Written answers

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

  • Women and Equality

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what products featuring departmental or Government branding have been procured by the Government Equalities Office since its establishment.

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent research she has evaluated on the effect of the time spent on domestic tasks on women's career progression; whether she has received...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the gender pay gap in the public sector.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the (a) number of infrastructure projects, (b) amount spent on such projects and (c) number of people...

    • Fairtrade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to promote Fairtrade Fortnight 2008 amongst staff within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will reply to the letter of 13 November 2007 from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean, on IMF and World Bank contributions.

      Non-Governmental Organisations: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was channelled through UK-based non-governmental organisations in each of the last five years, broken down by type of aid...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Crime: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) cases were brought and (b) convictions there were for (i) possession and (ii) distribution of (A) cocaine, (B) heroine, (C)...

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters his Department received in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Translation Services

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

      Electricity

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

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department and its agencies spent on (a) first and (b) other class travel by Eurostar in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Northern Ireland Prison Service: Long Service Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration is being given to awarding long service and good conduct medals to prison officers in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many serving police officers within the Police Service of Northern Ireland who have committed a driving offence have (a) retained and (b)...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made any changes to the planned in-service dates of the Future Aircraft Carriers.

    • Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects outstanding payments arising from the operation of the Joint Personnel Administration to be made to security forces personnel.

      Astute Class Submarines: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made any changes to the number of Astute class submarines to be ordered.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has made any changes to the number of aircraft to be ordered for the third tranche of Typhoon.

      Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information coalition forces have on the activity of Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and security agents and members of the Islamic Revolutionary...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) low level, (b) intermediate level and (c) high level nuclear material is held in the UK, where the material in question is subject to a...

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been received from QinetiQ following the sale of each former Government-owned site as a result of the clawback agreement; and in...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Correspondence

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

    • Departmental Sick Pay

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

      Personal Injury: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many personal injury claims for pleural plaques he estimates the Government will be liable to pay as (a) an employer and (b) the funder of the...

  • Olympics

    • Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

      To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the estimated total cost is of providing for the 2012 Olympics shooting events at the Royal Artillery Barracks; what provision for shooting will remain...

  • Transport

    • Boats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to enable operators in tidal Category C waters to obtain a Boatmaster's licence under the new Boatmasters Licence Scheme.

    • Boats: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for the time taken to introduce the new examination procedure for candidates wishing to take their Boatmaster's examination; and...

      Department Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes in human resources policy her Department has made to comply with the gender duty.

      Department Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether judicial review proceedings have commenced against her Department concerning its implementation of the gender duty.

      Department Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for each of her Department's and its agencies' bargaining units (a) how many equal pay claims have been lodged, (b) which grades of staff are making...

      Department Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) the Equal Opportunities Commission and (b) the Equality and Human Rights Commission has made representations to her to conduct a...

      Driving Tests: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1301W, on driving tests: interpreters, what the cost of providing...

      Lorries: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason plans to introduce a vignette for foreign lorries have not been proceeded with.

      Motor Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of vehicles which did not receive an MOT certificate failed due to faulty front suspension springs in each of the last...

      Railways: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to require (a) new and (b) existing railway rolling stock to lessen its carbon footprint.

      Railways: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to identify and protect routes for a high speed line from London to Scotland.

      Registered Travellers Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with the Home Office on the use of registered Traveller programmes within the UK's borders programme.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirement she places upon the rolling stock companies to consult Network Rail before considering new rolling stock.

      Rolling Stock: West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what extra costs were incurred by Network Rail as a result of the measures taken to facilitate the introduction of tilting trains on the west coast...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Drinking Water

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much bottled water was (a) sold and (b) provided in the House in the most recent year for which figures...

    • Translation Services

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost was of translating the About Parliament pages on the parliamentary website into (a) Welsh and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which external consultancy received the highest payments from his Department in each of the last four years.

    • Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what audits his Department and its agencies carried out in relation to personal data and IT equipment in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what investigation he undertook into the reasons that documents containing personal information relating to benefit claimants were left by the...

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Information Officers

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

      Departmental Official Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many engagements he and his predecessor have undertaken since 28 July 2007.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-geographic telephone numbers are in use by his Department and its agencies; and what revenue was generated from them in each year...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services.

      Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's staff in (a) total, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales, (e) Northern Ireland and (f) each region of...

      Eyesight: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners aged 60 and over have claimed a free eye test in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and...

      Pensioners: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners in Nottingham North constituency were aged over 75 years in the most recent period for which figures are available;...

      Sexual Harassment

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

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions he has made of the level of take up of (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) income support for lone...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people below the age of (a) 35 years and (b) 24 years were claiming (i) incapacity benefit, (ii) jobseeker's allowance and (iii)...

      Social Security Benefits: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2008, Official Report, column 438W, on social security benefits: personal records, what the method of the...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners received the £200 winter fuel payment in Nottingham North constituency in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Winter Fuel Payments: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living in each country overseas were entitled to receive the winter fuel payment in the most recent period for which...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Care Homes: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many beds were available in residential care homes in Essex in each of the last five years; (2) how many beds were...

    • Community Relations: Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department's migration directorate plans to examine the business case for setting up a national body to manage the...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent by her Department and its agencies on entertaining in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2007, Official Report, column 1312W, on departmental pay to the hon. Member for Brentwood...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by senior civil service staff in her Department and its agencies in the last 12...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of Parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to her Department and its predecessors...

      Domestic Wastes: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether moving from a weekly rubbish collection of household waste to a fortnightly rubbish collection is deemed to be a cut in...

      Eco-Towns: National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the sites of any of the proposed eco-towns fall within the boundaries of a national park.

      Fair Trade Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to promote Fair Trade Fortnight 2008 among staff within her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has evaluated on parental alienation syndrome; what conclusions she has drawn; whether steps are...

      Gambling: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many companies are registered in the UK to operate online gaming.

      Home Condition Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 652W, on home...

      Housing: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints were (a) received, (b) investigated and (c) upheld by the Housing Ombudsman in each of the last 10 years,...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of (a) houses and bungalows and (b) flats and maisonettes built in each year since...

      Housing: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment the Government have made of the use of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation planning grants for housing...

      Housing: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her target is for the number of new (a) houses and (b) family-sized houses to be built in Leicester in the next 25 years.

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of her letter sent in reply to Mr. Ed Murphy of Kent Road, Peterborough, on the planned...

      Housing: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the evidential basis was for the policy proposals on worklessness and housing made recently by the Minister for Housing in...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      INTERREG Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 30 January 2008, Official Report, column...

      Local Authorities Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library the comprehensive performance assessment scores, and sub-scores, assigned to each local...

      Local Authorities: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what training staff who undertake assessments for (a) Supporting People and (b) local authority housing allocation receive in...

      Local Authorities: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the value for money scores assigned to each local authority by the Audit Commission...

      Local Authorities: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has given to local authorities on leasing or renting local authority facilities at below market rates.

      Local Authorities: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has given to local authorities on the (a) terms and (b) rates at which council property should be lent,...

      Local Government Finance: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with HM Treasury on the funding formula used to fund local services in light of the increase in...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the monthly performance management framework reports produced by her Department's...

      Migration Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people her Department's Migration Directorate employs; what work it undertakes; and when it plans to publish the...

      Minister for the South West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings the Minister for the South West has held with other Government Ministers in her capacity as the Minister for the...

      National Muslim Women's Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the members of the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group are; and which organisations they represent.

      Out-of-Town Shopping Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Government plan to abolish the needs test for out-of-town retail development.

      Sunbeds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what by-laws regulate sunbed salons in (a) London and ( b) Birmingham.

      Sunbeds: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what records her Department holds on the number of sunbed salons which are licensed by local authorities in (a) London, (b)...

      Supermarkets: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it a requirement of planning permission for supermarkets that supermarkets have to create provision for small...

      Working Neighbourhoods Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Torbay of 31 January 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on the Working...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had on the introduction of bans on (a) the broadcasting of alcohol advertising before 9 p.m., (b) sponsorship...

    • Archaeology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent meetings he and officials in his Department have had with finds liaison officers on the Portable Antiquities Scheme; and...

      English Sports Council: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Sport England has made any representations on the amount of physical education training undertaken by primary school teachers as...

      Mass Media: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will hold discussions with UK (a) print and (b) broadcast news providers under the Public Diplomacy Strategy on the balance of...

