Written answers

Monday, 25 February 2008

  • Leader of the House

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many FTSE 100 companies meet minimum reporting guidelines on greenhouse gas emissions; (2) what steps have been...

    • Carbon Emissions: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will commission research to measure the level of carbon emissions resulting from the production of goods in China for...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the carbon dioxide emissions from operation of their Departments'...

      Eller Brook Stream

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is responsible for Eller Brook stream at the rear of the property on Ellerbrook Close, Heath Charnock, Chorley.

      Environmental Action Fund: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been budgeted for the biodiversity elements of the Environmental Action Fund/Countdown 2010 Fund in (a)...

      Fuel Poverty: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the implications would be of the Government not meeting its target of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016.

      Genetically Modified Organisms: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to change arrangements for field trials for GM crops in relation to transparency of operations and...

      Genetically Modified Organisms: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of whether qualified majority voting in the Council of Ministers will apply to UK policy on...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with HM Treasury on the effects reducing the Warm Front grant will have on the move away from oil...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Warm Front grants provide value for money.

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the process is for servicing boilers installed under the Warm Front scheme; how often boilers and central heating...

      Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Tamworth

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

      National Bee Unit: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much he has spent in the National Bee Unit in each year since 1997; how much he intends to spend over the next five...

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of closed periods will be under the new regime for nitrate-vulnerable zones.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether the public service agreement target to ensure that 95 per cent. of sites of special scientific interest are in...

      Tree Preservation Orders: Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will give consent to Guildford borough council for tree protection orders to be placed on its departmental...

      Wildlife: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals for a statutory regime to govern the adaptation of wildlife habitats in response to...

      Wildlife: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what species are to be removed from Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; what mechanisms will be put in place...

  • Transport

    • Dartford Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of (a) daily and (b) annual crossings made at the Dartford Crossing, broken down by vehicle category, was in the last five years.

    • Dartford Tunnel: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the Dartford Crossing tolls.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to publish the consultation document on fitness to drive.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the likely increase in annual fuel consumption resulting from the requirement to have daytime running lamps on...

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 788W, on motor vehicles: safety, what provisions have been agreed with her EU...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines her Department has issued to statutory authorities on (a) measuring the level of degradation of road surfacing and (b) the time...

      Sexual Harassment

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

      Transport: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of ring-fencing local authority grants to community transport providers.

      Travel: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to extend the concessionary travel scheme to (a) long distance coach travel and (b) other forms of public transport.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Department of Resources: Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what pay grades are applicable to members of staff working for the Department of Resources.

    • Members: Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what percentage of the Department of Resources staff time is spent administering the allowances of hon. Members.

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, (1) how many persons who are not nationals of EU member states hold a parliamentary pass; (2) how many...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department in the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what property has been lost or stolen from his Department since 1997; and what the cost of replacement was.

      Departmental Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of sickness pay to staff within his Department was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by staff grade.

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 among staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

  • Olympics

    • Humanitarian Assistance Unit

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the cost of her Department's Humanitarian Assistance Unit was in each of the last three years.

    • Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has plans to move the 2012 Olympics shooting events to sites other than Woolwich.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wildlife

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what recent progress has been made on the relocation of (a) wildlife and (b) feral cats from the Olympic site at Stratford; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Embassies: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what undertakings were given to staff at the British embassy in Dublin on local labour relations procedures and the treatment of...

    • Embassies: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to promote dialogue between the British embassy in Dublin and the Unite trade union within the...

      Embassies: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies of Irish employees are planned at the British embassy in Dublin; and if...

      Equatorial Guinea: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the record of Equatorial Guinea in (a) according fair trials to and (b) observing the human...

      Iraq: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqi locally-employed staff were granted asylum in 2007; and how many he expects to be granted asylum in 2008.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with his counterparts in (a) Spain, (b) Cyprus, (c) Greece, (d) Romania, (e) Bulgaria and (f)...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 180W, on Simon Mann, what the reasons are for his view that...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Equatorial Guinea declining to accept the legitimacy of any trial of Simon...

      Timor Leste: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the political and security situation in East Timor; and if he will make a statement.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Libyan counterpart on Libya's intentions in chairing the preparatory committee for the 2009...

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals he has made to put anti-semitism on the main agenda of the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Ministerial involvement is planned in the preparatory committee for the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Canadian government on its decision not to attend the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with European Union Ministers on the preparations for the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism.

      Vietnam: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Vietnam on the treatment of the Underground Church in that country.

      Vietnam: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Vietnam on the imprisonment of church leaders in that country.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Correspondence

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

    • Departmental Stationery

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what average hourly rate his Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by employment agency.

      Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases the Historical Enquiries Team are investigating; and how many staff there are currently associated with the team.

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the senior civil service in his Department have received an honour.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12-month...

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have been visited by officials from his Department in each year for which information is available.

      Honours

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

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the compatibility of programmes funded by the European Commission on the Millennium Development Goals...

      Senegal: Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the UK plans to contribute to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' appeal for funds to help repatriate black Mauritanians who...

  • Scotland

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the recommendations of the Third Report of the Scottish Affairs Committee Session 2007-08, on Child Poverty in Scotland,...

