Written answers

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

  • Wales

    • Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many of his Department's staff retired on the grounds of stress-related illness in each of the last three years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ira

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the threat from dissident IRA activists.

    • Real IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the activities of Real IRA.

      Witness Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the incidence of witness intimidation in Northern Ireland.

      Drug Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of levels of drug smuggling in Northern Ireland.

      Fuel Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will consider bringing forward measures to introduce an offence of fuel laundering.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

      Crime Detection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on crime detection rates in Northern Ireland.

      On-the-runs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government policy is on "on-the-runs"; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental ICT

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

      Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to strengthen ties between Northern Ireland and the rest of Great Britain.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Development: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget is for (a) 2007-08 and (b) each of the next four years of the local enterprise growth initiative.

    • Consent to Medical Treatment: Mentally Ill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the circumstances under which social services may have intimate...

      Social Housing: North-east

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government have taken to improve social housing in the north-east.

      Housing: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities had 15 percentile housing prices that were less than 70 per cent. of the national level at the most...

      Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role her Department and its agencies have in relation to supervising the actions of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

      M61: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what basis the Valuation Office Agency decided to contest the council tax valuation decision made by Manchester North...

      Minerals and Waste Development Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the statutory consultees are for the minerals and waste development documents submitted to her Department.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation units (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas there are in each of the...

    • Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 608W, on armed forces: influenza, if he will place in the Library a copy of each...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 608W, on armed forces: influenza, when he plans to issue guidance on the development...

      Armed Forces: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 608W, on armed forces: influenza, by what mechanism medical treatments will be...

      Armed Forces: Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average time was for a person's medical records to be transferred to the NHS following a medical discharge from the armed forces in the last 12...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how military training schedules will be adapted to allow for athletes hosted there to use the facilities.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Mastiff vehicle may be carried in the future A400M aircraft; (2) what weapon systems have been added to the Mastiff vehicle; (3) how...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many armoured vehicles of each type are (a) required and (b) available for pre-deployment training; (2) how many armoured vehicles of each...

      Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place to ensure that invitations to events received by officials in his Department from private companies are assessed using the...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's monthly defence equipment and support (a) regular strength reports, (b) breakdown of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the departmental minute of 15 April 2005 on Manpower Data: A Need for Consistency.

      Gurkhas: Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with the Sultan of Brunei about the provision of married quarters for Gurkha soldiers based there; (2) what interim...

      National Army Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will request the National Army Museum (NAM) to give to all of the Regimental and Corps Museums funded by his Department (a) all reasonable...

      National Army Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funds his Department made available to the National Army Museum in each of the last 10 years; and how much other public funding it received.

      Navy: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 600,000 people whose personal data were on the laptop recently stolen from a Royal Navy recruiting officer were (a) under 18 and (b)...

      Territorial Army: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the required saving for the Territorial Army of £2.5 million in each of the next two financial years will be achieved, broken down by activity.

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what representations she has received on the accessibility of (a) the Olympic village and (b) each Olympic venue.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Cotswold (Mr. Clifton-Brown) of 5 February 2008, Official Report,...

    • Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research his Department has conducted into police training and readiness in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Brazil: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to Brazil on the human rights of tribal peoples in Brazil.

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many overseas visits by officials in his Department took place in each of the last 10 years; which countries were visited;...

      Egypt: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Egypt over the independence of the judiciary in that country.

      Entry Clearances: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 435W, on entry clearances: internet, what assessment has...

      Equatorial Guinea: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will establish a permanent salaried diplomatic presence in Equatorial Guinea.

      Equatorial Guinea: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he has made available to the family of Simon Mann; what counselling services have been made available to Mr. Mann;...

      Eritrea: UNMEE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of Eritrean co-operation with the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, with particular...

      European Council: Presidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the proposed role of the President of the European Council in...

      European Council: Presidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had on the salary, allowances and pension of the President of the European Council under the treaty of...

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff work in the European Council Secretariat on matters relating to the European external action service; and how...

      Fair Trade Initiative

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

      Gibraltar: Administration of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Gibraltar.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 50WS, on GAERC, 28 January 2008, when the strengthening...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the use of P-2 centrifuges in the Iranian enrichment programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the economic and political impact of UN sanctions on...