      National Lottery: Braintree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which projects were awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund in Braintree constituency in each of the last five years.

      National Lottery: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much revenue was raised from National Lottery ticket sales in Northern Ireland in each financial year since 1997.

      Playing Fields: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 1001, on planning permission: playing fields, if he will provide a...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the top 10 sports were in terms of active participation by (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 14 to 16, (ii) 17 to 21, (iii) 22...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made towards achieving the target in his Department's 2002 publication Game Plan—a strategy for delivering...

      Sports: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance his Department gave to (a) amateur sports clubs and (b) sport in schools in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex in each year...

      Sports: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funding was made available for sports clubs and facilities in (a) Southend and (b) Essex in each year since 1997; how much...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many school sports co-ordinators were introduced in (a) Stockton South constituency, (b) Teesside, (c) the North East and (d)...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 639W, on sports: schools, how many of the competition managers will...

      Sports: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what percentage of (a) boys and (b) girls under the age of 16 met the physical activity recommendations of 60 minutes or more of...

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools (a) there are and (b) are planned in the (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) Hertfordshire and (iv) London.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools (a) closed and (b) opened in England in each year since 1997; and how many diving pools are open to the public.

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministers: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House what the cost to the public purse of ministerial allowances was in each year for which figures are available, broken down by department.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will reply to the letters of 16 July and 22 October 2007 from the hon. Member for North East Hampshire, requesting an internal review and...

    • Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what advice or guidance his Department provides to other departments on (a) the stage in the legislative process at which impact assessments...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidelines he has issued for trade union representatives in the Civil Service on their use of (a) paid and (b) unpaid time off work on...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Copeland of 10 January 2008, if he will publish single farm payments (a) made...

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have not yet received (a) a 2005 and (b) a 2006 single farm payment.

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why farmers are not permitted to bury fallen stock; and what regard has been given to the environmental effects of such a ban.

      Agriculture: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will reduce restrictions on farmers burying fallen stock.

      Animals: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where animals other than cats and dogs are kept in quarantine in the UK; and under what conditions.

      Animals: Quarantine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how his Department monitors the Voluntary Code in relation to the welfare of animals in quarantine premises; and if he...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice his Department has received from (a) independent and (b) international experts on H5N1 virus surveillance...

      Bass: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to support inshore recreational bass fishing.

      Bass: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) state of the inshore bass fishing industry and (b) availability of large mature...

      Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how birds issued with Transaction Specific certificates under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species...

      Dairy Farming: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on ensuring greater competition...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the UK heating industry about the proposals for heating and hot water products...

      European Fisheries Fund Operational Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the European Fisheries Fund Operational Programme was not developed between October and December 2006 as...

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of his Department have farming experience.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent changes he has made to the licensing scheme arrangements for the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultations he has held on changing the licensing scheme arrangements for the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will...

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is on each quota management advisory group; and if he will make a statement.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the Quota Management Change Programme formal consultation paper was not published between January and March...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the European Fisheries Fund can be used to decommission fishing vessels; and if he will make a statement.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to decommission UK fishing vessels; and if he will make a statement.

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy was on fishing vessel decommissioning in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Fly Tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will bring forward proposals to treat fly-tipping on private land in the same way as that which occurs on public land.

      Fuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much refuse-derived fuel was imported into the United Kingdom from each country in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Gangmasters: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many licences were (a) granted, (b) refused and (c) revoked by the Gangmaster Licensing Authority in each year since...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from the Welsh Assembly Government on the inclusion of mechanisms to enforce reductions...

      Livestock: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken on covering the costs relating to major outbreaks of disease in livestock.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the six-day standstill rule.

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to allow animals subject to the six-day rule to be quarantined on a separate part of the farm.

      Nitrate Vulnerable Zones: Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects on farmers of the EU Nitrate Vulnerable Zones Directive.

      Radioactive Materials: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration on its policies for the management of nuclear waste; and what...

      Recycling

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

      Red Kites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many red kites have been illegally killed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      River Stour: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to review the flood plains along the river Stour in Dorset following last summer's heavy rains.

      Rural Areas: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the proportion of (a) English farming households and (b) households in rural areas with...

      Seas and Oceans: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has (a) set up and (b) planned a marine protected area trial; and if he will make a statement.