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on translation services by his Department in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) in 2007-08 to date.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what documents his Department translates for people in the UK who do not speak English.

      Honours

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

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission (a) conducted or (b) commissioned work into incomes and...

    • Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 25 January 2008, Official Report,...

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what efficiency savings the Electoral Commission plans to make over the next three years.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effect of the Gershon review on its...

      Labour Party: Elections

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance that was sent by the Electoral...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1084W, on political...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, columns 181-2W, on political...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much expenditure the Electoral Commission incurred in severance and redundancy pay in each...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1085W, on political...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1085W, on political...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1085W, on political...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Horsham of 25 January 2008, Official Report,...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Horsham of 25 January 2008, Official Report,...

      Political Parties: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1084W, on political...

      Trade Unions: Constituencies

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission holds copies of Labour party trade union constituency...

      Trade Unions: Finance

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Electoral Commission will undertake research into funding of trades unions through (a)...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received written warnings for breaching standards of behaviour or attendance in...

    • Pension Education Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department plans to measure the performance and efficacy of the pension education fund.

      Social Security Benefits: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what state benefits offenders in England and Wales are eligible for while serving (a) community service sentences and (b) custodial sentences.

      Tax Allowances: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on administering the 25 pence old age allowance in each year since its introduction; and how many people over...

      Tax Allowances: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost of paying the over 80s age-related allowance is expected to be in 2007-08; (2) how many people receive the over 80s age...

      Vocational Guidance: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) effective advice and support is available to those who wish to return to work after undertaking...

  • Defence

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 963-64W, on advertising, what his Department's marketing costs were in each year for...

    • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme: World War II

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the compensation scheme for former civilian internees of the Japanese in the Second World War, on what date the qualification...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the new facilities of (a) a swimming pool and (b) a gymnasium at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court will be funded.

      Armed Forces: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each of his Department's (a) trained officer target structures, (b) trained soldier target structures and...

      Armed Forces: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will institute the practice of wearing a wound stripe or other honour award for soldiers wounded in action.

      Capita

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

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Data Protection

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

      Departmental Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12-month period for which information is available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of his Department's Main Building staff were uniformed staff in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column 368W, on departmental official hospitality, if he will arrange for copies of the...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministerial residences were available to his Department's Ministers in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's properties in Scotland have been declared unfit for habitation.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what property has been lost or stolen from his Department since 1997; and what the cost of replacement was.

      Departmental Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library the most recent briefing team reports from (a) the Chief of the General Staff, (b) the Chief of the Air Staff and (c)...

      Departmental Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of parking tickets paid by his Department and its agencies was in 2007.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what percentage of his Department's expenditure was spent on officials' travel costs in each year for which figures are available.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom has participated in the theatre missile defence system integration test bed tests at NATO's test facility near The Hague in 2008.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Royal Ghurkha Rifles (a) applied for indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom and (b) left the Army in 2007.

      Iraq: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are any plans to gift (a) Mastiffs, (b) Warriors, (c) Scimitars, (d) Boxers and (e) other armoured vehicles to Iraqi forces.

      Iraq: Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1602W, on military equipment: Iraq, where the Government sourced the 6,500 AK47...

      Iraq: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to track and monitor the final destination of gifted arms and equipment in Iraq.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what onshore wind farm applications his Department did not initially object to but later objected to in the last three years; and what the reasons were...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will issue a medal for those who served in Bomber Command during the Second World War.

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department's agencies spent on (a) Christmas cards and (b) postage of Christmas cards in each year...

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each year since establishment.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the book value of departmental assets sold was in each financial year since 1997-98; and what revenue was...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what agencies under his Department's responsibilities use (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone codes for customer...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what average hourly rate his Department and its predecessors have paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each...

      Heating: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what representations officials in his Department have made to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Intimidation

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform when his Department will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster of 30 August,...

      Music: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will bring forward proposals for a statutory maximum limitation on the permitted volume of personal MP3 players.

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the operating costs of (a) the National Consumer Council, (b) Energywatch, (c) Postwatch and (d) Consumer...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the forecast outturn operating cost of (a) the National Consumer Council, (b) Energywatch, (c) Postwatch and...

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budgeted operating cost is for (a) the National Consumer Council and (b) Consumer Direct in 2009-10.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what proportion of generating capacity was out of service in UK nuclear power stations in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which (a) companies based in the United States and (b) UK subsidiaries of US companies were contracted to his...

      Reconstruction: Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the value of contracts awarded to UK companies for reconstruction in Iraq since March 2003.

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies in relation to departmental appointments in each year since 1997.

      Tribunals: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many claims regarding discrimination on the grounds of (a) disability, (b) gender reassignment, (c) religion,...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council on the funding levels of the...

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Director of the British Museum on the effect of funding the Portable Antiquities Scheme at the...

      Arts Council of England: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by Arts Council England in the Bassetlaw constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Arts: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total public expenditure on the arts in (a) England and (b) Bassetlaw was in 2007.

