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Written answers

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Double Reporting of Donations

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to facilitate the end of the double reporting of...

    • Efficiency Savings

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what (a) cashable and (b) non-cashable efficiency savings the Electoral Commission made in...

      Electoral Commission: Finance

      To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what budget has been set for the Electoral Commission for each of the next three...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Devon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered in Devon as a result of tuberculosis infection in each of the last five years; how much...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of time to test a badger for tuberculosis is.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on (i) official hospitality and (ii) staff entertainment in...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Ministerial residences were available to his Department's Ministers and those of its predecessors in each of the...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last 10 years.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the purchase of food from local sources.

      Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have been brought under the provisions of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 in the last 12 months.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of publicly procured food was of British origin in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Road Traffic Offences

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

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Internet

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

    • Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what property has been lost or stolen from his Department since 1997; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Departmental Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland 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 Temporary Employment

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

  • Prime Minister

  • Transport

    • A57

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the A57 at Snake Pass has been closed during January 2008; when she expects the road to re-open; and if she will make a statement.

    • Aviation: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with her foreign counterparts on the quality of fuel supplies at airports servicing British registered aircraft flying to...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the potential role of biomethane as a transport fuel.

      Bridges: River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make a statement on the possible construction of a lower Thames crossing.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people over 60-years-old in Stockport will be eligible for the extended free bus travel scheme to be introduced on 1 April 2008.

      Cycling: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve the procedures for the collection of data on cycle safety to tackle the underreporting of the number of accidents.

      Cycling: Safety Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward legislative proposals to require all pedal bicycles to have a bell or other audible warning device fitted when being used.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of her Department's expenditure was on advertising in each year since establishment.

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1007-8W, on departmental telephone services, how much revenue generated from 0870...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1008W, on departmental vehicles, how many vehicles were leased by (a) the Highways...

      Derwent Valley Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure adequate funding for the upgrading and maintenance of the Derwent Valley railway line.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls were made to (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (b) the Driving Standards Agency and (c) the Vehicle and Operator Services...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the potential effect on the Government's road congestion targets of the use of electric personal assistive...

      Fuels: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage the formulation of standards of specification and performance for fuels from renewable sources.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles were leased by the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) to each Government Department in 2007; and what the (a) average and...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 6 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1268-69W, on heavy goods vehicles, what recent estimate she has made of the...

      Lorries: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) major injuries were caused in 2006-07 by objects from unsecured freight vehicle loads falling onto people.

      M1: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the impact of the Milton Keynes/South Midland growth area on the development of Junction 11a of the M1.

      M1: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the 50 mph temporary speed limit remained in force on the M1 motorway in the vicinity of junction 32 after all lanes were re-opened to...

      Marine Management Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what licensing powers currently within her Department's responsibilities she expects to be transferred to the Marine Management Organisation, as...

      Motor Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make the Code of Practice on Safety of Loads on Vehicles mandatory; and if she will make a statement.

      Network Rail: Portsmouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has made to Network Rail on signal failures in the Portsmouth area in 2008; what steps Network Rail has taken to prevent...

      Northern Rail: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects refurbished rolling stock to be available for Northern Rail services on its Newcastle to Carlisle line; and when Pacer trains will be...

      Parking Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1014-15W, on parking tickets, whether the figures...

      Public Transport: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve public transport links for those living in rural areas to nearby towns and cities.

      Rail Accident Investigation Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many external contracts the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch held with public relations companies in each year for which figures are available;...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her strategy is for increasing (a) passenger and (b) freight capacity on the national rail network; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the implications for heritage railways of the railways and other guided systems regulations; and if she will make a...

      Railways: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the potential for ultra light rail to deliver a low carbon transport option.

      Railways: Llansamelet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Office of Rail Regulation visited railway track around Llansamelet station in 2006-07; and what assessment they made of public...

      Railways: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it her policy to bring forward legislation to require Stakeholder Briefing Documents which lay out the specification against which...

      Railways: Watford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of people affected by the decision to terminate trains on the Watford to Brighton line at Clapham Junction...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the 1994 Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment report on trunk roads and the generation of traffic on the Department...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account her Department takes of the 1994 Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment report in their assessment of individual new road...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the final report of the research study examining accident statistics on the trunk road network will be published; what assessment she has made of...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work her Department is undertaking on the modelling criteria for (a) new and (b) widened roads; what timescale is being applied to this work;...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to improve roads in the Dorset area; and what funds are available for such improvements.

      Salisbury Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she received proposals from South West Trains under the Network Modifications (Closures) regime contained in the Railway Act 2005 to close the...

      Sea Rescue: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the effects on maritime safety and rescue in and around Northern Ireland waters of the decision of the Irish...

      Seas and Oceans: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she last discussed the Marine Bill with her Cabinet colleagues; and if she will make a statement.

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of decreasing the mainline express stock on the Portsmouth to Waterloo mainline outside...

      Transport: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the merits of moving from a system of local authority grants for the provision of volunteer transport services to a system of contracts.