      Israel: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the EU-Israel Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) has met; what monitoring the HRWG has undertaken of the...

      Pakistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Pakistan on the representation of religious minority groups in the selection...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10...

      Spain: Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Spanish authorities on the decision of the courts there to seek international arrest warrants...

      Sudan: Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of possible links between Sudan and rebel forces in Chad; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of forcible repatriation of foreign nationals resident in Sudan to countries where they are at...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what support his Department has given to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations for the provision of...

      Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the recent meeting of military advisers in New York convened by the UK on helicopters for UNAMID; and if...

      United Nations: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people resident in the UK were subject to sanctions by the UN Security Council in 2002; what the average duration of...

      United Nations: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2008, what sanctions apply to UK persons who have been blacklisted by the UN under Chapter...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on stationery in each of the last five years.

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on electricity in each of the last five years.

      Official Engagements

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what date he expects (a) his Department, (b) The Big Lottery Fund, (c) Arts Council England, (d) Sport England, (e) The Museums,...

    • Departmental Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) laptop computers and (b) discs have gone missing from his Department in the last 10 years.

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of households without access to the internet, broken down by (a) income decile, (b)...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of people who participated in one active sport at least 12 times a year in (a) 2005-06 and (b)...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Departmental e-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will take steps to reduce the number of hard copies of e-mails printed by officials in his Department.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department's whistleblowing procedures were reviewed to reflect the provisions in the revised Civil Service Code.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies since its inception; and what the...

      Departmental Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who the special advisers in his Department are; what expertise each has; and what the cost of employing them was in...

      Departmental Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department and its predecessor since 6 May 1997; and what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when he will reply to the letter of 2 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to...

      Mobile Phones: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps he has taken to protect consumers from phishing texts; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what recent steps the Post Office has taken to reduce carbon emissions; (2) which Post Office branches have...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what steps he is taking to encourage the public to participate in promoting the post office closure...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which post offices are proposed for closure under the consultation process due to begin in July 2008 in (a)...

      Post Offices: Pendle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will instruct the Post Office to publish the subsidy received by each post office branch in Pendle that is...

      Post Offices: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices there were in Scotland at the end of January 2007.

      Regional Development Agencies: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency spent on (a) consultants, (b) IT systems, (c) advertising and (d)...

      Regional Development Agencies: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much was spent on office premises by each regional development agency in each of the last five years.

      Regional Development Agencies: Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency spent on (a) stationery and (b) headed paper in each of the last five years.

      Regional Development Agencies: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), of 9 January 2008,...

      South East England Development Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will give a breakdown of the South East England Development Agency's expenditure by main budget heading for each...

      Tourism: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency spent on tourism in each of the last three years.

      Unfair Practices: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1480W, on unfair practices: sales, what guidance...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the contract to Costain-Skanska JV for the A14 Ellington and Fen Ditton scheme was let for.

    • Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what level of noise according to the findings of the most recent Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England (ANASE) report would create the...

      Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account she plans to take of her Department's Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources study on aircraft noise in formulating policy.

      Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has included the result of the Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England in the assumptions underlying data shown in the Adding...

      Aviation: Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) research and (b) discussion has been conducted or is planned by her Department on the role of emissions trading within the aviation...

      Aviation: Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which authorities are responsible for (a) measuring and (b) enforcing limits on aircraft noise.

      Bicycles: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken following the review in 2001-02 of the regulations dealing with safety standards for pedal cycles; and if she will make a...

      British Transport Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the British Transport police spent on border security and enforcement in each of the last three financial years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what audits her Department and its agencies carried out of their data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisations which have been asked to protect sensitive data on behalf of her Department and its agencies, met the SAS 70 or equivalent standard...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who in her Department is responsible for ensuring that all issues which are categorised by data security audits as requiring attention are managed...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department and its agencies retain a list of issues arising out of each data security audit.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which companies her Department and its agencies have engaged to conduct audits of data security processes.

      Departmental Publications

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

      Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many parking enforcement companies received personal information from the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority database after requesting a hard copy...

      Driving Tests: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many times non-delegated driving examiners in the Driving Standards Agency were tested in 2007; (2) how many delegated examiners there are...

      Driving Tests: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the arrangements for quality assurance in relation to delegated examiners and driving examiners in the Driving Standards Agency will be merged.