      British Amusement Catering Trade Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 317W, on the British Amusement Catering Trade Association, what the...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the Casino Impacts Scoping Study; on what date the report (a) was commissioned, (b) was originally scheduled for...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 317W, on casinos, how many adult gaming centres are in operation in...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, columns 317-18W, on casinos, what assessment has been made of the...

      Creative Sparks Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pupils have (a) performed music live to an audience, (b) taken part in a theatre production, (c) visited an art gallery,...

      Creative Sparks Initiative: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on the Creative Sparks initiative in each year since its inception; and what plans it has for expenditure...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of his Department's civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much his Department spends on the website Margaret Hodge's DCMS Diary; how many unique visitors this section of his Department's...

      Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 38W, on departmental studies, when he will place in the Library copies...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what average hourly rate his Department paid to employment agencies for agency staff in each year since 1999, broken down by employment...

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what documents his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies translate for people in the UK who do not speak...

      Gambling Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many specialist Gambling Commission compliance officers there are; and how many have been appointed since the Gambling Act 2005...

      Licensing: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the report of the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel; and whether he plans to review the fees...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress has been made towards his Department's public service agreement target to increase significantly the number of...

      National Lottery: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid in prizes awarded by the National Lottery to individuals who reside in (a) the Tamworth constituency and (b)...

      Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department collects on the number of constituencies in England with no permanent theatre or community performing...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many school sports co-ordinators have been introduced in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the 10 most popular tourist attractions in England were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) revenue raised and (b)...

      Tourism: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what target his Department has set for tourism growth in the period 2008-11; (2) when he plans to announce a new tourism growth...

      Tourism: West Midlands

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

      UK Sport: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed in the drug-free sport department of UK Sport; what the salary costs of the department were in the last 12...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Admiralty House

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1079W, on Admiralty House, what individual utilities are covered by the charge...

    • Christmas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether it is his policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs or (b) LED lights for festive decorations in the Prime Minister's Office.

      Civil Servants: Vacancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of Civil Service vacancies have been advertised on the (a) public and (b) Civil Service and accredited...

      Committees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the titles of all working groups attached to Cabinet Committee MISC 32.

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many (a) press and (b) communications officers the Cabinet Office employed in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants employed by his Department have no job description.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the policy of his Department is on the attendance of civil servants at party political events; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how much his Department and its agencies spent on first class travel in the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Honours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many members of the Senior Civil Service in his Department have received an honour.

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which trade unions have a recognition agreement with the Cabinet Office.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women were referred by national health service GPs to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for an abortion in each of the last four years...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of accident and emergency patients in Cornwall had a trolley wait of over four hours in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Ambulance Services: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulances are operating in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; (2) how many paramedics are based in Chorley.

      Aphasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with (a) aphasia, (b) dyspraxia and (c) dysproxia, broken down by (i) strategic health authority area, (ii) primary...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on establishment of a national strategy on autism and Asperger's syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) business and (b) first-class air travel in the last 12 months.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid out in financial support schemes or discount schemes by hospitals for family costs incurred while babies needed care in a neonatal unit...

      Basildon Hospital: Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, columns 870-72W, on Basildon Hospital: clostridium, when information for January to December...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that the Eastern regional bowel cancer screening hub (a) catches up and (b) keeps pace with other regional hubs in...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, by what means he plans to measure the extent to which (a) primary care trusts and (b) cancer...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for ensuring that GPs and primary care professionals have fast access to...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 992W, on cancer, whether the information on projected cancer in-patient costs placed...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Cancer Director's forthcoming review of cancer drugs will evaluate geographical variations in the use of cancer drugs (a) approved...

      Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to reduce the incidence of death from cardiovascular disease among people under 75 since 1997.

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what (a) target and (b) timetable he has for reducing the variation of cervical cancer...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, on what date he expects all women to be informed of the result of their cervical screening test...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy what (a) target and (b) timetable he has set for tackling the falling participation of women...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what evidential basis changes were made in 2005-06 to the NHS Direct Health Encyclopaedia in relation to possible causes of chronic fatigue syndrome,...

      Clostridium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were infected with (a) clostridium difficile and (b) MRSA as recorded by the mandatory surveillance system, broken down by NHS trust...

      Departmental Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the source code copies of core application software used by his Department and its agencies and supplied by third parties are held in escrow.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by his Department on advertising in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department is on course to meet the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets to (a) source at least 10 per cent. of its...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's internal guidance on answering Questions tabled by hon. Members.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with depression in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of UK demand for diamorphine has been met by the NHS's normal suppliers in each of the last five years; how shortfalls in supply have been...

      Disabled: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department provided for people with disabilities to assist them with learning to use computers in each year since 2001.

      Drugs: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of calls to the national drugs helpline which have been unanswered as a consequence of staff shortages in each...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates representatives from his Department have met representatives of general practitioners to discuss changes to the quality and outcomes...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to enable people to register with a GP practising outside the primary care trust area in which they live.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hours per week GPs spent on practice-based commissioning in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to increase the number of open GP lists.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely financial impact on GP surgeries of the removal of funding for choice and booking and access to directed...