      Waterborne Freight Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget was for, and what payments were made under, the waterborne freight grant in each year since its inception.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Sub-Committee on Health and Wellbeing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will include subjective wellbeing in the terms of reference of the Sub-Committee on Health and Wellbeing.

    • V: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much matching funding his Department has channelled through the charity V to date.

  • Olympics

    • Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much was spent on domestic humanitarian assistance in each of the last three years, broken down by source budget.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unmanned aerial vehicles have been lost or destroyed in Afghanistan in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget change in his Department will be in each year of the 2008 to 2011 Comprehensive Spending Review period in cash terms.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2007, Official Report, column 1032W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, how many of the media assignments...

      Territorial Army: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the decision to restrict recruiting for certain units in the Territorial Army over the next two financial years remains in place.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 608W, on territorial waters: Northern Ireland, when he expects to...

  • Wales

    • Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the written ministerial statement by the Secretary of State for Defence on 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 24-26WS, on the Defence...

    • Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what environmental protection matters were discussed at the British-Irish Council Meeting on 14 February; and what agreements were made.

      Young People: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the use of the additional funding provided by the Department for Children, Schools and...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with President Karzai on the appointment of a UN Secretary General Special Representative in...

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he anticipates that a Provincial Reconstruction Team will be established in (a) Dai Kundi and (b) Nimroz provinces in...

      Burma: Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his UN Security Council counterparts on the referendum on the constitution in Burma in May...

      Burma: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the EU Special Envoy to Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to support democratic elections in Burma.

      Burma: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Government of Burma on the banning of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from...

      Burma: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the introduction of financial sanctions against companies associated...

      Burma: Sequestration of Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Singapore on the freezing of the financial assets of Burmese leaders held in...

      Cuba: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he intends to support the US Administration in its efforts to campaign for democratic elections in Cuba.

      Cuba: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of the resignation of Fidel Castro.

      Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the sanctions imposed upon Cuba by the US Administration.

      Cuba: Sanctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on sanctions on Cuba.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 1609W, on Departmental internet, what measures are in place...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent...

      Diplomatic Services: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidelines are issued to consular and embassy staff in relation to the handling of suspected cases of (a) forced and (b)...

      Eastern Europe: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Ukraine, (b) Belarus and (c) Moldova on the combating of...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the effect of the dispute concerning compulsory redundancies among the locally-engaged staff at...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason HM Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland declined to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission in...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long the UK Embassy in Dublin has recognised the Unite trade union for industrial relations purposes in connection with...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) the agreed negotiations procedures and (b) the recognition agreement between the...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff it is proposed to make redundant at the UK embassy to the Republic of Ireland; how many of these will be...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many years each member of locally-engaged staff proposed for redundancy at the UK embassy in Dublin has served; and if he...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what regard was paid to (a) length of service, (b) sex, (c) opportunities for retraining and (d) other factors when...

      Embassies: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date and by whom the decision to make locally-engaged staff at the UK Embassy in Dublin redundant was taken; on what...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance he has issued to visa sections on queue management of visa applicants and the prevention of unauthorised and...

      Equatorial Guinea: Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often it is planned that Simon Mann's welfare in Black Beach prison will be monitored by visits from UK representatives.

      Eritrea: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the treatment of religious minorities in Eritrea; and if he will make a statement.

      European External Action Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what preparatory work has been undertaken by his Department on the European External Action Service since 1 June 2005; (2)...

      FCO Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take if the FCO Services Trading Fund does not attract sufficient third party income.

      FCO Services: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he has put in place to ensure that personal data held by the FCO Services Trading Fund are kept securely.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to work with other governments to reduce levels of human trafficking.

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the government of Iran in respect of human rights arising from specific...

      Iran: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the circumstances surrounding executions conducted in Iran in the last 12 months; and if he will...

      Kenya: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the safety of UK citizens living and working in Kenya following recent events in that country.

      Maldives: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the constitutional and democratic reform process in the Maldives; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote UK industry and business through UK Trade and Industry in the Caribbean, Central...

      Pakistan: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he has received representations on the number of candidates from religious minorities in the elections in...

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received on whether Mr. Simon Mann is being held in shackles in Black Beach prison.

      Simon Mann

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria he will apply in deciding whether or not Mr. Simon Mann is being treated well in detention; and what specific...

      South Africa: Power Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the government of South Africa on the hardship caused to the citizens of that country and...

      Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with his EU counterparts on the operation of the proposed investigatory powers in the Lisbon...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Criminal Investigation

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what guidance is available on the conduct of criminal investigations involving hon. Members by the police...

    • Hearing Impaired

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what services are provided within the parliamentary estate for hon. Members to facilitate meetings with...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Actis Capital LLP

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what value the Shareholder Executive currently places on its 40 per cent. share of Actis Capital LLP; and if he will...

    • Electronic Equipment: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether the UK has fully implemented the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive; and what steps he...