      Freight: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents resulting in fatalities caused by heavy goods vehicles carrying unstable loads of scrap metal occurred in each of the...

      Itis Holdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments her Department and its agencies have made to Itis Holdings in the last 36 months.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many successful prosecutions the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency secured against motorists failing to pay vehicle excise duty in each of the...

      Motorcycles: Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place restricting motorbike use in public parks.

      Motorcycles: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the use of motorbikes on public pathways.

      Motorcycles: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints were made on the improper use of public pathways by motorbike users in the last 12 months.

      Motorcycles: Public Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many accidents were reported due to the improper use of public pathways by motorbike users in the last five years; (2) how many accidents...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries occurred on roads in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England in the most recent year for which data is available, broken...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the accident cluster sites are in (a) the St Edmundsbury Borough Council area and (b) the Mid Suffolk District Council area.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities occurred on the A14 in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm and 8am in each year since 1997; and...

      Roads: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which road building projects will be (a) cancelled and (b) delayed due to the budget overrun at the Highways Agency; and if she will make a statement.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Written Statement of 30 January 2008, Official Report, columns 18-20WS, on rolling stock, how many of the 1,300 extra carriages...

      Shipping: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the Government to respond to its recent consultation on proposals to amend Section 9 of the Race Relations Act 1976.

      Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had or plans to have on the causal processes and mechanisms responsible for (a) past and (b) potential future...

  • Leader of the House

    • Members: Pay

      To ask the Leader of the House which Back-Bench Members receive pay and emoluments from the Members' vote in addition to their basic salary.

    • Members: Training

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will make it her policy to make available to hon. Members training in correlation, significance and statistical analysis.

      Parliamentary Questions: Members Interests

      To ask the Leader of the House if she will bring forward proposals for a mechanism by which oral and written parliamentary questions can be asked and answered in relation to the rules on the...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the total volume of carbon emissions from his Department's estate in each year since 2005.

    • Fairtrade Foundation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department gave to the (a) Fairtrade Foundation and (b) the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation in each of the last...

      Nicaragua: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK gave in (a) bilateral aid and (b) contributions to EU aid to Nicaragua in each of the last three yeas; and how much...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines have been issued for vehicles used by his Department in each of the last 10...

      Timor Leste: Overseas Aid

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

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Mineral Water

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Prime Minister's Office has spent on mineral water in each of the last three years.

    • V

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the budget of v has been in each year since its establishment; and how many (a) staff and (b) whole-time equivalent staff are employed by v.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the number of under 18 year olds who have volunteered on a regular basis in each of the last five years.

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the data disc was sent by HM Revenue and Customs to Standard Life containing details of personal pension contributions; when it was discovered to be...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Office of Government Commerce measures the cost effectiveness of departmental websites and online services.

      Departmental Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the results of this year's HM Treasury staff survey will be published; and if he will place a copy of the report in the Library.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Tax Allowances: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact which the 10,000 mile 40 pence a mile tax ceiling for volunteer car drivers has on the voluntary sector.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Cemeteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the Health and Safety Executive last provided guidance to local authorities on health and safety with regards to gravestones and...

    • Child Support Agency: Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people who worked for the Child Support Agency have been fired for gross incompetence since the agency was established.

      Child Support Agency: Repayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the constituent of the hon. Member for Eccles (CSA Ref. 321022527924) will receive the refund and consolatory payment which the hon....

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to strengthen the obligation on absent parents to notify the Child Support Agency of a change of circumstances...

      Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on child poverty of the requirement placed on lone parents to meet child care and travel costs in...

      Community Care Grants: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the mode length of time in respect of each (a) benefit delivery centre and (b) other processing site, for the processing of Social Fund...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in each year since 2005; and how many of those requests have been refused.

      Employment Schemes: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons payment of the £60 per week in-work credit for lone parents was deemed to be incompatible with the employment retention...

      Fair Trade Initiative

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

      Gases: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason the Health and Safety Executive records the names of those killed by (a) carbon monoxide and (b) other gas poisoning.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 435W, on industrial health and safety: influenza, what obligations there...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on Jobcentre Plus staff resources of the introduction of (a) employment and support allowance and...