      Seas and Oceans: Treaty of Lisbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether, under the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty granting the European Union exclusive competence over the...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has made to the recommendations of the Environmental Audit Committee's Twelfth Report of the 2003-04 session...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many families were receiving child tax credit for children who were not resident in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years (2) how...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications of rulings by the European Court of Justice for the Government's ability to set corporate tax levels.

      Customs: Appeals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of cases appealing the seizure of excise goods by HM Revenue and Customs officers resulted in the restoration of goods to importers in the...

      Departmental Labour Turnover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants have voluntarily ceased employment, excluding redundancies, with his Department in each month since May 1997.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on departmental marketing, which of his Department's agencies have procured...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2008, Official Report, column 828W, on departmental marketing, how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on HM Revenue and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the salary range is for each pay band of civil servants in his Department.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to his Department received a (a) holding answer and (b) substantive...

      Excise Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guidance has been issued to HM Revenue and Customs officers in assessing whether goods subject to excise duty are for personal use; (2) what...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to (a) increase duty on alcoholic products and (b) link the rates of duty on alcoholic products to the amount of alcohol in the...

      Housing Finance Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations his Department has met to discuss the Housing Finance Review.

      Married Personal Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of couples receiving married couple's tax allowance where one partner was not resident in the United...

      Metronet: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of Barnett consequentials are for the £1.7 billion to be paid to Transport for London to cover the cost of the guarantee with respect to...

      Minimum Wage: Stockton on Tees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Stockton South constituency were in receipt of no more than the national minimum wage in the last period for which figures are available.

      Negative Equity: Greater London

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who have gone into negative equity in each London borough since 2000.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the next Long-Term Public Finance Report.

      Revenue and Customs: Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2008, Official Report, columns 675-6W, on Revenue and Customs: data protection, how many of the new data guardians...

      Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the Barnett formula comparability factor for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was changed from 100 per cent. in the 2004 Treasury Statement of...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the effective tax rates for (a) bingo and (b) other gaming products.

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information his Department requests from the gaming industry when calculating effective tax rates for gaming products; (2) pursuant to the...

      Taxation: Official Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance HM Revenue and Customs has issued on the tax liability of the use of official ministerial residences for those who (a) are and (b) are not...

      Taxation: Romania

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of progress on his Department's work with the Romanian Ministry of Finance on Risk Assessment Procedures for the...

      Unemployment: Stockton on Tees

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

      Working Tax Credit: Stockton-on-Tees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of families received the childcare element of the working tax credit in Stockton South constituency in the last year for which figures are...

  • Innovation, Universities and Skills

    • Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many of his Department's civil servants have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii)...

    • Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what products featuring departmental or Government branding were procured by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies since...

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what advertising campaigns his Department has run since its establishment; and what was the (a) date and (b) cost of each.

      Departmental Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much has been spent by his Department on (a) signposts, (b) graphic designers, (c) stationery and (d) websites as a...

      Departmental Retirement

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public are used by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies...

      Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many employees of his Department were dismissed in 2007; and what financial payments were made to such employees.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many first time students (a) aged 21 to 24 and (b) aged 25 and over are expected to commence higher education courses...

      Innovation: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what innovations his Department and its predecessors have introduced into the (a) university and (b) further education...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of mature students began their course aged (a) 21 to 35, (b) 26 to 30, (c) 31 to 40, (d) 41...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what percentage of people studying a part-time level-4 qualification were aged (a) 18 to 21, (b) 22 to 25,...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which colleges in England have been removed from the approved list for providing education to overseas students in the last...

      Sign Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many sign language courses are funded by the Learning and Skills Council; and what the average annual cost is of...

      Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what steps he has taken to improve the skills base in his Department in the last 12 months.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what discussions he has had with the Student Loans Company on the comprehensibility of the bursary consent statement on the...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many students studied in work-based learning in each of the last 10 years.

  • Home Department

    • 101 Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons were for not continuing with the 101 non-emergency phone pilot.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for offences related to alcohol consumption in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) Staffordshire in each of the...

      Crimes of Violence: Jews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent attacks on Jewish people have taken place in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which budget lines in her Department are subject to regular in-year reporting to HM Treasury; and with what frequency such reporting takes place.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Acts for which her Department is responsible passed before 2002 contain provisions which have not been brought into force.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any of her Department's special advisers also work for organisations outside her Department.