      Post Office: Personal Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many depositors have withdrawn their savings from the Post Office network since 17 February 2008; and if he will...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether compensation for the compulsory purchase of a community-owned post office branch is payable to (a) the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what provision there is for a community-owned post office branch earmarked for closure to remain open if (a) the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 397W, on post offices: closures, why Post Office...

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the Post Office and the other major carriers over the future of the universal service...

      Regional Development Agencies: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff are employed by each of the regional development agencies; what each agency's expenditure was in each...

      Sub-post Offices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the cost to sub-post offices of the (a) services and (b) electronic services provided to them by the Post...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2004-05; which contracts were awarded...

    • Child Support Agency: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in bonus payments to staff at the Child Support Agency in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what data exchanges of sensitive personal data have taken place between his Department and local authorities in the last 12 months; and what...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Housing Benefit: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of housing benefit there were in (a) local authority, (b) housing association and (c) private rented tenure sectors in...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Lorry Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to improve the provision of secure resting facilities for professional lorry drivers to improve their health and safety.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims for jobseeker's allowance were disallowed on the grounds of the claimant not actively seeking employment in each month since...

      Pensioners: Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on pensioners per capita in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and (d) the UK in each...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the timetable for pension and benefits payments in the period leading up to Christmas 2007.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of children lifted out of poverty of all parents receiving child maintenance and arrears...

      Social Security Benefits: Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Ireland on individuals claiming benefits in both countries.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners aged 60 and over have claimed the winter fuel payment in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Betting: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals the Government have considered to tackle the rigging of results in sport gambling; and how initiatives will be funded.

    • Camelot Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he expects Camelot to have raised £10.5 billion for good causes over the course of its licence; and if he will make a statement.

      Convergence Think Tank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 318W, on the Convergence Think Tank, how the figure of...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the salary range is for each pay band of civil servants in his Department.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Public and Commercial Services Union on the current year's pay settlement for staff of (a) his...

      English Sports Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the current national lottery balance is of the (a) Sports Council (England) and (b) UK Sports Council.

      Find your Talent Project: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £25 million announced for the Find your Talent project on 13 February 2008 will (a) be spent on establishing the...

      Football: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which football clubs receive Government funding to operate community schemes; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of those...

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions since 1 September 2007 the Gambling Commission has been asked to consider a potential offence under section 42 of...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many meetings officials in his Department have had with (a) overseas online gambling operators, (b) UK online gambling operators...

      National Lottery: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was awarded to village halls in Braintree constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) each of the last three year for...

      National Lottery: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects in Braintree constituency have received community fund grants.

      National Lottery: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much income the National Lottery raised in each local authority area in England for each of the last three years for which figures...

      National Lottery: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was granted by the National Lottery (a) to schemes in Northern Ireland and (b) per head of the population in Northern...

      Pigeon Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria must be satisfied for pigeon racing to become a sport.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the 10 most popular tourist attractions in England in each of the last 10 years are publicly owned.

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the non-emergency 101 number.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to prevent retailers selling alcohol to under-age children.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the ministerial letter of 31 January 2006 responding to the recommendations within the Animal Procedures Committee's (APC) 2005...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Crawley

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to tackle antisocial behaviour in Crawley.

      Burglary: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the detection rate for domestic burglary was in Tamworth in each of the last five years.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the outcome of the review on cannabis will be announced.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to make membership of a gang (a) an offence and (b) a factor to be taken into account in sentencing.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research she has evaluated on the link between crime and unhappiness.

      Crime: Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car-related crimes there were in (a) Cambridgeshire police authority area and (b) each division within the authority in each of...

      Crime: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in crime rates in Tamworth in (a) the last year and (b) the last five years, broken down by category of offence.

      Crime: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the crime rates were in Warrington in each of the last five years, broken down by category of offence.

      Departmental Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on ordering refreshments for meetings held by her Department in the last year.

      Departmental Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much rent was paid by her Department to private landlords in each of the last five years; and what proportion of this rent in each year...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportations on grounds that a person remaining in the UK would not be conducive to the public good have taken place in the last 12...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportations of persons seeking asylum were not completed because the receiving country refused to accept them (a) before and (b)...

      Employment Agencies

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

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the Identity Cards Scheme Cost report published in November 2007, if she will provide a break down by main budget heading...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the identity cards scheme cost report published in November 2007, if she will provide a break down by main budget heading...

      Immigration: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-criminal prisoners are detained under the Immigration Act 1971; and for how many weeks they have been detained following the...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of her Department's decisions were challenged by judicial review in each parliamentary session since 1997; and in how many cases (a)...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for restricting the policy on prosecuting everyone carrying a knife to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.

      Offensive Weapons: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what areas she has designated as knife crime hot spots.

      Offensive Weapons: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of reported murders were committed with knives in the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Prisoners: Foreigners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases involving foreign prisoners claiming to have been wrongfully detained at the end of their sentence have been brought in the...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will review the organisation of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency; and if she will make a statement.

      Shoplifting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce shoplifting.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of using privately rented accommodation for housing homeless people.

    • Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the progress of local area agreement negotiations.

      Sub-national Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to implement the proposals in the issues paper, "Taking Forward the Review of Sub-national...