      Jobcentre Plus: Chard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions were held with Somerset county council before the announcement of the closure of Chard Jobcentre; if he will publish all...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants for jobseeker's allowance have received payments reduced by 20 per cent. while undertaking appeals; and if he will estimate...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on lone parent families of the sanctioning and hardship regime applicable to jobseeker's allowance...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer the letter to his predecessor dated 21 December 2007, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard...

      National Insurance: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new national insurance numbers have been issued to people in (a) Bedfordshire and (b) South West Bedfordshire constituency in each...

      North East

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

      Pensioners: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England and Wales receive an income of £217.80 per week or less.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many backdating claims on the grounds of good cause were awarded for periods longer than three months for (a) housing benefit, (b)...

      Social Security Benefits: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the better off in work credit to be piloted by Jobcentre Plus is planned to take account of the cost of school meals in determining...

      Social Security Benefits: Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants received benefits for more than one wife in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Security Benefits: Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reviews he has conducted of the payment of benefits to claimants in polygamous marriages; what guidelines have been issued in respect of...

      Winter Fuel Payments: North West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the winter fuel allowance in light of increasing fuel prices; and if he will make a statement.

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Dentistry: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average number of hours of clinical training received by dental students was in each of the last 10 years.

    • Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost has been of re-branding his Department following the change in name from the Department for Education and Skills.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on overnight accommodation for Ministers overseas in the last year.

      English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department has spent on English language classes for staff in the last year for which figures are available.

      Erasmus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which UK universities (a) have bid for and (b) hold Erasmus University Charters.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance his Department has issued to higher education institutions on keeping places available for those students...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what guidance he has issued on inclusion of information about the university experience of their parents by applicants to...

      Higher Education: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of changes made by universities in their provision of careers guidance following Sir Martin...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects to reply to the letter of 27 September from the hon. Member for Beaconsfield.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 26 November 2007 on a constituent.

      New Local Government Network: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what payments have the (a) Learning and Skills Council and (b) Learning Skills network made to the New Local Government...

      Science: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students were admitted to a UK university to study an undergraduate course in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c)...

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the drop-out rate amongst students in England studying for a first degree was in the most recent period for which...

      Students: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to assist young people with autism and Asperger's syndrome to gain access to higher education.

      Students: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government has taken to increase the numbers of students studying science based degrees.

      University Lecturers: Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps the Government has taken to recruit more women as university lecturers since 1997.

      Teachers: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding is available for qualified secondary school teachers to study undergraduate courses in (a) chemistry, (b)...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of children who were killed at the hands of parents or carers in the last 12 months.

    • Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children of (a) five, (b) six and (c) seven years of age were taught in classes of more than 30 children in (i) 1997...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the Implementation Review Unit to report on the work of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Education: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to encourage schools to provide more opportunities for family learning.

      Faith Schools: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families regarding how many Muslim schools OFSTED has raised concerns with his Department in the last five years.

      Faith Schools: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what arrangements are in place for the inspection of independent Muslim schools.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of children in schools of fewer than 500 pupils gained five A* to C GCSE grades in the latest period for...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Nottingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in Nottingham left school with five A*-C grade GCSEs in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were home educated in each year since 1997.

      Primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities have been asked to submit their primary school strategies for change before June; and what deadlines apply...

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children (a) entitled and (b) not entitled to free school meals obtained (i) five or more GCSEs at grades...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to his Department's Green "Paper Raising Expectations", what he expects the additional expenditure per pupil to be on...

      Schools: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets his Department has set to reduce the burden of administration in schools; what progress his Department has made...

      Schools: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what changes have been made to the capital programme for (a) new schools and (b) extensions to existing schools within Milton...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what steps his Department is taking to monitor the number of students regularly attending the 250 pilot science and...

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many maintained secondary schools entered one or more students for separate science GCSEs in each year since 2001.

      Science: General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 16-year-olds in maintained secondary schools were entered for GCSE, dual award science, in each year since 2001.

      Special Needs Education

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

      Vocational Guidance: Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of school careers advisers have educational backgrounds in (a) science, (b) technology, (c)...

      GCE A-level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of students who lost their place at university due to their exam papers having to be...

  • Justice

    • Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been under the Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Act 2006; and if he will make a statement.