      General Practitioners: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the overall cost to the public purse in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 of reviewing the quality and outcomes framework.

      Health and Social Care Services: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department has to ensure the continuity of health and social care services provided for children with autism and Asperger's syndrome...

      Health Services: Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will visit Cuba to assess best practice in biotechnology and health facilities in that country.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote the involvement and consultation of patients and the public who receive NHS services through the third sector and the...

      Health Services: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much West Sussex Primary Care Trust has spent on promoting volunteering in the local health service in the last two years; (2) how many...

      Heart Diseases: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve outcomes in coronary health care in (a) Warrington and (b) Cheshire in the last five years; and if he...

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on links between cardiac arrest survival rates and the time taken for the patient to...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 643W, on hospital beds, if he will investigate the discharges of patients from...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of one-off deep cleaning of hospitals in preventing the spread of...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the risk of airborne transmission of infectious diseases, such as MRSA and clostridium difficile in hospitals; and if he...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners aged 65 years and over received free influenza inoculations in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East...

      Kent

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

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions his Department has held with Surrey Primary Care Trust on making available the treatments (a) dasatinib and (b) nilotinib to...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the variations between primary care trust areas in patients' ability to access the treatments (a) dasatinib and (b)...

      Lighting: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of compact fluorescent lightbulbs on people suffering from Meniere's disease.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the NHS budget was spent on maternity services in 2006-07.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospitals and (b) NHS organisations Ministers in his Department have visited since taking up their posts.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 525W, on NHS finance, how much of the difference referred to is accounted for...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much loan interest (a) West Sussex Primary Care Trust and (b) each of the hospital trusts in West Sussex paid back to the NHS in each of the last...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the amount of work undertaken by (a) community health councils, (b) patient involvement forums and (c) local involvement...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the former community health councils and their corresponding patient forums and local involvement networks.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of advertisements for IT jobs in the NHS specified that the applicant needed NHS IT experience in the latest period for which figures are...

      Obstetrics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of adding screening for vasa praevia to standard prenatal testing; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the difference between the reported rates of public support for organ donation and outcomes...

      Palliative Care: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been included in primary care trust allocations for 2008-09 in order to enable them to meet the new children's palliative care strategy...

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hours per week GPs spent using the Choose and Book system in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Post-Mortems: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many post-mortem examinations were carried out on children aged between five and 15 years in each coroner's district in each of the last five years.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary teams for urological cancer.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the post-operative mortality rate for radical prostatectomy (a) in total and (b) broken down by strategic health authority area.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations his Department has received from (a) patients and (b) clinicians on treating prostate cancer on the NHS in the last six months;...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of specialist urological cancer teams in England.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) consultant urologists and (b) consultant oncologists he estimates have expertise in urological cancers.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of prostate cancer patients had prostate cancer diagnosed at (a) clinical stage I or II, (b) clinical stage III and (c) clinical stage...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer networks have a (a) lead clinician, (b) nurse director and (c) service improvement lead for the Improving Outcomes Guidance for...

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for Seroxat were issued by general practitioners in England from 1997 to 2007.

      South Central Ambulance NHS Trust: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) operational and (b) non-operational posts are vacant in the Buckinghamshire division of South Central Ambulance NHS Trust; (2) how...

      Strokes: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to speech and language therapy for people with communication difficulties following strokes; and if he will make...

      Suicide: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those who committed suicide were taking the drug roaccutane at the time of their death in each of the last five years.

      Surgery: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private operations were carried out in NHS premises in 2007.

      Working Parties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 283W, on working parties, what (a) working parties, (b) task forces and (c)...

      Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected financial outturn of the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority is for 2007-08.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to tackle community tensions since 1997.

    • Debt Collection: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many public request to order disposal applications have been received by the Government.

      Debt Collection: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken on the public request to order disposal applications made in relation to Prescott Villas in...

      Disabled Facilities Grants: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was awarded in disabled facilities grants in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2006-07; and what the average size of...

      Fire Services: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account her Department took of shift patterns in determining the size of regional fire control centres.

      Fire Services: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons estimates of the cost of the FiReControl Project have varied between October 2005 and December 2007; and if she...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what factors she took into account in determining the grant award to (a) North Yorkshire fire authority and (b) Humberside...

      Fire Services: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what risk assessment her Department and Firebuy have undertaken of the decision to sign the integrated clothing project managed...

      Fire Services: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many ill-health retirements in the fire service there were between April and October (a) 2006 and (b) 2007, broken down by...

      Government Offices for the Regions: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff are employed by the Government office for (a) the east of England, (b) the east midlands, (c) London, (d) the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations have been received calling for a home information pack to be required prior to marketing.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield, Official Report, columns 1527-28W, on...

      Housing: Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the historic housing debt remaining at the latest available date; what rate of interest was...

      Job Creation: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many jobs were directly created by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund in Newcastle in 2006-07; and what proportion of these were...

      Job Creation: Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has issued on the recording of jobs created directly in Working Neighbourhoods Fund priority areas.

      Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether public requests to order disposal can be applied to land owned by (a) Government Departments and their agencies, (b)...