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what contribution eco-towns are expected to make to the supply of housing, with particular reference to affordable homes.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to announce the location of the proposed eco-towns.

      Eco-towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on establishing the new eco-towns.

      Concessionary Bus Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the cost to local authorities of concessionary bus fares.

      Concessionary Bus Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with Chelmsford borough council on its concessionary bus fares scheme.

      Sharia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the implications of Sharia law practices for community cohesion.

      Heritage Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she plans to take to protect heritage trees.

      Social Home Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many completed housing transactions there have been under the social home buy scheme.

      Adult Education: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities in England provide concessionary rates for adult education to those over 60 years of age.

      Caravan Sites: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it a requirement for a licensee of a mobile home site to be a fit and proper person.

      Community Centres: Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley of 4 February 2008, Official Report, columns 839-40W, on community...

      Community Development: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on (a) Housing Supply and Demand, (b) Decent Places to Live, (c) Tackling Disadvantage, (d) Better...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the production of a form for automatic claims...

      Departmental Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many ministerial residences were available to her Department's Ministers in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what property was lost or stolen from her Department and its predecessors since 1997; and what the cost of replacement was.

      Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which stakeholders were met by Regional Ministers during official visits to regions.

      Empty Property: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether her Department is on course to meet the targets to reduce the rate of long-term vacant dwellings (a) in the North...

      Geographical Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private sector companies were consulted on the draft of the UK location strategy before it was submitted to Ministers.

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government funding streams are available to the Government Offices for the Regions; and if she will make a statement.

      Government Offices for the Regions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 6 February 2008, Official Report,...

      Housing: Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much historic housing debt each housing authority owed at the latest date for which figures are available; and what...

      Housing: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps the Government have taken to encourage housing associations to meet the needs of vulnerable tenants.

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much social housing stock there was in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979; and what...

      Housing: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much was spent on the provision of affordable housing in settlements of 10,000 or more in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2008, Official Report, columns 691-92W, on housing: planning, if she will consult hon....

      Housing: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many teachers have purchased houses through the Low Cost Home Ownership Scheme in each year for which data are available.

      Immigration: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect on public services in rural communities of immigration from countries acceding to the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has commissioned or supported on the performance of enhanced two-tier working of local authorities.

      Local Government Finance: Ashfield District Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much grant Ashfield district council received in 2001-02; how much is planned for 2008-09; and what the percentage change...

      Local Government Finance: Newcastle Upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the area based grant (ABG) was for the City of Newcastle in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11 with its component...

      Local Government: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of pursuing Pathfinder Status was for each local authority in Suffolk.

      Minister for the South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions the Minister for the South West has met representatives of the South West Regional Development Agency...

      Minister for the West Midlands: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dedicated full-time equivalent staff of each grade work for the Minister for the West Midlands in his capacity as such;...

      Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 372W, on regional government: Ministers, how many times...

      Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 372W, on regional government: Ministers, how many officials...

      Regional Government: Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1533W, on regional government: Ministers, on how many...

      Regional Government: Public Participation

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

      Regional Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the contribution of regional Ministers to the development of Government policy.

      Regional Ministers: Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department plans to put in place interim reporting and accountability guidelines for regional Ministers before the...

      Regional Ministers: Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of time each Regional Minister has spent on (a) regional matters and (b) other departmental work since appointment.

      Regional Ministers: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial and other resources are available to regional Ministers to support them in the discharge of their duties.

      Regional Planning and Development: Greenbelt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proposals for reviews or changes to green belt land are contained within the draft regional spatial strategies.

      Regional Planning and Development: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-ministerial departments have responsibility for...

      Regional Planning and Development: South East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish her response to the draft South East Plan; and if she will make a statement.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 589-91W, on the...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.

    • Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Developing Countries: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions he has had with (a) governments of developing countries and (b) international organisations on cases where...

      Developing Countries: Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that economic growth in developing countries has a positive impact on infant mortality;...

      Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what payments his Department has made to (a) Marie Stopes International, (b) International Planned Parenthood Federation, (c)...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what technical support his Department is providing to countries with high incidences of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to (a) submit...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of progress towards meeting Millennium Development Goal 4; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in the development of international health partnership compacts between international development partners...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • College of Chiropractors: Royal Charters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will make it his policy to support the application by the College of Chiropractors to the Privy Council for a Royal Charter.

    • Education: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will add pharmacy courses to the list of courses exempt from the forthcoming changes to equivalent or lower...

      Foreign Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what mechanisms are in place to collect retrospective tuition fees from students at UK universities from EU countries once...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of those who gained A-levels enrolled on a degree course at a higher education institution in each year since...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students applied for a university place on completion of their A-levels in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South...

      Higher Education: Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many additional places for first-time students will be funded in 2008-09 as a result of the shift in funding away from...

      Higher Education: Student Wastage

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

      Higher Education: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many reports have been made to the Government by higher education providers about extremism on campus in the last 12 months.