    • Debt Collection: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish the findings of the consultation Regulation of Enforcement Agents (CP 02/07); and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Publications

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

      HM Prison Service's Race Equality Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place a copy of HM Prison Service's Race Equality Action Plan in the Library; what steps have been taken to implement it; and what has been...

      Knutsford Crown Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to the potential use of Knutsford Crown Court for magistrates hearings.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were eligible for legal aid in each of the last 10 years.

      Legal Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on legal aid where the case had been brought against a political party in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legally aided clinical negligence cases were closed in 2007 which proceeded beyond the investigation stage; and how many of these cases resulted...

      Legal Aid: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legally aided clinical negligence cases were closed in 2007 which did not proceed beyond the investigation stage; and how many of these cases...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will make a statement on plans to repatriate Libyan prisoners detained in prisons in this country; what estimate he has made of how many...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offending behaviour programmes were undertaken in prisons in England and Wales in the period 1997 to 2007; and what measures were used to...

      Prisons: Community Engagement Implementation Guide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to HM Prison Service was of producing (a) the Community Engagement Implementation Guide and (b) community engagement events held in the...

      Prisons: Race Equality Action Team Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are employed in HM Prison Service's race equality action group; and what the cost of the group is in 2007-08.

      Prisons: Traveller Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have held a Traveller Day in the last three years; and what the cost was of such events.

  • Home Department

    • Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department keeps records of the number of young men who have taken anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons in each year since 1997.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued to children in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age; (2)...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 951W, how many of the 72,550 asylum seekers removed from the UK have...

      Asylum and Immigration Act 1996

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of enforcing section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since 1997.

      Asylum: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers had their benefits withdrawn under section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records her Department holds for crime statistics at more local levels than that of basic command units; whether such records are...

      Crime: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded by the police in which deactivated or reactivated firearms were used in the last five years.

      Driving Under Influence: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for drug-driving resulted in a custodial sentence (a) in England and (b) in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Drunkenness: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what maximum levy may be imposed on a licensed premises in an alcohol disorder zone; and whether the revenue is ring-fenced; (2) what...

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who gave authorisation for television cameras to film the Metropolitan and Thames Valley Police raids in Slough on 24 January 2008 in which...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was to her Department of conferences relating to the national identity scheme in the last two years.

      Immigration: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what biometric information will be held on biometric immigration documents.

      Internet: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost of cybercrime to the UK economy in the last five years.

      Internet: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff her Department employs to deal with cybercrime.

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what voting arrangements in the Council of Ministers will apply to decisions relating to EU policy on legal migration once the Treaty of...

      Muslim Media Issues

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has appointed a specialist to deal with Muslim media issues.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of Government officials who will be permitted to access the national identity register.

      Opium Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 869W, on opium crops, how many hectares were grown in each location in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list by English police authority (a) the population covered by that authority, (b) the authorised police establishment for that...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of service of police officers is in (a) Sussex, (b) Kent, (c) Surrey and (d) the Metropolitan police; and if she...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistics her Department gathers on transfers of police officers between forces; and how many police officers have transferred (a)...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Serious Organised Crime Agency spent on border security and enforcement in each of the last three financial years.

      Staffordshire Police Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much the precept set by Staffordshire Police Authority is for 2008-09; and at what rate it will be levied on local householders;...

      Terrorism

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

      Treaty establishing the European Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which measures the UK has decided to participate in through the opt-in arrangements under Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women more than 24 weeks pregnant received abortions in clinics overseas paid for in whole or in part from public funds in each of the last three...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women are known to have died within one month of operations for termination of pregnancy notified under the abortion regulations in each of the...

      Abortion in Clinics Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) number of and (ii) reasons for UK women over 24 weeks gestation receiving abortions...

      Abortion: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) primary and (b) delegated legislation regulates advertising by private abortion clinics; what changes have been made to each since enactment;...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many adverse drug reaction reports were received through the yellow card reporting system for (a) all anti-psychotic drugs, (b) traditional...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on establishing (a) telephone helplines, (b) interactive websites and (c) support groups under the National Alcohol...

      Ambulance Services: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) ambulances and (b) rapid response vehicles there are in the north Cornwall area; and how many are on duty at any one time.

      Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department records the number of people treated by GPs for conditions caused by the abuse of anabolic steroids.

      Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department records the number of people admitted to hospital for conditions caused by the abuse of anabolic steroids.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults are diagnosed as having autism.

      British Pregnancy Advisory Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports his Department has made on the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

      British Pregnancy Advisory Service: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the National Health Service paid to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in each region to undertake abortions in each of the last four years...

      Cherry Knowle Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the Cherry Knowle hospital, Ryhope, Sunderland.

      Dental Services: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were (a) seeking to be registered with and (b) on waiting lists for an NHS dentist in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Dental Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to (a) issue guidance and (b) propose regulations on tooth whitening (i) procedures and (ii) practitioner professional standards; and...

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with (a) type 2 diabetes and (b) non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in each year since 1997.

      Dietary Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nutritional support products were dispensed in the community in each year since 1997.

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed full-time at the national drugs helpline in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the national drugs helpline's call capacity is.

      Electricity: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he and his Ministerial colleagues have to hold discussions with stakeholders on the implementation of the Health Protection Agency's...

      Fats: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the result has been of the Food Standards Agency's review of health impacts of trans fats; and if he will make a statement.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health upon what criteria the recently announced funds for consultation on fluoridation of the public water supply will be allocated between health authorities.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which strategic health authorities have applied to his Department for support for plans to fluoridate local water supplies.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish all recent research he has commissioned on the impact of fluoridation on children's dental health.

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of foetal alcohol syndrome were diagnosed in (a) England and (b) each English region in each of the last five years.

      Food: Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise the guidance given in the Food Standards Agency publication, "The Provision of Allergen Information for Non-Pre-Packed Foods", to extend...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency is taking to monitor compliance with the voluntary guidance on the provision of...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the standards of labelling of food allergens in food imported from non-EU countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Food Standards Agency guidance on cross-contamination of foodstuffs contained in the provision of...

      General Practitioners: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration per general practitioner was in City of York constituency in (a) the most recent period for which figures are available and...

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role his Department has in (a) monitoring and regulating and (b) securing patients' interests in takeovers of NHS services by private health care...

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to improve the quality and nutritional value of hospital food for children.

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to issue guidance to primary care trusts on (a) the delivery of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccinations and (b) the consent required...

      Human Papilloma Virus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether parental consent will be necessary for the administration of the human papilloma virus vaccine to children; and what guidance his Department has...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with officials at the (a) Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and (b) Office of Fair Trading on...

      Fluoride: Infant Foods / Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to his answer of 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2209W, on infant foods: fluoride, whether his Department has completed...

      Macular Degeneration: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of macular degeneration in Wirral West constituency has been in the last five years; and what plans he has to screen those over 60 for...

      Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what powers he has to (a) prevent and (b) limit the payment of severance pay to the former Chief Executive of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to improve maternity services since 1997.

      Mental Health Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when all frontline staff in mental health and learning disability services will have received Promoting Safer and Therapeutic Services training in...

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery training places there were in each English region in each of the last five academic years.

      Midwives: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to his Department of training student midwives was in each year since 2004-05.

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurosurgeons qualified in each of the past 10 years

      NHS: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued on NHS trusts charging contractors for tenders.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who have experienced (a) strokes and (b) heart attacks related to their use of the drug Vioxx.

      NHS: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what days the www.jobs.nhs.uk/terms.html webpage was updated in the last two months.

      Nurses: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any categories of clinical or nursing staff are exempt from the bare below the elbow rule.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1396W, on nutrition, how many patients were (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1396W, on nutrition, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the trend in the...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children aged 11 to 16 years were considered (a) obese and (b) overweight in each year since 1997; (2) how many children under the age...

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the last suicide prevention campaign aimed at school students was launched; and how much his Department has spent on suicide prevention in schools in...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what options are being considered for regulation of the sunbed industry, as mentioned in the cancer reform strategy; (2) with reference to the...

      Tinnitus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide funding for tinnitus research over the next three years.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy of the Food Standards Agency is on the importation and sale of low alcohol wine.

      Wines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason British wine producers are restricted by EU rules in selling lower alcohol wines in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Bluetongue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the advice contained in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publication Bluetongue: Guidance on Protection from Vector Attack, dated 21...