      Departmental Official Residences

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list the (a) special advisers and (b) Ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to her...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time is for admission to an integrated domestic abuse perpetrator programme in each police authority area.

      Honours

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

      Human Trafficking: Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) Ukraine, (b) Belarus and (c) Moldova on the combating of illegal...

      Immigration: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of levels of immigration to rural communities in England of people from countries which acceded to the EU in...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints the Independent Police Complaints Commission has (a) received, (b) investigated and (c) upheld in each of the last 10...

      Merseyside Police: Modernisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of 25 February 2008, Official Report, column 2252W, on Merseyside Police: modernisation, whether the restructuring...

      Opium: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, columns 585-6W, on opium: crops, what tonnage of opium crop was produced from...

      Passengers: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role she expects passenger name record data to play within the Government's e-Borders programme.

      Passengers: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information will be included within the category of other passenger information within the Government's e-Borders programme.

      Passports: Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department and its agencies have spent on interpreters and translators for use in passport interview centres since interviews...

      Police Authorities: Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) police authority area, (b) police force area and (c) criminal justice area each Westminster parliamentary constituency is in for...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on reducing administrative burdens on the police; and if she will make a statement.

      Police: Cheshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were employed in (i) Cheshire and (ii) Warrington in each year since...

      Police: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the way in which funds for technology have been allocated to police forces in England and Wales.

      Police: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) target for and (b) number of police officers recruited in England and Wales was in each of the last five years.

      Police: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police forces in England and Wales have to control and manage traffic on (a) trunk roads and (b) local roads.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of rape were reported to the police in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007.

      Security: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role she expects registered traveller programmes to play in the UK's airline security requirements.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Performance Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to establish a performance target for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency relating to the seizure of Class A drugs.

      Terrorism: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested under (a) the Terrorism Act 2000, (b) the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, (c) the Prevention of...

      Terrorism: Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next...

      Wildlife: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many wildlife crimes were reported in each year since 1997, broken down by police force; and if she will make a statement.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will give a substantive reply to Question 185046, tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 1 February, on terrorism detention, in...

  • Wales

    • Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Confederation of British Industry Wales on the Welsh economy.

    • Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on spending on flood defences and flood protection in Wales/Shropshire cross-border water catchment areas.

      Wylfa Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the future of Wylfa power station; and if he will make a statement.

      Seaside Towns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet and Welsh Assembly Government colleagues on co-ordination of policy on seaside towns in Wales.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on overcrowding in Welsh prisons.

      National Assembly for Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his policy is on increasing the National Assembly for Wales' legislative competence.

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the respective responsibilities of his Department and the Welsh Assembly Government for energy...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the operation of the Barnett formula in determining financial allocations to the Welsh Assembly...

  • Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

    • Bankruptcy: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many business bankruptcies there have been in each London borough since 2000.

    • Departmental Accountancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2187W, on departmental accountancy, what measure...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which 10 job classifications have shown the greatest (a) growth and (b) decline in employment in (i) the United...

      Flexible Working: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what information his Department holds on levels of take-up of the right to request flexible working by those with...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (b) Chancellor of the Duchy of...

      National Secretariat of the Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many staff are employed by the National Secretariat of the Regional Development Agencies for England; what the...

      Phoenix Consortium: Rover Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what progress has been made in the investigation of the affairs of Phoenix Venture Holdings Ltd, MG Rover Limited and...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many letters his Department has received from (a) members of the public and (b) hon. Members and Members of the...

      Post Offices: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the local area of the proposed closure of the (a)...

      Post Offices: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimates his Department has made of the number of people that will reside more than three miles away from a post...

      Post Offices: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many post offices within Vale of York constituency will be within three miles by road of another post office...

      Regional Development Agencies: Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much each regional development agency spent on (a) travel agency services, (b) travel within the UK and (c)...

      Temporary Employment: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures the Department has introduced to protect the employment rights of agency workers; and what plans he has...

  • Children, Schools and Families

    • Children: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to make Ofsted inspection reports on children's homes available on the Ofsted website.

    • Children: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will commission an independent inquiry into the circumstances leading up to the death of Jessica Randall.

      Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor...

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many posters or displays there are in the offices of his Department and its agencies displaying the names and photographs of...