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether public funding is available for students studying for a masters in research degree who already hold a level 7...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of part-time (a) first degree and (b) second degree students who had their fees...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of people making repayments of student loans were also claiming the working tax credit or child...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students have entered into individual voluntary arrangements since their introduction.

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of qualifications which count towards the Skills for Life target are (a) wholly and (b) partly funded by...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what criteria are required to be met for a qualification to be considered as qualifying for the Skills for Life target.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients who attended accident and emergency services in the most recent period for which figures are available he estimates were in...

    • Air Purification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of air purification equipment in the NHS.

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions via accident and emergency to NHS hospitals for alcohol-related conditions there were in 2006-07.

      Ambulance Services: Cirencester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hours per week Cirencester is without Cirencester-based ambulance cover due to ambulances (a) taking patients...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many emergency incidents were responded to by ambulance services in England in each year since 1997-98, broken down by NHS ambulance trust; (2)...

      Arthritis: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what drug treatments are available on the NHS to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have not responded to rituximab or may not take it for...

      Bowel Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for (a) establishing and (b) evaluating a pilot training programme for...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what timetable he has set for extending breast screening to nine screening rounds between the...

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to increase numbers taking up breast and cervical cancer screening.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent on recruitment of breast screening radiographers and radiologists in the last five years.

      Breast Cancer: Screening

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

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, by what means he plans to determine whether Britain's cancer services are among the best in the...

      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 local NHS organisations follow advice...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he plans to evaluate the impact of the strategy to tackle obesity on cancer incidence; and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for launching a national awareness and early diagnosis initiative; when he...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for undertaking a national audit in primary care of newly-diagnosed cancers.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy (1) when he plans to extend the 31 day standard to cover all cancer treatments; how often he...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for (a) launching and (b) evaluating (i) tumour specific national...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects commissioners to have robust systems in place to ensure that patients experience...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what timetable he has set for introducing a national cancer survivorship initiative; when he...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for introducing a National Cancer Equality initiative; when he plans to...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects to deliver a programme of work on inpatient management to support local...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for developing national surveys to collect information on (a) awareness...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he plans to establish a National Cancer Intelligence Network; when he plans to evaluate the...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, how often he plans to evaluate the quality of support offered to primary care trusts by cancer...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects to publish a guide for cancer commissioners; by what means he plans to measure...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for making changes to payment by results taking account of findings from...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he plans to publish the first annual report on progress towards objectives contained in the...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects the National Cancer Director to publish his evaluation of the National Institute...

      Cancer: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what new funding he plans to make available for cancer services in each of the next five years.

      Cancer: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he plans to ensure that expenditure which does not benefit patients is eliminated; and by...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, columns 997-8W, on cancer: health services, how many finished consultant episodes there...

      Cancer: Psychiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects good psychological support services to be available throughout the cancer...

      Cancer: Urinary System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will provide an update on the progress made by cancer networks in implementing the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote cervical cancer screening.

      Chemotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for asking all chemotherapy service providers to return an agreed dataset...

      Chemotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects primary care trusts (a) to undertake a review of cancer chemotherapy and (b)...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) prediction and (b) prevention of premature births.

      Childbirth: Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that parents whose child is premature and is in neo-natal care are made aware of all financial and other support...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce his Department's carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09.

      Departmental Security

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

      Eyesight: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of reducing the upper age limit for children's free eye examinations.

      Fluoride: Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations his Department has received on the long-term health effects of adding fluoride to drinking water; and if he will make a statement.

      Food Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for food poisoning in the last year for which figures are available.

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department (a) has taken in each of the last two years and (b) plans to take in each of the next two years with food manufacturers...

      Health Services: Rossendale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the North West Strategic Health Authority on the bid from the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust for funding for a health...

      Health: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research the Government have (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of climate change on public health in the last five years.

      Health: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to develop Payment by Results into the area of telephone consultations.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which new hospitals opened in each of the last five financial years; and what proportion of beds in each were in single rooms.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual assaults have been reported on mixed sex wards since 1997.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds are located in single sex wards.

      Hospitals: Cleaning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the policy of hospital deep cleaning covers hospital supplied accommodation for nurses and junior doctors.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims relating to healthcare associated infections the NHS Litigation Authority has dealt with in each year since 1997.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of healthcare associated infections were voluntarily reported to the Healthcare Protection Agency in each of the last five financial years...

      Incontinence: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses have been received to the consultation on Arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence...

      Leukaemia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the South West Surrey and Hampshire Cancer Network recommends Dasatinib for the treatment of imatinib-resistant chronic myeloid leukaemia.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2007, Official Report, column 875W, on maternity services, which trusts provided maternity services in each of the...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Nuneaton (Mr. Olner) of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 784, on maternity services, what the...

      Maternity Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 2.50 of the NHS in England's Operating Framework for 2008-09, how his Department defines 'sufficient numbers of maternity staff and...

      Medical Records: Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of NHS correspondence and typing of health service records of consultations that were sent to the Indian...

      Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department issues guidance to health care professionals on the involvement of patients in decisions on changing their medicinal regimes.