      Local Authorities: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to assist local authorities in tackling gender pay gaps among their employees.

      Local Authorities: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department collects information on the proportion of local authorities' vehicles manufactured in the UK.

      Local Government Finance: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the area based grant for 2008-09 will be for each Tyne and Wear local authority; and how much its various predecessor...

      Olympic Games 2012: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Minister for the East of England will visit (a) Essex and (b) Colchester to discuss potential involvement with the 2012...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how often the expert panels on (a) housing markets and planning, (b) neighbourhoods, cities and regions and (c) housing and...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from (a) the Welsh Assembly Government and (b) the Chair of the Sustainability Committee...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the report on Alternatives to Casino-led regeneration; on what date the report (a) was commissioned, (b)...

      Regional Ministers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the administrative costs for the Government offices for the regions are expected to be in the current financial year.

      Regional Ministers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what budgets the Government offices for the regions are responsible for in the current financial year.

      Supporting People Programme: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of recent trends in Supporting People funding in respect of domestic violence (a) refuge...

      Thames Gateway: Resignations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the reasons for the resignation of Judith Armitt, chief executive of Thames Gateway; and whether...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1034-5W, on urban areas: sustainable development, what...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) child benefit and (b) child tax credit for 16 to 19-year-olds in full-time education and unwaged work-based learning in 2006-07;...

    • Child Benefit: Personal Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) guidance provided to and (b) training procedures for HM Revenue and Customs staff on access to copying and dissemination of...

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the (a) size and (b) recent trends in growth of the (i) global and (ii) domestic credit default swap market.

      Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department, (b) the Bank of England and (c) the Financial Services Authority have conducted an analysis of the effect on UK financial...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's civil servants were (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited material on work...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the last 12 editions of the staff magazine of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on translation services by his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c)...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of non-UK citizens in (a) unskilled and (b) semi-skilled employment in the UK in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give a break down of the number of people in employment in (a) each region and (b) each local authority area who were (i) UK citizens, (ii)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 6 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding a constituent, Mr. P. Hawkey of Longside.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 20 December 2007 from the right hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding a constituent, Mr. R. Gordon of Peterhead.

      Migration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the international passenger survey estimate of (a) inward migration, (b) outward migration and (c) the net migration balance was in each year...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies in each of the last five years were found to be paying their staff below the minimum wage; and what action was taken in each case.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been lent to Northern Rock by the Bank of England and the Treasury.

      Revenue and Customs: Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fees were paid to private contractors for the operation and maintenance of buildings occupied by HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 month period for...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by HM Revenue and Customs to deal with correspondence from the public.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken by HM Revenue and Customs staff to reply to correspondence from the public was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Share Option Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the value of share options issued by UK-listed companies has been in each of the last five years; (2) what the revenues raised from taxation on...

      Tax Allowances: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase the 40 pence per mile tax ceiling for volunteer car drivers.

      Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue has been raised from taxation of executive bonuses in each of the last five years.

      Unemployed: Nottingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many unemployed people there were in Nottingham North constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.

      VAT: Vocational Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend VAT exemption to commercial training and skills bodies; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-Induced Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to combat alcohol-induced crime.

    • Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her latest estimate is of the annual costs resulting from crimes associated with identity fraud.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria the Government will use to determine whether an identity card is to be required in order for a public service to be provided.

      Post-Charge Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance she has issued on the questioning of those detained after being charged; and if she will make a statement.

      Alcohol-Related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to prevent alcohol-related street crime in the last 12 months.

      Immigration: Economic Effects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research she has commissioned and evaluated on the effects of immigration on the economy.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of measures to reduce levels of gun crime.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response she has made to the recommendations of the Flanagan Report on the recording of stop and account and stop and search incidents...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of antisocial behaviour orders.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her assessment is of the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing schemes.

      Youth Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to further engage local communities in initiatives to divert young people from antisocial or criminal behaviour.

      Police Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of implementation of the recommendations of the Flanagan report on levels of police bureaucracy.

      Ama Sumani

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will reconsider the procedures used in removals to Ghana following the recent case of Ama Sumani.

      Anabolic Steroids: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people who (a) took anabolic steroids and (b) took anabolic steroids for non-medical reasons in...

      Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the Assets Recovery Agency is making in recovering assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

      Asylum: Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the findings of her Department's inquiry into the alleged illegal interviews of Darfuris with an active asylum case by a Sudanese...

      Border and Immigration Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the Border and Immigration Agency to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 27 November 2007,...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of people eligible for UK citizenship as a result of their ancestry who have not...

      British Nationality: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Tamworth constituency have become naturalised UK citizens since 2005.

      Capita

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

      Correspondence: National Assembly for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has replied to the recent Welsh Assembly Government letter on police pay.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the victimisation rate per 1,000 people was for all crimes in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each London local...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to reduce crime in and around schools in (a) England and (b) Enfield.

      Crime: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of trends in crime detection rates in Tamworth over (a) the last 12 months and (b) the last five years.

      Departmental Accountancy

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

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when each electronic database in her Department containing personal information on members of the public was first created; (2) how...