      Departmental Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many external contracts his Department held with public relations companies since its inception; and what the total cost of...

      Departmental Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recycling schemes are in operation in each building operated by his Department.

      Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to people with disabilities; and if he will...

      Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps the Government have taken to encourage schools to make school trips (a) affordable by and (b) available to all pupils.

      Educational Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage of A-level geography students who had the opportunity to participate in a...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what research his Department (a) has commissioned, (b) plans to commission and (c) has evaluated on the effectiveness of the...

      Playgrounds: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much capital funding was allocated to playground development in (a) Stockton South constituency, (b) Teesside and (c)...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2008, Official Report, column 770W, on pupils: per capita costs, what the (a) current and...

      School Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what information is available to his Department on the average duration of lunch breaks in maintained schools; (2) what...

      Schools: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the effects on costs has been of the introduction of the Online Procurement for Educational Needs system; and what the target...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 216W, on schools: sport, (1) what the duties of a sports...

      Shropshire

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

      Students: Forced Marriage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will issue guidance to schools and colleges to ensure that advice and support is available for students who might be the...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the targeted youth support pathfinders set out in the Respect Action Plan.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department and its predecessor has taken to develop youth and community facilities for children over the age of 11...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aceh: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the earthquake in Indonesia's western province of Aceh.

    • British Indian Ocean Territory: Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British Indian Ocean Territory officials are based in Diego Garcia; what access they have to US military commanders;...

      Climate Change: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the levels of additional climate change mitigation expenditure made by other countries to date...

      Departmental Property

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

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of his Department's translation and interpreting work is outsourced through framework agreements with commercial...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Diego Garcia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received from the Government of Mauritius on (a) the use of Diego Garcia and (b) the future...

      Diego Garcia: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) his Department and (b) British Indian Ocean Territory officials have had with the US on the future...

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his US counterparts first told him of the use of Diego Garcia for rendition flights; and what steps he took in response.

      Diego Garcia: Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) individuals and (b) organisations have expressed concern to his Department at the use of Diego Garcia for rendition...

      Diplomatic Service: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give guidance to UK consulates on the procurement of UK-built cars for ambassadors and staff.

      Diplomatic Service: Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a list of cars used by UK ambassadors and staff; and how many of the cars were built in the UK.

      Electronic Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what national and international bodies based in the UK are authorised to conduct covert electronic surveillance of UK residents.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information coalition forces have about the blowing up by insurgents on 8 February 2008 of the power station supplying...

      Maldives: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions and for how many days UK diplomatic staff based in Sri Lanka but accredited to the Republic of the...

      Maldives: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the UK plans to make to observer missions to the Maldives to monitor elections there.

      Maldives: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions UK diplomatic staff have met leaders of opposition parties in Maldives (a) on social occasions and (b)...

      Maldives: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps with the Commonwealth Secretary General and other Commonwealth countries to deploy election observers in...

      Maldives: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Kingdom's representative to the Republic of the Maldives has made representations to the Government of the...

      Maldives: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Maldives on the practice of charging people with offences without then...

      Maldives: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the observance of human rights in the Republic of the Maldives; and what representations the UK...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to maintain staff numbers at the multilateral arms control and disarmament office of the UK...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what responses he has received to his speech to the conference on disarmament in Geneva on 5 February setting out United Kingdom...

      Papua: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in West Papua; what recent diplomatic steps he has taken on...

      Services Trading Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the basis is for the Government's position that the proposed FCO Services Trading Fund will be financially viable.

      Services Trading Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that the proposed FCO Services Trading Fund is not sold into private ownership.

      South Africa: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government-sponsored collaboration there is between UK (a) scientists and (b) public servants and their counterparts...

      South Africa: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's involvement with South Africa's Project Coast.

      Vietnam: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Vietnam's position as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

      Vietnam: UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Vietnamese Government on its role on the UN Security Council, with particular reference to...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the judgment in the case of Regina (Payir and others) v . Secretary of State...

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about the judiciary in (a) Essex and (b) England and Wales were received by his Department and its predecessors in each of the last...

    • Crime: Pregnant Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislation to enable unborn children to be treated as separate victims in criminal cases; what recent representations he has...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will implement (a) the certification procedures for bailiffs and (b) the taking control of goods provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and...