      Medical Treatments Abroad: Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who travelled abroad for an organ transplant in the last year for which data are available.

      National Chemotherapy Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the membership of his Department's National Chemotherapy Advisory Group is; what areas of responsibility each member has; and if he will publish the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will issue revised guidance to health trusts on the storage and use of medicinal drugs to ensure that patients are not given the wrong drug or the...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of a new drug treatment within the appraisal and authorisation process conducted by the...

      NHS: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of patient and public involvement in Lord Darzi's reviews of (a) the NHS and (b) NHS London; (2) how many requests...

      NHS: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to monitor the level of contributions made by local authority social services departments to NHS local information networks.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimate is of the average body mass index in (a) England, (b) the East of England, (c) Suffolk, (d) Bedfordshire, (e)...

      Obesity: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role surgery has in the treatment of severe obesity in the NHS; and what assessment he has made of the potential to increase the use of surgery in...

      Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) incidence and (b) rate per 1,000 live births of group B streptococcal infection has been in babies aged (i) 0 to six days and (ii) seven to...

      Pregnancy: Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on (a) the incidence and (b) the rate per 1,000 live births of group B Streptococcal infection in babies aged (i)...

      Primary Care Trusts: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated under GP Systems of Choice to each primary care trust (PCT) in England for IT infrastructure upgrades; and what...

      Primary Care Trusts: Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date primary care trusts are expected to have published their annual prospectuses, including their local vision for maternity services under the...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of prostate cancer he estimates there will be in (a) 2011, (b) 2016 and (c) 2021; how many cases of prostate cancer there were in 2006;...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the mean waiting time for a patient with prostate cancer between (a) their first clinic appointment and (b) diagnosis in...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) actual and (b) optimum workloads of sites offering prostatectomies, expressed in terms of the number of...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of prostate cancer patients who are cared for by a multidisciplinary team.

      Prostate Cancer: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1407W, on prostate cancer: staff, when the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust plans...

      Prostate Cancer: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1407W, on prostate cancer: staff, in what ways (a) his Department and (b) the...

      Radiotherapy: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he estimates that NHS providers will have sufficient capacity to meet the 31 day waiting...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many recorded cases of drug resistant gonorrhoea have been confirmed in each of the last five years; what steps he has taken to tackle drug resistant...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the age is of (a) the youngest and (b) the oldest skin cancer patient who have been diagnosed where use of sunbed salons has been a contributing...

      Testicular Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to promote screening for testicular cancer.

  • Treasury

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died in each region from an alcohol-related illness in each year since 1997.

    • Breast Cancer: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many diagnoses of breast cancer there were in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Carbon Markets Expert Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the first summit of the Carbon Markets Expert Group was held; which organisations were represented; what matters were discussed; and what decisions...

      Census: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that all census data collected by private contractors will remain confidential.

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made by (a) the Bank of England, (b) his Department and (c) the Financial Service Authority of the effects of the problems in...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) staff and (b) full-time equivalent staff under 18 years of age are employed by his Department.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what documents his Department, associated agencies and non-departmental public bodies translate for people in the UK who do not speak English.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate was for (a) lone parents, (b) disabled people and (c) people aged over-50 in each year since 1997.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will freeze duty on beer; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made of the effect of duty on beer on the viability of...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many foreign workers in the United Kingdom were aged (a) 16 to 21, (b) 22 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41 to 50, (e) 51 to 60 and (f) over 61 years in...

      Foreign Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of foreign workers worked in each English region in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Hospitals: Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in hospitals were recorded on each day of (a) August 2007 and (b) August 2006.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs were created in the UK in the last 12 months, broken down by sector.

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings were of those on low incomes in employment in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by decile.

      Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of those in employment in each of the two poorest deciles were in each of the last five years.

      Mortgages: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has collected evidence of fraudulent mortgage lending as a result of identity theft.

      Northern Rock Foundation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the guaranteed funds for the Northern Rock Foundation will go to funding arts and heritage projects.

      Northern Rock: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Freedom of Information requests the Treasury has received in respect of Northern Rock.

      Tax Office: Dorchester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future of the Dorchester tax office.

      Taxation: Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many pensioners in Luton paid tax in (a) 1996 and (b) the last financial year.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what programmes his Department has in place to encourage volunteering among its employees.

  • Justice

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of votes were postal in (a) the 2005 general election, (b) the 2005 local elections and (c) the 2006 local elections; and how many...

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to (a) raise the awareness of postal voting availability and (b) reduce levels of disallowed postal votes.

      Crime: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what prosecutions there have been involving the posting or accessing of illegal content online in which legal proceedings are complete in each of the...

      Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Domestic Violence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) longest, (b) average and (c) shortest waiting period for domestic violence perpetrators programmes was for each probation area in the...

      Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how he proposes to ensure that all providers of supervisory services for which his Department has responsibility have the same level of access to...

      Land Registry: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) salaries and (b) bonuses paid to each of the directors of HM Land Registry were in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.

      Magistrates Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of sentences from magistrates courts were custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a...

