (b) crop by-products renewable obligation certificates were issued for burning in power...

      Fossil Fuel Levy: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much Ofgem (a) collected and (b) transferred to the Scottish Consolidated Fund in respect of the Scottish fossil...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of (a) the total number of people, (b) the number of children and (c) the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many households in (a) private, (b) registered social landlord and (c) local authority housing were in fuel...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) pensioner households and (b) households with children were living in fuel poverty in each English...

      Fuel Poverty: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people under 60 years who are living in fuel poverty and receiving...

      Fuel Poverty: Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people under 60 who are living in fuel poverty.

      Natural Gas: Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if Ofgem will provide incentives to gas distribution network companies to provide mains gas connections in deprived...

      Natural Gas: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much gas was imported into the UK from each gas exporting country in each of the last five years.

      News Corporation: ITV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what (a) communications and (b) meetings his Department has had with (i) BSkyB, (ii) News International and (iii)...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on engaging professional...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the costs of decommissioning and decontaminating nuclear power stations over the next...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what plans he has to restore the Crown Post Office network to profit.

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what account is taken by Post Office Ltd. of the effects of post office branch closures when consulting on its...

      Private Sector: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what criteria his Department uses in allocating funds to private sector companies to prevent redundancies.

      Regional Development Agencies: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many cars were (a) owned and (b) leased by each regional development agency in the most recent year for which...

      Tidal Power: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much expenditure on (a) research and development on and (b) installation of tidal power his Department is...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what records his Department holds of grants made by institutions of the European Union to UK trades unions in the last...

      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 of 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2036W, on the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the proportion of energy needed to meet targets likely to be required under the EU 20 per...

  • Health

    • Abortion Act 1967

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to amend section 1(1)(d) of the Abortion Act 1967 to provide a definition of the words seriously handicapped; what...

    • Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how frequently private sector abortion clinics are inspected; what action is taken by his Department and its agencies when a clinic fails to meet minimum...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 14 years old were treated for alcohol-related health problems in the last 12 months, broken down by strategic health authority.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were admitted to hospital via accident and emergency departments for alcohol-related conditions in England in each year since 1997.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he had with representatives from supermarkets where alcohol price, promotion and harm were discussed in the last 12 months.

      Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls to the National Drugs Helpline were about anabolic steroids in each year since 1997.

      Antibiotics: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to educate the public in the last three years on the correct use of antibiotics.

      Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were prescribed anti-depressants in each year since 1997.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he has allocated to (a) an information campaign to promote the benefits of breastfeeding and (b) supporting a national helpline for...

      British Pregnancy Advisory Service: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were made to (a) his Department and (b) the National Health Service about the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in each of the last...

      Cancer: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the NHS's average annual expenditure is on a patient with (a) breast cancer, (b) lung cancer, (c) prostate cancer and (d) bowel cancer from...

      Care Homes: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to improve standards in residential care homes since 1997.

      Children: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the role of regional directors of public health in the prevention of accidental injury to children; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on departmental public expenditure, what the cost was of writing-off date...

      Depressive Illnesses: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had about the potential adverse effects of administering (a) 20mg and (b) 40mg of Paroxetine to a patient.

      Doctors: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that employment by the NHS of doctors trained in the developing world does not adversely affect health care...

      Doctors: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on locums for junior doctors at (a) Chorley Hospital, (b) South Ribble Hospital, (c) Blackburn Royal Infirmary and (d) Royal...

      Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to prevent the spread of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis.

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on advertising the national drugs helpline in each year since its inception.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of drug addicts who are classified as in treatment.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of addicts receiving low-dose methadone on prescription who are thought to also be using heroin.

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) adult men, (b) adult women, (c) boys aged 16 years or under and (d) girls aged 16 years or under attended...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many victims of female circumcision were treated by the NHS in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of...

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals for the regulation of (a) the recording and (b) advice on the use of food allergens by commercial organisations.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department's (a) Healthy Food Code of Good Practice and (b) evaluation of different food labelling systems to be completed.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which retailers have adopted the Food Standards Authority's recommended traffic light colour-coded approach to nutrition labelling; and if he will make a...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential of the Food Standards Agency's guidance on the provision of allergen information for non-prepacked foods to...

      Food: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation governs the provision of information by supermarkets in respect of foodstuffs (a) produced and (b) processed by them in-house.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on future supplies of GM free protein ingredients for animal feed.

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what key steps the Government plan to take on public health in the next three years.

      Health Services: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of looked after children in each local authority area received an optical check on an annual basis in the latest period for which figures...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish full details of the responses to his Department's consultation on proposals to excluded overseas visitors from eligibility to free NHS...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response he made to the Health Protection Agency laboratory reports of hepatitis C infection in the third quarter of 2007; and if he will make a...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the Written Declaration of the European Parliament on hepatitis C; and if he will make a statement.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed as HIV positive in (a) England, (b) the north east, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough, South and East...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the weight range of 751-1000g in Annex A1 of Arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence...

      Kidney Patients: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authorities provided regional dialysis capacity plans to his Department by 5 February 2008; what his estimate is of the demand...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make it his policy to instruct NHS commissioners in England to adhere to the guidance produced by the Scottish Medicines Consortium on...