      Departmental Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many consultations undertaken by private contractors his Department commissioned in the last 12 months; who carried them out; and what the cost was...

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30 June 2004, (b) 30 June 2005 and (c) 30 June 2006.

      Firearms: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentences on conviction for offences which included the carrying or use of a firearm in...

      Life Imprisonment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of prison sentences handed out were life sentences in each year since 1993; and if he will make a statement.

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentences on conviction for offences which included the carrying or use of a knife in each...

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how his Department defines a prisoner in an open prison who absconds and fails to return.

      Open Prisons: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there have been any changes to the criteria for recording absconds or other unauthorised absences from open prisons since 1997.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the certified normal accommodation was for (a) each prison and (b) the prison estate in each month since November 2007; (2) what the...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were on End of Custody Licence on 22 February.

      Prisoners: Legal Advice and Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was of legal advice for prisoners in adjudication proceedings in each of the last three years in each prison.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, columns 307-9W, what additional reports of (a) prisoner on prisoner and (b) prisoner on...

      Prisons: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much and what proportion of the funding announced for building new prisons is expected to be spent on (a) purchasing land, (b) architectural...

      Repossession Orders: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many home repossessions there have been in each London borough in each year since 2000; (2) how many home repossessions there have been in...

      Wills: Royal Family

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received from lawyers acting for the royal family on publication practice on royal wills in the last 10 years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many and what proportion of young people appearing before restorative peer panels in (a) Preston and (b) England subsequently broke...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1063W, on accident and emergency departments, how many of each type of accident and...

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what factors his Department ascribes the increase in the number of people waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency departments indicated...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on services for adults with autism by each primary care trust in London in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Autism: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is available to families with children diagnosed with autism to help them with medical expenses; (2) what the (a) mean and (b)...

      Autism: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training staff who undertake assessments through Fair Access to Care Services receive in autism spectrum disorders.

      Care Homes: Elderly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes for older people were found by the Commission for Social Care Inspection to be in breach of each of the national minimum standards in...

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the standard charge for residential care home accommodation provided by (a) local authorities and (b) independent providers is in each local...

      Cervical Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the take up rate among young women for cervical cancer screening.

      Chesterfield Primary Care Trust: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) doctors were working in the NHS in (i) Chesterfield primary care trust and (ii) Derbyshire county primary...

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born in NHS hospitals in England in each month since 1997, broken down by (a) gestation period in which they were born and (b)...

      Children: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 13 years were classified as malnourished in each NHS authority in each of the last five years.

      Dental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the advice issued by the British Association for the study of community dentistry advising dentists to classify teeth...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who had veneers fitted to their teeth (a) with the costs covered by the NHS and (b) on referral by an...

      Dental Services: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) 18 to 65 and (b) under 18 year-olds were registered for NHS dental treatment in Chesterfield in each year since 1997; (2) how many...

      Dental Services: Chesterfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were recruited to (a) part-time and (b) full-time NHS work in (i) Chesterfield Primary Care Trust and (ii) Derbyshire County Primary...

      Dental Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the revenue from patients' charges (a) was in the last year of the previous NHS dental contracts and (b) has been in the first year of the new contract.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance is given by the NHS to help newly qualified or returning dentists set up and equip dental practices.

      Dental Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on NHS dental provision in (a) Manchester and (b) Birmingham in (i) total and (ii) per head of population in the latest period...

      Departmental Databases

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

      Departmental Official Residences

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

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

      Doctors: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many European doctors have sought work in the United Kingdom since the implementation of the EU Professional Qualifications Directive for Health...

      Doctors: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what safeguards are in place to ensure that European doctors applying for hospital posts in the United Kingdom are able to communicate in English...

      Doctors: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many foreign nationals were employed as doctors by the NHS in (a) 2007 and (b) each of the previous 10 years; (2) what percentage of NHS...

      Doctors: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts were available for trainee (a) doctors and (b) physiotherapists in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 670W, on drugs: rehabilitation, what definition of in treatment is used in the answer.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to incentivise general practitioners to accept new patients.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to (a) clarify the rules on eligibility and (b) streamline the process for patients to register with a GP practice.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GPs' practices' lists are (a) open, (b) open and full and (c) closed.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to provide individuals with information on GP practices and their services since the publication of Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) guidance and (b) rules have been set for existing GP practices which wish to bid to become alternative providers of medical services.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons he is planning to re-open negotiations with GPs on out-of-hours services to patients.