      Magistrates Courts: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of prison sentences handed down by (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts has been in each year since 1993, broken down by...

      Ministry of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will give the dates of any meetings he had with (a) the Labour Party Registered Treasurer or Representative Officer, (b) the Conservative Party...

      Offenders: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place to ensure the effective (a) capture and (b) communication of relevant data throughout the offender management system.

      Offenders: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total cost was of providing bail and home detention accommodation through (a) the Bail Accommodation and Support Service, (b)...

      Open Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent changes he has made to the criteria for allocating prisoners to open prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Services: Travelling People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was spent by HM Prison Service on raising awareness of Gypsy and Traveller issues in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each contracted-out prison (a) escaped from prison and (b) escaped from escorts in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners on indeterminate sentences have been released following the completion of rehabilitation courses; (2) how many prisoners on...

      Prisoners: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of the daily food allowance for prisoners in each contracted-out prison in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each contracted-out prison started a work skills award in each of the last five years; and what percentage of these completed a...

      Prisoners: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each contracted-out prison started (a) entry level, (b) level one and (c) level two basic skills awards in each of the last five...

      Prisoners: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in each contracted-out prison (a) committed suicide, (b) attempted suicide and (c) deliberately self-harmed in each of the last...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what percentage of prisoners in each contracted-out prison were subject to yearly mandatory drug testing in each of the last five years; and...

      Prisons: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what quantity of drugs has been detected by passive drug detection dogs since their introduction in each of the prisons in which they have been deployed.

      Prisons: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he is considering allowing individual prisons to procure goods and services other than through the national procurement system where it can be...

      Probation: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what arrangements are in place (a) for staff in the National Probation Service to record relevant offender management information on the C-NOMIS...

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on offender management rollout of the planned reductions in funding to the National Probation Service over the...

      Safety: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women's safety workers there are in each probation area.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of tariff for indeterminate sentences has been since their inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of sentences from Crown courts were custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what objectives he has set for sentence planning by offender managers for the next three years.

      Sentencing: First Time Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of first time offenders brought before Crown courts were given custodial sentences in each year since 1993; and if he...

      Sentencing: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of sentences handed down to (a) juveniles and young adults of each sex, from magistrate courts were custodial...

      Shropshire

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

      Suicide: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will meet representatives of the Papyrus charity to discuss action to reduce incidents of internet-related suicides.

      Suicide: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases of successful prosecutions for online promotion of suicide there have been.

      Young Offender Institutions: Restraint Techniques

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times restraint has been used in young offender institutions and secure training centres in England and Wales since April 2007.

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) nought to two, (b) two to 10 and (c) over 10 years old were adopted in each of the last five years.

    • Adoption: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much he has budgeted for (a) adoption support and (b) special guardianship as part of children's services grant for each of...

      Antisocial Behaviour: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will make a statement on the future funding of Bournemouth's Respect zone.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many air miles were travelled by Ministers in his Department in each year since its establishment; and what estimate he...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid by his Department to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in each financial year since 2000; which contracts...

      Children in Care: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average cost of housing a looked-after child in an independent children's home is in 2007-08; (2) how many...

      Children in Care: Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of children in care have a named qualified social worker assigned to them.

      Children: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when the ContactPoint database will be operational; whose details will be included on it; who will have access to it; how much it...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the impact of proposed changes to registration and annual childminder fees on the future supply...

      Children: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government has taken to include the third sector in strategies to improve the lives of children.

      Christmas

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

      Departmental Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the total number of absence days of staff in his Department was in 2007.

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) male and (b) female members of staff working in his Department were issued with personal digital assistants in each...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to staff in his Department or...

      Departmental Information Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) press and (b) communications officers his Department employed in each year since establishment.

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the percentage turnover of staff was in his Department in (a) the last 12-month period and (b) the last 24-month period for...

      Departmental Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost was of introducing his Department's new logo; what the reasons were for the decision to change his Department's...

      Departmental Logos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the reasons were for the choice of the new logo featuring a rainbow for his Department; how many alternative logos were...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the name is of each special adviser in his Department.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department and its predecessor since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and...

      Departmental NDPBs

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Publications

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

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many full-time equivalent staff are responsible for brand management and marketing in his Department and its agencies.

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department, its predecessors and its agencies spent on staff working on (a) marketing and (b) branding in the last...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether the policy of British jobs for British workers will affect his Department's recruitment policy.

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on recycling.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to undertake;...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) Ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to his...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Disabled: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department provided to young people with disabilities to assist them with learning to use computers in each...

      Employment Agencies

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

      Fair Trade Initiative

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

      Family Group Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to expand the use of family group conferencing.

      Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many private fostering arrangements have been registered cumulatively in each of the last five years.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the introduction of well-being classes in schools.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether schools that participated in the social and emotional aspects of learning programme showed an improvement on emotional...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many members of the Senior Civil Service in his Department have received an honour.

      Institute of Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much was paid from public funds in each of the last five years to the Institute of Education.