      Malnutrition: European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had with members of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Configuration of the...

      NHS: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 346W, on NHS: allowances, which NHS job descriptions are affected by the decision to...

      NHS: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS employees received mileage allowance in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Staff Council will come to a decision on the proposals scheduled to be presented to it on 11 March 2008 by the sub group reviewing NHS staff...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2236W, on NHS drugs, how many representations he received; and when the classification...

      NHS: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to improve research conducted by the NHS since 1997.

      Orthopaedics: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on setting a national tariff for specialist orthopaedic treatments; and if he will make a statement.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the drugs dispensed for each of the conditions exempted from prescription charges in each of the last three financial years, broken...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs were of drugs dispensed by prescription in each of the last three financial years, broken down by primary care trust; and what the...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs were of drugs dispensed by free prescription in each of the last three financial years, broken down by primary care trust; and what the...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of cases of early prostate cancer were treated in each of the last five years with (a) surgery, (b) radiotherapy, (c) hormone therapy...

      Respite Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on respite care for children with disabilities from (a) the public purse and (b) voluntary contributions in each of the last five years.

      Tattooing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people admitted (a) to NHS accident and emergency departments and (b) for NHS plastic surgery as a result of...

      Transplant Surgery: Ethics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has given to the ethical implications of face transplants; and if he will make a statement.

      Urology: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of a cap on specialist urology nurse visits, as proposed in the Department of Health consultation...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House: Empty Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1080W, on Admiralty House: empty property, which Minister previously occupied...

    • Adult Education: Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the role of non-accredited adult learning in tackling social exclusion; and if he...

      Cabinet Office: Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the Cabinet Office's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years.

      Civil Service Agencies: Publicity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if he will take steps to ensure that the executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies listed in the Central Office of Information's...

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals were made to the Civil Service Appeal board against (i) dismissal, (ii) early retirement,...

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of appeals were heard by the Civil Service Appeal Board within 18 weeks of receipt of the appeal in each of the last 10 years.

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what percentage of decision letters were sent out by the Civil Service Appeal Board within 24 hours of the relevant hearing in each of the...

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of compensation awards were issued within 15 working days by the Civil Service Appeal Board following receipt of representation on...

      Civil Service Appeal Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the value of compensation awards issued by the Civil Service Appeal Board was in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the (a) objective and (b) value was of each contract placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv)...

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2007, Official Report, columns 911-2W, on departmental legal opinion, what the cost to the public purse was...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many ministerial residences were available to Cabinet Office Ministers in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to his Department's main...

      Employment Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies in relation to departmental appointments in each year since 1997.

      Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information his Department holds on the Civil Service grade of senior information risk owners in each Department.

      Inspectorate Review of Government Information Assurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library (a) the full version of the report by Nick Coleman, Inspectorate Review of Government Information Assurance, and...

      Intimidation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many cases of bullying have been reported in his Department in each of the last 12 months; (2) whether any cases of bullying have been...

      Ministers: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what percentage of Ministers have not taken the maximum ministerial salary entitlement in each of the last 10 years, broken down by...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside vacated the Government house in Pimlico.

      Organogram

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the organogram of his Department's Strategy Unit.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which public appointments for which his Department is responsible Sir Alistair Graham has held; and what total annual salary he has received in...

      Sexual Harassment

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

      Social Exclusion: Elderly

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consideration he gave to social exclusion among older people in developing (a) the Reaching Out action plan and (b) the Government's public...

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Welfare: Cruelty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Northern Ireland have been successfully prosecuted in the past three years for cruelty to (a) dogs, and (b) cats.

    • Armed Forces: Airbridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Ministry of Defence's end-to-end review of the airbridge, the Air Movements Process Study.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At what age young persons can be recruited to the Armed Forces in the United Kingdom; and how this compares with the rest of Europe.

      Armed Forces: Services Police Crime Bureau

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the structure of the Service Police Crime Bureau, established in 2006.

      Army: Core Values

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the action plan of the Army's Adjutant-General to develop better means to inculcate the Army's core values.

      Army: Operational Law Branch

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the structure of the Army's Operational Law Branch, established in January 2006.

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform following the signing...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Department for Work and Pensions following the signing of the Central-Local...

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Ministry of Defence following the signing of the Central-Local Concordat on 12...

      Consumer Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider the reintroduction of legislation controlling contractual terms as part of a new regulatory framework to curb any expansion of excessive...

      Crime: Age of Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the age of criminal responsibility in each part of the United Kingdom; how that compares with the rest of Europe; and whether they have any intention to...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people committed offences while on bail in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      Crossrail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any estimate of the difference in cost of (a) constructing new terminal facilities for the turnaround of Crossrail trains at Maidenhead; and (b)...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given that the United Kingdom is a guarantor power under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, they have authorised the police in the United Kingdom to pursue...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Given that the United Kingdom is a guarantor power under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, what recent discussions they have held with the Government of Greece on the...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to develop a relationship with the Olive Group of 10 Mediterranean states to influence any future reunification of Cyprus and foster closer links...