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions there have been data security breaches in her Department in the last year; (2) on how many occasions officials...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations her Department and its agencies place on contractors in relation to the audit of personal data and IT equipment.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 648W, on departmental pay, how many of those earning over £100,000...

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the deportation of individuals who are not entitled to remain in the country but who have taken cases to employment...

      Deportation: Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours detainees awaiting deportation spent in police custody in (a) Cambridgeshire and (b) England and Wales in 2006; and at what...

      Domestic Violence: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people found guilty of domestic violence offences went on to re-offend in the last period for which figures are available.

      Dual Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK citizens are also citizens of another nation state; and if she will list in order the 10 other nation states with which such...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls were made to the police last year using the (a) 999 emergency number and (b) non-emergency 0845 6070999 number.

      Entry Clearances: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Worthing, West (Peter Bottomley) of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 98W, on entry...

      Entry Clearances: Forced Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many (a) marriage visa and (b) indefinite leave to remain applications representations about forced marriage have been received in...

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detained in the UK solely in connection with extradition procedures initiated by a foreign authority in the latest...

      Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the merits of the provision of laser eye surgery for personnel within her responsibilities with visual...

      Facilitated Returns Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners received grants under the Facilitated Returns Scheme in each of the last five years; and what the (a)...

      Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals have been convicted of living off immoral earnings of prostitutes; and how many have been subsequently...

      Foreign Workers: Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of doctors who settled in the United Kingdom in 2007 were (a) non-EU and (b) EU foreign nationals.

      Foreigners: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals will be required to carry identity cards with them at all times within the UK; and whether the police will have...

      Foreigners: Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what ways the requirement for foreign nationals to have identity cards within the UK will be monitored; and what assessment she has made...

      Frontiers: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the general specifications and capability of the new system for monitoring travellers to and from UK ports of entry are; and what the...

      Genetics: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department or individual police forces will pay for (a) technology, (b) equipment and (c) training that will enable police...

      Identity and Passport Service: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) data loss and (b) data security breaches reported in the Identity and Passport Service and its predecessor...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate has been made of the number of illegal immigrants in the UK.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether her Department has received representations from the Church of England on the points-based immigration system; (2) whether...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for (a) indefinite leave to remain in the UK and (b) a travel document are awaiting a decision from the Border...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many representations her Department has received from hon. Members on delays in processing applications for (a) indefinite leave...

      Immigration Officers: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of complaints of assault against staff involved in removals from the United Kingdom were upheld in each of the last three years.

      Immigration: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people eligible to apply for residence in the United Kingdom by virtue of providing assistance to UK armed...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those held in immigration detention centres have previously served prison sentences in England and Wales.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h)...

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been naturalised as UK citizens in each London borough since 2005.

      Naturalisation: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed citizenship tests there were in 2006-07; what happened to the failed applicant in each case; and if she will make a statement.

      Naturalisation: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much providing citizenship tests in Essex cost the public purse in the last year for which figures are available; and how many such...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants were convicted of crimes in each of the last five years; and what proportion of these offenders have subsequently been...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made in deporting foreign nationals from English prisons.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations have been made to prison authorities by the Border and Immigration Agency on the deportation of foreign criminals...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU citizens serving prison sentences in respect of (a) sexual and (b) violent offences have been released from custody on...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-EU citizens have received custodial sentences for (a) sexual and (b) violent offences of (i) less and (ii) more than 12 months...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the 4,000 prisoners deported in 2007 were serving sentences of (a) two years or less, (b) 12 months or less and (c) 12 months...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU prisoners have been (a) considered for deportation and deported, (b) considered for deportation and not deported, (c) deported...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of foreign nationals detained in HMP Peterborough were removed and deported under the auspices of the Border and Immigration...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted foreign nationals were deported in 2007; and how many of these had been serving prison sentences in England and Wales.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Borders and Immigration Agency's policy is on the deportation of prisoners serving sentences of less than 12 months; and what advice...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been deported since May 2007; and to which countries they have been deported.

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost was of deporting a foreign national prisoner in each of the last five years.

      Passports: Biometrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data security measures have been implemented for the ePassport database; how much has been spent on such measures; and how much is...

      Police Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was allocated to this year's budget for police pay as a percentage increase on last year's figures, broken down by police authority.

      PricewaterhouseCoopers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what payments were made to PricewaterhouseCoopers by her Department in each financial year since 1997.

      PricewaterhouseCoopers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has awarded any contracts to PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2000.

      Prisoners Release: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons sentenced to a period of imprisonment, then removed to an immigration centre and subsequently released into the community in...

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of EU nationals who have served prison sentences of six months or more in the UK remaining...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what amounts have been recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Acts 1995 and 2002 in the most recent period for which figures are available;...

      Road Traffic Offences

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

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether any warrants have been granted for intrusive surveillance of (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the House of Lords under...

      Victim Support Schemes: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of crime received state-provided counselling in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last four years.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been awarded to non-EU professional footballers since January 2007.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland,...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in resolving the insurance claim relating to the fire at Yarl's Wood on 14 February 2002; and if she will make a...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Class Sizes: Staffordshire

      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) Tamworth and (ii) Staffordshire in...

    • Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the average number of days taken off work due to ill health by teaching assistants in each of...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effect of the educational maintenance allowance on school attainment; and if he will make a...

      Folk Culture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will have discussions with the English Folk Dance and Song Society for the inclusion of England's traditional folk dance and...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children (a) living with both their mother and father, (b) living with their mother or father and other...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils entered for GCSE qualifications did not gain a GCSE, excluding equivalents and entry level qualifications,...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils of the appropriate age were not entered for GCSE examinations in 2007.

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals were entered for GCSE examinations in 2007, broken down by...

      General Certificate of Secondary Education: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils re-sat GCSEs in Tamworth constituency in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken...

      Head Teachers: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many head teachers each school in Suffolk has had since 1997.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of pupils excluded from school in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007 went to a school with (i) fewer than 500...

      Pupil Exclusions: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were permanently excluded from (a) primary schools, (b) middle schools, (c) upper schools and (d) secondary...

      Pupils: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils who achieved level 2 or above at key stage one went on to achieve level 4 at key stage two in 2007.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children entitled to free school meals attend a school which has more than 30 per cent. of such children in the...

      Schools: Community Relations and Revenue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the revenue generated by schools by opening their facilities to community groups in the latest period...

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes in energy prices on school budgets for 2008-09.

      Schools: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance his Department has given to schools on managing changes in energy costs and their effect on school budgets.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many parent governors of schools were serving on (a) primary and (b) secondary school governing bodies in each year since 2001.

      Schools: Governing Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of parent governors of schools were (a) women, (b) men, (c) white and (d) of black and minority ethnic...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 180W, on teachers, what recent estimate he has made of the...

      Teachers: Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many teachers have left the profession within (a) one year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years of completing their qualified...

      Teachers: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers from outside the European economic area received golden hello payments in each year since 2000; and what...

      Teachers: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of teachers attained the National Professional Qualification of Headship between 2003 and 2007...

      Teachers: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many newly qualified teachers have failed their induction period and remained in teaching in the latest period for which...

      Young People: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people aged under 18 years were not in employment, education or training in each parliamentary constituency in each of...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Aimhigher Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much his Department spent on the Aimhigher Initiative in each year since 2004.

    • Aimhigher Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the cost was of the Aimhigher programme in each year since its inception.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since its establishment; and what...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent by his Department on international flights since establishment.

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of his staff dealing with universities hold a university degree.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of inquiries received from the public his Department responded to (a) within a week, (b) within 14 days,...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many staff in educational Departments within his responsibilities are on suspension; and how many of these have...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many hits the (a) most popular website and (b) least popular website run by his Department has received since 1 January.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of staff in his Department dealing with universities are graduates of Oxford or Cambridge university.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many DIUS-branded plastic bags his Department has procured, and at what cost, since it was created.

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the (a) budget and (b) remit is of each non-departmental public body sponsored by his Department; who the chairman is...

      Departmental Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many citizens' juries were arranged for his Department in each year between 1997 and June 2007; which organisations were...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his Department's policy is on recycling.

      Departmental Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many public service agreement targets his Department has; and of these, how many are targets shared with another Department.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much letter headed notepaper his Department has bought which is headed with Department for Innovation, Universities and...

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much letter headed notepaper his Department has bought which is headed with both Department for Innovation, Universities...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what trade union programmes are funded by his Department that pertain to training in (a) arbitration, (b) industrial...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department and pro-rata its predecessor in each of the last 10 years.

      Educational Institutions: Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many educational establishments in receipt of funding from his Department are accommodated in listed buildings; and how...

      Graduates: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which 10 university degree subjects had the 10 (a) highest and (b) lowest proportions of graduates entering employment...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to exempt students of the Relate Institute at Doncaster college from the decision to reduce...

      Higher Education: Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people aged between (a) 30 and 39, (b) 40 and 49, (c) 50 and 59 and (d) 60 years and above completed an...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many members of the senior civil service in his Department have received an honour.

      Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many cases of bullying have been reported in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Learning and Skills Council: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the additional support budget of the Train to Gain programme was spent in each English region by the...

      Obesity: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the documents (a) Tackling Obesities: Future Choices and ( b) Tackling Obesities Future Choices - Obesity System...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what penalties would be imposed on a college approved to provide education for overseas students found to be falsifying...

      Overseas Students: Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Vietnamese nationals are studying in the UK's higher education system; and if he will make a statement.

      Research: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been transferred from other budgets to allow the research councils to provide 80 per cent. of the full economic...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) parking tickets and (b) speeding fines were issued for vehicles used by his Department and its predecessor in...

      Student Loans Company: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the IT system which co-ordinates confirmation of student loan repayments...

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students under 22 years old withdrew from their higher education course in...

      Student Wastage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students aged over 21 years withdrew from (a) full-time and (b) part-time higher education courses in each year...

      Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students in English universities were from (a) England, (b) the UK, (c) other EU countries and (d)...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what activities were recently undertaken as part of Student Finance week; and what the cost was of each.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will ensure that the Higher Education and Funding Council for England provides funding for students seeking...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people continued to make payments to the Student Loan Company (SLC) after their incomes had dropped below the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Access to Learning Loans were paid because of delays in the student loans system in each year since 2001.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he plans to sell off student loans accrued by non-UK EU citizens as part of the sale of the student loan book.

      Students: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills by what means he intends to verify that students from (a) other EU member states, (b) England and Wales and (c) non-EU...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of entrants to (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher training courses were (i) male and (ii) female...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people studied to become a teacher via (a) a PGCE, (b) SCITT, (c) a BA or BSc with QTS, (d) a BEd, (e) the...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of people starting (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher training were aged (i) under 30 and (ii)...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of his staff responsible for work on skills possess a vocational qualification.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people completed training or obtained qualifications as (a) carpenters, (b) electricians, (c) plumbers (water),...

      Vocational Training: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate has been made of the effect on staffing costs of the (a) skills brokerage service and (b) National Employer...

  • Justice

    • Appeals: Incapacity Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 298W, on incapacity benefits appeals, what steps his Department is taking to reduce...

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of people housed in approved premises are categorised as (a) high and (b) very high risk in each region; and if he will...

      Courts: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the Answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, column 750W, on courts: translation services, what plans Her Majesty's Courts Service...

      Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether courts will be asked to take into account prison capacity when determining whether to use short custodial sentences during the next two financial...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the total carbon emissions from the estate of his Department and its predecessor in each year since 2005.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what property has been lost or stolen from his Department and its predecessor since 1997; and what the estimated cost of replacement was.

      Departmental Public Relations

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

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Legal Aid: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on average per head on legal aid in the last year for which figures are available; and what comparative assessment he has made of...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were serving life sentences as of 1 February 2008; and how many were serving such sentences on that day or the nearest date for which...

      Offenders: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he or his officials have had with the Governments of non-EU states on (a) the deportation from the United Kingdom of their citizens in...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice by what means, other than completion of a rehabilitation course, prisoners on indeterminate sentences may demonstrate that their level of risk is...

      Post-Mortems: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many post mortem examinations on children aged between five and 15 were not carried out by paediatric pathologists in each coroner's district in each...

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have been detained on indeterminate sentences; and how many are currently so detained.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners on indeterminate sentences are detained although their minimum term has expired.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the national procurement system for the Prison Service.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) of each sex and (b) in each 10-year age cohort are in prison.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were imprisoned for theft in (a) England and Wales and (b) each English region in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women were held in men's prisons in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent on average per prisoner for (a) education, (b) provision of televisions, games consoles and computers in cells and (c) food in each...

      Prisoners: Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1438W, on prisoners: taxis, how much the Prison Service spent on all taxi journeys in...

      Probation Boards: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the projected budget for 2008-09 is for each Director of Management within the probation and prison services.

      Road Traffic Offences

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

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) imprisonable and (b) non-imprisonable driving offences were committed by holders of European driving licences in the latest period for...

      Sentencing: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of offenders who were tried in a specialist domestic violence court received (a) bail, (b) fines and (c) non-custodial sentences in...

      Sexual Harassment

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

      Statute Law (Repeals) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward a Statute Law (Repeals) Bill in this session in response to the recent report from the Law Commission.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a regulatory impact assessment has been carried out to ascertain the cost, practicality and purpose of the European Union's proposal to mark by electronic...

    • Armed Forces: Morale

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of morale in the Armed Forces, particularly the Army's infantry and logistical units; and whether they are considering measures to...

      CDC Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What strategy they have for CDC Group plc; what restrictions they have put in place on its investments; and what restrictions there are on any possible sale of it.

      Congo: Forest Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the £50 million Congo forest fund has been distributed; what organisations, agencies or governments have benefited and by how much in each case;...

      Crime: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland visited the United States on official business in each of the last five years.

      Department for International Development: Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for ensuring that gender equality is reflected in the Department for International Development's work; who is responsible for ensuring that is...

      Forced Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What direct support they are giving to the churches, the International Labour Organisation and other groups in Brazil which are attempting to combat the use of...

      Forced Labour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of the Government of Bolivia's Action Plan for the Eradication of Forced Labour; and whether they intend to provide assistance to them in...

      House of Lords: Scales of Justice

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether it is intentional that the scales of justice held by the statue of Justice in the Prince's Chamber of the House are broken; and, if not, whether they...

      International Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for International Development funding allocated to civil society through the Partnership Programme Arrangements will increase in proportion...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in the process of identifying potential chairmen of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Forum the names of Lord Laird or Lord Maginnis of Drumglass were...

      Police: Flanagan Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether at any stage they saw a draft of the Flanagan report which included a graph showing public confidence in, or support for, the police decreasing over time.

      Regulatory Reform

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which regulations they have reformed since the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform was established; and on which dates those reforms took place.

      Scotland: First Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether primary legislation would be required to institute direct election of the First Minister of Scotland.

      St Helena: Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to award the contract to build an airport in St Helena.

      Warm Front

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the operation of the Warm Front Scheme.

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