      General Practitioners: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the effect of requiring GP surgeries to extend their opening hours on GPs' income; (2) whether he plans to amend the...

      Physical/Mental Ill-Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has evaluated on links between ill health and unhappiness.

      Health and Social Care Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 309W, on Health and Social Care Information Centre, when the Information Centre began...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance he has issued to primary care trusts on spending under the alternative providers of medical services budget to develop and expand...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) timetable has been set for and (b) geographical area will be covered by the initial phases of the alternative providers of medical services scheme.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the alternative providers of medical services scheme and its implementation.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he consulted (a) local trusts, (b) GPs, (c) scrutiny bodies and (d) patients representatives on the delivery of the alternative providers of...

      Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the targets on (a) financial savings and (b) improvements in care will be for the next basket of Better Care, Better Value indicators.

      Hospitals: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 6 July 2007, Official Report, column 656W, on hospitals: costs, which buildings procured under the private finance...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average hospital waiting times were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the south west and (c) England for each specialty in each year since 1997.

      Medical Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the process for patients who wish to opt out of the new NHS Care Records Service computer system; and if he will make...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding will be made available in the forthcoming financial year to (a) educate the public on the risks of cannabis use, (b) fund primary research...

      Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 724W, on Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: finance, if he will place a copy of the...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neurosurgeons on average are on call each morning after midnight in England.

      NHS: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the financial cost of workplace accidents in the NHS in (a) loss of staff hours and (b) other costs in each of the last...

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to NHS trusts on the recruitment and remuneration of chief executives.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department plans to publish the NHS Pension Scheme and NHS Compensation for Premature Retirement Scheme Resource Accounts 2006-07.

      NHS: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department paid the NHS Confederation to provide the NHS jobs website in the latest period for which figures are available.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of his Department's officials are working on the NHS next stage review; and what the main areas of responsibility relating to the review of each are.

      Palliative Care: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of palliative care services in Wirral; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total capital value is of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department which has reached financial close, broken down by...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list his Department's (a) current and (b) planned private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts by (i) total end of...

      Psychiatry: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average length of time a patient waited to be referred for psychological therapies in (a) England and (b) Wirral, West constituency in the last 12...

      Regional European Offices: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the address is of each of the regional health Brussels offices.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under 25-year olds received treatment for sexually transmitted infections in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) Greater London in 2007.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the introduction of a smoking permit; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: War Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response the Ministry of Defence has received on the first phase of its War Pension Stewardship Review from the Royal British Legion; and when they expect to...

    • Arms Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What main points and principles they intend to put forward at the forthcoming meeting of experts in New York to discuss the International Arms Trade Treaty.

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      asked Her Majesty's Government: At what date the infrastructure managers of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Section 1 became liable to publish a network statement under Clause 12 of the Railways...

      Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, as part of their plans for carbon capture and storage, they envisage a carbon dioxide pipeline grid developing in the United Kingdom; and Whether a carbon...

      Debt Collection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the current legislation surrounding debt collection agencies.

      EU: Reform Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether British citizens speaking against the European Union could be charged with xenophobia following the granting of legal personality to the European Union by...

      Food: Supplements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 January (WA 196), whether they will review their policy of allowing low value consignment relief for...

      Incitement to Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have ever taken action against a head of state for inciting violence in London.

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf and the Temporary International Protection Facility and the Iraqi and United States authorities about...

      Lord Speaker

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether the Lord Speaker retains outside public relations or communications consultants; if so, under what contractual terms; and what payments have been made to...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a former resident of the Irish Republic who is married to a United Kingdom citizen and lives in the United Kingdom can obtain a United...

      Railways: Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider combining the central railway freight route with the adjacent high-speed line for passenger trains from St Pancras station to the north...

      Suicide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people under the age 25 committed suicide in each of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2007.

      Taxation: Non-Domiciles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a person with only one parent born outside the United Kingdom is not entitled to claim non-domicile status for tax purposes; and Under...

      UK Residents: Parents Born Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of United Kingdom residents who were born abroad.

      UK Residents: Parents Born Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of United Kingdom residents at least one of whose parents was born abroad.

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