      Data Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which databases controlled by them they intend should be interoperable in the future.

      Debt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to recent research by Experian that suggested that one in 10 adults is under severe financial pressure due to debt.

      Defence Trade Co-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the implementing arrangements for the United Kingdom-United States Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty will be agreed.

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 4 February (WA 153—4), on those occasions when the recommendations of the European Union scrutiny...

      Euro

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the steps required for United Kingdom membership of the eurozone in order to lower interest rates in the United Kingdom; and...

      Falkland Islands: Airbridge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How reliable the Falkland airbridge has been since the service was outsourced by the Royal Air Force.

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What appointments the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland undertook in the second, third and last weeks of January in Northern Ireland.

      Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 6 February (WA 188) concerning appointments by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what was the purpose of...

      Housing: Regional Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding has been allocated to each region in England for the regional housing pot for (a) 2007-08, and (b) 2009-09; and what are the reasons for any...

      Immigration: Anna Zurabishvili

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

      Immigration: Temporary Residency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons who have been granted temporary residence in the United Kingdom are currently recorded on the case information database and the United Kingdom...

      Incitement to Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the light of comments he made on 25 January, they have raised the issue of incitement to violence with the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf;...

      Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to CRA International's analysis Commercial insurance commission disclosure: Market Failure Analysis and high level Cost Benefit Analysis,...

      Iraq: Radioactive Soil

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to reports that abnormally high levels of radioactivity have been detected in soil samples from southern Iraq in recent years.

      Malaysia: Internal Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of Malaysia about the ways in which the internal security law is applied; whether generally accepted...

      Missing Persons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the Missing Persons Bureau, due to operate from 1 April, will develop mechanisms to liaise with the United Kingdom Human Trafficking...

      Northern Ireland Office: Entertainment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 172) concerning Northern Ireland Office expenditure on entertainment, how much has been spent each...

      Northern Ireland Office: Media Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Northern Ireland Office has spent on media relations and related activities in each of the past five years; and what are the details under each heading.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff Sickness

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average number of days off through illness for employees in the Northern Ireland Office over the past five years; and how this compares with the United...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 172—3), how much funding they have made available for the cases to be made in Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 171) concerning the chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum, how potential candidates...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What equality impact assessment was carried out in advance of approval of a grant of £441,660 to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum; and whether related...

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 5 February (WA 172) concerning human rights in Northern Ireland, whether the remit of the Northern Ireland Human...

      Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 141—4), why they used the expression "the Good Friday Agreement" in the Written Answer by the...

      Philippines: Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made representations to the Government of the Philippines about the killings of Bishop Benjamin de Jesus at Jolo Cathedral in 1997, Reverend...

      Polygamy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women have been granted visas to enter Britain as second or subsequent concurrent wives since 1997.

      Public Spending: Equality Impact Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sources of public funding in Northern Ireland require an equality impact assessment prior to their distribution.

      Railways: Cancellations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many times in each of the past five years main line train services have been cancelled because of flooding or weather conditions.

      Railways: Fast Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will promote the provision on United Kingdom railways of trains capable of attaining speeds of 220 miles per hour, similar to those planned in France...

      Railways: West Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the journey time and capacity benefits of the proposed West Coast Main Line Stafford bypass; and what are the estimated costs and benefits of the...

      Roads: A303 and A358

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the postponement of an agreed scheme for the development of the A303 past Stonehenge, whether they maintain the commitment given in November 2004...

      Schools: Isle of Wight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the 23 primary schools in the Isle of Wight under threat of closure under the "best case scenario", what was the conclusion of the latest Ofsted...

      Secure Training Centres: Oakhill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many trainees are currently held at Oakhill Secure Training Centre; and What is the capacity of Oakhill Secure Training Centre.

      Secure Training Centres: Oakhill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many days in the past three months the staffing at Oakhill Secure Training Centre has been below the minimum level set by the Youth Justice Board.

      Secure Training Centres: Oakhill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the last three months, how many social workers have been employed at Oakhill Secure Training Centre.

      Secure Training Centres: Oakhill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the past three months restraint has been used at Oakhill Secure Training Centre; and On how many occasions in the past three months...

      Shetland: Weather Radar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are plans to install weather radar in the Shetland Isles; and whether the former Royal Air Force site Saxa Vord has been secured by the Ministry of...

      Shipping: Fuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether commercial ships entering or leaving United Kingdom ports are required to provide details of fuels carried; and, if so, to whom.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made to make available helicopter units to the United Nations African Mission in Darfur; what was the outcome of the recent meeting of...

      Taxation: Non-Domiciles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the domicile review announced in 1997; and What impact assessments have been made of the recently published draft clauses regarding capital...

      Transport: Overseas Lorries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have on the use of British highways free of charge by lorries registered overseas.

      Transport: Somerset

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of proposals by the regional spatial strategy panel inspectors to build 63,000 new homes in Somerset by 2026, what plans they have to invest in the...

      Young Offenders: Courses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many young offenders at HM Young Offender Institution Aylesbury are on the waiting list for courses on enhanced thinking skills, victim awareness, victim...

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