    • Armed Forces: Future Rapid Effects System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect the future rapid effects system integrated project team to complete its assessment of industry responses to the pre-qualification questionnaire...

      Army: Prosecuting Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the report by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate following its inspection of the Army Prosecuting...

      Arts: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many, and which, regularly funded theatre-based producing companies in the regions were supported by Arts Council England (ACE) in 2007—08; and how many,...

      British Overseas Territories: Fish

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they have in place to protect fish stocks in waters around the British Overseas Territories.

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What changes they propose to make to the policies and working arrangements of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport following the signing of the...

      Central-Local Concordat

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

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions and advice are being given to the Arts Council and its regional organisations concerning changes to their policies and working arrangements...

      Climate Change: Patio Heaters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the outline proposals of the European Commission to prohibit the use of patio heaters by restaurants and bars as part of their emissions...

      Community Projects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures are in place to monitor, audit and assess the success of local voluntary sector and community projects and initiatives that are funded from central...

      Crime: Guns and Knives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there has been an increase in gun and knife crime in major conurbations.

      Defence Equipment and Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Defence Equipment and Support organisation expects to complete its skills audit.

      Diplomatic Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will continue the practice of attaching members of the diplomatic service to the instructional and student body of the Royal College of Defence Studies.

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 31 January (WA 140), what has been the cost of police investigations into complaints by the Electoral...

      Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will summon the ambassadors of Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe to explain the apparent abduction of Simon Mann from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea; and...

      Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to ensure that Simon Mann is visited regularly by United Kingdom diplomats to ensure he is being treated humanely while in prison in...

      Forced Marriage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that all police officers are trained to respond appropriately to complaints about planned forced marriages; and whether they will issue...

      Government Historic Estates Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are employed in the Government Historic Estates Unit; and what proportion of their working time is taken up by their responsibilities at the unit.

      Government Historic Estates Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases the Government Historic Estates Unit took up with government departments and other public bodies in each of the past five years.

      Government Historic Estates Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much capacity the Government Historic Estates Unit has to provide advice to local authorities in relation to individual cases of vacant or dilapidated historic...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 January (WA 127), whether they will apologise to NHS haemophilia patients for supplying contaminated...

      Health: Diethylstilbestrol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of women who have been exposed to diethylstilbestrol; and What assessment has been made of children of mothers who received...

      Health: Dieticians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long on average a patient must wait before seeing a dietician in NHS hospitals.

      Health: Incontinence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent in each of the past five years by the NHS on (a) dressings and chemical reagents for incontinent patients, and (b) appliances for incontinent...

      Health: Overseas Visitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence they have of people travelling to Britain to use health services, whether at primary or secondary level.

      Health: Untreatable Patients

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether criminal justice legislation rather than mental health legislation should be invoked when there are concerns that patients suffering with untreatable...

      Interception of Communications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have sought the opinions of senior judges and lawyers dealing with cases involving violent crime and terrorism on the efficacy of the use of telephone...

      Iraq: Cancer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of reports that since the 1990—91 Gulf War there has been a significant increase in the incidence and severity of cancer and foetal...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress was made at the international donor conference for the Palestine authorities to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Obscene Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions there have been in the past 10 years under (a) the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955, and (b) the Obscene...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 17 October 2007 (WA 54), whether the passport interview office in Armagh city opened in November 2007;...

      Pitcairn Island: Tortoises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the Government of New Zealand the possibility of locating one or more additional giant tortoises on Pitcairn Island alongside the...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average number of days sick leave as a percentage of total working days recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the past five...

      Police: Tasers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons have suffered serious or permanent injuries as a result of the use of Tasers by police officers in England and Wales.

      Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they can explain the increase between 1999 and 2003 in the proportion of people living in poverty, at a time of overall economic growth, in the 16 African...

      Silbury Hill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received from English Heritage on the additional costs likely to be incurred in connection with the conservation project to stabilise...

      Syria: Damascus Declaration Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Syria for the release of 12 detained members of the opposition Damascus Declaration group.

      Timber

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the extent to which rainforests in Brazil, the Congo Basin and south-east Asia are being destroyed by legal and illegal logging; and...

      Trespass

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many injunctions have been granted against individuals trespassing on government property in each of the past 10 years; and what were the locations.

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