      Learning Disability: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children entered moderate learning difficulty schools in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will list in tabular form by each UK university the proportion of post-graduate students who are from (a) the UK, (b) the...

      Playgrounds: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding was allocated to playgrounds in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north-east and...

      Pre-school Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding was provided to each local education authority to provide free nursery education for three and four-year-olds in (a)...

      Primary Education: Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department has collected on the number of fixed period exclusions from primary schools in 2005-06; and if he...

      Primary Education: Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of primary school pupils took unauthorised absence in primary schools with (a) fewer than and (b)...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of pupils received a fixed period exclusion from schools with (a) more and (b) fewer than...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals had been excluded from school in the previous year in the latest...

      Pupil Exclusions: Finance

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

      Pupil Exclusions: Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) permanent and (b) fixed term exclusions occurred due to (i) possession of and (ii) violence involving (A) knives...

      Pupil Exclusions: Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils who were permanently excluded had special educational needs in...

      Pupils: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department has commissioned on methods used in different schools to tackle bullying; what assessment he has made...

      Schools: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what definition of a school-specific offence his Department uses; and if he will list those school-specific offences recognised by...

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools took part in the pilot for the Online Procurement for Educational Needs system; how many orders were sent as part...

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many invoices have been unsuccessfully submitted by schools under the electronic invoice system Online Procurement for...

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the annual cost has been of his Department's Purchasing Team for the Online Procurement for Educational Needs (OPEN) system;...

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many of the suppliers to the Online Procurement for Educational Needs system had received orders by the end of January 2008.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what survey data his Department has collected on the average time (a) independent secondary and (b) maintained secondary school...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and which schools in (a) Southend and (b) Essex have established links with a (i) football, (ii) cricket, (iii) rugby...

      Social Workers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the level of professional training available to social workers working in (a) fostering and (b)...

      Teachers: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment has been made of the feasibility of introducing Criminal Records Bureau checks for private tutors or music...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the most common reasons for absence were of those students identified by dedicated local pupil tracking officers as...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to raise the aspirations of school children to aim for further or higher education since 1997.

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many staff aged between 16 and 18 were employed by his Department and its predecessor (a) directly and (b) through an...

      Young People: Unemployed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what percentage of people aged under 18 and not in education, employment or training there were in each English region in the...

      Youth Opportunity Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Youth Opportunity Fund and Youth Capital Fund, with particular reference...

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour: Ultrasonic Dispersal Devices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received on the indiscriminate use of ultrasonic dispersal devices as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour; what replies have been...

    • Armed Forces: Alternative Landing Ships Logistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long it has taken to construct the alternate landing ships logistics; and what has been the cost of these vessels.

      Army: Prisoner Handling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the results of the audit conducted by the director of operational capability into the Army's training for prisoner handling, which reported to the...

      Asylum Seekers: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have removed from the United Kingdom any children with failed asylum applications; if so, how many; and to which countries.

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether current government figures on the carbon dioxide emissions from housing stock are based on the assumption that there has been 100 per cent compliance with...

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any proposals to integrate any part of the code for sustainable homes into the mandatory building regulations by 2010.

      Central-Local Concordat

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

      Central-Local Concordat

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

      Central-Local Concordat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions and advice are being given to the Learning and Skills Council concerning changes to its policies and working arrangements following the signing...

      Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the construction of a carbon capture and storage plant and the associated pipeline infrastructure will qualify for credits under the Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Disabled People: Suitable Placements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the Local Government Ombudsman's so far unmet calls for the payment by a local authority of up to £100,000 in...

      Government: Legislative Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which provisions of each Bill announced in the Queen's Speech, or published thereafter, apply to Scotland.

      Health: Biosimilar Medicines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether advice in the British National Formulary on the non-substitution of medicines is sufficiently prominent; and whether, following the introduction of...

      Health: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances free dental care is available.

      Identity Security

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

      Immigration: Haslar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 24 January (WA 65), whether they will confirm the number of men held in Haslar at the end of January who...

      Kenya: Mwai Kibaki

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Mwai Kibaki is subject to a United Kingdom travel ban.

      Marine Environment: Conservation Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are planning to increase the number of special areas of conservation under the 1992 European Union habitats directive around United Kingdom...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements government offices had in place to check the outcomes and outputs claimed by local authorities for their use of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund moneys...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the outcome of the £47,100 funding provided to Dr Foster Intelligence by the London Borough of Waltham Forest under the...

      Polygamy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their immigration and social welfare policies on polygamous marriages.

      Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many passengers sailed from English ports on holiday in the years 2005 and 2006.

      Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many passenger transport ships sail between the ports of England and France on a regular basis.

      Transport: Overseas Lorries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many lorries registered overseas have been detected on the A55 in north Wales by (1) the police and (2) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, which were...

      Travel Bans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many foreign nationals are subject to a travel ban to the United Kingdom, broken down by country; and Whether there are any names of foreign nationals subject...

      Visas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether migrant domestic workers granted visas to come to the United Kingdom will receive a visa for a one-year-period and be allowed to change employers during...

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